Simple gratitude does not begin to describe how Lucicleide Silva Delsignore, a construction entrepreneur, says she felt when she realized she’d won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5 game.
“Prior to even checking the numbers, I just had a feeling that I had won something,” said Delsignore. “Once I saw that I had matched the numbers, my husband read the rules 30 times just to make sure we had won $100 thousand.”
She purchased the ticket at a supermarket.
“I usually only play Mega Millions or Power Ball with numbers that are special to me but this time, I decided to play Cash 5 and let the computer pick the numbers for me, and I am so glad I did,” Delsignore said.
When she claimed her prize she says she already knew exactly how she was going to spend her winnings.
“I want to help pay for my sister’s college, she was accepted to Harvard University and I want her to realize her dream of going to college.”
At the break of dawn, Andrew Nadolny made a trip to a local gas station to pick up a pack of cigarettes for his wife, Marisol, along with one of her favorite Connecticut Lottery scratch games, Super Cashword.
Andrew, who had worked late the night before, took a little snooze while Marisol quietly played her ticket.
“I could hear her softly counting out loud the number of words she found,” Nadolny said later.
“When she was done, she asked me to check the ticket…I told her that I didn’t think that ‘AHA’ was really a word, but she was sure that it was.”
A quick trip back to the lottery retailer to scan the ticket in a Ticket Checker confirmed that “AHA” moment as a reality—the ticket was a $50,000 prize winner. “Once we got back in the car we both just started screaming,” said Marisol with a laugh.
In an effort to save 20 cents on a soda, a Granger, Iowa man went across the street to a different convenience store and the decision paid off.
Lloyd Moore purchased an “Instantly Rich” instant-scratch ticket with his soda, and ended up winning the sixth of 10 top prizes of $50,000 available in the game.
Moore said he dropped his wife off at a dentist appointment and did some shopping while he waited.
“I just was thirsty and thought I’ll grab a pop and it just kind of ended up working out good.”
“Sometimes it pays to be a tight wad I guess,” he said. “Twenty cents is not a lot, but it just made the difference.”
Moore said he was in disbelief that he had won a $50,000 top prize until he received his check at the Iowa Lottery’s headquarters in Des Moines.
“You have to keep looking at the ticket,” he said. “You think, ‘Well, the $50,000 was that above or below or off to the sides?’ You just have to keep looking and finally you say, ‘Well, that’s a winner!’”
Moore, who is retired, said he doesn’t yet have a plan for his lottery winnings.
Scams abound all around us. They range from the simple to the complex yet they are all the same – they aim to fool someone and get money off of them. In the world of lotto there are many scams that may just part you with your hard earned savings. So if you are a lotto enthusiast, I suggest that you be careful in your dealings as you just might be scammed. Here are some of the most common scams today.
This is very very common today, with people from all corners of the earth receiving e-mails almost on a daily basis. The subject will usually be something about you winning a large amount of money in an African lottery. It will then be from someone with an official sounding title. So far so good, eh? Well, here comes the scam. In order for you to receive your winnings, you have to send them details about your bank account – essentially allowing the to draft all the money out of it. Either that or they will ask you to wire money as the courier fee. This can range from hundreds of pounds to a thousand or so.
Now before you get scammed, stop and think. How could you have won in the Nigerian lottery in the first place? Have you ever joined their lottery? The simple truth is you cannot win if you didn’t join. Period. Now check their e-mail account. It is probably yahoo or hotmail isn’t it? Now why would a lottery use a free e-mail account? Because it is virtually untraceable.
So whether it is the lottery, casino games or online poker……the facts remain that there will always be people out there that will stop at nothing in order to get your money. So always be on the lookout for scams and cheats and always look to watch your own back. I fly by the motto that if I am interested in something then I will seek out whatever information I need.
Anybody that contacts me and spams me has an almost zero chance of getting my attention and an absolute zero chance of getting my money.
Carl “The Dean” Sampson is a professional online poker player at www.888poker.com
If you’d seen Wendy Querry when she discovered she’d won $500,000 in the Virginia Lottery, you probably wouldn’t have known it. Her immediate reaction was… silence.
