Constance Carpenito, from the Boston area, won $1 million recently by buying an instant lottery ticket. Most would consider that a ‘once in a lifetime’ event, but for Carpentio, it was more like déjà vu.
The Lucky Ones: Multiple Lottery Winners
Constance Carpenito – As stated, Carpenito just won $1 million playing a scratch-off ticket from the Massachusetts Lottery. The instant game she played was called Diamond Millionaire and it’s made her a Double Millionaire! Nineteen years ago in 1996, Carpenito purchased another instant ticket from the same exact Stop & Shop corner store in Stoneham, Mass., her hometown. She also won $20,000 with yet another ticket bought at that shop. Carpenito is not only loyal to her local store, but she’s a loyal lottery player — purchasing about $20 worth of tickets each week. As always, you can’t win if you don’t play!
Ann Lepine – During the Yukon Gold Rush of the late 1890s, many fortune hunters came through Fort Smith in the Nortwest Territories of Canada in search of their pot of gold. A century later, one resident of this sleepy town with a population of less than 3,000 won her fortune not by gold, but through paper in the form of two winning Canada Lotto 6/49 tickets. In February 2011, Ann Lepine won an incredible CAD$7.6 million jackpot. This wasn’t the biggest jackpot ever won by someone in the Northwest Territories, however. In 2007, Lepine’s then husband, Barkley Heron, purchased a Lotto 6/49 ticket that ended up winning CAD$11.3 million! Lepine said she couldn’t explain why she was so lucky — she’s even mastered Vegas, winning $25,000 in casino slots. Perhaps her luck has something to do with the fact that lottery playing is her major hobby, spending about CAD$300 on lottery tickets each week.
The Oksnes Family – The family that plays together, stays together… and WINS! Three members of the Oksnes family from Austevoll, Norway have won huge jackpots from their country’s national lottery. Family member Hege Jeanette Oksnes thinks that their luck has something to do with her children. Her father, Leif, won 4.2 million Krone ($486,800) in 2006. One day later, Hege gave birth to her first child. Then three years later, Hege herself won 8.2 million Krone ($950,400) one day before her second child was born. Finally, her brother Tord won 12.2 million Krone ($1.4 million) in 2012, a few months after the birth of her third child. There are no plans for a fourth child at present. “My husband thinks we have enough money now,” Hege told the media.
Feeling extra lucky like these multiple lottery winners? Keep playing your lucky numbers right here at theLotter!
Friday the 13th conjures up images of black cats crossing our paths, men in hockey goalie masks, and medieval superstition. It’s time to take back Friday the 13th for the side of good. Play these lotteries and get lucky this Friday!
Mega Millions – $200 Million
This US mega lottery has had two jackpots go past the half-billion dollar mark and holds the world record for biggest jackpot ever with $656 million in 2012. Over the past several weeks, the Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to an impressive $200 million. Mega Millions is a great lottery to play for Friday the 13th because it has a history of superstitious winners. In May 2010, Mary Shammas decided to buy a Mega Millions ticket because her left palm started itching and she took it as a sign. She ended up winning a $64 million jackpot. In September 2014, Rick Knudsen had a premonition he would win a great fortune. He then proceeded to buy a couple items and the total amounts came out as even numbers, no decimals. You guessed it — Rick took this as a sign and bought a few Mega Millions Quick Picks. He won $180 million. Are all signs pointing to a lottery jackpot in your future?
EuroMillions – €129 Million
To counter the curse of Friday the 13th we may have to use a bit of super magic. The EuroMillions Superdraw was held last Friday with a €100 million guaranteed jackpot. Two rollovers later and we’re at €129 million. Who wouldn’t want to enter the lottery history books as a EuroMillions Superdraw winner? And it’s not just the Superdraw that will conquer Friday the 13th — it’s EuroMillions itself! The first EuroMillions draw took place on Friday the 13th, 2004. Eleven years later and the lottery is stronger than ever — holding numerous European lottery records and making thousands of people’s dreams come true. Talk about the luck of the draw!
France Loto – €13 Million
No lottery gets into the Friday the 13th spirit as much as France Loto. Just like EuroMillions, the first France Loto draw was held on a Friday the 13th. To commemorate their good fortune, the lottery holds a special Superdraw with a guaranteed jackpot of €13 million every Friday the 13th. 2015 has been quite the lucky year with a total of three different Friday the 13ths. France Loto is also lucky because it has ten amazing prize divisions and attractive winning odds. More than 150 multi-millionaires have been created by France Loto since 2002!
We hope that Friday the 13th will bring you some lottery luck so that you can start Saturday the 14th as a new millionaire!
Bond. James Bond. All around the world, people are clamouring to see Spectre, the latest installment of the James Bond franchise. We love 007 too, but we have some other digits that might be of interest: 100,000,000. Superdraw. EuroMillions Superdraw.
There is every reason to believe that this film will be a box-office hit just like all the dozens before it, however the latest Hollywood business reports estimate that the film would have to make $650 million worldwide to break even. With a budget of $250 million, it is one of the most expensive movies of all time, and its expenses don’t end there. Between marketing, promotion, and profit sharing, the film studio needs to make that magic $650 million mark.
