Thursday, June 22, 2017

The oldest lottery that exists today

History

Lotteries have been in play for many years, in many different forms, but have you ever wondered where and when the first known lottery was? There is very little consolidated information on this, but if you are patient you can find interesting stories that share very old recorded lotteries.
It seems that the first recorded signs of a lottery were in China on keno slips between 205 and 187 BC, believed to have been created to finance the build of the Great Wall of China.

Keno

A lottery-like gambling game often played at modern casinos and also a game in some lotteries.

The first European Lottery recorded selling tickets was by the Roman Emperor, Augustus Caesar (27BC to 14 AD). The monies earned were used to fund repairs in the City of Rome, the prizes being articles rather than money.
Further research shows that the first recorded lotteries with prizes in the form of money were held in the coastal countries of Western Europe, consisting mainly of the Netherlands and Belgium (known as the Low Countries) during the 15th century. One recorded lottery was held in May 1445, in order to raise funds to build a wall and fund town repairs. The lottery sold 4304 tickets and the total prize money was the equivalent of approximately USD170,000. Lotteries were an easy method for governments to collect tax money.


Today

To date the oldest running lottery is the Dutch lottery known as the Staatsloterij.
The Staatsloterij has been running since 1726. It started in The Hague, when the very first Netherlands Lottery was introduced by the Netherlands Parliament. During the first 100 years of its existence it changed names until the name Staatsloterij was settled on in 1848. Today this lottery is still in existence, and is very popular in the Netherlands with over half the population taking part in it. 60% of the income made from ticket sales is returned to customers in prize money and offers one of the best odds of winnings amongst lotteries with an average of 50% of players winning a prize. The Staatsloterij is a unique type of lottery as it is not a traditional jackpot draw type, but is a sweepstake type lottery much like that of the El Gordo in Spain (you can read more about El Gordo here). 


The Staatsloterij draws take place 14 times each year on the 10th of every month, with 2 additional draws on the 30th of April (Koninginnedagtrekking) and 31st of December (Oudejaarstrekking). The bare minimum jackpot prize offered is always 7.5million Euros. A player can choose to play for all the prizes including jackpot or all the prizes excluding the jackpot. Unlike most many lotteries worldwide that can be played online from anywhere in the world, the Staatsloterij can only be played by people living in the Netherlands. 

This however, does not mean that players outside the Netherlands cannot play any lottery within the Netherlands, as there is the Euro Jackpot that can be played by anyone. 
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Life of a Lottery Winner

Ever thought about what you would do if you hit the jackpot? 
Would you spend your winnings or invest them? 
Give some away or keep it for yourself? 

Whether it’s $1 million or $100 million, winning the lottery changes your life.  And while the stories of those who blew it all away are enough to put doubt in anyone’s mind, the experiences of those lucky individuals who have taken their winnings and transformed themselves are truly inspiring.


In a recent interview with Marie Claire, 2007 lottery winner Cynthia Stafford shared that money changes things…and fast. After winning over $112 million, she immediately decided to upgrade her home and car in order for her family to have a more comfortable and secure life. Cynthia had been working hard to support herself, her kids and her father for several years, and her big win brought the relief she had desired for a long time. She treated herself and her family to a few overseas trips and other luxuries, but her greatest investment was taking a business course in order to learn how to manage her new wealth. She believes you have to prepare yourself for wealth, and therefore worked together with financial advisors and lawyers to ensure she made investments and started businesses that would only grow her winnings. Today, she is the successful business woman and a thriving mom – a true example of what good lottery-winnings stewardship can bring.


Violet and Allen Large are two lottery winners whose story challenges not only every winner out there, but each of us individually. After winning $11.2 million in 2010, the generous couple, who were in their late 70s, ensured every one of their family members was secure, following which they donated the remainder of their winnings to charities and hospitals. They did not hold onto any of the winnings for themselves, as they believed “what you never had, you never miss”. Although Violet and Allen had retired in 1983, the believed that had a comfortable life and did not need the headache of dealing with such a large sum of money. Needless to say their chosen charities were very grateful for the couple’s philosophy!


Generosity with winnings is not just a recent trend. In 1993, the winner of $111 million, Les Robins, used a significant portion of his winnings to build a campsite for children. The former high school teacher was inspired by his own childhood memories of attending amazing Summer camps, and felt the need to provide the same opportunity for today’s children. Camp Winnegator has been in operation for the past 20 years, and had become one of the top campsites in America for kids. His newfound financial freedom has never held him back from ensuring today’s generation are given the best!


