$37M lotto winner dies heartbroken recluse
Ontario's biggest-ever lottery winner died a heartbroken and miserly recluse, estranged from family and too sick or too tightfisted to spend his millions.
Friends of 59-year-old Graham Gelineau, who won $37 million in 2007 from a Canada Lotto 6/49 ticket, told the Sun the eccentric and mysterious Graham disappeared after collecting his jackpot, not returning to the cheap room he rented in a boarding house on St. Clair Ave. W.
Friends aren't sure of the exact date of his death but have hear ...
Apr 11, 2011, 9:37 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner having a blast
Virginian bought truck series team after hitting it big
Joe Denette bought a team in the Camping World Truck Series with one very important demand it can't be like work.
After winning the Mega Millions lottery drawing on May 1, 2009, Denette vowed to never punch another time clock. The rest of his life would be dedicated to having fun and spending his $30 million winnings.
That's why I decided on the trucks; it's real racing, Denette said. The Cup side is too much like a business. I do ...
Apr 8, 2011, 7:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee's biggest Powerball winner keeps low profile
Bobbi Hubbard of South Pittsburg, Tenn., keeps busy working on community projects like trying to start a free medical clinic in Marion County. She has lived in the same house for 18 years.
On the outside, there's little to show that she hit a $25.5 million Powerball jackpot in 2005, making her the state's all-time big winner as Powerball marks its seventh anniversary in Tennessee. And, unlike some cases in other states where big lottery winners didn't handle their fast fortunes well, Hubbard ...
Apr 6, 2011, 7:08 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner flees Spain penniless as bank seizes villa and bar
When Lawrence Candlish won 5.5 million (US$8.8 million) playing the National Lottery in 1997 it promised to make his dreams come true, including buying himself the double hip replacement he needed.
The generous factory worker immediately shared his fortune with his many relatives, shelling out 370,000 (US$590,000) to buy seven houses in the same street in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear so that they could be close together.
Eventually he moved with his family to Benidorm on Spain's Costa Blanca t ...
Jan 24, 2011, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
With more money, more problems? Managing a windfall
A chance to split a $380 million jackpot. Where's the problem in that?
Sure the money will change the lives of the Mega Millions lottery winners, but it's imperative that they have a sound financial plan. Failure to map out a strategy for their winnings could lead to misery.
A retired man in Washington, Jim McCullar, claimed his prize on Thursday, while the Idaho ticket holder has yet to surface.
The delay in coming forward after Tuesday's drawing means the winners are likely following ...
Jan 10, 2011, 11:43 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winners say most fun was giving money away
Nancy and Al Mohrbacher lived simple lives in Wisconsin before they won the lottery. And things haven't changed, they said.
Despite the $2.8 million they won earlier this year, they spent the same amount on Christmas presents. They're doing the same things this holiday season that they always do.
The family will come over Christmas morning, and they'll share monkey bread before opening presents and having lunch together.
Our lives are pretty much the same, said Nancy, 67. But it's fun ...
Dec 20, 2010, 7:36 am - Lottery News forum
£9 million lottery winner drank himself to death
A father-of-two who won millions in the United Kingdom National Lottery became so bored after giving up his job that he turned to booze and eventually drank himself to death.
Keith and Louise Gough won 9 million in 2005, and like many others Gough saw the win as the answer to his dreams .
But the couple, who were married for 27 years, separated just two years later after Gough gave up his job and began drinking out of boredom.
Speaking last year Gough lamented the devasta ...
Oct 25, 2010, 2:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Powerball winner breaks ground on latest gift
With great blessings can come great responsibility. Reverend Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr. won the lottery in 2009, and he turned over the winning, and the blessings, for others.
Jackson has given Morris College the largest donation they have ever received from a single person: $10 million. Monday, he helped break ground on a new building on campus.
I realize that the position that I'm in comes the good and the bad, but I promise to be led by God and if I'm led by God, I can't forget those who ...
Sep 23, 2010, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Doctor who won lottery still wants 'to help people'
When Jackson Memorial Hospital doctor Shirley Press heard the buzz nine years ago that someone at work had won the lottery, she told co-workers, That person is going to be such an oddball they aren't going to fit in anywhere.
She quickly learned that she was the oddball. Over the following week, the 50-year-old mother of two teenagers and director of pediatric emergency care would try to keep a semblance of a normal life as word spread about her fortune a lump sum that after taxes amounted t ...
Aug 31, 2010, 6:00 pm - Lottery News forum
$18.5M lottery winner 'scraping by'
'I wish I'd won a billion dollars' not just $18.5M
Ten years after he and his wife won $64 million in the Big Game lottery, Alex Snelius wishes he'd won more money.
The 73-year-old Palos Heights man doesn't want to replace his 2001 Lincoln Town Car. Nor does he want a bigger home (he'd actually prefer something much smaller).
I wish I'd won a billion dollars so I could keep everyone happy, said Snelius, a retired truck mechanic originally from Lithuania. Snelius opted for a single $18. ...
Aug 24, 2010, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum