The couple’s quick pick ticket matched all 5 winning numbers (6, 10, 24, 26, 42) for a $250,000 prize. Because Ritter had added the $1 Megaplier option to his purchase, his win was multiplied by 4 for a total of $1 million. The Match 5 prize is guaranteed to always draw the 4X multiplier, turning a $250,000 prize into a $1 million prize.
Ritter had added the Megaplier feature because of encouragement from his wife, Robin. “I always buy Megaplier tickets, and I told him he should too, because it increases your prizes,” she said.
This is the third $1 million Mega Millions prize won in Nebraska since the Nebraska Lottery began offering the game on March 20, 2010.
Ron Yurcus, an avid lottery player, was making room for his new computer when he stumbled across the million-dollar miracle. He had about twelve old lottery tickets piled up on his desk, Yurcus said in a statement by the Illinois Lottery, “I checked the numbers on the Illinois Lottery website and realized I won $1 million in the August 22 drawing. As soon as my wife came home I asked her to double check the ticket.”
Asked what he is going to do with the unexpected windfall, Yurcus said he plans to travel and spread the wealth through various charities. Yurcus said in a statement, “I want to travel to Lithuania. My grandparents came from there and I’ve always wanted to go.”
Chicago man John Turner traveled down to New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to lend a hand. Turner, who runs a local water removal business, lent his services to distressed owners of flooded homes.
After a long day of work cleaning up in New Jersey, Turner tried his luck on a Championship Poker scratch ticket. Call it luck or karma, but that ticket won him $100,000. Turner said, “I showed the card to my buddies, and we all couldn’t believe it, I was overjoyed and had tears in my eyes. I’m still just trying to take it all in.” His employee Joshua Rivera added, “He wanted a lot of confirmation from us, and just called a lot of family and told everybody the good news.”
Turner plans to invest a portion of the winnings in his business, while donating the rest. “He deserves it. He’s a good-hearted man. I couldn’t think of anybody better to win it than John,” said Rivera.
Time is running out for the UK winner of the June 8 EuroMillions draw. According to lottery rules, the winner has a 180-day deadline to pick up the prize. The £63,837,543.60 winning ticket will expire at 11pm on December 5.
The winning ticket was purchased in Hertfordshire in the Stevenage and Hitchin area with the winning numbers 5, 11, 22, 34, 40 and Lucky Stars 9 and 11.
There has been a huge publicity campaign to find the missing lottery winner. There will be advertising vans displaying important information touring Stevenage and Hitchin this week, and retailers will be displaying posters up until the last minute to remind their lottery-playing customers to check their tickets.
A spokesman for the National Lottery spokesman stated, “Our message is simple – we’re urging everyone to look one last time everywhere a missing ticket could be hiding. The ticket-holder now only has until 11pm on December 5 to come forward and claim this huge prize.”
If nobody claims the prize before the deadline, the money will go to the National Lottery Good Causes.
Americans went on a ticket buying spree earlier this week to see if they could take a bite at the jackpot. At one point tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 per minute nationwide. The Powerball frenzy concluded Thursday morning when lottery officials confirmed there were two winning tickets.
The jackpot had rolled over 16 times without a winner, which ballooned the jackpot to a record breaking amount of $579.9 million. The previous record Powerball jackpot was $365 million back in 2006, which was shared by several coworkers from ConAgra Foods in Lincoln, Nebraska. Although the Powerball jackpot is huge, it is not the biggest lottery prize ever. That title goes to the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot earlier this year.
In addition to the two lucky jackpot winners, Powerball officials said there were eight people who won $2 million and 58 people who won $1 million. The ticket holders have 180 days to claim their prize.
Sgt. Maj. Ruby Murray of Spring Lake, North Carolina, signed up for a FreeLotto F.A.S.T. account on July 28, 2004 and, in her words, “kinda forgot [she] was still playing.” FreeLotto is an online lottery-style sweepstakes where users play for the chance to win over $11,000,000.00 in daily prizes. Ruby won ninety-eight 3rd and 4th place prizes, worth $1 and $5 respectively, the majority of which she donated to charities, including the Disabled American Veterans, through FreeLotto’s Click2Give Charity program in the years leading up to her grand prize win.
About four years ago, Ruby decided to change her numbers and continued playing the games with those same picks – 3, 16, 17, 23, 25 and 28. On September 9, 2012, Ruby won the jackpot prize in the $10,000 Fast Cash drawing – her 99th cash win from FreeLotto.com.
