Caregiver Wins People’s Postcode Lottery

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article5_20140919Betty Smith, from Billingham, UK, won the People’s Postcode Lottery, a charity subscription lottery with five drawings each month. A monthly ticket can be purchased for £10. In each drawing, a post code is picked at random and all players with that post code win a share of the prize.

Betty found out she was a winner when she got a letter telling her she was among 119 winners in her postal code who had won a share of a £2.5 million drawing and inviting her and the other winners to a party winners for the winners. She was called on stage and couldn’t believe the announcement that she had won over £600,000 in the special drawing.

Betty cares for husband Billy, who is disabled with Parkinson’s disease, and her grandson, Conor, who has cerebral palsy and nystagmus, a vision disorder. She is the full time caregiver for both of them. She plans to buy a new bungalow that will enable her to take better care of her husband and grandson.

Good Friends Share Million Dollar Prize

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article4_20140919Eula Webb, 75, and Sam Cricci, 80, both of Middletown, NY, made a quick trip to the grocery store earlier this month for some milk and bread. While they were there, the two friends bought a few scratch tickets from the lotto machine as they often do. Webb and Cricci have had a long standing agreement to share any prizes they might win. When they got home, Cricci scratched his $1,000,000 Empire State Millionaire ticket and won nothing, but when Webb scratched her ticket, she discovered it was a $1 million winner.

The good friends and neighbors opted to split the prize equally. Each will receive $25,000.00 a year for 20 years. They are both long retried from their careers and have modest plans for the money. Webb plans to replace her ten year old car with a newer model.

At the check ceremony, Webb and Cricci, seemed very happy to have won but also camera shy. They made a quick exit as soon as the interview was over.

Ticket Change Results In Big Win

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article3_20140919Doug Delk from Moncks Corner, South Carolina, stopped by Wildwood Convenience store, where he is a regular, to pick up a scratch ticket. He asked for his favorite scratch ticket at the counter but they were out of it, so he picked the $10 Emerald Green 7′s ticket instead. Delk took a coin and scratched it off right there to find he won $200,000. He began celebrating immediately, even kissing the manager, Sandy Keeler, on the cheek.

According to Delk, the money won’t change him. He plans to use the money to buy a home so he doesn’t have to rent anymore. He’s looking at a modest two bedroom mobile home on an acre and a half of land for $3,500. He’ll put the rest of the money in the bank.

Delk is still playing scratch offs and doesn’t intend to stop. In fact, he won $100 on another Emerald Green 7′s ticket a few days after his big win. Four top prizes of $200,000 remain in the Emerald Green 7′s game at the time of Doug’s win. The odds of winning the top prize are approximately 1 in 497,000.

Enlisted Teen Wins And Plans To Invest

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article2_20140919Nineteen year-old Cody Fairey, from La Crescent, Minnesota, won the grand prize on a $100,000 Minnesota Hold ‘Em scratch-off ticket. He was sitting in the living room watching hockey with his dad and brother when he scratched the ticket and discovered the win. For a few minutes, Cody just sat there silently staring at the winning ticket. After the initial shock work off, Cody tried to tell his father and brother but neither of them believed him until they studied the ticket themselves.

Cody collected his $100,000 prize at the Lottery Headquarters in Roseville, MN. After taxes, he will have approximately $67,750. Cody plans to invest the entire amount and hopes to see it grow substantially. Cody has just completed basic training and will be stationed in Texas for the next three years. He will live off his military pay for now in hopes that he can retire at 40 and live off his winnings.

At the time of Cody’s win, according to the lottery website, there were four $100,000 prizes still remaining in the Minnesota Hold ‘Em game. The odds of winning the grand prize of $100,000 are one in 480,000.

Big Win Comes At Just The Right Time

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article1_20140919Val Pugsley, 55, from Cynonville, Wales, won £275,000 on a lucky dip lottery ticket. She purchased the ticket at local kiosk where she regularly plays on Saturdays and Wednesdays. She missed the live drawing but caught the numbers at the end of the TV show. Val’s husband, Allen, was on the night shift at work driving a freight train. The only one home with her that night was her son, Adam. Val told him the news and then called her friend Eira Young, who spread the news around town.