“I didn’t tell anyone,” the Spring Grove woman said as she claimed her prize. “I haven’t shared it with anyone but my husband.”
It happened when she stopped for gas in Chester. She bought a 50X the Money ticket and scratched it right there in the store.
Querry actually won the second prize.
The top prize is $5 million. She is the first $500,000 winner to claim, which means the other three half-million-dollar tickets are still unclaimed.
Querry, who is an accounting technician, said she has no immediate plans for her winning
One lucky Dallas, Georgia, man is excited over his heaping handful of winnings while celebrating the new year.
Alton Gamble, 59, played the instant game Giant Jumbo Bucks, winning a $150,000 top prize.
“I was shocked and in disbelief, actually,” he said.
With his wife Patricia, Gamble has no immediate plans for his winnings.
“We may do a little work on the house,” he shared.
Marcia Turner of Blaine, Minnesota, says she has been a huge fan of the lottery for years. She recently started playing the Lottery’s Progressive Print-N-Play game after a sales clerk at Neighbor Stop in Blaine recommended the game to her.
“I had never heard of it before, but I thought I should give it a try,” Turner explained. On the second Progressive Print-N-Play ticket that she purchased, a $3 Bingo ticket, Turner won a $141,145 jackpot.
“I didn’t know what to think,” she recalled after playing the ticket. “I had to go see if it was real or not.” Turner went back to to where she bought the ticket to have it scanned. Once her win was verified, Turner immediately called her daughter with the news.
Turner claimed her prize at Lottery headquarters in Roseville.
She said she is looking forward to buying a new car. “And then I’m going to Lambeau next year,” she added with a smile. It would be the first Packers game for the long-time fan.
Vicky Blinn, 44, of Sanford, Florida, claimed a $1 million POWERBALL® prize from the drawing held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.
The winning ticket matched all five of the white ball numbers, which were 10-28-39-47-58, and did not match the Powerball, which was 22.
Blinn is part of a lottery pool made up of teachers in Seminole County that have been buying Quick Pick POWERBALL tickets every Wednesday and Saturday for five years. Following the drawing, Blinn checked the numbers on the Lottery’s website and then watched the video of the drawing over and over again to be sure the ticket was a winner.
“We were thrilled to hear that Florida’s latest $1 million POWERBALL prize was being shared by a group of teachers,” said Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell.
When members of the lottery pool were asked how they planned to spend their winnings, the responses ranged from paying bills, taking family vacations and purchasing a new car, to applying it towards their children’s college expenses and putting it away in savings.
Amid a festive setting of balloons and cheering onlookers, the Tennessee Lottery welcomed the winners of its largest prize ever, who arrived to claim the $61 million Mega Millions jackpot won from the drawing held Friday, Jan. 3.
The winners of the hefty prize were Bettina “Tina” Still and her son Jonathan, both of Nashville.
Mrs. Still, a 69-year-old retiree who worked for the State of Tennessee, said she “nearly fainted” when she realized she had won. She and Jonathan, who currently works for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, have played lottery games together for years and will split the winnings.
“I am truly grateful for this blessing,” she said. “I have played the Lottery since it first arrived in Tennessee and have always believed that I could win. As I keep telling my friends: You can’t win if you don’t play. Knowing you can win is one of the biggest thrills in the world. It’s part of the fun of playing.
But, honestly, when I realized I’d actually won, I was astonished and nearly fainted … just absolutely Read more
Michael Nashif of Newberg, Oregon, entered a number of his non-winning Oregon Lottery “Priceless Gems” Scratch-it tickets in the Lottery’s Scratch-it Second Chance Drawing.
Imagine how excited and surprised he was when one of those non-winning tickets was drawn, and Michael became a $30,000 winner.
Imagine, too, how excited and surprised Michael’s daughter was when he offered a job working for him one day, between 1 pm and 3 pm for $180 an hour.
That was Michael’s way of helping his daughter replace her hot water heater that had gone out the day before the drawing.
That’s a great dad story! And a wonderful Christmas story as well.