Less than 90 movies have ever made $650 million or more at the box office and only one James Bond movie — Skyfall — ever managed the feat. So we have a proposal. We wanted to say ‘an offer you can’t refuse’ but that’s a whole different story. James Bond needs to play for the €100 million EuroMillions Superdraw jackpot on Friday, 6 November. The €100 million prize will give Bond the budget buffer he needs to keep going strong for decades to come.
But what is the best way for Bond to play EuroMillions if he’s serious about winning? Bundles! No question about it. He may prefer his martinis shaken, not stirred, but Bond definitely needs to Bundle up to win big. theLotter has the privilege of offering the Aston Martin of lottery options: the Extra Bundle. Step into luxury with 1206 chances to win €100 million: one personal entry, one 1000-line syndicate share, one 150-line syndicate share, and one 55-line syndicate share. M would definitely approve of this action.
Should Bond want to play something closer to his heart and homeland, he can opt for our newest EuroMillions UK syndicate with 500 lines. Providing Bond with 500 chances to win the £72 million EuroMillions Superdraw (approx. exchange rate to €100 million) to help him be able to keep calm and carry on his duties is the least we can do.
Do you want to follow in 007’s footsteps and travel to exotic locations, hang out with beautiful people, and drink classy cocktails all day? Then get your EuroMillions Superdraw tickets today because a €100 million windfall beats a Skyfall any day!
We love Halloween in all its carved pumpkin, costume party, trick-or-treating glory. It seems perfectly fit for the autumn weather of Ireland, where it originated as Samhain. We have a treat for all our readers to welcome Halloween 2015: tales of oh-so-creepy lotteries! Some of these you don’t want to win.
Elagabalus, Evil Lottery Pioneer
Not many people can come as close to pure evil as Emperor Elagabalus, who ruled the Roman Empire from 218 to 222 AD. At the ripe old age of 14, this psychopathic prodigy took the throne by bloodshed. He must have liked the feeling, as he continued to shed blood throughout his reign. One of his favourite activities was to hold public lotteries in Rome. Attendance was mandatory and he would send lottery tickets flying toward the crowd in catapults. If you won, you could get such amazing prizes as bees, flies, dead animals, and even death sentences. Not very lucky. Horrible Histories, a British children’s show, even wrote a song called “Evil Roman Emperors” to the tune of Michael Jackson’s Bad featuring Elagabalus and his lottery torture. If you won a lottery prize, I’d give you bees, dead dogs and flies…
Shirley Jackson Sends Shivers Down Readers’ Spines
After Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery was first published in the New Yorker on 26 June 1948, she received a furious response from readers who were utterly shocked and horrified by its plot. Shock and horror is usually expected when one reads a horror story, but Jackson’s story is written more like a nostalgic travelogue with pleasant details about a small New England town. Then — BAM! — the ending hits the reader with absolute horror. The Lottery is now considered one of the greatest American short stories and has been adapted for stage, screen, and radio. The story has also influenced episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Simpsons, South Park, and one of the driving scenes of The Hunger Games.
Hungry for a Lotto Win, Katniss?
Obviously stop reading right now in case you’ve never read or seen any of the Hunger Games trilogy. In Hunger Games, we meet a girl named Katniss who lives in District 12 with her young sister. There are 12 districts ruled by the Capitol, who creates a cruel game in order to stamp out rebellion. A lottery drawing called The Reaping is held every year in which one boy and one girl is chosen from each district. The ‘winners’ then fight each other to the death in an arena for the pleasure and entertainment of the Capitol.
Illinois Lottery Halloween Raffle
Finally, a creepy lottery you actually want to win! Every Halloween, the Illinois Lottery holds a special Halloween raffle — this year’s raffle features over 8,000 prizes, including three $1 million winners. The winners are chosen on 1 November after all the scariness of Halloween night has died down. The Halloween raffle is advertised with clever slogans like “Freak Out, Cash In!” While this is a special treat for the state’s players, remember that you can participate in a millionaire raffle twice a week with the UK Millionaire Maker and France My Million raffles right here at theLotter!
Dogs have been man’s best friend for millennia with good reason. They’re loyal, adorable, and they magically can double your EuroMillions win!
We’ve all heard of bloodhounds, but Ruby the dog may be the world’s first tickethound. Ruby lives on the Isle of Wight with her owners Alan and Jane Slater. Jane is a hospital catering assistant, while Alan works as a customer relations manager for Wightlink, the local ferry company.
The Slaters have been playing the same numbers for the past 20 years, but they usually do not buy multiples for the same draw. However, for the 29 September EuroMillions draw, Alan purchased a second ticket not knowing that Jane had already bought one. As luck would have it, their lucky numbers matched all but one Lucky Star on this particular draw, netting them £149,089 per ticket.
Alas, one of the winning tickets was stuffed inside of a catalogue and left in their car, entirely forgotten. One could surmise that each believed the first winning ticket was theirs as neither knew a second existed. Here comes Ruby the tickethound to the rescue!
Ruby celebrated her second birthday in posh style by jumping into the car after a walk and dislodging the ticket from its hiding place. Jane told the press that the ticket floated down in slow-motion, like they were in a movie. When they discovered that this ticket was also a £149,089 winner, they burst into tears.
