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N.J. Vietnam vet wins $21M Monopoly Millionaires' Club jackpot

Monopoly Millionaires' ClubMonopoly Millionaires' Club: N.J. Vietnam vet wins $21M Monopoly Millionaires' Club jackpot
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TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Lottery had the honor of crowning the first in the nation, Top Prize winner of the Monopoly Millionaires' Club draw game.

Wayne O'Keefe is the winner of the $21 million annuity prize from the Nov. 7th Monopoly Millionaires' Club lottery game drawing. O'Keefe matched all five numbers 01, 09, 11, 12, and 27 plus one Property Number-18 (B&O Railroad), to win the prize.

O'Keefe purchased his ticket opting for the cash option and will receive $12,804,878 before taxes.

Carole Hedinger, Executive Director, New Jersey Lottery said, "The Monopoly game properties are all streets in Atlantic City so it seems fitting that New Jersey has the first Top Prize win in the nation. We are pleased that a New Jersey resident is benefiting from the life-changing prize. In addition, institutions and organizations across the state benefit from lottery revenue generated from the ticket sales of all our games."

O'Keefe claimed his Monopoly Millionaires' Club draw game Top Prize at New Jersey Lottery Headquarters on Nov. 14.

The lucky winner purchased his ticket at Highland General Store, Inc. 111 Highland Lakes Rd., Highland Lakes.

Mr. O'Keefe, 65-years old and a veteran of two tours of duty in Vietnam, arrived at headquarters accompanied by his wife of 37 years, Stacie and son Wayne Jr., 22 years old. Wayne expressed pride for his son who is a member of the Army National Guard and for his service to the community during Hurricane Irene and its aftermath. Wayne also thanked all of the men and women of the armed services for their duty.

The O'Keefe Family believes that is was Stacie's mother, who passed away on Oct. 30 at the age of 91, who is their lottery angel making this life-changing win possible. It was the day of the memorial service that Wayne checked his lottery ticket on the self-check Ticket Scanner. The message read, "Claim Winner, Please see clerk," the meaning of which was a bit unclear for Wayne and the store owner. It wasn't until the following day that the O'Keefe's learned the true
value of their lottery win.

With gratitude for the care of Wayne's father, the O'Keefe family will be making a contribution in support of the New Jersey Fireman's Home. To honor of the memory of Stacie's mother, and in gratitude for the care she received from the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, they will be making a contribution to the Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation.

The Top Prize win triggered 14 Millionaire Club winners of $1 million each among the 23 states now selling the Monopoly Millionaires' Club lottery game. Millionaire Club winners were drawn from players in AZ, DC, FL, GA, MD, MO, NY, PA, TN and TX. There were three numbers each drawn in FL and NY.

The Monopoly Millionaires' Club lottery game went on sale Oct. 19. Its unique play style features three ways to win $1 million. Players can win the Top Prize that is capped at $25 million. Once that Top Prize is won, a separate drawing that awards a minimum of 10 Millionaires' Club prizes of $1 million each is conducted.

Each week the Top Prize is not won, the number of $1 million prizes increases.

Players will also have a shot at a $1 million prize on the upcoming Monopoly Millionaires' Club TV show, which will debut in February. The show will feature an
audience of players who have been randomly selected after completing Monopoly-themed Property Sets by entering codes from their tickets on www.playmmc.com.

Selected players will be flown to Las Vegas where the show will be taped, and will receive a five-day, four-night stay for two plus spending money at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Billy Gardell, star of Mike and Molly and Me, You and Dupree, will serve as the host of the show.

The Monopoly Millionaires' Club lottery game drawings are at 11:15 p.m. Eastern and tickets are $5 each. Currently, Monopoly Millionaires' Club draw tickets are available in 23 states around the country.

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Zeta Reticuli Star System
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Posted: November 14, 2014, 7:03 pm - IP Logged

Good for him!

Is it just me or does his wife look not happy about it?

Those who run the lotteries love it when players look for consistency in something that's designed not to have any.

Lep

There is one and only one 'proven' system, and that is to book the action. No matter the game, let the players pick their own losers.

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    TyKi
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    Posted: November 14, 2014, 7:10 pm - IP Logged

    I am so happy for him and his family...and a THANK YOU to him for his service...!!!

    "Those  Who  Bring  SunShine  To  The Lives  Of  Others.....Cannot  Keep  It  From  Themselves"

      ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
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      Posted: November 14, 2014, 7:14 pm - IP Logged

      Congrats to the O'Keefe family! Cheers

      "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

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        Ringleader
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        Posted: November 14, 2014, 7:15 pm - IP Logged

        That's awesome, congrats and Thanks. Cheers

        Did you exchange a walk on part in the war ?

        For a lead role in a cage?

         

                                                    From Pink Floyd's " Wish you were here"

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          Posted: November 14, 2014, 7:22 pm - IP Logged

          Good for him!

          Is it just me or does his wife look not happy about it?

          Type its wins like this that warm my heart .....

           

          to answer your question, shes probably seen this site and read all the horror stories related to the lottery Stooges

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            Left Coast
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            Posted: November 14, 2014, 8:53 pm - IP Logged

            Type its wins like this that warm my heart .....

             

            to answer your question, shes probably seen this site and read all the horror stories related to the lottery Stooges

            Or she hasn't slept since they found out about the win.

             

            congrats to the winner. Glad he had an extra special Veterans Day.

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              Posted: November 14, 2014, 10:06 pm - IP Logged

              Congratulations to the O'Keefe family!  May you enjoy your newfound riches!

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                Posted: November 14, 2014, 10:37 pm - IP Logged

                Congratulations Mr & Mrs Wayne & Stacie O'Keefe and Wayne Jr. Spend Wisely  Party

                Let it Snow Snowman

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                  Posted: November 14, 2014, 11:12 pm - IP Logged

                  Congratulations O'Keefe Family!

                  With an Abundance of Gratitude.

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                    Posted: November 15, 2014, 1:03 am - IP Logged

                    Patriot  Two tours and a lotto win is like winning 3 times.

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                      Posted: November 15, 2014, 1:51 am - IP Logged

                      Good for him!

                      Is it just me or does his wife look not happy about it?

                      I think she appears to be stifling crying [might be emotional that if it had been won a few months earlier her mom would have been able to be there to share their uber excitement with them].

                      Shocked

                      Having several millions of dollars in my financial accounts means receiving several valuable services each day!

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                        Posted: November 15, 2014, 7:36 am - IP Logged

                        Good for him!

                        Is it just me or does his wife look not happy about it?

                        Coin Toss I enlarged the photo and took a good look at all of them. I think the wife looks happier than the son
                        and husband. Look at the eyes.
                        Big Smile
                        The lottery employee is happy enough to make up for any of them though, look at that beaming smile.

                        A great story and a nice win for a family with a military background. They all deserve good things for
                        their sacrifice. WTG!

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                          Posted: November 15, 2014, 2:02 pm - IP Logged

                          Well he's not the first winner named O'Keefe.

                          There was a winner featured on a LCML rerun w/ the same last name.

                          Luck o' the Irish ?  I'll let you know when it hits me... well maybe.

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                            Posted: November 15, 2014, 5:32 pm - IP Logged

                            I think she appears to be stifling crying [might be emotional that if it had been won a few months earlier her mom would have been able to be there to share their uber excitement with them].

                            Shocked

                            I thought the exact same thing!

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