While the stories of lottery winners losing it all are true, those who have gone on to thrive are even more inspirational, to say the least. Winning big is possible and it shape you in ways you never dreamed. Be inspired. Be challenged. Whatever the investment or strategy, using your lottery winnings to transform your life and the lives of others is truly one of the most wonderful things to do. 

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Hitting the Jackpot – Is It Just Luck Of The Draw?

Winning the jackpot is every lottery players biggest dream, and while many have won their fair share of the grand prize, jackpot winners seem few and far between.  Some players win back the value of their lottery ticket, others a few hundred dollars that allow them to pay off a little debt. And then there are those lucky lottery players who beat the odds and walk away with millions! Was there method to their playing, or was it really just luck of the draw?

Meet Rosa Dominguez, a 19-year-old woman who won the lottery not once, but twice…in one week! Rosa was headed home to Arizona one weekend when she decided to stop and get refreshed at a gas station on route. Seeing the scratch cards on the counter, she thought it would be fun to give it a try. To her absolute shock and delight, her scratch card won her $100 000 instantly! As if that wasn’t enough, her stop at a local gas station in Paso Robles just a few days later would win her another $555 555. After never having played before, Rosa was certainly convinced that taking a chance to beat the odds was worth every penny.


Paul Gestrun, on the other hand, is a 71-year-old retiree who says playing the lottery is his hobby. Paul’s first big win of $100 000 was several years ago, after which he described feeling “thrilled beyond words!”. His strategy? Keep playing and put your winnings back in. Paul never imagined he would win anything again, but his strategy went on to win him another $1 million just a few years later! This time around, Paul says he was so shocked, he ended up needing an inhaler from gasping so much. Paul spent a share of his winnings on a new vehicle and did a few renovations to his home.


Two winners had some fun after jointly winning the lottery in May 2000. Joe and Sue Kainz from Illinois won their share of over $360 million after purchasing a ticket at a local store. Before coming forward as winners, Joe and Sue reportedly kept the media in their toes by driving back down to the local store and watching as reporters tried to figure out who they were. The couple used part of their winnings to pay off their debt and invest in their business. Joe and Sue put their win down to luck of the draw – and what a lucky draw it was!

One of the most heart-warming wins yet was that of the group affectionately dubbed the “Oceans 16”. 16 Co-workers at Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance jointly held one of three winning lottery tickets. The group had purchased the ticket with the hopes of using any winnings to restore what they and others had lost after suffering through Superstorm Sandy. Little did Oceans 16 realize they would hit the jackpot and walk away with a phenomenal $3,8 million each!


Some win a little, some win a lot. Whether it is luck of the draw, a stroke of fate or the result of a well-thought-out strategy, winning the lottery is not only possible, it is life changing. Persevere, take a chance – you never know what might happen! 

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

How to get away with millions

You hear so many stories of how Lotto winners hit the jackpot and use their money wisely. 
However, statistics show that about 70% of lottery winners end up broke within 7 years and are faced with bankruptcy, jail time or worse, murder and suicide. There is no doubt that winning the lottery will change your life forever, so the big question is, how do you deal with it?
Would you do what any sane person would do? Tell everyone about your BIG WIN, and allow yourself to be interviewed and publicised, because who wouldn't want to become famous? Celebrate your big win by giving gifts to friends and family or help them out. As well as help out others who are in need, they'd be so grateful for it and you'd be their favorite person. 
You'd definitely make so many new friends and be able to buy yourself a new car and a house. Now that you're rich, you'd most likely quit your job. 
This, however, is not how you should deal with your winnings. This is also what most Lotto winners would do and have done in the past. 
This is what that 70% would have done. But here is what you should do.

The number one rule is, keep quiet. Try to keep your identity a secret and keep a low profile. Don't let people know that you have won and definitely don't boast about it, because publicity comes with winning the lottery, and so does jealousy. If people know you've won the lottery, then they know you have money. Many lotto winners have had jealous people, whether it be strangers, friends or even family, plotting against them, which is usually the cause of their downfall. 
For instance, Craigory Burch, Jr. He won nearly half a million dollars from a Georgia lottery in November 2015 and two months later, he was found dead in his home from gunshot wounds after a home invasion where the robbers demanded him to give them his money. 

