FreeLotto’s $2 million jackpot winner tells his story
FreeLotto’s recent $2 million jackpot winner, José Reis who lives in France, offers the following advice to all lottery players:
“Be relentless and never lose hope.”
Mr. Reis began playing FreeLotto in 2008 and would check his emails every day.
Over time, he stopped reading his FreeLotto emails every day and would only check every now and then. But he kept playing.
Then came the big day when his numbers matched the jackpot. And his official email from FreeLotto congratulating him on his win sat in his inbox, unopened.
The email sat for a few days until the subject caught his attention. He won?
He opened his email and his first reaction was that it was a scam. Two million dollars!
He read it carefully over and over. The language was pretty clear. He was a winner.
The email did not say he was eligible to win. The email didn’t ask him to purchase anything first. The email did not require him to provide a credit card or pay a fee upfront. None of that. The email just said he won.
So he emailed the FreeLotto office in New York City, not exactly sure what to expect back.
“We were wondering why he hadn’t contacted us sooner,” said a FreeLotto prize official.
A phone call was set up and the details were confirmed. Arrangements were made for a FreeLotto representative to go to his house and set up a photo shoot.
The realization that he was $2 million richer was now sinking in.
Mr. Reis needed to sign documents and understand and take care of his tax obligations.
Then came the publicity photo shoot, followed by a video interview.
Indeed, his dreams were coming true.
Mr. Reis said he plans to use the money for his children’s education, finish up some remodeling projects around his home, and to travel.
He also will be donating a portion of his winnings to National Amnesty, one of the FreeLotto supported charity programs.
His final advice to other FreeLotto players: “Check your emails!”
You may not be an immediate winner, but you have to play to have a chance of winning $11 million. If you enjoy scratch-off games and playing state lotteries, you’ll love FreeLotto. The odds are similar to state-run lotteries, except you can play for free.
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