Florida’s Biggest Jackpot of the Year
Carolyn Bell, 64, recently claimed a $48 Million jackpot from the Florida Lottery. The jackpot was the biggest for the Florida Lottery in 2014. Bell is not a Florida resident but plays the Florida Lottery whenever she visits from her home state of Alabama. Luckily for Bell there are no rules stating that non-residents are ineligible to play and win. She has opted to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $32,609,501.60.
Bell and her husband have decided to retire now that they are free of financial worries. They say they don’t plan on changing their lifestyle too much but they will enjoy their free time and worry less.
The winning ticket was purchased at Stateline Liquors. The store will receive a $210,000 commission from the lottery for selling the winning ticket.
Lotto Win or Heart Attack?
A lottery winner from Seneca, South Carolina thought he was having a heart attack when he discovered his big win. The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, told customers in the Exxon gas station that he felt sweaty and weak in the knees after revealing the $200,000 prize on his “Bring on the Bens” scratch ticket.
The luck winner and his wife travelled to Columbia, SC lottery headquarters to claim the prize on the 21st of November. They told lottery officials that they plan to use to money to pay off some bills and hopefully retire a bit earlier than they would have before.
Four top prizes remain in the “Bring on the Bens” game and tickets are $10 each. The odds of winning the $200,000 prize are 1 in 600,000.
Canadian Winner Donates It All to Charity
Despite knowing about his $40 Million LottoMax jackpot win for six months, Tom Crist, 64, just recently came forward to collect his winnings. Crist, retired CEO of EECOL Electric, knew from the moment he got the call from the lottery commission telling him he won that he would give all $40 million of his win to charity, but he put it off so long because he was wary of the publicity.
Last week, Crist delivered his first check for $1.2 Million to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. The charity is dear to his heart because his wife, Jan, lost her six-year battle with lung cancer in February of 2012. Crist told the ACF that the check he delivered was only phase-one and that he plans to give annually.
Crist explained his generous decision to the press; “I guess I’ve been fortunate enough through my career, you know, that I had, with the company that I was with, to be fortunate enough to have a good living and be able to remain to have a good living and look after my kids. So, I don’t really need the money.”
Georgia Woman Wins Half of Record Jackpot
Ira Curry was driving to work on Wednesday morning when she heard the winning numbers for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing and the location where the winning ticket was purchased. She remembered that her ticket was purchased at the same place and that she had selected her family’s lucky number seven as the Mega Ball, same as the winning ticket. Curry called her daughter and told her to check the ticket. All six numbers matched. Ira’s ticket was one of two jackpot winning tickets for that drawing. She won half of the $648 million jackpot which was the 2nd largest jackpot in U.S. history.
Curry, a Stone Mountain, GA resident, chose the cash option and will take home $173,819,742.50 before taxes. She claimed the prize the day after the drawing and hasn’t had any time to decide what she will do with the winnings.
El Gordo Lottery Winners Revealed
On Sunday December 22nd, the choir sang the results of the Christmas Lottery, a time honored tradition in Spain. The Lottery is called “El Gordo,” which means the fat one in English and it is the largest lottery in Spain. The prizes awarded totaled over $3 Billion and there were thousands of winners.
As luck would have it, some of the biggest winners this year came from some of the hardest hit areas of Spain where the unemployment rate sits above 25 percent. The largest prize was shared by two towns, a working class suburb outside of Madrid and the Basque town of Mondragon. In Mondragon, the largest employer, an appliance manufacturer, recently laid off more than 2,000 of its employees.
The 200 year old lottery instituted one big change this year, for the first time in its history, prizes of more than $3,425 will be taxed at a rate of 20%. The Treasury expects to collect tens of millions of dollars in taxes.
SC Woman Shocked by Win
A South Carolina man, who chose to remain anonymous, won $1,000,000.00 in a recent Mega Millions draw by matching five of six numbers. He knew his wife would be shocked by the news and decided to wait until she got home from work to tell her that they won. Luckily he did because when she saw the ticket she fainted from the excitement.
The lucky couple bought the winning ticket at the North Myrtle Beach Bi-Lo Grocery Store.
Mom Wins £10K in Time for Christmas
Amanda Pain, mother of four, won £10,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery just days before Christmas. Her postcode, CM9 5FP, was revealed as the week’s Saturday Street Prize winner. Pain, a 30 year old single mom, had just dropped her four daughters off at school when she got the news from the Lottery.