The win couldn’t have come at a better time. Ruby had returned home from serving a year in Afghanistan in March 2012. Soon after, her father passed away. In addition to the pain of losing her father, Ruby also learned that his life insurance had lapsed, leaving her with the funeral costs. In the midst of this crisis, Ruby received a package from FreeLotto stating that she had won the $10,000 jackpot prize.
Initially, Ruby thought it couldn’t be real. She couldn’t believe that she had actually won. In spite of her skepticism, she certified the package, had it notarized and sent it back to the FreeLotto office. When Ruby received a phone call from FreeLotto, she learned that she did indeed win the money that she so desperately needed.
Ruby’s fortune in a time of need allowed her to pay for her father’s funeral proceedings. “God had worked out a miracle,” Ruby said, “when God gives you a financial blessing, it comes in multitudes.” Ruby intends to stay on as a FreeLotto member and believes she will win again. “There’s so much I want to do for homeless people in this country,” Ruby said. Her dreams of opening a homeless shelter are closer to becoming realized with her lucky break from FreeLotto.
FreeLotto.com recently launched a brand new sweepstakes, Win $5,000.00 Cash, a guaranteed winner sweepstakes in which one entrant will be selected each month, for the duration of the promotion, as the winner of $5,000.00. The new sweepstakes began on August 10th 2012 and the first winner was selected on September 10th 2012.
Christina Baker of Willow Spring, North Carolina, is delighted to be the very first winner of FreeLotto’s Win $5,000.00 Cash Sweepstakes. The married mother of two boys, ages 20 and 16, recently graduated with a double bachelors in accounting and business and works full time in the purchasing department of a medical equipment company. Her husband, a self-employed truck driver, has had a hard time finding work in the last year. “Still a little in shock that I actually won money on FreeLotto.com. I have never won anything in my life,” Christina told the FreeLotto Prize Department when they spoke yesterday to interview her about her win.
Christina plans to use the money to pay off some bills and buy some new supplies for her cake decorating hobby, which she hopes to one day turn into her own business.
The FreeLotto Win $5,000.00 Cash Sweepstakes is available to enter now through November 8th 2012. Each person who submits an entry will be eligible to be selected as the winner of $5,000.00 cash.
Melek Nimet Özden founded the kiosk in 1928, lending to it both her name and her luck. Nimet Abla earned nationwide fame as the luckiest lottery booth in Turkey after she won the big New Year’s lottery draw in 1931 with a ticket she bought from her own shop.
Now, the stand is nationally recognized as the luckiest lottery booth in Turkey and many people refuse to purchase their tickets anywhere else. People will travel for miles to buy their tickets from Nimet Abla, not only for themselves but also for friends and relatives from all over the country.
The booth has become so popular that they started selling tickets online last year to meet the demand.
The Nimet Abla kiosk generates the most lottery winners in Turkey by far; however some attribute that to the amount of tickets that are bought from it.
Although Turkish culture generally frowns upon the lottery, the revenue from ticket sales continues to grow each year. Profits from the Turkish lottery have helped to provide the country with 30 schools, in addition to other community resources all over Turkey.
Louisiana state lottery players may be turning down a big payday, without even knowing it. According to Louisiana lottery officials, nearly $11 million went unclaimed in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
Prizes for draw style games, such as Mega Millions and Powerball, must be claimed within six months. After that six month period, wins are forfeited and the money is returned to the state lottery.
Bo Bernhard, executive director of the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, has theorized that most of these unclaimed prizes stem from players losing tickets, or simply not checking them. People who see that they missed the first few numbers might throw the ticket away without bothering to check for smaller wins.
Most of the unclaimed prizes are smaller wins; however there are currently large prizes that are very close to being forfeited, such as a $3 million winning Mega Millions ticket, purchased at Murphy Express in Denham Springs, which must be claimed by October 7.
The odds of matching all six numbers in the Powerball or Mega Millions are slightly more than 1 in 175 million.
Three warehouse workers from Werribee, a suburb of Melbourne, have been buying lotto tickets together every week for 12 years. This week they won a $1.5 million share of the TattsLotto $22 Million Superdraw.
One of the three men checked the winning numbers on Monday night for the Saturday drawing and couldn’t believe the results. He first shared the good news with his wife then immediately went to tell the other guys in person.
Each of the three men will get a half million dollar share of the prize. All of them say their plan is to pay off their mortgages, buy new cars, take their wives out to celebrate, and then use the rest to invest in their retirement.
There were 14 winning tickets in total for the $22 million Superdraw with the winning numbers 1, 19, 45, 34, 17 and 32. The supplementary numbers were 38 and 22. The trio purchased their 12 game quick pick in Hoppers Crossing.
The warehouse syndicate has chosen to remain anonymous and will not release their names to the press.