Rule number two, think long term. Put the money aside for when you need it. You could save this money for your retirement or start an emergency fund to make sure that you never have to deal with debt or any other financial crisis. If you have children and/or grandchildren, set up a college fund for them so that they are guaranteed a great education. 

Click here for more info on what to do when you win the lottery in South Africa.
What many successful lotto winners have done in the past with their winnings is, starting off a new business. Mark Brudenell won the jackpot on the 22 February 1997, 4 years after his big win, he and his wife started their own business that has been successful for over 13 years.

For more practical tips on winning the lottery read here.
Learn to say No. Charities, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, family, and others, are bound to tell you their poverty stories and ask for some kind of financial help. They may put you on a guilt trip, and you can risk losing all your money. However, you need to remember that this is your win, your money. Don't let people dictate to you what you should do with it, unless it's a hired professional. Which leads to the last rule.
If you are not a tax attorney, a family planning attorney, or a licensed accountant, you most likely have no idea what's about to hit you. The best thing you can do is hire a professional to help you out with all this money you never had. It's not like you can't afford it!
As exciting or terrifying winning the lottery may be, you need to know that your life will change, and you would need to learn how to adjust to the change without changing who you are. However, to stand a chance at winning the lottery you need to be in the game. 
So maybe rule number one to getting away with millions would be ... "Buy a ticket".

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

An unusual way to spend lottery winnings

No matter where you come from and who you are, it is without a doubt almost everyone’s dream to win the lottery.

Each of us has our own list of things that we would do if we were to win the lottery, many lists include donating to some charity or to some good cause. But it is not until you actually win the jackpot that you will know what it is that you will do with all that money.

On the 25th of March 2011 John Kutey (54) and IT specialist, and 6 of his co-workers (John Hilton (57), Gabrielle Mahar (29), Tracy Sussman (41), Mike Barth (63), Kristin Baldwin (42) and Leon Peck (62)) from the New York Division of Housing and Community Renewal shared in the winnings of the $319 million jackpot. Kutey and his colleagues decided that should they win, they would all jointly accept the winnings as a lump sum amount rather than monthly payments.


Mike Barth was the one to purchase the joint, winning ticket. Mike says that he was waiting in line on Friday to purchase the ticket for himself and his c-workers at an Albany newsstand when he reached out to purchase a snickers bar. A guy cut in-front of in and instead of complaining, he just let him carry on and purchase his ticket. He then purchased the Quick Pick ticket that made them millionaires. An outcome that could’ve been very different should the person who cut him off not have been there that day.

John Kutey recalls that when he learned that he had won the jackpot his hands shook so much that he couldn’t dial a phone. Each of his colleagues had a different idea of how they were intending on immediately spending some of their winnings. All Gabrielle Mahar wanted was to buy a much needed new dishwasher. Mike Barth explained that he really needed a new set of tires and to pay for a college education for his son. John Hilton wanted the opportunity to fly somewhere first class. John Kutey said the choice was very simple, him and his wife wanted to visit every Disney Park there is.


When the dust settled and the money had been received John Kutey decided that instead of donating his winnings to charities, he wanted to build a $250 000 water park in New York at no cost to local tax payers. Spray Park, the refurbished park from the 1940’s, opened in Green Island, New York on July 1, 2013.  The water park was dedicated to both John and his wife Linda Kuteys parents.


John believed that it would be wonderful if all the joint winners shared the same sentiment and invested money on the improvement of their community – together the impact would be great.


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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The largest jackpot won in lottery history

It was on Wednesday 13 January, 2016 that the largest lottery in the word to date was won, by not one, but three tickets. The total winnings of the Powerball jackpot were $1.586 billion.  The anticipation of this Powerball jackpot created a frenzy of ticket purchasing in the US on the day of the lottery draw with the odds of winning was 1 in 292.2 million.

As per Powerball US rules, the conditions of the winnings are either an annual payment of the total amount over a period of 29 years or a smaller lump-sum payment, after the government has taken its meaty 39.6% portion.

The largest jackpot won prior to this draw was in March 2012 and was from the US Lottery Mega Millions and was a total of $656 million.

The winning tickets were brought forward by Maureen Smith and her partner David Kaltschmidt form Florida, Lisa and John Robinson from Tennessee, and Mae and Marvin Acosta from California.