Pain plans to use the winnings to pay off some debts and treat the kids to extra Christmas presents. She hasn’t told them about the win so they will be surprised on Christmas morning. She also plans to let them pick a holiday destination for next year and expects it will be Disneyland.
Pay Off Your Mortgage Winner Highlight
Our most recent Pay Off Your Mortgage Game winner is set to receive the first installment of her $100,000.00 prize this month. Anita Rosenfield, PhD. Of Sedona, Arizona has been a long time member of FreeLotto, initially registering in 2005.
Before finding out about her jackpot win, 2013 had been a tough year for Anita. She has been battling kidney failure and has been placed on a transplant list at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to her own health issues, Anita’s beloved pet dog Morebucks passed away this summer.
Anita had won dozens of small prizes over the years, and though she always hoped she would win a jackpot prize, she never really believed it would happen. “It does make me feel like someone is watching over me,” Anita said when she found out about her big win.
Anita plans to use the prize money to travel to other transplant hospitals for evaluations, including the University of Minnesota Hospital and the University of Colorado Hospital, both of which do more transplants each year than Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. By getting on more hospital’s transplant lists she hopes she will get a new kidney sooner and hopefully avoid dialysis.
The Search for £3 Million Winner
The National Lottery’s largest unclaimed prize of just over £3 million is still waiting for the owner of the ticket to reveal himself or herself. The winning ticket was bought in the Sevenoaks district of Kent, UK.
The owner of the matching 6 lotto numbers, 8,10,27,34,40,41, has until August 8, 2013 to claim their prize. If no one comes forward to claim the prize before then, the prize money plus all of the interest generated will go to the National Lottery good causes which support charities for health, education, arts, sports, heritage and community.
“We’re desperate to find this mystery ticket-holder and unite them with their winnings. This amazing jackpot prize could really make a huge difference to somebody’s life,” said a spokesman of National Lottery. “We’re urging everyone who bought a ticket in this area to check their old tickets again or look anywhere a missing ticket could be hiding.”
Biggest LottoMax Jackpot in Calgary History
Darrel Szczerba was heading to the tattoo parlor when he stopped by at the Petro-Canada station in Calgary, Canada.
“I was waiting to get a tattoo and had about half an hour to kill so I went to get a cold drink and I thought well I’ll check my tickets. I didn’t get the cold drink,” Darrel told CTV Calgary.
Darrell cancelled his tattoo appointment and ran home to share the incredible news with his wife, Laurie.
The winning ticket was a quick-pick worth $30 million, the largest LottoMax jackpot in Calgary history.
Darrel was a carpenter foreman and his wife, Laurie, was a legal assistant but since the big win both have retired. They are planning to take a vacation, purchase a new home, and buy a new vehicle.
The Go-To Lottery Store
Friendly Cards & Gifts on 1906 Wantagh Ave of Wantagh, New York, has become the lucky hotspot of lottery winners.
Over the past year, according to the Wantagh-Seaford Patch, they have produced “a $1 million instant ticket, $250,000 in a Mega Millions drawing and a $100,000 instant ticket. Other recent winners include a $31,000 Take Five, two $25,000 instant tickets, and a $15,000 Take Five.”
The most recent winner was on February 15th for a $10,000 Powerball win.
“The most fun for us is when the customers win while they are in the store. Seeing their reaction and the excitement winning brings is fantastic!” said the owner of Friendly’s, John Boulukos. “Hopefully we can continue to have more winners and spread the luck!”
A Big Catch: Lottery Winners on a Fishing Trip
One day, Stephen and Terri Weaver went on a fishing trip. The biggest catch they had wasn’t revealed until they had gone home later that day.
The Arkansas couple traveled almost an hour northeast of their home in Little Rock to go fishing. They stopped by a convenience store to buy a $1 Million Riches scratch ticket. On their way home from their trip, they stopped again at the same convenience store to buy another ticket, that time a Taxes Paid scratch ticket. When they got home, they scratched the tickets and found they were both big winners – worth $1 million and $50,000 respectively.
The Weavers plan to use the money to pay off their bills and invest the rest in their retirement.
The “Nicest Lottery Winners” Ever
Mark and Cindy Hill, lottery winners of the largest Powerball in United States history, have done something remarkable to garner the title of “Nicest Lottery Winners”.
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.”
Lucky Birthday Numbers
George Phillips, of Norfolk, Virginia, won the Cash 5 Virginia lottery three times in one day. The odds of winning the game are 1 in 278,256. Now figure the odds of winning three times.
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.
First Big Powerball Wins of 2013
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.