Pennsylvania woman stole money to play the lottery, and won $1 Million

Joan Lechleitner, 51, won a share of $1 Million in the Cash 5 lottery drawing in September.  Unfortunately, Joan was one of four people charged with stealing over $175,000 from the grocery store where they worked.

Kerry Titus, 54, Samantha Schaeffer, 25, and Tyler Schappell, 21, fraudulently rang up returns at work between May 2011 and March 2016.  Troopers said that a portion of the stolen $175,082.11 was used to buy lottery tickets.

Joan Lechleitner was one of four Cash 5 lottery winners splitting a share of more than $1 million. Lechleitner’s portion of the $1 Million prize was $261,905.50.  Leitcher is also said to have won $10,000 from a scratch-off in the past.

State police said Lechleitner, Titus, Schaeffer and Schappell are being charged with theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception. They are expected to turn themselves in to police Tuesday afternoon for an arraignment.

Unclaimed $1 Million Mega Million Ticket sold in Michigan

A lucky Mega Million player in Niles, Michigan is $1 Million richer, but has yet to claim his or her prize.

The winning ticket was purchased at the Sunrise Sunset Party Store, located at 1009 Huntly Road in Niles.  The numbers played were: 18, 41, 50, 68 and 70, which match all of the numbers from Friday night’s drawing.

Lotto officials are urging the winner to contact the Michigan lottery and claim his or her prize.  The winner has one year to claim the prize.

Scotland’s Luckiest Lottery Family wins 3rd Lottery Ticket worth £ 1 Million

The Fry Family from Bo’ness, Scotland won £ 1 Million from the national lottery (that’s the equivalent of more than $14 million dollars).  They claimed their prize on May 18th and decided to share the wealth with their family.

Peter Fry and his wife Mary Fry are retired with 6 grandchildren.  Their family includes: Peter Fry, 90, and wife Mary, 86, along with their three daughters, Margaret, 64, Janet, 59, and Isobel, 57.  The Fry family has been playing the lotto for years!

Just 6 years ago, Peter’s cousin, Annette Brown, 82, won £1.15 million Lotto jackpot (the equivalent of almost $2 Million).

Peter Fry was shocked at winning a top prize.  He told his mom, who was also in shock.  This was the biggest prize they had ever won!

We wish the Fry family all the best and hope their good luck doesn’t run out!  Congratulations!

4 Quick Tips to Help You Win Big with Scratch-Offs

1) Purchase a scratch-off from a store with few players: 

Every new roll of scratch-off lottery tickets has a guaranteed number of winners for each game.  The more common prizes start at $1 and the bigger and less common prizes can be anywhere from $500 to $3,000.

Every time a winning ticket is purchased from a roll, your chances to win become slimmer.  Experts therefore recommend purchasing a scratch off where there will be less winners.  With less people competing for prizes, you will be more likely to win.


 2) Check lottery results online: 

Every scratch-off has a certain amount of top prizes, but stores will continue to sell tickets even if top prizes have been claimed.  If you check the results for a certain scratch-off and notice that there have been top winners, play a different game.  You will be more likely to receive a top prize from a game that doesn’t have big winners yet.


3) Purchase your scratch-off tickets in bulk: 

7-time lottery winner, Richard Lustig says that buying several tickets from the same roll increases your chances of winning.  As we mentioned before, there is a set amount of guaranteed prizes in a roll and for each “losing” ticket you play, the likelihood of playing a winning ticket increases.

The initial odds of winning from a ticket are 1 in 3.  As you continue to play within the same roll, your odds of winning become greater.  However, if you purchase a ticket from a different roll, your odds of winning will be 1 in 3 again.


4) Purchase a Scratch-off with better odds: 

Although this may seem like the most obvious of rules it’s also the most important to improve your chances of winning.  Each scratch-off has the odds of winning listed on the back.  You can also ask the store clerk or do a little research to find which scratch off has the best odds of winning.

