FreeLotto Player of the Month: Brian Nielsen (May)

Meet Brian Nielsen from Denmark.  Brian has been a loyal FreeLotto player since 1995.

“I play FreeLotto every day just for fun and it’s become a routine to start my day with,” he says.  He plays FreeLotto games with a cup of coffee before work and once won a small prize which he donated to charity.

His favorite games include the Danish Lotto, FreeLotto’s Classic $1 Million Jackpot and FreeLotto’s $10 Million game. If Brian won big, he says: “[I would] give my mom a brand-new car.”  “She’s 74 and never had a brand-new car.”

Brian adds that he would love to buy a car or motorcycle for himself.  He dreams of meeting the love of his life, getting married and buying a house.

Brian currently works part-time because of back injuries so winning a big prize would be helpful.

We hope all of Brian’s dreams come true when he wins big!

Millions in Prizes Go Unclaimed in Illinois

In April alone, millions of dollars in unclaimed winning lottery tickets have been sold in Chicago and nearby suburbs according to the Illinois Lottery.

Most recently, on April 26, a winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket worth $350,000 was sold in Northlake.  In addition, a $500,000 Mega Millions Ticket was sold at a convenience center in West Lawrence on April 14th.

If you play the lottery in Illinois it’s important that you check old tickets for prizes.  If you find old tickets and you want to make absolutely sure they’re worthless before disposing of them, you can search archives of winning numbers on the website for Illinois Lottery.

**FreeLotto Pro Tip: Always check your results to see if you’ve won a prize.  Checking your FreeLotto results is easy!  View your results at any time here!

$61 M Winner in California

A lottery Mega Millions ticket worth $61 Million was sold at a 7-Eleven in San Diego, California.

The numbers, drawn Friday (May 28th) were 6-13-18-20-31 with Mega number 13.  The winning ticket matched these numbers exactly!

The 7-Eleven will receive a $305,000 bonus for selling the lucky ticket.

Lottery officials say that the winner should try to claim their prize as soon as possible.  Officials recommend that the winner signs the back of their ticket in ink and keep it in a safe place.

The ticket holder will have the option of receiving the prize money incrementally in annual payments spread out over 30 years, effectively paying less in federal taxes, or accepting a lump sum of an estimated $37.3 million upfront.

We hope the lucky winner comes forward soon! Be sure to check back for the update here.

**FreeLotto Pro Tip: Joining a lottery pool can increase your chances of winning by maximizing the number of entries into games like the Mega Millions and Powerball.  Check out FreeLotto’s Lottery Pool for more information.

Georgia Man Wins $5M while Running Errands

Richard Britt was running errands when luck came his way.  “My wife asked me to go pick up a corn dog, and that’s when I bought a ticket.”

Britt played the Georgia lottery’s Millionaire Jumbo Bucks Scratcher and won the top prize: $5 Million!

After scratching the lucky ticket and realizing that he was a winner, Britt immediately left the store to call his wife. “Neither one of us could believe it. I’m still surprised that I won,” he said. As of now, Richard plans to use some of his winnings to travel, but we know there will be plenty left over!

Congratulations Richard – We wish you and your wife the best of luck!

**FreeLotto Pro Tip: When playing scratch-offs, it’s best to buy your tickets for a single game in bulk to maximize your chances of picking a winning ticket.  For more scratch-off tips, check out our blog.

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North Carolina Army Veteran Wins $200 Thousand

Army veteran, Trevon Logan, just won a $200,000.00 lottery prize on her 45th birthday!

“It’s the best birthday gift I could as for,” said Logan.  Discussing her strategy, she reported, “I like playing the first or last ticket.”  It seems like sticking to the same strategy finally paid off for her!  Logan says that when she saw the store clerk opening a new book of tickets she asked for the first one.

Logan claimed her prize on April 26, 2017, and received a lump-sum of $139,003 after state and federal taxes.

Logan plans to pay bills and send her granddaughter to college with her prize money. “I want to make sure her education is taken care of,” she adds.

Congratulations and happy birthday to Trevon.  We’re glad your lotto-strategy worked!

**FreeLotto Pro Tip: Using a lottery strategy is a better way to play.  For a list of some of the top lottery strategies, check out this blog!

Texas Bill May Allow Lottery Winners to Remain Anonymous

Texas’s House of Representative’s has just approved a measure that will allow lottery winners who receive $1 Million or more to remain anonymous.

House Bill 59, presented by state Rep. Ryan Guillen, proposes that winners who receive $1 Million or more may remain anonymous except for child support and tax obligations.  The bill still needs final approval from the senate before becoming law.

Currently, the Texas Public Information Act requires public release of the names, city of residence, and prize amounts of all lottery winners.

“Due to the media storm surrounding large winnings, personally identifiable information about winners is spread across the state and sometimes the nation,” Guillen stated. This bill will ensure that winners are allowed peace, privacy and safety.

Guillen adds that often winners of large sums become the focus of unwanted attention and targets for burglary, theft, and demands for monetary help from friends and family.

Critics of the bill say that anonymity will hurt the public’s perception of the lottery’s integrity and could negatively impact lottery sales.

Six states—Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina—allow lottery winners to remain anonymous. Other states, including Texas, allow winners to collect their prize through a trustee, such as a lawyer, which still affords the prize winner some anonymity.

Check back for updates as the story progresses!