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A mystery winner claims lottery millions
Saturday, September 04, 2004
The identity of the winner, however, remains a mystery.
Lottery officials announced Aug. 20 that the winning ticket for a $52 million jackpot was sold at a Shaker Heights store. Lawyer Dennis Siciliano claimed the treasure as trustee for the ABC Blind Trust. But Siciliano's client the real winner has not been identified. Siciliano could not be reached for comment.
Mardele Cohen, spokeswoman for the Ohio Lottery Commission, said in a written statement that the trust would receive a lump-sum payment of a little over $30.5 million, before taxes. The after-tax payout will amount to about $21.8 million. (There was $30,492,924 allocated from sales for the 6 of 6 jackpot prize winner.)
Shaker Quality Foods receives a $52,000 bonus for selling the winning Mega Millions ticket.
The odds of winning the Mega Millions are 1 in 135 million, Cohen said.
Eden Prairie couple steps forward to claim Powerball jackpot
ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) -- An Eden Prairie couple stepped forward Monday to claim a Powerball jackpot worth up to $98.7 million.
David Wenell bought the only winning ticket at a Cub Foods store in Eden Prairie, then left it on his dresser before he and his wife, Mary Beth, headed up north to the lake for the weekend. They didn't learn they were winners until they came home.
"I guess I'm a dreamer. I usually fail at this -- every week, actually,'' he said.
They decided against taking the $98.7 million annuity option, which would have paid $3.2 million a year for 30 years, and chose the lump-sum cash option of $53.1 million, which will get them $35.9 million after withholding.
Wenell said he has spent an average of $1 every week over the last 10 years on lottery games.
"It's not a bad investment,'' he said. "It's fun. Everybody needs to dream.''
The Wenells -- he's 52, she's 47 -- said they both plan to retire right away. David did clinical research for medical device companies, while Mary Beth was an executive assistant. She went to work Monday morning but left at noon.
"I wasn't too good at concentrating this morning,'' she said.
The Wenells have two daughters, one a teenager and one adult.
This was the second time in a row that a Powerball jackpot has gone to a Minnesota winner. A Stillwater couple won a jackpot July 7 that would have been worth $21.1 million under the annuity option but took the $11.1 million cash option.
The Wenells are Minnesota's 18th Powerball winners, the lottery said. The state also had six jackpot winners with its predecessor, Lotto America. The odds of winning a Powerball jackpot are about 1 in 120 million.
Powerball tickets are sold in 28 other states, including West Virginia, and in the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Pullman, Michigan Man Claims
Campbell, 63, of Pullman, picked up his check for $19,128,233 as the sole winner of the July 23 Mega Millions $47 million jackpot. Campbell elected to take his winnings in a lump sum payment. There was $26,937,001 in the jackpot prize pool for the winner.
Congratulations to Mr. Campbell and his family! We wish him much success in his new-found wealth, said Lottery Commissioner Gary Peters.
The winning ticket was sold at Als Total, 5624 109th Ave., Pullman, on the evening of the drawing. The winning numbers were 5, 12, 25, 35, 37 and 12. Campbell, who has been playing the Michigan Lottery since it was first established, chooses his own numbers. The winning Gold Mega Ball number, 12, is his daughters birthdate.
He and his wife plan to purchase a new home with their winnings and do some serious relaxing. Campbell is retired from the Dr. Pepper-7-up Bottling Division in Holland.
$9 Million Lotto Winner Calls Mom From
July 22, 2004 - With Texas Lottery staff hooting and hollering in the background, MacArther "Mac" Petty of Dallas called his mother from Lottery headquarters in Austin today and gave her the news every mother wants to hear; her son won the Lottery.
As far as he's concerned, there's one thing he plans to purchase for himself pretty quickly.
The winning numbers were 16-24-36-37-39 Bonus 24.
