The Florida Lottery drew the grand prize in their $600 Million High Roller scratch-off game on 15th September.
And the big Florida lottery winner is Patricia Howell, 55, of Jacksonville. She just collected her check for $15,051,167.49 (as she opted for an immediate lump sum payment of the $20 million prize).
She originally won a $1,000 prize with her scratch-off ticket. All winners of the $1,000 and $20,000 prizes were automatically entered into the grand prize draw. In the end there were 9,117 winners in the running for the big $20 million prize.
(I don’t blame you if you didn’t choose to play this one though, as it was a $30 scratch-off game to play!)
Patricia plans to use her lottery winnings to help her family, travel and buy herself a new car.
Margaret Kilian bought a Funky 5′s scratch off lottery ticket. As many of us do she sat in her car getting silver dust all over the place, crossing her fingers for a win of maybe $10 or even $50.
So she couldn’t believe it when she realised she had just won $100,000. Margaret was stunned and just started shaking. It wasn’t an easy drive home she said, but thankfully she made it in one piece.
Margaret lives in Vacherie, Louisiana with her husband and daughter. She had planned to take their daughter to Disney World last year. But sadly her husband was laid off from work preventing the trip. Now of course the trip is back on thanks to the Funky 5 lottery scratchers. A large part of the rest of the her winnings will go to paying off the car loan and mortgage, making daily life much easier.
Abraham and Celia Silverbush hit the big time with a $35 Million win on Mega Millions, announced this morning.
Also revealed was that they used a lottery system to secure the huge win. Abraham said he and his wife routinely pooled their money together with their five children to buy tickets, and then applied a Russian lottery system to the numbers they chose. And it’s not the first time they’ve had a good win either:-
I stick with 16 numbers, supplement with a Russian system … which tells you how to utilize those numbers so you don’t get mixed up. Twenty-two thousand dollars was the most we’ve ever won in the past. Far from $35,000,000.
So what are this wealthy family from Syracuse, New York going to do with their big win?
Abraham, 77, says he doesn’t actually need anything, and doesn’t actually want to buy anything really. His wife Celia would like to buy a new house because the stairs are getting hard to deal with.
I would like to keep the house — maybe one of the kids could live in it, but I’d buy a house on one floor in the same area. I do like the city of Syracuse.
Both of the hard working couple plan to keep their jobs, as all their children do too. They intend to remain true to who are they are but just with a little more spending money.
The Silverbush family chose the lump sum option for their jackpot, so take home around $14.6 million after taxes.
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A couple formally from Wellington, New Zealand just hit $333,333 on the NZ Lotto.
The wife heard on Sunday that the Pak n’ Save store in Richmond had sold a winning ticket. Nervously checking their tickets she discovered their big win:
“I realised we had six matching numbers on the last line of one ticket but I couldn’t quite believe it so I checked and checked and checked again, about 10 times, then I asked my husband to have a look.”
Her somewhat shocked husband checked all over again:
“I saw we had all the numbers but the last thing I won was a frozen chicken back in 1975 so I found it hard to really believe we’d won Lotto.”
The unidentified couple live in the Nelson area, but travelled back to Wellington to collect their $333,333 share of the first-division prize yesterday. They made sure to celebrate their win properly with a champagne lunch in Wellington.
The couple have had a few misfortunes during the years, so they were particularly relieved to have money to put towards their mortgages and help out their family and local charities.
23 year old cowboy lottery winner Neal Wanless struck gold with the Powerball on Friday, with a massive win of $232 million. And what a deserving winner too.
Good kid cowboy Neal is single and lives with his parents on the family 320 acre ranch near Mission, Todd County, where they raise cattle, sheep and horses. Rural Todd County in South Dakota is the seventh poorest county in the USA.
The family don’t own a phone, and even had a mobile home repossessed last year. They were in danger of losing their house until Neil had a very lucky day in town.
Bought Tickets Bought In Winner!
Driving into town for some livestock feed, Neil took a chance on $15 worth of tickets for 27 May Powerball draw. He couldn’t help but smile when he explained he bought the tickets at a convenience store in a town called Winner.
The local Mission people and friends were truly happy for Neil and his family, as wearing a black cowboy hat and a huge smile he accepted his giant check in a ceremony on Friday. “I hope they enjoy their money”, said county assessor Cathy Vrbka and family friend, “they work hard, backbreaking hard work.”
What Will Cowboy Lotto Winner Neil Do With The Money?
He spent the last week working on the ranch and plans to continue that lifestyle. Although he did tell lottery officials he plans to buy himself a bigger spread.
He will also repay the kindness the town have shown to his family. “My family has been helped by the community, and I intend to repay that help many times over”, he said, “I want to thank the Lord for giving me this opportunity and blessing me with this great fortune. I will not squander it” .
$88.5 Million In The Bank
Neil chose the lump sum option for his winnings, so even after taxes are deducted, he walks away with a new bank balance of $88.5 million. Making him one of the biggest lottery jackpot winners in US lottery history.
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