Man overcomes gambling addiction, wins lottery
Joseph T. Jones Jr. won $20.8 million in 1992 in a Pennsylvania Wild Card Lotto $993,000 yearly for 21 years.
He just deposited the last check months ago.
I didn't spend it all. I didn't lose it all, said Joe. His nickname for the last 20 years has been Lotto.
If I'm at the urinal at an Eagles game, he explains, and one of my friends sees me, he'll yell, 'Yo, Lotto!'
Joe, 61, is still selling office supplies, though work is a relative term. He visited two clients before he hit th ...
Jul 6, 2013, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Canadian lottery winner donates $1 million for marijuana legalization
On Saturday April 20, activists and cannabis enthusiasts will gather in cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Yellowknife. It is hoped the events will be a watershed moment for cannabis law reform as Canadians seek to follow their American counterparts and end the social injustice of cannabis prohibition.
This year, the annual nationwide 420 celebrations are entirely sponsored by lottery winner Bob Erb.
When Bob Erb started buying lotte ...
Apr 20, 2013, 9:44 pm - Lottery News forum
EuroMillions lottery winners to build unusual home
Once you've bought your 100,000 Jaguar XKR-S, paid off Dad's mortgage and given your best friend more than 1 million, how do you start wasting spending the rest of a 45 million lottery win?
The answer for Matt and Cassey Topham, a former decorator and supermarket worker from Nottingham who scooped the EuroMillions jackpot last year, is to erect a futuristic mansion on a suburban avenue with all the trappings of a James Bond villain's lair.
The couple on Thursday submitted a planning applic ...
Apr 20, 2013, 1:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner hits baby jackpot
The first time lady luck smiled on Joe Denette, he won a boatload of money.
The second time, the prize was even more amazing.
He and his wife, Meagan, became the parents of two babies, delivered during separate births, 100 days apart.
One was the result of planned medical intervention. The other came as a complete surprise.
Both are 100 percent genetically our children, the mother said, adding: It's a cool story.
It's made even more interesting by the fact that Joe's life had al ...
Apr 14, 2013, 2:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner penniless after blowing through $10.5 million
Nine years after cashing her $10,569,000.10 check, Canadian lotto winner Sharon Tirabassi is catching the Barton Street bus to her part-time job. She's working to support her kids in their rented house in northeast Hamilton, Ontario.
Tirabassi, 35 one of this city's biggest lotto winners has gone from rolling in dough to living pay check to pay check.
The Lotto Super7 payout didn't come with a financial adviser and before she knew it big house, fancy cars, designer clothes, lavish parties, ...
Mar 25, 2013, 9:08 am - Lottery News forum
$2.7 million lottery winner down to his last $10
Dad-of-two Roger Griffiths, 42, used to drive a Porsche and vacation with the super-rich in New York and Monaco.
He and wife Lara lived in a 670,000 home, sent their children to a 10,000-a-year private school and plotted to double their wealth through property and stock market investments.
Roger also splurged on a fleet of fancy cars and luxuries like tailor-made suits and Cartier diamond jewellery.
He even blew 25,000 making a record after getting his old student band back together. Th ...
Mar 25, 2013, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri Powerball winners live modestly, give back to hometown
Three months after winning half of the biggest Powerball lottery jackpot in U.S. history, Mark Hill still meets friends for morning coffee at a local convenience store.
And that Camaro sports car Hill considered buying with his winnings? He got a pick-up truck instead.
While some lottery winners fritter away their fortunes or meet tragic ends, not much has outwardly changed for Mark and Cindy Hill since they won half of a $587 million Powerball jackpot in November. They netted $136.5 milli ...
Feb 25, 2013, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball jackpot a mixed blessing
Sandra Hayes won millions in a Powerball jackpot, and now she is warning others to be careful what they wish for. She says she was both blessed and cursed with the big win.
I make it a point to go to Hawaii every year, she says.
Traveling is a passion Sandra Hayes could not afford when she was a single mother, studying for her second master's degree.
Three student loans to repay, I'm like man there is no way I can do it, she said.
That all changed in April of 2006, when Hayes and a ...
Jan 2, 2013, 8:09 pm - Lottery News forum
How lottery winners spend their money
Lottery winners: What separates the ones who live happily ever after from the ones who, five years later, wind up drunk, broke, in jail or hounded by the IRS?
Stephen Danish knows. In fact, the Virginia Commonwealth University professor of psychology is such an expert on the subject that the Virginia Lottery has hired him to counsel winners. Asked how many winners he has helped, he puts the number is in the double digits.
He once told the Roanoke Times that he can tell how well (or badly) ...
Dec 15, 2012, 12:41 am - Lottery News forum
Big lottery winners offer advice, cautionary tales as $500M Powerball drawing approaches
So you just won the $500 million Powerball jackpot, the second highest in lottery history. Now what?
Perhaps it's time for a tropical vacation or a new car. There are bills to pay, loans to settle, debts to square.
Past winners of mega-lottery drawings and financial planners have some more sound advice: Stick to a budget, invest wisely, learn to say no and be prepared to lose friends while riding an emotional roller-coaster of joy, anxiety, guilt and distrust.
I had to adapt to this ne ...
Nov 28, 2012, 9:08 am - Lottery News forum