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Milk Run Leads to $100,000 Top Prize Lottery Scratcher Win

All Gelmer Chicas wanted was some milk. While the Chesterfield, Virginia, man was in the store he decided to play the Virginia Lottery’s Diamond 7’s game. That ticket ended up winning the game’s $100,000 top prize. It happened when he went to the 7-Eleven at 2704 North Washington Boulevard in Arlington. “I thought I’d won […]

This is Memorial Day in the U.S.A.

I know that those of you who are American… will join me today in celebrating the memories of fallen Americans who have protected us through the years.        

U.K. National Lottery Set to Create 100 Millionaires on Date When Olympics Start; Get Thee to the U.K…..

From our London friend:  Amanda (she doesn’t want me to reveal her last name0 emailed me with news that the UK National Lottery will have a drawing creating (so they say) 100 millionaires as a ‘thank you’ to players for helping fund the London Olympics. It’s a Euro Millions (a game we regularly follow here […]

New Father is in Shock; Having a Child is Cool Enough, he says. But Winning $100,000? Awesome

New father and 19-year-old Christopher Skaggs of Ingalls, Ind., says winning $100,000 from the Hoosier Lottery is “wild.” “I’m in shock,” said Skaggs as he waited for his winnings at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis Wednesday. “It’s wild, especially being 19 years old.” The self-employed mechanic hopes to use his winnings to purchase a house, […]

Decades of Dollars Winner Collects $4,000,000

Gloria Carter of Afton, Virginia, was home watching television. Her husband Bud had gone to bed. Suddenly she shouted upstairs, “Honey, come down. I’ve got to show you something!” That “something” was a Decades of Dollars ticket from the Virginia Lottery. Carter had matched all six numbers in the May 10 drawing to win the […]

Tee Time for Lottery Winner Means Buying the Club

How’s this for a hole in one? A recent lottery winner Wally Markham bought his club club (he was a member) because it was in danger of closing up. The story first showed up in an Associated Press report. You see, Markham bought a Hot Lotto jackpot in November, netting about $3.5 million after taxes. The […]

Lotteries Around the World: Top 10

Here are the top 10 lottery jackpots currently in play, worldwide, and the dates of the next drawings. Good luck everyone. 1. $90 million, Powerball, May 16 2. 50 million euros (about $67 million in U.S. dollars), Euro Millions, May 15. Euro Millions is played in nine European countries including the U.K., France, Spain, Portugal […]

A “Hull”-of a Win….1.3 Million U.K. Pounds won by Plumber and his Wife

Our UK correspondent just emailed me with news of a green-fingered couple from Hull celebrating after scooping a £1.3 million Lotto jackpot. The win happened back in March. Lance Cram, (48), a plumber and his teaching assistant wife Marie, (46), were out buying onion seeds to sow in their allotment when they purchased their winning […]

Powerball Dos…and Don’ts…..Some Questions Answered

I have been asked all kinds of questions about lotteries over the years and one of the most frequent (and easy to answer)…is how to cash out. So I went to someone I knew at the Powerball headquarters and asked the same question. Most players, by the way, know all this (so forgive me if […]

Top Jackpots, Mega Millions….All Time

Rank Amount Date Number of Winning Tickets States With Winning Tickets 1 $656 million 3/30/2012 3 Kansas, Illinois, Maryland 2 $390 million 3/6/2007 2 Georgia, New Jersey 3 $380 million 1/4/2011 2 Idaho, Washington 4 $336 million 8/28/2009 2 California, New York 5 $330 million 8/31/2007 4 Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, Virginia 6 $319 million […]

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