NY CASH4LIFE Lottery Winner Has Perfect Ending for Retired Vietnam Veteran

The perfect lottery-winning story:

John Stresing, from West Seneca, NY, is a retired Bethlehem Steel worker and Vietnam Veteran.

He is a regular NY lottery player who always plays his family members’ birthdays, along with the number four, for the four members since the game started.

On February 2, the winner numbers for the CASH4LIFE drawing were 04-08-17-20-21 and Cash Ball 04.

The same numbers always played by Mr. Stresing who was now $7 million richer having won the $1,000-a-day top prize.

His immediate emotion was relief, saying that he could now pay off his bills, make life easier for his wife and kids, and “enjoy life.”

He also plans to take his wife, Sharon, on the honeymoon they never had. Next year they will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They plan to go “some place warm.”

And he’s splitting the $7 million prize with his son, John “Jack” Stresing Jr. As for Stresing Jr., he plans to travel and possibly retire.

Each will receive $182,500 before taxes every single year for the rest of their lives.

Now that’s a perfect ending.

CASH4LIFE’s drawings are on Mondays and Thursdays. Each game costs $2. Players choose 5 of 60 numbers in the main field, and 1 of 4 (hence the game’s name) green “Cash Ball” numbers in a second field. Matching all six numbers wins, or shares (“split-prize liability”), the equivalent of $1,000-per-day-for-life, or $7,000,000 cash, at the winner’s option.

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Scratch-off lottery games not as random as you think

The North American lottery industry is a $70 billion-a-year business. It generates more revenue than movie tickets, music, and porn combined. The American lottery system is as old as the country itself. As many as 50% of U.S. citizens have played the lottery at least once in their lives. Twenty precent consider themselves regular players.

Are state-run scratch-off games completely random? Absolutely not.

A famous Wired Magazine article profiled Mohan Srivastava, a geological statistician living in Toronto, who essentially cracked the system and was able to identify winning tickets with 90 percent accuracy just by looking at the numbers on the visible tic-tac-toe grid.

Srivastava would spot what he called “singletons,” numbers that appear only a single time on the visible tic-tac-toe boards. He realized that the singletons were almost always repeated under the latex coating. If three singletons appeared in a row on one of the eight boards, that ticket was probably a winner.

He has also realized similar success with Bingo scratch-off lottery tickets.

Seem impossible? Not really if you think about it.

Creating impregnable lottery scratch-off tickets is extremely difficult, if not impossible believes Srivastava. “There is nothing random about the lottery,” he says. “In reality, everything about the game has been carefully designed to control payouts and entice the consumer.” Of course, these elaborate design elements mean that the ticket can be undesigned, that the algorithm can be reverse-engineered. The veneer of chance can be peeled away.

The history of state-run scratch-off lotteries is filled with multiple winners who either have beaten incredible odds or who have likely gamed the system.

Check out these stories:

The Florida Lottery

The Hoosier Lottery

New Jersey Lottery

And of course there’s Joan R. Ginther, a former statistics professor, who had won four different multi-million dollar jackpots in Texas – three of which came from purchasing scratch-off lottery tickets. It was speculated that there was actually a pattern to where and when the winning tickets were sold, and that Professor Ginther had figured out this pattern

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How latest $1 million Powerball winner from Portland, OR, plans to spend his money

The first $1 million Powerball winner of 2015 is Bill Delmatoff, a special education paraeducator at da Vinci Arts Middle School in Northeast Portland.

Mr. Delmatoff said he didn’t believe he had won at first. In fact, he wasn’t absolutely sure until the giant check was in his hands.

Once he was certain, he took a day off work. No word yet on whether he’s ready to retire early now.

Oregon Lottery officials said the newest millionaire and his wife are planning to donate some of the money to charities that assist parents with foster children.

Purchased ticket on a whim

Mr. Delmatoff typically plays Oregon’s Megabucks lottery but on a whim, he decided to throw in an extra four bucks to play in the multi-state Powerball lottery.

“For some reason I bought a Powerball ticket, too,” he said. “Now I’m glad I did.”

