Life after winning the lottery
Haven't we all dreamed about winning the lottery at least once? It happened to Roy and Barb Hamer of Leesburg, Indiana. They hit the jackpot and it was BIG.
Barb says we checked our ticket, my eyes went blank, he looked at it and said, 'oh, my god! they all match!'
There was some initial confusion over how much money they won.
We thought, we'd only won ten million. We thought we were poor millionaires, Barb Hamer said with a laugh.
But in fact, the Hamers won $41.5 million playing ...
Nov 9, 2012, 7:49 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts man wins half of $61M Mega Millions jackpot
A Massachusetts man is $30.5 million richer after splitting Tuesday night's $61 million Mega Millions jackpot with a co-winner from California.
Sandeep Sunny Singh can hardly catch his breath. Today he's posing for pictures with a giant check for $30.5 million. Yesterday, this newly minted millionaire was busy working two jobs to help his mom pay the bills.
Ahh, I'm like overwhelmed right now, he said after cashing in his ticket at Lottery headquarters.
He was so busy he nearly missed ...
Oct 18, 2012, 6:59 am - Lottery News forum
California man wins half of $61M Mega Millions jackpot
A California man is $30.5 million richer after splitting Tuesday night's $61 million Mega Millions jackpot with a co-winner from Massachusetts.
he winning ticket was sold at the 7-Eleven store on Shaw and Maple in the last week.
Just after 7 a.m. Wednesday morning there was a small celebration going on inside the 7-Eleven store across the street from Fresno State. The clerks were shaking the hands with a man and smiling. A 7-Eleven official confirmed that man was the winner of the $30.5 mi ...
Oct 18, 2012, 6:55 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia man finds $1M lottery ticket in his truck
A Clayton County, Georgia, man who won $1 million in August didn't realize he was rich until he found a forgotten Powerball ticket in his truck.
Ramon Rodriguez, of Rex, found the forgotten ticket tucked into the console of his truck and turned it in Wednesday.
He matched five of six numbers from the Aug. 8 Powerball drawing, winning a $1 million prize.
Rodriguez, 54, said It's been in my truck for two months.
I went to the computer and looked at the numbers, Rodriguez said. I said ...
Oct 14, 2012, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Maine couple claims $8.2M Tri-State Megabucks jackpot
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Nobody was more surprised than Linda Von Oesen to find she'd won $8,190,000 in the September 26th Megabucks Plus drawing.
She was sleeping with her husband Bob in their camper, parked in a Walmart parking lot, when one of her daughters called to see if she'd bought a ticket.
So she says, 'check your ticket'. I said, 'oh, alright', explained Linda Von Oesen. So here we are in a camper, pitch dark and so I says, 'I got to find it, just give me the numbers.' And so I ...
Oct 12, 2012, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
Delaware couple anonymously claims $50M Powerball jackpot
A husband and wife from Wilmington came forward Oct. 5 to claim their $50 million Powerball jackpot from the Wednesday, Oct. 3 drawing, according to Delaware Lottery officials.
The couple opted to remain anonymous and selected the cash, single-payment value for the jackpot, which totaled $33.05 million before federal withholding taxes. Delaware Lottery officials validated the winning ticket Friday.
I checked my numbers in the newspaper during a break at work, and when I realized I had won ...
Oct 11, 2012, 6:51 am - Lottery News forum
Idaho fire chief wins $1 million
Idaho's newest millionaire is used to being in the spotlight.
He and his fellow co-workers make the news often fighting fires and saving lives.
But it's a much richer spotlight for Caldwell Fire chief Mark Wendelsorf, who won $1 million in the Idaho Powerball.
I checked the ticket on Thursday morning after the draw at a store and was told to sign it and take it to Boise, Wendelsdorf said. But they couldn't tell me how much it was, so I thought I'd won maybe $2,500.
Using an Idaho L ...
Oct 11, 2012, 6:46 am - Lottery News forum
$14M Mega Millions lottery jackpot won by 2 old friends
They've been playing the lottery together for 25 years and it finally paid off.
Two old friends who met working in a Manhattan print shop have become instant millionaires, scooping up a $14 million jackpot in the Mega Millions game.
And technically, they didn't spend a penny on their winning numbers.
We won $14 million on a free play ticket, said Willie McPherson, 74, who lives on Manhattan's West Side. (It feels) beautiful.
Christopher Manzi, 44, of Morganville, N.J., who works in ...
Oct 5, 2012, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa couple claims $202.1M Powerball jackpot
A Bondurant, Iowa, couple claimed a $202.1 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday, becoming the second-biggest lottery winners in Iowa history.
Mary and Brian Lohse said they had done their homework in advance by meeting with financial planners and had some very specific plans for the future as they claimed their big prize.
Mary Lohse, 42, a certified medical assistant at the pediatric clinic at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, said that the way the couple explained their win to their three ch ...
Oct 4, 2012, 1:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Pool of McDonald's workers claims Mega Millions fraud
14 fast-food employees say co-worker tricked state lotto to avoid sharing winnings
A group of 14 McDonald's employees from the Baltimore, Maryland, area are still convinced they were winners in the massive $656 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing earlier this year despite being told otherwise by lottery officials and are claiming that a co-worker defrauded the Maryland Lottery to avoid sharing a payout with them.
On Sept. 19, the group filed a civil lawsuit against their co-worker, Mirla ...
Sep 29, 2012, 11:06 pm - Lottery News forum