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.”
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?!
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!
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.
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!
Yes, Virginia, there is a new millionaire among your population.
Tom Cook, from Salem, VA, won the Virginia Lottery Mega Millions $1 million prize when he purchased his ticket at a Kroger grocery store. He’s the fourth Virginian to win at least $1 million in the past two months.
Tom will take home $710,000 after taxes. His winning numbers were 1-40-42-56-62.
According to Virginia Lottery officials, Tom told them he doesn’t intend to have the winnings change his lifestyle, and he was uncertain how he would spend his windfall.
I imagine he’ll receive plenty ideas over the next 24 hours.
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Newlyweds from Cape Cod are the first $15 million winner of Massachusetts State Lottery’s Supreme Millions Instant Game, which was introduced on April 28, 2015.
How’d they win:
On Saturday, Stacy Foster and her husband walked into a convenience store on Route 6 in Eastham, MA, and requested a $30 ticket. But the store clerk told Stacy the dispenser wasn’t operating and that she would need to purchase a ticket from a different dispenser.
The broken dispenser was worth $15 million, or $9,750,000 less taxes since the couple took the one-time cash payment.
The newlyweds plan to purchase a house, pay off student loans and buy a truck with their winnings.
According to MA lottery officials, three $15M prizes and 61 $1M prizes remain to be won.
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Two Florida men are currently on the loose after scamming an elderly woman into purchasing a fake lottery ticket. According to reports, the victim, a 70 year-old-woman from Miami-Dade County, was waiting at a bus stop when two men approached and offered to sell her a winning lottery ticket. The man told her he was not a legal resident and therefore, unable to claim the prize himself, but would give it to her for $10,000 in cash. The elderly woman agreed and allowed the two men to drive her to the bank, where she took out the requested sum. Afterwards, she was driven to an apartment complex, where the men allegedly tried to snatch her purse. A struggle ensued, and the woman was eventually thrown from the car. The woman was shaken up, but largely uninjured, while police are still searching for the two men involved.
We don’t know about you, but after the May 28th announcement that there was a $395 Million dollar lottery winner in Kingston, Jamaica, we’re hopping on the next plane! Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) released a statement that the winning lottery ticket was the result of a $500, five Quick Pick selections. The $395 million dollar prize is the largest in the country’s history and has attracted unparalleled levels of attention and excitement in the drawings leading up to last week’s winner. For its part the SVL, Jamaica’s lottery body, was pleased and proud to finally have a winner. Brian George, SVL president, noted, “We are ecstatic about the historic Jackpot achievement but even more so, that there is now a winner who will be able to realize all of his or her dreams with the proceeds of the prize won. We also stress how important it is for a winner of this amount of new found wealth to carefully plan how to spend this money wisely.” Though the lucky winner has not come forward yet, George continued, “We encourage all players to check their tickets carefully and come in to our Prize Payment Center immediately, as this ticket is a very valuable piece of property that should not be left lying about.”
It’s not very likely you’re relieved when your car is broken into, but that’s exactly how one Seattle couple felt last week. Their car window was smashed, and the thief stole a pair of sunglasses, leaving behind a seemingly worthless lottery ticket. The couple purchased the ticket in February for a $350 million jackpot drawing, but never bothered to check the numbers until mid-May. They soon discovered that their forgotten ticket was worth $1 million as part of a second chance prize. The couple declined to be identified publicly, but told lottery officials they plan to use their winnings to travel to Paris and Iceland – and to buy new sunglasses!
On May 26th a small market in Salinas, CA made a very big sale. Charles Messenger, a computer administration employee, purchased twenty $1 Quick Pick tickets while doing his usual grocery shopping. As luck would have it one of those tickets correctly matched five of the six numbers selected in that night’s Mega Millions drawing. Just like that, Charles won a cool $2.7 million dollars! He recalls that the shock of winning set in almost immediately, “Last night was surreal when I checked the ticket. It’s like a whole new reality.” He continued, “My son said he refused to believe me when I told him. He kept saying I was messing with him”. Charles confirmed his winning lottery ticket with the East Bay district office on his way to Las Vegas. While the family trip was planned prior to his big win, Charles did joke, “Now I can play at the $25 blackjack tables.”
Earlier this month a Michigan House Regulatory Reform committee approved a measure to allow state and national lottery winners to remain anonymous. The state already allows anonymity for winners collecting prizes under $10,000, but this new bill would allow the same for Mega Millions and Powerball winners. Rep. Ray Franz, a supporter of the legislation, says, “Lottery winnings, while for many is a major plus in their lives, it can be a major negative at times. It costs friendships. It costs family relationships. It costs jobs. I thought it should be an option that’s available.” Michigan would add itself to list of six other states that already allow their lottery winners to remain anonymous – Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, and South Carolina. While many are in favor of the bill, the Lottery Commission opposes it on the grounds that it will detract from their ability to promote new winners and further encourage ticket sales. The bill will move to the full House for a vote later this summer.