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Sgt. Maj. Ruby Murray of Spring Lake, North Carolina, signed up for a FreeLotto F.A.S.T. account on July 28, 2004 and, in her words, “kinda forgot [she] was still playing.” FreeLotto is an online lottery-style sweepstakes where users play for the chance to win over $11,000,000.00 in daily prizes. Ruby won ninety-eight 3rd and 4th place prizes, worth $1 and $5 respectively, the majority of which she donated to charities, including the Disabled American Veterans, through FreeLotto’s Click2Give Charity program in the years leading up to her grand prize win.
About four years ago, Ruby decided to change her numbers and continued playing the games with those same picks – 3, 16, 17, 23, 25 and 28. On September 9, 2012, Ruby won the jackpot prize in the $10,000 Fast Cash drawing – her 99th cash win from FreeLotto.com.
The win couldn’t have come at a better time. Ruby had returned home from serving a year in Afghanistan in March 2012. Soon after, her father passed away. In addition to the pain of losing her father, Ruby also learned that his life insurance had lapsed, leaving her with the funeral costs. In the midst of this crisis, Ruby received a package from FreeLotto stating that she had won the $10,000 jackpot prize.
Initially, Ruby thought it couldn’t be real. She couldn’t believe that she had actually won. In spite of her skepticism, she certified the package, had it notarized and sent it back to the FreeLotto office. When Ruby received a phone call from FreeLotto, she learned that she did indeed win the money that she so desperately needed.
Ruby’s fortune in a time of need allowed her to pay for her father’s funeral proceedings. “God had worked out a miracle,” Ruby said, “when God gives you a financial blessing, it comes in multitudes.” Ruby intends to stay on as a FreeLotto member and believes she will win again. “There’s so much I want to do for homeless people in this country,” Ruby said. Her dreams of opening a homeless shelter are closer to becoming realized with her lucky break from FreeLotto.
A winning ticket worth $23 Million is set to expire in less than a month. The ticket was sold at Michael’s Market & Liquor in Palmdale, California approximately five months ago on May 30, 2012. Today, Lottery Officials released a surveillance photo from the store security camera of the woman they believe to be the holder of the winning ticket in hopes that someone will recognize her and tell her to come forward.
If the prize is not claimed by November 26th, the $23 Million will be given to the California School system. “We want our winners to be able to actually collect the prizes they’ve won,” Traverso, a spokesman for the lottery said.
Despite the winner not coming forward, selling the lucky ticket has been very good for Michael’s Market & Liqour Store according to the manager, Ben Sadi. The store received a bonus of $115,000 for selling the winning ticket and many people drive out of their way to purchase their lottery tickets at the store because they believe it is lucky.
Reimer, a Grunthal resident, won a $1 Million prize in the October 19th Lotto Max draw.
She first learned of her win after visiting the Grunthal Petro Canada the morning after buying the ticket to check her numbers. The clerk printed out the win receipt and together they counted all the zeros. It took a minute to grasp that she had won $1 million.
Reimer was in shock, but she remembers being ecstatic when she revealed the good news to her husband Isaac. The happy couple celebrated by jumping around the yard.
The win was especially surprising because Reimer hardly ever plays the lottery. She picked up the ticket on a whim when she saw that the jackpot looked big.
The couple doesn’t have any definite plans for the prize winnings yet, but will stay in their Grunthal home, where they have a farm. The win will allow them to pay off their mortgage and some other debts.
William McKenna, 53, of Dunbartonshire, Scotland, has decided to go back to working on the farm tending to livestock less than one week after winning a £1.2 million Lotto jackpot. Knockderry Farm, where McKenna has worked for 30 years, is only a mile from his home in Kilcreggan, Dunbartonshire. For the time being, at least until Christmas, McKenna has said he will continue working.
“I enjoy what I do – and the animals still need feeding,” McKenna told the press. Allison, his wife of 20 years, says she is fine with whatever he decides to do. The couple have their eye on a new home in Balloch but otherwise have yet to decide what they will do with their big win.
McKenna plays the lotto regularly, buying a lucky dip ticket every Wednesday and Saturday. He first discovered his win when he checked the numbers in the Daily Record but just couldn’t believe it until he had the store clerk where he had purchased the ticket confirm he indeed had the winning numbers.
An impulse decision made one Michigan man $1.3 million richer this past week. While he was buying his regular Fantasy 5 ticket, the clerk asked him if he was sure he didn’t want another ticket. That was enough of a reason for him to pull out his last four quarters and buy a Classic Lotto 47 easy pick ticket.
The following day, when he came back to check his numbers, he was stunned to learn that he had won such a huge sum of money. “I got weak in the knees while I was standing at the counter, after he (the retailer) told me I had matched all six numbers,” he said.
The winner, who asked that his name and age not be released, is a veteran who has been disabled from back injuries since 2009. According to the Michigan Lottery press release, the veteran kept repeating that this win had come at just the right time. He intends to use the money to help take care of his four children.
Text Messaging Scam: FreeLotto Corporation – FreeLotto UK Mobile – FreeLotto Mobile Promotion – FreeLotto Bonanza158
For more information, please visit FreeLotto’s Fraud Alert page at http://www.freelotto.com/fraudalert.asp
The FreeLotto customer care team has been receiving many inquiries concerning win notifications that are sent by mobile or SMS messages. FreeLotto notifies it’s winners via email or courier package.