In general, the more expensive tickets have greater odds of winning and greater payoffs.  Cheaper tickets tend to have slimmer chances of winnings and smaller payoffs.

Remember although lottery odds are usually slim, there is always a chance of winning especially when you improve your strategy.  Good luck!

An Insane Amount of New Jersey Lottery Winners Fail to Claim their Lottery Prizes

The New Jersey Lottery pays out over $1.8 billion annually in lotto prizes, but a surprising $33.9 million worth of prizes go unclaimed each year.

No one is sure why so many New Jersey players fail to claim their prizes but a New Jersey spokeswoman assured that no one has failed to claim their Mega Millions or Powerball grand prizes.

All New Jersey winners have a year from the date of the drawing to claim their prizes.  When prizes go unclaimed, the money goes back to the public as additional prize offerings or for other causes and institutions that the lottery funds (i.e. schools, public works, homeless programs, etc.)

If you have played the lottery in New Jersey and suspect that you may have a winning ticket, follow this link to check your ticket.  You might be a prize-winner and may not even know it!

Powerball Ticket Worth $39K Sold in San Diego California

A very lucky powerball lottery ticket worth over $439,000 was recently sold in San Diego, California on May 22nd.

Officials say the winner matched 5 of 6 winning numbers.

The winner played: 9-32-5-7-23, but missed number 26, the Powerball number.  This ticket is worth exactly $439,691.

Lotto officials recommend that the winner sign the back of the ticket and contact a Lottery District Office to claim their prize.

Congratulations to the lucky winner!  We hope they come forward for their prize soon.

CA Lottery Best Numbers To Play

Use past California Lottery winning numbers to help you win California-only games.

While the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots get all the attention because of the incredibly large payouts, lost in all the media hysteria are the state lottery games.

In California, for example, you can win millions playing California-only games like SuperLotto Plus, Fantasy 5, Daily 4, Daily 3, Daily Derby, and Hotspot.

Each game offers you the chance to win a range of cash prizes, and you can win decent amounts by matching just a few numbers.

If you play SuperLotto Plus, for example, there are 9 ways to win cash with a jackpot starting at $7 million, which can easily reach $30 million or more. To play, choose five lucky numbers from 1 to 47 and one MEGA number from 1 to 27. You win a prize if you match just the MEGA number or win big by matching all 5 numbers plus the MEGA number. Drawings are held every week.

Fantasy 5 is another California-only jackpot game with a jackpot of $175,000. Similar to the other games, to win you have to match all 5 numbers with each number being between 1-39. However, you can also win cash prizes for matching only three numbers. The Fantasy 5 draw occurs every day right after draw entry closes at 6:30 p.m.

The key to winning cash for any lottery is of course picking the winning numbers. Many people use special dates, like birthdays and anniversaries, while others select the uniform numbers of their favorite sports figures. And many other lottery players go with their “gut” or numbers that just feel right.

What if you knew which numbers were most commonly drawn for your favorite games? Would that alter the numbers you’d pick?
If you play Powerball, would you change your picks if you knew that 32 and 41 have appeared 193 times, or just over 10% of the time, which makes them the most commonly drawn numbers in Powerball history? Or what about the fact that in order to win the big Powerball jackpot, you must also guess the “powerball” in addition to all five regular numbers, and the most commonly drawn powerball number is 20, which has appeared 63 times (or 3%).

Would knowing that kind of percentages change how you play the California Lottery games? If so, here are the numbers you need:

SuperLotto Plus

In the last 1000 draws, 15 is the luckiest number. It’s been drawn 137 times (13.7% of the time). The numbers 25 (13.0%) and 33 (12.9%) are the next two lucky numbers. Cold or unlucky numbers are 3 and 28. Both have been part of the winning combinations less than 8.5% of the time.

