Woman Discovers Irish Lotto Ticket Worth €139,025 in Handbag

A woman from Kilkenny is €139,025 better off are finding a winning Irish Lotto ticket in her handbag. The unsuspecting winner had been carrying the lucky playslip with her for two weeks before she finally discovered that she was in line to receive a sizeable six-figure sum.  

Having purchased the ticket for the draw on Saturday 6th August, the woman correctly matched five main numbers and the Bonus Ball, but overlooked the fact that the lucrative lottery ticket was still nestled deep in her bag. Upon collecting her prize, the woman told National Lottery officials how she managed to stumble across the ticket: “My handbag was bulging and I decided to clear the load. There were a few Lotto tickets in there. I’d just seen the news that the big jackpot was won in Leitrim but I thought, sure you never know, there might be a few quid on these.”

The woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, was understandably shocked by the news of her big win: “I checked the tickets on the scanner in the shop and was surprised when I got a message to contact the National Lottery. When I found out how much I won, I was absolutely delighted,” she said. The winning numbers had been randomly generated on a Quick Pick ticket that had been bought from the MacDonagh Station branch of Dunnes Stores in Co Kilkenny, an event that the woman clearly recalls; “I remember buying my ticket that day – I thought to myself that I was due a bit of luck. Someone must have been listening!” She now plans to spoil those closest to her with her newfound wealth.

If you would like to take home an Irish Lotto prize of your very own, this Saturday’s jackpot is worth an estimated €2.5 million and you certainly need to be in it to win it. Irish Lotto tickets are available to buy online or from any authorised retailer throughout Ireland. Best of luck, and keep those tickets in a safe place!

Man Who Survived Dubai Plane Crash Wins $1 Million Lottery Prize

A man who survived when an Emirates plane crash landed in Dubai on Wednesday 3rd August defied the odds once again by winning $1 million in an airport lottery a week later. Mohamed Basheer Abdul Khadar, who hails from Kerala in India and had worked in the United Arab Emirates for 37 years, was among 300 passengers and flight crew to escape the incident on Flight EK521 from Thiruvananthapuram to Dubai moments before the plane exploded.

Khadar had bought his ticket for the Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire lottery on his outgoing journey, a regular purchase he made when travelling to India. It was the 17th time he had entered the draw and, having survived a crash that left experts baffled as to how there were no fatalities, lady luck shone on him again six days later as he scooped the $1 million top prize.

He told Gulf News “I feel like God gave me a second life when I survived the plane crash, and blessed me with this money to follow all this up by doing good things.” The 61-year-old said he would not donate money to charity, but instead would search for a job helping needy children in Kerala once he had retired from his employment at a UAE car dealer.

There are many huge lottery jackpots to play for across the world every day of the week and you can take part in them from the comfort of your own home, no matter where you live. Online lottery concierge services buy tickets on your behalf and make the process of claiming prizes perfectly simple.

Tonight, you could attempt to snap up the €39 million EuroMillions jackpot or the top prize on America’s Mega Millions, which is worth $45 million. Simply visit the Lotto Tickets section to find out more. Good luck!

UK EuroMillions Winner on a Lucky Streak After Life-Saving Operation

EuroMillions winner Sonia Davies rang one of her daughters in the UK from Florida to ask her to buy a ticket for the lottery because she felt she was on a lucky streak after being given the all clear from an operation to remove a tumour. It turned out to be an inspired decision as their family syndicate ended up £61.1 million richer. Sonia, her partner Keith, her daughters Stephanie and Courtney and Stephanie’s partner Steve will share the gigantic sum after matching all five main numbers and two Lucky Stars on Friday 29th July.

Sonia had undergone surgery in America on the Wednesday before the draw to remove a tumour on her parathyroid gland, a condition that could have proved fatal had it not been performed. On the day of the draw, having being told the operation had been a success, a fortuitous message popped up in her inbox.

“When we got an email saying it’s a rollover we thought, well, we’re on such a roll,” recalled Sonia at a press conference to announce their win, “[Keith] was convinced that we were the luckiest people on the planet and definitely on a winning streak after the success of my op.” Daughter Stephanie, who was tasked with buying the winning entry, admitted “I thought mum was mad calling me from holiday, but they were so insistent I knew we had to do it.”

Steve told reporters that Stephanie had not checked the EuroMillions winning numbers until the early hours of Sunday, saying, “we were laughing and joking about the lottery. Steph remembered she had bought a ticket. She said ‘if I shout down it means we’ve won the lottery and if not, I’ve gone to bed’. She came down crying.”

