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Delaware Lottery Glitch Leads to $2 Million Lawsuit

Two Delaware men claim they are lottery winners who haven’t received their payments after a computer glitch spewed out several winning tickets.

John Brookings Jr. and Richard Spence played Keno, a bingo style lottery game, where players win based on how many numbers they match and how much money they’ve bet.

Copies of the winning tickets show that both Brookings and Spence each won $1 Million from the same game, only minutes apart.

The state did not honor their winning tickets and refused to award them a prize because their win was attributed to a computer malfunction.  The error reportedly lasted 20 minutes where 5 other tickets were generated with the same numbers.

The lottery released a statement saying, “The lottery regrets any inconvenience it caused to our players.”

The men filed a lawsuit against Delaware Lottery on November 18th.  The suit claimed that the state is violating the rules and regulations that govern the lottery system.

Do you think the state of Delaware should honor their tickets despite the glitch?  Let us know in the comment section!

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Father and Son Arrested for Stealing Lottery Tickets

A father and son duo were caught red-handed when they tried to claim the prize from a stolen lottery ticket on Saturday, November 26th.

Avery L. Durflinger Sr., 58, and Avery L. Durflinger Jr., 35, were charged with burglary, $500 worth of theft, and $300 in property damage for their actions.  The number of tickets stolen remains undetermined.

Officials say the pair broke into Iroquois Market in Illinois on Saturday morning and later attempted to claim a prize from one of the stolen tickets at a different store.

The pair was apprehended when officials determined their ticket was stolen.

Like father, like son!  We hope the Durflinger men have learned their lesson.  A judge has set a $50,000.00 bond for each man while they await trial.

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A Lottery Player in Tennessee Won $421 Million

If you played the Powerball in Tennessee, check your tickets because one lucky player is a multi-millionaire.  The winning numbers announced on Saturday, November 26th are: 17, 19, 21, 37 44, and Powerball Number 16.  The winner has yet to come forward for one of the biggest prizes on record!

The unknown winner has the option to receive the prize money over the course of 30 years or to collect a $254.7 million-dollar lump-sum.

Half of all money collected from Powerball sales goes to winner payouts and 40 percent goes to government causes like education.  The remaining 10 percent of the revenue goes to retailers who sell winning Powerball tickets.

The Powerball winner has 190 days to claim his or her prize.  We hope the winner comes forward soon to collect this life-changing money!


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Chicago Man Plans to go to College after Winning $500,000.00

Chicago native Michael MacAuley won $500,000.00 after purchasing a $10 scratch-off from a vending machine.

MacAuley mentioned that he “always wanted to go to college”, and now that he won the lottery, he can finally make his dream come true.

He purchased his winning ticket at U.S. Tobacco on Larkin Avenue in Crest Hill.  U.S. Tobacco will be receiving a $5,000 prize for selling the lucky ticket.

Congratulations on your win Michael, and good luck in college!


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Lottery Winner Arrested Again

Multi-millionaire lottery winner, Iorworth Horare, also known as the ‘lotto rapist’, won 7 million euros in 2004. Horare purchased the lottery ticket on a day-release from prison, while serving a sentence for rape.

He currently lives a comfortable life with his girlfriend in their 6-bedroom home in Northern England.

This month he was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to a woman near his home.  When police arrived to restrain him he claimed, “I’m a multimillionaire.  I’m not going anywhere.”

He also claimed that police officers were “heavy handed,” and used “excessive force” because they were jealous of how rich he is.

Police officers claimed his demeanor was aggressive and he was uncooperative.  He was held in jail but later released due to lack of evidence.

 


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A $100,000.00 Winning Lottery Ticket Remains Unclaimed

Someone in Illinois is $100,000.00 richer and doesn’t know it yet.  November 18th is the last day to claim the winning ticket.  Illinois lottery players have exactly 1 year to claim a prize, and if someone doesn’t come forward soon, the ticket will be voided.