California Fantasy 5

If you play the Fantasy 5, you select 5 numbers between 1-39. You can win something even if you only match 3 numbers ($3) – but, hey, that’s still better than losing. In the last 1000 draws, the winningest numbers rank as follows:

34 drawn 14.9%
14 drawn 14.5%
10 drawn 14.4%
27 drawn 14.1%
39 drawn 14.1%
38 drawn 14.0%

The most unlucky numbers are:

31 drawn 11.5%
21 drawn 10.8%
25 drawn 9.8%

To conduct your own lucky and unlucky number analysis, visit or California Lottery page with all kinds of helpful tools to help you break down California Lottery results and determine how to win the California Lottery.

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430 Million Powerball Winner Comes Forward

Pearlie Mae Smith, the 70-year-old mother of 7 adult children, was the lucky winner of the $429.6 Million Powerball ticket. Smith purchased the winning ticket at her local 7-Eleven in Trenton after dreaming about the winning numbers.  You read that right – no special birthdays or anniversary dates! Smith said the numbers came to her in a dream! She also acknowledged that raising 7 children wasn’t easy and feels fortunate to be the winner. Smith plans to split the money with all of her children.

Valerie Arthur, Smith’s oldest daughter, says the win came as a big shock and that many of her siblings have yet to notify their employers.  Arthur also noted that some of her siblings plan to continue working.

Another of Smith’s children, Cathy Smith, definitely plans to keep working.  She has run a mentoring program for young women for 15 years despite the fact that funding has been difficult. Now she intends on using the lottery money to continue changing the lives of young women.

The 7 Winners include: Steven Smith, Jacqueline Sessoms, Marsha-Ann Smith, Rene Smith, all of Trenton, and Tracy Smith and Katherine Nunnally, both of Newark.

Pearlie Mae’s $6 purchase turned her into millionaire! She bought a $2 ticket on both the May 4 and 7 drawings and spent an extra $1 each time to get the “Power Play” option that multiplies the winnings.

She chose the same numbers for each drawing: 5-25-26-44-66 and the Powerball number, 9.

Smith opted to take her winnings out as a lump sum of $284 million which will amount to $204,480,000 after taxes.

Congratulations to the Smith Family.  We wish them all the best with their new fortune!

13 Unluckiest Lottery Winners

Winning the lottery might seem like a dream come true, but to some lotto winners, the money is simply a nightmare.  In honor of Friday the 13th we’ve compiled a list of the 13 Unluckiest Lotto Winners.

1) Denise Rossi won $1.3 Million after playing the California lottery and kept it a secret from her husband, divorcing him 2 days later.  Her husband was shocked as he says that they had a very happy and loving marriage.  Still, he agreed to the divorce.  Denise told no one in her divorce case about the big win, but it wouldn’t remain a secret forever.  When her ex-husband, Thomas Rossi, learned about her secret, he filed a lawsuit and won!  A family court judge ruled that she had violated disclosure laws and awarded every penny to her ex-husband.  Denise was left with nothing!

2) Andrew Jack Whitaker, a millionaire and owner of a successful construction company, Andrew won a $315 Million Powerball Jackpot in West Virginia.   He donated 10 percent of his fortune to Christian charities, $14 million to his Jack Whittaker Foundation, and even gave a house, a new Truck, and $50,000 in cash to the woman who sold him the winning ticket.  Unfortunately, Jack’s fortune didn’t last.  Beset by legal difficulties and personal problems, he began drinking heavily and frequenting strip clubs.  A string of robberies took place where thieves stole cash from his car and even his bank accounts.  Later his granddaughter and her boyfriend died from a drug overdose.  His own daughter also passed away 5 years after.  Whitaker is allegedly broke now and faces several lawsuits.  He says he wishes he had just torn up that winning ticket.

3) Abraham Shakespeare won the $30 Million Jackpot in Florida.  He was generous with his winnings and gave money away to anyone who asked for it.  He was quickly losing money as a result, but his newfound friend Dee Dee Moore promised to help him manage what was left of it.  Moore felt like the fortune would be better handled without Shakespeare altogether and killed him.  She is currently serving a sentence of life in prison without parole.

