Sep 13

Illinois Lottery Halloween Millionaire Raffle Returns


Image source – IllinoisLottery.com

Monday September 30 2013 – Last week the Illinois Lottery launched the Halloween Millionaire Raffle game for 2013 which gives players the chance to win prizes ranging from $100 up to $1 million. This year’s Halloween Raffle game has four $1 million prizes on offer plus a scarily good twist in the form of an Early Bird drawing!

Instead of there being a single Grand Prize drawing, this year the Halloween Raffle gives players the chance to win an additional $500,000 in a special Early Bird drawing which takes place on October 3. To be in with a chance of winning in this extra draw, simply purchase your Halloween Raffle ticket(s) from any lottery retailer before Wednesday October 2 2013 to receive an entry for the Early Bird drawing as well as an entry for the Grand Prize drawing. Tickets will continue to be sold after this date for entry to the Grand Prize Raffle draw.

The Grand Prize Halloween Raffle draw will then take place on November 1 when four lucky tickets will be randomly selected to each win a tasty treat of $1 million!

In addition to the top prizes in the Halloween Raffle, there are also 5,000 prizes of $100 being given away. These are instant win prizes so if you are a prize winner, your Halloween Raffle ticket will include details of your prize and you can you can claim it immediately. If you are one of the lucky $100 winners, don’t forget to keep hold of your raffle ticket as you could also be a winner in either the Early Bird or Grand Prize drawings!

Halloween Raffle tickets are limited to 500,000 and with 1 in every 100 tickets winning at least $100, this is a game with spookily good odds!

To see if you’re a Halloween Raffle winner, visit the Illinois Lottery website on either October 3 or November 1 where a list of winning raffle numbers will be available.

Good luck!

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated February 17th, 2015

Sep 13

Mega Millions And Powerball Jackpots Continue to Surge

Mega Millions NewsThe dizzying US lottery rollovers continue as not one ticket managed to lay claim to either Mega Millions or Powerball jackpots this weekend.

Mega Millions swelled to $173 million on Friday night’s draw, yet no player matched all five winning numbers of 9, 23, 27, 49, 51 plus the Mega Ball 38.

This was the eighteenth Mega Millions draw in succession without a top prize winner, and tomorrow’s jackpot is projected to reach a whopping $189 million, which currently stands as the biggest lottery prize available to play for this week.

If there’s still no jackpot winner tomorrow night then we could well see Friday’s draw with a staggering $200+ million windfall up for grabs, which will surely leave many lottery fans hot under the collar.

Meanwhile, life in the Golden State just got a little shinier for one lucky Californian, who managed to match five main Mega Millions numbers to win $259,368 under state pari-mutuel law, where the prize depends on ticket sales and the number of winners in each category. Twelve winners of the Match 5 in other states each scooped $250,000 each.

Powerball News

None of the 16.9 million tickets sold seized the $60 million Powerball bonanza on Saturday, bringing this Wednesday’s rollover up to an estimated $70 million. Fortune favored one lucky player who matched all five main numbers 14, 47, 52, 53 and 54 to pocket $1 million.

Recent lottery wins have shattered existing records with the top five US jackpots of all time having been won since March 2012. This is no doubt due to Powerball game changes which have accelerated rollover totals, and with Mega Millions modifying its own lottery from October, we’re surely set to see some astronomical amounts stacking up over the next year.

Keep on top of the latest Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots and results on Lottery.net.

by Mike Redfern
Updated August 2nd, 2017

Sep 13

Powerball Results for Saturday September 28th 2013

Powerball News

Here are the Powerball Results for Saturday 28/09/2013. Along with the winning numbers for this draw you can see a full prize breakdown below as well as a draw schedule showing the days of the week that the Powerball draw takes place:

Main Balls: 14 - 47 - 52 - 53 - 54
Powerball: 5

Next Draw: Wednesday October 9th 2013
Next Jackpot: $70,000,000

Powerball Prize Breakdown for 9/28/2013

Prize Level Prize Winners
Match 5 plus Powerball $60,000,000 0It's a Rollover!
Match 5 $1,000,000 1
Match 4 plus Powerball $10,000 23
Match 4 $100.00 603
Match 3 plus Powerball $100.00 989
Match 3 $7.00 33,100
Match 2 plus Powerball $7.00 17,518
Match 1 plus Powerball $4.00 122,247
Match 0 plus Powerball $4.00 283,012
Match 5 (with Power Play) $2,000,000 0
Match 4 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $40,000 3
Match 4 (with Power Play) $200.00 121
Match 3 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $200.00 214
Match 3 (with Power Play) $14.00 6,320
Match 2 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $14.00 3,347
Match 1 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $12.00 24,034
Match 0 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $12.00 57,022

Draw Schedule

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I hope you had good luck in Tonight's Powerball draw!

