$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.”

Lucky Birthday Numbers

George Phillips, of Norfolk, Virginia, won the Cash 5 Virginia lottery three times in one day. The odds of winning the game are 1 in 278,256. Now figure the odds of winning three times.

Phillips used a selection of family birthdays when picking his lucky numbers at a local 7-Eleven. His numbers hit and Phillips won two $100,000 prizes and one $50,000 prize. He chose to cash in one of the $100,000 prizes last month but waited until this month to cash in the other two worth a combined $150,000.

Asked what he was going to do with his winnings, Phillips told lottery officials he planned to use his winnings to pay bills and buy presents for his kids and grandkids.

First Big Powerball Wins of 2013

The first two Powerball $1 million prizes of 2013 go to two residents of North Carolinain consecutive drawings. The first $1 million prize was won by security guard, Mike Conrad, from Winston-Salemon January 23rd. The second was Terry Gray, a factory worker from Asheboro, who won on January 26th. Both men matched the five white balls, only missing the red Powerball. They will each take home approximately $680,000 after taxes.

Conrad told lottery official he plans to invest his winnings and use it for his retirement in the future. For now, he will continue working. He said he has already met with his tax preparer and has plans to meet with a financial advisor. He also plans to pay off medical bills and do some home improvement.

Gray also plans to use the money for his retirement.

The Luckiest Place on Earth

The small town of Skibbereen in County Cork, Ireland may be the luckiest place on Earth. With 12 jackpot winning tickets sold among the town’s three newsagents in recent years, people from all over the world have begun to travel to the small town to buy their lottery tickets. The shop owners, Pierce Hickey, Tadhg Crowley and Brian Hennessy, have all posted signs outside their stores with their winnings tickets encouraging others to try their luck.

The luckiest shop in town belongs to Pierce Hickey who has sold 7 of the 12 jackpot tickets. People come into his store and spend hundreds of Euros on tickets for themselves or syndicates. He even sells tickets to a Dutch Syndicate each week through a local resident. In addition to selling tickets, Hickey plays the lottery often and hopes someday soon one of his own tickets will turn up a winner.

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.