Aug 13

Lucky Yonkers Man Claims $2.9 Million NY Lotto Prize

Wednesday August 21st, 2013 – A Yonkers man who has been playing New York Lottery for over 30 years finally hit it big last month and won a $2.9 million jackpot. Antonio Iglesias, 79, won the jackpot on July 13, 2013 and came forward yesterday to claim his winnings.

Iglesias, originally from Cuba, matched the winning numbers which were 2 – 9 – 14 – 16 – 23 – 27 from the New York Lotto drawing on Saturday July 13th, 2013 to win the jackpot. He purchased his winning ticket from the Stop & Shop Supermarket on Vredenburg Avenue in Yonkers, however the cashier accidentally charged him for an extra set of numbers and, as luck would have it, these were the numbers that hit and landed him with the $2.9 million jackpot!

He went to check his ticket on the Monday after the drawing and couldn’t believe it when the scanner flashed up ‘Big Winner’. “I said ‘holy cow’ and then signed it right away,” he told reporters when collecting his winnings.

Iglesias collecting his winners Image Source - News 12 Westchester

Iglesias collecting his winnings
Image Source – News 12 Westchester

New York Lottery officials presented him with his check at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday August 20th, 2013 where he opted to receive a cash lump sum which, after taxes, is worth $1,183,521.

Iglesias becomes New York’s 82nd millionaire of 2013 and plans to share his winnings with his family. Speaking to abc7 Eyewitness News he said: “I worked very hard my entire life. I will use the money to help out my children and grandchildren so maybe they won’t have to work as hard as I did.”

Congratulations Antonio from LotteryWorld – we hope you enjoy your winnings!

Other Lottery News

If you want to follow the footsteps of Iglesias and win a New York Lottery prize then the good news is you might have done so already! There is currently over $28 million of unclaimed lottery prize money in the state of New York alone, so we advise players to dig out any old lottery tickets and check them thoroughly to see if they have won a prize!

Just yesterday LotteryWorld reported that a NY Powerball prize worth $1 million remains unclaimed and is due to expire on August 25th, 2013 if the winner fails to come forward. Unclaimed prizes can be a result of players losing their tickets, putting them through the wash, forgetting to check their tickets and in some cases, players losing interest when they haven’t won the jackpot.

So, visit Lottery.net to check your lottery tickets now to see if you are one of the many outstanding winners!

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated August 31st, 2017

Aug 13

Unclaimed $1 million Powerball Ticket in NY

Tuesday August 20, 2013 – An unclaimed Powerball ticket worth $1 million is due to expire unless its owner comes forward at the last moment.

The ticket, which was purchased from Playland Market, 488 Forest Avenue in Rye, West Chester County (pictured below), will expire on August 25 unless the unknown ticket holder makes himself known to New York Lottery officials before this date.

A $1 million Powerball ticket was sold at the Playland Market in Rye

The owner of the store which sold the winning ticket, Ralph Alfalahi, is so eager for the winner to come forward he has put a sign up outside with the winning Powerball numbers in an attempt to jog people’s memories. Those winning numbers were 1, 6, 7, 20, 49 and the Powerball was 23. The ticket successfully matched up all five main numbers to win the $1 million prize.

In addition to the sign, Alfalahi says he and his staff keep reminding their customers about the unclaimed prize. “It’s very unusual right?” he told the NY Daily News. “Most people who play lotto, they check their tickets two or three times.”

Sadly however, unclaimed prizes are not as uncommon as Alfalahi may think. In 2012, there was over $65 million in unclaimed lottery prize money in New York alone. New York’s biggest ever single unclaimed prize was a $68 million Mega Millions jackpot which was sold in Brooklyn, in the draw which took place on Christmas Eve, 2002. Once they expire, unclaimed prizes are redistributed back into the prize pool for future winners.

Nevertheless, this $1 million unclaimed prize will be the biggest prize to go unclaimed in the Lower Hudson Valley area according to New York Lottery spokesperson, Christy Calicchia. Her advice? “Check your pockets, check your desk, check wherever you keep your papers.”

In addition to this prize, lottery officials are also calling out for players in neighboring New Jersey to check their Powerball tickets, as the third winner of the $448.4 million jackpot also is yet to come forward. The remaining ticket was purchased in the Stop n Shop Supermarket on Summerfield Boulevard, South Brunswick, and is worth an estimated $149.4 million (annuity). The other two jackpot winning tickets from the draw on Wednesday August 7 have been claimed, one by Paul White from Minnesota and the other by a syndicate of 16 vehicle workers from Oceans County, NJ (read more about them here).

The moral of this story? Check your tickets, as just like the New York Lottery says, Hey, You Never Know!

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by Sadie Walton
Updated June 8th, 2018

Aug 13

Hunt is On to Locate Missing New Jersey Powerball Winner

Wednesday August 14th, 2013 – Following last Wednesday’s huge Powerball win two of the three winning tickets have been claimed but the third still remains outstanding.

The ticket in question was purchased at the Super Stop n Shop, 24 Summerfield Blvd. & Rt 522, South Brunswick in Middlesex County, New Jersey for last Wednesday’s drawing and, along with two other tickets, matched the five main numbers and the Powerball to win the jackpot.

