People 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.
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.
There’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.
Most 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!
Imagine 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.
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.