4) Michael Carroll won 9.7 Million euros (about $15.5 Million) in the “Lotto Lout” in England.  At the age of 19, he quite literally spent his money on hookers and cocaine.  He was allegedly smoking more than $3,000 worth of crack cocaine daily, hiring thousands of hookers, and regularly throwing indulgent parties at his $500,000 home.  His bad habits drove away his wife and daughter.  His fortune also ended 8 years later and although he said he doesn’t have a dime to his name, he claims to prefer it.  A year after claiming that he was content without the money, Carroll attempted suicide.

5) Evelyn Basehore won the $3.9 Million Pick Six Jackpot and just 5 months later won $1.4 Million in the same game!  With her incredible luck, she gave away a chunk of her money to friends and family, but lost much of it due to uncontrollable spending and a bad gambling addiction.  She said winning the lottery wasn’t as great as she’d imagined because everyone wanted something from her.  Evelyn has her fortune and now resides in a trailer park in New Jersey.  She admits to still playing.  Can luck strike a 3rd time?

6) Tonda Lynn won $10 Million in Alabama after a customer gave her a lottery ticket as a tip.  This regular customer often tipped the waiters at his local Waffle House with lottery tickets, hoping that one of them might win.  All of Tonda’s coworkers promised to share their winnings if they scored big.  When she finally won, greed got the better of her, and she decided not to share.  Her coworkers sued her in hopes of getting their share, but they lost the lawsuit and Tonda was allowed to keep her fortune.  Despite this, she still squandered her money on a bad corporation and was forced to pay $1 Million in taxes.  She has no money now and reportedly works at a Waffle House.

7) Jeffrey Dampier won $20 Million in the Illinois lottery and was generous enough to share it with his family and friends by giving them gifts and lavish vacations.  Unfortunately, greed got the better of his sister-in-law and her boyfriend who wanted a little more.  They murdered Jeffrey in pursuit of his money.  Jeffrey’s widow says she’s afraid to go near the lottery ever since.

8) Billie Bob Harrell Jr finally felt lucky after winning $31 Million in the Texas Lotto.  His family was poor and prior to winning the lotto, he moved around minimum wage jobs to make ends meet.  After the win, things started out well enough when Harell took his family on vacation to Hawaii, donated thousands of dollars to charity, purchased houses and cars for loved ones, and even gave 500 turkeys to the poor.  All seemed well, but his wife left him less than a year after winning and he started to receive phone calls threatening his life.  He says he wishes he’d never won.

9) Urooj Khan won $1 Million from a scratch-off in Chicago.  As an immigrant from India, it seemed that he would finally start living the American Dream.  He immediately gave the cashier who sold him the lucky ticket $100 and promised him more after he cashed in his winnings.  Khan celebrated the lucky win over dinner with his family.  Unfortunately, he died that same night before cashing in the win.  At first it was believed that he died of natural causes, hardening of the arteries, but his brother pressed for an autopsy which revealed that he actually died from cyanide poisoning.  No one knows who is responsible for his death.  His wife and daughter received the $1 Million instead.

10) Hung Nguyen purchased a winning $1 Million Powerball ticket in California.  Nguyen, a hardworking car mechanic and father, traveled to Vietnam after purchasing his ticket.  Unaware of his good fortune, he stayed in Vietnam for several months.  Video footage of Nguyen at a convenience store was even released in an attempt to locate him, but to no avail.  After returning to the United States and with little time to claim the money he desperately searched for the ticket but didn’t find it in time.  The money was donated to California schools instead.

11) Callie Rogers, a 16-year-old from Britain won $3 Million!  Although she indulged in purchasing designer clothes and breast implants for herself, she was also generous with her fortune.  She showered her friends and family with gifts by buying them homes, cars, and taking them on vacations.  A drug-addiction, bankruptcy and poverty struck too soon.  Rogers has attempted suicide twice, works 3 jobs and lives with her mother.  She says she only wanted to do nice things for people, but people were only interested in her for her money.

