Canadian Winner Donates It All to Charity


dollar different tenor soft moneys fall with skyDespite knowing about his $40 Million LottoMax jackpot win for six months, Tom Crist, 64, just recently came forward to collect his winnings. Crist, retired CEO of EECOL Electric, knew from the moment he got the call from the lottery commission telling him he won that he would give all $40 million of his win to charity, but he put it off so long because he was wary of the publicity.

Last week, Crist delivered his first check for $1.2 Million to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. The charity is dear to his heart because his wife, Jan, lost her six-year battle with lung cancer in February of 2012. Crist told the ACF that the check he delivered was only phase-one and that he plans to give annually.

Crist explained his generous decision to the press; “I guess I’ve been fortunate enough through my career, you know, that I had, with the company that I was with, to be fortunate enough to have a good living and be able to remain to have a good living and look after my kids. So, I don’t really need the money.”

Georgia Woman Wins Half of Record Jackpot


cashwomanIra Curry was driving to work on Wednesday morning when she heard the winning numbers for Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing and the location where the winning ticket was purchased. She remembered that her ticket was purchased at the same place and that she had selected her family’s lucky number seven as the Mega Ball, same as the winning ticket. Curry called her daughter and told her to check the ticket. All six numbers matched. Ira’s ticket was one of two jackpot winning tickets for that drawing. She won half of the $648 million jackpot which was the 2nd largest jackpot in U.S. history.

Curry, a Stone Mountain, GA resident, chose the cash option and will take home $173,819,742.50 before taxes. She claimed the prize the day after the drawing and hasn’t had any time to decide what she will do with the winnings.

El Gordo Lottery Winners Revealed


mondragon-view-600On Sunday December 22nd, the choir sang the results of the Christmas Lottery, a time honored tradition in Spain. The Lottery is called “El Gordo,” which means the fat one in English and it is the largest lottery in Spain. The prizes awarded totaled over $3 Billion and there were thousands of winners.

As luck would have it, some of the biggest winners this year came from some of the hardest hit areas of Spain where the unemployment rate sits above 25 percent. The largest prize was shared by two towns, a working class suburb outside of Madrid and the Basque town of Mondragon. In Mondragon, the largest employer, an appliance manufacturer, recently laid off more than 2,000 of its employees.

The 200 year old lottery instituted one big change this year, for the first time in its history, prizes of more than $3,425 will be taxed at a rate of 20%. The Treasury expects to collect tens of millions of dollars in taxes.

SC Woman Shocked by Win


iStock_000003572423_ExtraSmallA South Carolina man, who chose to remain anonymous, won $1,000,000.00 in a recent Mega Millions draw by matching five of six numbers. He knew his wife would be shocked by the news and decided to wait until she got home from work to tell her that they won. Luckily he did because when she saw the ticket she fainted from the excitement.

The lucky couple bought the winning ticket at the North Myrtle Beach Bi-Lo Grocery Store.

Mom Wins £10K in Time for Christmas


iStock_000021849066XSmallAmanda Pain, mother of four, won £10,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery just days before Christmas. Her postcode, CM9 5FP, was revealed as the week’s Saturday Street Prize winner. Pain, a 30 year old single mom, had just dropped her four daughters off at school when she got the news from the Lottery.

Pain plans to use the winnings to pay off some debts and treat the kids to extra Christmas presents. She hasn’t told them about the win so they will be surprised on Christmas morning. She also plans to let them pick a holiday destination for next year and expects it will be Disneyland.

Mega Millions Jackpot Up To $400 Million


Filling out a Lottery ticketThe Mega Millions Lottery has rolled over 20 times in the last 10 weeks driving the jackpot amount up to $400 million, the second largest jackpot amount in the lottery’s history. If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets, don’t worry, you still have a little time. The next Mega Millions drawing will take place Friday, December 13th at 11 pm EST.

The last Mega Millions numbers drawn on December 10th were 5- 12-22-41-65 and the mega ball was 13. Five lucky players matched five of six numbers and won $1,000,000 each but no one hit all six numbers.

If someone matches all six numbers on Friday night, they will have the choice of taking the $400 million jackpot as a 30 year annuity or taking the cash option of approximately $216.4 million before taxes.

Mega Millions Lottery tickets are sold in 45 jurisdictions and the odds of winning this mega lottery jackpot are one in 259 million.

First Class to Thailand


long boat and poda island in ThailandBrian McTigue, a retired school caretaker from West Derby, England, was checking his weekly lottery tickets when he was distracted by the doorbell. He had only checked one of his three tickets, a £25 winner. McTigue answered the door and chatted with a builder who had come by to give him a quote on some work he was planning on his home. Forgetting about his lottery tickets, McTigue went to the kitchen to make dinner after his meeting. It wasn’t until after eating his dinner that he got back to checking his tickets. One of his remaining tickets was a big winner worth £2,850,984.

McTigue plans to use the money to pay for the extension he had been planning on his home. He also plans to celebrate by taking a first class vacation to Thailand.

New Lease on Life


dollar different tenor soft moneys fall with skyFive months ago, Belinda Garner, was told she had six months left to live. The West Tennessee native has lived a hard life, overcoming homelessness and drug addiction. Though she was able to change her life, some of the damage from drug abuse was permanent and Garner developed cirrhosis of the liver.

Garner never lost hope despite the diagnosis. In November, she purchased a $25 scratch off ticket and won a jackpot prize of $5 million. “I thought maybe one day…You know you always wish,” said Belinda Garner of her win.

Garner’s family hopes that this prize money, $2.6 million after taxes, will help her get a liver transplant that could extend her life.

Nostalgia Prompts Winning Ticket Purchase


Black pearlJoanne Zarella-Densman was looking over the scratch ticket display at her local convenience store in Brockton, Massachusetts when she spotted a $5 ticket called Black Pearls. The ticket reminded her of a family vacation she took as a child. On that trip, her father had given Joanne and each of her siblings an oyster. Joanne’s was the only one that contained a black pearl.

The memory prompted her to buy the ticket and lucky for her it was worth $1 million. Joanne elected to take a one time lump sum payment of $430,000 after taxes.

Joanne was the ninth jackpot prize winner of the Black Pearl game and one jackpot prize remains to be won.

Yukon Lotto Pool Wins Lotto Max


iStock_000005875066_ExtraSmallA group of eight co-workers from the Faro Mine Remediation Project won half of a $50 million jackpot in November. The group includes Glenda Benoit, Jovita Murphy, Shelley Shaw, Krista Pickett, Ron Meers, Craig McKinnon, Tracey Parkin and Sukie Sidhu. Each will receive a share of approximately $3.12 million. The Faro group’s win is the largest lottery prize ever won on a ticket purchased in Yukon.

Some of the group plans to keep their jobs but Craig McKinnon plans to retire. “I want to golf ‘til I die,” he told the Western Canada Lottery Corporation.