Dream Come True

For one lucky Canadian couple, January 27th’s $400,000.00 Lotto Max win was literally a dream come true. Colleen Gulliver had a dream that she had won a sum of money and that she could see her name in the paper. When she woke up, she told her husband Joe about the dream. The dream sparked his interest and he checked his lottery tickets right away to find out they had won $400,000.

Joe told the press this win is just one more thing in a run of good luck. “We met in the last year, we got married, we bought this house…and we were so happy,” he told CBC News. “I won the lottery of love first, and now I won the Lotto Max.”

The happy couple plans to use the winnings on a new truck and a family vacation to Disneyworld.


Proctor & Gamble Inspired by Lottery Winner’s Generosity

When Regina Johnson, 60, was interviewed by the Enquirer after winning $1 million in the Ohio Lottery New Year’s Raffle, she off-handedly told them that she wanted to buy a truck full of toilet paper for an organization called Reach Out Lakota.

Reach Out Lakota is a charitable organization based in Ohio that Johnson herself depended on to get by after being laid off from her job as a Cinmar customer service representative in 2008. Last year, they helped 2,445 local needy families and gave away almost 5,500 rolls of toilet paper, one of their biggest needs. After Johnson’s big win, she tried to figure out how to donate a truckload of toilet paper to the organization but the logistics proved to be challenging so she donated $5,000.00 cash instead.

When Proctor & Gamble heard Jackson’s story and her good intentions they decided to donate 5,000 rolls of toilet paper to Reach Out Lakota in Johnson’s name. Johnson also plans to donate a portion of her winnings to the Humane Society as well as a spay and neuter clinic. Her winnings total approximately $710,000 after taxes.


Winner to Open Live Music Venue

Andrew Garth, 29, of Middlesbrough, England scooped up a £1 Million win in the Euromillions Millionaire Raffle on Christmas day. He didn’t check the ticket until the following day when he was out celebrating his birthday with friends.

Garth currently works as a freelance light and sound technician. He says he has always dreamed of opening a live music venue in the area and now he can. Garth already has his eye on a few places near Teesside Park.

In addition to buying and opening a live music hall, Garth plans to pay off his parents’ and sister’s mortgages. He will also buy first class tickets for all of his family members to take a trip to Australia to visit his aunt.

 


Better Late Than Never

Last Wednesday, Maria Juana P. Tolentino, of North Carolina received a late Christmas present from her brother. The gift was a $5 Mega Bucks Scratch-Off ticket. The whole family happened to be gathered in the living room when she scratched the lucky ticket. At first, Maria thought she had won $100 and was very excited about that. When she discovered it was actually $100,000 she could barely believe it.

After taxes, Maria’s prize totals $68,001, no small Christmas present. According to lottery officials, she plans to use the money on some home renovations, buy some things for her children and give some of it to her brother who bought her the lucky ticket.


Canadian Woman Wins on a Scratcher

Sylvia Santos, a young woman from Winnipeg, Canada has recently become the city’s latest millionaire.  On December 8th, she decided to buy a Player’s Choice Mega Pack of scratch off tickets at a Safeway store but almost put them back because she thought she was $2 short. Lucky for her, Sylvia found an extra $2 in her purse and bought the tickets.

It wasn’t until the following day that Sylvia scratched the tickets. She uncovered three identical Western Millions $1 million prize amounts on one of the tickets but she wasn’t sure if she had actually won. Sylvia brought the ticket to her parents to see what they thought. Her mother thought the symbols had to be in a row for a winner but her dad insisted it was a winner.

The ticket was in fact a $1 million winner.


Lucky Mistake

Scott Bennett is New Hampshire’s newest Tri-State Megabucks winner and it’s all thanks to a gas station clerk’s mistake. Bennett told the clerk he wanted a Lucky For Life ticket and a Tri-State Megabucks Plus ticket but was handed two Tri-State Megabucks tickets instead.

Bennett never got the Lucky for Life ticket he had requested but it turns out he didn’t need it. One of the tickets he did get was the $2.1 million Tri-State Megabucks jackpot winning ticket. Bennett chose the lump sum option which nets approximately $1.3 million before taxes.

The win came at a great time for the Bennett family, just before Christmas. They were able to make the holiday just a little bit merrier by adding a few more presents under the tree. After the holidays, they plan to renovate the kitchen of the Victorian home they purchased last year as well as pay off some of their childrens’ college loans.


