Newest Member of the Millionaires’ Club
Rutherford County, North Carolina has been quite lucky in recent years with three of its residents becoming millionaires from playing scratch tickets. Rodger Keith Melton, of Spindale, won $2.6 million in 2013. Dan Royal, of Forest City, won $5.2 million in 2013 and most recently a friend of Dan’s Henry Smith, of Rutherfordton, won $4 million in December.
Henry told lottery officials that his win was all because of his friend Dan. “I never would have tried a $20 ticket if it wasn’t for Dan. He came over the day I won, looked at my ticket, and said ‘Yup. Welcome to the millionaires’ club.'”
Smith plans to use the prize money to take a nice vacation, pay off his mortgage and some other bills.
Big Lotto Secret
Most people tell their spouse right away when they win the lottery, but not Mike Fiske. Mike, 57, of Norfolk, U.K. entered the EuroMillions Lucky Dip online and could not believe it when he received an email saying he had won £1 Million. He thought it might be a hoax or a dream, so he didn’t tell anyone, including his wife of 28 years, until a week later after he had confirmed the win with Lottery officials. When he finally came clean to his wife, Jane, she was stunned.
Since confirming that his big win was not a joke, Mike has wasted no time. He’s decided to retire from the oil company he works for as a geophysicist and has already given notice. The lucky couple plan to use the prize money to build a new house, travel the world and enjoy retirement worry-free.
Great-Great-Great Grandmother Wins Arizona Lotto
Eusebio Camacho, 78, regularly buys scratch off lottery tickets for his mother, Lily, who is 101 years old. Of the handful of tickets he bought that day, one in particular caught her eye. It was a $5 Money Tree scratch ticket. That lucky ticket turned out to be a top prize winner worth $50,000.
Lily was accompanied by five of her family members to collect her prize check and they were all very protective of the family matriarch. Eusebio told lottery officials that she will continue with her normal routine but it is sure to be a happy holiday for Lily, her 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.
The odds of winning the top prize in the $5 Money Tree game are 1 in 240,000.
Aaron Monsey of Sterling, Virginia recently claimed a $1 Million Powerball Lottery win just four days before it was set to expire. But this isn’t a story of a winner who forgot to check his numbers.
The winning ticket was purchased approximately six months ago at an Exxon gas station in Monsey’s hometown. Monsey checked his ticket the day after the drawing and saw that he had matched the first five numbers, making his Easy Pick ticket worth $1 Million. When Lottery Officials asked him why he had waited so long to come forward, Monsey replied, “just because…” and remained silent on the subject for the rest of the interview.
Monsey isn’t the only winner. The store who sold the lucky ticket will receive a check from the Virginia Lottery for $10,000.
A Hit After Almost Two Decades
For almost two decades, Anthony Barry had been playing the same set of numbers in every Lotto 6/49 draw. Despite never winning more than a free ticket, he persisted. On December 10, 2014, his luck finally turned and his lucky numbers hit. When he heard just days later that someone from St. John’s area had won he checked the winning numbers and instantly recognized them. Barry won a $7 Million jackpot from the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.
Barry has no specific plans yet for how he will spend the prize money but says he will continue to play his lucky numbers in the lottery.