Thursday, May 26, 2016

Practical tips for winning the lottery

If you find yourself in the lucky position of holding a big jackpot winning ticket, don’t let your excitement get the better of you.


Keep your ticket safe until such time as it can be verified and you can claim your jackpot. See this story of how Jerry Ritieni almost lost his winning ticket

If you shout your good fortune from the rooftops you may find yourself in a compromising position or even worse dead. Keep your win a secret for as long as possible so as not to draw unnecessary attention to yourself, as was the case with Abraham Shakespeare.

Seek out sound financial advice so that you are not blindsided by taxes, costs and unexpected clauses that can leave you in a worse off position than before you hit the big time. Read about Batsirayi Mupfawi here.

Donating some or all of your winnings to charity can be a humbling experience and you would most definitely make a difference in the lives of others. Have a look at our stories on lucky lottery winners who did just that. 


Do you take the lump sum or an annual payout? Making your new found fortune work for you is definitely the key to being a happy lottery winner. Having a giant bank balance can lead you into temptation as was the case with the UK’s youngest lottery winner who is almost broke

Investing in your future or the future of your children and heirs can be achieved with the correct financial planning and there is no reason to make hasty decisions that will find you falling short. Most lottery organisations do offer advice or contacts to acquire further advice. Sensible winners such as the likes of Jane Park and Tracey Makin have good stories. 

It’s not all doom and gloom so do make sure that you do indulge in something that you have always dreamed of be is a sports car, a much needed vacation, or a new home, after all you did just win the lottery!

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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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