Hungarian Homeless Man Wins Lottery

homelessLászló Andraschek, 55, spent seven years bouncing in and out of a homeless shelter. Due to strict rules about alcohol use, and his inability to stay sober, he would periodically end up living on the street. Andraschek, the youngest of his large family, had lived at home until the age of 31, but got kicked out because he was spending all of his money on alcohol. That same year, he attempted suicide, but thankfully the rope he used snapped. It was almost ten years later when Andraschek got sober for good.

Andraschek was on the way to a support meeting for alcoholics when he purchased the lucky ticket with his last few coins. He never expected he would win 636m Hungarian forint (approximately $2.7 million US dollars). In fact, he had only selected 6 of the 7 numbers on the ticket and when the cashier asked him what he wanted for the last number he said, “make it 24 – it doesn’t matter, anyway.”

After taking care of his immediate family, Andraschek made a large donation to a hostel for the homeless. In addition to caring for the homeless, he also plans to set up a foundation for addicts and abused women. His philanthropy couldn’t have come at a better time; late last year Hungarian government passed a law to get the homeless off of the streets by fining them, or in some cases even imprisonment.

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Self-titled Boring Lotto Winner

HiResSeamus Harmon, of Salem, Oregon, recently won the Oregon Lottery Win for Life Game. The 34-year-old safety trainer declared himself “one of the most boring lottery winners” because he intends to keep his job and use his winnings to pay off his mortgage. Some would say he’s one of the smartest lottery winners.

The payouts will be $1000 every week for the rest of his life, or approximately $666 per week after taxes. Harmon says he is extremely grateful to have won.

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Electrician Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize

Relaxing on remote beachArizona Lottery Officials received a visit from Alvin Yazzie of Chandler, Arizona after he discovered he had won a $1 Million prize. Yazzie matched all five of the regular numbers, only missing the Powerball.

At first, he didn’t think he had won anything because he heard the jackpot winning ticket worth $425 million was sold in California. When he checked his tickets, he was pleasantly surprised.

Yazzie recently celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife and plans to use some of the prize money to take her on a trip to Hawaii.

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Tennessee Resident Wins $250K from Georgia Lottery

thumbnailLiving near the Georgia/Tennessee border has its perks. Timothy Byrd, a native Tennessean and avid lottery fan, often buys scratchers from both the Georgia Lottery and the Tennessee Lottery. A few weeks ago, he happened to be on the Georgia side of the border when he decided to purchase a Millionaire Jumbo Bucks scratch off ticket. Byrd didn’t have his reading glasses with him and was unable to see that he had won $250,000. It wasn’t until he asked the clerk to check the ticket for him that he realized he had won a big prize.

Byrd plans to use his winnings to pay off his bills and buy a new truck.

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$425 Million Powerball Winner Yet to Come Forward

iStock_000008214344_ExtraSmallThe February 19th Powerball drawing for $425 Million had one jackpot winning ticket. That ticket was sold at Dixon Landing Chevron in Milpitas, California, a small town in the bay area. The lucky winner has yet to come forward to claim his or her prize – the 6th largest in U.S. history.

The gas station will receive a $1 million bonus for selling the winning ticket as well as a lot of new business from lotto players who want to buy from their lucky store. The owners, Kulwinder and Parmeet Singh, are hoping the winner is one of their regulars but say they will be happy for whoever it is.

The winning numbers were 17, 49, 54, 35, 1. The Powerball number was 34.


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