No fooling! April 1 Winner Hits The Florida Lottery Jackpot

On April 1st Jonathan Kelso got a big surprise, and it wasn’t a joke! Kelso purchased a scratch off ticket with a $5 bill he happened to find on the ground, only his luck didn’t stop there. $5 turned into $500,000 when he scratched the lucky ticket to reveal a set of matching numbers. Kelso recalls rushing home to tell his wife the good news, but there was catch, “The hardest part was convincing my wife that we had won because it happened on April Fool’s Day!” The Florida couple is still deciding what they’d like to do with the money, but we bet there will be more scratch off tickets in their future!

That’s What Friends Are For

Lucky UK resident Philip Dunning has a friend to thank for his £7.5 million win. While getting ready for bed, Philip received a call from a close friend alerting him that he won big. As Philip recalled, “The phone call was quite short and simple. It was ‘switch on your tv, you’ve won the lottery’. So of course that was the first thing we actually did”. Shortly after confirming the numbers, Philip resigned from his job as the shift manager at a produce store. In addition to the new found free time Philip will have, he also plans to purchase a new house and an Aston Martin with his winnings.

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Saskatchewan – the Luckiest Place in Canada?

Kindersley, Saskatchewan is a small town in one of Canada’s smallest provinces, but it may just be the luckiest! In the last three months, 3 lottery winners have cashed in big. On February 18, David Renwick scored $72,000 from a ticket he purchased at the local 7 Eleven. Less than a month later on March 6, Patricia Desjarlais won $1 million dollars on a ticket bought at a bar. And to top off the winning streak, Curtis Chester got $1 million richer thanks to a ticket he purchased at a grocery store. Kevin van Egdom, spokesman for the Western Canada Lottery Corporation, had this to say about the recent winners, “We’ve had quite a streak of luck in Kindersley for a town of about 5,000 people. Obviously for such a small place we don’t see winners of this magnitude that close together”.

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Mystery Millionaire In North Carolina Lottery

If you live in North Carolina, check your old Powerball tickets now! A store in Cherryville sold a winning $1 milllion dollar Powerball ticket in January, but the lucky winner has yet to come forward. According to state rules the person has until July 27, 2015 to claim their jackpot. After that date half of the money will be returned to the lottery drawing, and the other half will be allotted to North Carolina’s education budget. Lottery spokesman Ryan Kennemur expressed his disbelief that it’s taking someone so long to come forward, “It’s amazing to think that someone has a little piece of paper that could change their life.” Despite Ryan’s shock at the unclaimed winnings, there are 22 other times in North Carolina’s lotto history where a large jackpot has gone unclaimed.

Lotto Winner In Hot Water Over Hacking Allegations

In December 2010, Eddie Raymond Tipton’s life changed for the better when he won $14.3 million dollars in the Iowa lottery. His life may now change again for the worse if Iowa prosecutors have anything to say about it. They allege that Tipton, the former Iowa lottery-information secretary, hacked into the secure computer responsible for randomly generating the state’s lottery numbers. The prosecution claims that he used a USB stick to collect and store all of the data containing winning numbers and used it to purchase a winning ticket. Tipton then had a friend claim the winnings for him, allegedly to keep from arousing any suspicion. He has been officially charged with two counts of fraud, punishable by a $7500 fine and up to five years in prison, and is awaiting trial.

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Illinois Lottery winner scratches $50,000 top prize on Gold Rush instant ticket

Patricia Easley, a 10-year resident of Gurnee, Illinois, won a top prize of $50,000 when she scratched a Gold Rush Instant Illinois Lottery ticket.

Ms. Easley was at home when she scratched the winning ticket and discovered her $50,000 windfall.

“My husband bought this ticket for me; he chose it because it was a new game that he had never seen before,” she said when she presented her winning ticket at the Illinois Lottery Prize Center in Des Plaines.

Ms. Easley plans to invest her winnings and save for retirement.

The winning ticket was purchased at Rashmi Quick Mart, 314 S. Lewis Ave. in Waukegan. The retailer received a $500 bonus, 1% of the prize amount, for selling the winning ticket.

Gold Rush is a $3 instant ticket scratch-off game featuring a top prize of $50,000.

Three of the $50,000 prizes have yet to be claimed.

