Deli Owner Purchases Winning Ticket From Herself
When Glinda Salgado got the news that a winning Mega Millions ticket was sold at her deli, she was thrilled. Despite having purchased a ticket for the March 14th drawing for herself, Salgado immediately assumed it was a customer who won. She waited all day for the customer to come in with the winning ticket, but no one did.
As she was getting ready to go home for the day, she remembered she had personally purchased a ticket for that drawing and scanned it. The ticket matched 5 of 6 winning numbers including the Megaplier. Salgado won $3 million before taxes, as well as $10,000 awarded to her store in Herndon, VA for selling the winning ticket.
Salgado plans to use the winnings to pay off her mortgage and school loans but intends to keep working at the deli, a family business.
Canadian Couple Win $7.2 Million on Lotto 6/49
Michael Tkachyk, of Alberta, Canada, was so stunned by the sound of the ticket checking machine announcing his win that he forgot to count the zeros. Tkachyk thought he had won $72,000 and spent the drive home thinking about how he and his wife would spend the cash. When he arrived home, Tkachyk double checked the winning ticket on the lottery website and it was then that he realized the ticket was actually worth $7.2 Million.
Immediately he texted his wife, Deidre, who wasn’t home at the time. “I said it was important,” he told lottery officials. When she didn’t call back right away, he texted again that it was “urgent” and then again that it was “really urgent.”
Deidre was thrilled when she finally heard the exciting news. The lucky couple has yet to decide how they will spend the money but they both intend to keep their jobs.
First Time Player Wins Big on Scratcher
Beginner’s luck is very real to Cindy Reeves, of North Carolina, who bought her very first lottery ticket last month and won $1,000,000.00. Reeves was in a local Shop-N-Go store when a $4,000,000 Multiplier Spectacular ticket caught her eye. She bought the $20 ticket and scratched off the foil but was unable to determine if she had won anything.
With the help of her boyfriend, Rick Jocheim, they figured out that she had won a whopping $1 million on her very first try. Reeves has chosen to take the cash option and will collect $415,206 after taxes. She plans to use the money to pay off her debts and take a Disney World vacation.
Winner Will Finally Get Her Dream Honeymoon
A fortune cookie helped Merces Gonclaves, of San Jose, California, choose the lucky winning numbers in the March 4th Mega Millions drawing. She matched 5 of the 6 numbers drawn and won over $400,000.
Gonclaves, who has been married for 52 years, was never able to afford a proper honeymoon with her husband. The lucky couple plan to use some of the winnings to take that special trip.
£168,155.90 Win Still Unclaimed
A ticket worth £168,155.90 from the January 24, 2014 drawing is still out there somewhere. Euromillions officials are urging anyone who may have purchased a ticket around that time in Bexley, U.K. to dig out their old tickets and double check them.
The winning numbers drawn on that date were 5, 19, 34, 35, 41 and the Lucky Star numbers were 1 and 5.”We have the champagne on ice, as well as our fingers crossed, that the lucky winner comes forward to claim their prize,” said a spokesman for EuroMillions.
The lucky winner has only a few months left to claim their prize. If no one comes forward by July 24, 2014, the prize money and all the interest it has earned will be submitted to the National Lottery Good Causes. Since 1994, the NLGC has funded 420,000 projects in the U.K. in a number of sectors including health and education.