As for the money? Alan plans on retiring earlier than expected and Ruby is getting extra treats as a reward for her role in this whole adventure. Good girl, Ruby!
Julie Leach, a 50-year-old woman, was the sole winner of the 30 September US Powerball draw. She won a mind-boggling amount of $310.5 million – the second largest jackpot ever to be won in the state of Michigan.
Julie Leach of Three Rivers, Michigan, managed to swoop the first prize win, matching all 6 winning numbers on the 30 September draw; 21-39-40-55-59 and Powerball 17. Although she’s been an avid lotto player for many years, Leach’s Powerball jackpot win almost didn’t happen; according to her, the ticket was bought last minute at a gas station after her boyfriend suggested she’d buy one, because of the high jackpot.
Following her boyfriend’s suggestion, Leach purchased 10 Powerball plays and tossed them in her purse. As she waited for her lunch at a drive-through the following day, Leach remembered that she had the tickets in her possession. She then took out her mobile phone to check the results. “First, I checked to see if I had matched the Powerball number. When I saw I had matched it, I started checking the numbers on that line one-by-one. When I saw I had matched three, I remember thinking: ‘Well that’s pretty cool, I won like $200.”
Being in a state of shock, Leach had trouble believing she had won, and so she checked her ticket again several times. Coming back from her lunch break, Leach asked her co-workers to re-check as well, which received some raised eyebrows: “Both of my co-workers thought I was playing a joke on them”. But after realisation sank-in, Leach gathered her belongings and left her workplace of twenty years… never to return.
Leach then drove home to share the news with her boyfriend, who was sleeping at the time. After she’d woken him up and told him the news, the couple cried and laughed for hours, trying to process what was happening. Next the couple informed their families, with whom they plan to travel the world. Among other plans the couple have are paying off debt and buying new houses for themselves and their loved ones. They won a staggering $140 million cash prize (after taxes), so fulfilling those dreams shouldn’t be too difficult.
When we announce a lottery world record, it’s usually followed by details about jackpot size and lucky winners. National Lottery broke a different kind of world record — a Guinness World Record — in London this week.
On 7 October, National Lottery celebrated its 21st year of operation by hosting the world’s largest gathering of lottery millionaires in one place. 110 lottery millionaires came to the event in total, which was enough to break the previous record. The record was confirmed by the Guinness World Records.
Four thousand lottery millionaires have been created throughout National Lottery’s history with their prizes totaling an exhilarating £11.5 BILLION! There have been some notable wins for National Lottery players throughout the years, including Chris and Colin Weir who won £161 million, the largest lottery winners in Europe, in July 2011.
The record for world’s largest gathering of lottery millionaires wasn’t the only record National Lottery broke during their anniversary event at Bernie Spain Gardens in London. The event participants broke the record for world’s longest cork popping relay by opening 285 bottles of champagne in a row.
It’s been a week of fun, celebration and changes for National Lottery. The UK lottery operator implemented significant changes to UK Lotto, one of the nation’s favourite lottery games. Starting today, 8 October, the guess range for UK Lotto will increase from 49 to 59. The UK Lotto Raffle was also changed from 50 £20,000 prize winners every draw to one guaranteed £1 million winner and 20 £20,000 winners every draw. In honour of this new change, this Saturday’s draw will feature 25 guaranteed £1 million winners!
Continue to play National Lottery’s wide selection of games including UK Lotto and EuroMillions UK, and maybe the next world record will be set by you!
Wednesday night marked the Autumnal Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere. On this, the second day of autumn, we look back on the MVLs (Most Valuable Lotteries) of summer: US Powerball and La Primitiva.
No ifs, ands or buts about it: US Powerball is the lottery champion of the world. The US Powerball jackpot has skyrocketed to a delectable $301 million after 16 rollovers! There hasn’t been a jackpot winner since the first of August, and the current jackpot is the second highest Powerball jackpot of the year. If you want to be the lucky ticket holder that makes the jackpot fall, then maximise your chances with Bundles. There are three options to choose from, but the Bundle with the greatest odds is the Extra Bundle. By purchasing the Extra, you’ll get 756 chances to win the Powerball jackpot! The Extra Bundles includes one personal entry, a 500-line syndicate share, a 200-line syndicate share, and a 55-line syndicate share. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Top 5 Powerball Jackpots of 2015:
* $564.1 million – 11 February * $301 million – still in play!
* $188.9 million – 3 June
* $136 million – 14 March
* $110 million – 1 August
La Primitiva’s jackpot may not be as huge as US Powerball’s, but it’s got history on its side! Spain’s 250-year-old lottery proves that the old adage “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is wrong, wrong, wrong. All this summer, La Primitiva has been rolling over and over again — that’s a good boy! With more rollovers than we can count, La Primitiva has already surpassed its previous jackpot record of €72.6 million won in February 2014 by nearly €20 million. Do you want to make lottery history and take home the record-breaking €95 million La Primitiva jackpot? Like US Powerball, we recommend Bundles. Right now, the Premium Bundles offers a personal entry, a 200-line syndicate share, and a 84-line syndicate share for a total of 285 chances to win! Good luck and may history be on YOUR side!