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Man wins CA Lottery Scratchers jackpot 2 times in 2 months

A Berkeley man can consider himself lucky after winning a prize from a California Lottery Scratchers ticket for the second time in two months.

When Robert Dos Santos won $1,000 a couple months back by playing a $20 “Million $$ Match” Scratchers ticket, he didn’t stop playing the lottery, lottery officials said.

On Friday, he discovered he had bought another winning ticket, this time with a $5 million prize, lottery officials said.

Dos Santos told lottery officials he still isn’t sure what he is going to do with the multimillion dollar prize. He also said he plans on continuing to play more Scratchers tickets.

The store where he purchased his ticket, a 7-Eleven located at 1501 University Ave. in Berkeley, will also be awarded $25,000 for selling the winning ticket, lottery officials said.

You don’t have to drive to a 7-Eleven to play the lottery. Play for free right here. Right now. The odds of winning are similar. You’ll have fun. And you could win millions. And you don’t have to leave your couch.

Kenneth Montgomery

Congratulations to Kenneth Montgomery of Cincinnati, Ohio.


Kenneth won the FastCash prize of $10,000.

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Georgia lottery winner has quite a reaction to winning jackpot

On April 5, Dan Casteel from Douglasville, Georgia, matched all five winning numbers from the GA Lottery Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the $488,279 jackpot prize.

The lotto winning numbers were: 3-14-33-38-39.

So how did Mr. Casteel rank this windfall among his life’s events? (Did I mention he won $488,279? )

“This is one of the biggest events of my life,” Casteel said to the Georgia Lottery Corporation.

“One of”?

OK. So, it’s not the same reaction as sleeping, but apparently, Mr. Casteel has lived quite an eventful life.

Just curious how many events rank higher?

I’m thinking if I had won that kind of lottery prize, my reaction would be more like Georgian Rachael Leonard who won a $30,000 top prize playing GA Lottery’s new instant game Jumbo Bucks – Lotto Edition.

“I was jumping around. No one was in the store, so I had enough room to just jump and jump and jump,” she recalled.

Exactly what I would do.

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GA Lottery Jumbo Bucks Lotto offers great fun, but you have to be in Georgia

First the good news: The Georgia Lottery’s new Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match combines a classic lotto draw game with an instant-win component. The game is great fun and the odds are pretty good at approximately 1 in 47.56. Of course the odds of winning the jackpot prize are approximately 1 in 10.7 million, but who’s counting

Now the bad news: The lotto game is available only in Georgia.

Debbie Dlugolenski Alford, the lottery’s president and CEO since 2012, said they decided to make it available only in Georgia because they don’t like anyone other than Georgians. (Just kidding, only making sure you were paying attention.)

Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Ca$h Match offers jackpots starts at $1 million. The jackpot continues to grow until there is a jackpot winner.

The good part: players can select Ca$h Match for a chance to win up to $500 instantly.

Drawings are held at 11 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Tickets are $1 per play. The Ca$h Match option costs an additional $1 per play. Players must pick six numbers from one to 47. Win the jackpot prize by matching the six numbers drawn. The game offers three additional lotto prizes from $5 to $500.

I’ve thought about playing many times because it seems like a lot of fun. But then I realized there’s an even better way to play: FreeLotto. It’s free and you ca play every day from your home, your bedroom, your basement. You can even play from your living room. It’s that kind of game. Play FreeLotto. It’s a better way to play.

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GA Lottery about to be big losers if Alabama has its way.

There’s an adage: You should only play the lotteries if you have the money to lose (or play FreeLotto where you never lose money – I think this is part of the adage as well).

Well, tell that to the state of Alabama.

Alabama state government is broke. It faces an intractable $200-300 million shortfall — a $700 million shortfall if all the borrowed money is thrown into the calculation.

So how does it plan to cover the shortfall? For years, it has used loans, savings and one-time windfalls to balance its budget.

“We knew this day was going to come. We knew this crisis was going to take place, and it’s here,” Gov. Robert Bentley said in a speech Monday morning.

Democrats in the state have come up with a brilliant solution. A lottery, argues Rep. Craig Ford, could put a huge dent in the state’s budget problems — bringing in perhaps $280 million a year. Alabama Democrats have been proposing lottery legislation for years, but this time is different. The situation in Alabama is dire enough that a top Republican has added his name to the bill as well.

