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7 Grand Prize Winners in Minnesota Millionaire Raffle

7 Minnesota locals have started the new year with a real bang!  2 players each won $1 Million, and 5 players won $100,000 each.

Officials said that 7 lucky players woke up on Sunday, January 8th to life-changing money.

The Sunday Raffle generated an estimated total of $27 Million that will help fund environmental projects throughout the state.  A portion of the money will also go to the General Fund, which helps fund education, public safety programs, and health and human services.

Congratulations to the lucky winners.  Their 2017 is off to a great start!


Virginia Lottery Prize Remains Unclaimed

The New Year is off to a great start for a mystery $25,000.00 lottery winner in Lynchburg, Virginia. The winner purchased the Virginia New Year’s Millionaire Raffle at the Speedway on Campbell Avenue.

Lottery officials say the winner has 180 days to claim their prize.  Players can contact the Virginia Lottery Player Information Line at 804-662-LUCK for any questions or information.

Check your tickets, Virginia–The New Year winner could be you!

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Chicago Man Plans to go to College after Winning $500,000.00

Chicago native Michael MacAuley won $500,000.00 after purchasing a $10 scratch-off from a vending machine.

MacAuley mentioned that he “always wanted to go to college”, and now that he won the lottery, he can finally make his dream come true.

He purchased his winning ticket at U.S. Tobacco on Larkin Avenue in Crest Hill.  U.S. Tobacco will be receiving a $5,000 prize for selling the lucky ticket.

Congratulations on your win Michael, and good luck in college!


Lottery Winner Arrested Again

Multi-millionaire lottery winner, Iorworth Horare, also known as the ‘lotto rapist’, won 7 million euros in 2004. Horare purchased the lottery ticket on a day-release from prison, while serving a sentence for rape.

He currently lives a comfortable life with his girlfriend in their 6-bedroom home in Northern England.

This month he was arrested for allegedly exposing himself to a woman near his home.  When police arrived to restrain him he claimed, “I’m a multimillionaire.  I’m not going anywhere.”

He also claimed that police officers were “heavy handed,” and used “excessive force” because they were jealous of how rich he is.

Police officers claimed his demeanor was aggressive and he was uncooperative.  He was held in jail but later released due to lack of evidence.



A $100,000.00 Winning Lottery Ticket Remains Unclaimed

Someone in Illinois is $100,000.00 richer and doesn’t know it yet.  November 18th is the last day to claim the winning ticket.  Illinois lottery players have exactly 1 year to claim a prize, and if someone doesn’t come forward soon, the ticket will be voided.

The Lucky Day Lotto Quick Pick ticket was sold at a Shell gas station in Lake Hills almost a year ago.  The winning numbers were 03-06-19-21-32.

The Shell station manager has notified all their customers of the winning ticket.  If the winner comes forward, the store will win $1,000.00 retailer bonus.

Check your tickets, Illinoisans!  We hope the lucky winner comes forward soon.


$7.5 Million Lottery Mega Million Winner Waits 3 Months to Claim Prize

Christina Ford from Atlanta, Georgia was dumbfounded when she discovered that she was a Mega Millions winner.  Ford was one of two winners from the $15 million jackpot drawing on July 22nd.  She claimed her prize on Tuesday, October 25th.

“I thought it was a dream,” she said in disbelief.  “I kept saying, ‘Yeah, right. This can’t be true.’”  It IS true, and Ford is now a new millionaire!

She purchased the ticket at a Kroger on the Dallas Acworth Highway.

Ford claims she waited 3 months because she wanted to plan what to do with the money before claiming.  She decided to spend her prize money by helping her family with bills and taking a vacation.

Congratulations Christina!  You better believe that you’re a MILLIONAIRE.

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North Carolina man Wins $10 Million from a Scratch-Off

North Carolina resident, David Winstead says he’s been playing the Ultimate Millions scratch off game two-at-a-time for a long time hoping to win big, and he finally did!

He purchased his winning ticket at a gas station on Louisburg Road. Daivd bought 2 tickets each time, for $60 total.  He scratched the first ticket in his truck and was in awe at what he revealed.  “I couldn’t believe it,” he exclaimed.  “I knew it was real, but it was a shock.”

Winstead immediately drove home to share the news with his wife.  It took a while for the great news to feel real.

He recalls a conversation with his wife, where she marveled that one night they were watching T.V., and the next night they were millionaires!

Winstead had the option to choose to take the prize as an annuity, receiving $500,000 a year for 20 years, or as a lump sum of $6 million.

