Aug 15

Boss Sent Employee Winning Lottery Ticket in the Mail

A Washington, DC woman received a South Carolina Lottery scratch-off through the mail from her boss, who was on business in Charleston, and is now $100,000 richer! Deborah Jefferson was sent the Funky 5’s lottery ticket in May and wanted to make absolutely sure her eyes hadn’t deceived her, so used a magnifying glass to ensure everything was in order!

Jefferson finally made the trip to South Carolina this week to pick up her check, telling lottery officials in the state that she had kept the win a secret until she knew she was definitely a winner.

Having taken the day off work to collect her prize, Jefferson says that she will now let her boss know that he’d had a winning ticket in his hands, but had let it go. Asked whether he will be upset when he finds out, Jefferson insisted he will be happy for her slice of good fortune.

The owner of Kangaroo Express in Mount Pleasant, where Jefferson’s boss bought the scratch-off, will also be celebrating after being awarded $1,000 for selling the winning entry.

The Funky 5’s game costs $5 and originally offered five $100,000 jackpot prizes, with one more remaining on sale in the state.

The South Carolina Education Lottery offers exciting draw games like Powerball, Mega Millions and Lucky for Life, as well as a wide range of instants. Since the lottery began in January 2002, it has donated $3.7 billion to K-12 programs, higher education scholarships and other community education projects across the state from Greenville to Myrtle Beach.

by Mike Redfern
Updated August 21st, 2015

Feb 14

$2 Million Powerball Ticket Sold in Lake Wylie

Powerball NewsSaturday February 8 2014 – Lottery officials have confirmed that the winning Match 5 ticket from Wednesday’s Powerball draw was purchased in Lake Wylie, South Carolina.

The winning ticket was purchased at Quik Trip on 4020 Charlotte Hwy in Clover and narrowly missed out on winning the jackpot, by just one number. The ticket matched all five main numbers drawn to win $1 million but as the holder of the ticket opted for the Power Play, the win increased to $2 million.

South Carolina lottery officials are urging players to check their tickets from Wednesday’s Powerball draw to see if they are the missing $2 million winner. According to a statement released by the lottery on Thursday, more than 12,000 players in South Carolina won prizes worth between $4 and $2 million in Wednesday’s draw. 4,700 of these purchased the Power Play feature and, as the Power Play number was 3, had all wins excluding the jackpot and Match 5 prize tripled.

As a result of Wednesday’s draw, the Powerball jackpot for tonight’s draw is now worth $247 million. The winning numbers from this evening’s draw will be available on Lottery.net, shortly after the draw takes place.

Other Lottery News

A lottery player in Santa Cruz is now $6.5 million richer after striking it lucky on a “Lucky for Life” scratch-off ticket. The fortunate winner has been named as Jacob Lackey, who purchased the winning scratch-off ticket from Steve’s Union Service gas station; a family-owned business located on 1500 Soquel Drive in Santa Cruz, California.

Jenny Oneto, the co-owner of Steve’s Union Service, said that “it couldn’t have happened to a better guy.” According to Oneto, Lackey is a regular at the station with a young family who could benefit from the win.

Lackey has the option to receive his scratch-off win as $5,000 per week over 25 years or a lump sum option of $3 million. The gas station will receive a retailer bonus of $32,500 for selling the winning ticket.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated April 5th, 2016

Oct 13

Asteroid Hitting Earth More Likely Than Winning Powerball?

Brace yourselves – the asteroid that narrowly missed the Earth back in September is coming back for another pot shot. Experts have estimated that the chance of the planet getting hit by Asteroid 2013 TV135 in 2032 is “better than that of winning the Powerball”. However, with twelve Powerball jackpots won and zero Extinction Level Events so far this year, we at LotteryWorld think these experts should check their facts!

Image of an asteriod hitting the Earth

Although the odds of winning the jackpot seem incredible at 1 in 175,223,510, the simple fact is that players do win. Although last night’s results saw no one match all six numbers for the ninth time in a row, we’d remind players that it has only been a little over a month since an anonymous man from South Carolina secured a whopping $399.4 million jackpot after he purchased a handful of Powerball tickets instead of the hotdog buns he originally went to buy!

Despite no one winning Saturday’s $186 million jackpot, six lucky players from California, Florida, Illinois, Missouri and Pennsylvania did manage to match five main numbers to win $1 million each (the Californian winner took home $541,955 due to the pari-mutuel prize system).

Saturday’s rollover means that the Wednesday jackpot is estimated at an incredible $216 million, which is the tenth time so far this year that the Powerball jackpot has rocketed past the $200 million barrier.

So, in the unlikely event that astronomers are right and the asteroid is hurtling towards Earth, don’t let that put you off buying your Powerball tickets – as $216 million would buy a heck of an end of world party for 2032!

Mega Millions News

Don’t forget, the first Mega Millions draw incorporating the new changes takes place this Tuesday, with a jackpot of $55 million at stake. The new format offers larger starting top prizes, faster growing jackpots and better odds of winning a prize all for the same tiny price of $1!

