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Happy 53rd Birthday Winner Wins an “instant” $200,000

A Cedartown woman has come forward with an instant win from the Georgia Lottery. Lori Davidson, who celebrates a birthday this month, has won a $200,000 top prize playing the new instant game 15X The Money Exclusive.

Davidson, 53, claimed her prize March 30 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Dalton.

“I just bought the ticket and scratched it in the parking lot,” Davidson said. “I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked.”

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Stops for Gas, Wins $126 Million Mega Million Prize

Tammy Pratt, 47, of South Fallsburg, New York, was the sole winner of the $126 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing of February 27, 2015.

Pratt told lottery officials that she only buys lottery tickets when the jackpot is over $100 million. “I was between appointments and stopped to buy gas in South Fallsburg,” said Pratt. “I saw that the Mega Millions jackpot for that evening’s drawing was $126 million, so I decided to buy a ticket.”

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Life Changer: North Carolinian Mom Shares in $564 Million Powerball Jackpot

A single mother from a small town in Coastal North Carolina has come forward to claim her $188 million Powerball prize, making her the largest jackpot winner in state history.

Until recently, Marie Holmes of Shallotte supported her four children by working jobs at Wal-Mart, Food Lion, KFC, McDonald’s and Subway.

The 26-year-old’s life changed forever when her Powerball ticket matched all six numbers in the Feb. 11 drawing, winning her a third of the $564 million jackpot, about $188 million.

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunities this has created for my family,” she said.

Holmes, an occasional lottery player, asked her mom to get her a ticket because the jackpot had grown so large. Her lucky Quick Pick ticket came from a store in Shallotte, a town of less than 4,000 people just minutes from the South Carolina border.

Holmes was in disbelief the morning after the drawing when she realized the numbers on her ticket matched all of the winning numbers in the drawing, beating odds of 1 in 175 million.

“I started screaming and jumping around,” the former high school basketball star recalled. “I said to my kids, ‘You just don’t understand what this means.'”

Holmes sought financial and legal advice before claiming her prize money. After consulting with her attorney, Charles Francis, Holmes opted for the $127 million lump sum payment. The after-tax winnings of $87.9 million, Holmes said, will allow her to cement several important goals. Among other things, Holmes plans to tithe to religious and charitable organizations, finish her college degree, buy her mother a house, and secure the future for her three daughters – and her seven year-old son who has cerebral palsy.

“I hope that this moment can shine a light on the challenges faced by children and adults with cerebral palsy,” Holmes said. “Not everyone understands what cerebral palsy is, and what it means to a family. I hope our story can help change that.”

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22.7 million U.S. dollars

Americans who play lottery spent more than $70 billion buying lottery tickets last year fueled by mega jackpots offered by multi-state games Mega Millions and Powerball. There seems to be a never ending appetite for playing lotteries in the U.S. But did you know that the European counterpart to those multi-state games is Euro Millions, an equally cool big money game that you can play online?

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Just Rewards: Retired Tennessee State Trooper Wins Twice in Five Years

A winning Georgia Lottery ticket worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars was sold in Murray County, Georgia.

James Bates of Benton, Tenn., is the winner who matched all five winning numbers and claimed his prize.

Bates, 60, is a retired trooper from the Tennessee State Patrol.

He retired after winning his first Georgia Lottery prize in 2010 worth $378,090 playing Fantasy 5.

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Cold Month, Hot Win (1 Million) in Connecticut

While February 2015 will go down in history as the coldest on record for Connecticut, it just might be remembered as a real scorcher for Jose Medrano of Danbury, who won a $1,000,000 prize playing Powerball on February 21st.

The winning Powerball numbers on February 21 were 10 – 14 – 18 – 34 – 51, the Powerball number was 26. Medrano’s first five “Quick Pick” ticket numbers were a perfect match, but he missed the Powerball number.

“I’m glad that [Medrano] won on a winning ticket purchased from my store. We’ve had a few $100,000, $50,000 and $40,000 winners, but $1,000,000 is our biggest win so far,” said Pritesch Patel, owner of Ed’s Cigar Box located at 279 Main Street in Danbury. “We are very happy for him and hope that he puts the money towards a good cause.” For selling Medrano his $1,000,000 prize winning ticket, Ed’s Cigar Box will receive a check from the CT Lottery for $2,500.

Who Wouldn’t Love the Smell of Bacon on their Scratch Ticket?

Ok. Think you’ve heard everything in scratch tickets?

Well, smell this one.

The New Hampshire Lottery has launched its first scratch-and-sniff scratch ticket.

The “I Heart Bacon Scratch Ticket” costs $1 and offers a grand prize of $1,000.

The ticket first went on sale Jan. 5.

Players get a whiff of bacon after scratching the ticket.

I mean, who doesn’t Love bacon?

“The (NH) Lottery is focused on developing new and fun ways to engage customers. The I Heart Bacon scratch ticket combines Read more

Yikes: Michigan Lottery Has to Pay Off $7.4 Million in Prizes to Daily 4 Players

It’s not uncommon for players of the Daily 3 and Daily 4 midday and evening drawings to play patterns of numbers, like 1-2-3-4 or 0-0-0.

According the Michigan Lottery, one of those days was Tuesday, Jan. 6, when the Daily 4 evening drawing revealed the winning numbers as: 1-0-0-1.

That meant that winners cashed in on more than $7.4 million in prizes.

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Best Start to New Year? How About Winning $25,000?

The first full week of January has been very exciting for Terry Kiser of Abilene, Kansas. First, he celebrated a birth. Then, he ends the week by claiming a $25,000 top prize playing the Kansas Lottery’s $5 Cash Machine instant scratch game!

“My dad gave me some birthday money, so I decided to buy a couple of lottery tickets,” said Kiser.  “I bought two $10 tickets and ended up winning $30.  I pocketed $20 and spent $10 on two of the Cash Machine tickets.  Before leaving the store, I scratched the tickets and was surprised when I saw I had won $25,000.”

Winning a large Kansas Lottery prize seems to run in the family.  One of Kiser’s close relatives won a $20,000 top prize twice playing Bonus Crossword tickets.

“The first thing I did when I realized how much I had won was call my wife Beth at work,” said Kiser.  “Of course she didn’t believe me, so Read more

80 Year Old New Yorker Wins $326 Million

A retired Sullivan County, New York, school principal drew the sole winning ticket from a $326 million Mega Millions game two months ago, making him the biggest winner in state lottery history.

Harold Diamond, 80, purchased the winning multi-state ticket in Middletown, New York, on Nov. 4. Cponfession: I (the writer of this post) grew up in Middletown. And no, I do not know Mr. Diamond.

Diamond had 60 days to contact lottery officials, and the Wurtsboro resident finally did so just before Christmas.

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