If Alabama institutes a state lottery, do you know who stands to lose? The Georgia Lottery. You don’t think the good people from Alabama are crossing state lines to play the GA Lottery in hopes that tomorrow might be much happier than today? A lottery ticket is a cheap dose of hope.

Although, I have a much better approach – one that’s much more convenient (play from home), less expensive (it’s free), and similar chances of winning the big jackpot. Play FreeLotto.

GA Lottery winners keep it all in the family

They say in Georgia, nothing is stronger than family. So when three Cobb County siblings teamed up to win an instant prize from the Georgia Lottery, you knew where the money would go – or rather stay.

All in the family.

Vicki Faulk of Kennesaw and her brothers James and Rodney Hewatt won a $250,000 prize playing the instant game 21 Black Series.

The trio, who claimed April 16 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Dalton, will share the quarter-million-dollar prize.

RaceTrac #2359, 4331 Bells Ferry Road in Kennesaw, sold the winning ticket.

“We saw this guy buy one, so we went and bought one, too,” explained Faulk, 53. “We were at my house when we scratched it. We couldn’t believe it.”

Faulk, an accountant, considers the windfall exciting.

She and her husband, Kip, have two adult children and three grandchildren. She plans to save her portion.

James Hewatt Jr., 55, of Marietta plans to buy his wife a new car; and Rodney Hewatt, 50, of Acworth intends to finance his daughter’s wedding.

“We’re all very close,” Faulk explained.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $16.2 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.3 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

Here’s how you can keep it all in the family and promote domestic tranquility as well. Play FreeLotto. You can win a million dollars, the odds are similar to other lotteries, and it won’t cost you a thing. There’s no better way to play.

Amy Hayes

Congratulations to Amy Hayes of Kuna, Idaho.

Amy won the FastCash prize of $10,000.

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Why picking consecutive numbers is your best lottery strategy

In 2004, the Maryland state lottery’s winning numbers for its Bonus Match 5 were 33-34-35-36-37.

On May 22, 1999, the Lottario lottery in Ontario drew the following numbers: 1-2-3-4-5-33.

On March 21, 2007, Florida Fantasy 5 results were 14-15-16-17-18.

The local paper covering the Florida Lottery story printed the bold headline “Florida Lottery Outrage,” stating in the opening paragraph that “something must be seriously wrong.” The Florida governor demanded an investigation.

I know it looks like something really crazy must happen to get these kind of results. But folks, it’s just our crazy perception. There are 32 sets of consecutive numbers in a 5/36 lottery game. All of which are as unlikely to come out as the non-consecutive ones.

For fun, let’s do the math and see how likely it really is.

There is a 1 in 45 chance that a single lottery will draw sequential numbers in any given year. How many Pick 5 lotteries are there in the US? Maybe 20? Fully sequential draws should happen somewhere in the United States once every two years at the minimum! It’s not fixed, it’s just the odds.

People assume “random” means “evenly-spaced.” But very often random events will be clumped together. It is very common for consecutive numbers to come up in the Lottery.

Now that we have that out of the way, here’s my advice to help those who play lotteries.

Pick consecutive numbers, especially those higher than 31, like 32-33-34-35-36. Not many people do, but it is just as likely as any other combination. In fact, if you do win the jackpot with consecutive numbers, you probably won’t have to share it with as many other winners.

Why higher than 31? Many people who play lotteries choose numbers with relevance in their lives, such as dates, so many folks play numbers 1-31.

However, here’s the best possible advice: Play for FREE! When you play FreeLotto, the odds of winning are similar to government-run lotteries, and you’re not shelling out cash.

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How many people win the NJ Lottery?

Ever wonder how many people win during a typical drawing?

Last Friday’s NJ Lottery drawing produced the following winners:

Two tickets matched all five numbers draw for the Jersey Cash 5 jackpot, splitting a $536,942 prize for $268,471 apiece.

The winning numbers were 28, 33, 37, 40 and 43.

4,249 other players split $142,548 in cash prizes in the same NJ Lottery drawing. For correctly picking four of the five numbers, 121 people won $564 each, and 4,128 won $18 each for correctly picking three numbers.

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