Record Powerball winner offers $2M to fix Maine high school's roof
The 84-year-old Florida resident who scored the largest undivided American lottery jackpot ever wants to donate $2 million to fix the roof of a Maine high school in her hometown.
Gloria MacKenzie, who took home a $590.5 million Powerball jackpot in June, has kept a low profile since she turned in her winning ticket. But the superintendent of schools in East Millinocket, Maine, says Mackenzie has offered to write a hefty check to repair the roof of the town's high school, where her daughter te ...
Jul 26, 2013, 11:00 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
$1 million Ohio lottery winner ready to give back
An Ohio woman who just won a large lottery jackpot wants to buy a truckload of toilet paper.
Regina Jackson doesn't want to buy this for herself, mind you, but for a charitable organization she grew dependent on over a seven-month period in 2008 after she was temporarily laid off from her customer service job at Cinmar in West Chester, Ohio.
Last week, Jackson's fortunes turned considerably after she won $1 million in the Ohio Lottery New Year's Raffle.
Jackson doesn't expect her life t ...
Jan 11, 2013, 8:18 am - 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
Lotto winners get torch-carrying teen new prosthetic leg
A 13-year-old who lost a leg to cancer will get a new life-changing prosthetic limb from Britain's biggest-ever lottery jackpot winners.
Heartrendingly Kieran Maxwell had to be helped from the ground after he fell carrying the Olympic torch last month in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, because of his current heavy artificial leg.
But now he will be able to walk, run and climb just like his friends, his emotional mother Nicola said today, thanks to Euromillionaires Colin and Chris Weir.
Aug 1, 2012, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
Delaware couple plans to pay Powerball winnings forward
A married couple from Wilmington, Delaware, managed to make their dreams come true when they won $1 million with Powerball, courtesy of the Delaware Lottery.
I normally play when Powerball reaches a certain amount, somewhere around $60 or $80 million, said the man, 59, claiming the prize on June 12. In this case, I just happened to be at a store and picked up a Quick Pick ticket.
Indeed, it was a well-timed purchase on June 9 at Wilmington's Shore Stop located on Centerville Road, for th ...
Jun 18, 2012, 6:41 am - Lottery News forum
Nun donates $55,000 lottery win
When Sister Mary Concetta Torrillo of Webster Groves hit the Missouri Lottery's Show Me Cash jackpot on May 13, it meant a $55,000 gift for the Sisters of Loretto, a convent in Kentucky she served for 30 years.
A regular Show Me Cash player, Torrillo said she enjoys playing the game for the fun of it. However, the vow of poverty she had taken ultimately led to her decision to donate the prize money, instead of claiming it for herself.
Her ticket held the winning combination of: 1, 6, 15, 2 ...
May 29, 2012, 10:40 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner donates apartment complex to help families in crisis
Winner has given millions to charities since 2010
Randy Smith, a West Virginia multimillion-dollar lottery winner turned philanthropist, listened Friday to how his donation of an apartment complex is turning into a sustainable community housing program for families in crisis.
Smith, 65, a former Berkeley County sheriff and magistrate, won a $79 million Powerball lottery in August 2010. The total dropped to $44 million after taxes when he opted for a lump-sum payment.
Since then, Smith h ...
Apr 22, 2012, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Firefighters donate lottery winnings to help colleague
A group of Albuquerque, New Mexico, firefighters who became Mega Millions winners this week said they're donating money to help save the life of one of their own.
In between fighting fires and saving lives, some firefighters found time to sprint to Circle K and get some mega millions tickets, and that effort paid off. Firefighter Jed Hyland said he had the winning ticket in hand when the numbers were announced.
Of course, with it being one day before April Fools' and firefighters being wh ...
Apr 5, 2012, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Marine credits karma for $2.9 million slots jackpot
A couple of days before he hit a jackpot of nearly $3 million, Cpl. Alexander Degenhardt learned he'd been accepted as a bone marrow donor to an anonymous patient.
They asked me if I was sure I wanted to go through with it, because it's kind of painful, but what's a little pain if it will save someone's life? the U.S. Marine said Friday. I look at this as kind of good karma for that.
Degenhardt's karma was worth more than $2.8 million, the second biggest jackpot for Bally Technologies, w ...
Feb 28, 2012, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum