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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

Cashing Out: Connecticut Player Learns about $100,000 with Morning Coffee

The early bird may catch the worm, but lucky Ralph Landrette of Bristol, Conn., recently nabbed something just a little bit tastier.

“I was watching the 5 o’clock morning news on TV with a cup of coffee and my Cash5 tickets for the Sunday drawing.  I normally play my family’s birthday numbers, but (Sunday) I decided to get a ‘Quick Pick’ ticket, too,” Landrette said.  “When I saw my Quick Pick numbers go by on the news ticker…it was a shock!  I knew I won $100,000.”

“I always told my wife, ‘One of these day’s I’m going to hit the big one,’ but she Read more

Brunswick, Georgia MOM wins $1.5 Million, a JUMBO prize

It’s a sunny day in Brunswick, Georgia, for one lucky mother of two who won a mammoth prize playing the Georgia Lottery.

Patricia Vercillo, 42, won a $1.5 million top prize playing the instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks – Anniversary Edition.

“I was speechless, honestly,” Vercillo recalled upon winning her prize. “Everything has just come together, and everybody is truly happy for me.”

And here’s the kicker. I spent many months in Brunswick and nearby St. Simons. It’s a wonderful, small city. I am so happy for Patricia (note: I do not know her).

Supermarket Surprise: a $100,000 Top Prize

Simple gratitude does not begin to describe how Lucicleide Silva Delsignore, a construction entrepreneur, says she felt when she realized she’d won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Cash 5  game.

“Prior to even checking the numbers, I just had a feeling that I had won something,” said Delsignore.  “Once I saw that I had matched the numbers, my husband read the rules 30 times just to make sure we had won $100 thousand.”

She purchased the ticket at a supermarket.

“I usually only play Mega Millions or Power Ball with numbers that are special to me but this time, I decided to play Cash 5 and let the computer pick the numbers for me, and I am so glad I did,” Delsignore said.

When she claimed her prize  she says she already knew exactly how she was going to spend her winnings.

“I want to help pay for my sister’s college, she was accepted to Harvard University and I want her to realize her dream of going to college.”

Gas Station Stop Yields $50,000 Win

At the break of dawn, Andrew Nadolny made a trip to a local gas station to pick up a pack of cigarettes for his wife, Marisol, along with one of her favorite Connecticut Lottery scratch games, Super Cashword.

Andrew, who had worked late the night before, took a little snooze while Marisol quietly played her ticket.

“I could hear her softly counting out loud the number of words she found,” Nadolny said later.

“When she was done, she asked me to check the ticket…I told her that I didn’t think that ‘AHA’ was really a word, but she was sure that it was.”

A quick trip back to the lottery retailer to scan the ticket in a Ticket Checker confirmed that “AHA” moment as a reality—the ticket was a $50,000 prize winner.  “Once we got back in the car we both just started screaming,” said Marisol with a laugh.

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