Winner Leaves a Huge Tip


iStock_000004562929SmallBob Erb, 60, who won a $25 million lotto jackpot last year, is in the news again. This time it’s because of money he’s given away instead of what he received. Bob recently visited the Old West Express Diner in Saskatchewan and was served by the owner himself, Clifford Luther. Just before the two men met, Clifford had found out his daughter was diagnosed with cancer. The two got to talking and Cliff told Bob about his daughter’s diagnosis. Bob told the press that it resonated with him because he lost his 26 year old son four and a half years ago.

A week later, Bob went back to the Old West Express Diner with a plan. As a tip for his burger and fries, Bob left a check for $10,000 and a note instructing Clifford to go see his daughter. Clifford’s daughter lives in Vancouver and he plans to use the money to visit her soon.

Bob estimates that he’s given away about $7 million of his $25 Million jackpot win to various charities and regular people who he felt needed help.

Norwegian Lotto Winner Invests in Soccer Star


soccer_ball_clip_art_13012Yngvar Borgesen recently won more than 102 million Norwegian crowns on the Eurojackpot lottery. Borgesen decided that he wanted to do something with his winnings to help his local community and he had a unique idea. Borgensen has put up 2.5 million crowns so that Odd Grenland, the local soccer team, could keep promising defender Fredrik Semb Berge.
Odd Grenland currently ranks 14th in Norway’s 16-team top flight. In return for Borgensen’s investment, he will receive 25 percent of any future transfer sum for the player, Semb Berge, who made his debut for Norway in January against South Africa.

Postmistress Gets Her Turn


iStock_000010963169XSmallJacqueline Miller, 53, has paid out a number of lottery prizes over the years in her job as postmistress in Sunbury, a suburb of London. The mother of two had often wondered when it would be her turn to win.
On May 19th, Miller discovered that she matched five numbers and the bonus ball. Her ticket was worth a total of £75,451. Though Miller has had a hand in delivering the good news to many lottery winners it still came as an unbelievable shock to her.
Miller plans to be careful with her winnings. “While some people might think about going on a shopping spree, I would prefer to savor the security this money has now given me,” she told the press.
“I’ve had some tough moments in life where I had very few options. Things are different now and I don’t intend to squander the money, even my kids have told me to hang on to it and that they don’t want a thing from me.”

Strange Strategy Pays Off


checking_outHarry Black, 66, from Surrey, B.C. has been playing the lotto for over 30 years in a very particular way.  Not unlike many lottery players, Black plays the same set of “lucky” numbers every week. What is different about his strategy though is that he always buys two of the exact same tickets for each drawing.

In all the years he played, the most he ever won was a measly $10, that is, until last month. Black’s numbers finally hit and he took home a portion of one of the biggest lotto jackpots in Canadian history.

The $63 million jackpot was split between four winning tickets, two of which belong to Black. He collected two checks for $15.8 million each, for a grand total of over $31 million.

When asked what he plans to do with the winnings, Black told the press he was skipping town for a while to unwind. “You have no idea how much stress there is when you win on the lotto,” he said.

When he returns, he hopes to buy some land and build his dream house.


Million Dollar Cookie


Filling out a Lottery ticketRicardo Cerezo lives in Geneva, Illinois. He was staring at a mountain of bills and a possible eviction when his wife who was cleaning the kitchen reminded him about the pile lottery tickets that were in a glass cookie jar for the past month.
“…either take them, get them checked or she was going to trash them that night,” said Ricardo.
Ricardo took the tickets out of the cookie jar and brought them to a nearby 7-Eleven to scan them.
The first eight or nine tickets were worth nothing and were thrown in the trash. The next ticket sounded the machine. It was for $3. Ricardo was happy since he could use it to pay for his Pepsi. On the last ticket, the cashier told him that he would have to go file a claim. Ricardo was thrilled because he knew that meant the ticket was worth more than $600.
He went down to the lottery office the next day with his last cookie jar ticket; it was worth $4.85 million.


