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Edmonton Woman Shares Her Secret for Winning

“I only ever buy one ticket,” said Mary Ann Estanislao, one of the most recent Lotto Max winners. “I believe that if you’re meant to win, you only need one.”

When Mary Ann checked the winning numbers on the WCLC website, she was stunned to see all seven of her numbers on the screen. Her win was worth $15 million. Despite her initial shock, her family wasn’t at all surprised when she told them she was a lottery winner.

Mary Ann’s daughter told the press that her mother is always talking about what she will do with the money when she wins the lottery. When Mary Ann sat her down to tell her the news, her daughter asked if she won the lottery even before she could get any words out.

Mary Ann plans to use the money to pay off her mortgage and travel. She also plans to donate some money to her favorite charities.

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Newest Member of the Millionaires’ Club

Rutherford County, North Carolina has been quite lucky in recent years with three of its residents becoming millionaires from playing scratch tickets. Rodger Keith Melton, of Spindale, won $2.6 million in 2013. Dan Royal, of Forest City, won $5.2 million in 2013 and most recently a friend of Dan’s Henry Smith, of Rutherfordton, won $4 million in December.

Henry told lottery officials that his win was all because of his friend Dan. “I never would have tried a $20 ticket if it wasn’t for Dan. He came over the day I won, looked at my ticket, and said ‘Yup. Welcome to the millionaires’ club.'”

Smith plans to use the prize money to take a nice vacation, pay off his mortgage and some other bills.

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Big Lotto Secret

Most people tell their spouse right away when they win the lottery, but not Mike Fiske. Mike, 57, of Norfolk, U.K. entered the EuroMillions Lucky Dip online and could not believe it when he received an email saying he had won £1 Million. He thought it might be a hoax or a dream, so he didn’t tell anyone, including his wife of 28 years, until a week later after he had confirmed the win with Lottery officials. When he finally came clean to his wife, Jane, she was stunned.

Since confirming that his big win was not a joke, Mike has wasted no time. He’s decided to retire from the oil company he works for as a geophysicist and has already given notice. The lucky couple plan to use the prize money to build a new house, travel the world and enjoy retirement worry-free.

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Great-Great-Great Grandmother Wins Arizona Lotto

Eusebio Camacho, 78, regularly buys scratch off lottery tickets for his mother, Lily, who is 101 years old. Of the handful of tickets he bought that day, one in particular caught her eye. It was a $5 Money Tree scratch ticket. That lucky ticket turned out to be a top prize winner worth $50,000.

Lily was accompanied by five of her family members to collect her prize check and they were all very protective of the family matriarch. Eusebio told lottery officials that she will continue with her normal routine but it is sure to be a happy holiday for Lily, her 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.

The odds of winning the top prize in the $5 Money Tree game are 1 in 240,000.

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Just Because…

Aaron Monsey of Sterling, Virginia recently claimed a $1 Million Powerball Lottery win just four days before it was set to expire. But this isn’t a story of a winner who forgot to check his numbers.

The winning ticket was purchased approximately six months ago at an Exxon gas station in Monsey’s hometown. Monsey checked his ticket the day after the drawing and saw that he had matched the first five numbers, making his Easy Pick ticket worth $1 Million. When Lottery Officials asked him why he had waited so long to come forward, Monsey replied, “just because…” and remained silent on the subject for the rest of the interview.

Monsey isn’t the only winner. The store who sold the lucky ticket will receive a check from the Virginia Lottery for $10,000.

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A Hit After Almost Two Decades

For almost two decades, Anthony Barry had been playing the same set of numbers in every Lotto 6/49 draw. Despite never winning more than a free ticket, he persisted. On December 10, 2014, his luck finally turned and his lucky numbers hit. When he heard just days later that someone from St. John’s area had won he checked the winning numbers and instantly recognized them. Barry won a $7 Million jackpot from the Atlantic Lottery Corporation.

Barry has no specific plans yet for how he will spend the prize money but says he will continue to play his lucky numbers in the lottery.

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Broke Single Dad Wins Tattslotto

A Melbourne, Australia father of two had only eight cents in the bank before winning a share of the $21 Million Superdraw in November. His share ended up being $1.5 Million. Despite his visit to a psychic this year who told him that his money problems would be ending soon, the winner couldn’t believe his luck and checked the ticket ten times before it sunk in that he had become a millionaire.

This lucky winner has been playing for more than 40 years and has always dreamt of winning such a large sum. He plans to use the money to set up his family and make investments for his children’s future.

The ticket was sold at Target Lotto in Harper’s Crossing and was the fourth winning ticket sold there this year. People are driving out of their way to purchase tickets at the “lucky outlet.”

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One Dream Led To Another

Edwina Silvera of West Haverstraw, New York had a dream on the night of October 14th that led to her purchase of a “$2,500 A Week for Life” ticket. The lucky ticket was a top prize winner of $2.5 million.

Silvera told lottery official she wanted to keep the details of the dream private but that it was a message from her late father. When she went to buy a ticket, she passed on her usual $2 ticket she picks up every six months or so and splurged on the $5 “$2,500 A Week for Life” ticket. She didn’t discover the win until the following evening when she scratched the ticket.

