Maria began her celebration thinking she had won $40,000. It wasn’t until her daughter looked up the ticket on the lottery website that they discovered the true worth of the ticket.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Carreiro told reporters. “I was shaking and just couldn’t believe that it was real.”
Maria, a Portuguese immigrant, had previously worked at a factory but quit to raise her 3 children. Her husband who struggled as the sole financial provider for his family can now relax. He’s now retired since receiving news of the big check that would be arriving.
The couple has big plans for the winnings including new houses and cars for themselves and their three children, a trip to her native Portugal, and a long-awaited honeymoon trip to Hawaii.
Retired bus driver, Dennis J. Edwards Jr., thought he had hit the jackpot of a quarter-million dollars. However, to his surprise, he had paid an extra $1 for a feature that quadrupled his Mega Millions win to $1,000,000.00. He plans to use his winnings to go to Disney World and buy a new house.
Mr. Edwards, his eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren live in Central Falls, Rhode Island, the poorest city in the state. Central Falls is a city that hosts 19,000 residents within 1.3 square miles. The city has been through turmoil in the past few years, including municipal bankruptcy which resulted in tax increases, cut pensions, and layoffs of city employees. It wasn’t until last fall that they were discharged from bankruptcy. The city hopes for the millionaire to stay put and help out the small community in its effort to recover.
The lucky winner bought the ticket on January 26th, 2013 in southwest Kansas. The winning numbers were 3, 22, 26, 41, 49 and the Powerball 18. The ticket matched all the numbers but the Powerball; thus winning $1 million dollars.
Kansas Lottery’s security policies do not permit them to disclose the name and address of the retailer that sold the winning ticket.
The person that owns the million dollar ticker will have until January 25th, 2014 to claim the prize. The prize can be claimed at the Kansas Lottery Headquarters in Topeka or the Kansas Lottery office in Great Bend.
Jason Herod, 26 years old, recently won $150,000 from a scratch-off ticket bought at a convenience store located in Lawrence County, Indiana.
He immediately knew he would be sharing it with his younger brother Brian, 23, who is set to graduate this month from Ball State University with a degree in secondary education.
Jason, the older brother, recently started his own lawn care business and while he enjoys working for himself, it’s been stressful knowing all of the pressure is on his shoulders. He plans to use his share of the money to help grow his new business.
Brian plans to use his share of the money to help with the student loan debt he’s racked up in five years of college. “It’s a pretty nice graduation present,” Brian told the lottery officials.
Matt and Cassey Topham, a former decorator and supermarket worker from Nottingham, U.K. won a £45 million EuroMillions jackpot this past February. The couple has recently submitted plans to the planning board for permission to build a futuristic eight bedroom dream home. They are hoping to get permission to build in Nottinghamshire, a lovely city with very modest, mostly three bedroom homes.
Their eco-friendly mansion named Serenity will, if approved, include four connected hubs each covered with solar panels. Some of the features are a sound-proofed movie theater, a botanical garden, and an underground garage for ten cars shielded by a waterfall which will be created by collected rain water.
Some of the early inspirations for this dream home came from movies like Iron Man and the TV show Dynasty.
The National Lottery’s largest unclaimed prize of just over £3 million is still waiting for the owner of the ticket to reveal himself or herself. The winning ticket was bought in the Sevenoaks district of Kent, UK.
The owner of the matching 6 lotto numbers, 8,10,27,34,40,41, has until August 8, 2013 to claim their prize. If no one comes forward to claim the prize before then, the prize money plus all of the interest generated will go to the National Lottery good causes which support charities for health, education, arts, sports, heritage and community.
“We’re desperate to find this mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings. This amazing jackpot prize could really make a huge difference to somebody’s life,” said a spokesman of National Lottery. “We’re urging everyone who bought a ticket in this area to check their old tickets again or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding.”
“I was waiting to get a tattoo and had about half an hour to kill so I went to get a cold drink and I thought well I’ll check my tickets. I didn’t get the cold drink,” Darrel told CTV Calgary.
Darrell cancelled his tattoo appointment and ran home to share the incredible news with his wife, Laurie.
The winning ticket was a quick-pick worth $30 million, the largest LottoMax jackpot in Calgary history.
Darrel was a carpenter foreman and his wife, Laurie, was a legal assistant but since the big win both have retired. They are planning to take a vacation, purchase a new home, and buy a new vehicle.
Over the past year, according to the Wantagh-Seaford Patch, they have produced “a $1 million instant ticket, $250,000 in a Mega Millions drawing and a $100,000 instant ticket. Other recent winners include a $31,000 Take Five, two $25,000 instant tickets, and a $15,000 Take Five.”
The most recent winner was on February 15th for a $10,000 Powerball win.
“The most fun for us is when the customers win while they are in the store. Seeing their reaction and the excitement winning brings is fantastic!” said the owner of Friendly’s, John Boulukos. “Hopefully we can continue to have more winners and spread the luck!”
The Arkansas couple traveled almost an hour northeast of their home in Little Rock to go fishing. They stopped by a convenience store to buy a $1 Million Riches scratch ticket. On their way home from their trip, they stopped again at the same convenience store to buy another ticket, that time a Taxes Paid scratch ticket. When they got home, they scratched the tickets and found they were both big winners – worth $1 million and $50,000 respectively.
The Weavers plan to use the money to pay off their bills and invest the rest in their retirement.
Three months ago, the couple from Missouri collected $136.5 million in prize money. Since then, the Hills have only bought a pick-up truck for themselves. What have they done with the rest of their money?
They donated a majority of it back to their hometown of Camden Point, Missouri while living in Dearborn, Missouri. Mark and Cindy will pay for a new fire station, baseball field, and land worth $50,000 for a new sewage treatment plant.
“It’s a situation where if we had to do it ourselves, it would take 25 years,” said Walt Stubbs, a family friend and the chief of the volunteer fire department.
While many lottery winners lavishly treat themselves to new things, it is pretty incredible how selfless the Hills have been with their prize winnings. In the words of Don McNay, author of ‘Life Lessons from the Lottery’, “They are beyond exception.”