An example of one of these scam message reads something like this:
CONGRATS! YOUR MOBILE NUMBER HAS WON FOR YOU $2,000,000 USD IN THE FREELOTTO MOBILE PROMO. FOR CLAIMS, SEND MAIL: email@example.com
Other examples can be found on the Fraud Alert section of our website at www.freelotto.com/fraudalert.asp (Examples 7 & 14).
Often, these scam phone messages like the FreeLotto UK mobile scam, will reference FreeLotto or other legitimate companies or lottery organizations. They have also deceptively used the name FreeLotto Corporation or FreeLotto Mobile Award. These messages claim that the recipient has won a cash prize and that they must provide their personal information to receive it. Once the recipient has provided that information, the person or organization sending the message will request a money order or cash wire transfer so that they can process the win. After receiving the money, they will invent another reason why the prize cannot be released until an additional fee is paid. This will continue until the alleged prize winner realizes that they are being scammed or, unfortunately, until they run out of money.
Please be advised that FreeLotto will never request money to claim a prize and we will never ask for personal information through an unsolicited message. If you receive one of these messages, do not respond. These messages are simply intended to scam the recipients into giving them money, or in some cases, personal financial information used to steal their identity. The sender of the message never intends to give out a prize. The prize is simply bait used to lure the potential victim in.
These messages are called Advance Fee Lottery Scams and are not new. They can be sent by email, postal mail, fax, social networking and phone messages. Often times, they will even use logos from real companies or lottery organizations to appear legitimate. They will either claim that the person has won a large sum of money or valuable prizes, such as televisions or cars.
If you have received one of these messages and are unsure whether it is fraudulent, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and our customer care team will review it for legitimacy.
FreeLotto.com recently launched a brand new sweepstakes, Win $5,000.00 Cash, a guaranteed winner sweepstakes in which one entrant will be selected each month, for the duration of the promotion, as the winner of $5,000.00. The new sweepstakes began on August 10th 2012 and the first winner was selected on September 10th 2012.
Christina Baker of Willow Spring, North Carolina, is delighted to be the very first winner of FreeLotto’s Win $5,000.00 Cash Sweepstakes. The married mother of two boys, ages 20 and 16, recently graduated with a double bachelors in accounting and business and works full time in the purchasing department of a medical equipment company. Her husband, a self-employed truck driver, has had a hard time finding work in the last year. “Still a little in shock that I actually won money on FreeLotto.com. I have never won anything in my life,” Christina told the FreeLotto Prize Department when they spoke yesterday to interview her about her win.
Christina plans to use the money to pay off some bills and buy some new supplies for her cake decorating hobby, which she hopes to one day turn into her own business.
The FreeLotto Win $5,000.00 Cash Sweepstakes is available to enter now through November 8th 2012. Each person who submits an entry will be eligible to be selected as the winner of $5,000.00 cash.
Melek Nimet Özden founded the kiosk in 1928, lending to it both her name and her luck. Nimet Abla earned nationwide fame as the luckiest lottery booth in Turkey after she won the big New Year’s lottery draw in 1931 with a ticket she bought from her own shop.
Now, the stand is nationally recognized as the luckiest lottery booth in Turkey and many people refuse to purchase their tickets anywhere else. People will travel for miles to buy their tickets from Nimet Abla, not only for themselves but also for friends and relatives from all over the country.
The booth has become so popular that they started selling tickets online last year to meet the demand.
The Nimet Abla kiosk generates the most lottery winners in Turkey by far; however some attribute that to the amount of tickets that are bought from it.
Although Turkish culture generally frowns upon the lottery, the revenue from ticket sales continues to grow each year. Profits from the Turkish lottery have helped to provide the country with 30 schools, in addition to other community resources all over Turkey.
Louisiana state lottery players may be turning down a big payday, without even knowing it. According to Louisiana lottery officials, nearly $11 million went unclaimed in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
Prizes for draw style games, such as Mega Millions and Powerball, must be claimed within six months. After that six month period, wins are forfeited and the money is returned to the state lottery.
Bo Bernhard, executive director of the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, has theorized that most of these unclaimed prizes stem from players losing tickets, or simply not checking them. People who see that they missed the first few numbers might throw the ticket away without bothering to check for smaller wins.
Most of the unclaimed prizes are smaller wins; however there are currently large prizes that are very close to being forfeited, such as a $3 million winning Mega Millions ticket, purchased at Murphy Express in Denham Springs, which must be claimed by October 7.
The odds of matching all six numbers in the Powerball or Mega Millions are slightly more than 1 in 175 million.
Three warehouse workers from Werribee, a suburb of Melbourne, have been buying lotto tickets together every week for 12 years. This week they won a $1.5 million share of the TattsLotto $22 Million Superdraw.
One of the three men checked the winning numbers on Monday night for the Saturday drawing and couldn’t believe the results. He first shared the good news with his wife then immediately went to tell the other guys in person.
Each of the three men will get a half million dollar share of the prize. All of them say their plan is to pay off their mortgages, buy new cars, take their wives out to celebrate, and then use the rest to invest in their retirement.
There were 14 winning tickets in total for the $22 million Superdraw with the winning numbers 1, 19, 45, 34, 17 and 32. The supplementary numbers were 38 and 22. The trio purchased their 12 game quick pick in Hoppers Crossing.
The warehouse syndicate has chosen to remain anonymous and will not release their names to the press.