Winner Of $145 Million Lotto
By POLLY ROSS HUGHES
AUSTIN -- A publicity-shy El Paso man today turned in the winning ticket for
The Texas Lottery Commission said that Alfredo Ornelas Barragan accepted an
Ornelas arrived with his attorney, Ernesto Pineda, around 10 a.m. and spent most
"He's very quiet but eager to have the prize claimed," said Leticia Vasquez, an
Vasquez said Barragan is president of IBO Management, which manages VOM
Previous lottery winners have formed partnerships in an attempt to keep their
Secretary of State records show that Barragan registered the partnership 10 days
"We are very happy and thankful for this gift that God has given us," said
The winning Lotto Texas ticket was purchased June 19 at a downtown El Paso
Vasquez said the winning partnership requested minimum publicity, and no
The cash-option payout for the $145 million prize was $82.5 million. That was
Company Claims Prize Of $82.5 Million ...
(Austin, July 7, 2004) - VOM Enterprises, Ltd., IBO Management Company, L. L. C., G. P., Alfredo Ornelas Barragan, president, of El Paso today received a prize totaling $82,569,717, the cash value option amount for the record $145 million Lotto Texas jackpot of the June 19, 2004 drawing.
The Downtown Chevron, 715 North Stanton in El Paso, sold the Quick Pick ticket. The retailer is eligible to receive a bonus of one percent of the advertised jackpot capped at $500,000.
A 25 percent tax of $20, 642,429.25 was excised from the Cash Value Option prize. The final amount was $61,927, 287.75.
The partnership requested minimum publicity.
The numbers drawn were 29-26-9-28-40 Bonus 16.
Queens Fisherman is Sole Jackpot-Winning Ticket
I never thought Id actually win, said the reserved Penello who makes his livelihood casting fishing nets in the waters off of Freeport, NY. I started playing the Mega Millions game with my brothers and sisters when it first came out, just for the fun of it. We all got a kick out of thinking about what we would do if we won. Now Ive won and Im still not sure what to do!
The only immediate plan Penello has for his new-found fortune is to split it evenly among himself and his four siblings, Louis, (46); Frankie, (44); Laura, (41); and Marie (38). We always played together, so it just makes sense that we would win together, too, he said. The Penello family will split a lump sum payout totaling $37,325,901 before taxes. (FYI - There was $37,506,898 in the prize pool. Because the MM group pays the amount "advertised" and does NOT guarantee the amount in the prize pool, the states earned an extra $180,997 on this roll.)
Penello was presented with his check during a ceremony in the Winners Circle at Belmont Park on Thursday afternoon following the fourth race, aptly named The New York Mega Millions.
New York Lottery Director Nancy A. Palumbo said she could appreciate the similarities between Penellos good luck story and the worlds fascination with Smarty Jones quest for the Triple Crown. Smarty Jones has come to be known as the peoples champion because of his ability to beat tremendous odds and emerge a winner, Director Palumbo said. Peter Penello and his family may very well be the players champions because they also saw a chance to dream bigger and come out winners.
The odds for winning the Mega Millions jackpot based on a $1 wager are 1 in 135 million.
The winning numbers for New Yorks Mega Million drawing held on May 7, 2004
Penello purchased his winning ticket at Lawson Convenience located at 3111 B Lawson Boulevard in Oceanside, NY.
Wheaton couple identified as lottery winners
By Jacqueline Seaberg
(April 20, 2004) Maryland State Lottery officials today announced the winners of the $109 million, multistate Mega Millions lottery jackpot, the second-largest award ever in Maryland.
Wheaton residents Miguel and Maria Bonilla, who won the April 9 drawing, have elected to receive the winnings as a lump sum of $62,163,496.64. After state and federal taxes, the Bonillas will get nearly $42 million. (Inserted by LottoReport.com: There was $63,249,585 in the prize pool. Total draw sales were $199,588,467 and 31.69% is allocated to the jackpot prize.)
Miguel Bonilla, a construction worker, purchased the lottery ticket at the Kensington Market at 10251 Kensington Parkway, where he stops nearly every day to buy coffee and a sandwich. The store will receive a $25,000 commission for selling the ticket.
The Bonillas' winning numbers, chosen as a "quick pick," were 2, 8, 10, 11, 23 and Mega Ball 40. They beat 135 million-to-1 odds to win.
