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Illinois lottery winner sends kids to Cubs game
As Loyd Elam watched a group of children board a chartered bus bound for the Cubs game at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Wednesday, he looked as if he might change his mind and hop on to go with them. But Elam stayed behind in Lincoln to look for them later on television, hoping to spot them wearing their yellow hats, after paying for the trip with money he won nearly 20 years ago playing the Illinois Lottery. Since winning $7 million in 1991, Elam has been paying for similar trips for 35 to 40
Jul 1, 2010, 10:00 am - Lottery News

Lottery winner gives away millions
Practitioner of visualization and meditation techniques won $112 million As twists of fate go, Cynthia Stafford has been dealt some doozies. In 1999, Stafford's younger brother was killed in a car accident, and the state of California placed his five children in foster care. Cynthia would have none of that: She applied for?full custody of her nieces and nephews, ages 3 to 10, and though the state initially fought her, Stafford prevailed and became an instant mother to five children a full-
Apr 1, 2010, 8:45 am - Lottery News

$50M lottery winners share wealth
A Manitoba couple who won a CA$50 million (US$46.7 million) lottery jackpot in the Nov. 6 Canada Lotto Max drawing are sharing the wealth with their Sagkeeng First Nation community. Kirby and Marie Fontaine have outfitted a hockey team and set their sights on a hot meal program at a school on Sagkeeng First Nation, about 100 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, following their Lotto Max win. Claude Guimond, coach of the newly formed Sagkeeng 69s, said Kirby approached him shortly after the lo
Dec 5, 2009, 8:39 am - Lottery News

Lottery bonus to go to food bank
The $100,000 bonus that went to the Southeast Washington supermarket that sold last month's $144 million Powerball ticket will go to charity, the grocery chain said yesterday. The Capital Area Food Bank will get the money that the Giant Food on Alabama Avenue received as part of the lottery winnings, officials from the store said. It is traditional for the store that sells the winning ticket to get a bonus. This was the city's largest Powerball win, and as soon as the location of the sale
Jun 1, 2009, 9:12 am - Lottery News

Michigan Lottery winner gives prize to charity
A Kalamazoo-area man who won $10,000 in the Michigan Lottery's Club Keno game has donated his winnings to a charity. Soon after winning the money on March 11, Jim Dancy of Richland decided others needed it more than he did. So he gave it all to the Greater Kalamazoo United Way. I was heavily influenced by my close friend Julie, who taught me to think of others first, and to stop and think about what life is really about. I know the needs in the community are great right now, so for me it
Apr 19, 2009, 9:30 am - Lottery News

Lottery winner donates $3M jackpot to church
A Long Island, N.Y., congregation was praying for pennies from heaven to help expand their church, but instead they were showered with millions. A parishioner who wants to remain anonymous donated his $3 million winning Ba Da Bling scratch-off lottery ticket to The True North Community Church in Port Jefferson. The donation came as a complete surprise to Pastor Bert Crabbe, though he told the congregation the church was facing financial problems because it was growing so fast. Our cong
Aug 29, 2008, 11:22 pm - Lottery News

Church rejects donation from lottery winner
After Robert Powell hit the Florida Lottery jackpot last month and took home more than $6 million, he thought of his church. And he offered to drop his tithe, around $600,000, in the collection plate of First Baptist Orange Park. But the church and Pastor David Tarkington politely declined and told Powell they will not accept the lottery winnings. Many churches do not approve of the lottery and gambling but on the other hand Pastor Dr. Lorenzo Hall of the El-Beth-El Divine Holiness C
Aug 15, 2008, 1:19 am - Lottery News

Man caught stealing from charity lottery
The boss of a charity lottery has been jailed for pocketing thousands of pounds and taking his family on the dream holiday which was supposed to be the grand prize. Millionaire Leigh Windsor, aged 46, stole $550,000 from two air ambulance charities and picked phantom winners from the phone book after rigging the draws. He skimmed off the first three months of payments from thousands of customers who joined up because they believed they were supporting charity. Windsor took his family
Apr 8, 2008, 9:45 am - Lottery News

Powerball lottery winners give back
Powerball winners Steve and Carolyn West and Frances Chaney create foundations to help children, veterans and the poor Powerball winners Steve and Carolyn West and Frances Chaney are giving away portions of their multi-million-dollar prize to benefit local children and other worthy causes. Both the West Family Foundation and the Robert Frances Chaney Family Foundation seek to support nonprofit organizations that serve poor children and families in Southern Oregon. We'd been in some o
Aug 17, 2007, 3:57 pm - Lottery News

Nationwide, lotteries pay for far more than education
Martha Keller is a 78-year-old resident of Altoona, Pa., who frequently takes the bus from her apartment on Walnut Avenue to her doctor's office or the local senior center. Chandni Amin is a 19-year-old nursing student at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Keller and Amin have little in common save for one thing both are benefiting directly from money raised by state lotteries. Lotteries help pay for everything from education to economic development, buses to baseball stadiums. In Penn
Jan 31, 2007, 12:06 am - Lottery News

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