The $24.1 Million Mystery Winner Claimed

A mysterious millionaire-to-be has come forward two days before the deadline to claim a winning $24.1 million lottery ticket, NY state gaming officials announced last week.

The lucky player purchased the winning ticket at Renu Corp Grocery & Tobacco in Tribeca on May 25, 2016 and claimed their prize on May 24, 2017.

Store owner, Bobby Patel says, “I don’t remember who [the winner was]”, claiming that he didn’t see their face.

According to officials, the winner claimed the prize at a customer service center in lower Manhattan.  The new millionaire said that news coverage about the unclaimed prize prompted them to check old lottery tickets. The winner found the lucky ticket just in time!

If the prize had gone unclaimed, the money would have gone back to the NY state lottery general prize pool.

 

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Millions in Prizes Go Unclaimed in Illinois

In April alone, millions of dollars in unclaimed winning lottery tickets have been sold in Chicago and nearby suburbs according to the Illinois Lottery.

Most recently, on April 26, a winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket worth $350,000 was sold in Northlake.  In addition, a $500,000 Mega Millions Ticket was sold at a convenience center in West Lawrence on April 14th.

If you play the lottery in Illinois it’s important that you check old tickets for prizes.  If you find old tickets and you want to make absolutely sure they’re worthless before disposing of them, you can search archives of winning numbers on the website for Illinois Lottery.

**FreeLotto Pro Tip: Always check your results to see if you’ve won a prize.  Checking your FreeLotto results is easy!  View your results at any time here!


$61 M Winner in California

A lottery Mega Millions ticket worth $61 Million was sold at a 7-Eleven in San Diego, California.

The numbers, drawn Friday (May 28th) were 6-13-18-20-31 with Mega number 13.  The winning ticket matched these numbers exactly!

The 7-Eleven will receive a $305,000 bonus for selling the lucky ticket.

Lottery officials say that the winner should try to claim their prize as soon as possible.  Officials recommend that the winner signs the back of their ticket in ink and keep it in a safe place.

The ticket holder will have the option of receiving the prize money incrementally in annual payments spread out over 30 years, effectively paying less in federal taxes, or accepting a lump sum of an estimated $37.3 million upfront.

We hope the lucky winner comes forward soon! Be sure to check back for the update here.

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Georgia Man Wins $5M while Running Errands

Richard Britt was running errands when luck came his way.  “My wife asked me to go pick up a corn dog, and that’s when I bought a ticket.”

Britt played the Georgia lottery’s Millionaire Jumbo Bucks Scratcher and won the top prize: $5 Million!

After scratching the lucky ticket and realizing that he was a winner, Britt immediately left the store to call his wife. “Neither one of us could believe it. I’m still surprised that I won,” he said. As of now, Richard plans to use some of his winnings to travel, but we know there will be plenty left over!

Congratulations Richard – We wish you and your wife the best of luck!

**FreeLotto Pro Tip: When playing scratch-offs, it’s best to buy your tickets for a single game in bulk to maximize your chances of picking a winning ticket.  For more scratch-off tips, check out our blog.


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North Carolina Army Veteran Wins $200 Thousand

Army veteran, Trevon Logan, just won a $200,000.00 lottery prize on her 45th birthday!

“It’s the best birthday gift I could as for,” said Logan.  Discussing her strategy, she reported, “I like playing the first or last ticket.”  It seems like sticking to the same strategy finally paid off for her!  Logan says that when she saw the store clerk opening a new book of tickets she asked for the first one.

Logan claimed her prize on April 26, 2017, and received a lump-sum of $139,003 after state and federal taxes.

Logan plans to pay bills and send her granddaughter to college with her prize money. “I want to make sure her education is taken care of,” she adds.

Congratulations and happy birthday to Trevon.  We’re glad your lotto-strategy worked!

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Georgia is on Fire—Multiple Winners win Millions

Lottery Players in Georgia have been on fire with incredible winning streaks!  2 gas stations in Marietta, Georgia sold winning jackpot tickets worth $901,628.00 for the Fantasy 5 drawing.

Georgia native, Chester White, won $450,814.00 after purchasing his ticket at Marathon Marietta on Whitlock Avenue.

White, a 66-year-old communications major claimed his prize on Friday, January 27th.

“I didn’t think it was real, I triple-checked my ticket”, he said.

White says he plans to purchase a new television with his grand prize.

The second winner of the Fantasy 5 drawing has yet to come forward, but the luck continued!

Another Georgia man won a new car in the Georgia Cash4Life second-chance drawing, and the November $83 Mega Millions jackpot winners were also from Georgia.

Georgians, you’re on a hot streak! We hope you take advantage of your incredible luck!

*FreeLotto Pro-tip*

If you play the Georgia Fantasy 5 drawing, be sure to play odd and even numbers (3 odds and 2 evens, and vice versa).  Reports show that over a 5-year-period this combination yields 66% of wins!


Mega Millions Winner in California

A single ticket hit all 6 winning numbers for the $188 million Mega Millions drawing on Friday, January 27th.

The winning ticket was sold at the Primm Valley Lotto in Primm, California.

The Mega Millions winning numbers were 17, 37, 53, 54, 61, and the Mega Number was 8.

The lucky winner has the option of receiving his or her prize in 30 installments or collecting a lump-sum of $112.6 million in cash.

The Mega Millions drawing happens on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 PM EST, and you have a chance to win next!

The jackpot for Tuesday’s drawing is $15 Million.  Good luck to all FreeLotto Mega Millions players!

*FreeLotto Pro-tip*

One of the easiest lottery strategies is playing Hot and Cold numbers.  Hot numbers are numbers which are almost always chosen, and cold numbers are numbers that have not been played in a long time.  Check out this article to learn more.


New York Man Wins $5 Million on his Birthday

A New York man got the best birthday present ever!  Patrick Clarke, a 28-year-old New York native, won $5 million on his birthday!

Clarke purchased a $10 “Set for Life” instant ticket on December 20th—his birthday.  He says his mom gave him some money as a gift, and Clarke knew immediately that he would play his mother’s favorite lottery game, “Set for Life”.

Clarke waited to play until he arrived at his girlfriend’s house.

“I scratched the ticket and saw a match on number 16 with the word ‘Life’ under it,” Clarke said.  “I started laughing and dancing all around the house!”

Clarke chose the option of taking a lump sum payment totaling $2,453,693 after taxes.

He says he feels blessed to have won the lottery and knows he won’t have to worry about money as much.  “There will always be something to worry about,” says Clarke, “but for once it won’t be about money.”

We’re so glad that Clarke received the best birthday present ever! Congratulations!

*FreeLotto Pro-tip*

When purchasing scratch-offs the best way to increase your chances of winning a big prize is by buying tickets for the same game in bulk!


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!


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!