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.
The youngMarylandresident plans to use his newfound wealth to give back to some of the organizations that helped him and his family when he battled childhood leukemia–including Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Believe in Tomorrow, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which sent him and his family on a cruise.
Nick has been in remission for five years. He plans to keep his current job as a dishwasher at a bar in Towson, MD but has aspirations of joining the police force.
Erica Palmisano, a spokesperson for theMarylandlottery told reporters, “He’s a nice young man. He’s a hard worker, and he’s a cancer survivor willing to give back, so he’s really an exceptional winner, and we’re thrilled that he won.”
Nick had been purchasing lottery tickets twice a week since the day he turned 18.
The birth of a baby is always a blessing, but for one family inNorwaythe blessings associated with these babies have been even greater. As luck would have it, Hege Jeanette Oksnes, 29, has had three children in the last six years and, each time, a family member has won the lottery.
The most recent lottery win was Hege’s brother Tord, 19, who won 12.2 million Norwegien kroner in the Norwegian National Lottery last week.
Prior to Tord’s win, Hege herself won a jackpot of 8.2 million kroner just 2 days before the birth of her second child. In 2006, just a day before the birth of her first child, Hege’s father Leif won 4.2 million kroner in the lottery.
Each of the wins took place when Hege was pregnant or had recently given birth, and two of the three lottery wins happened within hours of her babies being born.
Hege has three other brothers who have yet to win the lottery and are encouraging her to keep having babies. “They’re urging me to have at least 10 children,” she said.
The Oksnes family, who live nearBergenin southwestNorway, have used a random quick pick selection for each of their lucky wins and say they really don’t play the lottery very often. When asked the secret to their luck, the answer was obvious: “Getting pregnant!”
On Tuesday, August 28th, the winning numbers drawn in the Florida Fantasy 5 game were a sequence of odd numbers, 1-3-5-7-9. A total of 98 players played those exact numbers and they will have to share the prize money. Only one of the tickets was a Quick Pick. Each winner will end up taking home $1,995.32.
Florida Lottery representative Shelly Safford said that 1-3-5-7-9 is the second most picked set of numbers, after 1-2-3-4-5. Because people regularly play numerical patterns and birthdays, jackpots are often split when winning numbers are all under 31.
Fantasy 5 jackpots usually range from $50,000.00 to $250,000.00, depending on the numbers of winners. Prior to this win the highest number of winners to share a jackpot in the current version of the Fantasy 5 game, where players pick 5 of 36 numbers, were 47 winners who each won about $4,500.00.
Brian Salinas, the manager of the Valero gas station in Taunton, was busy stocking cigarettes when Brown asked for his usual $5 Blue Ice 7′s scratch-off lottery ticket. The distracted convenience store worker handed him a $5 Sizzlin’ 7′s ticket instead. Salinas quickly realized his mistake and offered to exchange it for the correct ticket, but Brown decided to test his fate.
When Salinas saw the picture of Richard Brown in the newspaper, he discovered that the ‘wrong’ ticket was a $1,000,000 winner. Brown chose to receive his winnings as one lump sum and will be taking home a total of $650,000 before taxes. A Massachusetts lottery spokesperson reported that Brown intends to use this money for home renovations and a vacation to San Francisco.
“I’m kind of happy about that, to know someone actually won a million dollars,” Salinas said. “He can go out and buy himself a new vehicle take care of bills and his family.”
Salinas’ mistake also proved to be good fortune for the owner of the convenience store, as he will be receiving a $10,000 commission from the winning ticket.
The odds of winning the $1,000,000 prize on a Sizzlin 7’s ticket are estimated at 1 in 4,200,000.
Chris and Colin Weir won a £161,653,000 Euromillions jackpot in December 2011, the largest jackpot in European history. The couple from Ayrshire, Scotland, has since become well-known for their charitable donations.
The Weirs have donated £50,000 to a young talented artist to fund his continued education in Italy. They’ve paid for a young boy’s prosthetic leg when he lost his to cancer. Now, the Weirs will pay for a life-changing operation for a four year old little girl named Isabel Wallis, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy.
Isabel’s parents, Kate Horne and Rory Wallis, had been trying to raise funds for the past six months to pay for a surgery that will hopefully enable Isabel to live without having to use a wheelchair. When the Weirs heard about Kate and Rory’s efforts, they offered to pay for the surgery which is now scheduled for November in America. The £15,000 Isabel’s parents have already raised with the help of family, friends, and coworkers will go towards her physiotherapy and rehabilitation post-surgery.
The amount the Weirs are donating for the surgery had not been disclosed but they have said that they “hope that the operation will give Isabel the chance of an active life. We wish her well.”
Anders Svensson, 57, from Kristdala, Sweden has recently won $100,000.00 from FreeLotto.com. He discovered the website in February of 2011 and quickly became a F.A.S.T. subscriber electing to have his self-selected numbers automatically played in six daily drawings, seven days a week.
When Svensson received his first prize installment of his $100,000.00 jackpot win, he told the FreeLotto Prize Team, “I don’t consider myself a lucky guy…15 months after I started I got lucky.” He may not have considered himself lucky but Svensson actually won small cash prizes ten times before he hit the jackpot. He donated the $1.00 prizes to a handful of different charities that participate in FreeLotto’s Click2Give program including: ACTION for Child Protection, Cancer Treatment Research Foundation, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Child Welfare Fund International.
Though he hasn’t yet decided how he will spend the prize money, Svensson and his three kids, 19 year old triplets, are very excited. “This win isn’t going to change anything, really, but me and my children can now spoil ourselves a little more,” Svensson said.
Earlier this year another player from Sweden, Johan Wallen, also claimed a $100,000.00 jackpot prize from FreeLotto.