Winning the lottery is just the beginning

And the Survey Says: Even Lottery Winners Would Continue Clipping Coupons

Did you see that survey released the other day by Redplum.com, which showed that nearly 100 percent (OK, 95 percent) of people surveyed said that even if they won a big time lottery like Mega Millions or Powerball, they’d still clip coupons. No surprise there. I’ve told my wife I’d do the same…when we win. […]

Anonymous Donor Leaves $80,000-Winning Scratch Ticket at Door of Religious Charity. How Awesome is That?

I love feel good stories like this. A Columbus, Georgia, nonprofit has received a winning delivery worth thousands. Cathedral of Prayer Inc. has claimed a winning Georgia Lottery ticket worth $80,000. Gloria Rodgers, chief financial officer, said that the winning ticket, Lemon Doubler Cashword, was dropped anonymously in the church offering plate. Rodgers, speaking on […]

The Name is Bond. James Bond (No Kidding), Jr., Wins $6.5 Million Playing Illinois Lottery

OK .the names is Bond…James Bond…Jr. No matter how much you shake it. Or stir it. This James Bond (Jr.) is a winner. A lottery winner. Like the fictional secret agent with whom he shares his name, James Bond Jr. of Vincennes is a lucky and well-off man.  Bond Jr., 46, was the sole winner of $6.5 […]

Head of the Class? Former Teacher Wins $250,000 Mega Millions Prize

  Virginia was slammed by Hurricane Irene, but Charlotte Blevins of St. Charles probably was celebrating anyway. She’s a former teacher. Blevins won $250,000 playing the Virginia Lottery. She matched the first five numbers in the August 19 Mega Millions drawing to win the game’s second prize. “When I told my daughter and granddaughter, they […]

“I Almost Fainted,” Says 20 Year-old Winner of $50,000 Georgia Lottery Prize

A Gilmer County, Georgia, woman has received the surprise of her life. Julia Slaughter of Ellijay won $50,000 playing the popular Georgia Lottery instant game Jumbo Bucks Classic. Jumbo indeed. The 20-year-old purchased her winning ticket

Unemployed Massachusetts Man Wins $37,000,000 Mega Millions Jackpot

A friend of mine who works at the Massachusetts Lottery tipped me off to this story about a 47 year old Dorchester, Mass., man,unemployed who won $32 million. That in itself is cool. But the rest of his story is even cooler. See if you agree. Candido Oliveira, showed up at Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters […]

Back to Georgia: Out of Work (He was Laid Off) Valdosta Man Rakes in $250,000 Mega Millions Second Tier Prize. “I’m Kind of Numb,” He Says, When Picking Up the Money

Thanks here to my friend Tandi, in Georgia who told me this morning about a Valdosta who man has collected a quarter-million-dollar Georgia Lottery prize. James Peterson, 55, won $250,000 by matching the first five winning numbers in the July 29 Mega Millions drawing.  Peterson claimed his prize Monday at the Georgia Lottery’s Tifton office. […]

How to Play: SuperEnalotto, Italy’s Big Money Lottery Game

I have a lottery-playing friend who is going to Rome (with his family) early in September and the other day he asked me about Italy’s big money game, SuperEnalotto. “How do I play?” he asked me. He’s not the only one to ask me about this game…which produces some of the biggest jackpots in Europe. […]

Sitting Pretty: Georgia Grandmother, Who Doubles as a Sitter for the Elderly, Wins $2,000,000

Kathy Crawford, of Gainesville, Ga., hasn’t stopped laughing since winning her hulking Georgia Lottery prize. Would you? Crawford won $2 million playing the instant game Super Millions. And what a great moment it was, Crawford said. “All I can do is laugh,” she said. “I haven’t slept since.” The grandmother of 10 said she’d already […]

No Powerball Jackpot Winner on Aug. 20; Top Prize Soars to $20 Million

There were no jackpot winners on Saturday, Aug. 20 in the Powerball drawing so the big prize rolls over to a pretty cool $20 million. Mega Millions, as you know by now, had a big winner on Aug. 19. Stay tuned later today. I’ll scour the world for the top 10 biggest jackpots anywhere on […]

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