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.

Something in the Water

iStock_000010061555SmallWhat are the odds of one rural Minnesota county producing two lottery jackpot winners?

Joe and Rhonda Meath of Anoka Country recently purchased a Hot Lotto ticket that made them jackpot winners of $11.7 million! Rhonda, a waitress, and Joe, a retiree, don’t plan on making any big life changing decisions right away. Joe plans to keep his old truck and Rhonda says she loves her job waiting tables and has no intention of quitting.

Their lottery winning is also unique in that they do not have to pay taxes on their winnings, which would be over $3 million, due to the rules of the game.

The Meaths are the second lucky lottery winners to win big in Anoka County recently. Last year, Paul White of Ham Lake also took home a large lottery payout when he was one of three winners of the $448 million Powerball drawing.

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South Carolina Lottery winner has “Beginner’s Luck”

Its raining moneyIn a true beginner’s luck story, Jamiela Hardick of South Carolina, won big when she purchased her first lottery tickets. Jamiela decided to try her luck when she purchased 2 tickets, a $5 Crossword 10K and $5 Mega Bucks ticket, from a Sheetz store in Queensboro. With beginner’s luck on her side, Jamiela not only won back the $5 on her Crossword 10K ticket, but also claimed the maximum prize on her Mega Bucks ticket. After taxes, she received a little over $69,000.

Many people buy lottery tickets without ever winning a prize – luckily for Jamiela, this was not the case.

Jamiela plans on using her winnings to help pay for college where she wants to become a nurse. There are still other winners from the Mega Bucks game that have yet to claim their prizes.

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Million Dollar Popsicles

blog4Who would have guessed purchasing your favorite summertime treat would lead to winning millions? The Fontana, California resident, John “Jack” Long did just that. He visited his favorite corner store to purchase his favorite sugar-free popsicles and decided on a whim to purchase a Powerball ticket, a Mega Millions ticket and a SuperLotto Plus ticket.

Despite being told the winner of the Powerball drawing purchased their ticket from the same corner store Long frequented, it wasn’t until a second neighbor informed him that someone matching his description had won the Powerball drawing that he decided to check his ticket.

It turns out Long is the biggest Powerball winner from San Bernardino County ever. He plans on using his $35.9 million winnings to purchase new cars for his daughters and maybe a new power wheelchair for himself. He also plans on starting a foundation to help low-income students.

New Jersey Lottery players should check for winning tickets

DrawerEveryone knows the saying you have to play to win, but many seem to be forgetting that you have to check your numbers to claim a prize. An astonishing number of prizes go unclaimed in lotteries every year. The rules vary from state to state, lottery to lottery, but the majority allows one year to claim any prize winnings. If no one claims the prize money within the given time, the money is returned to the prize pool for future games and promotions.

One New Jersey winner, Melvin Milligan, was saved by a postmark date. Milligan had purchased the winning ticket in June 2000, put it in the junk drawer and forgot to check the drawing’s results. Nearly a year later, he was watching the news and they mentioned that a winning ticket remained unclaimed and was about to expire. Milligan dug through the junk drawer, located the ticket and immediately went to the store to have the ticket confirmed a $46 million winner. He signed the ticket, put it in an envelope and mailed it to the Lottery Headquarters.

Winning Ticket Found

winningticketNeed to motivate your kids to keep a clean room? Tell them the story of Gregory Jarrett.

Gregory Jarrett, from Decatur, Georgia recently cleaned his room and found a winning Powerball ticket! The original drawing was held earlier this year and luckily for Jarrett, he found his ticket in time to claim his prize.

His winning numbers, 7-8-9-24-29, were worth $1,000,000. These lucky numbers hold a special meaning to him; they are his siblings’ birth dates.

In disbelief, he had to ask his mom to help verify the numbers. Jarrett plans on paying off bills with his winnings.

Each year, it is estimated that over $800 million in prize money is left unclaimed. Although some of these are small prizes, others are larger sums and could even be worth $1,000,000!