Let’s face it, everyone loves dessert, but some of us feel guilty about the extra calories. For one man in Florida, eating his dessert was the healthiest choice he could make!
A Cookie Worth a Florida Lotto Fortune
Some people have all the luck. Richard Davis, a resident of Boca Raton, won $10 million in the 22 August draw of the Florida Lotto. Davis chose the lump sum option, subsequently walking out of Florida Lottery headquarters last Tuesday $7 million richer.
We all dream of winning a lottery jackpot and all it took to make Richard Davis’ dream come true was a trip to a North Carolina restaurant and a very special fortune cookie. Earning its name, the fortune cookie provided Davis with the winning numbers in August — 26, 39, 16, 29, 46 & 45.
This restaurant must have made a huge impression on Davis, because he always plays the same five sets of numbers — each from a different fortune cookie he got at the restaurant. While only the convenience store where Davis bought the ticket will get a commission, we think that $7 million more in the bank is at least worth a rave Yelp review for the restaurant. Well done, unnamed restaurant. Well done, fortune cookie.
Use Your Lucky Numbers Today
Whether you get your lucky numbers via a fortune cookie or you prefer your luck sugar-free, Florida Lotto is a great game to use those numbers. Florida Lotto is one of the largest US state lotteries with a long history; its record — $106 million — has stood for 25 years, set all the way back in September 1990!
To play Florida Lotto, pick (you or the cookie) six numbers ranging from 1 to 53. Match all six and you’re the jackpot winner. You can also add a multiplier, called the Xtra, when you pick your numbers. The Xtra increases the second and third tier prize amounts by 2, 3, 4 or 5 times, depending on the draw. It also guarantees the fourth tier prize will at least triple in size. Additionally, purchasing the Xtra adds a fifth prize not normally given — match just two numbers and you’ll win $2. Just something to sweeten the deal.
With a new record-breaking La Primitiva jackpot on the horizon, Spanish lotteries are definitely en vogue. With exceptional lottery games and raffles, we expect Spanish lottery to be in fashion for a long time!
Let the journey begin!
On theLotter, there are five exciting options for Spanish lottery enthusiasts. Whether you prefer daily lotteries, huge jackpots, great odds or exhilarating raffles, Spanish lottery has something for you!
BonoLoto: Want a chance to win millions of euros nearly every day of the week? If you dislike waiting for lottery draws to take place and want to get results quickly, BonoLoto is the right choice for you. With draws happening six times a week — every Monday through Saturday — you only have mere hours to wait after purchasing your tickets to found out whether you’re that day’s winner. To play BonoLoto, pick six numbers from 1 to 49; match all six and you’ve won the jackpot. A bonus number is picked automatically which only determines the second prize. BonoLoto jackpots start at €400,000 with a record of €7 million set all the way back in 1990.
El Gordo: El Gordo means the big one, and it’s a great choice for people who like steady, decent-sized jackpots. El Gordo jackpots start at €5 million and have gone as high as €33 million. Pick five numbers ranging from 1 to 54 and an additional number ranging from 0 to 9. Another reason to play El Gordo is its marvelous secondary prizes: nine prize divisions in total. To win the jackpot, all five main numbers and the additional number must match, but there are many different combinations that will make you a secondary winner. You could even be a winner without matching any main number! El Gordo draws happen every Sunday.
La Primitiva: If you’re a history buff and a fan of huge jackpots, La Primitiva will be your go-to game. La Primitiva has its roots in the royal courts of 18th century Spain, where it began as an initiative to raise money for the treasury in 1763. It was popular for around a hundred years and then took a hiatus, returning in 1985. It not only has an impressive history, but impressive jackpots as well! But why not combine both? We’re in the midst of seeing lottery history made as La Primitiva’s jackpot reaches well past its previous record jackpot of €72.6 million. To participate, choose six numbers ranging from 1 to 49 with a bonus number — a reintegro number — automatically picked for you. The reintegro is only used for the second prize division; to win the jackpot just match all six main numbers. Draws take place every Thursday and Saturday. Want to be the historic winner — play today!
Loteria Nacional: Loteria Nacional is a wonderful monthly raffle with odds of winning a prize at around 1 in 3! How does it work? There are 100,000 unique raffle codes between 00000 and 99999. Each of the 100,000 tickets are then printed 10 times and divided into 10 shares for individual purchase. Depending on the prize pool, there are 14 to 16 prize divisions to win. The current raffle, which will be held on 14 November, offers a prize pool of €84 million with a jackpot worth €1 million.
Loteria de Navidad: Welcome to the world’s biggest lottery raffle! Loteria de Navidad means Christmas Lottery, and — as its name suggests — is held once a year during the Christmas season. The next draw will occur on 22 December 2015, but tickets are already available for purchase. Like Loteria Nacional, the Spanish Christmas Lottery raffle has 100,000 raffle codes ranging from 00000-99999. Each Loteria de Navidad ticket is then copied 160 times and each copy is split into ten shares, meaning that there are a total of 160 million shares available. The odds of winning any prize is 1 in 4 and the odds of winning the jackpot prize in 1 in 100,000. Loteria de Navidad features the largest prize pool in the world — €2.24 BILLION! The jackpot prize for the 2015 raffle is worth €4 million. Feliz Navidad indeed!