Powerball is an American lottery game sold by 47 lotteries (44 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) as a shared jackpot game.

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“Gut Feeling” worth $126 million to lucky NY lottery winner

When it comes to winning the lottery, always trust your gut feeling.

At least that’s true for upstate New York real-estate broker Tammy Pratt who recently won the Mega Millions jackpot for $100 million.

A regular player, she typically buys a single ticket, but on a hunch last month she purchased 4 lottery tickets.

And did it pay off – big time – as Mrs. Pratt became the sole winner of the $126 million jackpot drawn on Feb. 27 on the second ticket she purchased.

“I just had a feeling I should get more than one,” she said at a press conference Wednesday where she was presented with a giant check.

Pratt said she learned she was a millionaire after checking the numbers the next morning.

“I saw that someone purchased the winning ticket in South Fallsburg. Then I saw it was purchased at the same store where I bought my ticket and I thought ‘Oh my God! Could the winner be me?’ ” she said.

After taxes, Pratt will pocket a one-time payment of $54 million.

Just goes to show you, never doubt a woman’s intuition.

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The 6 best tips for winning free online lotteries

Playing free online lotteries is fun! Millions of people around the world enjoy hundreds of different online games in hopes of winning millions in cash.

Sure, what you’ve heard is correct, that the odds of winning most games of chance are small. But try telling that to the winners who have hit grand prize jackpots to become instant multi millionaires. As the saying goes, you got to be in it to win it.

People do win cash playing lotteries. In fact it happens all the time, and we highlight these winners on this site often. Many, for example, have won playing FreeLotto.

The big question is: Are there proven strategies to improve your chances of winning cash?

The answer of course is yes.

The following is a comprehensive list of the best strategies and tips for winning free online lotteries:

1. Playing the same numbers every drawing does NOT change the odds.

OK, this isn’t really a tip, but it’s #1 because it’s so often explained incorrectly on websites by lottery (but not math) gurus.

Repeat after me: The probability of winning does not depend on the specific numbers selected, and the numbers drawn for each lottery drawing have no dependence on previous drawings, so there is no benefit to playing the same numbers every time.

Now, there are ways to exploit some lotteries that use computers to generate random numbers because it can be hard for a computer to generate proper random numbers. But we’ll save that for another post.

For now, as long as the lottery numbers are randomly generated each time independently of the previous draws, the probability of winning is always the same.

And I know, I know, famous 7-time lottery winner Richard Lustig (and someone I wrote about here) believes picking the same numbers regularly, even if you are losing, gives you more edge in the next drawing. I’m sure it works for him. But the math doesn’t hold up.

2. Choose the right online lottery games to play

Game selection is simply choosing to play the lotto game with the lowest odds – which means the game with the smallest number fields. Five numbers chosen has lower odds than 6 numbers.

Stick with lotteries with smaller lotto number fields (and smaller jackpots) to increase your odds of winning something.

3. Play as many times as possible

If you’re able to play for free, then fire it up and keep it going! The more times you play will increase your odds of winning.

4. Play games with guaranteed prizes

Your odds improve significantly if they have to draw winning numbers more than once, which they might have to do to guarantee a win.

5. Double-checking your numbers

You have no idea how many lottery prizes go unclaimed by people who had the winning numbers but failed to check. Some free lotteries, like FreeLotto, offer a service to check for you. If you’re serious about winning you may want to check into an automatic checker.

6. Avoid popular numbers

Because combinations made up of very popular numbers are regularly played by hundreds of people in every lottery game around the world. Hundreds of people who all seem completely oblivious to the fact that hundreds of other people are doing the very same thing! The result is a smaller take-home for each individual winner.

Many people play numbers that correspond to dates, such as their own birthday and birthdays of family members. This means that there will be more numbers chosen between 1 and 31. If you choose higher numbers than 31, you won’t increase your chances of winning, but you will boost your odds of not sharing a jackpot with another winner.

