4-time Texas lotto winner rich with money, mystery
The odds that Joan Ginther would hit four Texas Lottery jackpots for a combined nearly $21 million are astronomical. Mathematicians say the chances are as slim as 1 in 18 septillion that's 18 followed by 24 zeros.
Just as unlikely? Getting to know one of the luckiest women in the world.
She wants her privacy, friend Cris Carmona said.
On a $50 scratch-off ticket bought in this rural farming community, Ginther won $10 million last month in her biggest windfall yet. But it was the fourth ...
Jul 14, 2010, 11:01 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma ranks near top for lottery winners
Top 5 for Hot Lotto, Powerball winners
Are Oklahomans luckier than residents of other states? According to the statistics, they seem to be.
In Hot Lotto, the Oklahoma Lottery is No. 1 in the nation with an overall frequency of 1.6 jackpot winners per year in the nearly two years the state has ofered the game.
In Powerball, the Lottery ranks fifth of 33 lotteries with an overall frequency of one jackpot winner per year in the nearly four years since the game started in Oklahoma.
As a ...
Dec 11, 2009, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland Mega Millions lottery winner claims prize anonymously
A 49-year-old woman and her daughter came to Maryland Lottery headquarters Monday carrying a locked safe. Inside was the $24 million Mega Millions winning ticket from last Tuesday's drawing.
As she sat hugging her oversized check, the winner told Lottery officials her story.
The winner almost didn't purchase the ticket that ultimately made her a multi-millionaire.
I went to the store to play a $5 Quick Pick ticket, she told Lottery officials. After running the $5 playslip through the t ...
Sep 15, 2008, 6:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Girl struck by lightning, wins lottery
Ever wonder what the odds are of getting struck by lightning and winning the lottery?
No one quite understands the term striking it lucky better than 16-year-old BreAnna Helsel.
The Michigan teen survived being struck by lightning and went on to win $20 in the lottery the next day.
Helsel was at her home in Blanchard, about 50 miles northeast of Grand Rapids, watching thunderstorms roll by on June 6 when she noticed rain entering an open kitchen window.
She went to close the windo ...
Jun 14, 2008, 2:45 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. man wins $200,000 on his first-ever lottery ticket
Talk about luck.
Herbert Marsh of High Point, North Carolina, won $200,000 the first time he played the lottery.
Going on a feeling something good would happen, Marsh bought a Powerball ticket for the Wednesday drawing that matched all five numbers.
Marsh told the North Carolina Education Lottery he plans to buy a new car with some of the money and put the rest in savings.
He purchased his ticket at the Kangaroo Express on National Highway in Thomasville.
Another Triad resident a ...
Apr 8, 2008, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Small N.Y. store sells lots of winning lottery tickets
It's called Broadway News, but the Money Store might be a better name. New York State Lottery money falls like thousand-dollar bills from heaven at the newsstand at 352 Broadway in Newburgh.
Since 2002, 154 people have won $1,000 or more at the store. That's nearly twice as many as the next store with the most winners in Ulster, Sullivan and Orange counties, a Sunday Record analysis found.
The Quick Mart at 515 Broadway sells nearly as many tickets but had just 81 winners in the same time. ...
Mar 3, 2008, 9:32 am - Lottery News forum
$1M Wisconsin lottery ticket sold on 'Miracle Mile'
On New Year's Day, Phil Moses was atop a ladder, putting some big news up on the marquis outside Ma Pa's Grocery Express in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Another winning $1 million lottery ticket was sold at the legendary little store located at 506 S. Main St., along a strip dubbed The Miracle Mile.
I don't want to sound arrogant, Phil quipped, but I seriously don't understand why people buy lottery tickets at any other location.
A $100,000 winning ticket was also sold at Pick 'n Sa ...
Jan 2, 2008, 2:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Lucky stone comes through for Ohio lottery winner
Rick Jesionowski of Cleveland hit the lottery twice last year, hauling in $2,500, then $10,000. He hit again this month. $2 million.
The lottery's been good to me, he said at a Wednesday news conference. I've also hit a thousand a few times.
Luck? You bet.
When a reporter asked Jesionowski what his secret was for winning, the lucky man pulled three stones out of his jeans jade for luck, crystal for energy and rose quartz for love. He said he has been carrying the stones in his poc ...
Dec 13, 2007, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum
Small-town store sells 2 big Powerball tickets
A convenience store in the tiny eastern Oklahoma town of Watts is becoming a Powerball powerhouse of sorts, with two tickets sold weeks apart worth a total of $800,000.
Before the Nov. 24 drawing in the multistate Powerball lottery, Edward Proctor of Springdale, Ark., bought a ticket at Station 2 that became worth $200,000 after it matched the first five numbers.
Proctor said he plans to use a portion of the money to pay for his son's college education.
A Powerball ticket sold for last ...
Dec 13, 2007, 9:14 am - Lottery News forum
Mom finds $10, buys $1M lottery ticket
Cashier at ohio gas station with 9 maxed out credit cards gets very lucky
Kristina Schneider tried to persuade a customer at the BP station where she works to buy the last ticket on a roll of the Magnificent Millions lottery game.
I always joke that the last ticket is the winning one, but he said he only had enough money for three tickets, Schneider said.
This time, her advice was no joke.
The single mother with nine maxed out credit cards and $8,500 in debt for her associate' ...
May 21, 2007, 9:44 am - Lottery News forum