Thursday, May 19, 2016

10 of the Biggest US Lottery Jackpots of all Time!

We love big lottery wins and sharing the stories with you, but have you ever wondered who won the biggest lottery jackpots, where they were from and which lottery’s they played?  Below we have just such a list to share with you.

10. $414 Million Mega Millions jackpot was won by two tickets in the 18th March draw 2014. The one an anonymous winner from Maryland and the other by Raymond Moyer and Robyn Collier of Florida.

9. A $425.3 Million Powerball jackpot was won by a single lottery ticket holder on February 19th 2014. A retiree from California named Mr B. Raymond Buxton.

8. On 7 May 2016 a $429.6 Million Powerball jackpot was won by a single ticket, the winner has yet to come forward. This is one of the biggest single lottery winning tickets ever. Read more about this story here. 

7. $448.4 Million Powerball jackpot was won by three tickets on 7 August 2013. The first ticket held by a project engineer from Minnesota, the second a 70 year old man from New Jersey and the third winning ticket was held by a syndicate of 16 colleagues who were victims of Superstorm Sandy.

6. The $564 Million Powerball jackpot drawn on 11 February 2015 saw three winning tickets. One an anonymous player from Puerto Rico, one by Andrew Webber of Texas and the other was held by 26 year old, Marie Holmes of North Carolina. A single mother of four, who had been holding down no less than four jobs to support her family.

5. On the 28th of November 2012 a $587.5 Million Powerball jackpot was won by two tickets. Matthew Good from Arizona held the one winning ticket and Cindy and Mark Hill of Missouri held the other.

4. A $590.5 Million Powerball jackpot was won by a single ticket holder on 18 May 2013. 84-year old Gloria Mackenzie had purchased a very lucky quick pick ticket in her home state Florida.

3. December 17th 2013 saw a $648 Million Mega Millions lottery draw was won by two tickets. Ira Curry from Georgia and Steve Tran of San Jose, California.

2. Three winning tickets laid claim to a $656 Million Mega Millions Lottery jackpot drawn on 30th March 2012. The winning tickets were held by a retired couple from Illinois, Merle and Peter Butler, the “Three Amigos” a group of friends from Maryland and an anonymous winner from Kansas.

1. The biggest Lottery Jackpot in US history was a $1.6 Billion Powerball jackpot that saw three lucky ticket winners. Maureen Smith a 70 year old lady from Melbourne Beach, Florida, John and Lisa Robinson from Munford Tennessee and an anonymous winner from Chino Hills, California. 

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Large Powerball Jackpot Finally Won - Ticket Holder Yet to Come Forward

The Powerball Jackpot rollover has been stopped in its tracks with a Jackpot of $429.6 Million after 18 draws without a winner since the previous Jackpot was won on 2nd March this year.

The lucky numbers: 5, 25, 26, 44, 66, 9 have turned out more than 3 million ticket holders claiming smaller prizes totaling $25.7 million, but the BIG JACKPOT WINNER is still to come forward.

Purchased at a 7 eleven in Trenton, New Jersey this lucky ticket is said to be one of the biggest single winning tickets in US history. The owner of the store where the ticket was purchased has been said to have received a $30,000 bonus.
There is a fair amount of time for the winner to come forward, however below we have listed some reasons as to why they may not have done so yet.

·         Shock – the shock of becoming a multi-millionaire can be extremely overwhelming.
·         Away – the winner could be travelling abroad on business.
·         Illegal immigrant – may feel they cannot collect winnings as they do not have a right to be in the country.
·         Getting affairs in order – the tax implications of winning such a large sum has huge implications on the amount that one can get out. One would need to seek council as to what the best method would be to receive the jackpot winnings.
·         Lost ticket – it would be very unlucky indeed if the winning ticket was blowing around the streets or has ended up in the dumpster accidentally. Or worse
·         Death – winning a huge jackpot like this may cause a heart attack.

While we hope that the winner is alive and well and will come forward in due course we have a look at the odds they have already overcome.

The odds of winning Powerball are not easy ones to beat!
Individual tickets have a 1 in 292 million chance of having the complete jackpot-winning six-digit combination.
Guessing the Powerball number is difficult enough as the odds are 1 in 38 and this will win you $4!

In other cases people have elected to delay claiming their winnings for completely different reasons:

Gerry and Lisa Cannings had delayed handing in their winning ₤32 Million UK National Lottery ticket for a week as they were busy renovating.

In Canada Friedrich Mayrhofer, his wife, Annand, and son, Eric, waited nearly two years to claim their $50 Million Lotto Max prize because they were hoping to remain anonymous.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Lottery Power and Lottery Fever

Across the world people are playing the lottery every week, some twice a week as every Tuesday and Friday night is Mega Millions night – this is when the live draw takes place.  The jackpot is guaranteed a prize amount that includes annuity interest.  Sometimes it is a “roll-over”.   As the jackpot grows, so does Mega Millions fever!

