Mo. woman describes aftermath of lottery jackpot
When Sandra Hayes hit a $224 million Powerball jackpot with 12 of her co-workers, she didn't retire immediately.
Hayes was a social worker with the state of Missouri then, and she was a single mom of three who was twice divorced. Her income was less than $26,000 a year.
She had debt, including school loans, and she still was having a hard time believing that she had won. She wanted to wait until she had her winnings in hand.
But things at work got increasingly difficult.
She started ...
Mar 5, 2012, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Irish $16M lottery winner still claiming over $6,000 a year in benefits
An Irishman is still claiming disability benefits in the UK after winning over $16 million in the lottery.
Michael O'Shea, who grew up in Co. Kerry and resides in Nottingham, made headlines in October 2005 when he and his wife Jean won 10.2 million on the Euro Millions lotto jackpot.
Since becoming a millionaire overnight, the father of three has been paid almost $50,000 ( 31,500) in disability benefits, the Daily Mail reports.
However the 72-year-old retired builder is doing nothing il ...
Feb 8, 2012, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum
Mich. lottery winner burns through money, gets jail time for drugs
A Williams Township, Michigan, lottery winner will be spending about the next month and a half behind bars for illegally possessing a prescription painkiller.
Isabella County Trial Court Judge Mark H. Duthie on Thursday sentenced Leroy N. Fick, 59, to 45 days in jail with credit for three days served. Upon release, he will serve one year of probation and must also pay several court fines and costs.
Fick was late in appearing for the 2 p.m. hearing in Duthie's courtroom and had to be picked ...
Jan 14, 2012, 1:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Millionaire janitor must leave the job he loves
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After being elected to the Highline School Board, a millionaire janitor who won the Washington lottery must now step down from the job he loves and the teams he coaches.
For more than twenty years, Tyrone Curry has cleaned the grounds and coached the kids at the Evergreen campus, but this school custodian just beat the sitting school board president for a seat on the Highline District's School Board and must resign before swearing in next month.
Curry said he's coa ...
Nov 22, 2011, 8:35 am - Lottery News forum
Woman wins £5.4m lottery jackpot after tip from dead brother in a dream
When Deana Sampson won 5.4 million (US$8.6 million) in the UK National Lottery in 1998, her life couldn't have changed more dramatically.
With just 7.64 to her name, she was living in a council house in Sheffield in a loveless marriage and was struggling to bring up two children on just 79 a week in benefits.
On top of that, she'd lost three close family members in nine years, including her disabled brother Glyn four months earlier. She was just about ready to give up on life.
But then ...
Oct 25, 2011, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Opinion: Powerball winners will lose big if they go public
There must be 109 million ways to ruin your life after finding out you won Powerball. But the most critical decision comes quickly, after about the fourth or fifth time you check the numbers.
To go public or not? To grip a check the size of a Charlie Sheen poster for the cameras? Or to hide your good fortune from an admiring and envious world?
We've heard from a couple who say they own the $109 million Powerball ticket sold in Abingdon last week, says Carole Everett, spokeswoman for the M ...
Sep 13, 2011, 11:49 am - Lottery News forum
Father, son trying to live like regular guys after $88 million lottery win
Jeff Wilson's life changed forever two years ago when he plucked a winning Powerball ticket worth millions from a number of lottery tickets bought by his father, Billy.
The father and son, and former Kings Mountain residents, were at Charlotte Motor Speedway Friday as part of the hoopla surrounding the lottery-sponsored Camping World Truck Series event and NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Weekend.
The younger Wilson, dressed in blue jeans and untucked plaid shirt, and his father, wearing khakis ...
May 24, 2011, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
W.Va. lottery winner buys trucks for fire depts.
A West Virginia Powerball lottery winner known for his generosity recently turned his charitable ways toward the purchase of new vehicles and equipment for area fire departments.
On Thursday, W. Randy Smith gave away a lot more of his money, this time, a little more than $1 million.
Six Berkeley County fire departments each got a Ford F-350, four-wheel-drive, four-door pickup truck equipped with snow plows and walk-behind snow blowers.
The idea of such specially equipped vehicles is to ...
May 15, 2011, 8:44 am - Lottery News forum
Millionaire janitor buys school new track
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The lunch hour is over and Evergreen High School custodian Tyrone Curry gets out his broom for a quick sweep up.
I try to make sure it's spotless and it's ready for the kids, he said.
After cleaning, he's off to his second passion: coaching the track and field team.
I just like staying busy, Curry said with a laugh.
But in reality, he doesn't have to work. He's a millionaire.
I know my wife says, 'Oh, you don't really have to work' and I say, 'Yeah. I d ...
Apr 20, 2011, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
$37M lotto winner dies heartbroken recluse
Ontario's biggest-ever lottery winner died a heartbroken and miserly recluse, estranged from family and too sick or too tightfisted to spend his millions.
Friends of 59-year-old Graham Gelineau, who won $37 million in 2007 from a Canada Lotto 6/49 ticket, told the Sun the eccentric and mysterious Graham disappeared after collecting his jackpot, not returning to the cheap room he rented in a boarding house on St. Clair Ave. W.
Friends aren't sure of the exact date of his death but have hear ...
Apr 11, 2011, 9:37 am - Lottery News forum