Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Marine Corporal Wins $2.9M Jackpot

While en route to Nellis Air Force Base, Cpl. Alexander Degenhardt and several Marine buddies decided to play the slots at the Bellagio. Hitting the penny slots, Degenhardt won $2,882,808.32 on the Money Vault Millionaires Seven slot. He will receive around $100,000 per year for 20 years. The Marine had earlier been accepted as a bone marrow transplant donor to an anonymous patient. After winning the jackpot, Degenhardt was asked if he was going to go through with the bone marrow transplant donation. "They asked me if I was sure I wanted to go through with it, because it's kind of painful, but what's a little pain if it will save someone's life?" the U.S. Marine said Friday. "I look at this as kind of good karma for that." He plans to help his pregnant sister, as well as his mom in paying the bills.


Monday, February 27, 2012

Iowa Lottery to give away $2M from expired Winnings

The Iowa Lottery will be giving away $2 million in cash prizes from their share of the unpaid or expired winnings the lottery has accumulated. A big part of the cash prizes will come from the state's share of an unpaid $77 million Powerball jackpot ticket. Lawyers representing Crawford Shaw, a New York attorney, who in turn represented a trust, came forward with the winning ticket just hours before the Dec. 29 deadline. After being asked for the identity of the winner, Shaw withdraw the claim in January. Iowa law enforcement authorities are still discussing if Shaw broke any laws when he attempted to collect on behalf of the trust. The details of how the Iowa Lottery will be giving away the money are still to be finalized.


Friday, February 24, 2012

$5M Hoosier Lottery Scratch Off Won in Indiana

Ricky Wilber a Muncie, Indiana native won $5 million from a $100 Million Cash Extravaganza Scratch-off ticket. Wilber took the time to hire a lawyer and a tax advisor before claiming the prize. He opted to take the one-time lump sum cash worth $3.4 million before taxes. A carpenter, has been recently laid off, and even though he has just won a windfall, he plans to get back to work soon. With the help of his financial advisor, he plans to go slow about spending the money. He does plan to do some travelling in the near future, specifically, to Tennessee where he has relatives. Admitting that he has never seen the ocean, he plans to go there soon.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Powerball Winners from Idaho Claim Winnings

The latest Idaho millionaires since the implementation of the all new Powerball rules claimed their winnings today, with lottery organizers promising that the brothers will be the first of many more under the new system.

Brothers Bill and Mike Edson claimed the $1,000,000 Powerball "match 5" prize from the Saturday, February 11, 2012 draw at Idaho Lottery headquarters in Boise.

They won a million dollars even though they did not get the Powerball number correctly. Under the new Powerball rules, the second division prize gets a cool million.


Monday, February 20, 2012

Big Lottery Fund Supports King's Church Charity

The UK's Big Lottery Fund has granted £246,240 for three years to the King's Church Jesus Cares scheme, a local Church which packs and distributes food parcels in South Wales.

According to the group, they will be able to prepare and ice out 54,000 hampers over the three years of the grant.

Jesus Cares will also be able to work with more organizations and over a larger geographic area in South Wales – targeting Torfaen, Newport, Swansea, Blaenau Gwent, Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lottery Officials Say American Powerball To Produce Jackpots of $500 Million – Or More!

American Powerball officials are enthusiastic that the recent $336.4 Million jackpot won by a single ticket holder from Rhode Island could be just the tip of the iceberg. Powerball organizers are predicting top prizes of $500 million or even a massive $1,000,000,000 to surprise all of us in the near future.

Saturday's $336.4 Million jackpot — worth about $210 million as a lump-sum payment — is the sixth largest lottery win in U.S. History. However, Tennessee Lottery Director Rebecca Paul Hargrove, who heads the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) says had no one won Saturday's draw the Powerball jackpot would have swelled to a record $415 Million this Wednesday.

"Can the jackpot in the new game hit $1 billion? In this game design, it is predicted to happen about once in 10 years," said MUSL director Chuck Strutt in a USA Today interview.

Powerball is offered in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands. MUSL, a coalition of several states, tweaked Powerball in January to make it more exciting. The minimum top payout was doubled to $40 million, the number of potential $1 million prizes was also increased, and the odds of winning the top prize were lowered to 1 in 176 million — from 1 in 195 million.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Mine Manager Strikes Gold With Lottery Win

Winning $16 million from the lottery, Steve Murphy, a 52-year old B.C. mine manager has struck it rich. Murphy's lottery ticket was worth a third of the $50 million jackpot, and he collected the prize money from the B.C. Lottery Headquarters Tuesday. The two other winning tickets were sold in Quebec.

