Lottery windfalls can buy anything except anonymity
Former Canadian lottery winners say lucky ticket holder should prepare for wave of unwanted attention
The hucksters started calling only hours after Brenda Schley's good fortune was announced.
Strange cars turned up outside her Clearwater, B.C., home. Then strangers began rubbing the 57-year-old for luck.
And that win only involved $1.75 million.
It's almost scary, says Schley, a year after matching six out of six numbers on a Lotto 6/49 draw.
We had to leave the house for abo ...
Mar 12, 2015, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum
Winner of $50 million Lotto Max jackpot claims prize just before it expires
By Todd Northrop
The individual who purchased the winning $50 million Lotto Max ticket in Langley, British Columbia, on March 14, 2014 has come forward.
This comes after the British Columbia Lotto Corporation's renewed plea this week for the winner to claim their prize. As per lottery regulations, the one-year deadline to claim the prize is this Saturday.
The winning numbers for that particular draw were 3, 4, 5, 7, 31, 33, and 40 with bonus number 49.
Lotto Max is a multi-province g ...
Mar 12, 2015, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
$50M Canada lotto winner says he had a vision of winning numbers
Six years ago Randall Rush was at a friend's house watching a football game when a series of numbers flashed into his head.
His friend told Rush to write down the numbers, and when he took a look, he thought they would make for good lottery picks. But the 48-year-old was skeptical he never played the lottery.
He goes: 'If you didn't play and these numbers come up, how would you feel?' said Rush.
Ever since that fateful day, the resident of Lamont, Alberta, has picked the same numbers w ...
Feb 16, 2015, 9:53 am - Lottery News forum
Couple recovers $50 million lottery ticket
A Canadian couple endured a roller-coaster ride of emotions when a lottery ticket worth $50 million went missing only to be found and returned by someone at their church.
Hakeem Nosiru won the Jan. 17 Lotto Max draw and was one day away from claiming the money when the signed ticket, which he taped to the inside his wife's purse for safekeeping, was missing after they attended church.
That sparked a frantic search of their home, with garbage bins being upended and their contents picked thr ...
Jun 3, 2014, 8:19 am - Lottery News forum
Canadian lottery winner donates $40 million jackpot to charity
Includes audio report
Unlike most big lottery winners who spend days, or even months, trying to figure out how they'll spend their newfound riches, Tom Crist needed only a moment to decide where his $40 million in winnings would go: all to charity. Top on the list would be the medical center that cared for his late wife when she developed cancer.
Still, it took Crist more than six months to tell anybody including family members he'd won. The retired Calgary executive had been lunching betw ...
Dec 20, 2013, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery tracks down $50 million winner who lost ticket
Credit card purchase key to tracking down winner
An unbelievable set of circumstances have come together for Kathryn Jones, who won $50 million from an unclaimed Lotto Max prize drawn a year ago a win for which she lost the ticket and never checked the numbers.
The Hamilton woman had absolutely no clue she could be a winner when Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation officials showed up at her door a while back wanting to talk to her, she said Tuesday at a news conference at the OLG headqu ...
Dec 5, 2013, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum
Sister loses fight over $32M jackpot her brother split with barber
Sam Haddad did a happy dance outside the Ottawa courthouse Tuesday, minutes after a judge dismissed a lawsuit from his sister seeking millions from the $32 million lottery jackpot he and his longtime barber won five years ago.
Five years of hell is almost over. It's over! the 63-year-old Ottawa man cried, as a female relative ululated joyfully behind him. That's Lebanese yodelling, Haddad explained to bemused journalists.
Now we can enjoy our money, Haddad's wife, Denise, exclaimed. We'r ...
Nov 14, 2013, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner is sued by his sister
Claims she gave him $1 towards tickets
A handyman who won a $32 million jackpot lottery with his barber is being sued by his sister who says she is entitled to a third of the winnings.
Leila Nahas claims she paid her brother Samir Haddad $1 toward the $3 winning ticket and deserves $10.6 million, plus $500,000 in damages.
But Haddad said he doesn't owe her a dime, because 'they never had an agreement'.
Haddad and his longtime friend and barber Mike Dettorre hit the jackpot with a Lot ...
Oct 17, 2013, 5:46 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery jackpot probe heats up after immunity deal
Investigators trying to unravel the mystery behind a bogus claim for a $14.3 million multi-state Hot Lotto jackpot won in Iowa in 2011 have received valuable information from a man in Canada who was granted limited immunity, state officials said Tuesday.
A month ago, investigators traveled to Canada to conduct an interview after reaching an agreement in which a person of interest was promised the information given would not be used against him, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assistan ...
Oct 8, 2013, 11:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Inquiry in Iowa Lottery mystery touches Canada
Investigators seeking to unravel an attempted multimillion-dollar Iowa Lottery jackpot scheme have been in contact with Canadian authorities and are looking into people who may have been involved, an agent said Thursday.
Special Agent in Charge Patrick Townsend of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation confirmed his agency sought assistance from Canadian law enforcement early in the 18-month investigation into a withdrawn claim for a $14.3 million Hot Lotto jackpot.
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Jul 26, 2013, 12:48 pm - Lottery News forum