Winning Ticket Found

winningticketNeed to motivate your kids to keep a clean room? Tell them the story of Gregory Jarrett.

Gregory Jarrett, from Decatur, Georgia recently cleaned his room and found a winning Powerball ticket! The original drawing was held earlier this year and luckily for Jarrett, he found his ticket in time to claim his prize.

His winning numbers, 7-8-9-24-29, were worth $1,000,000. These lucky numbers hold a special meaning to him; they are his siblings’ birth dates.

In disbelief, he had to ask his mom to help verify the numbers. Jarrett plans on paying off bills with his winnings.

Each year, it is estimated that over $800 million in prize money is left unclaimed. Although some of these are small prizes, others are larger sums and could even be worth $1,000,000!

£1,000,000 Email Surprise

fashinistaRuth Breen, mom and midwife, can now add millionaire to her list of titles. This Wigan area woman recently collected £1,000,000 in the National Lottery. She was at work when she received her notification email and had to have a co-worker help her verify it was real.

Breen paid off her mortgage with her winnings and indulged herself with a new pair of Jimmy Choos and a matching clutch. She also plans on supporting the Amanda Penk Fund named for her late friend and fellow midwife. This charity raises money for vital maternity care equipment. Her latest planned purchase with her lottery money is a pair of season tickets for her and her daughter to the Wigan Warriors games.

She does plan on continuing her work as a midwife and feels blessed to be able to have such a fortunate job.

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NJ Lottery winner takes home $14 million

iStock_000005875066_ExtraSmallFlossie Endreson played the lottery for years. Learning from their mother, the Endreson family continued to play the lottery after her death. The 17 siblings started to pool their money together for lottery tickets about ten years ago.

Sigrid Endreson was holding the winning ticket for the Pick 6 game for about two weeks before remembering to check the numbers. She did so while out at a local grocery store and had to call one of her sisters to come get her because she was so overcome with emotion.

This large New Jersey family recently cashed in their winning ticket for $14 million or around $10 million after taxes. Many of the family members were affected by the storm Sandy and will use that money to continue rebuilding and support local charities.

The jackpot will be split among the children and a few grandchildren. Hopefully this family tradition will carry down to the next generation of Endresons.

Persistence Pays!

lottery ticket and pencilHow long is too long to play the same lottery numbers? One Australia man would tell you there is no limit to how many years to play those lucky numbers. He recently won $1,006,962.55 in the lottery with numbers he’s been playing for 20 years.

He originally used a Quick Pick for his lottery numbers and continued to use them until he just hit the jackpot earlier this month. The Port Macquarie man didn’t immediately check his numbers, but when he did he was shocked to find out he had won the division one lottery.

This persistent winner remains anonymous and hasn’t decided what he’ll do with his winning jackpot yet. His winning numbers were 24, 34, 1, 25, 6, 29 and supplemental numbers 17 & 45.

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Isn’t It Ironic

fallingdollarsIrony is not lost on Tennessee’s newest millionaire, Roy Cockrum. Years ago as part of his religious beliefs, Cockrum took a vow of poverty. He became a millionaire in July taking home Tennessee’s largest Powerball prize in state history. He believes taking that vow has helped him handle the overwhelming pressure that comes with winning a large sum of money.

Originally an actor, Cockrum left his Knoxville home for the bright lights of the stage. When his aging parents needed help, he returned to his Tennessee home to care for them. He purchased his winning ticket after shopping at a neighborhood Kroger store.

Cockrum didn’t come forward immediately after winning, but first enlisted the help of a financial advisor before even telling his family of his amazing win. He has planned to put some money aside as a pension of sorts for himself, to start a foundation to support non-profits for the performing arts and to support other charities.

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