Typhoon Survivor Wins Jackpot

A survivor of Typhoon Ketsana who has chosen not to release her name to the public was one of the three winners of the P30 million lotto jackpot in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes on December 19, 2012. Typhoon Ketsana struck the Philippines in September of 2009 and was recorded as the most devastating storm to ever hit Manila. The storm resulted in 747 deaths and damages of $1.09 billion in the northern and central areas of Luzon.

The winner and her family members have been living in an evacuation center in Pampanga since their home was destroyed in 2009. She plans to use her winnings to buy a house and lot, donate a portion to her Church, and save some of it for her only son’s future.

The numbers she played were 14-22-17-10-06-26, the same ones she’s been playing for several years.


Nebraskan Couple Quadruples Prize Winnings

Gerald and Robin Ritter of Fremont, Nebraska quadrupled their $250,000 prize winnings to $1 million by playing the Nebraska Mega Millions with Megaplier.

The couple’s quick pick ticket matched all 5 winning numbers (6, 10, 24, 26, 42) for a $250,000 prize. Because Ritter had added the $1 Megaplier option to his purchase, his win was multiplied by 4 for a total of $1 million. The Match 5 prize is guaranteed to always draw the 4X multiplier, turning a $250,000 prize into a $1 million prize.

Ritter had added the Megaplier feature because of encouragement from his wife, Robin. “I always buy Megaplier tickets, and I told him he should too, because it increases your prizes,” she said.

This is the third $1 million Mega Millions prize won in Nebraska since the Nebraska Lottery began offering the game on March 20, 2010.

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Million-Dollar Miracle

Filling out a Lottery ticketThink twice before you toss those forgotten lotto tickets out. Luckily Ron Yurcus did before tossing out the one million-dollar Powerball lottery ticket, which he purchased two months prior.

Ron Yurcus, an avid lottery player, was making room for his new computer when he stumbled across the million-dollar miracle. He had about twelve old lottery tickets piled up on his desk, Yurcus said in a statement by the Illinois Lottery, “I checked the numbers on the Illinois Lottery website and realized I won $1 million in the August 22 drawing. As soon as my wife came home I asked her to double check the ticket.”

Asked what he is going to do with the unexpected windfall, Yurcus said he plans to travel and spread the wealth through various charities. Yurcus said in a statement, “I want to travel to Lithuania. My grandparents came from there and I’ve always wanted to go.”

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Do You Believe In Karma?

Chicago man John Turner traveled down to New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to lend a hand. Turner, who runs a local water removal business, lent his services to distressed owners of flooded homes.

After a long day of work cleaning up in New Jersey, Turner tried his luck on a Championship Poker scratch ticket. Call it luck or karma, but that ticket won him $100,000. Turner said, “I showed the card to my buddies, and we all couldn’t believe it, I was overjoyed and had tears in my eyes. I’m still just trying to take it all in.” His employee Joshua Rivera added, “He wanted a lot of confirmation from us, and just called a lot of family and told everybody the good news.”

Turner plans to invest a portion of the winnings in his business, while donating the rest. “He deserves it. He’s a good-hearted man. I couldn’t think of anybody better to win it than John,” said Rivera.

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£63.8m EuroMillions Lottery Ticket Remains Unclaimed

Time is running out for the UK winner of the June 8 EuroMillions draw. According to lottery rules, the winner has a 180-day deadline to pick up the prize. The £63,837,543.60 winning ticket will expire at 11pm on December 5.

The winning ticket was purchased in Hertfordshire in the Stevenage and Hitchin area with the winning numbers 5, 11, 22, 34, 40 and Lucky Stars 9 and 11.

There has been a huge publicity campaign to find the missing lottery winner. There will be advertising vans displaying important information touring Stevenage and Hitchin this week, and retailers will be displaying posters up until the last minute to remind their lottery-playing customers to check their tickets.

A spokesman for the National Lottery spokesman stated, “Our message is simple – we’re urging everyone to look one last time everywhere a missing ticket could be hiding. The ticket-holder now only has until 11pm on December 5 to come forward and claim this huge prize.”

If nobody claims the prize before the deadline, the money will go to the National Lottery Good Causes.


Record-Breaking Powerball

Are you the lucky winner of the record-breaking Powerball jackpot? If you bought your ticket from Arizona or Missouri, it could be you.