The Lucky Day Lotto Quick Pick ticket was sold at a Shell gas station in Lake Hills almost a year ago.  The winning numbers were 03-06-19-21-32.

The Shell station manager has notified all their customers of the winning ticket.  If the winner comes forward, the store will win $1,000.00 retailer bonus.

Check your tickets, Illinoisans!  We hope the lucky winner comes forward soon.


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$7.5 Million Lottery Mega Million Winner Waits 3 Months to Claim Prize

Christina Ford from Atlanta, Georgia was dumbfounded when she discovered that she was a Mega Millions winner.  Ford was one of two winners from the $15 million jackpot drawing on July 22nd.  She claimed her prize on Tuesday, October 25th.

“I thought it was a dream,” she said in disbelief.  “I kept saying, ‘Yeah, right. This can’t be true.’”  It IS true, and Ford is now a new millionaire!

She purchased the ticket at a Kroger on the Dallas Acworth Highway.

Ford claims she waited 3 months because she wanted to plan what to do with the money before claiming.  She decided to spend her prize money by helping her family with bills and taking a vacation.

Congratulations Christina!  You better believe that you’re a MILLIONAIRE.


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A Wife Wins the Lottery while trying to Teach her Husband that the Lottery is a Waste of Money

A North Carolina woman became the lucky winner of $1,000,000.00 after purchasing a scratch-off ticket to show her husband that the lottery was a waste of money.

57-year-old Glenda Blackwell purchased a $10 Carolina Millions scratch-off ticket on Saturday, October 29th after her husband asked her to buy two Powerball tickets.  She purchased the scratch-off instead to teach him a lesson about wasting money on a lottery, which she said he would never win.

Blackwell learned a lesson instead—you don’t know if you’ll win unless you play!

Blackwell said, “I was going to be ugly and buy a scratch-off instead” to show him that you never win anything and that, “you’re just wasting your money.”

Blackwell had to swallow her words when she realized that she actually hit the $1 Million Jackpot!  While she didn’t get to teach her husband a lesson, she’s MUCH happier with this outcome.

Blackwell collected a lump sum of $415,503.00 after taxes.

She plans on using her prize money to put her two granddaughters through college and buying a new house.

Congratulations to Blackwell and her husband.  We hope they enjoy their new-found fortune and learn many more lessons together!


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Canadian Man wins $38,194 and Forgets to Check his Ticket

We hear stories every day of winners that don’t claim their prizes or forget to check their tickets!  Maximo Ramos from Yellowknife, Northwest territories said he won $38,194 from a Western 649 drawing, but had forgotten his lottery ticket in a drawer for months.  Ramos had no idea he was a winner!

He found the forgotten ticket in a drawer and decided to scan it out of curiosity at a self-checking kiosk only to discover that he was a winner!

“I was so surprised and instantly happy,” Ramos said.

Ramos plans on spending his prize on bills and visiting his family in the Philippines.  Congratulations on your big win, Ramos.


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Man Won $1 Million Lottery After Someone Cut Him in Lottery Ticket Line

A New Zealand man who chose to remain anonymous, says that he won $1 Million ($727, 295 USD) after another customer cut in front of him in line to buy a ticket.

The New Zealand native said that he didn’t make a fuss about being skipped in line because he wasn’t in a hurry.  “I guess good karma pays off,” he continued, “if that hadn’t happened, they might have won the ticket, not me.”

A lottery representative commented on the win, stating that the man’s placement in line has nothing to do with the win since numbers are chosen at random.  According to NBC News however, machines that chose numbers at random use an internal clock so every millisecond counts.  Being cut in line, may have very well contributed to the win.

The winner mentioned that he was at work when he realized he had a winning ticket.  The shock was so great that he waited until he got home to tell his wife.  The lucky couple plans on buying a new house.

Good karma definitely paid off!  We hope this lucky man enjoys his new wealth and home.


