Teacher won Powerball lottery jackpot in 1993, now runs camp for kids
Down a near mile-long driveway, past farm fields overflowing with hay, corn and beans, there is a magical place along Lake Winnebago's eastern shore, where hundreds of children come to ride horses, play games, paint pictures and spend time in the great outdoors.
It's called Camp Winnegator, a local day camp that runs four or five weeks every summer, primarily catering to kids from in and around Fond du Lac. In fact, knowledge of the camp passes mostly by word of mouth, from one family to the ...
Aug 23, 2009, 5:08 pm - Lottery News forum
True love: lottery winner reveals secret only after engagement
He wore shabby clothes, drove a wreck and took Lisa on cheap dates. Then they got engaged and Joe revealed the truth: having been stung by other women, he'd concealed his 10 million lottery fortune from her.
Lisa Johnson treasures a ring given to her by husband Joe even though it is unremarkable, with a tiny stone, and cost less than 200 from High-Street jeweler H. Samuel.
It was her Christmas present during their first heady months of dating, and when he presented it to her, she was thril ...
Jul 11, 2009, 12:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Powerball winner's daughter found dead in home
The 42-year-old daughter of Powerball winner Jack Whittaker has been found dead in her Raleigh County, West Virginia, home.
Raleigh County Sheriff's Deputy D.E. Stafford says the body of Ginger Whittaker Bragg was found Sunday afternoon in Daniels.
Stafford said in a statement Monday that no foul play is suspected. He says the body has been sent to the state Medical Examiner's office.
Jack Whittaker became an instant celebrity on Christmas Day 2002 when he won a nearly $315 million Powe ...
Jul 7, 2009, 12:41 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery winner opens nude dude ranch
You've heard of nude beaches, but how about a nude dude ranch?
A multi-million-dollar lottery winner in Florida is riling some by opening up his own. Tim Clements hit a $3.3 million jackpot in 2004, and wanted to return to the farm life he grew up in.
Clements, 50, became fed up with strangers asking him for money in Ormond Beach, Florida, so he bought a secluded ranch on the other side of the state.
He and David Jennings, co-owner of the ranch, say the farm is secluded enough to be in ...
Apr 19, 2009, 8:13 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner buys Fort Myers business
Joining the ranks of the idle rich is often step No. 1 for the lucky few who win the lottery.
But Jason Fry, 35, has chosen a different path after splitting a roughly $47 million Florida Lottery jackpot in December 2007 with a Bonita Springs man.
First, he spent several months traveling and relaxing after leaving his bartending job. Then he had a plan: rejoin the workforce by becoming a business owner.
That decision became reality last week when he finalized the purchase of the Batterie ...
Mar 13, 2009, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery millionaire's life hasn't changed much
Julie Nolan urges on the 1993 Chevrolet Cavalier toward her Kellogg, Minn., home, the speedometer needle struggling to hit 60 miles per hour. The aging car's odometer registers another mile with a click n 220,646 and counting n as she heads home from a shift at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
She bought the car with only seven miles on it. The vehicle still has a certain sentimental value, even though rust has eaten through sections of the passenger side floorboard.
Besides, if somebody h ...
Feb 10, 2009, 10:33 am - Lottery News forum
Ex-con held onto his lotto millions and started new life
While having a few drinks at a Hamilton Street bar, Aristeo Robelin saw a familiar face.
It was one of the police officers who helped put him in federal prison on drug smuggling and weapons charges.
The cop congratulated Robelin on his new life as a millionaire and bought him a beer.
Robelin, 40, took the meeting as an omen and stopped spending so much time in Hamilton Street bars.
Three years after winning $3.7 million in the Mega Millions lottery, the father of two and ex-con has l ...
Dec 10, 2008, 8:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner almost out of cash three years later
For fun, Keith Bryce and his wife, Elizabeth, play bingo on Tuesdays at a Knights of Columbus Hall, or watch movies on a mattress in the living room.
It's a long way from the craps tables, flashing lights and plush presidential suites at the swank Las Vegas hotels of their honeymoon.
Since Bryce won the Mega Millions lottery three years ago, he has clashed with family, spent close to $3 million and isn't far from the poorhouse a place he assumed he'd never visit again.
In the first 30 d ...
Dec 10, 2008, 8:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Young lottery winner discusses investment challenges
After winning million dollar lottery, Wall Street woes bring troubled times
By Louis Jay
Louis Jay is a sophomore pre-business major at Towson University and the former online editor of The Towerlight.
About a year ago you would have seen me on television promoting the Maryland Lottery, Let Yourself Play. You may have heard the story.
I spilled a Tropicana Coolatta on myself. My grandmother, in her old Jewish wisdom, always said that if you spill something on yourself on a special da ...
Oct 22, 2008, 9:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery-winning couple's White Sox love story
Alex Snelius remains true to team he and his late wife loved
If you're a faithful viewer of White Sox television broadcasts, you've heard the name Alex Snelius, and most of you have probably wondered who he is.
Snelius is synonomous with White Sox home runs. Every time they go yard, he donates $100 dollars in memory of his wife, Ursula, who was a huge Sox fan.
From the time I met my wife, Sox, always Sox, she loved it so much, Snelius said. The first time I seen her I fell in love ...
May 21, 2008, 12:48 am - Lottery News forum