Thank you for coming along on this Spanish lottery journey with us! Which lottery or raffle will you choose?
UK National Lottery is on a roll with their new advertisement campaign, #PleaseNotThem. Don Draper himself would be jealous of how hilarious their latest commercial is. See for yourself!
The concept of the #PleaseNotThem advertisement campaign is that if you don’t play, then the prize will go to a terribly infuriating person instead. After all, someone has to win! The latest commercial features Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, a British television personality and home design consultant. He’s been featured on programmes such as Changing Rooms and Popstar to Operastar. While he seems like a lovely chap, it would be best for everyone if he failed to win a lottery jackpot. Why? Well, for one thing, he plans to use the prize money to redecorate Stonehenge. Watch the latest National Lottery commercial here:
Save a world heritage site and make sure you win instead! This weekend is full of great lotto opportunities, so don’t miss out. On Friday, the National Lottery is holding their monthly Mega Friday. Purchase a EuroMillions UK ticket and not only will you have a chance to win the £10 jackpot, but 10 guaranteed £1 million UK Millionaire Maker winners will be announced. But wait, there’s more! The ten raffle winners will also win a holiday to a private island off the coast of Cambodia!
Can’t get enough National Lottery? We don’t blame you! Play UK Lotto online and take home £3.8 million this Saturday night. The druids are on your side!
Mansions, luxury cars, holidays — we all dream of winning the lottery and how we would spend that cash. But did you know that lottery profits help fund government programs and charities around the world? We’d love to share two great stories showcasing this week’s real lottery winners.
Virginia kids hit the jackpot
It was announced this week that the Virginia public school system received $534 million from the Virginia Lottery during the 2015 fiscal year. Over half a billion dollars went to helping kids learn — now that’s a real reason to celebrate! According to Virginia law, all proceeds from the lottery must fund the state’s K-12 public education system. Lottery profits total approximately 8% of the public school budget in the state of Virginia.
Kids aren’t the only lottery winners in Virginia however. Virginia Lottery issued a statement saying that lottery players in the past fiscal year have won an astounding $1.1 billion in cash prizes. $12.4 million of those prizes went unclaimed; the unclaimed money was donated to Virginia’s Literary Fund, an education charity. Local retailers also earned $104 million from lottery ticket commissions during the fiscal year.
A church in Wales receives a helping hand
The good news keeps coming this week! St Elvan’s Church in Aberdare, Wales is in need of a bit of a makeover and the Heritage Lottery Fund has stepped up to the plate to help the historic church. The Heritage Lottery Fund, which distributes money raised by the UK National Lottery, has awarded the church a £55,100 grant for its renovation plans. Good luck to them!
Playing the Lottery: A Win-Win Situation
Now is the time to play your favourite lotteries online at theLotter! You can help yourself by winning wonderful cash prizes from lotteries around the globe as you help others at the same exact time through lottery funds. A total win-win situation!
The summer temperatures are heating up, but fall is just around the corner. Along with the changing of the seasons, comes even bigger lottery changes for US Powerball. On 4 October, new US Powerball rules will take effect. What does this mean for you?
A billion-dollar jackpot in the near future?
Currently to play US Powerball, you pick five main numbers from 1 to 59 and one additional number — the Powerball — from 1 to 35. Beginning this October, the ranges for both main numbers and Powerball will change significantly. The range for main numbers will increase to 69, while the range for the Powerball will decrease to 26. This will affect the overall odds of winning the jackpot. The new odds will decrease to 1 in 292,201,338. Lower odds means a higher amount of rollovers, and since US Powerball has a no-limit jackpot, we may see a $1 billion jackpot sooner than expected.
The odds of winning ANY prize increases
It’s not all doom and gloom by far. While the jackpot and second prize winning odds will decrease, the overall odds of winning any cash prize will increase. Right now you have a 1 in 32 chance of winning any of the prize divisions. After the October changes, your chances will be 1 in 25! The new rules were made with the intention of boosting the amount of total Powerball winners per draw.
The third prize gets bigger and better
If you match four main numbers and the Powerball, you win the $10,000 third prize. With the new rules, however, that increases to a whopping $50,000! Make sure to always add the Power Play when purchasing your tickets — the Power Play is an optional add-on that multiplies the secondary prizes from 2 to 5 times depending on the draw. A player could potentially win an amazing quarter million dollars with the Power Play!
What won’t change is how much fun US Powerball is to play and win! Keep playing it global at theLotter and good luck!
Playing the lottery is very simple: you buy the tickets and check your numbers later to see if you’ve won a prize. For one man in Georgia, his journey to a lottery win was a little more complicated.
From trash to treasure
Cedric Jackson of Rome, Georgia frequently plays the lottery and he thought that his luck was awash once again. He told a store employee at Rick’s Food Mart to throw away two lottery tickets he thought were worth nothing. He left the store, but hours later, he saw the winning numbers again and realised his mistake. Both tickets were worth $5,000 and he binned them! In what must have been a major panic, Cedric went back to the convenience store and asked the employee to go through the rubbish bin to recover the tickets. The worker found nothing.