12) Iby Roncaioli and husband Joseph Rancaioli won $5 Million.  Since her husband was a doctor, they already lived comfortably and it was assumed that the money would be well-handled.  Iby managed the family’s finances, so surely she could manage the lotto winnings.  Unfortunately, Iby’s husband poisoned her with a drug-cocktail in hopes of keeping the money himself.  He later realized that Iby had her own dirty secrets and had forged documents to transfer ownership of the home to her name.  Even more shocking is the fact that there was no lottery money left.  After killing Iby, her husband learned that she gave some away to family and squandered the rest on gambling.

13) David Lee Edwards won the $27 Million jackpot in Florida and spent his winnings lavishly.  Edwards, a former drug addict and felon, purchased many great things: a $1.6 million house in Palm Beach Gardens, three race horses, a fiber optics company, a Lear Jet, a limo business, and a $200,000 Lamborghini. Unfortunately, his spending didn’t stop there.  He also spent his wealth on heroin and cocaine which led to a deep drug addiction.  He was charged multiple times for drugs and quickly lost his fortune.  He died in poverty several years later when his body was discovered in a storage unit, covered in his own feces.

How to improve your chances of winning Powerball jackpot

A simple way to improve your odds by 100X

As you may have seen, a lucky customer at a 7-Eleven in Trenton, New Jersey, won the $430 Million Powerball Jackpot last week. The Powerball jackpot has since been reset to $40 million. Of course, the jackpot does rise by $10 million after each drawing that does not produce a winner, which means Saturday’s jackpot is up to $50 million and climbing.

Now you may have been told many times that the odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are astronomical, somewhere in the neighborhood of 1 in 292.2 million. And that would be right of course. You may have also been told about different ways to improve your chances of winning, like letting the lottery computer pick your numbers (which by the way really only helps to increase your percentage of the winnings and not your overall odds of winning in the first place).

However, the single, and perhaps only, way to truly improve your odds of winning is to acquire more tickets. Strategies like wheeling are all still based on the fact you need to purchase more tickets.

The simple fact is if you buy a second ticket, you’ve improved your odds of winning by 100%.

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Jackpot Winner

$430 Million Powerball Ticket Sold in Trenton, New Jersey

The winning $430 Million Powerball ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Trenton, New Jersey!  Though the lucky person hasn’t come forward yet, the owner of the 7-Eleven, Andrea Shin, suspects that the winner might be one of their regular customers.

The winner is said to have picked his or her own numbers and bought the ticket in advance, buying chances in both the Wednesday and Saturday night drawings.

The winner also elected to take the $284 million lump-sum prize when they bought the ticket, rather than collecting the entire $430 million over the next 29 years.

It is one of the largest-single-winning tickets ever awarded by a U.S. lottery – most big jackpots are split between multiple-winning tickets.

Shin says she regrets not playing the lottery this time around but is excited that someone from her convenience store has won.  The store will receive a $30,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, which Shin plans to spend on a vacation with her husband.

The owner of the ticket has one year to come forward, but we hope they claim their prize much sooner!


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Every Wednesday and Saturday at exactly 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time in the U.S., five white balls among 69 are drawn out of a drum. Then one red ball among 26 is drawn. If you hold a Powerball ticket with numbers matching all five white balls in any order and the red Powerball, you will become an instant millionaire – many times over. In January, 2016, the Powerball jackpot reach higher than $1 billion. If you match just the 5 balls, again in any order, you are paid $1 million instantly.

True, the odds are pretty long. Well, they are very long. Yet every week, millions and millions of people play in hopes of winning. In fact, half of America plays the lottery at least once in a year. And why not, what have you got to lose? A ticket cost $2. That’s a small price to pay to dream big.

So how can you win?

Or, rather, how can you increase your odds of winning?

You will certainly find plenty of folks who claim to have the secret or recommend wheeling to increase your odds. And we’ve written a number of times that you should not play common numbers, or those that are often picked by others, in case you do win, so you won’t have to split the pot with as many co-winners.

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