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People don’t like to see a single mother playing the lottery – and winning

Everyone seems to have an opinion about who should play the lottery.  Should poor people play, and squander money that they cannot afford to lose?  Should wealthy people play, and perhaps win money that they don’t need?  It’s a hot topic.

Last year, Christina Hawrylowicz played the lottery.  She is a single mother who was getting disability support when she bought her winning ticket in the Canadian lottery.  She won $6.5 million.

There were some strong words from her fellow Canadians who wrote in to the Toronto Star newspaper. 

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Grandpa will cover that college tuition now

Charlie Watson has always lived a simple life.

For the past 15 years he’s worked as a night stocker at a grocery store, always organizing the canned goods on rows of shelves and putting away a little portion of his paycheck each month to pay for the college tuition of his grandson.  He wants his grandson to have a better life than his own.

“I enjoy my job, because it’s simple,“ Watson says. “That’s why I do it.”

Recently, Watson checked the winning numbers at the South Capitol Shell in southeast Washington DC. 

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Lottery winner keeps his job – then gets FIRED

A New York City doorman kept his day job at an exclusive Park Avenue apartment building after winning a $5 million lottery.  Now he has been dismissed…let go…okay, he was fired.

Kate Ferranti, a spokesman for the union representing apartment building workers, said Richie Randazzo notified the union’s grievance center on Tuesday that he had been fired.

The doorman, Richie Randazzo, advised the union representing apartment building workers that he had been fired.  The building’s management company (Brown Harris Stevens) did not return calls.

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The family that plays lotto together, stays together

The Matthews family has been celebrating this weekend after they won the second prize in the Jersey Hospice Million Pound Lottery.

Mo Matthews was part of a group of 13 members of his family, including his wife, two sons and sisters, and together they won around US$200,000..

Mr. Matthews said: ‘You don’t really think you are going to win. We looked upon it as a donation and didn’t expect to win anything. You always think of it as the kind of thing that happens to other people.’

Mr Matthews and his wife, Jill, were watching the draw live on TV, but they only watched the drawing for first prize and then turned it off before their winning numbers were announced as second prize.

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Lottery winner takes a year to claim prize

Peter Dushop could be called a procrastinating millionaire.

Dushop, 24 years old, is a realtor.  Approximately a year ago, he won a $3.6-million Lotto jackpot.  But he waited until Monday – three weeks before the deadline to come forward – to claim his winnings.

“I just really needed some time to think about how this will affect me and the people around me,” Dushop said in a news release.  “I’m still kind of in shock.”

Come on, I know that’s a lot of money, but “still in shock” a year later?