11/11/11 was the lottery's lucky day
By Todd Northrop
Thanks to Friday's lucky date, Nov. 11, 2011, or 11/11/11, lottery ticket sales are booming.
All those ones in a row are very attractive for lottery players, since that set of numbers won't roll around again for another 100 years. But many players found that tickets were sold out on combinations with all 1's when they went to purchase a ticket.
To ensure every winner gets paid, lotteries with fixed payouts cap sales of certain number combinations. In New York, for examp ...
Nov 12, 2011, 10:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman wins £5.4m lottery jackpot after tip from dead brother in a dream
When Deana Sampson won 5.4 million (US$8.6 million) in the UK National Lottery in 1998, her life couldn't have changed more dramatically.
With just 7.64 to her name, she was living in a council house in Sheffield in a loveless marriage and was struggling to bring up two children on just 79 a week in benefits.
On top of that, she'd lost three close family members in nine years, including her disabled brother Glyn four months earlier. She was just about ready to give up on life.
But then ...
Oct 25, 2011, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Calif. woman uses family birthdates in lottery win
By Todd Northrop
A Southern California woman won half of an $18 million California SuperLotto Plus jackpot, and she has her children and grandchildren to thank for the win.
Audelia Ramirez of Alhambra, California, won the sizable lottery fortune by using her children and grandchildren's birthdays to pick the winning numbers.
The California Lottery said Thursday that Ramirez claimed her $9 million prize Wednesday and said she'd love to buy a new house after living in a small apartment fo ...
Sep 12, 2011, 8:44 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner gives away millions
Practitioner of visualization and meditation techniques won $112 million
As twists of fate go, Cynthia Stafford has been dealt some doozies.
In 1999, Stafford's younger brother was killed in a car accident, and the state of California placed his five children in foster care. Cynthia would have none of that: She applied for?full custody of her nieces and nephews, ages 3 to 10, and though the state initially fought her, Stafford prevailed and became an instant mother to five children a full- ...
Apr 1, 2010, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
$14M lottery winner promises big tip
For a guy who just won $14.8 million, you'd think Jorma Hogbacka would be a little more excited.
But standing in front of reporters yesterday at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's prize office, Hogbacka said he wasn't surprised because it was in the stars.
Four years ago, (a psychic) sent me a letter that said 'You'll be rich beyond your wildest dream', he said. It feels like another day, except I have a big check.
A semi-retired welder, Hogbacka, 60, of St. Catharines, was ...
Jan 29, 2009, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Granny's dream advice helps man win lottery
A Malaysian won 42,500 ringgit ($11,580) in a lottery by playing a four-digit number his dead grandmother had given him in a dream, a newspaper reported Saturday.
But luck soon ran out for mechanic Tan Tay Seck, who had bought two tickets with the 6064 combination he received from the apparition, the Star newspaper reported.
A thief stole the wallet with the second winning ticket and the lottery company refused to pay up without it.
Jul 4, 2006, 7:20 am - Lottery News forum
Horoscope predicted lottery win
Gabrielle and Darren Nash should not have been surprised when they won the 15 million (US$26 million) UK Lotto jackpot on Christmas Eve as it had already been predicted.The couple from Stevenage, Herts, picked up their check at White Hart Lane, the north London home of Darren's favorite football team Spurs.The pair then revealed Gabrielle's aunt had read in her horoscope that someone in the family would win the lottery.They are planning to buy a house, go on vacation, and buy a car with their ...
Dec 29, 2005, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum