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
Lottery winner having a blast
Virginian bought truck series team after hitting it big
Joe Denette bought a team in the Camping World Truck Series with one very important demand it can't be like work.
After winning the Mega Millions lottery drawing on May 1, 2009, Denette vowed to never punch another time clock. The rest of his life would be dedicated to having fun and spending his $30 million winnings.
That's why I decided on the trucks; it's real racing, Denette said. The Cup side is too much like a business. I do ...
Apr 8, 2011, 7:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee's biggest Powerball winner keeps low profile
Bobbi Hubbard of South Pittsburg, Tenn., keeps busy working on community projects like trying to start a free medical clinic in Marion County. She has lived in the same house for 18 years.
On the outside, there's little to show that she hit a $25.5 million Powerball jackpot in 2005, making her the state's all-time big winner as Powerball marks its seventh anniversary in Tennessee. And, unlike some cases in other states where big lottery winners didn't handle their fast fortunes well, Hubbard ...
Apr 6, 2011, 7:08 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner flees Spain penniless as bank seizes villa and bar
When Lawrence Candlish won 5.5 million (US$8.8 million) playing the National Lottery in 1997 it promised to make his dreams come true, including buying himself the double hip replacement he needed.
The generous factory worker immediately shared his fortune with his many relatives, shelling out 370,000 (US$590,000) to buy seven houses in the same street in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear so that they could be close together.
Eventually he moved with his family to Benidorm on Spain's Costa Blanca t ...
Jan 24, 2011, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
With more money, more problems? Managing a windfall
A chance to split a $380 million jackpot. Where's the problem in that?
Sure the money will change the lives of the Mega Millions lottery winners, but it's imperative that they have a sound financial plan. Failure to map out a strategy for their winnings could lead to misery.
A retired man in Washington, Jim McCullar, claimed his prize on Thursday, while the Idaho ticket holder has yet to surface.
The delay in coming forward after Tuesday's drawing means the winners are likely following ...
Jan 10, 2011, 11:43 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winners say most fun was giving money away
Nancy and Al Mohrbacher lived simple lives in Wisconsin before they won the lottery. And things haven't changed, they said.
Despite the $2.8 million they won earlier this year, they spent the same amount on Christmas presents. They're doing the same things this holiday season that they always do.
The family will come over Christmas morning, and they'll share monkey bread before opening presents and having lunch together.
Our lives are pretty much the same, said Nancy, 67. But it's fun ...
Dec 20, 2010, 7:36 am - Lottery News forum