First winner of big Illinois Lotto jackpot didn't let riches change him
Mike Wittkowski is no longer famous, and he's just fine with that.
In 1984, he was a 28-year-old North Side bachelor dreaming of hitting it big just like everybody else in a relatively new Illinois Lotto game that was building to a $40 million jackpot.
Unlike everybody else Sept. 1, he did win, picking the numbers 2-3-10-26-30-43 and pocketing what was at the time the single-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
Flashback reader Bob Angone, of the South Loop, said he was at a wedding t ...
Dec 27, 2014, 12:42 pm - Lottery News forum
UK lottery winner says he's happier now that the money's gone
A small-time criminal who won 6.5 million (US$10.2 million) in the UK National Lottery but ended up homeless told yesterday how the win had been a curse .
Lee Ryan spent two years sleeping rough after blowing his fortune.
He now rents a two-room flat and earns less than 10,000 a year but insists that he is happier today than when he was a millionaire.
Mr. Ryan, 54, hit the jackpot in March 1995. At the time he was awaiting trial for handling stolen cars.
Nicknamed the Lotto Lag, he w ...
Nov 14, 2014, 7:28 am - Lottery News forum
Irish Lottery winner giving away $44 million fortune
A Northern Ireland woman who won 34 million (US$45.4 million) in the EuroMillions lottery is giving away a whopping 33 million (US$44.1 million).
The big-hearted Strabane woman Margaret Loughrey plans to keep just 1.25 million (US$1.7 million) of her massive fortune. Since the windfall she's been handing out money to help people in need and has already parted with 17 million (US$22.7 million).
Margaret, who was unemployed when she won the massive jackpot, says she wants to use another 16 m ...
Aug 12, 2014, 3:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Would you quit your job if you won the lottery?
Survey results may surprise you
Lottery tickets clenched in hands. Eyes trained on the numbered lottery balls in motion like popcorn popping. Mind solely fixed on this thought:
If I win this one, I'll be rich enough to quit my job.
Rich enough to quit, but would you? Most people would keep working, even if those lottery balls lined up in their favor, says a Harris Poll survey released today. Just over half 51 percent of workers said they would continue to work, even if they didn't nee ...
Jul 18, 2014, 9:02 am - Lottery News forum
How to win the lottery (happily)
If you have won the lottery, or if you plan to do so, please keep reading this column. The information is vital not just to your happiness but also to the progress of social science.
You have a chance to dispel the notion of the curse of the lottery, which is blamed whenever a big winner ends up divorced, depressed, destitute or dead. Journalists like to explain that the curse is no mere legend the futility of winning the jackpot has been demonstrated by actual scientists with jobs at accredi ...
May 27, 2014, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winners share their good fortune
In walked the Bondurant multimillionaires. She wore a sweatshirt, he a Chicago Bears jacket. They sat down and ate deli slices of ham with their hands off paper plates.
Mary Lohse hit the $202 million Powerball jackpot 18 months ago, the second-biggest lottery win ever in Iowa, which kept her husband, Brian, from hunger.
What's on your if-I-win list? Unhook the phone, run off and begin life as a full-time consumer?
The Lohses kept the same telephone number they've had for 14 years, beca ...
Mar 24, 2014, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner dumps husband to date Audi dealer
Includes video report
When lottery winner Gillian Bayford decided to spend some of her 148 million (US$204.3 million) windfall on a fleet of luxury Audis, she wound up taking more than the high-end cars away from the dealership.
For the mother of two has split from her husband and started a new relationship with the man who sold her the vehicles.
Alan Warnock has quit his job with the dealership and set up home with the multi-millionairess, telling friends he is 'very happy' with his ne ...
Dec 30, 2013, 7:38 pm - Lottery News forum
UK lottery winner recounts downsides of winning
Over the past 20 years Mark Gardiner has accumulated pretty much all the paraphernalia one might associate with a lottery winner.
There's the sprawling listed mansion with manicured grounds and kidney-shaped swimming pool, the gleaming Aston Martin in the garage, and the exotic holidays when he fancies them.
As he puts it: People write a list of what they'd do when they win the lottery, don't they? New house, flash car, lovely holidays, private jets. Well, I've ticked them all off.
Dec 27, 2013, 11:53 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball winner dies penniless, 12 years after winning $27 million
David Edwards spent $12 million in his first year as a millionaire
A Powerball winner has died broke and all alone in hospice care, just 12 years after raking in $27 million cash from a lottery jackpot.
David Lee Edwards, a convicted felon from Ashland, Kentucky, bought a mansion in a gated community, dozens of expensive cars and even a LearJet with the share of a record $280 million jackpot he won in August 2001.
But drug addiction and his free-spending ways left Edwards and his wife S ...
Dec 3, 2013, 5:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner sues advisors for poor policies
What do you buy when you win the lottery? An exotic new car? Likely. A sprawling luxury home? Sure.
Life insurance? Not so much.
A young, unmarried grocery store worker, with no children, won half of a $336 million Mega Millions jackpot and did just that: bought a $100 million life insurance policy. Now he is suing the financial advisors who sold him the policy, along with other investments that encouraged him to assume tens of millions of dollars in debt, according to the Courthouse News ...
Sep 27, 2013, 1:30 pm - Lottery News forum