Winning the lottery is just the beginning

22.7 million U.S. dollars

Americans who play lottery spent more than $70 billion buying lottery tickets last year fueled by mega jackpots offered by multi-state games Mega Millions and Powerball. There seems to be a never ending appetite for playing lotteries in the U.S. But did you know that the European counterpart to those multi-state games is Euro Millions, an equally cool big money game that you can play online?

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Just Rewards: Retired Tennessee State Trooper Wins Twice in Five Years

A winning Georgia Lottery ticket worth nearly a quarter of a million dollars was sold in Murray County, Georgia.

James Bates of Benton, Tenn., is the winner who matched all five winning numbers and claimed his prize.

Bates, 60, is a retired trooper from the Tennessee State Patrol.

He retired after winning his first Georgia Lottery prize in 2010 worth $378,090 playing Fantasy 5.

“I also paid Read more

Cold Month, Hot Win (1 Million) in Connecticut

While February 2015 will go down in history as the coldest on record for Connecticut, it just might be remembered as a real scorcher for Jose Medrano of Danbury, who won a $1,000,000 prize playing Powerball on February 21st.

The winning Powerball numbers on February 21 were 10 – 14 – 18 – 34 – 51, the Powerball number was 26. Medrano’s first five “Quick Pick” ticket numbers were a perfect match, but he missed the Powerball number.

“I’m glad that [Medrano] won on a winning ticket purchased from my store. We’ve had a few $100,000, $50,000 and $40,000 winners, but $1,000,000 is our biggest win so far,” said Pritesch Patel, owner of Ed’s Cigar Box located at 279 Main Street in Danbury. “We are very happy for him and hope that he puts the money towards a good cause.” For selling Medrano his $1,000,000 prize winning ticket, Ed’s Cigar Box will receive a check from the CT Lottery for $2,500.

Who Wouldn’t Love the Smell of Bacon on their Scratch Ticket?

Ok. Think you’ve heard everything in scratch tickets?

Well, smell this one.

The New Hampshire Lottery has launched its first scratch-and-sniff scratch ticket.

The “I Heart Bacon Scratch Ticket” costs $1 and offers a grand prize of $1,000.

The ticket first went on sale Jan. 5.

Players get a whiff of bacon after scratching the ticket.

I mean, who doesn’t Love bacon?

“The (NH) Lottery is focused on developing new and fun ways to engage customers. The I Heart Bacon scratch ticket combines Read more

Yikes: Michigan Lottery Has to Pay Off $7.4 Million in Prizes to Daily 4 Players

It’s not uncommon for players of the Daily 3 and Daily 4 midday and evening drawings to play patterns of numbers, like 1-2-3-4 or 0-0-0.

According the Michigan Lottery, one of those days was Tuesday, Jan. 6, when the Daily 4 evening drawing revealed the winning numbers as: 1-0-0-1.

That meant that winners cashed in on more than $7.4 million in prizes.

Players bought 8,050 tickets Read more

Best Start to New Year? How About Winning $25,000?

The first full week of January has been very exciting for Terry Kiser of Abilene, Kansas. First, he celebrated a birth. Then, he ends the week by claiming a $25,000 top prize playing the Kansas Lottery’s $5 Cash Machine instant scratch game!

“My dad gave me some birthday money, so I decided to buy a couple of lottery tickets,” said Kiser.  “I bought two $10 tickets and ended up winning $30.  I pocketed $20 and spent $10 on two of the Cash Machine tickets.  Before leaving the store, I scratched the tickets and was surprised when I saw I had won $25,000.”

Winning a large Kansas Lottery prize seems to run in the family.  One of Kiser’s close relatives won a $20,000 top prize twice playing Bonus Crossword tickets.

“The first thing I did when I realized how much I had won was call my wife Beth at work,” said Kiser.  “Of course she didn’t believe me, so Read more

80 Year Old New Yorker Wins $326 Million

A retired Sullivan County, New York, school principal drew the sole winning ticket from a $326 million Mega Millions game two months ago, making him the biggest winner in state lottery history.

Harold Diamond, 80, purchased the winning multi-state ticket in Middletown, New York, on Nov. 4. Cponfession: I (the writer of this post) grew up in Middletown. And no, I do not know Mr. Diamond.

Diamond had 60 days to contact lottery officials, and the Wurtsboro resident finally did so just before Christmas.

The lottery winner and his wife arrived Read more

New Mexico Winner is Roadrunner Winner (of $143,000)

A Santa Fe man claimed a $143,000 jackpot from the New Mexico Lottery.

Anthony Valdez matched the winning numbers in a game called Roadrunner, beating odds of 1 in approximately 435,000.

Valdez, who checked his ticket’s numbers against drawing results posted at the lottery’s website, said he never expected to win.

“I was in shock,” he told lottery officials in Albuquerque. “I still am.”

Even though he discovered his good fortune the day after the drawing, Valdez waited more than a week to claim his prize so that his parents, his brother Read more

Ga. Man Drives Away in 2015 Cadillac (and $48,000)

A Madison County, GA man has put on the brakes to receive a new vehicle from the Georgia Lottery. Timothy Poole of Carlton has won a 2015 Cadillac SRX plus $48,941 playing the instant game Cadillac Riches.

Poole, 44, credits his good fortune to his “good luck doll.”

“Ever since I brought it home, I’ve been on a winning streak,” he said of the little wooden figure. “I’ve won $100 several times and one $500 prize Read more

A Mega Way to Start 2015: By Winning $1 Million

Imagine starting 2015 like Virginia lottery player Sandra McDonald, who won a million bucks playing Mega Millions.

The Woodbridge, Va. woman matched the first five numbers in the December 30 Mega Millions drawing. The only number she missed was the Mega Ball number. That wins Mega Millions’ second prize of $1 million.

“I saw the winning numbers on the news, and I thought, ‘I don’t remember having those numbers,’” she said.

But later in the night, when she couldn’t sleep, she checked Read more

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