A $10,000 mistake made in a flash. Cedric, who at this point must have been in crisis mode, went out back to the dumpsters and went through the day’s rubbish. Still nothing. Cedric left the store empty-handed and defeated.
But that wasn’t the end of the story. No, this story has a hero by the name of Sarabjeet ‘Ricky’ Singh, the owner of the convenience store, who found the tickets in the rubbish bin in his office later in the day. Singh tracked down Cedric and by Sunday, the man and his $10,000 tickets were reunited in blissful harmony. To celebrate, Cedric Jackson purchased a couple scratch-offs to try his luck further at Rick’s Food Mart.
An important lesson learned
Throwing away lottery tickets is never a good idea. Fortunately for Cedric Jackson, the employees and store owner he encountered were honest, good people who went above and beyond to find his tickets. But there is a better way to play the lottery without worry. By purchasing your lottery tickets online at theLotter, you’ll never have to worry about losing a ticket or missing out on a cash prize. We purchase tickets on your behalf and then keep them in a secure safe until the draw date. You can see a scanned ticket in your account so you know you have the ticket you bought. When the winning numbers are drawn, we check for you if you’ve won the jackpot or any secondary prizes and then the money is transferred into your account. Quick, simple, safe. And absolutely no rubbish bins or dumpsters necessary.
No one can ever be truly lucky or unlucky all the time. We all have our ups and downs, good days and bad days. For one man in Nova Scotia, his ups and downs have caused a media sensation and scientists have put the odds of his life’s most dramatic events at 1 in 2.6 trillion.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…
Peter McCathie was 14-years-old when he was struck by lightning. The odds of being struck by lightning in Canada in a given year is 1 in about a million. Most people that get struck do survive — roughly 1 in 10 are killed statistically. McCathie’s experience was even stranger as it happened on a day with beautiful, almost perfect weather. Speaking to CTV in Canada, he said: “I was trying to lock the boat up, it was a very sunny day, there was one big, white cloud in the sky and the lightning bolt came through the trees and hit me.”
McCathie’s relationship with lightning didn’t end when he was 14. Later on, he saw his daughter get struck by lightning and also survive. Perhaps conductivity runs in families.
At this point, McCathie must have thought that he was the unluckiest man in the world and that nothing on the other end of the odds spectrum would come his way. In fact he told CTV that “I honestly expected to get hit by lightning again first.” But something must have made him believe he could turn his luck around when he purchased a Canada Lotto 6/49 ticket with one of his coworkers. And my, how his luck changed.
The ticket ended up being a winner and the two ticket holders will split a prize amount of CAD$1 million. Between his brush with lightning, his daughter’s own lightning strike, and his lottery win, scientists estimate him to be one of the most odds-defying men in existence at 1 in 2.6 trillion!
Do you prefer something with better odds?
Sure, ‘Man Struck by Lightning, Wins the Lottery’ makes for a good headline, but who really wants to go through all that trouble? Skip the odds-defying hassles and play it smart with theLotter. Go to our theSmart list and play the world’s top lotteries with the best cost-benefit ratios. Get on the road to lottery victory and stay away from lightning!
There are literally thousands of articles about lottery winners who fall from grace, succumbing to hubris and bad life decisions. Perhaps we prefer fairytales gone awry more than one with a long-lasting ‘happily ever after’. However entertaining the stories of destruction can be, let’s feed our humanity just a bit with some tales of the most generous and deserving lottery winners.
Canadian Winner Donates CAD$40 Million in Honour of His Wife
Some lottery winners prove that they’re deserving by giving it all away. Tom Crist had a Lotto Max subscription that he hardly ever thought about until he would receive the yearly renewal notice. It was a good thing he decided to keep renewing, because he won CAD$40 million on 3 May 2013. There are two things you need to know about Tom: 1) Tom was a retired CEO of an electric company which was sold for CAD$1.14 billion, and 2) Tom really loved his wife Jan. Before his lottery win, Jan was diagnosed with cancer and passed away at the age of 57. Since Tom said he didn’t need the money, he decided to donate every single penny of it to cancer charities and advanced cancer treatment facilities in his wife’s memory. The first recipient of the lottery money was the Tom Baker Centre in Calgary, where his wife was treated.
Homeless Man Spends His Last Coins on a Lottery Ticket
László Andraschek was on his way to a workshop for recovering alcoholics when he spent his last coins on a lottery ticket. He ended up becoming one of Hungary’s biggest lottery winners, collecting Ft630 million (about $2.8 million at the time) in September 2013. His win didn’t garner any media attention until he made a large donation to a hostel for the homeless in February 2014. Andraschek paid all his debts and his relatives’ debts and bought houses for his three children, along with a car. He said he wanted to use the rest wisely and to help the homeless, addicts, and abused women. “I have become rich but I have not become a different person. I could buy a large-screen TV because I can afford it, but I won’t buy three because I can afford it,” he told the Guardian.
