Mar 14

Romantic Reconciliation for Powerball Winner

A lengthy court case between lottery winner Pedro Quezada and his ex-partner Inez Sanchez was suddenly resolved last Friday in a shocking turn around that saw Sanchez relinquish all rights to the lottery win. Sanchez dropped the case under the condition she would not be charged for Quezada’s attorneys’ fees. However, it has since emerged that the pair actually reconciled their differences weeks ago and are now living as a couple in Clifton, New Jersey.

The couple’s separation coincided with Quezada’s $338 million Powerball win but while he was enjoying the life of a lottery winner, Sanchez was compelled to take out a restraining order on the former grocery store owner.   The motion prevented Quezada from spending time with the three children he had raised with Sanchez and forced him into a state of depression.

Paul Fernandez, lead attorney for lottery winner Pedro Quezada, said “[Quezada] went from having all of this family and no money, to having all of this money and no family.” Fernandez urged Quezada to contact Sanchez saying “Listen, love trumps all. Talk to her.” Thankfully, the attorney gave good council and on Valentine’s Day Quezada called Fernandez to tell him they were back together.


Pedro Quezada with Inez Sanchez
Image from Lottery Post

Judge Margaret Mary McVeigh, who was overseeing the case, said “I wish the parties good luck and a wonderful future, I hope this works out for you. Good luck, be happy and find what is most important in life.”

Quezada, who collected a pay-out of $152 million after taxes, certainly seems to know what’s most important in life and has used his lottery win generously. Quezada has already sent $57 million of his big win to the Dominican Republic in a gallant effort to improve the lives of family, friends and fellow Dominicans. 

To read past articles about the Quezada / Sanchez story, click here.


by Mike Redfern
Updated March 12th, 2014

Mar 14

Girlfriend of $338M Powerball Winner Will Receive Nothing

Powerball NewsSunday March 9 2014The former girlfriend of Pedro Quezada, who won $338 million back in March 2013, has decided to drop the lawsuit for a share of his winnings.

Inez Sanchez, who has a child with Quezada, agreed to drop the lawsuit on Friday and also relinquish all rights to pursue the case further. In return, Quezada agreed not to charge her for his attorneys’ fees.

Sanchez began the case against Quezada, pictured below, back in November with her attorneys declaring that as the winning ticket was bought based on the couple’s shared earnings as a “joint venture”, she had as much legal right to the money as if the pair were married. However, Quezada’s lawyers claimed that as the pair never married, Sanchez had no legal claim to the money.

The settlement on Friday was reached just as state Superior Court Chancery Division Judge Margaret Mary McVeigh was set to rule on a motion by Quezada’s attorneys to dismiss Sanchez’s lawsuit. Speaking in court on Friday, McVeigh said “I wish the parties good luck and a wonderful future, I hope this works out for you.”

This wasn’t the first time that the Powerball winner has been in hot water as shortly after his win he faced legal action over $29,000 worth of unpaid child support fees. According to news reports, Quezada settled the outstanding bill and said he would use his winnings to support his family and friends.

In the months that followed his Powerball win, Quezada spent a large portion of his win. As of November 2013, Quezada had sent $57 million to his native Dominican Republic, given away a further $5 million, spent $300,000 on a new home and according to Sanchez’s attorney Michael De Marco; there was an additional $20 million which couldn’t be located.

Details of Quezada’s current financial situation were not disclosed on Friday.

You can read more about the history of the story here.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated March 10th, 2014

Mar 14

Lucky Couple Scoop $3 Million After Lottery Numbers Finally Come Up… Again!

One Maine couple can’t believe their luck this week after their winning lottery numbers came up for a second time. Robert and Jeanne Gagnon scooped the $3 million Tri-State Megabucks Lottery jackpot on February 19, 27 years after the same combination appeared for the first time.

The Gagnons have been playing the same numbers – 2, 4, 11, 17, 18 and 28 – since the lottery first began in 1985 and although they’ve seen their combination come up twice, they’ve only been able to claim one prize. “I had all the numbers,” Jeanne Gagnon said on Wednesday. “But my husband forgot to pick up a ticket that day.”

“I’ve been hearing about it ever since,” Robert said, shaking his head.

Thankfully, the pair persevered and 27 years later they struck it lucky once again, earning a prize worth $3 million in the Megabucks draw. However, the couple had to wait over a week to claim their prize as severe storms battered the state.  The pair finally ventured to the lottery office in Augusta on Monday morning.

Jeanne and Robert Gagnon collect their prize Image from St John Valley Times

Jeanne and Robert Gagnon collect their prize
Image from St John Valley Times

“They took us from room to room,” Jeanne Gagnon said. “Then we got to the person who asked us how we wanted to receive the money.” The Gagnons, who have been happily married for 47 years, opted for the annuity payments.

