The Luckiest Place on Earth

The small town of Skibbereen in County Cork, Ireland may be the luckiest place on Earth. With 12 jackpot winning tickets sold among the town’s three newsagents in recent years, people from all over the world have begun to travel to the small town to buy their lottery tickets. The shop owners, Pierce Hickey, Tadhg Crowley and Brian Hennessy, have all posted signs outside their stores with their winnings tickets encouraging others to try their luck.

The luckiest shop in town belongs to Pierce Hickey who has sold 7 of the 12 jackpot tickets. People come into his store and spend hundreds of Euros on tickets for themselves or syndicates. He even sells tickets to a Dutch Syndicate each week through a local resident. In addition to selling tickets, Hickey plays the lottery often and hopes someday soon one of his own tickets will turn up a winner.


Dream Come True

For one lucky Canadian couple, January 27th’s $400,000.00 Lotto Max win was literally a dream come true. Colleen Gulliver had a dream that she had won a sum of money and that she could see her name in the paper. When she woke up, she told her husband Joe about the dream. The dream sparked his interest and he checked his lottery tickets right away to find out they had won $400,000.

Joe told the press this win is just one more thing in a run of good luck. “We met in the last year, we got married, we bought this house…and we were so happy,” he told CBC News. “I won the lottery of love first, and now I won the Lotto Max.”

The happy couple plans to use the winnings on a new truck and a family vacation to Disneyworld.


Proctor & Gamble Inspired by Lottery Winner’s Generosity

When Regina Johnson, 60, was interviewed by the Enquirer after winning $1 million in the Ohio Lottery New Year’s Raffle, she off-handedly told them that she wanted to buy a truck full of toilet paper for an organization called Reach Out Lakota.

Reach Out Lakota is a charitable organization based in Ohio that Johnson herself depended on to get by after being laid off from her job as a Cinmar customer service representative in 2008. Last year, they helped 2,445 local needy families and gave away almost 5,500 rolls of toilet paper, one of their biggest needs. After Johnson’s big win, she tried to figure out how to donate a truckload of toilet paper to the organization but the logistics proved to be challenging so she donated $5,000.00 cash instead.

When Proctor & Gamble heard Jackson’s story and her good intentions they decided to donate 5,000 rolls of toilet paper to Reach Out Lakota in Johnson’s name. Johnson also plans to donate a portion of her winnings to the Humane Society as well as a spay and neuter clinic. Her winnings total approximately $710,000 after taxes.


Winner to Open Live Music Venue

Andrew Garth, 29, of Middlesbrough, England scooped up a £1 Million win in the Euromillions Millionaire Raffle on Christmas day. He didn’t check the ticket until the following day when he was out celebrating his birthday with friends.

Garth currently works as a freelance light and sound technician. He says he has always dreamed of opening a live music venue in the area and now he can. Garth already has his eye on a few places near Teesside Park.

In addition to buying and opening a live music hall, Garth plans to pay off his parents’ and sister’s mortgages. He will also buy first class tickets for all of his family members to take a trip to Australia to visit his aunt.

 


Better Late Than Never

Last Wednesday, Maria Juana P. Tolentino, of North Carolina received a late Christmas present from her brother. The gift was a $5 Mega Bucks Scratch-Off ticket. The whole family happened to be gathered in the living room when she scratched the lucky ticket. At first, Maria thought she had won $100 and was very excited about that. When she discovered it was actually $100,000 she could barely believe it.

After taxes, Maria’s prize totals $68,001, no small Christmas present. According to lottery officials, she plans to use the money on some home renovations, buy some things for her children and give some of it to her brother who bought her the lucky ticket.


Canadian Woman Wins on a Scratcher

Sylvia Santos, a young woman from Winnipeg, Canada has recently become the city’s latest millionaire.  On December 8th, she decided to buy a Player’s Choice Mega Pack of scratch off tickets at a Safeway store but almost put them back because she thought she was $2 short. Lucky for her, Sylvia found an extra $2 in her purse and bought the tickets.

It wasn’t until the following day that Sylvia scratched the tickets. She uncovered three identical Western Millions $1 million prize amounts on one of the tickets but she wasn’t sure if she had actually won. Sylvia brought the ticket to her parents to see what they thought. Her mother thought the symbols had to be in a row for a winner but her dad insisted it was a winner.

The ticket was in fact a $1 million winner.


Lucky Mistake

Scott Bennett is New Hampshire’s newest Tri-State Megabucks winner and it’s all thanks to a gas station clerk’s mistake. Bennett told the clerk he wanted a Lucky For Life ticket and a Tri-State Megabucks Plus ticket but was handed two Tri-State Megabucks tickets instead.

Bennett never got the Lucky for Life ticket he had requested but it turns out he didn’t need it. One of the tickets he did get was the $2.1 million Tri-State Megabucks jackpot winning ticket. Bennett chose the lump sum option which nets approximately $1.3 million before taxes.

The win came at a great time for the Bennett family, just before Christmas. They were able to make the holiday just a little bit merrier by adding a few more presents under the tree. After the holidays, they plan to renovate the kitchen of the Victorian home they purchased last year as well as pay off some of their childrens’ college loans.


Nebraskan Couple Quadruples Prize Winnings

Gerald and Robin Ritter of Fremont, Nebraska quadrupled their $250,000 prize winnings to $1 million by playing the Nebraska Mega Millions with Megaplier.

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.

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Million-Dollar Miracle

Filling out a Lottery ticketThink twice before you toss those forgotten lotto tickets out. Luckily Ron Yurcus did before tossing out the one million-dollar Powerball lottery ticket, which he purchased two months prior.

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.”

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Do You Believe In Karma?

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.

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£63.8m EuroMillions Lottery Ticket Remains Unclaimed

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.


Record-Breaking Powerball

Are you the lucky winner of the record-breaking Powerball jackpot? If you bought your ticket from Arizona or Missouri, it could be you.

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.


Afghanistan War Veteran Wins $10,000.00 Prize from FreeLotto

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.


Win $5,000.00 Cash: New Sweepstakes Launched by FreeLotto.com

ChristinaBakerWinnerFreeLotto.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.


Nationally Recognized Turkish Lottery Booth Continues to Draw Winners

Out of all the lottery kiosks in Turkey, the Nimet Abla booth in Istanbulhas become so famous, one in ten of all tickets sold in the country are purchased there.

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.

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