The holidaying couple received the good news in an emotional call from Stephanie, taken at the airport as they waited for a delayed flight home. They checked the numbers again and confirmed that they were the only jackpot winners in the draw before boarding what Sonia called “the longest flight of our life.” Each family member will receive a £12.2 million split of the proceeds from the draw.

If you would like to follow in this lucky family’s footsteps, you can take part in tonight’s £20 million EuroMillions draw by visiting the Lotto Tickets page. Good luck!

Mega Millions $536 Million Jackpot Claimed

Hoosier Lottery officials have revealed that one very lucky Mega Millions ticket holder has come forward to claim a $536 million prize won on Friday 8th July. The winner’s identity is yet to be made public, but what is known is that the winner will collect the largest single-ticket lottery prize in history and the third-largest Mega Millions windfall.

A spokesman for the Hoosier Lottery, Dennis Rosebrough, announced that a “winner’s representative” will appear at a news conference on Friday regarding the sizeable jackpot win. He declined to provide any further information other than that a “claimant identity” would be announced. Indiana is a state that allows a limited liability corporation or legal trust to claim a winner’s prize on their behalf, therefore allowing the claimant to remain nameless if they wish to do so. The identity of the winner may still be shrouded in mystery, but what is known is that the lucky ticket was sold at a Speedway gas station in Cambridge City, some 50 miles to the east of the bustling metropolis of Indianapolis. However, lottery officials were quick to point out that the winner may not be local, as the gas station sits by the side of Interstate 70.

The news of the jackpot win has created a real buzz around the town of just 2,000 residents. Quoted by Fox News, Beth Leisure, the head of the community’s chamber of commerce, said: “It will be exciting to see who it is. No one has any clue, which kind of makes me feel like it could be somebody from out of town, but you just don’t know. Someone local, that would be nice. Someone who loves the town.” Despite the local enthusiasm to find out the identity of the winner, recent jackpot winners from Indiana have succeeded in keeping themselves off the radar. A $34.5 million Hoosier Lotto reward from 2012 and a Powerball prize of $57.6 million from 2008 immediately spring to mind.

It also remains unclear as to whether the winner will take the cash lump sum of $378 million or the full amount as part of an annuity. What is clear is that this latest Mega Millions winner was the first since March, ending the longest run of rollovers that Mega Millions has ever seen, and has become the third-largest prize winner in the game’s history. However, it is worth noting that they will become the recipient of the highest single-ticket prize since Mega Millions came into existence. While larger jackpots of $656 million in March 2012 and $648 million in December 2013 are still in first and second place respectively, each was shared between multiple ticket holders.

This evening’s draw is worth a guaranteed $20 million and could be in your bank account by next week if you matched the whole winning line. So, if you’d like to take home a Mega Millions prize all of your very own, entry could not be simpler. Tickets can be purchased online from around the globe or from any authorised retailer in participating states and jurisdictions. Good luck!

California Powerball Jackpot Winners Come Forward

The six-month wait to find the third and final winning ticket holder from January’s record-breaking Powerball draw is over. California couple Mavin and Mae Acosta successfully matched all five main numbers and the Powerball to join John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tennessee and Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt of Melbourne Beach, Florida in sharing an incredible jackpot of $1.58 billion, the largest prize total offered in lottery history. Their huge win was the talk of the lottery world for months, with many fearing that no one would come forward to claim the prize before the deadline.

With the draw having taken place back on January 13th of this year, the lucky couple deliberately delayed collecting their prize while they sought financial advice. In a statement released by California Lottery, the pair gave a brief idea of how they were going to use their massive windfall to help others: “While many decisions are still to be made, we have committed nearly all of this new resource to a Trust and to charities that are important to us.” Mr and Mrs Acosta, who won $528.8 million, opted to take the cash option of $327.8 million. The couple maintained that they were “very grateful for the wonderful wishes and encouragement” they had received, but made it clear that they wanted to remain as private as possible and they did not want to become public figures.

The Acosta’s decision to hold back and seek advice before claiming their prize is one that has been applauded by California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez. In a statement released by the organisation, Mr. Lopez said: “It may have taken six months for them to come to one of our offices, but these winners did just what we tell all our winners to do — they read our Winner’s Handbook and then assembled a team of legal and financial advisors to help them make the most of this windfall and prepare them for their new life as Lottery winners. We couldn’t be happier for them and are thrilled they took the time to assemble the right team before coming in to claim.”

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a Powerball jackpot of your own, Saturday’s jackpot is estimated to be worth an amazing $390 million. Powerball tickets are available to buy online or from any authorized retailer in participating states and jurisdictions. Good luck!

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