$1,000,000.00 Scratch Prize

iStock_000001663844XSmallShelia Davis, 53, was driving home with her husband and their three children in the car when she felt like buying a scratch off ticket. The family stopped at a convenience store in Newnan, Georgia and Sheila picked up a $1,000,000.00 Gold Rush Georgia Lottery ticket.

When she scratched the ticket and saw that she had won the top prize Sheila started crying and her husband did too. Sheila, who works for the non-profit Habitat for Humanity, said this jackpot win will allow her to take care of her family. They are going to celebrate by “doing something they’ve never done before.”

North Carolina Winner Thanks Mother-In-Law

dollar different tenor soft moneys fall with skyNorth Carolina resident, Tommy Belcher, had a stack of old lottery tickets that had been sitting in the visor of his truck for months. They probably would have gone unchecked had his mother-in-law not mentioned that she heard lottery officials were looking for a big winner in Charlotte.  A store clerk verified that one of the tickets in Belcher’s stack was indeed a winner. The winning Cash 5 ticket was from a drawing back in May and was worth $257,000. Luckily for Belcher, he claimed in time, only a few weeks remained before the lucky ticket was set to expire.

As a thank you gift to his mother-in-law, Belcher plans to buy her a new refrigerator.

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Spanish City In Search of Millionaire

la-coruñaOn June 30, 2012, someone in the city of La Coruna, Spain purchased a winning lottery ticket worth 4.7 million euros ($6.3 million). Unfortunately for them, they left the ticket behind when they left the store. Another honest customer found the ticket and gave it back to the store manager. After discovering what it was worth the store manager alerted lottery officials who have made the search public. They are hoping the owner of the winning ticket will come forward and be able to remember where and when they purchased the ticket so that they can be verified as the true owner of the ticket. Everyone who has heard the story, including the mayor, Carlos Negreira, is helping spread the word.

According to an 1889 Spanish Statute, the city is actually required to make every effort to locate the owner of the winning ticket and will continue the search for two years.

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“Favorite Customer” Tips Big

iStock_000008262032XSmallMax Coronado, a retired senior, is a regular at Howards Mini Mart in Bakersfield, California where he purchases $80 in lottery tickets three times a week. Every time he buys his tickets he jokes with the owner, Sue Park, that if he wins they will go to Korea together and open a Taco Bell.

Coronado’s big win finally came when he matched 5 of 6 numbers in the Mega Millions lottery this past month. Store owner, Park, actually knew of Coronado’s big win before he did. A Mega Millions representative came by the store to alert the store owners of the win and check the security footage. Park was thrilled to tell her favorite customer, Coronado, the incredible news.

When asked about his big win, Coronado said he was “very surprised.” Coronado plans to give $10,000 to Park so that she can take vacation with her family to her homeland of Korea. Park believes he will come through because he has been a generous tipper in the past. One time, he won $100 and gave a $10 tip to Park’s daughter who had sold him the ticket. Whether he pays for her trip or not, Park says she’s very happy for him.

Horoscope Predicts U.K. Couple’s Lotto Win

Horoscope circleLynne and John Pittiglio go to the same store every Saturday and always buy four lines. The only thing different about this past Saturday was that their horoscope read that something was going to happen in their lives that would have a “big impact.” Sure enough, Lynn and John matched five numbers and the bonus ball winning them just over £180,000.

The lucky couple were about to sign paperwork to take out a mortgage on their home in order to do a remodel. Now, they will be able to remain mortgage free.

“The win has taken all financial pressures off and means we can now live more relaxed, happier lives,” Mrs. Pittiglio told the press. The happy family plans to take a trip to Portugal in the near future to celebrate.

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$40,000 Was Actually $40,000,000

cash1 “I ran down the street like a crazy woman,” said Maria Carreiro, the $40 million winner of the LottoMax in Ontario, Canada.

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.

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Million Dollar Winner Resides in Poorest City

birthday numbersRetired 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.

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A Million Dollars Unclaimed in Kansas

Massachusetts Man Makes Million Dollar MistakeThe million dollar Kansas Powerball lottery ticket remains unclaimed.

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.

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Brothers Win Scratch Lottery

Big Money Mega Play scratch off ticketJason 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.

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EuroMillions Winners to Build Dream Home

thumbnailMatt 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.

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The Search for £3 Million Winner

searchThe 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.”

Biggest LottoMax Jackpot in Calgary History

CalgaryDarrel Szczerba was heading to the tattoo parlor when he stopped by at the Petro-Canada station in Calgary, Canada.

“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.

The Go-To Lottery Store

LotterystoreFriendly Cards & Gifts on 1906 Wantagh Ave of Wantagh, New York, has become the lucky hotspot of lottery winners.

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!”

A Big Catch: Lottery Winners on a Fishing Trip

bigcatchOne day, Stephen and Terri Weaver went on a fishing trip. The biggest catch they had wasn’t revealed until they had gone home later that day.

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.

The “Nicest Lottery Winners” Ever

Flying lottery ballsMark and Cindy Hill, lottery winners of the largest Powerball in United States history, have done something remarkable to garner the title of “Nicest Lottery Winners”.

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.”