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A Gem of a Prize: California Player Hits $1 Million Prize

Matthew Parks is a hard worker, a good son and a good father – and he’s also one of California’s newest millionaires after winning the top prize of $1 million on one of the California Lottery’s newest Scratchers® tickets, Lucky Gems.

Parks has two jobs and recently after leaving one of them, he stopped and bought two Lucky Gems Scratchers tickets. While eating dinner at home, he scratched the ticket, realized he won and yelled Read more

$5 Scratcher Leads to $1 Million for New York Player

Matthew Beidl of Troy, NY, said his winning experience began when he used a $5 prize from a Lottery scratch-off game to purchase another $5 scratch-off ticket. What happened next was anything but business as usual.

“I scratched the ticket in my car and saw the number 18 matched up and underneath it said, ‘Jackpot.’ I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” said the new Lottery millionaire.

Beidl said winning $1,000,000 before breakfast made it difficult to focus on anything else for the rest of the day.

“I didn’t make it to work that day. I decided to go my mother’s house instead,” he said. “I needed someone else to look at the ticket because I just kept staring at it. I wasn’t sure if it was real Read more

U.S. Has Powerball, Mega Millions, the UK (and other countries ) Have Euro Milliions: $84 Million Winner Comes Forward in Wales

A £61,102,442.90 (about $84 million in US dollars) jackpot was scooped by the Davies family from Monmouthshire, Wales.

They are sales executive Stephanie Davies, 23, her mum Sonia, her partner Keith Reynolds (who were on holiday in Florida at the time) and sister Courtney.

Amazingly, Sonia had just had life-saving surgery just days before they discovered they were rich beyond their wildest dreams.

U.K. Player Bets on U.S. Powerball, Wins $1,000,000

A lucky player in the UK has scooped a massive $1.1m (£840,000) prize after betting on the US Powerball game by participating in the World Lottery Club, the online secondary lottery service run by Annexio in the Isle of Man.

This is not readily available to U.S. players, by the way. [Although it should be.]

The man, aged 30, who has not been named, lives in the Bolton area and would have been in line to pick up an incredible $332m if he had matched one more winning number.

This enormous jackpot rolled over with a potential $478m (£332m) prize up for grabs at the Powerball draw last Saturday. It was won by a ticket holder in New Hampshire.

Annexio’s World Lottery Club allows players to bet Read more

Powerball Draw on 7/30 is $478 Million, 8th largest in U.S. ever

Talk about getting high.

How does $478 million sound?

Worth a $2 bet?

Think about it: how much do you pay  every day for a cup of coffee? A Starbucks cup?

Granted, all you have to do is beat 1 in 292 million odds.

No problem.

You see…someone…is going to do exactly that. One day one draw. All it takes. And a lot of luck.

Now You Can Play the Lottery in Vietnam: Jackpot Worth $535,000 in USD

Remember when Vietnam… any mention of…referred to the war?

Now they’re Americanizing the lottery.

Vietnam’s first ever self-select lottery opened recently with a minimum jackpot of VND12 billion, or $535,000 in US dollars in Ho Chi Minh City.

The computerized lottery ‘Mega 6/45’ was introduced with that record jackpot eight times the highest prize in traditional Vietnamese lotteries.

The new lottery project is a cooperative effort between Read more

Third of Three Winners in Powerball’s $1.6 billion Jackpot Finally Come Forward

After months of mystery, the third and final winners of the January Powerball lottery’s $1.6 billion jackpot have come forward to claim their prize.

Winners Marvin and Mae Acosta bought their winning ticket in Chino Hills, Calif.

According to Powerball, the couple’s share of the record-setting jackpot is $528.8 million. They opted to take the cash option amount of $327.8 million before federal taxes.

“We finally know who our mystery winners are! It may have taken six months for them to come to one of our offices, but these winners did just what we tell all our winners to do – they read our Winner’s Handbook and then assembled a team of legal and financial advisors to help them make the most of this windfall and prepare them for their new life as Lottery winners,” California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez said in a statement. “We couldn’t be happier for them and are thrilled they took the time to assemble the right team before coming in to claim.”

The Acosta’s declined all requests for media interviews. They released this statement through the California lottery:

“We are thankful and blessed for the rare gift that has been placed in our care. We have engaged a team of advisors to educate and guide us through this process so that we can be good stewards of these new resources. While many decisions are still to be made, we have committed nearly all of this new resource to a Trust and to charities that are important to us. While we are very grateful for the wonderful wishes and encouragement we’ve received, it is not our intention to become public figures, and we ask for and appreciate privacy going forward. Thank you.”

The $1.6 billion jackpot was the largest in U.S. lottery history.

Pay Off His Tractor? No Problem for $50,000 Winning Missouri Powerball Player

A couple from Bland has a reason to celebrate after winning a $50,000 Missouri Lottery prize. In fact, Julia and Barry Baker plan to keep it low-key, just like retirement has been since the couple relocated from St. Louis more than a decade ago.

Barry won $50 on his favorite Pick 3 numbers recently, so he used that money to pay for more tickets including a Quick Pick Powerball ticket worth $50,000.

Baker won the $50,000 prize for matching four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number. He bought the ticket in Owensville, Missouri.

Julia Baker is a Lotto player, and she talked about winning free tickets regularly.

“That would be nice to win that free ticket,” Barry Baker imagined, “and then win the big one on that free ticket!”

Both Bakers said they would continue to enjoy retirement and listed their plans for the windfall.“We’ve got three kids, so I figure we’ll give each $5,000. Then I’m going to pay off my tractor and put the rest in the bank,” said Barry Baker.

Railroad Workers Pool in California Wins $900,000

Willie Ramos and Hernando Manalo were all smiles as they walked into the California Lottery’s Santa Fe Springs District Office.

That’s because these two young gentlemen were proudly representing the group of 18 Union Pacific Railroad workers who matched five of six Mega Millions numbers to win $900,790!

Ramos and Manalo, who have been friends for 35 years, said the original group has been playing the Lottery together for over 20 years!

Although the group was ecstatic to win, they were admittedly a little bummed about missing the $251 million jackpot by Read more

A “Max” Win; Virginia Player Scratches a $1 Million Prize

Tina Puffenberger, of Whitacre, Va., was sitting in the passenger seat when she discovered she’d won a million dollars.

It happened as her husband drove and she sat scratching a Millions to the Max scratcher. Tina suddenly said, “You’re not going to believe this, we just won $1 million!”

“We couldn’t believe it,” she said as she claimed her prize. “We haven’t slept.”

That disbelief was shared Read more

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