On April 1st Mega Millions produced yet another winner with a Match 5 winning ticket, sold in Ohio, and worth $2 million - Ohio’s second Megaplied Match 5 winner in the past month.
The Mega Millions jackpot has been rolling over since March 8 when it was last won in Seattle, Washington wherein the winner received a whopping $157 million.  Surprisingly enough this winner purchased only one $5 Mega Millions ticket choosing the one-time cash payment option of $102.8 million after tax.

You do your bit too by playing the Lottery.  Since 1982, Washington’s Lottery has generated more than $3 billion to support state programs like the Washington Opportunity Pathways Account which helps students achieve their higher education dreams and also supports early childhood education learning programs. This State’s Lottery offers several types of games like Mega Millions, Powerball, Lotto and many more.   

No matter what – Play Responsibly! - is the message from the Lottery Groups.

Apart from the Mega Millions, EuroMillions a lottery that is played across nine European countries produces a fair amount of its own millionaires. Similarly draws take place on Tuesday and Friday evenings with a minimum guaranteed jackpot of €15 million, which can roll over to an impressive €190 million.  

When a EuroMillions player is lucky enough to win the jackpot or a very large amount, a tough decision is to be made, whether to go public or remain anonymous. While many winners decide to claim their prizes quietly, there are those who decide to reveal their identities and speak publicly about their wins.   

This goes for the UK National Lottery as well.  According to a 2014 interview in The Telegraph with Winners Advisor Andy Carter, who works for the UK National Lottery, just 15 percent of UK lottery winners choose to go public with their prize.  Regardless of whether they tick the "no publicity" box or choose the press conference and champagne reception, all UK lottery winners are promised support, including financial and legal advice, from the National Lottery.

Crossing over to Africa where a Pretoria resident won the R21.4 million PowerBall Jackpot on April 13th 2016.

 “Lady luck” struck a Pretoria lottery player – now a whopping R21.4 million richer after winning the PowerBall jackpot on Tuesday evening with the winning ticket, this year’s third biggest win, bought in Rosslyn, north of  Pretoria.  This ticket holder the only winner of the PowerBall jackpot. 

The biggest PowerBall jackpot winner this year was a player also from Gauteng who received R42 million.  PowerBall, which recently surpassed Lotto as the most popular lottery game, has already had 14 Jackpot winners since Ithuba took over the national lottery 10 months ago. PowerBall Plus has already recorded three millionaire jackpot winners. Ithuba has already produced 50 millionaire jackpot winners across all of the lottery games since taking over. 

Lotto has recorded 30 millionaires, Powerball 14, Lotto Plus four and PowerBall Plus three.  An impressive record for a ‘’young’’ company, don’t you think. 

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

From Humble Beginnings - more about the Lottery in Brazil

As in most countries the Brazilian Lottery had a very interesting start; back in the late 1700’s a fund raising exercise to raise enough money to build new prisons and out buildings is said to be the first games of luck.

Fund raising for new prisons

Later on the Baron de Drummond Zoo sold daily raffle tickets to increase their revenue and attract more visitors.

A jogo do bicho ticket - image Coisas de Florani

Due to the success of these raffle tickets, similar unregistered local lotteries became commonplace countrywide. Often with very low jackpots and they were said to be run by criminals, thus leading to a lottery ban in 1896.

It wasn’t until 1947 that the Rio Grande do Sul state lottery was introduced. In 1961 a local bank was put in charge of all lottery activities and games of chance. In turn all private lotteries were prohibited.

Finally in 1967 the first National Lottery was created and in 2011 a record amount of 10 Billion Real ($3 Billion US) was raised by lotteries country wide.

Initially the Brazilian Lotteries were only open to residents but they now allow for online entries too.

The laws governing the Brazil Lotteries are pretty much the same as most lotteries;

- Minimum age is 18, even for scratch cards.
- Brazilian Citizens are exempt from paying tax on any amount of winnings.
- Foreigners are taxed up to 30% of the jackpot in the form if income tax.
- A valid bank account is needed to claim winnings, locally or abroad.
- Prizes need to be claimed within 3 months of the draw.

The following lotteries can be played in Brazil:
- Dupla Sena – draws: Tuesday / Friday
- Federal – draws: Wednesday / Saturday
- Lotofacil – draws: Monday / Wednesday / Friday
- Lotomania – draws: Wednesday/ Saturday
- Mega-Sena – draws: Wednesday / Saturday
- Quina – draws: Monday/ Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday / Friday / Saturday

The largest Jackpot in Brazil Lotteries was in 2014 where the total payout was 263 Million Real (around $86 million US).

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