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Friday the 13th is a lucky day to win cash

Turns out Friday the 13th is a lucky day after all. At least for Tom Brown from Rockford, Illinois. Mr. Brown, 71, played the Illinois Lottery’s “Vegas” ticket on the infamous Friday and won $200,000 cash. He said his first order of business with the money is to take his wife, his two children, six grand-kids and two great-grandchildren on a trip to Disney World in Florida.

“Friday the 13th certainly was lucky for me,” said Tom Brown after turning in a winning scratch-off lottery ticket at a claim center.

The winning cash will come in handy, he said, because there are also bills he needs to pay.

Mr. Brown said he plays the lottery about once a week. Last Friday’s winning ticket was purchased at a Schnucks grocery store. The store earned a $2,000 payout for its part in the win.

Did you win any cash on Friday the 13th? Tell us in the comments section below if you were lucky. Test your luck for free when you play FreeLotto. Click below to play.

Play this online lottery and win an indoor skating rink

Our friends in Canada sure do know how to play the lottery online and make it unique to, well, Canadians.

The Health Care Foundation Hospital Home Lottery will award one lucky winner a $1 million grand prize show home featuring 3,700 sq ft of luxury living space, naturally, 17-ft vaulted ceiling, of course, fully finished basement with powder room and sports bar, sure, and an indoor skating rink with artificial ice.

Well, why wouldn’t it? It is Canada, after all.

The builder, Dave Dobbin, admitted that building this house was a bit of a treat.

“This house, I guess it’s more free reign. You don’t actually have a client or a family that you’re particularly working for, so you have more license to do some interesting things — like skating rinks and man-cave sports bars,” he said.

This is the seventh home lottery the foundation has held, raising money for hospitals in St. John’s.

Lottery tickets for the $1-million home are available online, and the draw is set for July 11 or whenever all tickets are sold. Click here to play this online lottery.

The home is open for public viewings.

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Irish Spring What Does Your Signature Say About You Sweepstakes

Your signature can help you win online sweepstakes in fun promotion

A signature says a lot about a guy, from their personality to their style.

And if you’re lucky, your signature can also win you a 4 day/3 night trip for 2 to the 2015 NFL Draft taking place on April 30-May 2 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois!

Win the “What Does Your Signature Say About You Online Sweepstakes”

All this month, analyze your signature at YourSignaturePersonality.com to find out what it says about you. Then, register for the What Does Your Signature Say About You Sweepstakes for the chance to win the grand prize.

The free online contest, which started back on February 23rd, is scheduled to end on March 31, 2015 after which the time the Sweepstakes will be closed and no further entries will be accepted.

Irish Spring partnered with an expert graphologist at the Graphology Consulting Group to create an interactive tool to analyze and showcase guys’ personalities based on traits and flares in their signatures.

What a fun way to win cash and prizes online. Of course, you can also play and win instantly with FreeLotto. It’s free and fun and you don’t have to wait until March 31 to see if you won.

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CA lottery using an ad like nothing you’ve seen before

Most lottery advertising focuses on what you do if you won the big money. Quit your job. Buy a yacht. Go on vacation for life.

But the California lottery is doing something totally different. Led by David & Goliath, an indie L.A. ad agency, it instead chose the mini-documentary route to back up the brand’s ongoing tagline, “Believe in something bigger.”

“Every lotto brand talks about riches and private islands and material wealth,” said David Angelo, the agency’s founder and chairman. “We’re saying that the California Lottery stands for more than jackpots.”

The CA Lottery agency chose as subjects six people who have used their own ingenuity and dedication to pursue their dreams, including a woman who established an equestrian club for kids in inner-city Compton or an Orange County restaurant owner who donates 1,000 meals a day to hungry children.

These are bootstrap folks – “everyday heroes,” as the agency calls them — who make a difference without piles of money. Think of the potential impact, the campaign implies, if purpose-driven people are lucky enough to quick-pick some winning lotto numbers.

“It’s hard to believe in winning the lotto,” Angelo said. “We think we’ve found a very human way to link to the idea that anything is possible.”

Check out the videos here: California lottery campaign

What would you do if you won the jackpot? Tell us below in the comment section.