“If we had taken the lump sum we would have lost $700,000 right off to taxes,” Jeanne Gagnon said. “I wasn’t having that.” Jeanne promised her thrifty attitude would continue despite the win; “I am still using my newspaper coupons,” she said. “That will never stop.” The couple has also consulted an experienced financial advisor on how to wisely handle their windfall.

After nearly 30 years to think about how they’d spend a big win, the Gagnons have no extravagant plans on the horizon. They intend to set up an estate to ensure their disabled son is always looked after and if they feel like they need it, buy a tractor-operated snow blower. They also plan to continue playing the lottery; “I bought a ticket this morning,” Jeanne Gagnon said.

With luck like theirs, we may be hearing about a third big win for the Gagnon’s in the near future.


by Mike Redfern
Updated March 7th, 2014

Mar 14

Oregan Bartender Blown Away by Lavish Lottery Tip

An Oregan bartender was blown away recently when one kind hearted customer willingly shared his lottery win with her. The $28,000 windfall came after an impulse buy into the Lucky Lines lottery draw last Thursday led to local man Tom Larson scooping the top prize.

Tom Larson of Canby, Oregan, purchased a ticket for the tic-tac-toe style daily game on a whim, at Mike’s Place, from bartender Debbie Rozzell. Larson, a regular customer at the bar on NW 1st Avenue, then told Rozzell to write both their names on the ticket and promised to split any winnings with her. “Put both of our names on it” he said, “…and if I win anything I’ll split it with you.'”.

Soon after, the pair couldn’t believe their luck as Larson’s ticket matched every number drawn and secured a top prize win of $28,000. “I thought if we won something we’d win two bucks or a hundred bucks or something like that,” said Larson who, despite the value of his win, stayed true to his word and gave half of the cash to a disbelieving Debbie Rozzell.

“I love Tom,” said Rozzell, who is understandably overjoyed by Larson’s generosity, “I think we’re a lot alike…If I say something, my word is the only thing I really have control over and that’s how he feels too.”

“You gotta do what you gotta do, your word is your handshake.” said Larson, who remains content with his decision; “I’ve got money in my pocket I didn’t have before and so does she,” he added “It makes me happy, so what? It’s the only way to be.”

Tom and Debbie Collect Their Big Win Image from www.katu.com

Tom and Debbie Collect Their Big Win
Image from www.katu.com

Larson told local reporters he plans to put his share in the bank, while Rozzell has already splashed out on a new laptop and is currently making plans for a summer vacation. While Larson’s generosity is certainly commendable, it appears he too has gained greater enjoyment from the gift and has made one bartender a very happy woman.

by Mike Redfern
Updated March 6th, 2014

Feb 14

Tonight’s Powerball Jackpot Makes it into Top 10 Powerball Jackpots of all Time

Powerball-newsTonight’s Powerball jackpot is estimated at $130 million and has made it into the top 10 Powerball jackpots of all time. The current jackpot is the result of 14 consecutive rollovers and more than six weeks without a top tier winner. The prize pool shot into 10th place after the jackpot jumped by almost $50 million in just a matter of days. LotteryWorld.com takes a look back at some of Powerball’s biggest jackpots and the winners’ stories.

$590.5 million – The biggest ever Powerball jackpot to date was by won by 84-year-old Gloria MacKenzie of Zephyrhills, Florida. The prosperous pensioner beat odds of 1 in 175 million to scoop the lottery’s largest jackpot on 18th May, 2013. The supersized prize came as a result of 12 rollovers, suggesting that it wouldn’t take long before the current jackpot surpasses this one to become the biggest in Powerball history.

$587.5 million – Mark and Cindy Hill shared the jackpot with Matthew Good from Arizona in 2012. The couple were understandably delighted about their win, although incredibly shocked when they first found out. Cindy Hill recalled the moment she discovered the win; “I called my husband and told him, ‘I think I am having a heart attack.’” Once she had recovered, Cindy said the couple were overjoyed and hoped to extend their adoptive family now that they were financially secure.

$340 million – A family syndicate shared this jumbo jackpot almost ten years ago, in 2005, and twenty relatives and family friends attended the special prize presentation at the lottery office in Salem. The Chaney Family, from Oregon, used their win to set up the Chaney Family Foundation whose mission is to “benefit the welfare of children and families and to support public safety”.

With an estimated 50% of Americans regularly participating in lotteries, it’s no wonder the US is home to the biggest lottery jackpots ever seen. For further information on these giant jackpots, click here.

by Mike Redfern
Updated August 4th, 2017