Maureen Smith
Maureen Smith and her partner, David Kaltschmidt from Florida came forward just a month after the winning numbers were chosen.
Initially they chose to keep the information private from their children in order to confirm their winnings.
Mrs Smith chose the same numbers each time she played for many years, without ever winning anything. She said that they were looking forward to purchasing a new vehicle and investing their time and new found wealth in charities and investments.


Lisa and John Munford
This couple decided to take the lump sum rather than the annual pay-out. They were interviewed by NBC prior to claiming their wins creating a bit of scepticism as this wasn’t the usual way to react to winning such a large sum of money.
Mr and Mrs Munford were initially in complete disbelief of the fact that they had won and kept on checking and re-checking the winning numbers and their ticket. They decided that evening that they would only believe that they were winners if the news reported a winner of the jackpot in the morning.

Regardless of the morning news announcing that the jackpot had been won, Mr and Mrs Munford decided to carry on with life as normal and went to work. They cannot, however, deny the impact that these winnings will have on their lives.

Mae and Marvin Acosta
Whilst the other two winners of the money came forward shortly after the numbers of the winning tickets were announced, Mae and Marvin Acosta took over six months to come forward.
They explained that the reason for the delay was that they were lining up legal counsel to assist in correctly handling their winnings.
When interviewed the couple said that they were dedicating nearly all of the money to a trust and charities and chose to keep any other information from the media to ensure privacy.




The winning lottery numbers were:
4 – 8 – 19 – 27 – 34 and PB 10

Winning the lottery jackpot is without a doubt a huge life changing event. Unfortunately, so many winners mismanage their winnings and waste it away very shortly after winning rather than planning their future and being smart, click here to read up on advice on how to manage your winnings wisely.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

From destitute to in the loot!

War tends to destroy many countries, unsettling their people and more often than not, leaving them desperate and destitute. From Syria, Senegal, Mali and Morocco we have some winners stories proving that against all odds, and with a little luck or a lottery jackpot, people can come out victorious.

When a man flees a war-torn country to try and make a new life for himself and he manages to change his stars. Refugees who almost died crossing from Africa to Europe struggle to start a new life but manage to win and other migrants celebrate a happy Christmas indeed. 

These are stories that are bound to put a smile on your face.


SYRIA - FRANCE 
In 2011 a young man, in his thirties, left his home country of Syria to start a new life in France. There he worked as a labourer as many migrants do. This lucky man, who remains unnamed, purchased a scratchcard in June 2015 at an outlet in Seine-Saint-Denis, Paris.

The man, when interviewed by the French daily newspaper, La Parisien, said that he had used some of his winnings to purchase an apartment, and has plans of opening his own restaurant. With the remainder of the winnings, he would like to bring the rest of his family from Syria to France.

The very popular ‘one million euros’ scratchcards saw 215 winners in 2015 of which the Syrian refugee was one.

The Syrian man wasn’t the only refugee to win the lottery. Another touching story is that of Ngame, who hails from Senegal.

SENEGAL - SPAIN
Ngame, elGordo Lottery Winner 2015
In 2007, the Spanish coastguard saved the lives of many migrants, whose ship was sinking. Among those saved were 35-year-old, Ngame and his wife. They made a living by working as farm labourers and vegetable pickers as migrants often do in Almeria.

The couple, who often do not have € 5 between the two of them, managed to purchase a ticket for Spain’s Christmas Lottery 'elGordo', at a ticket outlet in Roquetas de Mar, Almeria.

Find out more about ‘elGordo’ by clicking here.

The winning number for the 2015 ‘elGordo’ Lottery was 79140 which had appeared on 1,600 tickets in Roquetas de Mar, this lucky number saw Ngame and his wife win € 400,000.

When interviewed, the currently out of work, Ngame was unsure of how they would spend their winnings.

Ngame and his wife were one of 35 African migrants to have won a share in the 2015 Christmas Lottery. Their winners included migrants from Mali and Morocco.

MOROCCO - SPAIN
Among the winners was Moroccan-born, Imanes Naamane, who agreed that her share of winnings would change the life of her family. In an interview by La Vos de Almeria the 18-year-old is said to have stated that her family was in trouble before but winning the lottery will allow them to do a lot of things, in fact, everything that they want to do.


2015 saw some great lottery winners’ stories, especially for these Refugees whose lives have most definitely been transformed for the better. Winning lottery numbers can be a great blessing indeed. 

