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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

Second Prize Not So Bad When it’s $1 million

When I write about the big multi state games I normally write about the jackpot winners. But, fact is, there are thousands of winners every drawing…some as small as $1…others (second prize) a million bucks.

And so it happend in Michigan, where a Mount Pleasant man has claimed a $1 million Mega Millions prize.

Herman Lauer matched the five white balls drawn — 25-48-51-65-72 — in the Tuesday, June 7, drawing to win a $1 million prize.

He bought his winning ticket at the Kroger store located at 4080 East Blue Grass Road in Mount Pleasant, near the campus of Central Michigan University.

Lauer plans to use his winnings to pay for Read more

Welcome to the Sunshine State: New Resident Hits for $1 Million

Christopher Cummins, 44, of Okeechobee, Florida, claimed a $1 million prize in the $5,000,000 FLAMINGO MULTIPLIER Scratch-Off game, after moving to Florida from Ohio only six months ago.

Quite a nice welcome to Florida gift, don’t you think?

Cummins chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $784,427.20.

Cummins said he won a $1,000 prize on two different Scratch-Off tickets in the past few weeks.

“I was actually on my way down to the Lottery’s District Office to cash Read more

Play it Again, Mike: Wins $1 Million in New York

Michael Pozzi of Central Islip, New York is $1,000,000 richer thanks to the New York Lottery’s Draw Game feature called Play it Again.

The feature allows Lottery players to buy an exact duplicate of a ticket they purchased within the last 30 days. Pozzi chose to use the feature because he liked the set of numbers on a Quick Pick Powerball ticket he previously purchased.

“I’ve been using these numbers for a couple of months. I’ve used play it again for a couple of games. If the numbers seem like an odd set Read more

All Fired Up: Missouri Firefighters Cashed in for $50,000

A group of 15 firefighters pooled their dollars for a chance to win the record-breaking $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot on Jan. 13.

They didn’t score the jackpot prize, but the four white-ball numbers they matched, along with the Powerball, were enough to bring home a $50,000 prize.

The news also warranted some wake-up calls among the new winners.

“Yeah, we had to wake a few people up,” laughed Dan Utt, who spoke on behalf of the group. “There’s a solid core of us that buy tickets when the jackpot gets up there a couple hundred million.”

Plans for individual winnings vary among the firefighters, but Utt said the win came at a good time for many of them, while also serving as a much needed pick-me-up for the group.

“Somebody’s getting married, one just got engaged,” he shared. “And some have been injured.”

He pointed to a fire that claimed the lives of two firefighters from another station in Kansas City on Oct. 12. Fire Station 23 was second on the scene of that fire.

“We lost a couple of our brothers that day,” he said. “And virtually everyone who was in on this ticket was at that fire.”

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Kansas Crossword Player Wins $100,000

All it takes is one” is the motto Stanley Johnson lives by when purchasing Kansas Lottery instant scratch tickets.  The 64-year-old Topeka resident recently purchased an instant ticket and won a $100,000 top prize playing the game!

“All it takes is one ticket to win and if you don’t play, you won’t win,” said Johnson.  “That’s why I buy a ticket each day.  When I bought the $10 Crossword ticket, I wasn’t able to scratch it right away because I was running errands.  I scratched it a little at a time throughout the day.  That’s why I like Crossword tickets.  It takes a while to scratch them.”

After returning home from his errands Read more

Virginia Scratcher Wins $500,000

As Michael Cole scratched his scratch ticket from the Virginia Lottery, he began to suspect it might be a really big winner. The Waverly man decided that was a good time to get away from the other customers in the store.

“So I eased around the side of the store to finish scratching it,” he said.

That’s when he discovered he was right: he’d just won the game’s $500,000 prize.

“I went back inside and asked the clerk to quietly verify it was a winner,” he said.

It was.


U.K. Kitchen Worker Cooks Up $5.8 Million Win

A kitchen manager scooped the UK’s biggest ever scratchcard jackpot of £4MILLION ($5.8 million in U.S. dollars) while on his dinner break – but then went back to finish his shift, according to a report in England’s Daily Main newspaper.

I mean, wouldn’t you to back to work?

Amadou Gillen, 46, bought two scratchcards from a newsagents during a 12-hour shift.

He lit a cigarette and scratched the first to win a small amount – but the second one revealed he had become a multi-millionaire.

The shocked father-of-two, Amadou did not tell anyone, and went on to work for another four hours with the card in his pocket before finishing his shift. Read more

Conn. Player Opts for Early Retirement … after winning $5.2 Million

After 45 years of employment at a New Britain, Connecticut convenience store  Anna Teti will be trading in her job for an early retirement, all thanks to her timely claim of a jackpot winning Conn. Lottery ticket for a cool $5.2 million.

“I had the winning (Lotto) ticket in my wallet for over a week and didn’t even know it,” the New Britain resident said. “I went on break at work, and decided to scan my tickets in the Ticket Checker. When I did, it said, ‘Go to Lottery Headquarters.’”

Not fully understanding the meaning of the message, Teti gave her ticket to the clerk at the customer service counter to have it scanned by the Lottery terminal.

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Mistake Leads to $7 Million Win

As customer service manager at a retail store in Falls Church, Virginia, Michael Connelly, was busy ringing up Powerball tickets for customers during the big $1.5 billion runup, but for one of those customers, he accidently hit the wrong button on the terminal. Instead of Powerball, he hit Virginia’s Cash4Life® button and generated a ticket that the customer didn’t want, so he ended up buying the ticket himself.

That “mistake” won him the top prize.

His ticket matched all six numbers in the January 7 Cash4Life® drawing. Donnelly’s prize was a choice between $1,000 per day for the rest of his life or a one-time cash option of $7 million before taxes. He chose the cash option.

He didn’t realize Read more

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