Winning Ticket Found

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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!

£1,000,000 Email Surprise

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fashinistaRuth Breen, mom and midwife, can now add millionaire to her list of titles. This Wigan area woman recently collected £1,000,000 in the National Lottery. She was at work when she received her notification email and had to have a co-worker help her verify it was real.

Breen paid off her mortgage with her winnings and indulged herself with a new pair of Jimmy Choos and a matching clutch. She also plans on supporting the Amanda Penk Fund named for her late friend and fellow midwife. This charity raises money for vital maternity care equipment. Her latest planned purchase with her lottery money is a pair of season tickets for her and her daughter to the Wigan Warriors games.

She does plan on continuing her work as a midwife and feels blessed to be able to have such a fortunate job.

Family Tradition

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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.

Persistence Pays!

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lottery ticket and pencilHow long is too long to play the same lottery numbers? One Australia man would tell you there is no limit to how many years to play those lucky numbers. He recently won $1,006,962.55 in the lottery with numbers he’s been playing for 20 years.

He originally used a Quick Pick for his lottery numbers and continued to use them until he just hit the jackpot earlier this month. The Port Macquarie man didn’t immediately check his numbers, but when he did he was shocked to find out he had won the division one lottery.

This persistent winner remains anonymous and hasn’t decided what he’ll do with his winning jackpot yet. His winning numbers were 24, 34, 1, 25, 6, 29 and supplemental numbers 17 & 45.

Isn’t It Ironic

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fallingdollarsIrony is not lost on Tennessee’s newest millionaire, Roy Cockrum. Years ago as part of his religious beliefs, Cockrum took a vow of poverty. He became a millionaire in July taking home Tennessee’s largest Powerball prize in state history. He believes taking that vow has helped him handle the overwhelming pressure that comes with winning a large sum of money.

Originally an actor, Cockrum left his Knoxville home for the bright lights of the stage. When his aging parents needed help, he returned to his Tennessee home to care for them. He purchased his winning ticket after shopping at a neighborhood Kroger store.

Cockrum didn’t come forward immediately after winning, but first enlisted the help of a financial advisor before even telling his family of his amazing win. He has planned to put some money aside as a pension of sorts for himself, to start a foundation to support non-profits for the performing arts and to support other charities.

Good Karma

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GoodKarmaPeople casually use the word karma to explain why something happens, whether it is good or bad.  Boni Hutchinson-Ennis believes she has good karma. She recently won $250,000 from a WinStation (automated machine) at her local Fred Meyer store. This latest win marked Boni’s second win in three years.

Boni has big plans for her good fortune. She plans to purchase a new motorized wheelchair for her daughter, who has Spina Bifida. She is also using her winnings to cover funeral expenses for her late mother. Lastly, she wants to buy a new car for herself and then save the rest. Boni used her first lottery win to grow her massage therapist business and believes she does the most good through healing people with her massage.

For selling the winning ticket, the Garden City, Idaho store will receive a $20,000 bonus.

Living the Life

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???????????Everyday it’s said, “If I win the lottery…” and the list follows; travel, buy a car, buy a house, save for the future, etc. For Matt Myles, one of England’s newest £1 million winner from the Euromillions game, the bucket list now includes a year off from work and a trip around the world. Matt’s travels have taken him to a tiger sanctuary in Thailand, the World Cup in Brazil and even Hong Kong. He also has plans to travel to Machu Picchu, Australia, the United States and China.

This ex-soldier has noted a few changes to his lifestyle since quitting his job as a factory worker and packing his international bags. He now stays in luxury hotels, drinks the best champagne, drives supercars and has no problems finding a date. He plans on investing half of his winnings, starting a business venture and training to be an airline pilot.

You can follow Matt on his adventure through his Twitter account @mattmyles7.

Silver Lining

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SilverLiningThere’s an old saying, “every cloud has a silver lining,” and things are definitely shining more brightly for Deanna Fraley these days. In mid-June her Washington County, Maryland home was under attack by Mother Nature. She lost power in a bad storm and sought refuge at Al’s Pizza Convenience store. While waiting out the storm, Deanna played the Red Hot Riches scratch-off lottery game. To her surprise, she won $50,000 and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Upon returning home, she found her neighborhood in a declared State of Emergency due to heavy flooding and her home inundated with water. Despite the damage to her home, Deanna was not hopeless knowing she had a winning scratch off ticket.

Deanna plans on repairing her house, taking her two sons to Bike Week in Ocean City, Maryland, as well as donating money to help others affected by the storms.  Deanna found her $33,125 after tax payout a silver lining in the midst of tragedy.

Check Twice

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Lotto spielenMost people do not need to be reminded to check their lottery tickets – it’s second nature to check, double-check and check just one more time to make sure your numbers aren’t the winning numbers. However, residents of McKeesport, Pennsylvania are being asked to check their lottery tickets again.
It turns out the winning Mega Millions ticket was sold at White Oak Gas and Grocery in May and has yet to be claimed. The $149 million jackpot ticket is the first ever winning jackpot ticket sold in the State of Pennsylvania.

The gas station also benefits from Mega Millions. Its cut is a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket. If your numbers are the winning combination, you still have time to claim your prize!

Divine Intervention

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DivineInterventionImagine holding a lottery ticket worth $50,000,000. Now imagine losing a lottery ticket worth $50,000,000. You now know how Hakeem and Abiola Nosiru of Toronto, felt for months while they searched for their lost lottery ticket.

The Nosirus originally realized they had matched the numbers on their ticket for the $50 million Lotto Max prize on January 17, 2014. They securely taped the ticket inside Abiola’s purse, so that it could be redeemed later.  After going to church, the Nosirus realized that the lottery ticket was nowhere to be found and began searching everywhere for it.

Three months later the ticket was returned to them by a member of their church. Luckily for the Nosirus, Hakeem had signed the back of the ticket along with their address making it easier to track them down. They were able to claim their prize on June 2, 2014, just days before the deadline.