Maria began her celebration thinking she had won $40,000. It wasn’t until her daughter looked up the ticket on the lottery website that they discovered the true worth of the ticket.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Carreiro told reporters. “I was shaking and just couldn’t believe that it was real.”
Maria, a Portuguese immigrant, had previously worked at a factory but quit to raise her 3 children. Her husband who struggled as the sole financial provider for his family can now relax. He’s now retired since receiving news of the big check that would be arriving.
The couple has big plans for the winnings including new houses and cars for themselves and their three children, a trip to her native Portugal, and a long-awaited honeymoon trip to Hawaii.
Retired bus driver, Dennis J. Edwards Jr., thought he had hit the jackpot of a quarter-million dollars. However, to his surprise, he had paid an extra $1 for a feature that quadrupled his Mega Millions win to $1,000,000.00. He plans to use his winnings to go to Disney World and buy a new house.
Mr. Edwards, his eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren live in Central Falls, Rhode Island, the poorest city in the state. Central Falls is a city that hosts 19,000 residents within 1.3 square miles. The city has been through turmoil in the past few years, including municipal bankruptcy which resulted in tax increases, cut pensions, and layoffs of city employees. It wasn’t until last fall that they were discharged from bankruptcy. The city hopes for the millionaire to stay put and help out the small community in its effort to recover.
The lucky winner bought the ticket on January 26th, 2013 in southwest Kansas. The winning numbers were 3, 22, 26, 41, 49 and the Powerball 18. The ticket matched all the numbers but the Powerball; thus winning $1 million dollars.
Kansas Lottery’s security policies do not permit them to disclose the name and address of the retailer that sold the winning ticket.
The person that owns the million dollar ticker will have until January 25th, 2014 to claim the prize. The prize can be claimed at the Kansas Lottery Headquarters in Topeka or the Kansas Lottery office in Great Bend.
Jason Herod, 26 years old, recently won $150,000 from a scratch-off ticket bought at a convenience store located in Lawrence County, Indiana.
He immediately knew he would be sharing it with his younger brother Brian, 23, who is set to graduate this month from Ball State University with a degree in secondary education.
Jason, the older brother, recently started his own lawn care business and while he enjoys working for himself, it’s been stressful knowing all of the pressure is on his shoulders. He plans to use his share of the money to help grow his new business.
Brian plans to use his share of the money to help with the student loan debt he’s racked up in five years of college. “It’s a pretty nice graduation present,” Brian told the lottery officials.
Matt and Cassey Topham, a former decorator and supermarket worker from Nottingham, U.K. won a £45 million EuroMillions jackpot this past February. The couple has recently submitted plans to the planning board for permission to build a futuristic eight bedroom dream home. They are hoping to get permission to build in Nottinghamshire, a lovely city with very modest, mostly three bedroom homes.
Their eco-friendly mansion named Serenity will, if approved, include four connected hubs each covered with solar panels. Some of the features are a sound-proofed movie theater, a botanical garden, and an underground garage for ten cars shielded by a waterfall which will be created by collected rain water.
Some of the early inspirations for this dream home came from movies like Iron Man and the TV show Dynasty.
When Jennifer Maldonado was asked to contribute $20 to the lottery pool at her new job, she had yet to even collect her first paycheck and decided to pass. The following Monday morning when she showed up for work and everyone was celebrating she thought they were playing a practical joke on her because she had opted out.
The celebration was no joke; the office lottery pool matched five of six numbers on one of their tickets fora total winning of $1,000,000.00. Each of the 12 who were in the lottery pool will get approximately $83,000 and they have all agreed to generously give a portion to their new co-worker, Maldonado, even though she didn’t play. The group did not disclose exactly how much they are giving Maldonado, only saying that it’s more than $5,000.
When Kenneth Wilson, 59, won $1 million playing the Powerball lottery he didn’t think twice about honoring a promise he had made to his childhood best friend, James Scoles, and his cousin, Sanford Watson. Decades prior, the three had made a verbal pact to share any lottery winnings if one of them ever won.
Oddly enough, it was Scoles who had a prediction of Wilson’s big win. The same day Wilson purchased the winning ticket in Macon, Georgia, Scoles who lives in Alaska got a fortune cookie that said he would win the lottery. Wilson waited about a week to claim the prize so the three of them could be there to claim it together. “I was just as tickled for them as I was for myself,” Wilson told the press about sharing the prize.
Henry Milne met his friend Joe McKay nearly 40 years ago while playing darts. The two were regular dart players and eventually they would join together for a lottery pool. Now after 40 years, the two have finally hit the jackpot. They won a total of £1.2 million in the national lottery.
Milne had purchased the tickets for that week and was so shocked when he discovered the big win that he couldn’t even drive to his friend’s house to share the news. His daughters gave him a ride over to McKay’s house so they could all celebrate. Both men have had birthdays recently turning 60 and 63 respectively, and were nearing retirement. They can now retire much more comfortably. McKay plans to upgrade his car and Milne hopes to take a long-awaited, “well-deserved holiday” with his wife.
Last Friday, people from all over the United States flocked to their local convenience stores or gas stations to buy a 1 in 175 million chance of taking home a life-changing Powerball Jackpot win of $320 million.
The jackpot had been estimated at $320 million but the prize pool expanded to $338 million after late ticket sales were accounted for. This was the fourth largest Powerball jackpot in history. Nearly two months had passed without a jackpot winner. It is finally over. On March 23rd, one lone winner from the state of New Jersey, Pedro Quezada, won the jackpot. He has chosen to take the cash option and will receive $151,920,000 after taxes. Eagle Liquors in Passaic, New Jersey will get a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
The winning numbers were: 17, 29, 31, 52, 53, 31. Quezada told the press his first big purchase will be a new car.
George Traykov, originally from Bulgaria and now residing in Ilford, Essex, may be the luckiest man in Britain. Traykov has won the Euromillions lottery on two separate occasions in the last two years; once in September 2011 and more recently in November of 2012 for a total of nearly £1.2 million. Since his first win of £1 million, Traykov quit his job as a housekeeping manager at a local hospital to pursue his passion for property. With the money he won, he was able to start a business in property development.
When asked what he would do with his second win Traykov told the press, “I have a beautiful daughter, great home and a job I truly love. Life is already good but hopefully it will make a huge difference for my daughter.”
George Traykov may be the luckiest man in Britain because he is simply the happiest.