Murphy was accompanied by his friend Skip Hale, and his brother-in-law, Shane Coutts, who are also miners. Coutts's said he was watching the Super Bowl with friends at the Atlin rec-center when someone mentioned that a local won the lottery.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Biggest Lottery Jackpot Wins of 2011

The year 2011 was an exceptionally good year for the lottery industry. It saw tens of thousands of people all over the world win lottery prizes - both massive and averagely-sized. The important thing is that year after year, the number of lottery winners keeps increasing. Possibly because  the lottery jackpots are getting bigger and bigger.

Euro Millions set a record for a massive EUR185 million jackpot in July (that’s USD 260,810,947 2012!) and the European lottery promises to create even more winners this coming year. Of course, another thing that lotto enthusiasts are looking forward to is the massive starting jackpot of American Powerball.  From  $20 million it has jumped to $40 million and promises to create thousands of massive multi-million cash prizes in 2012.

Here’s a recap of the most memorable 2011 lottery wins:

Brian McCarthy: His granny offers to make him a grilled-cheese sandwich following his $107 Mega Millions win in July.

Stephen Kirwan: Bad luck streak culminates to $122.1 million American Powerball win in January.

Dave Dawes: The Chelsea SC fan won a $157,564,537 Euro Millions jackpot in October.

Jim McCullar: Plans to pay it forward following his $190 Million Mega Millions win in January.

Todd Reardon & Darin Fox: Two chums play the lottery together and, now, retire together after winning $221.7 million in American Powerball in April.

 Tom & Kathleen Morris: The couple won a $228.9 million Powerball jackpot in August, making them the biggest-ever lottery winners in Minnesota.

Connecticut Powerball winners: Not too many people were happy that a group of three rich investment advisor's claimed a $254 million American Powerball jackpot in November.

Colin Weir: $260,810,947 Euro Millions win in July makes him the 430th richest person in the United Kingdom.

One lucky lottery player won the EUR 65,038,202.47 Italian SuperEnalotto rollover jackpot in September!

The town of Grañén in northern Spain, where €700m of prize money was handed out.
Home to just 2,000 people – the entire village (except one film maker) won up to €400,000 each after buying shares in December 2011 El Gordo Draw.

Lottery Sales Up on $250M Jackpot

With the decision to double the Powerball ticket price from $1.00 to $2.00, there's an early indication that it's going to be successful in increasing both the prizes and the lottery earnings. The Powerball lottery jackpot for Wednesday is now at $250 million, and if it isn't won, the $300 million mark is expected for next Saturday's jackpot.

With the bigger prizes, there is a renewed and higher interest in the general public. This interest is expected to translate to more lottery players, bigger sales, and ultimately, to higher lottery earnings. So far, the increased ticket prizes have not impacted negatively on the total ticket sales, which are up 40% compared to the same period last year.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Former Lottery Winner Still The Same -- and Claiming Disability Benefits

More than 6 years ago, Michael and Jean O'Shea won the £10.2million Euromillions jackpot and promised that they will ‘never be any different, no matter how much money we have.’ True to their word, they have not changed much. They still live in the same three-bedroom ex-council house, and Mr. O'Shea still collects his disability checks worth around £6,000 a year. However, there have been some gripes about his claiming benefits. Newark's Parliament representative Tory MP Patrick Mercer, said the Mr. O'Shea ‘does not need to be claiming this money, and the country can ill afford it when the economy is in the mess that it is’. TaxPayers’ Alliance spokesperson Matthew Elliott added: ‘It’s barmy that taxpayers are funding  benefits and motors for a multi-millionaire.’


Monday, February 6, 2012

Will the First Billionaire Come From the Powerball 2012 Lottery?

Around this time the news has spread about the revisions made on the American Powerball matrix. Multi-State Lottery Association states that these changes could generate up to 3 times more than the regular winners of Powerball!

There is a possibility that around 600 new millionaires will win every year with the improvements made on the game. That is equivalent to 10 new millionaires for every week. It's a lot more winners in the 20 year history of Powerball.
The American Powerball Jackpots will begin with prices of $40 million and every time it will roll over will increase to $10 million. In a few weeks, the average of the new jackpots expect to hit $255 million. Jackpots worth $500 million can be expected and the fantastic amount of $1 billion in jackpots can be foreseen by lottery organizers!

