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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

July Surprise: New York Couple Scratches, Wins $5 Million

An upstate New York lottery player had a bang up celebration shortly after July 4th: A $5 million prize scratching Set For Life ticket.

Dana Graffunder, 60, of Voorheesville, NY retired from his job as a warehouse receiver soon after his wife, Leslie, gifted him with the winning scratch-off ticket.

Leslie Graffunder quickly followed suit; retiring from the skilled nursing facility where she worked the overnight shift. Leslie looked at it quickly and threw it in her purse to re-check later.

“I always re-check my tickets,” she said. “The second time I looked at it, I noticed a match on the number 26 so I started to scratch off the prize and saw the letter L as in LIFE. Then, I started to scratch a little faster.”

Dana, who admits to playing Read more

Suprise Gift of Scratch Ticket Wins $600,000 For California Woman

Most people buy their own winning scratch tickets.

Imagine the surprise when Ana Avelar received a gift of a Set for Life Scratchers ticket tucked inside a thank you card from a local real estate agent. She’d just had her house appraised and the realtor gifted the $1 ticket as a token of appreciation for her business.

When she finally got around to scratching it the following day, she discovered she’d amazingly won $2,000 a month for 25 years! In other words, she was $600,000 richer – just like that!

So what was her reaction Read more

All of Indiana Wondering, Who Won $540 Million Mega Millions Jackpot?

Residents of a small Indiana town were abuzz with excitement Saturday after learning that the only winning ticket for a Mega Millions jackpot worth an estimated $540 million was sold at a local gas station.

Dennis Rosebrough, a Hoosier Lottery spokesman, said the winning ticket was sold at a Speedway station along Interstate 70 in Cambridge City, a community of Read more

$1,000,000 is a Texas-Sized Win for Scratch Player

Benedict Hoelscher of Ballinger, Texas, claimed a $1 million prize in $1 Million Cashout instant ticket
“My son was visiting from Lubbock, and when I got home I walked in and asked my wife and son if I looked any
different, if I looked like a millionaire,” he said.
” I gave my wife the ticket and she couldn’t believe it,” said Hoelscher when asked what happened when he found out he won.

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Chicken Farmer Hatches a Big $600,000 Plus Win

A Georgia player’s Quik Pik delivered an exponential prize to one lucky Jefferson grandfather.

Douglas Martin, 67, matched all five winning numbers of a Georgia game called Fantasy 5, winning the $626,099 top prize.

“I checked my numbers at the store where I always stop,” he said. “Sure enough that was it!”

The grandfather of three has two adult children with his wife, Shelia.

A farmer of chicken, cattle and hay, Martin intends Read more

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