The lottery win came at a pivotal time for Val. Val has worked as a caretaker and cleaner at a local primary school that was about to be closed for good. Prior to her win, Val didn’t know what she would do because she doesn’t drive and it would be difficult to get to another school. Now, she doesn’t have to worry.

Val plans to use some of the money to buy a new house though there will be some sadness leaving the 1920′s semi-detached house she’s lived in her whole life. She also plans to use the money for the benefit of her three sons and her grandchildren.

Smooth Sailing

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blog5Wayne and Desireé Home have had their share of rough seas. In 2008, Desireé Home was diagnosed with cancer. The couple had to make a few changes in their lifestyle including downsizing their house. She is now cancer free and can make plans for the future.

The East Farleigh couple’s plans can now be more grand since the Homes won £1 million with a Euromillions raffle ticket. They typically purchase a ticket every week but this is the first time they’ve won an amount this large.

Wayne and Desireé Home plan on upgrading their boat from an Ebay special to an ocean-going vessel. The other thing on their to-do list? Relax. With everything the couple has been through with Desireé’s cancer, it will be a well-deserved treat.

Million Dollar Popsicles

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blog4Who would have guessed purchasing your favorite summertime treat would lead to winning millions? The Fontana, California resident, John “Jack” Long did just that. He visited his favorite corner store to purchase his favorite sugar-free popsicles and decided on a whim to purchase a Powerball ticket, a Mega Millions ticket and a SuperLotto Plus ticket.

Despite being told the winner of the Powerball drawing purchased their ticket from the same corner store Long frequented, it wasn’t until a second neighbor informed him that someone matching his description had won the Powerball drawing that he decided to check his ticket.

It turns out Long is the biggest Powerball winner from San Bernardino County ever. He plans on using his $35.9 million winnings to purchase new cars for his daughters and maybe a new power wheelchair for himself. He also plans on starting a foundation to help low-income students.

Paying It Forward

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blog3Most people think of their own immediate needs and desires when they win the lottery. Margaret Loughrey isn’t most people. This Northern Ireland resident was unemployed living off just €70 a week when she purchased a “lucky dip” Euromillions ticket. She ended up winning €34 million.

After her big win, she immediately wanted to give back to the community around her. She has purchased the Herdman’s Mill in Sion Mills and plans on turning it into a tourist destination. Loughrey has other plans in the works to help rejuvenate the community that has helped her stay afloat during this difficult time of her life.

To date, Loughrey has given away €17 million and wants to continue helping others. She plans on keeping a minimum of €1 million for herself and using the remainder of her winnings to make other’s lives better.

Change of Luck

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blog2Things haven’t always come easy for Jeff LaBar. LaBar started out in the Navy and after his stint in the military became addicted to drugs, which ultimately landed him in jail. After being released from jail, all he had left was his family. Just as LaBar was turning his life around, he started working as a lineman for an electric company and was injured on the job. He was eventually let go from the position despite having made a full recovery.

Soon after, LeBar began to raise chickens. Unfortunately the farm didn’t provide enough income to cover his mortgage payments so he faced foreclosure on his house. To make ends meet, the fifty-three year old LaBar took another job at a Lime plant. LaBar’s wife also works on the farm and has a side business re-upholstering truck benches, car seats or anything else that customers bring to her.

All of his unfortunate luck changed however in May, after LaBar purchased a winning Lotto 47 ticket and won the $3.3 million jackpot!

The LaBars aren’t planning any large purchases or life-changing moves. They did however purchase a golf cart to make farm chores easier and took a trip to visit family in Florida. When asked, Jeff LaBar doesn’t immediately plan on quitting the second job, but wants to save as much as possible for retirement.

Largest Lotto Prize In Colorado History

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blog1Claude G. or as most people call him, Al, won the $90 million Powerball jackpot on August 9, 2014. This Rifle, Colorado gentleman is taking home the largest prize awarded in Colorado to date. He used the Quick Pick option to purchase the winning ticket and is still trying to decide how to spend the winnings.

Al works as a tow truck driver and doesn’t have any immediate plans on leaving his job. His wife, Jackie, has decided to leave her job and enjoy some rest and relaxation. The couple may travel more now that they are millionaires. Al confesses to having a few more “friends” in his home-town of 53 years.

Al and his family aren’t the only winners from this Powerball jackpot. The operators of the convenience store, Kum and Go, will receive a $50,000 commission for selling the winning ticket.