A EuroMillions Winner Shares the Wealth
Margaret Loughrey took a walk after filling out job applications at a local job centre in Strabane, Northern Ireland. Seemingly down on her luck, the unemployed 48-year-old stopped at a market and found enough money in her purse to purchase a EuroMillions ticket. With a single purchase, Loughrey went from living on unemployment benefits of just £58 per week to cashing a £27 million EuroMillions cheque. This change of fortune wouldn’t change Margaret, however. She decided to keep only £1 million for herself and give the other £26 million away. Her main focus is town renewal and job creation in Strabane – she’s already the director of nine companies and has donated £1 million to transform a major tourism site in the town, creating tons of new jobs in the process. Loughrey sees it as her civic duty: “Everyone has the right to work for a living, to support their families, to buy their own home, to run their own business. People just need to be given opportunities.”
A Record-Breaking Winner With Record-Breaking Kindness
Sheelah Ryan’s $55 million Florida Lotto jackpot win made her America’s largest single lottery winner in September 1988. That record has since been shattered, but Sheelah’s devotion to helping people and animals is hard to match. At the time of her win she was employed as a real estate broker and living in a trailer home park in Winter Springs, Florida. She started the Ryan Foundation, where the bulk of her winnings were used to support underprivileged kids, single mothers, abused women, people living in poverty, and stray animals. Ryan died in 1994 from cancer at the age of 69. In a 1993 interview, she said, “I thank God every day that I have the ability to help others, not that I won.”
Struggling Single Mom of Four Makes It Big
Imagine taking care of four kids – ages 9 months to 7 years – as a single parent. Now add in the fact that the oldest child has special needs. That was the life Marie Holmes of North Carolina was dealing with. She gave up her education to care for her children and worked minimum wage jobs at McDonald’s and Walmart, trying to make ends meet. The 26-year-old was living with her four kids in her mother’s house since she couldn’t afford to live on her own. She herself grew up with a father that was in and out of jail during her childhood, so from the beginning her life wasn’t easy. Her life turned around on 11 February 2015 when she matched the winning numbers for the $564 million Powerball jackpot, along with two other ticket holders for a total prize of $188 million each. Holmes now has money for her children, their children, and their children’s children and so forth. No more minimum wage, she’ll be living life to the max.
The Three Amigos Celebrate a Priceless Friendship
The entire lottery community was watching with anticipation as the winning numbers were picked for Mega Millions’ $656 million jackpot – the current world record for largest jackpot — on 30 March 2012. When the winning numbers were called, three friends got the shock of a lifetime. The three friends, who call themselves the Three Amigos, are all Maryland public school employees who pooled their money together to buy 60 tickets. One of the tickets matched all the winning numbers for a total prize of $218.6 million (two other tickets matched) or just a bit less than $35 million per amigo. Besides the fact that they’ve dedicated their lives to the public school system, the Three Amigos are cool winners because they’re intergenerational friends who seem so down-to-earth. They are comprised of a woman in her 20s, a man in his 40s, and another woman in her 50s; the 20-something held the tickets and when she saw they had a winner, she called her friends immediately and they met up late that night to celebrate in person. They also made great decisions like hiring a financial advisor and staying relatively anonymous. No fame necessary, just a winning ticket and lasting friendship.
A Lottery Stunt Goes Viral
Magic of Rahat, a well-known YouTube prankster with over 3.8 million subscribers, decided to use his skills for good when he gave a homeless man a winning scratch-off lottery ticket in March 2014. Rahat said that he kept seeing the same homeless man sitting outside the local shopping center and that people in the neighborhood had told him what a nice and respectable guy he was. Rahat gave the homeless man the winning ticket and said he didn’t know how much it was worth, so they’d have to go to the store together and check. When Rahat and the homeless man went to the store and found out the ticket was worth $1000, the homeless man was shocked. He kept trying to give Rahat some of the money, which he refused. The homeless man’s generous spirit inspired millions of viewers and people wanted more information about how to help the homeless man, whose name is Eric. Rahat established a fund for Eric on Fundly and within a matter of days, he managed to raise $30,000. The money has allowed Eric to rent a house for a whole year, giving him time and a chance to restart his life. To date, the original YouTube video has been viewed almost 22 million times.
Believe it or not, this is a question that lottery vendors get to hear quite often. Here are a two more common ones: do you have to hold on to your lottery ticket for forever? Aren’t copies of your tickets kept in the great and secret database inventory of the lottery you played? The answer to both of these questions is no, but that’s not where it ends. Let’s take a deeper look into the art of holding on to your lottery ticket.
When You Buy Your Lottery Ticket Offline
A lot of people use convenience stores to buy their lotter tickets, and why not? They are, after all, very convenient. After the purchase, the ticket is usually tucked somewhere safe in the car or in the wallet, and that’s where too many of them end up being forgotten. After the draw and the win, the player needs to go to a lottery vendor to get their price. Without the ticket, that is impossible! As if that’s not bad enough, any damage to the lottery ticket could also prevent the winner from collecting his or her prize!
So if you buy your lottery ticket on your own, keep the ticket safe from harm. After the draw, double-check your numbers. When you collect your winnings, your ticket will be taken care of.
