Lottery Tickets Sold in Florida Could Have Warning Labels

We’ve heard of warning labels on cigarettes and alcohol, but now there may be warning labels on something else… Florida’s law-maker Jennifer Sullivan wants all lottery tickets sold in the state of Florida to carry warning labels.  This warning would be included in scratch-offs, draw-play games, and the Powerball and Mega Millions.

Sullivan argues that lottery tickets are a government-sponsored activity that may be addictive and should therefore bear the same warning found on cigarettes.

Sullivan’s label bill would also require stores that sell lottery tickets to post signs warning lottery players about the possibility of gambling addiction.  The Touring and Gaming Control Subcommittee of Florida agrees with the bill, but it has not been voted on yet.

If the bill does become a law, it would take effect on January 1, 2018.

What do you think about the new possible law?  Should the government put warning labels on lottery tickets?  Let us know by leaving your comments below!

Georgia is on Fire—Multiple Winners win Millions

Lottery Players in Georgia have been on fire with incredible winning streaks!  2 gas stations in Marietta, Georgia sold winning jackpot tickets worth $901,628.00 for the Fantasy 5 drawing.

Georgia native, Chester White, won $450,814.00 after purchasing his ticket at Marathon Marietta on Whitlock Avenue.

White, a 66-year-old communications major claimed his prize on Friday, January 27th.

“I didn’t think it was real, I triple-checked my ticket”, he said.

White says he plans to purchase a new television with his grand prize.

The second winner of the Fantasy 5 drawing has yet to come forward, but the luck continued!

Another Georgia man won a new car in the Georgia Cash4Life second-chance drawing, and the November $83 Mega Millions jackpot winners were also from Georgia.

Georgians, you’re on a hot streak! We hope you take advantage of your incredible luck!

*FreeLotto Pro-tip*

If you play the Georgia Fantasy 5 drawing, be sure to play odd and even numbers (3 odds and 2 evens, and vice versa).  Reports show that over a 5-year-period this combination yields 66% of wins!

New York Man Wins $5 Million on his Birthday

A New York man got the best birthday present ever!  Patrick Clarke, a 28-year-old New York native, won $5 million on his birthday!

Clarke purchased a $10 “Set for Life” instant ticket on December 20th—his birthday.  He says his mom gave him some money as a gift, and Clarke knew immediately that he would play his mother’s favorite lottery game, “Set for Life”.

Clarke waited to play until he arrived at his girlfriend’s house.

“I scratched the ticket and saw a match on number 16 with the word ‘Life’ under it,” Clarke said.  “I started laughing and dancing all around the house!”

Clarke chose the option of taking a lump sum payment totaling $2,453,693 after taxes.

He says he feels blessed to have won the lottery and knows he won’t have to worry about money as much.  “There will always be something to worry about,” says Clarke, “but for once it won’t be about money.”

We’re so glad that Clarke received the best birthday present ever! Congratulations!

*FreeLotto Pro-tip*

When purchasing scratch-offs the best way to increase your chances of winning a big prize is by buying tickets for the same game in bulk!


There was no grand-prize winner of the $70 million drawing held on Saturday, Dec. 31.

The next drawing will take place Wednesday, January 4th with a grand prize worth $80 Million and a cash option of $48.2 million.

The Powerball Numbers were: 1, 3, 28, 57, 67

The Red Powerball Power Number: 9

The Power Play Number: 2

Powerball Facts for Dec. 31:

  • No grand-prize winner and no player matched all five white numbers for the $1 million prize.
  • 650,105 winners in the drawing won at least $4 each.

The Powerball is offered in 44 States, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Players select five white numbers and one red ball.  Tickets are $2 each.

Good luck to all Powerball Players.  We hope there’s a grand prize winner in the next drawing!

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!

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!

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.


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.

$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.

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!

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.

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.

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!