Silvera will get $130,000 a year — or $86,034 after withholdings — for the rest of her life. She says she has no plans to retire from her hospital administration job but is looking forward to living with less financial stress. When she receives her first payout, she intends to hire a contractor to finish her basement, a project she’s been hoping to finish for a long time.

Choosing between the lump sum payment and yearly payment was an easy decision for 49-year-old Silvera who said, “I’m young and I’m going to live for a very long time.”

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EuroMillions Winner Plans to “Spend It”

Mary Hamilton, 65, of Northern Ireland has been playing the lottery since it started 20 years ago and while she had always hoped she would win a little something, she never imagined she would win a £12.9 Million jackpot.

Mary usually purchases new lottery tickets every week and at the same time get the tickets from the prior week checked. The clerk told her that he couldn’t pay over the counter and that she would have to call the number on the back of the ticket. Instantly the busy store was abuzz and someone else on line checked the numbers on his phone and discovered that her numbers had won the jackpot. Mary was so weak with all the excitement that she couldn’t drive herself home. Someone helped her call her husband, Alexander who came and picked her up.

The lucky couple is thrilled with their big win and when asked what they would do with the winnings, the short answer was “spend it.” Both Mary and Alexander previously worked together at a furniture store but have quit since their win. They are looking forward to this exciting new chapter in their lives and spending money on their family and friends. Mary says she plans to do her bit to boost the local economy.

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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.


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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.

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Best Birthday Present – Ever!

BirthdayMost 19 year olds get a new cell phone or jewelery for their birthdays, but for Deisi Ocampo, her 19th birthday will be one to remember. Ocampo’s father gave her the gift of a winning lottery ticket that instantly made her a millionaire.

On her birthday, her father handed her two $100 Million Money Mania cards from the Illinois State Lottery and said “Happy Birthday.” Each card cost $20 but the payout was much greater. After scratching off the tickets, it was revealed that she was $4 million richer!

Since the scratch off tickets were started in May of this year, Deisi Ocampo is the biggest winner the game has had. Other winners have won as much as $100,000.

Deisi Ocampo has decided to purchase a new house for her family. She also plans on making her dream of becoming a nurse, come true. Next year, she may want to ask for more lottery tickets!

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MA Lottery winner has “Double the Fun”

DoubleTheFunYou are more likely to have identical quadruplets than you are to win the same lottery twice, but not if you’re Kenneth J. Stokes. He is Massachusetts latest “Lucky For Life” winner and he won big money!

As a gift, Stokes’s family gave him a season pass to the Massachusetts’s State Lottery game “Lucky For Life”, which will automatically play the customer’s numbers. The “Lucky For Life” game pays the winner $25,000 every year for a maximum of 20 years.

He received a phone call Tuesday after the drawing to inform him his season pass numbers won and the Lottery Official mentioned that there was another winner in the Norwood, Massachusetts area. It wasn’t until after he got off the phone that he realized he was the other winner with his individually purchased ticket too! It turns out, in addition to his season pass ticket, Kenneth Stokes purchased a regular ticket using his same favorite numbers, and with luck on his side, his numbers matched the winning set!

Mr. Stokes took his winning tickets to claim his “Lucky For Life” prize, which after taxes ended up being $273,000 per ticket. He plans on taking his family on vacation, paying for his son’s college and paying off his daughter’s cars with his half million dollar winnings.


Bolke Family Takes Home $46.5 Million Jackpot

article3_20141010The Bolke Family matriarch collects money from her five children every week to buy lottery tickets. On the day she bought the $46.5 million winning ticket in Munster, Indiana, she only had $1.00 and told the cashier to give her anything. He chose the Mega Millions ticket and handed it to her. She tucked the ticket away in her purse and didn’t expect anything to happen. Shockingly, all six of the numbers on her ticket came up and she won $46.5 million. It was the first Mega Millions jackpot win in Hoosier Lottery history. The store where she purchased the ticket will receive a $100,000.00 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The Bolke matriarch has decided to split the lump sum prize among her five children, Albert Bolke Jr. of Dyer, Indiana, Carl Bolke of Henderson, Nevada, Ann McClelland of Orland Park, Illinois, Marsha Nowaczyk of Calumet City, Illinois and Margaret Goll of Reno, Nevada. Each of them will take home approximately $5.8 million before taxes. All five of the siblings plan to use their share of the winnings to retire or begin making plans to retire.

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Georgia Man Wins $3 Million Taxes Paid

article2_20141010When Plains, Georgia truck driver Kenneth Mooney, 57, went into a local gas station to buy a lottery ticket the clerk nicknamed him “Big Money,” most likely a play on his last name. The nickname turned out to be rather fitting when Mooney won $3 million on a Georgia Lottery Scratch Off Ticket. The best part about this particular winning ticket is that Mooney won’t have to pay taxes on the $3 million because he won it on a game called $3,000,000 Taxes Paid where the lottery pays the taxes. On all big lottery wins, the United States federal government taxes 25% and the state of Georgia also takes 6% of the win. Not having to pay taxes is like a second win for Mooney.

Mooney and his wife, Debbie, have four grown children and nine grandchildren. Mooney plans to use the winnings to buy a new home and new pickup truck. He also plans to put money into a trust for his grandchildren. He hopes to take a hunting vacation in South Texas soon.