Florida’s $590 Million Powerball Winner


iStock_000005494368XSmallFlorida’s $590 Million Powerball winner has yet to come forward. The winning ticket was purchased in a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Florida for the May 18th drawing. The owner of this ticket is the largest Powerball Winner and second largest lottery winner in history and has only two months to come forward to claim the prize.
The city of Zephyrhills is anxiously waiting for the identity of their hometown winner. The winner will take home a lump sum payment of $376.9 million before taxes. In a small city of around 13,000 people, residents are wondering if the winner is someone they knew. Zephyrhills could use the help from the winner considering its annual budget is a little more than $49 million, approximately 1/5 of the prize the winner will take home after taxes. Locals are hoping the winner will stick around and spend the winnings in Zephyrhills.
For those who may have bought a ticket from a Publix in Zephyrhills, Florida, the winning numbers are:
10, 13, 14, 22, 52 and Powerball 11

$40,000 Was Actually $40,000,000


cash1 “I ran down the street like a crazy woman,” said Maria Carreiro, the $40 million winner of the LottoMax in Ontario, Canada.

Maria began her celebration thinking she had won $40,000. It wasn’t until her daughter looked up the ticket on the lottery website that they discovered the true worth of the ticket.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Carreiro told reporters. “I was shaking and just couldn’t believe that it was real.”

Maria, a Portuguese immigrant, had previously worked at a factory but quit to raise her 3 children. Her husband who struggled as the sole financial provider for his family can now relax. He’s now retired since receiving news of the big check that would be arriving.

The couple has big plans for the winnings including new houses and cars for themselves and their three children, a trip to her native Portugal, and a long-awaited honeymoon trip to Hawaii.

Million Dollar Winner Resides in Poorest City


birthday numbersRetired bus driver, Dennis J. Edwards Jr., thought he had hit the jackpot of a quarter-million dollars. However, to his surprise, he had paid an extra $1 for a feature that quadrupled his Mega Millions win to $1,000,000.00. He plans to use his winnings to go to Disney World and buy a new house.

Mr. Edwards, his eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren live in Central Falls, Rhode Island, the poorest city in the state. Central Falls is a city that hosts 19,000 residents within 1.3 square miles. The city has been through turmoil in the past few years, including municipal bankruptcy which resulted in tax increases, cut pensions, and layoffs of city employees. It wasn’t until last fall that they were discharged from bankruptcy. The city hopes for the millionaire to stay put and help out the small community in its effort to recover.

A Million Dollars Unclaimed in Kansas


Massachusetts Man Makes Million Dollar MistakeThe million dollar Kansas Powerball lottery ticket remains unclaimed.

The lucky winner bought the ticket on January 26th, 2013 in southwest Kansas. The winning numbers were 3, 22, 26, 41, 49 and the Powerball 18. The ticket matched all the numbers but the Powerball; thus winning $1 million dollars.

Kansas Lottery’s security policies do not permit them to disclose the name and address of the retailer that sold the winning ticket.

The person that owns the million dollar ticker will have until January 25th, 2014 to claim the prize. The prize can be claimed at the Kansas Lottery Headquarters in Topeka or the Kansas Lottery office in Great Bend.

Brothers Win Scratch Lottery


Big Money Mega Play scratch off ticketJason Herod, 26 years old, recently won $150,000 from a scratch-off ticket bought at a convenience store located in Lawrence County, Indiana.

He immediately knew he would be sharing it with his younger brother Brian, 23, who is set to graduate this month from Ball State University with a degree in secondary education.

Jason, the older brother, recently started his own lawn care business and while he enjoys working for himself, it’s been stressful knowing all of the pressure is on his shoulders. He plans to use his share of the money to help grow his new business.

Brian plans to use his share of the money to help with the student loan debt he’s racked up in five years of college. “It’s a pretty nice graduation present,” Brian told the lottery officials.

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