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!


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.


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.


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.


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?

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Georgia Lottery Profit Increase Lead to $1 Billion for Education

According to Georgia governor, Nathan Deal, the state lottery will provide over $1 billion for education programs this year.  Part of the lottery profits will also go to Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship (Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally), which helps exemplary students pay for college.

This is the largest allocation of state funds to education since the lottery’s creation in 1992.  The increase in funding may be attributed to growing lottery revenue—officials report that lottery profits increased $117 Million in the last 12 months.

In addition, lottery prizes totaled a whopping $2.75 billion from July 2015 to June 2016.

It’s good to see that Georgia’s lottery system is paying it forward! All the more reason to keep playing your state lottery!


Mega Millions Winner Announced on Friday

We have a winner!  Officials just announced that someone in Indiana won the $540 million Mega Millions grand prize.  The numbers for Friday’s drawing were: 8, 19, 20, 55 and 73.  The mega ball was 5.

The winner has yet to come forward, but we do know that the ticket was purchased in a Speedway gas and convenience store along Indiana’s busiest highway.

Lottery officials advise that the winner hire a team of financial professionals before claiming his or her prize.  They also advise the winner to stay anonymous by creating a trust to claim their prize without going public.

The winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize.  He or she may choose to receive the prize in 30 annual installments totaling $540 million or claim a lump sum of $380 Million.

Congratulations to the mystery winner from everyone here at FreeLotto!

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A $13 Million Lottery Ticket Remains Unclaimed in Texas

A ticket matching all 6 numbers for the Texas Lotto was sold on June 18th in a Kroger Supermarket at Arlington, Texas.

The winning numbers were 2, 19, 25, 28, 30 and 51.

The winner has 6 months to claim his or her prize and can do so without publicly coming forward to claim the jackpot. He or she may also request a lump sum payment totaling over $9.8 million!

The Kroger where the ticket was purchased will receive a $132,214.29 bonus.

The Texas Lottery Commission recommend that the winner sign his or her ticket in ink, store it in a safe, and consult with tax attorney before claiming their payment.  Furthermore, they recommend not quitting your job right away as you don’t know how long it will take to claim your prize.

We hope the winner claims his or her prize soon and wish them the best of luck moving forward!

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Lucky Illinois Man Named Gambles Has Won the Lottery Twice Using Same Numbers

Larry Gambles, from Mattesson, Illinois, has been playing the lottery every single day for 15 years!  On June 7th, the 65-year-old won more than $1 million dollars playing the Lucky Day Lotto.  Just 9 years before that, he won $50,000 playing the same game with the same numbers!

Every single day for 15 years, Gambles played: 01 – 06 – 12 – 14 – 25.  The numbers came from his favorite football player’s jersey number, his own high school football and basketball jersey numbers, and the number he wore at his university’s fraternity.

Gambles, a retired Chicago school administrator, says the lottery is just about luck, and he definitely has it!

Gambles plans on setting up an annuity for his 34-year-old daughter and 3-year-old granddaughter.  He also intends on sharing his good fortune with friends and family.  He says he feels very fortunate, blessed, and grateful.

Gambles intends on continuing to play the lottery every day.  With a name like Gambles, it seems like he’s destined for many more wins.  Congratulations Larry and good luck!

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Former Iowa Lottery Official Faces Trial for Lottery Fraud

An Iowa lottery official was convicted of 2 counts of fraud last year after he attempted to rig and claim a 2010 Iowa Hot Lotto Drawing worth $16.5 million.

Eddie Tipton, the former information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, is also facing a second trial on July 1st after being accused of fixing the jackpot in several states.

The judge presiding over his case has moved the new trial to a courthouse outside of central Iowa after his defense lawyer argued that the jury pool might be biased due to the extensive media coverage regarding the case.

Greed got the best of Tipton, who has lost his job and remains in jail for his bad decisions.


Pennsylvania woman stole money to play the lottery, and won $1 Million

Joan Lechleitner, 51, won a share of $1 Million in the Cash 5 lottery drawing in September.  Unfortunately, Joan was one of four people charged with stealing over $175,000 from the grocery store where they worked.

Kerry Titus, 54, Samantha Schaeffer, 25, and Tyler Schappell, 21, fraudulently rang up returns at work between May 2011 and March 2016.  Troopers said that a portion of the stolen $175,082.11 was used to buy lottery tickets.

Joan Lechleitner was one of four Cash 5 lottery winners splitting a share of more than $1 million. Lechleitner’s portion of the $1 Million prize was $261,905.50.  Leitcher is also said to have won $10,000 from a scratch-off in the past.

State police said Lechleitner, Titus, Schaeffer and Schappell are being charged with theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception. They are expected to turn themselves in to police Tuesday afternoon for an arraignment.


Scotland’s Luckiest Lottery Family wins 3rd Lottery Ticket worth £ 1 Million

The Fry Family from Bo’ness, Scotland won £ 1 Million from the national lottery (that’s the equivalent of more than $14 million dollars).  They claimed their prize on May 18th and decided to share the wealth with their family.

Peter Fry and his wife Mary Fry are retired with 6 grandchildren.  Their family includes: Peter Fry, 90, and wife Mary, 86, along with their three daughters, Margaret, 64, Janet, 59, and Isobel, 57.  The Fry family has been playing the lotto for years!

Just 6 years ago, Peter’s cousin, Annette Brown, 82, won £1.15 million Lotto jackpot (the equivalent of almost $2 Million).

Peter Fry was shocked at winning a top prize.  He told his mom, who was also in shock.  This was the biggest prize they had ever won!

We wish the Fry family all the best and hope their good luck doesn’t run out!  Congratulations!

Two $1 million scratch-off lottery winners at Jersey City store

The Luckiest Convenience Store in Jersey City has a New $100,000 Scratch-off Winner

A convenience store in Jersey City may be the luckiest shop in town!  To date the store has had 7 big winners.  In the past 2 years, M-S Grocery Inc. Convenience store has had two $1 Million “scratch-off” winners and a $100,000 scratch-off winner this April.

Osama Swati, an employee at the 733 Montgomery Street store, says they have always had big winners since his father Mohammad Khan opened the store in 1988.

This month’s $100,000 winner purchased 2 tickets for the “100x The Cash” scratch-off.  The winner, also a regular customer, notified M-S Grocery of the big win the very next day.  He said he was so excited about his win that he couldn’t sleep.

The lucky shop is very popular!  Although there was an increase in ticket sales after the $100,000 winner, Swati confirmed that the store is always crowded by hopeful players.  People do it before work and some rush over during lunch breaks. Swati marveled, “You can’t even step in the door, that’s how many people are coming to scratch.”

Swati adds that it’s a pleasure to have so many local winners because they’re all hard working individuals who deserve to win.