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Cancer Survivor Gives Back

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Nick Ruth, 19, claimed a $250,000.00 Mega Millions win this past Monday, September 24th. His take away after taxes ended up being about $165,000.00.

The youngMarylandresident plans to use his newfound wealth to give back to some of the organizations that helped him and his family when he battled childhood leukemia–including Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Believe in Tomorrow, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which sent him and his family on a cruise.

Nick has been in remission for five years. He plans to keep his current job as a dishwasher at a bar in Towson, MD but has aspirations of joining the police force.

Erica Palmisano, a spokesperson for theMarylandlottery told reporters, “He’s a nice young man. He’s a hard worker, and he’s a cancer survivor willing to give back, so he’s really an exceptional winner, and we’re thrilled that he won.”

Nick had been purchasing lottery tickets twice a week since the day he turned 18.

Pregnant With Luck

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The birth of a baby is always a blessing, but for one family inNorwaythe blessings associated with these babies have been even greater. As luck would have it, Hege Jeanette Oksnes, 29, has had three children in the last six years and, each time, a family member has won the lottery.

The most recent lottery win was Hege’s brother Tord, 19, who won 12.2 million Norwegien kroner in the Norwegian National Lottery last week.

Prior to Tord’s win, Hege herself won a jackpot of 8.2 million kroner just 2 days before the birth of her second child. In 2006, just a day before the birth of her first child, Hege’s father Leif won 4.2 million kroner in the lottery.

Each of the wins took place when Hege was pregnant or had recently given birth, and two of the three lottery wins happened within hours of her babies being born.

Hege has three other brothers who have yet to win the lottery and are encouraging her to keep having babies. “They’re urging me to have at least 10 children,” she said.

The Oksnes family, who live nearBergenin southwestNorway, have used a random quick pick selection for each of their lucky wins and say they really don’t play the lottery very often. When asked the secret to their luck, the answer was obvious: “Getting pregnant!”

Odd Numbers Drawn, 98 Split the Cash

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On Tuesday, August 28th, the winning numbers drawn in the Florida Fantasy 5 game were a sequence of odd numbers, 1-3-5-7-9. A total of 98 players played those exact numbers and they will have to share the prize money. Only one of the tickets was a Quick Pick. Each winner will end up taking home $1,995.32.

Florida Lottery representative Shelly Safford said that 1-3-5-7-9 is the second most picked set of numbers, after 1-2-3-4-5. Because people regularly play numerical patterns and birthdays, jackpots are often split when winning numbers are all under 31.

Fantasy 5 jackpots usually range from $50,000.00 to $250,000.00, depending on the numbers of winners. Prior to this win the highest number of winners to share a jackpot in the current version of the Fantasy 5 game, where players pick 5 of 36 numbers, were 47 winners who each won about $4,500.00.

Massachusetts Man Makes Million Dollar Mistake

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A mistake made by a Massachusetts Lottery clerk paid off for Richard Brown of Taunton, Mass.

Brian Salinas, the manager of the Valero gas station in Taunton, was busy stocking cigarettes when Brown asked for his usual $5 Blue Ice 7′s scratch-off lottery ticket. The distracted convenience store worker handed him a $5 Sizzlin’ 7′s ticket instead. Salinas quickly realized his mistake and offered to exchange it for the correct ticket, but Brown decided to test his fate.

When Salinas saw the picture of Richard Brown in the newspaper, he discovered that the ‘wrong’ ticket was a $1,000,000 winner. Brown chose to receive his winnings as one lump sum and will be taking home a total of $650,000 before taxes. A Massachusetts lottery spokesperson reported that Brown intends to use this money for home renovations and a vacation to San Francisco.

“I’m kind of happy about that, to know someone actually won a million dollars,” Salinas said. “He can go out and buy himself a new vehicle take care of bills and his family.”

Salinas’ mistake also proved to be good fortune for the owner of the convenience store, as he will be receiving a $10,000 commission from the winning ticket.

The odds of winning the $1,000,000 prize on a Sizzlin 7’s ticket are estimated at 1 in 4,200,000.

British Winners Change Lives With Prize Money

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Chris and Colin Weir won a £161,653,000 Euromillions jackpot in December 2011, the largest jackpot in European history. The couple from Ayrshire, Scotland, has since become well-known for their charitable donations.
The Weirs have donated £50,000 to a young talented artist to fund his continued education in Italy. They’ve paid for a young boy’s prosthetic leg when he lost his to cancer. Now, the Weirs will pay for a life-changing operation for a four year old little girl named Isabel Wallis, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy.

