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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!

 


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$3 Million Scratch-off Winner in Pennsylvania!

A man from Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania won $3 Million when he purchased the Triple Million scratch-off at the Country Gas and Convenient Store Station.  

The store’s manager, Sue Sharma, says sales keep climbing since the lucky win as other players hope the good luck will rub-off on them.  Pennsylvania Lottery officials say the man bought a $30 Triple Million ticket and got very, very lucky. Although, luck may have been on his side, this is not the first time the station has seen a big winner. In 2010, there was another lucky $1 Million scratch-off winner.

There is no word on how the lucky winner plans on spending his winnings, but we wish him the best!


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Twin Sisters in California Split $6 Million Lottery Prize

Fraternal twins Lauren Poorman and Lisa Toton from San Ramon California were the lucky $6 Million scratch off ticket winners.  The sisters, who are now in their early 40s, say they’ve been playing the lottery fairly regularly since they were 18 years old after their mother won $12,000.  On the day the winning ticket was purchased, Toton recalls seeing a yellow lady bug in her car.  She took the ladybug as a sign of luck and promptly purchased $20 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets. After scratching all of them in her car, Toton looked at the tickets and started screaming with excitement! She called her husband and texted her sister to come home. They celebrated with dinner and decided to receive their prize through monthly installments of $20,000.  Toton and her sister Poorman had a long standing rule that the sister to purchase the winning ticket would take 60 percent of the winnings and the other sister would receive 40 percent.  Toton told ABC news that she plans to purchase a vacation home while her sister plans to purchase a new home and pay for her daughter’s college education.

Congratulations to the sisters for their winnings!  We wish them happiness and success!


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The $1.58 Billion Powerball Winners

There were 3 Winning Tickets for the Historic $1.58 Billion Powerball in January.  The winning tickets were purchased in Tennessee, Florida, and California, respectively.  After splitting the jackpot three ways, each winning ticket will be worth roughly $528 million.

The winners in Tennessee, John and Lisa Robinson, were the first to come forward shortly after the winning numbers were drawn. They chose to take the lump sum payout of $328 million before taxes.

Next, Florida couple, David Kaltschmidt and Maureen Smith, made their win public. They also opted to take their winnings in one lump sum of $328 million before taxes.  Maureen Smith said that she played the same numbers she has played for a long time, though she doesn’t play regularly.  The couple expressed concern about the spotlight from such a large win and declined to mention whether or not they have any children.  They did say they planned on helping their family and also have plans to buy a new truck.  Kaltschmidt, a mechanical engineer for 34 years, says he plans on quitting his job.

The California winner has yet to come forward.


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Gary Stephen won $300 playing FreeLotto

Congratulations to Gary Stephen, from Abington, MA.

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Gary won the FastCash prize of $300.

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  • The $1 Million Daily Jackpot
  • A New Car
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Geza Szucs won $300

Congratulations to Geza Szucs, from Hungary.

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Geza won the FastCash prize of $300.

Would you like to win money instantly? Play FreeLotto. It’s convenient. It’s fun. There are 6 games to play every day. And the odds are similar to other popular lotteries.

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Efren Jimenez

Congratulations to Efren Jimenez, from Hayward, CA, United States.

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Efren won $300. Sorry, but no picture was provided. It’s not required you provide an image if you win.

Would you like to win money instantly? Play FreeLotto. It’s convenient. It’s fun. There are 6 games to play every day. And the odds are similar to other popular lotteries.

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Double Down in Iowa

Why stop at one winning ticket when you can have TWO! That’s Ken Broadwell’s new motto after he won big with not one, but two scratch off tickets on the same day. The 75 year old Iowa man plays the lottery every day, but June 23rd was certainly the luckiest he’s had to date. His first scratch off of the day revealed a $930 prize, which is no small sum for the retired Grandfather. As it turns out, the day wasn’t over, and neither was his luck! The second scratch off, Gemstone 10s, proved to be an even larger win, netting Ken another $100,000. Understandably, he had a hard time believing his own good fortune, “I think it was the second to the last scratch and I got the 10 symbol, and then I scratched the winning prize, and I saw that $100,000. Almost unbelievable! I didn’t think I’d won it.” Ken plans to treat himself to a new car, in addition to helping out his family and friends, most of whom are already aware of his two wins, “Oh, I think everybody down in the neighborhood down there knows about it because I filled up with gas this morning and several people congratulated me.”

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Profitable Pit stop

A woman and her husband were wrapping up their vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, when they decided to stop in Columbia to purchase a souvenir. The woman walked out of the Kangaroo Express with a 50x scratch-off purchased for $10. Before they had time to leave town, the woman realized she had a winning ticket. Her $10 souvenir turned into $200,000! While their vacation may officially be over, the winning woman excitedly declared, “I’ll be back to SC!” And with luck like that, who could blame her?!

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Newlywed Winners

Stacy and David Foster are having a big year! On May 1st they became husband and wife at a lovely marriage ceremony attended by their closest family and friends. By most accounts, this would be considered enough excitement for the year, but their happiness was just beginning! Less than two months later, the newlyweds purchased a $30 scratch off, part of Massachusetts’ new Supreme Million lottery game, and instantly became multi-millionaires. The couple’s ticket was worth $6.8 million dollars after taxes. The MA state lottery printed 30 million Supreme Million tickets, only four of which contained the grand prize. With odds like that, it’s easy to understand Stacy’s stunned reaction, “It’s hard to comprehend…like for me, I still can’t comprehend this.” Stacy and David plan to use their winnings to purchase a few important, big ticket, newlywed items – a new house and truck!

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Postal Payoff

Postal workers generally go unappreciated for all of the hard work they do – fending off an angry dog, trudging through a winter storm, or sweating through a muggy July day to make sure our packages arrive on time.  Michael Stetar is one lucky postman who got the thanks he deserved when he purchased a winning scratch off ticket worth $4 million! Michael has been a postman in Elgin, Illinois for 17 years, and a loyal scratch off player for about as long. By his own account, Michael purchases one scratch off a week hoping to hit it big, and that’s just what he did with a $20 Golden Casino ticket. Michael explained his life changing decision, “I feel luckier when I play a new game, so when I saw the Golden Casino ticket, I bought it, and I won! I scratched my ticket outside and then ran back into the store and had the clerk confirm that I really did win!” Michael elected to take the one-time payment, and he will receive $2.4 million after taxes. He plans to invest some of his winnings for retirement, but only after he splurges on a brand new truck.

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One Happy Accident

Most accidents end up costing money, but for one lucky Connecticut man the reverse was true! Earlier in June, Bob Sabo arrived at a Super Stop & Shop in Fairfield with the intention of purchasing two $20 lottery tickets. Unwilling to wait in the long line, Bob decided to try his luck with the lottery vending machine. The automated machines are meant for speed and ease – press a few buttons, and no need to talk to anyone. Unfortunately, Bob forgot his glasses and accidentally purchased one $30 ticket instead of the two $20s he wanted. Frustration quickly turned into excitement when Bob arrived home and scratched the ticket to find out he won $30,000. He recalls the unlikely moment, “…I couldn’t believe it- we won $30,000. Winning the way we did was a very freaky thing!” Bob hasn’t revealed what he plans to do with the money, but we bet he’ll be back at the vending machine sometime soon!

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