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.

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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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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lottery doesn't discriminate against age!

Lottery winners come in all ages. As long as you play you have a chance of winning not matter how old you are. In this article, we have a look at some of the youngest and oldest lottery winners at the time of their lucky lottery wins.

In 2012, a teenager from New York named Robert Salo, bought a $2 Win For Life scratch ticket at a Coney Island petrol station. He became the youngest winner of the game ever and won $1,000 a week for life. He wished to use his money towards his college tuition to become an electrical engineer. Here is a video clip of Robert collecting his big cheque.

 Image from the Daily Mail

Tracy Makin was 16-years-old in 1998. She became the youngest winner of the UK National Lottery when she obtained a £1,055,171 jackpot in the middle of studying for her GCSE exams. She managed to maintain focus, stay in school and invest her winnings. Years later, she has remained grounded and has an office job while living in a modest cottage and driving an appealing but not over-the-top Audi.
Image from the Telegraph

17-year-old Lisa Dougan won £1,568,212 on the UK National Lottery in 2004. Dougan, who was working as a check-out girl at Tesco, only realised she had won a major prize when a customer asked her for a printout of the winning numbers. She glanced at them, recognised a few from her own selection and thought she had won £10. She checked them more carefully and then realised she had lucked out. She is now happily married with two children.

In 2014, a teenager from Chicago named Deisi Ocampo, received two lottery tickets from her father as a birthday present for her 19th birthday. Luckily for her, one of the tickets won her a stake in the Million Money Mania prize - $4,000,000. She planned to use the winnings for her education in nursing and to buy a new house for her family.

A 19-year-old construction worker from Gaston, South Carolina, won the top prize of $35,3 million in the SC Education Powerball Lottery. He was the first South Carolinian to win this lottery. All previous winners were from North Carolina. He won with his very first ticket too. His winnings were used to fund an all-female wrestling TV show, “Wrestlicious”. It went off the air one season later. Jonathan Vargas has been flying under the radar ever since.

In 2010 a Vietnamese man named Nguyen Van Het became the world’s oldest lottery winner. He was 97 years old when he won! He was a poor man who won $400,000 (VND7.6 billion). He admitted that due to his age he would need to spend his winnings before he died. He said that he would have trouble spending the money but wanted to buy his wife some new clothes and fix his home. He gave a large portion of it away and invested what was left.

In January 1992, Omer Williamson won a lottery jackpot of $3,5 million. At the time, Williamson was 85 years old. This made him the oldest Missouri lottery millionaire. There is little information about Omer all we know is that he is now deceased. 

85-year-old widow Gloria MacKenzie is the winner of the second largest lottery jackpot in the history of lotteries. Her odds of winning this lottery jackpot were a staggering 1 in 175.2 million. She took sole ownership of a stupendous $590 million Powerball jackpot. This made her the second largest lottery winner of all timeMackenzie chose to take a lump-sum payment a whopping $370,896,780.54 before taxes.There were rumours that Gloria was going to donate $2 million to school in Maine. In the same month, she bought herself a home worth $1,175 million. 

While not all lottery winners behave in a responsible manner when it comes to managing their winnings, this may or may not be an age thing, we are sure that all of our lucky lottery winners enjoyed the thrill of hitting it big in their respective lotteries. 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Would you give away your lottery winnings, as these seven winners did?

Few people have the kind of financial freedom that allows them to make large donations of cash to charities or people in need. After all, most of us are working (too!) hard to make ends meet. And we buy the lottery ticket in the hopes of winning, so we can free ourselves from debt, secure our future (and that of our children) and perhaps buy our mums a nice gift too. The household income isn't always large enough to allow for charitable donations...

But some lottery winners have big hearts, and give their winnings away to those who need it. They're quite an inspiring bunch! Take a look:

1. Tom Crist

Tom was enjoying a holiday in California when he got a call from the lottery office in his home country of Canada. They told him that his lottery ticket had won him $40 million. Tom thanked the officials for the good news, but kept it under wraps. When he got home, he donated it all to charity and to cancer research firms in honour of his wife Jan, who had battled cancer and passed away a few years before Tom's lucky break.

2. Hilda Floyd

Hilda won US$1 million in the Idaho Lottery's Million Dollar Raffle. She donated almost all of her prize money to charities, family who needed financial aid, and also the church. And she admitted in press interviews that this had always been her intention. She figures that one only needs a certain amount of money to be happy; the rest is superfluous and could easily help others out of their own dire circumstances.

3. The Larges

Allen and Violet Large were in their seventies when they discovered they'd won over $11 million in the lottery. But they decided the "rock star lifestyle" was overrated. So they donated the winnings - all of it - to family who needed it, as well as various other public organisations, such as the local fire station.

4. Roy Cockrum

Cockrum won an eye-watering $259 million in the Tennessee Powerball lottery. He got the call confirming his winnings while sitting in a doctor's waiting room with his aging mother. He spent a small portion of the winnings moving back home to take care of his parents. But he donated the rest of his winnings to various charities and organisations.

5. The Wraggs

Ray and Barbara Wragg won a UK lotto Jackpot of almost £7 million. They splashed out a little, but donated the majority of their winnings to those in need, be it family, friends, charities or hospitals. They keep playing the lottery, in the hopes that they'll get lucky again, because - as Barbara put it - they would love to be able to help more people.

How much is enough?

Researchers have wondered if there's such a thing as having "too much" money. And there is, indeed a correlation between the sum of money and the money-holder's joy (somewhere around $75 000 a year, they say). When you earn less than this, you're probably not as happy as you'd like to be. But if you earn much more than this, you're also not much happier.

Because after a certain point, your cash starts to become a source of stress, anxiety and discontent. When there's "more than enough" money, managing it becomes a stressful, unhappy task. And the potential for reckless spending increases, with a risk for bankruptcy.

So maybe these generous lottery winners inherently understand that money buys (only a little) happiness.

If you're a generous soul, and you are enthralled by the idea of winning millions just so you can give them away to those in need, play the lottery today.

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