Lottery Pool Shares Prize With New Hire
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.
Childhood Friend Honors Decades Old Promise
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.
A Game of Darts
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.
NJ Lottery winner nets $338 Million; the Fourth Largest Powerball in History
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.
Britain’s Luckiest Man
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.