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
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