He chose to take a lump sum for $ 6 million which came to $4,155,009 after taxes and fees.

The couple plans to spend the money on bills, making home improvements, setting up a college fund for their grandchildren, and donating to their church. Winstead also wants to make his dream of fishing in the Big Blue Marlin Tournament come true.

We hope you can make many of your wishes come true, David!  Congratulations to you and your family on the big win!


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!


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.

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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!


20 Co-workers Split $5 Million after winning the Mega Millions Jackpot!

Twenty lucky co-workers in Rhode Island will split $5 million as part of their joint lottery-playing effort – that’s $250,000 per person!  The men work together at a medical supply manufacturing company and say they’ve been playing Powerball or the Mega Millions every week for years. In March their efforts finally paid off!

They purchased their winning Mega Millions ticket at Chum’s Spirits, a local liquor store in Harrisville.

They won the $1 million prize for matching five of the six numbers drawn. They also increased the prize by purchasing a “multiplier” option, making the total jackpot $5 million before taxes. Most of the men say the plan on retiring soon and the money will certainly help make those dreams come true!

Good news for the rest of us, the Mega Millions Jackpot is up to $390 Million and the next drawing isn’t until tomorrow (June 29th), so there’s still time to get your tickets! Good luck from all of us at FreeLotto!


430 Million Powerball Winner Comes Forward

Pearlie Mae Smith, the 70-year-old mother of 7 adult children, was the lucky winner of the $429.6 Million Powerball ticket. Smith purchased the winning ticket at her local 7-Eleven in Trenton after dreaming about the winning numbers.  You read that right – no special birthdays or anniversary dates! Smith said the numbers came to her in a dream! She also acknowledged that raising 7 children wasn’t easy and feels fortunate to be the winner. Smith plans to split the money with all of her children.

Valerie Arthur, Smith’s oldest daughter, says the win came as a big shock and that many of her siblings have yet to notify their employers.  Arthur also noted that some of her siblings plan to continue working.

Another of Smith’s children, Cathy Smith, definitely plans to keep working.  She has run a mentoring program for young women for 15 years despite the fact that funding has been difficult. Now she intends on using the lottery money to continue changing the lives of young women.

The 7 Winners include: Steven Smith, Jacqueline Sessoms, Marsha-Ann Smith, Rene Smith, all of Trenton, and Tracy Smith and Katherine Nunnally, both of Newark.

Pearlie Mae’s $6 purchase turned her into millionaire! She bought a $2 ticket on both the May 4 and 7 drawings and spent an extra $1 each time to get the “Power Play” option that multiplies the winnings.

She chose the same numbers for each drawing: 5-25-26-44-66 and the Powerball number, 9.

Smith opted to take her winnings out as a lump sum of $284 million which will amount to $204,480,000 after taxes.

Congratulations to the Smith Family.  We wish them all the best with their new fortune!

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$430 Million Powerball Ticket Sold in Trenton, New Jersey

The winning $430 Million Powerball ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Trenton, New Jersey!  Though the lucky person hasn’t come forward yet, the owner of the 7-Eleven, Andrea Shin, suspects that the winner might be one of their regular customers.

The winner is said to have picked his or her own numbers and bought the ticket in advance, buying chances in both the Wednesday and Saturday night drawings.

The winner also elected to take the $284 million lump-sum prize when they bought the ticket, rather than collecting the entire $430 million over the next 29 years.

It is one of the largest-single-winning tickets ever awarded by a U.S. lottery – most big jackpots are split between multiple-winning tickets.

Shin says she regrets not playing the lottery this time around but is excited that someone from her convenience store has won.  The store will receive a $30,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, which Shin plans to spend on a vacation with her husband.

The owner of the ticket has one year to come forward, but we hope they claim their prize much sooner!


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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.

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$6 Million California Scratch-off Winner is “Set for Life!”

A lucky man in San Francisco, California is set for life after winning $6 Million on the “Set for Life” scratch-off.  Eugene Ruiz purchased the winning ticket at a local 7-Eleven.  Officials say he was very secretive about what he would do with his winnings and has yet to inform them about how he will receive his prize.

Ruiz has the option of receiving an upfront lump sum of $3.4 Million or $20,000 a month for 25 years, totaling $6 Million.

This 7-Eleven, located at 1010 Hillside Boulevard, will also be receiving $30,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Congratulations on your big win, Ruiz.  The FreeLotto Prize team wishes you all the best!