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.
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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.
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 time. Mackenzie 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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