Will the new rules of Powerball Lottery create the first Billionaire? Everybody hopes so!

What are the changes in American Powerball?
      $40 million is the initial jackpot.
      From $200,000 the second prize is now $1,000,000
      The prizes of $3 increased to $4
      Powerball red ball numbers decreased from 39 to 35 which makes winning the game easier.
      The jackpot winning odds reduced from 195 million to 1 to just 175 million to 1.
      All in all, the winning odds decreased from 35 to 1 just to 31.8 to 1.

The shares of Powerplay were also decreased from 390 shares down to just 350 shares. These changes have increased all chances in winning the bigger share in the jackpot of Powerball.
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

$12 million Florida Lotto winner in Hialeah

A Lotto ticket sold in the town of Hialeah had won Saturday night’s massive $12 million jackpot, Florida Lottery officials said.

According to lottery officials, the sole winning ticket was purchased at La Preferida Superdiscount, located at 819 E. 41st St.

Saturday’s Lotto winning numbers were 9, 16, 34, 39, 41 and 46.

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The Euro Millions Draw

The Euro Millions is believed to be Europe's most popular lottery draw, conducted twice a week, every Tuesday and Friday. This draw is open to participants from different parts of the world. There are nine countries in particular that participate in this raffle draw, namely: Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK.
There are 13 prize divisions in this draw, but the winnings from the Euro Millions' draws per division are not a fixed amount. The amount of cash prizes will vary, depending greatly on the total sales of the tickets on that week, as well as the total number of winners that are drawn from that given division.
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UK National Lotto

UK Lotto draws are normally held every Wednesday and Saturday of the week, and are quite simple to play. This draw offers 5 different options. If you are able to match the winning six-number combination, you will win the jackpot prize. However, if you match even just half the numbers in the combination, you are still a winner of a cash prize! This raffle draw pays out nearly $53 Million US dollars worth of cash on its 2 weekly draws.

The Superenalotto

The Italian Superenalotto is the most popular lottery among the Italians, who reportedly spend more than 27 Billion every year for it! This is because the Italian Superenalotto is easy to play and easy to win! All you must do is to choose any 6 numbers between 1-90. If the numbers you have chosen match the six winning numbers, you become the winner of the jackpot prize! But because of the wide range of numbers, the draws typically rolls-over, resulting in extremely large jackpot prizes; the largest of which was 177,729,044 Euros last October 2010!

Japans Jumbo Draw

The Jumbo Draw in Japan is, without a doubt, the largest and richest lottery draw held in Asia. This draw has a total payout of nearly $2,000,000,000. Best of all, all of the cash prizes won from this draw are tax-free!

The USA Mega Millions
The USA Mega Millions draw hold the record for the largest jackpot ever won in the United States; a staggering $390,000,000 was won last March 2007 though this draw! The jackpot prize for this draw usually starts at US$12 million, but increases to about US$80 Million for every draw. This is because when there is no jackpot prize winner declared, the cash prize rolls over, increasing with every draw until a winner is finally announced. These series of roll-overs can sometimes make the prize go up to as much as $300,000,000 or more!

The American Powerball Draw

What makes the American Powerball unique is that it is comprised of 44 U.S. State Lotteries. In other words, entering the American Powerball is just like entering 44 different lotteries all at once! The total revenue from the tickets sales from these 44 States result in very large jackpot prizes, which can reach up to over $360,000,000! The largest prize won from the American Powerball was recorded to be $365 million, which was won by a lucky participant last February 2006!
Similar to the USA Mega Millions Lottery, the jackpot prize of the American Powerball will keep rolling over and increasing until a winner is finally declared. This amount will start at $40,000,000 and will keep increasing until a jackpot winner is announced. Reaching the amount of $200,000,000 after just a few weeks is very typical to the American Powerball.
The draws for the American Powerball are held on every Wednesday and Saturday of the week

Oz Lotto Saturday Draw

The Oz Lotto Saturday Draw, or simply known as the Tattslotto, is held nationwide in the country of Australia. Its mechanics are quite simple, following a 6/45 matrix, but it offers a large cash prize, starting at 4,000,000 Australian dollars. This amount increases with each roll-over until a participant is able to match exactly all 6 numbers in the winning combination; the highest amount reaching nearly 50,000,000 due to the roll-overs. But with only 45 numbers to choose from, the odds of winning the Australian lottery are among the highest in the world.

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