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.”
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Andrew Garth, 29, of Middlesbrough, England scooped up a £1 Million win in the Euromillions Millionaire Raffle on Christmas day. He didn’t check the ticket until the following day when he was out celebrating his birthday with friends.
Garth currently works as a freelance light and sound technician. He says he has always dreamed of opening a live music venue in the area and now he can. Garth already has his eye on a few places near Teesside Park.
In addition to buying and opening a live music hall, Garth plans to pay off his parents’ and sister’s mortgages. He will also buy first class tickets for all of his family members to take a trip to Australia to visit his aunt.
Last Wednesday, Maria Juana P. Tolentino, of North Carolina received a late Christmas present from her brother. The gift was a $5 Mega Bucks Scratch-Off ticket. The whole family happened to be gathered in the living room when she scratched the lucky ticket. At first, Maria thought she had won $100 and was very excited about that. When she discovered it was actually $100,000 she could barely believe it.
After taxes, Maria’s prize totals $68,001, no small Christmas present. According to lottery officials, she plans to use the money on some home renovations, buy some things for her children and give some of it to her brother who bought her the lucky ticket.
Sylvia Santos, a young woman from Winnipeg, Canada has recently become the city’s latest millionaire. On December 8th, she decided to buy a Player’s Choice Mega Pack of scratch off tickets at a Safeway store but almost put them back because she thought she was $2 short. Lucky for her, Sylvia found an extra $2 in her purse and bought the tickets.
It wasn’t until the following day that Sylvia scratched the tickets. She uncovered three identical Western Millions $1 million prize amounts on one of the tickets but she wasn’t sure if she had actually won. Sylvia brought the ticket to her parents to see what they thought. Her mother thought the symbols had to be in a row for a winner but her dad insisted it was a winner.
The ticket was in fact a $1 million winner.
Scott Bennett is New Hampshire’s newest Tri-State Megabucks winner and it’s all thanks to a gas station clerk’s mistake. Bennett told the clerk he wanted a Lucky For Life ticket and a Tri-State Megabucks Plus ticket but was handed two Tri-State Megabucks tickets instead.
Bennett never got the Lucky for Life ticket he had requested but it turns out he didn’t need it. One of the tickets he did get was the $2.1 million Tri-State Megabucks jackpot winning ticket. Bennett chose the lump sum option which nets approximately $1.3 million before taxes.
The win came at a great time for the Bennett family, just before Christmas. They were able to make the holiday just a little bit merrier by adding a few more presents under the tree. After the holidays, they plan to renovate the kitchen of the Victorian home they purchased last year as well as pay off some of their childrens’ college loans.