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

UNIQUELY SPANISH – FROM FESTIVALS TO LOTTERY

Things are done a little differently in Spain! They have festivals where brave (or mad) thrill-seekers try to outrun rampaging bulls rush through the narrow streets of Pamplona, costumed townspeople jump over babies to ward off evil spirits and illness near Burgos, it is also home to the world’s biggest tomato fight near Valencia.



These events and many more do make Spain a great place for tourists and it is the reason so many visitors flock to the country annually.

However these unique celebrations and festivals are not the only thing the Spanish do differently, they also have an unusual take on the Lottery. Sure they have the normal National Lottery Draws as well as daily and Sunday draws, they even partake in the EuroMillions lottery. But they also have three big lottery draws each year, them being elGordo ("the big one"), elNino and a Summer elGordo.

THE TICKETS:
Sheet of tickets
a tenth of a ticket 'participation'
The tickets for these draws are more like raffle tickets than lottery tickets as each ticket has a 5-digit number. 

There are 100,000 unique ticket numbers, however, as more than 100,000 tickets are sold numbers are duplicated a maximum number of times and this is recorded by series number. The amount of series’ issued from year to year can differ.

An example from Wikipedia shows that in 2015, there were 180 series of 100,000 tickets each, giving a total of 18,000,000 tickets available at a cost of €200 each. That’s €3.6 billion worth of tickets that were sold, making the prizes worth €2.52 billion (70% of ticket sales).

Due to the cost of these tickets, it is common to purchase a portion of a ticket in the form of a ‘participation’ which is similar to the way a syndicate works. Where a ‘participation’ will receive a percentage of the prize that their number is allocated should it be drawn.

THE BIG LOTTERYS:
The next one up is the Summer elGordo, the draw takes place on Saturday 1st July 2017 with 140,000,000 € worth of prizes to be won.

Following that is the elGordo, the Spanish Christmas Lottery, which has been drawn every year since 1812 making it the second longest continuously running lottery in the world and according to Wikipedia, the draws even took place during the years of the Civil War.
The elGordo draw takes place on the 22nd of December every year, tickets for this draw start to become available from early July.

The following draw is elNino, a New Year draw which takes place on 6th January tickets for this draw will start to become available from mid-October.


THE DRAW:
Each of the 100,000 ticket numbers appears on a wooden ball, and 1 ball is drawn for the first prize, 1 for the second prize and 1 for third. 2 balls are drawn for the fourth prize, 8 balls for the fifth and 1794 balls are drawn for smaller prizes.

THE ODDS:
The odds of evening out the cost of a big lottery ticket are of 10%, which can be done by matching the last digit of a first prize ticket. Chances of higher winnings are approximately 5.3%.

The prize structures of these big lottery’s make it easier to win when compared to other lotteries.

While the chances of winning a first prize in elGordo, elNino or Summer elGordo are 1 in 100,000 (0.001%), the chances of winning the top prize in EuroMillions are 1 in 116,531,800 (0.0000000086%).

It is true that most of the funds raised by these big lottery’s and the majority of the prize money is distributed amongst the people of Spain. Most people are happy to only play these big lottery’s and not partake in the smaller ones and others play only the weekly lottery’s.


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Thursday, April 06, 2017

Strength in Numbers

There is most definitely strength in numbers and this is proven to be true the world over, throughout history. Would you believe that this is also true for people playing the lottery?


Groups of like-minded individuals form syndicates, pool their money and play various numbers or various lottery games. They can be groups of family members, friends, work colleagues or even complete strangers.

The bonus of playing the lottery as a part of a syndicate is that you may be able to play more number combinations, more frequently and/or on more lottery games that you may not have even thought about before.

Have a look at some Syndicate Stories here:


Fellow pub goers from The Kings Arms, in Essex established a syndicate comprising of 16 members. The syndicate was formed almost three years prior and led by Emma Crawford, the landlady of The Kings Arms. In February 2017 they matched five numbers and a bonus number, landing them a win of £187,109 which means £11,694 per member. The members will use their winnings to do home improvements, upgrade vehicles and for trips abroad.

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In 2005 a syndicate of 11 Tesco employees from Yorkshire pocketed a £18.2 million lottery jackpot. Their syndicate had started off with 13 people in the same year that their store installed a lottery terminal back in 1995. Each member chose a line of numbers and those were the numbers played every week. When a member opted out of the syndicate another member picked up the line without changing the numbers. Each member won £1.4 million and the two members that picked up the departed members lines each won an additional £1.4 million. These syndicate members lives were changed with one winning lottery ticket.

