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Harold Miller, 65, has been playing the same set of numbers since 2010, a compilation of his family’s birthdays. On Friday, April 13th, Miller matched 6 out of 6 and won a $10,000.00 cash jackpot on FreeLotto.com, an online lottery style sweepstakes.
Miller has been a long time daily player of the free game. For nearly a month after he won, he continued to play the game daily but did not bother checking the winning numbers from the previous day’s drawings. On May 9th, Miller sat down at his computer and remembered that it had been a while since he last checked the winning numbers, so he visited the FreeLotto results page. Lucky for Miller he did because he had less than a week left to claim his prize.
“Not in my wildest imagination did I believe that I would win,” Miller told the Prize Team, “I had to look at it twice!” Miller immediately picked up the phone to call his wife and together they shared the good news with their fourteen children, eight of whom are adopted. The whole family is very excited.
The Millers have incurred some debt moving their family from the Philippines and both have had to continue working part time at Nellis Air Force base since retiring. “A real relief,” is how Harold Miller described the win. It will enable him to pay off some debt and afford a second car for the family.
Joel Goulet, 59, from Wausau, Wisconsin often buys lottery tickets from the gas station when he fills up his truck. This last time, the ticket he bought was a big winner. Goulet matched five numbers in the Mega Millions drawing to win $250,000 but because he had selected the Megaplier option it was increased to $1 million.
Goulet had been laid off in April 2010 and had been trying to find work for the last 2 years, even applying at the gas station where he bought the winning ticket. He just recently got a job working on the production line at a local factory. Now, Goulet can enjoy life free of financial worries.
Goulet hadn’t gotten around to checking his ticket until he saw the newspaper headline that someone in his area had won the jackpot. “I was shaking so bad; it was lucky I didn’t tear the tickets in half,” Goulet said.
Lottery spokesperson, Andy Bohage said Goulet chose the lump sum payment option which totals $672,500. The gas station will receive $20,000 for selling the winning ticket.
Goulet has already paid off his home mortgage with the winnings and plans to buy a new truck. He also intends to invest in other property and save a portion of the winnings for his retirement.
Small Donations Add Up Big – Sweepstakes Winners Donate Over $13,000.00 Through FreeLotto Click2Give Program3
So far this year, $13,387.00 has been donated to charity by FreeLotto winners through the Click2GiveCharity program. The website, a lotto style sweepstakes, offers six free daily games where players have the chance to win money for free. Prizes awarded range from $1.00 to $10,000,000.00.
The Click2Give charity program was created in 2003, about four years after the cash sweepstakes was launched. The idea behind its genesis was that while a $1.00 or $5.00 check would have little impact on an individual’s life, together these small prizes could have a meaningful impact on the world. FreeLotto has partnered with 24 non-profit organizations including Amnesty International, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Child Welfare Fund International, Disabled American Veterans, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Meals On Wheels, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and The Smile Train.
The game play is similar in style to a lottery, where a player selects a set of numbers in hopes of matching the winning numbers in the drawing. If a player matches three of six numbers on the $1,000,000.00 Classic FreeLotto game, they win $1.00; four of six correct earns them $5.00. Upon a win, a user is notified by email and then must confirm with their transaction serial number (TSN) which they receive after each FreeBet. Upon confirming their win, the winners receive a second email with the option to donate the prize to charity or have the winnings sent to them by postal mail. If they decide to donate, they can click on the link provided and chose a charity of their choice.
While most of the donations come from the small prizes, jackpot winners are also given the opportunity to make a donation to the Click2Give participating charities. Just last December, Knud Møller, a $2,000,000.00 winner chose to donate $10,000.00 of his prize winnings to Child Welfare Fund International, an organization that works to strengthen non-governmental child welfare agencies and organizations in nearly fifty developing countries around the world and to assist child welfare leaders in their direct and indirect service to needy children and their families. Mary Ellen Rood, President of Child Welfare Fund International said it “was such a wonderful surprise that we re-read it a number of times, trying to comprehend the generosity of such a gift.”
Since the Click2Give program launched, FreeLotto players have donated a total of $1,149,357.18.