California man credits Virgin Mary with $1.2M lottery win
An 86-year-old California man said the Virgin Mary may have had something to do with his $696,000 California Lottery payout.
Daniel Mendez of San Jose told California Lottery officials he has been watering the flowers his wife planted around the Virgin Mary statue at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church every four or five days since last year, and he always follows up the tradition by purchasing $4 worth of lottery scratch-off tickets.
Mendez's routine paid off recently when one of his two S ...
Sep 8, 2016, 7:22 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. Powerball winner target of $10M lawsuit by local pastor
Marie Holmes, North Carolina's $188 million Powerball lottery winner, is back in the news again.
This time Holmes is not spending millions of dollars on bailing her boyfriend, Lamarr Hot Sauce McDow, out-of-jail for the fourth time, but a pastor is allegedly suing her for $10 million for reneging on a verbal contract.
The 27-year-old mother of two took home a $127 million lump sum payment following her lottery win in February, 2015. (See N.C. Powerball lottery winner claims share of jackpo ...
Feb 15, 2016, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
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
Cash-strapped church in Italy asks parishoners for lottery tickets
A cash-strapped parish in northern Italy has come up with a controversial idea to help it raise funds, by asking parishioners to give scratch cards instead of the customary monetary offer during mass.
Churchgoers will be told about the scheme, called 'scratch and win', during masses this weekend after it was announced on a flyer affixed to the door of San Martino in Cigola, near Brescia.
We all know we need help, read the flyer. So with a smile and without making givers uncomfortable or i ...
Oct 19, 2015, 10:53 am - Lottery News forum
Retired chaplain cleans desk, finds $1 million winning lottery ticket
A retired hospice chaplain from Glen Ellyn, Illinois, was sitting on a $1 million winning lottery ticket for two months until two weeks ago when he decided to clean up his desk.
About 12 tickets had accumulated on my desk, and I decided to tidy up to make room for my new computer. I checked the winning numbers on the Illinois Lottery website and just about screamed when I saw that I won, said Ron Yurcus in a release from the Illinois Lottery issued the week.
Yurcus matched the first five ...
Nov 17, 2012, 11:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Nun donates $55,000 lottery win
When Sister Mary Concetta Torrillo of Webster Groves hit the Missouri Lottery's Show Me Cash jackpot on May 13, it meant a $55,000 gift for the Sisters of Loretto, a convent in Kentucky she served for 30 years.
A regular Show Me Cash player, Torrillo said she enjoys playing the game for the fun of it. However, the vow of poverty she had taken ultimately led to her decision to donate the prize money, instead of claiming it for herself.
Her ticket held the winning combination of: 1, 6, 15, 2 ...
May 29, 2012, 10:40 am - Lottery News forum
Some Baptists want Texas Lottery Commission shut down
As lawmakers look at whether the Texas Lottery Commission is operating effectively, influential Baptists are suggesting the lottery shouldn't merely be tweaked. They want it abolished.
Ask the pertinent questions. Has the lottery fulfilled its promise? My answer would be 'no,' said Suzii Paynter, director of the Baptist Christian Life Commission, in an interview Friday.
Baptists contend the lottery was sold to Texans 20 years ago as a voluntary, non-regressive way to raise money, but inst ...
Apr 17, 2012, 7:17 am - Lottery News forum
$80,000 lottery ticket dropped in church collection plate
Jerry's Mart convenient store is often referred to as the lucky store, Manager Junior Patel said.
The walls are plastered with winning tickets, the highest totaling $750,000 and soon another will be added. One lucky person picked up a $3 Lemon Doubler Cashword ticket and was fortunate enough to scratch off $80,000 what they did next was even more unbelievable.
The unknown winner placed the winning ticket in the collection plate at Cathedral of Prayer Church in Columbus, donating every penn ...
Aug 31, 2011, 8:38 am - Lottery News forum
Three winning lottery tickets donated to church
Unity North Atlanta Church on Sandy Plains Road in Northeast Cobb, Georgia, received an unusual gift last week from a generous churchgoer: winning lottery tickets.
The church member, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated three Georgia Lottery tickets totaling more than $4,000 to the northeast Cobb institution.
Staff claimed the prize on behalf of the church Aug. 1.
The Rev. Richard Burdick said the money would go toward the church's mortgage and monthly bills.
The country is in a ...
Aug 9, 2011, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Atheist converts after mock prayer to win $1M lottery is answered
A self-confessed atheist has become a believer after mocking God by sarcastically praying for his mother to win the lottery.
However, his joke prayer was amazingly answered as the next day his mother won $1 million on the New York Lottery Sweet Million game.
Sal Bentivegna, 28, who did not previously believe in God, had sarcastically asked his mother to ask your God for a million dollars .
However, his mother Gloria Bentivegna, follows the Catholic faith, and staying true to her belief ...
May 29, 2011, 12:14 am - Lottery News forum