New Jersey Woman is Speechless After Winning $2 Million Powerball

Jessica Macarone bought her Powerball ticket at a newsstand near her job on February 22nd and returned the very next day to check her numbers.

Once there, she discovered that she matched five numbers!  On top of that, her decision to purchase the $1 Power Play option doubled her winnings from $1 million to $2 million.

“You’re kidding me,” Macarone shouted when she realized she was a winner. Macarone said that she, like many of us, purchases a ticket whenever the Jackpot is big. Naturally, she was stunned to hear she that she had actually won.  She recalled, “you don’t think you’re going to win anything.”

Macarone informed reporters that the money came at a tough time for her, “this was a really rough year. I lost my dad and my uncle, and my mom is having a hard time.”

Although she has no immediate plans for her prize, the money couldn’t have come at a better time!  Congratulations Jessica.  We wish you all the best as a new millionaire!

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An Insane Amount of New Jersey Lottery Winners Fail to Claim their Lottery Prizes

The New Jersey Lottery pays out over $1.8 billion annually in lotto prizes, but a surprising $33.9 million worth of prizes go unclaimed each year.

No one is sure why so many New Jersey players fail to claim their prizes but a New Jersey spokeswoman assured that no one has failed to claim their Mega Millions or Powerball grand prizes.

All New Jersey winners have a year from the date of the drawing to claim their prizes.  When prizes go unclaimed, the money goes back to the public as additional prize offerings or for other causes and institutions that the lottery funds (i.e. schools, public works, homeless programs, etc.)

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430 Million Powerball Winner Comes Forward

Pearlie Mae Smith, the 70-year-old mother of 7 adult children, was the lucky winner of the $429.6 Million Powerball ticket. Smith purchased the winning ticket at her local 7-Eleven in Trenton after dreaming about the winning numbers.  You read that right – no special birthdays or anniversary dates! Smith said the numbers came to her in a dream! She also acknowledged that raising 7 children wasn’t easy and feels fortunate to be the winner. Smith plans to split the money with all of her children.

Valerie Arthur, Smith’s oldest daughter, says the win came as a big shock and that many of her siblings have yet to notify their employers.  Arthur also noted that some of her siblings plan to continue working.

Another of Smith’s children, Cathy Smith, definitely plans to keep working.  She has run a mentoring program for young women for 15 years despite the fact that funding has been difficult. Now she intends on using the lottery money to continue changing the lives of young women.

The 7 Winners include: Steven Smith, Jacqueline Sessoms, Marsha-Ann Smith, Rene Smith, all of Trenton, and Tracy Smith and Katherine Nunnally, both of Newark.

Pearlie Mae’s $6 purchase turned her into millionaire! She bought a $2 ticket on both the May 4 and 7 drawings and spent an extra $1 each time to get the “Power Play” option that multiplies the winnings.

She chose the same numbers for each drawing: 5-25-26-44-66 and the Powerball number, 9.

Smith opted to take her winnings out as a lump sum of $284 million which will amount to $204,480,000 after taxes.

Congratulations to the Smith Family.  We wish them all the best with their new fortune!


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$430 Million Powerball Ticket Sold in Trenton, New Jersey

The winning $430 Million Powerball ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Trenton, New Jersey!  Though the lucky person hasn’t come forward yet, the owner of the 7-Eleven, Andrea Shin, suspects that the winner might be one of their regular customers.

The winner is said to have picked his or her own numbers and bought the ticket in advance, buying chances in both the Wednesday and Saturday night drawings.

The winner also elected to take the $284 million lump-sum prize when they bought the ticket, rather than collecting the entire $430 million over the next 29 years.

It is one of the largest-single-winning tickets ever awarded by a U.S. lottery – most big jackpots are split between multiple-winning tickets.

Shin says she regrets not playing the lottery this time around but is excited that someone from her convenience store has won.  The store will receive a $30,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket, which Shin plans to spend on a vacation with her husband.

The owner of the ticket has one year to come forward, but we hope they claim their prize much sooner!

 


Two $1 million scratch-off lottery winners at Jersey City store

The Luckiest Convenience Store in Jersey City has a New $100,000 Scratch-off Winner

A convenience store in Jersey City may be the luckiest shop in town!  To date the store has had 7 big winners.  In the past 2 years, M-S Grocery Inc. Convenience store has had two $1 Million “scratch-off” winners and a $100,000 scratch-off winner this April.

Osama Swati, an employee at the 733 Montgomery Street store, says they have always had big winners since his father Mohammad Khan opened the store in 1988.

This month’s $100,000 winner purchased 2 tickets for the “100x The Cash” scratch-off.  The winner, also a regular customer, notified M-S Grocery of the big win the very next day.  He said he was so excited about his win that he couldn’t sleep.

The lucky shop is very popular!  Although there was an increase in ticket sales after the $100,000 winner, Swati confirmed that the store is always crowded by hopeful players.  People do it before work and some rush over during lunch breaks. Swati marveled, “You can’t even step in the door, that’s how many people are coming to scratch.”

Swati adds that it’s a pleasure to have so many local winners because they’re all hard working individuals who deserve to win.


How many people win the NJ Lottery?

Ever wonder how many people win during a typical drawing?

Last Friday’s NJ Lottery drawing produced the following winners:

Two tickets matched all five numbers draw for the Jersey Cash 5 jackpot, splitting a $536,942 prize for $268,471 apiece.

