NC's biggest lottery winner, who faced drug charges soon after win, gives nearly $700k to church
A North Carolina lottery winner who was arrested on drug charges just months after she won $188 million earlier this year has given her church nearly $700,000, an attorney says.
Marie Holmes, age 26, a single mother of four young children, snagged North Carolina's biggest lottery jackpot in March and took a lump sum payment of $127 million from the Powerball win.
The first thing she promised was to tithe or give a tenth of her winnings to charity, a press release from Ruth Sheehan with th ...
Nov 29, 2015, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
Man to donate $14 million casino jackpot to church
By Todd Northrop
A Las Vegas man who put $20 into a slot machine hit a jackpot Sunday afternoon worth $14 million, and he's donating it all to his church.
The man, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said he's not a regular gambler and he was just playing the slot machines at Rampart Casino with a friend when he won the massive prize.
Although the winner did not publicly disclose his name, he did pose for a photo holding a giant check. The check for $14,282,544.21 was made out to Rampar ...
Dec 2, 2014, 5:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Irish Lottery winner giving away $44 million fortune
A Northern Ireland woman who won 34 million (US$45.4 million) in the EuroMillions lottery is giving away a whopping 33 million (US$44.1 million).
The big-hearted Strabane woman Margaret Loughrey plans to keep just 1.25 million (US$1.7 million) of her massive fortune. Since the windfall she's been handing out money to help people in need and has already parted with 17 million (US$22.7 million).
Margaret, who was unemployed when she won the massive jackpot, says she wants to use another 16 m ...
Aug 12, 2014, 3:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winners share their good fortune
In walked the Bondurant multimillionaires. She wore a sweatshirt, he a Chicago Bears jacket. They sat down and ate deli slices of ham with their hands off paper plates.
Mary Lohse hit the $202 million Powerball jackpot 18 months ago, the second-biggest lottery win ever in Iowa, which kept her husband, Brian, from hunger.
What's on your if-I-win list? Unhook the phone, run off and begin life as a full-time consumer?
The Lohses kept the same telephone number they've had for 14 years, beca ...
Mar 24, 2014, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Record Powerball winner offers $2M to fix Maine high school's roof
The 84-year-old Florida resident who scored the largest undivided American lottery jackpot ever wants to donate $2 million to fix the roof of a Maine high school in her hometown.
Gloria MacKenzie, who took home a $590.5 million Powerball jackpot in June, has kept a low profile since she turned in her winning ticket. But the superintendent of schools in East Millinocket, Maine, says Mackenzie has offered to write a hefty check to repair the roof of the town's high school, where her daughter te ...
Jul 26, 2013, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri Powerball winners live modestly, give back to hometown
Three months after winning half of the biggest Powerball lottery jackpot in U.S. history, Mark Hill still meets friends for morning coffee at a local convenience store.
And that Camaro sports car Hill considered buying with his winnings? He got a pick-up truck instead.
While some lottery winners fritter away their fortunes or meet tragic ends, not much has outwardly changed for Mark and Cindy Hill since they won half of a $587 million Powerball jackpot in November. They netted $136.5 milli ...
Feb 25, 2013, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
$1 million Ohio lottery winner ready to give back
An Ohio woman who just won a large lottery jackpot wants to buy a truckload of toilet paper.
Regina Jackson doesn't want to buy this for herself, mind you, but for a charitable organization she grew dependent on over a seven-month period in 2008 after she was temporarily laid off from her customer service job at Cinmar in West Chester, Ohio.
Last week, Jackson's fortunes turned considerably after she won $1 million in the Ohio Lottery New Year's Raffle.
Jackson doesn't expect her life t ...
Jan 11, 2013, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
How lottery winners spend their money
Lottery winners: What separates the ones who live happily ever after from the ones who, five years later, wind up drunk, broke, in jail or hounded by the IRS?
Stephen Danish knows. In fact, the Virginia Commonwealth University professor of psychology is such an expert on the subject that the Virginia Lottery has hired him to counsel winners. Asked how many winners he has helped, he puts the number is in the double digits.
He once told the Roanoke Times that he can tell how well (or badly) ...
Dec 15, 2012, 12:41 am - Lottery News forum
Lotto winners get torch-carrying teen new prosthetic leg
A 13-year-old who lost a leg to cancer will get a new life-changing prosthetic limb from Britain's biggest-ever lottery jackpot winners.
Heartrendingly Kieran Maxwell had to be helped from the ground after he fell carrying the Olympic torch last month in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, because of his current heavy artificial leg.
But now he will be able to walk, run and climb just like his friends, his emotional mother Nicola said today, thanks to Euromillionaires Colin and Chris Weir.
Aug 1, 2012, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
Delaware couple plans to pay Powerball winnings forward
A married couple from Wilmington, Delaware, managed to make their dreams come true when they won $1 million with Powerball, courtesy of the Delaware Lottery.
I normally play when Powerball reaches a certain amount, somewhere around $60 or $80 million, said the man, 59, claiming the prize on June 12. In this case, I just happened to be at a store and picked up a Quick Pick ticket.
Indeed, it was a well-timed purchase on June 9 at Wilmington's Shore Stop located on Centerville Road, for th ...
Jun 18, 2012, 6:41 am - Lottery News forum