Archive for March, 2012
Bulgarian native Zhivko Zhelev joined FreeLotto.com on July 23, 2009. The website is the largest online lotto style sweepstakes, with over $11,000,000.00 in daily prizes available to be won. Zhelev is just one of FreeLotto’s many international winners, including Raja Khan from Lahore, Pakistan; Alejandro Llano from Mexico City, Mexico; William Herriott from Glasgow, Scotland; and Eric Prevost from Calvados, France.
While Zhelev had joined the site in July 2009, he began playing regularly, placing free “bets” on all six daily FreeLotto games, in October 2010. Games include the $1 Million Cash Classic, Win a Car, Pay Off Your Mortgage, $10,000 FastCash, $100,000 GiveAway, and SuperBucks, the $10 million jackpot game. On November 23, 2010, Zhelev matched all six numbers in the FreeLotto Pay Off Your Mortgage drawing, winning $100,000 to be paid out in 5 yearly installments of $20,000 each.
Zhelev used his first prize check to remodel his home in Bulgaria. He performed much of the labor himself, installing balusters to the front of his house. Zhelev received his 2nd prize check on the 5th of this month. The average annual salary in Bulgaria is $5,500, so this win can have a dramatic impact on Zhelev’s life and his ability to give back to his community. He told the prize team at FreeLotto that he plans to use this installment to support his son’s education at Veliko Turnovo University and to “buy clothes and food for street children in Bulgaria.” Orphaned, homeless and often exploited, “street children” are in need of great support. A representative of FreeLotto said that, “FreeLotto is proud that this winner plans to help others with his good fortune.” Zhelev says the money will also provide him the freedom to pursue his personal dream of becoming a published author of books and poetry.
Zhelev continues to be a loyal FreeLotto player and hopes to win more jackpots in the future.
Candace Penner, a 44-year-old single mother, joined FreeLotto.com on January 16, 2008. FreeLotto is an online lottery-style sweepstakes where users can play for free for the chance to win over $11,000,000.00 in daily cash prizes. Only a few months after registering, she hit the jackpot on May 19, 2008 by matching all six winning numbers in the $100,000.00 Giveaway game. The prize payments for that game are paid in 5 annual installments of $20,000.00 each. Penner is scheduled to receive her 4th installment this month.
Since Penner was laid off from her job in July of 2008 these prize winnings have been her primary source of income, literally keeping a roof over her and her son’s head. She has been careful with the prize money, paying her rent and other expenses up front for a full year after cashing each installment and then dividing the remainder to keep her going each month. Penner is no longer able to work due to a number of medical conditions and is in the process of trying to secure Social Security and Disability Benefits, so that she will have some income when her prize payments run out.
When Penner received her 3rd prize payment in 2011, she emailed the FreeLotto Prize Department to say that, “words cannot express my deepest feelings of gratitude I have for you and your company. I really didn’t know what else to do, or where to go if it wasn’t for you. FreeLotto gave me a 5 year income when I was looking at homelessness. I will never forget this.”
A representative of FreeLotto’s Prize Department said that “the awards to people like Candace are the best part of my job. I feel so lucky that we have the opportunity to award money to people and sometimes that can be life-changing. FreeLotto is proud of the ways in which we have helped our winners have a better life.”
Penner still plays FreeLotto.com nearly every day and hopes to pick the winning numbers on another jackpot in the future. Since her big win in 2008, she has won twenty-four small prizes.