In the Nick of Time


walletFor the past seven months the Euromillions prize of £51,232.90 has been left unclaimed, that is, until James Wilson checked his wallet. For some reason, James Wilson decided to clean out his wallet and on this fateful day, it turned out to be a great idea.

The newlywed from Bradley Stoke, South Gloucestershire found the old lottery ticket in his wallet and after checking the numbers, realized he had won the jackpot. Upon further examination, he also realized the ticket was due to expire the next day.

James Wilson frantically called the lottery office in Camelot, but the office was closed for the night. He finally got in touch with someone the next morning and they confirmed he could still claim the prize.

Wilson and his wife plan on using the money to move out of his parents house and into a place of their own. James also wants to purchase a new car for his wife and return to his hobby of bike racing.

Cartoon Bear Claims Lotto Jackpot


BearWhen planning any important occasion, people spend a large amount of time deciding on what to wear. What about claiming a winning lottery ticket? Well, in China, it is common to dress in a costume to claim your lottery prize.

On October 13, 2014, a man from Shanxi dressed as a cartoon bear to claim his lottery winnings. He won 520 million yuan or approximately $84.8 million in the lottery and it was the third largest jackpot to be awarded in Chinese history.

No one knows what his reason for dressing like the cartoon bear was, although there is a lot of speculation about his motives. Some believe it is to hide his identity and remain anonymous but others think it was just part of the fun.

Other notable characters to have claimed lottery prizes are Mickey Mouse and a panda bear. The tradition can be dated back about 25 years and since the claiming of the oversized checks is publicly broadcasted, everyone gets an extra laugh when a costumed character appears to claim a lottery prize.

Brotherly Love


BrotherlyLoveTime and time again, it’s said, “If I win the lottery, I’ll split it with you.” No one ever really counts on the other person following through with their promise, but Eric Hale held true to his word.

On September 24, 2014, Eric won the Powerball’s $1 million prize. Eric’s ticket may have been worth $1 million, but he only took home $335,000. The reason? A long time ago, when he was just a kid, he promised his little brother, Quinn, if he ever won the lottery he would share it with him. After all these years, Eric kept his promise and shared the jackpot with his brother.

Though they don’t live in the same city now, the brothers have remained close and their bond just got a little stronger. Quinn said he couldn’t believe his brother kept his promise after all these years.

Eric plans on traveling to China for a 20 day excursion and to continue going to school. He had just completed his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and now plans to earn a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling.

Quinn, who is in the process of earning a Doctorate, has plans to pay off his students loans. He also plans to use his winnings for a down payment on a motor home.

Best Birthday Present – Ever!


BirthdayMost 19 year olds get a new cell phone or jewelery for their birthdays, but for Deisi Ocampo, her 19th birthday will be one to remember. Ocampo’s father gave her the gift of a winning lottery ticket that instantly made her a millionaire.

On her birthday, her father handed her two $100 Million Money Mania cards from the Illinois State Lottery and said “Happy Birthday.” Each card cost $20 but the payout was much greater. After scratching off the tickets, it was revealed that she was $4 million richer!

Since the scratch off tickets were started in May of this year, Deisi Ocampo is the biggest winner the game has had. Other winners have won as much as $100,000.

Deisi Ocampo has decided to purchase a new house for her family. She also plans on making her dream of becoming a nurse, come true. Next year, she may want to ask for more lottery tickets!

Double the Fun


DoubleTheFunYou are more likely to have identical quadruplets than you are to win the same lottery twice, but not if you’re Kenneth J. Stokes. He is Massachusetts latest “Lucky For Life” winner and he won big money!

As a gift, Stokes’s family gave him a season pass to the Massachusetts’s State Lottery game “Lucky For Life”, which will automatically play the customer’s numbers. The “Lucky For Life” game pays the winner $25,000 every year for a maximum of 20 years.

He received a phone call Tuesday after the drawing to inform him his season pass numbers won and the Lottery Official mentioned that there was another winner in the Norwood, Massachusetts area. It wasn’t until after he got off the phone that he realized he was the other winner with his individually purchased ticket too! It turns out, in addition to his season pass ticket, Kenneth Stokes purchased a regular ticket using his same favorite numbers, and with luck on his side, his numbers matched the winning set!

