$18.5M lottery winner 'scraping by'
'I wish I'd won a billion dollars' not just $18.5M
Ten years after he and his wife won $64 million in the Big Game lottery, Alex Snelius wishes he'd won more money.
The 73-year-old Palos Heights man doesn't want to replace his 2001 Lincoln Town Car. Nor does he want a bigger home (he'd actually prefer something much smaller).
I wish I'd won a billion dollars so I could keep everyone happy, said Snelius, a retired truck mechanic originally from Lithuania. Snelius opted for a single $18. ...
Aug 24, 2010, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
$183M Maryland lottery winner resurfaces
Lottery 'legend' accompanies mom to claim prize
Updated Aug 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm: Fixed photo caption
Bernadette Gietka, the Maryland Lottery's largest winner to date, received a celebrity's welcome Friday at Maryland Lottery Headquarters.
Bernadette, and siblings Jerry and Lynda, brought their mother, Catherine, to 1800 Washington Blvd. to claim her $1,000 Multi-Match prize.
Greeted by Lottery Director Stephen Martino and applauded by Lottery staff, the humble multi-millionaire descr ...
Aug 1, 2010, 4:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery winner is all business
Owns auto battery shops, plus Daniels driving range
Florida Lottery winner Jason Fry gets a charge out of business ownership.
Three years after collecting a $13.6 million, lump-sum jackpot payout, Fry has opened his second Batteries Plus franchise store in Naples and in September will debut a third in Bonita Springs.
He has also diversified, buying Golf World II in south Fort Myers. The renamed Daniels Driving Range Teaching Center is open for business, and getting a slew of upgrades.
Aug 1, 2010, 3:54 pm - Lottery News forum
'Lucky': a look at the lives of lottery winners, on HBO
Airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET
If it happens to you and the odds are a mere 1 in 195 million that it will what then?
Do you become what you dreamed you would? asks Mike Pace, known to millions of lottery ticket buyers as the man in the tuxedo who was the longtime announcer of the Powerball drawing. Or do you become what you most deeply, secretly are?
Director Jeffrey Blitz's enticing new documentary, Lucky, which airs Monday night on HBO, tries to figure that out. Blitz interviews several ...
Jul 19, 2010, 8:16 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner lost money after investing funds
A Towson University student who hit it big on a Maryland Lottery scratch-off ticket said he's found out that a seven-figure prize is not necessarily a ticket to early retirement.
In many ways, Louis Jay's apartment is your typical college bachelor pad, but upon closer inspection, 11 News reporter Kerry Cavanaugh said the 21-year-old student has a state-of-the-art home theater system and stocks only top-shelf alcohol. She said he spends hours online tracking the stock market.
Jan 22, 2010, 8:56 am - Lottery News forum
Fla. woman faces eviction after lottery-winning husband disappears
Two years after discovering her husband hid the fact he won the Florida Lottery, Donna Campbell is being evicted
Donna Campbell of Miramar wants to serve her husband with divorce papers. But she can't find the guy.
The two have been on tense terms since 2007 when the former Caribbean beauty queen made headlines after going public with their marital drama. Her husband, Arnim Ramdass, was a part of a pool of American Airlines mechanics in Miami who won a $19 million Florida Lotto jackpot.
Dec 16, 2009, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner gets help on plan to turn good fortune into lifelong prosperity
Richie Randazzo became New York's luckiest and most famous doorman last year when he scored a $5 million lottery prize.
The wisecracking 45-year-old from Gravesend, Brooklyn, became an overnight sensation, hitting the media circuit to tell his rags-to-riches story and enjoying a sitdown on Howard Stern's radio show.
But even after hitting the jackpot, Randazzo could not escape his troubled past.
For nearly two decades the one-time Park Ave. doorman had been a drug addict and, at one poi ...
Oct 6, 2009, 2:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Young lottery winner stakes hopes on Wrestling show
The youngest Powerball winner ever has packed up his millions and moved to Tampa Bay, fulfilling his dream of working in the wrestling business with a wild new TV show.
Combine beautiful women, professional wrestling, and part of a $17 million lottery payout, then stir and you get the new TV show Wrestlicious .
MAD TV + the WWE + Baywatch + Dave Chappelle = Wrestlicious, explained Powerball winner Jay Vargas, who's helping finance the show with his lottery loot.
Videos of the show post ...
Sep 18, 2009, 8:28 am - Lottery News forum
Now broke, teen lottery winner blew through $3M
British teen lottery winner Callie Rogers, 22, blew through nearly all of a jackpot of over $3 million, spending a substantial amount of it on cocaine.
Rogers told local British media that her ex-boyfriend Nicky Lawson got her hooked on cocaine and that she spent 250,000 (about US$406,000) on the habit.
I was spending a fortune on cocaine, a nasty evil drug that tears your life apart, Rogers was quoted as saying. I'll be honest. About a quarter of a million pounds of my win has been waste ...
Sep 2, 2009, 6:15 pm - Lottery News forum
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