When You Buy Your Lottery Ticket Online
When you buy your lottery tickets on theLotter, you needn’t worry about things such as ticket safety, checking your numbers, or even picking your secondary wins up! theLotter has offices all around around the world, and when you make a purchase, a local office buys the ticket in your name. The tickets are stored in a safety deposit for six months after the draw! Players receive a scan of their ticket, and when they win, the prizes are transferred directly to their accounts on the site, 100% commission free! When huge wins happen (like this one), theLotter sponsors the trip, so not only do you get your winnings with ease, but someone else pays for the travel expenses for you too!
So if you want to play the lottery online, here are a few awesome choices:
Mega Millions – the jackpot has passed the $100 million mark and is currently worth a whopping $106 million!
It may be 250 years old, but Spain’s La Primitiva has never looked better! One of Europe’s oldest lotteries also currently boasts the continent’s largest jackpot. Play La Primitiva online today and you could win €49.5 million this Thursday!
About La Primitiva
La Primitiva was started in 1763 by the Spanish monarchy as a way to raise funds for the nation’s treasury. It ran for 100 years and was reinstated in August 1985. To play La Primitiva, simply pick six numbers from 1 to 49. A reintegro number ranging from 1 to 9 is automatically chosen on each ticket. To win the jackpot, a ticket holder must match all six main numbers and the reintegro. Another bonus number is automatically chosen which is only used for the third prize; a ticket must match five main numbers and the bonus number to win that prize. The La Primitiva jackpot record was set in February 2014 with €72.6 million. La Primitiva holds drawings twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays at 20:30 GMT.
The Best of the 18th Century
La Primitiva isn’t the only 18th century establishment still in business today. Here’s a list of the who’s who of the 1700s:
* Yale University – 1701
* Biblioteca Nacional de España (National Library of Spain) – 1712
* Caffè Florian (the oldest functioning coffee house in continuous operation) – 1720
* Royal Dublin Society (Royal added in 1820) – 1731
* Sotheby’s – 1744
* Royal Society of Arts – 1754
* Lyceum Theatre – 1765
* United States of America – 1776
* Bangkok – 1782
* Toronto, Canada (as York) – 1793
If you want to make history of your own for years to come, don’t miss out on buying La Primitiva tickets this week!
26 June is the last Friday of the month which means it’s time for another Mega Friday! Buy your EuroMillions UK tickets and receive 10% off all one-time entries today*!
June Mega Friday Event
Since October 2014, the UK National Lottery — the official lottery organisation of the UK — has held a Mega Friday event on the last Friday of each month. 10 UK Millionaire Maker codes, which come automatically with the purchase of a EuroMillions UK ticket, are chosen creating 10 millionaires in one night! Along with the £1 million cash prize, each winner receives a special non-cash prize, usually a luxury holiday or item.
Past non-cash prizes have included a London shopping spree, a luxury sports car, and a round-the-world holiday. On 26 June, the 10 lucky new millionaires will receive an exotic two-week trip to their choice of Bali, Thailand or the Maldives. If you win through theLotter, you’ll receive the £1 million UK Millionaire Maker prize plus the cash alternative for the non-cash prize which will net you an additional £48,000. With that money you can plan your own luxury holiday to anywhere your heart desires!
EuroMillions Is Rising
With 10 guaranteed millionaires from EuroMillions UK, this is one draw not to be missed. But the EuroMillions jackpot itself is just as exciting! The starting jackpot rolled over last Tuesday so there is €25 million (or £17 million) at stake this Friday! Will it continue a rollover streak or will a new jackpot winner be revealed?
* Offer valid until Friday, June 26th, at 15:45 GMT.
The summer is officially beginning this weekend, 21st June, and the American jackpots are HOT right along with it! If you haven’t yet, get your summer clothes out, prepare your sun block, and get a cool pair of shades, because if you choose your numbers right, you the upcoming month’s heat is going to be a breeze!
The Big One – US Powerball!
With a $80 million jackpot, the US Powerball is not only the biggest American lottery this weekend, but it’s also the world’s biggest! To win US Powerball, all you need to do is select 5 numbers from a range of 1-59, as well as a single number from a range of 1-35. Don’t forget to select the Powerplay option, because that one multiplies all your secondary wins! It’s the sure way to turn $1 million into $2 million, and the rest of the secondary prizes can be multiplied by 2-5 times. That’s a potential lot of vacation funds you got coming your way!
Sunny Second Place – California SuperLotto Plus!
The California SuperLotto Plus has been climbing the lottery ladder in a slow and steady pace, which has brought its jackpot to being the second biggest American prize as well as the world’s! With $45 million at stake that could make a lot of people very happy, there’s practically no excuse to stay back. To play, choose 5 numbers from a 1-47 range, and an additional ball from a 1-27 pool.
Last but Not Least – Mega Millions!
There’s only one Mega Millions in the world! The lottery is currently offering $44 million, which places it as the third biggest jackpot in the US, and the fourth in the world. This is the lottery that holds the world record for biggest jackpot ever, worth $656 million. To play Mega Millions, select 5 numbers from a range of 1-75, and a Mega Ball from a range of 1-15. Mega Millions offers a prize multiplier as well, called the Megaplier. The Megaplier multiplies all your secondary prizes by up to 5 times!
Which one are you going to be playing for the weekend? Let us know in the comments!