For more Earth-shattering jackpot news, visit Lottery.net

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated June 8th, 2018

Sep 13

Life Still A Lottery for One Oceans 16 Powerball Winner

Powerball NewsWinning the lottery is something millions of people across the world dream of on a daily basis. However, dreams can quickly turn into nightmares and sometimes the reality of becoming a millionaire overnight can prove hard for people to deal with. One of the recent winners of the $448 million Powerball jackpots, Willie Seeley, is finding this out the hard way.

Readers may remember Willie as being the stand out character of the Oceans 16 syndicate who shared one third of the $448 million Powerball jackpot back in August. With his straggly beard, tinted sunglasses and lively on stage antics, Willie was immediately adored by the public, especially when he announced during the press conference that he would be using some of the money to pay for his father’s cancer treatment. He even appeared on the Today show a day after claiming his check for $3.8 million, talking about how the money wouldn’t change him.

Willie and Donna Seeley appearing on the ‘Today’ show. Image from NBC News Today.

Sadly however, things haven’t gone so well for Willie since his win. He and his wife, Donna, recently gave an interview with NBC News in which they admitted they were missing the simplicity of their old life. As well as being harassed by distant relatives and strangers for cash, the family has also been hounded by every reality TV company in America who all want to make a star out of Willie.

Willie however, wants no such thing. In the interview, less than a week after he was photographed posing with his brand new truck, Willie explained the pitfalls of his newfound money and fame. “Would you want a camera following you around all day when you finally have the time to go hunting and fishing and do all the things you wanted to do?” His wife agrees, going as far as to call the money “a curse”.

Willie, posing for the cameras with his new truck. Image courtesey of Tony Dokoupil (NBC News)

Willie has said he plans to escape the circus around him by moving to his newly purchased cabin in the woods which stands in 15 acres of land, where he and his family can “be themselves”.

Willie’s Word of Warning

Willie also had a word of warning for the recent $400 million South Carolina winner. “Run. Just disappear. Get lost while you still can.”

While we at LotteryWorld feel for lottery winners who struggle to cope with the demands of their sudden new fortunes, it cannot be denied that Willie has courted the media since his syndicate went public over a month ago. A stream of photo opportunities, TV interviews and press articles has kept Willie and his family in the public eye and this hasn’t helped his quest for normality.

Although New Jersey is a state which requires players to go public, winners deal with this in a variety of ways. While they must give their names, they are under no obligation to give press conferences, TV interviews or make any other media appearances. Other members of the Oceans 16 syndicate have chosen to stay quiet, making no media appearances and giving no quotes. We have to wonder if they are receiving the same level of attention from long lost friends, family and TV producers as Willie.

As for Willie’s advice to the South Carolina winner? Luckily for him, he lives in one of the six states which allows players to retain their anonymity. So, providing he keeps a low profile instead of following in Willie’s footsteps, it could be that his identity remains under wraps forever.

by Sadie Walton
Updated September 1st, 2017

Sep 13

No Buns But Plenty of Dough for $399.4 Powerball Winner

Powerball NewsTuesday September 24 2013 – The owner of the winning Powerball ticket worth nearly $400 million has come forward to claim their prize but has opted to remain anonymous.

The ticket was purchased at a Murphy Express gas station on Monday September 16; two days before the draw which saw the Quick Pick ticket correctly match all five numbers and the Powerball.

The winner, who lives in the Columbia area, originally went into the gas station after his wife called him and told him to pick up some hot dog buns. Unfortunately, Murphy’s doesn’t sell hot dog buns but while browsing the man noticed signs advertising the $400 million Powerball jackpot and decided to buy $20 worth of tickets instead.

The Murphy USA gas station which sold the winning Powerball ticket (image from Google Maps)

The Murphy USA gas station which sold the winning Powerball ticket (image from Google Maps)

Although the winner has chosen to stay anonymous, he did have a chat to South Carolina Lottery officials when he claimed his prize yesterday. He told them he first realised he had won the jackpot the day after the draw on Thursday, and he had danced around his kitchen in celebration! As he was alone in the household, all he could do that day was tell his little dog about his tremendous good fortune, made even more special by the fact that this was only the second time he had played the lottery!

The Murphy Express gas station will be celebrating the hot dog lover’s good fortune too as they’ll now receive a check for $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Sadly we’re unlikely to find out anything further about this lucky man as South Carolina is one of six states which allow lottery winners to keep their anonymity by law. LotteryWorld would like to wish him, his wife and his little dog the very best of luck and hope they enjoy their new found wealth.

In Other Lottery News

While the estimated Powerball jackpot on Wednesday is worth just $50 million, tonight’s Mega Millions draw is the one to get excited about. The top prize is estimated at $160 million after rolling over since the end of July and is the second largest seen on the Mega Millions this year so far.

To read more about the Mega Millions, Powerball and other state lotteries, visit Lottery.net.

by Sadie Walton
Updated July 4th, 2018