Mr. Stokes took his winning tickets to claim his “Lucky For Life” prize, which after taxes ended up being $273,000 per ticket. He plans on taking his family on vacation, paying for his son’s college and paying off his daughter’s cars with his half million dollar winnings.

Final Prize Goes To Louisiana Man


article5_20141017Timmie Julian, from Rayne, Louisiana, was on the Louisiana Lottery’s website when he noticed that the $5 Right on the Money Instant Game had only one jackpot prize remaining. Julian had a feeling he was going to find that last winning ticket. He went to his local grocery store and asked for a Right on the Money ticket. Sure enough, it was a $100,000.00 winner. Julian had won the final top prize in the game. Prior to this win, Julian had also won a $1,000.00 prize playing the Cherry Crossword scratch off game. At the check ceremony, Julian did not specify what he would do with the prize money but said it would go to a good cause.

The Louisiana Lottery encourages players to check their website regularly to see the odd of the games and the number of top prizes remaining.

Big Winnings For A Big Family


article4_20141017Bill Hansen, of Long Island, New York, was loading his groceries into the trunk of his car when he realized that he had a $20 bill in his pocket and decided to go back into the supermarket and buy a scratch off ticket. That decision would ultimately change his life. He walked back into the store and selected a $500,000,000 Extravaganza instant ticket. He scratched it off right there in the store and at first glance thought he had won $5,000. Hansen asked the customer service desk employee to check the ticket. It didn’t sink in that he had won $5 million until they announced it on the loud speaker.

The retired crane worker and his wife Mary, have been married for over 50 years, claimed the winnings together. They were joined by their family. The Hansens will receive 20 annual payments of $125,000 each before taxes. They plan to use the money to take care of their extended family which includes six children, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

UK Man Knew His Day Would Come


article3_20141017John Jones, from Southampton, England, has been playing the National Lottery for the last 15 years. He was confident that one day he would win and now he has. Jones won a £55,861 jackpot on a Lucky Dip ticket.

A neighbor who comes by to help Jones with things around the house was the one who actually discovered the win. At first they thought he had matched 5 of the 6 numbers but when they double checked, they saw that he had matched the bonus ball as well. Jones plans to use his winnings to buy himself a new car, and give the one he has now to his neighbor as a thank you present. Jones also hopes to use some of the money to fly in a friend of his who lives in Finland for a visit. The retired lighting and sound technician is still considering how he will spend the rest of his winnings.

Bronx Man Wins Mega Millions Jackpot


article2_20141017Before his $166 million jackpot win, James “Jimmy” Groves was living paycheck to paycheck on a meager salary stacking chairs at Madison Square Garden. He had been sued by his credit card company for $4,000 in unpaid principal and interest. He lived in Grant Houses, a public housing project in The Bronx, New York notorious for violent criminal activity.

Groves was a dedicated lottery player, buying tickets twice a week. He dreamt of what he would do if he won and how it would change his life. On the day he bought the ticket that resulted in his big win, Groves changed his playing strategy. He switched from his usual lump sum payment option to the annuity hoping that the change would turn his luck. Turns out, it did. Groves discovered his win the following day when he went to the nearby lottery retailer and got a print out of the winning numbers.

Groves will collect 26 yearly payments of $6.47 million before taxes. He says he will use the winnings to take care of his family. He intends to move out of Grant Houses and buy a big house with a backyard. He also wants to use the prize money to travel.

Retired Engineer Wins With Kids’ Birthdays


article1_20141017Ben Troidle, a retired engineer from Fairfield, Connecticut, loves to play the lottery. He plays the same set of numbers each time and never misses a draw. His lucky numbers are a combination of his three children’s birthdays. Troidle discovered his $1.1 million win when he checked the numbers on the lottery website using his cell phone. Troidle shared the good news with his wife Mary Ann and then they double checked the numbers on their home computer. Since Troidle plays every draw, he had purchased a CT Lottery Advance Action ticket for 25 draws and then got a bonus 26th drawing free. As luck would have it, he actually won the jackpot on the 26th drawing with the free ticket.

Troidle has decided to take a lump sum payment of $732,000 instead of receiving the prize as an annuity. He will end up with approximately $502,000 after taxes. He plans to share the jackpot with his children because it was their birth dates that won it for him.