Florida Lottery winner's money still making a difference 26 years later

Florida Lottery winner’s money still making a difference 26 years later

Most people who play the lottery dream about all the different ways they would spend all that cash.

However, there’s one multimillion-dollar lottery winner who wasn’t interested in buying the biggest and most expensive items.

Sheelah Ryan was a Seminole County real estate agent in 1988. Then she hit it big time.

Ryan won the Florida Lottery back in 1988, with winnings more than $55 million. At the time, it was the largest payout to an individual winner in U.S. history. She died just five years after she won, but the charity she founded, the Ryan Foundation, lives on and continues to help others.

At the time of Ryan’s win, she was a widow and decided the money would be best spent on others rather than buying baubles and big cars for herself.

Ryan wanted to start a charity and got her friend, Pamela O’Hab, who was an accountant, to help.

“I knew her before she won the lottery, and she was one of the greatest people I’ve ever known,” O’Hab said.

O’Hab now sits on the Ryan Foundation’s board of directors. The charity focuses on the community.

“We do a lot with education,” O’Hab said. “We give to Seminole County Public Schools, we support backpack programs, we work with women’s rights and organizations like Safe House of Seminole County.”

The foundation still survives off Ryan’s winnings that were left behind almost three decades ago. O’Hab said it’s the legacy of helping others that Ryan lived for and it’s what she wants to preserve for her.

What you do if you were to win? Tell us in the comments below.

Why you keep playing the lottery

Why we play the lottery

Six numbers have the power to change your life.

Maybe your child is ill and there are hospital bills to pay. Maybe you’ve lost your job and you’re worried about making rent. Maybe you still have a job, but you’re miserable, and you’d really like to spend the next 50 years lying on a beach with a mai tai in hand.

Whatever your situation, the question remains: why do we play the lottery?

And to be clear, a great many of us do. In fact, more than 50% of the U.S. population play the lottery in a typical year.

“People love to have a rescue fantasy,” human behavior expert Dr. Wendy Walsh told CNN. “We have the Cinderella complex – there’s a fairy godmother who’s going to come in and save us.”

We’ve all heard the statistics. Your chances of winning a major lottery jackpot are about one in 175 million. You’re more likely to die from a bee sting (one in 6.1 million), be struck by lightning (one in 3 million) or have conjoined twins (one in 200,000).

But people keep playing – most likely because the thought of winning $500 million is much more fun than the thought of being attacked by a shark (one in 11.5 million).

“It doesn’t faze them because they’re in love with hope,” Walsh said.

Part of the allure is that everyone else is doing it, said Dr. Stephen Goldbart, author of “Affluence Intelligence” and co-director of the Money, Meaning & Choices Institute.

In a Psychology Today article titled “Lottery-itis!” Goldbart noted two main reasons why people spend money to play lotteries:

“Jumping on the bandwagon is an age-old motivator of psychological behavior,” wrote Goldbart and his colleague, Joan DiFuria. “We want to be with the in-crowd, to be ‘part of the movement,’ not ‘feel left out.’ ”

The second reason stems from a sense of disempowerment that comes with change – whether it’s a changing economy or a changing world.

“The map to finding the American Dream has been radically altered,” they wrote. “(The lottery) lets you believe in magic: that you will be the one who spent a little and got a lot; that you will defy the extraordinary odds against winning.”

Spend a little, get a lot – the basis for every good investment. The low cost of a lottery ticket is one of the most seductive things about it.

One study, published in the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, theorized that people focus on the cost-to-benefit ratio of a single ticket rather than add up the long-term cost of playing over a year, or a lifetime.

Still, to say that playing the lottery is a bad idea doesn’t sit well with the professor of economics and psychology.

“It’s ridiculous to say that 51% of the population is just irrational or self-destructive,” he said. “It serves a psychological function for people. … Our pleasure of living is not only based on our current situation, but what could be, what we can imagine our situation could become.”

Irrational or not, millions will sit around their TV and computer screens, praying that their lucky six numbers will appear.

They’re optimistic that the fairy-tale ending they’ve been waiting for will come, even if it takes a little magic.

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