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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

Happy 53rd Birthday Winner Wins an “instant” $200,000

A Cedartown woman has come forward with an instant win from the Georgia Lottery. Lori Davidson, who celebrates a birthday this month, has won a $200,000 top prize playing the new instant game 15X The Money Exclusive.

Davidson, 53, claimed her prize March 30 at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Dalton.

“I just bought the ticket and scratched it in the parking lot,” Davidson said. “I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked.”

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Stops for Gas, Wins $126 Million Mega Million Prize

Tammy Pratt, 47, of South Fallsburg, New York, was the sole winner of the $126 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing of February 27, 2015.

Pratt told lottery officials that she only buys lottery tickets when the jackpot is over $100 million. “I was between appointments and stopped to buy gas in South Fallsburg,” said Pratt. “I saw that the Mega Millions jackpot for that evening’s drawing was $126 million, so I decided to buy a ticket.”

Pratt said she usually buys only one ticket Read more

Life Changer: North Carolinian Mom Shares in $564 Million Powerball Jackpot

A single mother from a small town in Coastal North Carolina has come forward to claim her $188 million Powerball prize, making her the largest jackpot winner in state history.

Until recently, Marie Holmes of Shallotte supported her four children by working jobs at Wal-Mart, Food Lion, KFC, McDonald’s and Subway.

The 26-year-old’s life changed forever when her Powerball ticket matched all six numbers in the Feb. 11 drawing, winning her a third of the $564 million jackpot, about $188 million.

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunities this has created for my family,” she said.

Holmes, an occasional lottery player, asked her mom to get her a ticket because the jackpot had grown so large. Her lucky Quick Pick ticket came from a store in Shallotte, a town of less than 4,000 people just minutes from the South Carolina border.

Holmes was in disbelief the morning after the drawing when she realized the numbers on her ticket matched all of the winning numbers in the drawing, beating odds of 1 in 175 million.

“I started screaming and jumping around,” the former high school basketball star recalled. “I said to my kids, ‘You just don’t understand what this means.'”

Holmes sought financial and legal advice before claiming her prize money. After consulting with her attorney, Charles Francis, Holmes opted for the $127 million lump sum payment. The after-tax winnings of $87.9 million, Holmes said, will allow her to cement several important goals. Among other things, Holmes plans to tithe to religious and charitable organizations, finish her college degree, buy her mother a house, and secure the future for her three daughters – and her seven year-old son who has cerebral palsy.

“I hope that this moment can shine a light on the challenges faced by children and adults with cerebral palsy,” Holmes said. “Not everyone understands what cerebral palsy is, and what it means to a family. I hope our story can help change that.”

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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.

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