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In South Africa, a husband and wife syndicate who had been playing the lottery, since its inception earlier that year, scooped up a R4.2 million lottery jackpot back in 2000. It is said that their lucky numbers were made up of a combination of family member’s birthdates. The pair of accomplished professionals from Kwa-Zulu Natal province listed fishing, skiing and mountain climbing as some of their favourite pastimes, so you can only imagine where their winnings took them.

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A group of Facebook Friends, some of whom had never even met, have won on 80 separate occasions. Set up by Gary Schei, the syndicate aptly named Gary’s Payers is a group of 38 members. To date, they have won 79 smaller prizes and one big jackpot of £1.1 million. Some of the syndicate’s winners have paid off their debts or made extravagant purchases, however, Gary himself has allocated his winnings to paying off his mortgage and going on a holiday with his daughter.

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In 2012 The Three Amigos became one of the best-known lottery syndicate wins of all time when they bagged a third of $656 million Jackpot in a Mega Millions draw. The group of friends from Maryland split $218,600 000. Find out more about their lucky ticket and other big wins here.

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Syndicates can be made up of as little as two people and are so much fun to be a part of, not only does it increase your chances of winning and allow you access to a wider variety of lottery games but it also inspires a social aspect which will get you excited to see the winning numbers at each draw.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Lottery - Changing lives one ticket at a time!

We love lottery stories where the winners come out on top, it is always interesting to see what winners plan to spend their winnings on. Take a look at how these lucky winners plan to spend their winnings.

Dream Destination
A 64-year-old retired woman named Christina Ford, who hails from Dallas, came forward to claim ownership of the unclaimed $7,500,000 as part of the Mega Millions draw. Ford was one of two winners of this draw. The total jackpot was $15,000,000.

She said she “thought it was a dream and kept saying ‘Yeah, right. This can’t be true.’ She decided to come forward after three months of planning.

Ford will use her winnings to go on holiday and share the money with her family members.

What do you do when you win big in the lottery – click here to find our article with some sound advice.



Be the Boss
The Jones' from Little River, South Carolina, became South Carolina’s second largest Mega Millions prize winners in history, winning $4 million.

Jones says that he bought a Mega Millions ticket for the previous day’s draw. However, he was too late and sales had ended. He went back the next day to try again and spent $2 on what was their winning ticket. 

The Friday night of the draw he checked his ticket before retiring for the night and he had his wife check it too. The first five numbers of their ticket matched! If the Megaball number “11” had matched, the couple would have won $111 million. Despite this, the couple is happy with their prize.
They had wanted to start their own business for some time and now they finally could.

Reduce the Stress
LaTonya Barnes, a Gary store cashier, won $3,000,000 in the Mega Millions draw on December 22.
Barnes, who hails from Lake County, had a ticket with the first five numbers matching. The Mega Ball number, however, did not match. This typically carries a prize of $1,000,000. She multiplied her winnings by three and received $3,000,000 before taxes.
According to Barnes she plays the lottery “once in a blue moon” and describes her win as “unbelievable”. She plans to share her winnings with her family and is excited not to stress about money anymore.

Gift Big
Michael Williams from Detroit, told his wife that they were going to have “the best Christmas ever”. He failed to mention that this was due to his winning $1,000,000 playing the Michigan Lottery’s Mega Millions game.
Williams, 60, won $1,000,000 after he matched the five white balls drawn in the Mega Millions drawing.
A co-worker of Williams had informed him that the L&F market had sold a big winner for the draw and he then went home to check his ticket. He kept the news to himself, wanting to surprise his wife. He plans to buy her a house for Christmas and to save the rest for retirement.

Visit a Special Place
Raul Ahumada, a 60-year-old man from Noel, claimed Missouri’s first Mega Millions jackpot. When he first checked his ticket he thought he had won $25,000. But when he took his ticket to the Lottery’s Springfield office he discovered that his winnings were, in fact, $25 million.

Ahumada works at a chicken processing plant. Him and his wife, Rosa, want to “ try to find a nice mountain home and stay there”. He also wants to go back to Mexico to visit his family and his mother’s grave. He has not been back to Mexico in 15 years.




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