Bulgarian native Zhivko Zhelev joined FreeLotto.com on July 23, 2009. The website is the largest online lotto style sweepstakes, with over $11,000,000.00 in daily prizes available to be won. Zhelev is just one of FreeLotto’s many international winners, including Raja Khan from Lahore, Pakistan; Alejandro Llano from Mexico City, Mexico; William Herriott from Glasgow, Scotland; and Eric Prevost from Calvados, France.
While Zhelev had joined the site in July 2009, he began playing regularly, placing free “bets” on all six daily FreeLotto games, in October 2010. Games include the $1 Million Cash Classic, Win a Car, Pay Off Your Mortgage, $10,000 FastCash, $100,000 GiveAway, and SuperBucks, the $10 million jackpot game. On November 23, 2010, Zhelev matched all six numbers in the FreeLotto Pay Off Your Mortgage drawing, winning $100,000 to be paid out in 5 yearly installments of $20,000 each.
Zhelev used his first prize check to remodel his home in Bulgaria. He performed much of the labor himself, installing balusters to the front of his house. Zhelev received his 2nd prize check on the 5th of this month. The average annual salary in Bulgaria is $5,500, so this win can have a dramatic impact on Zhelev’s life and his ability to give back to his community. He told the prize team at FreeLotto that he plans to use this installment to support his son’s education at Veliko Turnovo University and to “buy clothes and food for street children in Bulgaria.” Orphaned, homeless and often exploited, “street children” are in need of great support. A representative of FreeLotto said that, “FreeLotto is proud that this winner plans to help others with his good fortune.” Zhelev says the money will also provide him the freedom to pursue his personal dream of becoming a published author of books and poetry.
Zhelev continues to be a loyal FreeLotto player and hopes to win more jackpots in the future.