Susan Mullen and husband Lee, of Nunsthorpe, U.K. won a lotto jackpot worth nearly £5 million in 2011. While reading the local paper this past month, Susan discovered a story about a 5 year old boy whose trampoline was stolen by metal thieves. Gabriel Pritchard, had received the trampoline as his 5th birthday present and was devastated when it was taken. Garbiel’s mom, Rebecca, was unable to afford a replacement and said the thieves “should be ashamed of themselves”.
The Mullen’s contacted the newspaper, who then put them in touch with the Pritchards to buy them a replacement trampoline. “What we have got now is still very special but we know what it’s like to struggle, we have been there. We have got a little bit put aside for things like this,” said Susan Mullen.
On Monday, August 26th, New Jersey state officials announced that the final third of the August 7th $448 million Powerball lottery jackpot was claimed. Mario Scarnici, of Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, purchased a newspaper, and what turned out to be the lucky ticket, at a local Super Stop and Shop. Scarnici will receive $62 million in cash, after taxes. He looks forward to helping his two adult sons, who will receive a portion of the win.
A group of coworkers, now called the “Ocean’s 16,” claimed their share of the winnings on August 12. A few of the new millionaires were victims of Hurricane Sandy, which paralyzed the east coast in 2012. Another is the daughter of one of the writers of New Jersey’s lottery law.
Out of the three winning tickets sold for the much sought after mega-prize, two were sold in New Jersey. The last time a state had two winning jackpot winners was on December 22, 1993 in Washington, D.C. The third winning ticket was sold in Minnesota.
When Graham Nield, 55, from Batley, West Yorkshire, and his long-term partner Amanda Vickers, 48, found out that they had won a £6.6 million jackpot, the first question he asked her was “Now will you marry me?” to which she replied “Yes, but it isn’t because you’ve won the money, it’s because I love you.”
Nield, who met Vickers at the automotive firm Autoneum, had tried several times to ask Vickers to marry him, but his courage always failed him. “We recently went to Tenerife and I was planning to ask Amanda to marry me,” he said. “But every morning at breakfast I got really nervous and the words just wouldn’t come out of my mouth.”
Vickers said “[The proposal] meant more to me than the money. Winning the money? I’m more excited about getting married.” The couple is planning a simple register office ceremony, followed by a big party for friends and family. When asked what they plan to do with their winnings, Nield states, “Obviously we’re going to look after the family.”
Nield purchased the winning ticket a Tesco in Batley, and his winning numbers were 15, 25, 26, 33, 34, 41.
Million Dollar Raffle, which debuted in 2010, has been revived by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, with a top million dollar prize. Tickets, which will cost $10 each, will go on sale soon, and four drawings have already been set. Top prize for October, November, and December is set at $10,000 and a grand prize million dollar drawing will be held on January 2. A single ticket could win all four drawings, if it is purchased before the first raffle drawing.
During a lottery commission meeting, Bishop Woosley, the agency director, revealed the plan for Million Dollar Raffle, and for the creation of 46 new instant ticket games. One of the new instant games will have a St. Louis Cardinals theme, and may offer such prizes as World Series tickets and game packages.
The Natural State Jackpot has sold $7,784,629, and awarded $3,900,801 in prizes. Sales surpassed the expected $6 million in sales. Woolsey beamed “A lot of people said this type of game wouldn’t work here. I think we proved them wrong.”
When Anne Ip bought a lottery ticket at Burnaby’s Lougheed Mall, she had no idea that she was about to win $3.2 million. “My first reaction was awe. I’m overwhelmed. It’s unreal after you discover you’ve won this much money,” she said. The new millionaire plans to buy a new car, and then a house. “I’ve shared the news with my immediate family,” she said. “I can’t believe my eyes!”
Compared to other lottery prizes in British Columbia, Ip’s winnings seem modest. In April 2013, Chad Seguin won $15.8 million, and in 2012, Bob Erb won a staggering $25 million. Erb quickly made headlines by leaving a $10,000 dollar tip to a diner owner whose daughter is suffering from cancer. He has also become a prominent figure in the fight to legalize marijuana.
A €258,528 winning EuroMillions lottery ticket almost took a trip to the local dump when the Galway winner, a single mother, accidentally discarded the ticket. It wasn’t until few weeks later when she saw a picture of the store where she had purchased the ticket in the newspaper that she thought she better check her ticket and went looking for it.
She looked in every place she could think of and couldn’t find it. As a last resort she began digging through her trash that was due to be picked up in the morning. At the very bottom of the trash bag was the lucky winning lotto ticket covered in garlic, onions, and olive oil. Lucky for her, the ticket was still in one piece. She took it to the National Lottery offices in Dublin to claim her prize.
The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, plans to buy a house with her prize money.
Hector Patino, 37, lost everything when he left his country of Colombia in 2008. He was granted asylum by the United States government after fleeing his home because of the ongoing conflict between the Colombian government and the guerilla fighters. The conflict had become more intense and dangerous in his city and he feared for his safety. Starting a new life in a new country and leaving everything behind was difficult for Hector but with few choices, he made the move to Chatanooga, Tennessee and found work in a carpet factory.
In October 2012, Patino discovered FreeLotto.com and registered for the F.A.S.T. service to have his lucky numbers automatically played every day. Eight short months later, Patino’s life again changed forever when he checked his results email and discovered that he had won $1,000,000.00.
“I won? I don’t believe it!” Hector said to himself when he opened the email. When talking with the prize team, Patino summed up his feelings about the win by saying, “I’m happy…$1 million is big money…will help family, help me, that’s something good.”
Patino plans to remain in Tennessee and hopes to buy a home in the Chattanooga area.
“I ask him, how much money would you have if you hadn’t spent it on the lottery? He agrees with me but he has this saying: ‘You can never win if you don’t play,’” Ngawang told the Western Canada Lottery Corporation.
His father purchased a $5 quick pick ticket for him. Days later, his mother brought it to get scanned. Now Ngawang is $9.8 million richer.
“I can honestly say now that he was right,” said Ngawang.
Ngawang hasn’t decided what he will do with all the money yet but said he will take good care of his parents.
Tracy Tyler, 37, and Adam Young, 30, from Epping, England, were struggling to pay the bills after Adam had lost his warehouse job in June. Adam had been spending hours every day sending out résumés. It was only a matter of weeks before they were going to need to start asking people for help.
The couple, who regularly buys lottery tickets, was watching tv together when they checked the numbers on their weekly tickets. When Tracy told Adam they had all six numbers he didn’t believe her and replied with, “oh yeah? On how many lines?”
Tracy and Adam won £5,819,806 on that lucky lotto ticket and will have a lot less to worry about going forward. The couple doesn’t want to move far but will buy a house nearby with a big garden for their two young children. They are also planning a safari holiday in Kenya.
Salomon Cisneros, 50 years old, started Jupiter off on a streak of luck on July 3rd. He won $2,500 a week for life from a scratch-off ticket.
The second winner, a 66 year old man who wishes to remain anonymous, won $255,529.90 from the Quick Pick Fantasy Five.
Nathan Eric Smith, on July 29th became the third winner of the month through the recently released Monopoly Millionaire Scratch-Off game. He received $500,000 from his $20 game ticket.
Prior to the other recent jackpot winners, John Lynch of Palm Beach Gardens won big and opted for a one-time lump-sum payment of $2,131,104.97. And to top off this winners list, Gloria C. MacKenzie, 84, became the largest single Powerball winner in history with a $590 million win in early June.