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A Woman in Ireland Found a Ticket Worth $157,000 in her Purse

A woman from Kikenny, Ireland was cleaning out her messy purse where she recovered a couple of forgotten lottery tickets.

“My handbag was bulging and I decided to clear the load,” she explained.  “I’d just seen the news that the big jackpot was won… but I thought, you never know.”  She took the lotto tickets to a store to be scanned and was ecstatic to learn that she was a winner.

The Kikenny resident will be collecting her prize by the end of August.  Who knew cleaning out your purse could be worth so much money!


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Alabama Will NOT Have a State Lottery

Last month we wrote about Governor Robert Bentley’s announcement to hold a legislative meeting in hopes of legalizing the sale of state lottery tickets and major lotteries like the Powerball.  The “lottery bill” was unfortunately struck down on Friday, August 26th, meaning that Alabamians will have to continue to leave the state to play the lottery.

Senator Jim McClendon, says that because the bill was voted out of legislation, Alabamians will not be given the opportunity to vote on whether or not they would like to play the lottery locally.  He further expressed his disappoint by stating, “I wanted to get this lottery issue before the people. I want to do something about the sick kids getting medical care.”

Opponents of the lottery, however, argue that the state should be able to make the necessary cuts to funding Medicaid with tax-payer money alone or move to remove revenue restrictions that stunt revenue growth.

Alabama will continue to be one of six states that don’t have a lottery for government revenue.  We hope Alabamians have the opportunity to vote for a lottery in the future.


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A Chicago Bus Driver wins $2 Million with a Scratch-Off

Roy Pitman, 71, from Chicago, a recently retired transit authority bus driver, won $2 Million.

Pitman was riding the bus home after picking up the Illinois Lottery $2,000,000 Jumbo Bucks instant ticket.  During his commute, he started scratching, and was shocked to discover he won!  “I started shaking,” he said, shocked to be the grand prize winner.

Pittman has some advice for anyone who wants to win big; “try a ticket, because you never know.”  He plans on sharing his new wealth with his family and donating to charity.

Congratulations on your BIG win, Mr. Pitman.  We hope you and your family enjoy your great fortune.


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Robber Steals $10,000 Worth of Lottery Tickets

Christopher Strikes, 24, was arrested on Tuesday, August 24th after he was tied to a lottery ticket robbery in Marion County, Florida.

Strikes busted the glass door of the Quick King Gas Station on August 16th.  Deputies responded to the store’s alarm system and noted that an entire case of Florida scratch-off tickets had been stolen.

Surveillance video showed a man smashing the front door with a hatchet and stealing the case of scratch-off tickets.

Not long after the robbery, Strikes attempted to claim a $1,000.00 prize from one of the stolen scratch-offs.  After failing to claim his prize at a convenience store in Leesburg, the clerk told him that his winning ticket was likely stolen.

He gave Strikes the option to have his picture taken or to have the police called.  Strikes agreed to the photo, and the clerk posted the picture to Facebook where he was immediately identified and reported to authorities.

It’s safe to say that Christopher Strikes got a one-way ticket to prison!  We hope he’s learned his lesson.  Nothing good ever comes from lying and stealing.


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Powerball Jackpot hit $478 Million – 8th biggest prize in US history!

Nobody won the Powerball on Wednesday July 27th, so the jackpot mushroomed to a whopping $478 million dollars!

Officials say that makes it the fifth largest prize in the game’s history and the eighth-biggest prize ever in the United States.

The drawing for $478 million was held on Saturday, July 30th. There was a single grand prize winner in New Hampshire.

The winning numbers for Saturday were 11, 17, 21, 23, 32, and the Powerball was 5.

The winner has the option of receiving $478 million if spread over 30 years, or a lump-sum payment of $330.6 million taxes.

Because there was a jackpot winner that means the drawing on Wednesday, August 3 will be worth $40 million with a cash option of $28.1 million.

Either way, $40 million is still a hefty prize!  FreeLotto wants to know, will you be playing?