Winning the lottery is just the beginning

Missouri Player Wins, Pays Off Mortgage

Robert Keats of Grain Valley, Missouri, bought his $178,000 Show Me Cash winning ticket in Grain Valley. Keats used Quick Pick to correctly match all five numbers drawn in the Aug. 30 drawing:   9, 12, 22, 38 and 39.

Keats and his wife, Allison, were both reserved and humbled by the news. They called their win “a blesssing.”

Indeed it was.

“I didn’t say anything, because I didn’t want to get my hopes up too high,” he started. “I knew what it said, but I wanted to make sure.”
“She got a tear in her eye; she couldn’t believe it,” Keats said, referring to his wife’s reaction. “We don’t owe much left on our house, and we have been wanting to pay it off,” he continued.

Keats, a union carpenter, just recently returned to work a few months ago after an injury to his ankle.

Red…is the Color of Money (in Connecticut)

Bill Grouten of Burlington, Connecticut is a big fan of the $100,000 Cashword 6 game. 

Not only does Grouten enjoy the extended-play aspect of Cashword, but he’s also been fortunate to win some of the game’s varied prizes.

“I like the $10 Cashword game the best, probably because I’ve been lucky with winning.  I buy my tickets at different places,” Grouten said.  “This time, I had five red words, so I knew that a sixth red word had to be there.  All I needed was one more letter.”

At the bottom of puzzle two, Grouten found his $100,000 top prize win in a sixth red word—AWAY.  “What a feeling—it was fantastic!” said Grouten.

Claiming his prize winning $100,000 Cashword 6 ticket Grouten received a check for $68,303 (after taxes). 

“This is amazing,” said Grouten with a big smile.  “I’m going to put this money right in the bank, and help my two kids.”

$1 Million Winner is All Smiles

A warehouse worker has packed a robust prize playing the Georgia Lottery. Calvin Smiley of Folkston, Georgia won a $1 million top prize playing Georgia’s new instant game Million $$ Match.

Smiley, 50, purchased his ticket while waiting on a car service repair.

“I went over to play just to pass the time,” he said. “When I scratched it, I kept looking at the ticket like, ‘This can’t be real!’”

The grandfather of two is excited over his windfall.

“I never in my wildest imagination dreamed that I’d win,” Smiley said.

There are no plans at the moment for his winnings.

“I want to get married, and there are things that I’ve wanted and couldn’t get,” he shared. “I want to enjoy life.”

Amen, brother.

Virginia Player Scores a $100,000 Touchdown

Marvin Carter wasn’t a Washington Redskins fan before he won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery’s Redskins Game Face Scratcher game, but maybe now he’ll change his mind.

The Danville, Viirginia man said he was so excited when he realized he’d won the game’s top prize that he couldn’t even talk. His wife had to tell him to slow down before he had a heart attack.

Carter, who works as a prep cook, said he plans to use his winnings to pay bills and maybe outfit his man cave.

I hope everyone had a great summer….I took the month off (my bad), but I’m back with TONS of winners around the country.

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And keep on playing.

Six Years Later…Virginia Lottery Player Wins Another $100,000

When Peggy Huffman won the $100,000 top prize in the July 4 Cash 5 drawing from the Virginia Lottery, she already knew what it was like.

It had happened to her before!

In September of 2006, the Staunton woman won $100,000 in Cash 5 for the first time.

Nearly eight years later, she matched all five numbers again, with a ticket she bought  in Staunton. Those winning numbers were 14-17-25-30-32. She selected those numbers because she likes to play them.

She discovered she’d won again when she checked Read more

Retired Nurse, 80, wins $1.5 Million Playing Jumbo Bucks

A retired Bacon County, Georgia  nurse was treated to a colossal prize from the Georgia Lottery. Greta Taylor of Mershon won a $1.5 million top prize playing the instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks – Anniversary Edition.

Taylor, 80, was at the store with her son when she discovered her windfall.

“He scratched it off for me,” she said. “I was shocked.”

Retired 18 years from nursing, Taylor and her husband, Clayton, have five adult children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She plans to help her children financially.

“I’m going to watch the races in Maine,” she added.

How cool is that?

Summer Surprise: Quick Pick Nets $2 Million Powerball Prize

The first day of summer was June 21st and it sure was a hot one for Joseph Hawkins of Moosup, Connecticut, which is why he wasted no time getting to CT Lottery headquarters ito claim his prize—a scorching $2,000,000 Powerball win.

“I stopped at a convenience store the next day to scan my ticket.  I’ve never seen that many zeros before on a ticket checker,” exclaimed Hawkins with a laugh.  “Just to be sure, I had the clerk check it again for me and he gave me the claim ticket.  I couldn’t believe it.”

The winning numbers on June 21 were 5-6-37-41-54, the Powerball number was 26.

Hawkins’ “Quick Pick” ticket matched all five of the winning numbers, but missed the Powerball number.

Because Hawkins added the “Power Play®” feature to his ticket for an extra $1, his “Match 5” prize was automatically doubled from $1,000,000 to $2,000,000.  He received a prize check for $1,366,001 (value after taxes).

“I’m going to take care of my kids and buy each of them a home,” said a teary-eyed Hawkins.  “I have a son and a daughter; it hasn’t always been easy for us.”
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It’s no Fantasy: Georgia Woman Wins $544,000

A Rockdale County, Georgia woman has captured an invigorating Fantasy 5 jackpot prize worth more than a half million dollars. Tonya Baron of Conyers matched all five numbers from a  Fantasy 5 drawing, winning the $544,931 jackpot prize.

“I’m very excited,” said Baron, 45. “I’ve been talking about buying a home.”

Baron purchased her Quik Pik ticket in Stockbridge, Georgia.

“I went to get gas, and I checked my ticket,” she said. “The clerk told me, and I didn’t know how to react. I was excited.”

As any big winner would be. Congratulations Tonya.

Notre Dame Fans Take Home $207 Million Mega Jackpot

Raymond Moyer and Robyn Collier, both 35, of Merritt Island, claimed a $207 million MEGA MILLIONS® prize from the drawing held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

The winners split the $414 million jackpot with one other winner in Maryland, who has not yet claimed his or her prize. The members of the trust chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $115,448,968.00.

The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased in Merritt Island.

“We didn’t know we had won until the next morning when the numbers were on the news,” said Collier. I paused the TV and ran to get the ticket to double check the numbers and when I realized they all matched I jumped off the couch in excitement and told Raymond we had won.”

“I didn’t believe her until I saw the store where we purchased the ticket on the news,” Moyer said. “It was definitely a shock, but it is an incredible Read more

58 Times a Pick 4 Winner: Virginia Player Pockets $290,000

When Eugene Johnson of Chesapeake, Virginia, played the Virginia Lottery’s Pick 4 game on April 8, he bought 58 plays, each with the same four-digit combination.

When that combination, 1-2-2-5, was drawn, all 58 of those tickets became winners. The prize for each winning ticket was $5,000, for a total of $290,000.

And that’s not all… This isn’t the first time he’s won several times in the same Pick 4 drawing.

Back in October 2011, he won Read more

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