Americans went on a ticket buying spree earlier this week to see if they could take a bite at the jackpot. At one point tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 per minute nationwide. The Powerball frenzy concluded Thursday morning when lottery officials confirmed there were two winning tickets.

The jackpot had rolled over 16 times without a winner, which ballooned the jackpot to a record breaking amount of $579.9 million. The previous record Powerball jackpot was $365 million back in 2006, which was shared by several coworkers from ConAgra Foods in Lincoln, Nebraska. Although the Powerball jackpot is huge, it is not the biggest lottery prize ever. That title goes to the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot earlier this year.

In addition to the two lucky jackpot winners, Powerball officials said there were eight people who won $2 million and 58 people who won $1 million. The ticket holders have 180 days to claim their prize.


Afghanistan War Veteran Wins $10,000.00 Prize from FreeLotto

Sgt. Maj. Ruby Murray of Spring Lake, North Carolina, signed up for a FreeLotto F.A.S.T. account on July 28, 2004 and, in her words, “kinda forgot [she] was still playing.” FreeLotto is an online lottery-style sweepstakes where users play for the chance to win over $11,000,000.00 in daily prizes. Ruby won ninety-eight 3rd and 4th place prizes, worth $1 and $5 respectively, the majority of which she donated to charities, including the Disabled American Veterans, through FreeLotto’s Click2Give Charity program in the years leading up to her grand prize win.

About four years ago, Ruby decided to change her numbers and continued playing the games with those same picks – 3, 16, 17, 23, 25 and 28. On September 9, 2012, Ruby won the jackpot prize in the $10,000 Fast Cash drawing – her 99th cash win from FreeLotto.com.

The win couldn’t have come at a better time. Ruby had returned home from serving a year in Afghanistan in March 2012. Soon after, her father passed away. In addition to the pain of losing her father, Ruby also learned that his life insurance had lapsed, leaving her with the funeral costs. In the midst of this crisis, Ruby received a package from FreeLotto stating that she had won the $10,000 jackpot prize.

Initially, Ruby thought it couldn’t be real. She couldn’t believe that she had actually won. In spite of her skepticism, she certified the package, had it notarized and sent it back to the FreeLotto office. When Ruby received a phone call from FreeLotto, she learned that she did indeed win the money that she so desperately needed.

Ruby’s fortune in a time of need allowed her to pay for her father’s funeral proceedings. “God had worked out a miracle,” Ruby said, “when God gives you a financial blessing, it comes in multitudes.” Ruby intends to stay on as a FreeLotto member and believes she will win again. “There’s so much I want to do for homeless people in this country,” Ruby said. Her dreams of opening a homeless shelter are closer to becoming realized with her lucky break from FreeLotto.


Lottery Officials Search for $23 Million Winner

A winning ticket worth $23 Million is set to expire in less than a month. The ticket was sold at Michael’s Market & Liquor in Palmdale, California approximately five months ago on May 30, 2012. Today, Lottery Officials released a surveillance photo from the store security camera of the woman they believe to be the holder of the winning ticket in hopes that someone will recognize her and tell her to come forward.

If the prize is not claimed by November 26th, the $23 Million will be given to the California School system. “We want our winners to be able to actually collect the prizes they’ve won,” Traverso, a spokesman for the lottery said.

Despite the winner not coming forward, selling the lucky ticket has been very good for Michael’s Market & Liqour Store according to the manager, Ben Sadi. The store received a bonus of $115,000 for selling the winning ticket and many people drive out of their way to purchase their lottery tickets at the store because they believe it is lucky.

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Second Big Win in Manitoba

Yvette Reimer is the 2nd person in Manitoba, Canada to win a million dollar lottery prize this year but the first person ever from Grunthal to win a jackpot of this size.

Reimer, a Grunthal resident, won a $1 Million prize in the October 19th Lotto Max draw.
She first learned of her win after visiting the Grunthal Petro Canada the morning after buying the ticket to check her numbers. The clerk printed out the win receipt and together they counted all the zeros. It took a minute to grasp that she had won $1 million.

Reimer was in shock, but she remembers being ecstatic when she revealed the good news to her husband Isaac. The happy couple celebrated by jumping around the yard.

The win was especially surprising because Reimer hardly ever plays the lottery. She picked up the ticket on a whim when she saw that the jackpot looked big.

The couple doesn’t have any definite plans for the prize winnings yet, but will stay in their Grunthal home, where they have a farm. The win will allow them to pay off their mortgage and some other debts.

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