Nationally Recognized Turkish Lottery Booth Continues to Draw Winners
Out of all the lottery kiosks in Turkey, the Nimet Abla booth in Istanbulhas become so famous, one in ten of all tickets sold in the country are purchased there.
Melek Nimet Özden founded the kiosk in 1928, lending to it both her name and her luck. Nimet Abla earned nationwide fame as the luckiest lottery booth in Turkey after she won the big New Year’s lottery draw in 1931 with a ticket she bought from her own shop.
Now, the stand is nationally recognized as the luckiest lottery booth in Turkey and many people refuse to purchase their tickets anywhere else. People will travel for miles to buy their tickets from Nimet Abla, not only for themselves but also for friends and relatives from all over the country.
The booth has become so popular that they started selling tickets online last year to meet the demand.
The Nimet Abla kiosk generates the most lottery winners in Turkey by far; however some attribute that to the amount of tickets that are bought from it.
Although Turkish culture generally frowns upon the lottery, the revenue from ticket sales continues to grow each year. Profits from the Turkish lottery have helped to provide the country with 30 schools, in addition to other community resources all over Turkey.
$11 Million Goes Unclaimed in Louisiana
Louisiana state lottery players may be turning down a big payday, without even knowing it. According to Louisiana lottery officials, nearly $11 million went unclaimed in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
Prizes for draw style games, such as Mega Millions and Powerball, must be claimed within six months. After that six month period, wins are forfeited and the money is returned to the state lottery.
Bo Bernhard, executive director of the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, has theorized that most of these unclaimed prizes stem from players losing tickets, or simply not checking them. People who see that they missed the first few numbers might throw the ticket away without bothering to check for smaller wins.
Most of the unclaimed prizes are smaller wins; however there are currently large prizes that are very close to being forfeited, such as a $3 million winning Mega Millions ticket, purchased at Murphy Express in Denham Springs, which must be claimed by October 7.
The odds of matching all six numbers in the Powerball or Mega Millions are slightly more than 1 in 175 million.
Australian Lotto Pool Wins $1.5 Million
Three warehouse workers from Werribee, a suburb of Melbourne, have been buying lotto tickets together every week for 12 years. This week they won a $1.5 million share of the TattsLotto $22 Million Superdraw.
One of the three men checked the winning numbers on Monday night for the Saturday drawing and couldn’t believe the results. He first shared the good news with his wife then immediately went to tell the other guys in person.
Each of the three men will get a half million dollar share of the prize. All of them say their plan is to pay off their mortgages, buy new cars, take their wives out to celebrate, and then use the rest to invest in their retirement.
There were 14 winning tickets in total for the $22 million Superdraw with the winning numbers 1, 19, 45, 34, 17 and 32. The supplementary numbers were 38 and 22. The trio purchased their 12 game quick pick in Hoppers Crossing.
The warehouse syndicate has chosen to remain anonymous and will not release their names to the press.
Cancer Survivor Gives Back
Nick Ruth, 19, claimed a $250,000.00 Mega Millions win this past Monday, September 24th. His take away after taxes ended up being about $165,000.00.
The youngMarylandresident plans to use his newfound wealth to give back to some of the organizations that helped him and his family when he battled childhood leukemia–including Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Believe in Tomorrow, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which sent him and his family on a cruise.
Nick has been in remission for five years. He plans to keep his current job as a dishwasher at a bar in Towson, MD but has aspirations of joining the police force.
Erica Palmisano, a spokesperson for theMarylandlottery told reporters, “He’s a nice young man. He’s a hard worker, and he’s a cancer survivor willing to give back, so he’s really an exceptional winner, and we’re thrilled that he won.”
Nick had been purchasing lottery tickets twice a week since the day he turned 18.
Pregnant With Luck
The birth of a baby is always a blessing, but for one family inNorwaythe blessings associated with these babies have been even greater. As luck would have it, Hege Jeanette Oksnes, 29, has had three children in the last six years and, each time, a family member has won the lottery.
The most recent lottery win was Hege’s brother Tord, 19, who won 12.2 million Norwegien kroner in the Norwegian National Lottery last week.
Prior to Tord’s win, Hege herself won a jackpot of 8.2 million kroner just 2 days before the birth of her second child. In 2006, just a day before the birth of her first child, Hege’s father Leif won 4.2 million kroner in the lottery.
Each of the wins took place when Hege was pregnant or had recently given birth, and two of the three lottery wins happened within hours of her babies being born.
Hege has three other brothers who have yet to win the lottery and are encouraging her to keep having babies. “They’re urging me to have at least 10 children,” she said.
The Oksnes family, who live nearBergenin southwestNorway, have used a random quick pick selection for each of their lucky wins and say they really don’t play the lottery very often. When asked the secret to their luck, the answer was obvious: “Getting pregnant!”