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Special Delivery to Post Office Worker in Virginia: $1 Million

Thomas Kennedy and his wife were returning home from an evening out with friends. Along the way, they stopped at a convenience store in Glen Allen, Virginia. They ended up with some change from their purchase, so they decided to buy a Lottery ticket.

That 20X the Money Scratcher ticket ended up winning the $1 million top prize.

“This can’t be happening,” he recalled saying when he discovered Read more

Keep on Truckin’: Mega Millions Winner is Trucker from Virginia

He won $153 million by playing at a lottery terminal 3 miles (or so) from my house.

There is a huge truck stop near an interstate…and I play there often (I’m not a trucker, in case you’re interested). It was big news around here in Pennsylvania.

Who  won?

Turns out it was Steven Peloquin, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, who claimed a $91.8 million Mega Millions jackpot from the July 21, 2015, drawing. The winning ticket correctly matched all five white balls, 20-30-62-65-74, plus the Megaball, 01. The ticket had an annuity value of $153 million or a cash value of $91.8 million, less 25 percent federal withholding.

Peloquin, a professional truck driver for nearly 30 years, purchased the ticket at Penn 80/Flying J Travel Plaza, 1460 N. Ridge Road, Milton, Northumberland County, while traveling through Pennsylvania for work.

Peloquin didn’t check his ticket for several days.

“I was getting ready to turn in last Saturday night when I went online Read more

$152 Million Winning Ticket Sold at Store 3 Miles From My House

I’ve been blogging about winners for more than 5 years now, but this is the first time I can say that a winning ticket was sold at a store I frequent.

There is a truck stop just down the road and it sold the Mega Millions winning ticket last Tuesday. It wasn’t me.

No one knows who it might have been.

And…since it is a busy truck stop near an interstate highway in Pennsylvania…it could have been a trucker from California…New York, New Jersey, Ohio…etc.

Or it could have been one of my neighbors.

I’ll find out and let you know.



A “Magical” Week Ends with $377,777 Win

A Tallapoosa, Georgia man has collected a hefty prize from the Georgia Lottery just days after accepting a new job. Joshua Holdbrooks, 34, won a $377,777 top prize playing the instant game Lady Luck 7.

“It’s been a magical week,” said the lucky winner, who accepted a new job with Georgia Power. “It’s a new start for us.”

Holdbrooks, a mechanical contractor, said he accepted his new position just four days before claiming his prize.

“I worked all day, and a buddy of mine wanted to take a look at work boats,” he said. “I was thirsty and wanted something to drink, so we stopped for a Mountain Dew.” And then he bought a ticket.

“I almost passed out,” Holdbrooks recalled. “I was scratching as I walked out Read more

Make My Month Indeed: Minnesotan Wins $100,000

Kristina Brunson of Parkers Prairie, Minnesota, was supposed to have the day off from her job at Gappa Oil Co., Inc. on July 4, but was asked if she could work that day. After she finished working her shift, she decided to buy a Make My Month™ scratch ticket.

When she uncovered a $100,000 prize, she said to herself, “Nah, that’s not true ― it can’t be.” Brunson showed the ticket to her father, who assured her that she held a top prize winning ticket. When she told her boss about her win, she said, “Thanks for making me work!”

Brunson plans to use her winnings to help pay for college.


Pool Splashes, Wins $1 Million Mega Prize

Kay White’s co-workers thought she was playing a trick on them. She was calling to tell them that their office pool had won $1 million playing Mega Millions.

“No one believed me, of course,” she said.

But it was no joke. A Mega Millions ticket bought by Ms. White on behalf of the pool had matched the first five winning numbers in the June 26 Mega Millions drawing. She bought the ticket in her hometown of Broadway, Va.

The members of “the Awesome Eight,” who each received $125,000 before taxes, are:

Debra Hoskins – Keezletown, VA
Curtis Crawford – Weyers Cave, VA
Lonnie Gale – Timberville, VA
Cuong Huynh – Harrisonburg, VA
Alisa Hartman – Broadway, VA
Timothy Firkin – Mount Sidney, VA
John Cuellar – Harrisonburg, VA
Kay White – Broadway, VA

Ms. White said they’ve been playing Mega Millions together for about two-and-a-half years, although the group started out a little smaller. They work together at R. R. Donnelley.

“It was just a group of us talking and we decided Read more

New York Powerball Winner of $136 Million, Almost Ignored Ticket

Here’s a crazy story about a Powerball winner in New York.

It’s the story of Anthony Perosi, of Staten Island.

He’s a plumber. Or…he used to be. Before he won $136 million.

Perosi’s life changing story began March 14 with a routine stop at a convenience store on Staten Island. “I was running some errands that day and stopped to buy my Powerball ticket,” he explained. “I picked my numbers a couple of months ago and have played them a few times before. They don’t represent birthdays or anything. I just picked them randomly.”

“A few days after the drawing I was talking with a friend of mine and she told me the winning ticket was purchased at the same store,” he continued. “I said that’s where I bought my ticket and she told me she heard that a school teacher won it.”

With that, Perosi didn’t bother to check his ticket and left it pinned to the wall Read more

Connecticut Woman Beats 416 million to 1 odds, Wins $10,000 Two Days in a Row

What are the chances of a person winning two $10,000 top prizes, for the same lottery game, from two different retailers, two days in a row?  The odds, quite literally, are a mind-boggling 416 million to 1.

Rita Sharron of Enfield, CT did just that this week when she played and won “10X Cash – 10th Edition” game’s $10,000 top prize—TWICE. Her total prize payout for accomplishing such an amazing feat was a cool $20,000!

“I was so happy on Monday when I won $10,000 on ‘10X Cash’. That night, I called all of my family to share the good news. We were all so excited,” Sharron told Lottery officials. “The next day, I stopped at a different retailer and bought another ‘10X Cash’ ticket.

When I scratched it and saw that I won $10,000 again, I was beside myself. I thought, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe this. I won another $10,000!’”

Sharron’s first $10,000 top prize winning ticket was purchased at Tony’s Little Store at 1436 Enfield Street in Enfield. Her second $10,000 top prize winner was purchased at Smoker’s Discount World at 437 Main Street in East Hartford. Each retailer will receive a $100 check from the CT Lottery for selling the ticket.

“I’m going to plan a nice little vacation for myself, later this summer, just to relax,” said Sharon.

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Illinois Mega Millions Player Wins $260 Million. Was it You?

After stronger-than-expected sales pushed the Mega Millions jackpot to an estimated $260 million ($158 million cash), a lucky ticket holder in Illinois reaped the benefit by matching all six numbers drawn on June 2 – the white balls 2, 9, 11, 22 and 23, plus the gold Mega Ball 12.

It is the fourth time the jackpot has been won this year. Another Illinois player took home $265 million on January 16, and New Yorkers claimed back-to-back jackpots on February 27 ($126 million) and March 24 ($58 million).

Also in the June 2 drawing, there were an amazing 14 Match 5 winners of $1 million each, with tickets sold in California, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, New Jersey, Read more

Retiree Flies Away with $275,00 Top Prize

A winning Georgia Lottery instant ticket with a $275,000 top prize was sold in Ellijay, an EZ Grand instant ticket with a $275,000 top prize.

The winner, Albert Douglas of Ellijay, claimed his prize in early May.

Retired from Lockheed Martin, Douglas scratched the ticket while in the store. He considers the windfall “unbelievable.”

“It’s a great feeling. It really is,” he said. “I’ll probably Read more

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