NJ Lottery winner takes home $14 million

iStock_000005875066_ExtraSmallFlossie Endreson played the lottery for years. Learning from their mother, the Endreson family continued to play the lottery after her death. The 17 siblings started to pool their money together for lottery tickets about ten years ago.

Sigrid Endreson was holding the winning ticket for the Pick 6 game for about two weeks before remembering to check the numbers. She did so while out at a local grocery store and had to call one of her sisters to come get her because she was so overcome with emotion.

This large New Jersey family recently cashed in their winning ticket for $14 million or around $10 million after taxes. Many of the family members were affected by the storm Sandy and will use that money to continue rebuilding and support local charities.

The jackpot will be split among the children and a few grandchildren. Hopefully this family tradition will carry down to the next generation of Endresons.

Texas Man Wins $7.5 Million in Texas Lottery

scratchticketJesse Patino, 26, purchased a $50 scratch off ticket from a RaceTrac gas station just a few days ago. The $50 scratch ticket, “Millionaires Club,” is one of the most expensive scratch tickets offered by the Texas Lottery. When Patino scratched the lucky ticket and discovered he had won the top prize of $7.5 million, he was speechless.

Patino currently lives with his mom and a roommate in an apartment in Denton, Texas. He didn’t tell the press what he plans to do with the prize money but he can now afford to buy just about any house he wants.

The “Millionaires Club” scratch off game still has two grand prizes available to be won. The odds of winning the top prize is one in 1.2 million.

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Illinois Lottery has 3 scratch-off winners in 1 month

iStock_000038136536SmallThey say good things come in threes and that turns out to be true for Christopher Kaelin, a 31 year old Chicago resident. Kaelin beat the odds on three separate tickets purchased over the course of a month, winning a total of $276,000.

The first ticket, he purchased in early April, was worth $25,000. Kaelin and his fiancée were thrilled with the win and went out for a fancy dinner to celebrate. They had no idea they would win two more times that same month. The second ticket, a $1,000 win, was purchased at a gas station on the way home from the celebration dinner.

The last ticket was the big winner. It was worth a whopping $250,000 and was purchased at the same store where Kaelin bought the first winning ticket.

“[The prize] is big enough to where it’s obviously life-changing, but not so big that it’ll be a problem,” Kaelin told lottery officials when he went to pick up his last prize check. He plans to use the winnings to pay off his student loans, buy a house, and pay for his upcoming wedding.

Illinois Resident Wins “The Good Life”

Pre-schoolers in classroomYajaira Perez, 27 year old public school teacher, recently won $5000 a week for 20 years on an Illinois Lottery instant scratch ticket called “The Good Life.” The lucky ticket which is aptly named will allow Perez, who immigrated to the Chicago area from Puerto Rico when she was 17, to make many of her dreams come true.

One of those dreams is to use some of her winnings to open a rehabilitation center and shelter for battered women and children. Being a mother of two and caring for hundreds of children over the years as a teacher has stirred her desire to help children and families in need.

“I can achieve so much with this lottery win,” Perez said. “My husband and I feel extremely blessed.”

Perez’s weekly winnings will be disbursed in annual payments of $260,000 a year, or $182,000 a year after taxes.

Winner Will Finally Get Her Dream Honeymoon

cookieA fortune cookie helped Merces Gonclaves, of San Jose, California, choose the lucky winning numbers in the March 4th Mega Millions drawing. She matched 5 of the 6 numbers drawn and won over $400,000.

Gonclaves, who has been married for 52 years, was never able to afford a proper honeymoon with her husband. The lucky couple plan to use some of the winnings to take that special trip.

Self-titled Boring Lotto Winner

HiResSeamus Harmon, of Salem, Oregon, recently won the Oregon Lottery Win for Life Game. The 34-year-old safety trainer declared himself “one of the most boring lottery winners” because he intends to keep his job and use his winnings to pay off his mortgage. Some would say he’s one of the smartest lottery winners.

The payouts will be $1000 every week for the rest of his life, or approximately $666 per week after taxes. Harmon says he is extremely grateful to have won.

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