Isabel’s parents, Kate Horne and Rory Wallis, had been trying to raise funds for the past six months to pay for a surgery that will hopefully enable Isabel to live without having to use a wheelchair. When the Weirs heard about Kate and Rory’s efforts, they offered to pay for the surgery which is now scheduled for November in America. The £15,000 Isabel’s parents have already raised with the help of family, friends, and coworkers will go towards her physiotherapy and rehabilitation post-surgery.

The amount the Weirs are donating for the surgery had not been disclosed but they have said that they “hope that the operation will give Isabel the chance of an active life. We wish her well.”

Lucky Swedish Winner Walks Away With $100,000.00 Prize

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FreeLotto.com Awards 2nd $100,000.00 Jackpot in Sweden This Year

Anders Svensson, 57, from Kristdala, Sweden has recently won $100,000.00 from FreeLotto.com. He discovered the website in February of 2011 and quickly became a F.A.S.T. subscriber electing to have his self-selected numbers automatically played in six daily drawings, seven days a week.

When Svensson received his first prize installment of his $100,000.00 jackpot win, he told the FreeLotto Prize Team, “I don’t consider myself a lucky guy…15 months after I started I got lucky.” He may not have considered himself lucky but Svensson actually won small cash prizes ten times before he hit the jackpot. He donated the $1.00 prizes to a handful of different charities that participate in FreeLotto’s Click2Give program including: ACTION for Child Protection, Cancer Treatment Research Foundation, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Child Welfare Fund International.

Though he hasn’t yet decided how he will spend the prize money, Svensson and his three kids, 19 year old triplets, are very excited. “This win isn’t going to change anything, really, but me and my children can now spoil ourselves a little more,” Svensson said.

Earlier this year another player from Sweden, Johan Wallen, also claimed a $100,000.00 jackpot prize from FreeLotto.

Lucky Summer For One Maryland Resident

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Maryland lottery player Donald Cole III, 52, has beaten the odds on four separate occasions this summer alone. His first win came on June 26th, when he bought a $20.00 Big Money Mega Play scratch off ticket at the Shell gas station in Olney, Maryland, where he buys lottery tickets almost every day. That ticket was worth $50,000.00. Cole was stunned and very happy with his win -previously he had only won small prizes. His second big win came only a month later on July 25th, when he won another $50,000.00 on a $20.00 Silver & Gold scratch off ticket purchased from the same gas station where he purchased the first winning ticket. This time, the store manager, Zack Lakhani, was more excited than Cole was.

The chances of two jackpot winning tickets being sold from the same store were “something like 20 million to 1,” said Cole, and that’s not factoring in the odds of both tickets being sold to the same person. Carole Everett, Director of Maryland Lottery Communications said, “We get lots of winners, but to win two $50,000 prizes in less than a month is truly unusual.”

Cole didn’t stop after two jackpot prizes. He and his wife, Cheryl, both continue to buy tickets almost every day. This month, Cole has had two winning Pick 3 tickets each worth $500.00. That brings the total of his prizes won this summer to $101,000.00.

Cole plans to donate a portion of his winnings to animal rescue organizations. With the rest, Cole plans to treat himself and his wife to whatever catches their eye. “I bought a $125 door knocker in the shape of a crab, just because I could,” Cole said.

U.K. Teen Wins £1 Million in EuroMillions Olympic Draw

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Olympic TorchA nineteen year-old, from Hampshire, England, is one of 100 lottery players to have won £1 Million in the EuroMillions Olympic Draw. The lucky teen was sitting in a pub with his parents watching the Olympic opening ceremonies when he remembered he had purchased a ticket for the Euromillions Olympic Draw and checked the results on his cell phone. He was completely stunned when he read the results. What was already a memorable night turned into an unforgettable one.

Euromillions officials are still waiting on 21 additional winners to come forward and claim their £1 Million wins. The drawing was a record breaker for the Euromillions lottery, beating the past recoded of 25 millionaires created in one night on December 23rd of last year. A lottery spokesperson encouraged players to “check their tickets to help us push this record even higher.”

Big Cash Win for Mom-to-Be

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Pregnant belly wins JackpotDana Harchuck, pregnant with her second child, was spending the day with her mother and aunt when she picked up the winning scratch ticket. They were driving away from a Brooklyn convenience store when Dana scratched off the word “LIFE” on a Win for Life ticket and started screaming. Both Dana’s mother and aunt were worried she had gone into early labor and were ecstatic to find out she was not in labor but had in fact won a lot of money.

Dana will receive 19 annual payments of $520,000 and an additional payout of $120,000. She plans to use the money to support her family including the newest member due in August. She also hopes to take a long vacation in Tahiti.

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