The winning numbers were 28, 33, 37, 40 and 43.

4,249 other players split $142,548 in cash prizes in the same NJ Lottery drawing. For correctly picking four of the five numbers, 121 people won $564 each, and 4,128 won $18 each for correctly picking three numbers.

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Two $1 million scratch-off lottery winners at Jersey City store

Two $1 million scratch-off lottery winners at Jersey City store

If you live or travel anywhere near Jersey City in the state of New Jersey, USA, you have to stop into M-S Grocery INC, a convenience store on Montgomery Street.

It is the luckiest store on the East Coast.

Last January, a customer purchased a Merry Millions scratch-off ticket there and won the $1 million grand prize. And just last Friday, another customer scratched off a $20 Diamond Spectacular ticket worth a cool million bucks.

Employee Rehan Khan said the store has always been considered lucky and with two $1 million winners, more people have been stopping by with a couple dollars and a dream.

“Since the last winning ticket, the number of scratch-offs being sold has kept growing and growing and growing,” Rehan said.

On a typical Friday in February, you’ll find the store filled with customers willing to brave the icy chill to come in and buy themselves some hope.

Besides the grand winners, the store owners, cousins Mohammad Riaz Khan and Mohammad Bashir Khan, say they’ve had plenty of $500 and $1,000 winners over the years.

“This is the luckiest store in Jersey City,” said John Barr, a customer for at least 20 years, as he grinned and scratched off the lottery tickets in his hands. “I’ve won $500 here at least 4 times.”

Jonthan Perez, another regular at the store who says he’s won close to $15,000, says somehow the odds are better at M-S Grocery.

“The most I’ve won in another store was $1.50,” he said.

Rehan himself enjoys seeing people win, especially when it’s big money.

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NJ Lottery winner forgets to check winner ticket – at first

article5_20141010Everyone knows the saying you have to play to win, but many seem to be forgetting that you have to check your numbers to claim a prize. An astonishing number of prizes go unclaimed in lotteries every year. The rules vary from state to state, lottery to lottery, but the majority allows one year to claim any prize winnings. If no one claims the prize money within the given time, the money is returned to the prize pool for future games and promotions.

One New Jersey winner, Melvin Milligan, was saved by a postmark date. Milligan had purchased the winning ticket in June 2000, put it in the junk drawer and forgot to check the drawing’s results. Nearly a year later, he was watching the news and they mentioned that a winning ticket remained unclaimed and was about to expire. Milligan dug through the junk drawer, located the ticket and immediately went to the store to have the ticket confirmed a $46 million winner. He signed the ticket, put it in an envelope and mailed it to the Lottery Headquarters.

The ticket arrived two days past the deadline but fortunately for Milligan and his wife, the decision makers at the lottery accepted the postmark date on the envelope and allowed him to collect the prize money.

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New Jersey Lottery players should check for winning tickets

DrawerEveryone knows the saying you have to play to win, but many seem to be forgetting that you have to check your numbers to claim a prize. An astonishing number of prizes go unclaimed in lotteries every year. The rules vary from state to state, lottery to lottery, but the majority allows one year to claim any prize winnings. If no one claims the prize money within the given time, the money is returned to the prize pool for future games and promotions.

One New Jersey winner, Melvin Milligan, was saved by a postmark date. Milligan had purchased the winning ticket in June 2000, put it in the junk drawer and forgot to check the drawing’s results. Nearly a year later, he was watching the news and they mentioned that a winning ticket remained unclaimed and was about to expire. Milligan dug through the junk drawer, located the ticket and immediately went to the store to have the ticket confirmed a $46 million winner. He signed the ticket, put it in an envelope and mailed it to the Lottery Headquarters.


NJ Lottery winner takes home $14 million

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.


NJ Lottery announces winner

lottery ticket and pencilOn 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.


NJ Lottery winner nets $338 Million; the Fourth Largest Powerball in History

Filling out a Lottery ticketLast Friday, people from all over the United States flocked to their local convenience stores or gas stations to buy a 1 in 175 million chance of taking home a life-changing Powerball Jackpot win of $320 million.
The jackpot had been estimated at $320 million but the prize pool expanded to $338 million after late ticket sales were accounted for. This was the fourth largest Powerball jackpot in history. Nearly two months had passed without a jackpot winner. It is finally over. On March 23rd, one lone winner from the state of New Jersey, Pedro Quezada, won the jackpot. He has chosen to take the cash option and will receive $151,920,000 after taxes. Eagle Liquors in Passaic, New Jersey will get a $10,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The winning numbers were: 17, 29, 31, 52, 53, 31. Quezada told the press his first big purchase will be a new car.


NJ Lottery winner certain believes in karma

Chicago man John Turner traveled down to New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to lend a hand. Turner, who runs a local water removal business, lent his services to distressed owners of flooded homes.

After a long day of work cleaning up in New Jersey, Turner tried his luck on a Championship Poker scratch ticket. Call it luck or karma, but that ticket won him $100,000. Turner said, “I showed the card to my buddies, and we all couldn’t believe it, I was overjoyed and had tears in my eyes. I’m still just trying to take it all in.” His employee Joshua Rivera added, “He wanted a lot of confirmation from us, and just called a lot of family and told everybody the good news.”

Turner plans to invest a portion of the winnings in his business, while donating the rest. “He deserves it. He’s a good-hearted man. I couldn’t think of anybody better to win it than John,” said Rivera.