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by Mike Redfern
Updated September 29th, 2013

Sep 13

Irish Lotto Results for Saturday September 28th 2013

Irish Lotto News

Here are the Irish Lotto Results for Saturday 28/09/2013. Along with the winning numbers for this draw you can see a full prize breakdown below as well as a draw schedule showing the days of the week that the Irish Lotto draw takes place:

Main Balls: 19 - 24 - 32 - 33 - 37 - 43
Bonus Ball: 35

Next Draw: Wednesday October 2nd 2013
Next Jackpot: €4,000,000

Irish Lotto Prize Breakdown for 9/28/2013

Prize Level Prize Winners
Match 6 €3,538,428 0It's a Rollover!
Match 5 plus Bonus €25,000 1
Match 5 €2,641 25
Match 4 plus Bonus €247.00 67
Match 4 €64.00 1,594
Match 3 plus Bonus €30.00 2,258
Match 3 €5.00 26,983

Draw Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
No No Yes No No Yes No

I hope you had good luck in Tonight's Irish Lotto draw!

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by Mike Redfern
Updated September 28th, 2013

Sep 13

The Frugal Lottery Millionaires

Earlier in the week we bought you the story of Powerball lottery winner, Willie Seeley, who won a share of the monster $448 million Powerball jackpot last month. Despite never having to worry about money again, Willie has said the money hasn’t made him happy after making substantial lifestyle changes including quitting work and becoming a media darling.

There is a lot of truth in the old saying that money doesn’t buy happiness. Here are just a few millionaires – lottery winners and business people alike – who continue to live ordinary lives despite having mega fortunes, and are the better for it.

Alexandra Chaar, from Clearwater, Florida, won $1 million on a Florida Lottery scratch off

Alexandra Chaar, 21, was earning $400 per week as a waitress in a Mexican restaurant and living in a shared house with four friends when she struck it lucky on a Florida Lottery scratch off in 2012. But instead of splurging all her cash on a new house and quitting her job, Chaar continued to work her job and stayed in the same shared house. Her only splurges were a car and a camera. Otherwise, she insists that life has stayed the same.

“I ask myself why is it me that won the lottery? Why me, when I’m happy working all the time and supporting myself?”

Susan Boyle, from Scotland, singer who shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent

The exterior of Susan Boyle’s home in Blackburn, Scotland. Picture: Tim Anderson.

52 year old Susan Boyle, who hails from the town of Blackburn in Scotland, has amassed a fortune of more than $33 million since being spotted by Simon Cowell on the reality TV show Britain’s Got Talent. However, despite touring the world, singing for Pope Benedict XVI and appearing on TV shows across the globe, Boyle has remained grounded. She is often spotted taking the bus to shop at a dollar store in her Scottish hometown and still lives with her cat in the modest house she grew up in.

Paul Cousins, from Perth, Western Australia, won AUD$5 million on the Australian Lotto

Lotto winner Paul Cousins

When 55 year old Paul Cousins scooped the jackpot on the Australian Lotto back in 2009, he continued to live in the caravan he had called home for the previous five years. Despite making headlines after his Lotto win, he refused to leave his caravan, saying he was “happy as Larry” living there. His biggest extravagance was a new outboard motor for his boat – but not a new boat.

“I’m just a simple bloke,” he explained.

David Cheriton, from Canada, one of the first investors in Google

With an estimated worth of $1.3 billion, Cheriton would be entitled to splash out a little more than most. However, he lives so frugally that, when eating out, he regularly takes half of his meal home in a doggy bag to eat the next day. He has also confessed to cutting his own hair for the last 15 years to avoid barbers fees and tips. Cheriton credits his frugal ways to growing up in a household of eight during the Great Depression in Canada and where penny pinching was essential to survive.

With lottery winners twice as likely to be made bankrupt than the general population (according to a study by the University of Kentucky), it’s clear that even with millions of dollars in the bank your future is not always guaranteed. Successful lottery winners allow their lives to be enriched rather than ruled by their sudden wealth – a lesson future lottery winners would be wise to heed.

For some, the possibilities created by buying their ticket is enough to create a short term level of excitement called “brainstorming”, according to author Alex Osborn. So if you want to get your pulse racing and endorphins flowing, you could do a lot worse than play tonight’s Powerball which has an estimated jackpot of $60 million. But remember the lessons of Willie, Alexandra and Paul – if you do win, make the right millionaire lifestyle decisions!

by Sadie Walton
Updated November 6th, 2019