Lottery winner waits till deadline to claim $1M prize 'just because'
A Sterling, Virginia, man redeemed his $1 million Virginia lottery ticket four days before the prize money was set to expire.
Virginia lottery officials said Aaron Monsey, who works as a carpenter, bought the winning ticket nearly six months ago at Sterling Park Exxon (formerly Getty Mart) at 209 East Holly Avenue in Sterling. He returned to the gas station Dec. 15 to receive his check from the Virginia Lottery.
Monsey used Easy Pick, allowing a computer to randomly generate the numbers o ...
Dec 19, 2014, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. man wins $4M lottery, joins friend in 'the millionaires' club'
A lumber yard supervisor from Rutherfordton, North Carolina, is the first player in the state to win $4 million instantly playing the $200 Million Blowout game.
With his win, Henry Smith became the third Rutherford County player to scratch off a seven-figure lottery prize.
Rodger Keith Melton, of Spindale, won $2.6 million in 2013. Dan Royal, of Forest City, won $5.2 million in 2013 and happens to be a friend of Smith's, according to a news release from the North Carolina Lottery Education ...
Dec 16, 2014, 10:09 am - Lottery News forum
101-year-old wins $50,000 Arizona Lottery prize
Christmas came a few weeks early for 101-year-old Lily Camacho, who lives in the central Arizona mining town of Kearny. On Tuesday, she won the grand prize of $50,000 in the Arizona Lottery's Money Tree game.
That's probably a good thing because she has 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.
Fortunately, she also has a 78-year-old son who buys her the occasional scratch-off ticket.
Not that any of them ever paid off u ...
Dec 16, 2014, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery winner outed as sexual predator
At the Florida Lottery headquarters, Timothy Poole, 43, posed for a photo with an oversized check after claiming his $3 million Scratch-Off prize. But when the image hit the Internet, others recognized the 450-pound man as a registered sexual predator.
In 2001, The Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested Poole on charges of sexual battery on a 9-year-old boy, records show. Before that, he was arrested in 1991 for stealing almost $20,000 in food stamps from Safeco Inc. of Ocala, where he worke ...
Dec 10, 2014, 5:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Washington woman wins $90 million Powerball jackpot on first try
A Washington state woman on Thursday claimed a $90 million Powerball lottery jackpot after buying a ticket for the first time, and said she would quit her job at plane maker Boeing Co and buy a new Subaru.
Lisa Quam, who bought her ticket at a grocery story in Auburn, south of Seattle, had the six correct numbers in Saturday's multi-state drawing, the lottery said in a statement.
Sent out an email to my co-workers and friends at work this morning and told them what a pleasure it was to wo ...
Dec 5, 2014, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
First NJ Lottery Cash4Life top prize winners celebrate their win at retailer
New Jersey's first Cash4Life Top Prize winners, Joseph Ianiro and John Opaluch from Hasbrouck Heights, celebrated their win from the Nov. 13 drawing at the retail location from which the winning ticket was purchased.
The retail store owners, Anthony Bernice and Guy Bernice, became licensed lottery retailers in Feb. of 2013. They have been doing business under the store name of Heights Corner Store, located on 183 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights in Bergen County, which was previously reported as ...
Dec 4, 2014, 10:04 am - Lottery News forum
Man to donate $14 million casino jackpot to church
By Todd Northrop
A Las Vegas man who put $20 into a slot machine hit a jackpot Sunday afternoon worth $14 million, and he's donating it all to his church.
The man, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said he's not a regular gambler and he was just playing the slot machines at Rampart Casino with a friend when he won the massive prize.
Although the winner did not publicly disclose his name, he did pose for a photo holding a giant check. The check for $14,282,544.21 was made out to Rampar ...
Dec 2, 2014, 5:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama woman claims biggest Florida Lotto jackpot of the year
By Todd Northrop
A woman from Alabama was the holder of a winning lottery ticket from last week's $48 million jackpot drawing of the Florida Lotto game.
Carolyn Bell, 64, of Montgomery, Alabama, claimed what turned out to be the largest Florida Lotto jackpot of 2014, opting to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $32,609,501.60.
The numbers drawn for the November 19, 2014, Lotto drawing were 13, 16, 17, 26, 39, and 41, with Xtra number 3.
Bell is a loyal Florida Lo ...
Nov 25, 2014, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
NY lottery millionaire inspired by a dream
For Edwina Silvera, one dream led to another.
On Oct. 14, the 49-year-old West Haverstraw, New York, resident dreamed of her late father, who told her something special, a message she wanted to keep private, which inspired her to buy a scratch-off game that night.
Against long odds, Silvera landed the lucky $2,500 A Week for Life ticket and won the top prize of $2.5 million.
Normally I buy the $2 ticket and I decided why not splurge? So I did. And I'm glad that I did, Silvera told New ...
Nov 24, 2014, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
Northern Ireland woman wins life-changing £12.9M EuroMillions jackpot
Mary Hamilton of Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland is celebrating winning 12,935,936.30 (US$20.3 million) in the multi-country EuroMillions lottery game.
At a press conference Tuesday morning at the Culloden Hotel Northern Ireland's latest lottery millionaire Mary Hamilton enjoyed a glass of Champagne to mark her big win with a Lucky Dip [Quick Pick] ticket.
The 65-year-old furniture store employee has said she and husband Alexander (67) are going to spend it and her first purchase will be ...
Nov 20, 2014, 5:53 am - Lottery News forum