Stop & Shop in South Brunswick, N.J celebrate selling a winning Powerball ticket with a cake. Source: NewsTimes.com - Rich Schultz

Stop n Shop in South Brunswick, N.J celebrate selling a winning Powerball ticket with a cake.
Source: NewsTimes.com – Rich Schultz

Over the past week the other two winning ticket holders, one from Minnesota and the other from New Jersey, have come forward and claimed their share of the $448 million jackpot but with the third still unclaimed lottery officials are eager to locate the winner and unite them with their prize before it expires.

For players who purchased any Powerball tickets from this store for the drawing on Wednesday August 7th 2013 LotteryWorld advises you to check your Powerball tickets to see if you are the missing winner. If you find are the winner sign the back of the ticket, keep it safe and contact lottery officials to claim your prize. To view last Wednesday’s Powerball numbers, visit Powerball.net.

Last Wednesday’s drawing not only made Powerball history for being the third largest jackpot in the game but it was also the first time in 20 years that two winning jackpot tickets were sold in the same state. The last time that happened was back in December 1993 when two winning tickets for the same draw were sold in the District of Columbia.

Other Lottery News

Tonight’s Florida Lotto jackpot is worth an impressive $51 million after 32 successive draws with no top prize winners. Tonight’s jackpot is the largest jackpot seen in the game since April 17th 2010 so for your chance at hitting this rollover jackpot tonight have your Florida Lotto ticket(s) ready. For more information on Florida Lotto, visit Lottery.net where you will also be able to find tonight’s Florida Lotto numbers shortly after the draw had taken place. Good luck!

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated June 8th, 2018

Aug 13

Are The “Oceans 16” Little Egg Harbour Powerball Winners?

Powerball NewsFriday August 9 2013 – News travels fast when it comes to big Powerball winners and rumors travel even faster. So when speculation into the identity of the Little Egg Harbour New Jersey Powerball winners began yesterday, most reporters took the unsubstantiated rumors with a pinch of salt. However, despite there being no official word from the NJ Lottery, it now seems certain that one of the three winning Powerball tickets, worth $149.4 million each, belongs to a syndicate of 16 vehicle workers.

The group, who have been nicknamed “Oceans 16”, are thought to be garage workers for Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance who purchased their usual tickets for their office pool from Acme in Little Egg Harbour. Although none of the group have been named, their department manager, Jim Pine, confirmed to local media earlier today that his employees were in fact the winners.

“I couldn’t be more happy for them,” he told the Atlantic City Press, “They’re a group of wonderful, hardworking people, and them showing up for work today ought to tell you something.”

There has also been excitement at the Acme store (pictured below) which stands to receive $30,000 for selling the winning ticket. Phil Weber, director of the store, has pledged to donate $10,000 in gift cards to local charities, as many residents of the Little Egg Harbor area are still struggling from the effects of Superstorm Sandy last year.

The Acme Store which sold one of 3 winning Powerball tickets

It is thought that some of the alleged winning syndicate members were also affected by the storm, which caused a total of $65 billion in damage across the US in October 2012, making millions homeless and killing at least 73 people. Over 5,000 homes were damaged in the seaside township of Little Egg Harbor, with many residents – including some employees of the Acme store – still out of their homes today.

Although still waiting for the NJ Lottery to officially confirm the win, which potentially could see each member of the syndicate win up to $5 million each (before tax), residents in Little Egg Harbor are thrilled with the idea that the prize will be going to members of the community who deserve some a little luck.

Stay tuned to LotteryWorld for the latest news on the winners as and when it breaks.

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by Sadie Walton
Updated September 3rd, 2013

Jul 13

$1 Million Powerball Prize Remains Unclaimed

Saturday July 27th, 2013 – A lucky Powerball player is currently sitting on a win of $1 million and may not even realize. The prize in question was won last year with a ticket purchased in New York but has since remained unclaimed and will expire on Sunday August 25th, 2013.

The winning $1 million ticket was purchased at the Playland Market Store, 488 Forest Avenue in Rye, Westchester County, NY for the Powerball drawing on Saturday August 25th, 2012 and matched the five main numbers which were 1 – 6 – 7 – 20 – 49. The player who purchased the ticket has until August 25th, 2013 to claim the prize before it is considered null and void and the winnings returned to the Powerball prize pool for future winners.

New York Lottery officials are urging players to check their tickets as they are keen to unite the lucky winner with their Powerball prize. So if you remember purchasing a Powerball ticket at the Playland Market Store in Westchester at the end of August last year and didn’t check your ticket, it may be time to do a spring clean to try and locate your ticket to see if you are the mystery $1 million winner. If you are, sign the back of the ticket, keep it safe and contact lottery officials immediately to claim your prize before it expires.

For your chance to become a Powerball winner the next drawing takes place tonight and has a rollover jackpot worth an incredible $196 million. Jackpots of this size often see a surge in ticket sales so make sure you purchase your ticket(s) in plenty of time for the draw!

The latest Powerball results can be found on www.lottery.net.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated April 5th, 2016