While out house hunting with her boyfriend, new mother Kelsie Hodgin, a 19-year-old Southfield, N.B. sales rep, decided to buy a lottery ticket at a local gas station. When she went back to the store to check her ticket, she was surprised to discover that she had won the $7,000,000 jackpot.
Now the new mom is looking forward to having a house built so her, her boyfriend, and five-month-old daughter can start life together in a place of their own. Hodgin says, “[My daughter’s] going to have a great life. I’m just excited for her when she grows up.”
In the past two months, three big prizes have been won in New Brunswick; a couple from Lower Coverdale recently won an almost $10 million jackpot.
Jesse 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.
Kathleen Jones, 50, just happened to be home when a People’s Postcode Lottery representative and Welsh rugby star, Scott Quinnell, arrived at her door unannounced. Jones was stunned when she peeked out and saw the big check for £50,000. She rushed to open the door for them.
Jones, a part time waitress, had been struggling to save for a family vacation. Now, she’s planning to take two trips this year. The first trip will be to Turkey with the whole family and the second to Egypt with her husband to celebrate their 32nd wedding anniversary.
Having played for only one month, after seeing an advertisement on TV, Jones counts herself extremely lucky.
Richard Watson, 56, of Belton, Missouri, often travels for work repairing industrial machines and plays the lottery everywhere he goes. “I have a bundle of lottery tickets that I was planning on going through, but I hadn’t yet,” Watson said.
When he received a call from UMB Financial Corp., stating that the Iowa Lottery was trying to get in touch with him, Watson initially thought it was a scam. It wasn’t until he saw the media coverage of the story that he began to think it might not be a trick and gave them a call back. It was then that Watson discovered one of the old unchecked tickets he had stacked up was worth $1 million.
Watson is grateful that the Iowa Lottery officials took the extra steps to find him and award his prize. He plans to use the money to move himself and his elderly parents back to the Las Vegas area where they are originally from and spend more time with them.
Long Island hospital employee, Cameron Finney, was walking home from dinner with his family when he stopped into a gas store and picked up $4 worth of Quick Picks. The very next morning, Finney, checked the tickets and discovered he had won.
The clerk told him that he had won $1 million and Finney immediately called his wife who would not believe him. “Quit playing,” she told him. After hanging up with her, the clerk corrected himself and told Finney that he had actually won $20 million. Finney called back his wife who still thought it was a practical joke. So, he gave the phone to a random customer who told her it was true, she and her husband really were multi-millionaires.
Finney decided to take the lump sum pay out or $7.4 million. He plans to buy a new house, a new Dodge Ram and possibly a Bentley. He also plans to quit his job at the hospital.
They 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.
Nineteen workers from the Steelite Pottery Manufacturing company in Middleport, England are celebrating a £1,000,000.00 jackpot win. The syndicate has been buying EuroMillions tickets together for the last four years and this is their first big win. Each of the nineteen members will receive £52,631.57 before taxes.
“This win is going to make a big difference to everyone’s lives and it is really nice to be able to share this experience with my colleagues,” said Chris Heames, 52, who organizes the lottery pool.
No one has plans to leave their jobs just yet but they all have ideas on how to spend their winnings. From new cars to vacations, the syndicate is looking forward to spending their prize checks.
Yajaira 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.
Ottowa resident, Tina Ferrone, was at work when she heard a commercial advertising the $48,000,000 Lotto Max jackpot. Despite never having played before, Ferrone decided to give it a try and picked up the lucky ticket on her lunch break.
The next morning, Ferrone was listening to the radio when the DJ announced that the winning ticket was sold in Ottowa. While she was out running errands, she checked her ticket at the local drug store ticket checker machine. She was stunned when it revealed her ticket was a winner. Ferrone immediately called her husband, Liam, and had him come to the store before the retailer verified the win.
The lucky $48 million win is a big break for the Ferrone family after a few very difficult years. Two years ago, Liam was diagnosed with cancer and has been through chemo, surgeries and stem cell transplants. He is now in remission. “After all the dips we get a big boost here,” said the father of three.
The family has big plans for their winnings including, paying off debts, opening a yoga studio, buying a new house, world travel and college funds for the kids just to start.
Crystal Kendrick was in the middle of giving a customer a haircut when she received a call from the South Carolina Lottery notifying her that she had won a $1,000,000 prize in the Money Millionaire Second Chance drawing.
Kendrick had submitted her losing ticket for the second chance drawing on the lottery’s website and had forgotten all about it. On April 17th, it was selected from more than 1.1 million entries to win.
A co-worker drove Kendrick to the South Carolina Lottery offices to meet her husband and collect their big prize of $680,000 after taxes.
Kendrick told lottery officials that she loves her job and has no plans to quit cutting hair any time soon.