"I kept forgetting to look at my tickets, even after someone from work told me that the winning ticket was purchased at Kensington Market, where I bought mine," Miguel Bonilla said in a statement. "I didn't really believe that I had won until we came to the lottery, and it is still very surprising and breathtaking."
Said Buddy Roogow, director of the Maryland State Lottery: "The best part of my job is presenting awards to our winners. It is extremely gratifying when it is such a large jackpot, and I have the pleasure of giving it to people as nice as the Bonillas."
Miguel Bonilla has worked at Miller-Long Concrete Construction for the past 18 years, lottery officials said. He met his wife Maria, currently employed by the Montgomery County public school system, on a bus while commuting to Washington, D.C.
The Bonillas, originally from El Salvador, moved to the United States nearly 20 years ago, according to lottery officials. They said they plan to use the money for their children's education and to visit relatives in Australia.
This was the second time in less than a year that a Maryland resident has won the Mega Millions jackpot. Bernadette Gietka of Baldwin won a $183 million jackpot in June 2003, the largest ever won in Maryland.
Eleven states participate in the Mega Millions jackpot, including Maryland, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
$230 Million - WOW - That's A Lot of Dough
GM Co-Workers Collect $12 Million
3/11/04 - The nine co-workers and friends are calling themselves the Luckiest GM 9 Partnership. And what a partnership it is - some working together for more than 20 years, playing Lotto Texas unfailingly for the last five months, and now they will be linked for ever as Texas Lottery winners.
Their ticket was purchased with the Cash Value Option payment, which netted them a grand total of $8,003,745, before taxes. The ticket was purchased at Super Save Store, located at 2500 E. Abram in Arlington. The retail owner is eligible to receive a bonus of $120,000 for selling the jackpot winning ticket.
"We each put in four dollars every Monday for the Wednesday and Saturday drawing," said Victor Randers, spokesman for the Luckiest GM 9 Partnership. "We have a sign-up sheet and I give a copy of the tickets I purchase to each person on the sheet the next morning."
The winning numbers were 43-26-30-24-21 Bonus 09.
Ohio man claims $20 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot
Ohio may have had a long wait to produce its first Mega Millions jackpot winner, but Eric Maxwell, 45, of Dayton is grateful that Ohio didnt waste too much time producing its second. Maxwell claimed the $21 million dollar jackpot at the Ohio Lotterys Dayton Regional office.
Maxwell, an employee at Metalurgical Services of Dayton, purchased his self picked ticket at Food City Supermarket in Dayton, after his usual Lottery retailer was closed. Food City receives a $20,000 selling bonus for selling a jackpot winning ticket.
I wanted high numbers so I began with 25 and just started counting by 5, Maxwell explained. My fiancées birthday is on the 4th, so I went with that for the Mega Ball.
Erics fiancée, Thomasina Scott is a principal at Miami Chapel Louise Troy Elementary School.
Maxwell, who as of now plans on going back to work, was talking on the phone when he realized he was the big winner.
My friend had called to tease me about never winning, because he knew I always played, Maxwell laughed, so he told me to grab my ticket and check the numbers. When I realized they all matched I just stared at the ticket and thanked The Lord, said Maxwell who has five brothers and three sisters.
The shock has not subsided for Mr. Maxwell who says the magnitude of winning still hasnt set in.
I think first I will buy a car, and then maybe my fiancée and I will go on a cruise, Maxwell said.
After mandatory state and federal taxes, Maxwell will receive a lump sum payment of approximately $8,918,073. (There was $12,780,041 in the jackpot prize pool. According to the offical game rule, 31.69% of total sales is allocated to the jackpot prize. Total sales in the roll were $40,328,310.)
Ohio has been a part of the Mega Millions multi-state drawings since May 2002. The state produced its first winner December 30, 2003.
The Ohio Lottery has now been home to two of the last three Mega Millions jackpot winners
The winning numbers for the March 2 Mega Millions jackpot were 25-30-35-40-50 Bonus 04
Yes Virginia, There is a Jackpot Winner!
Feb 21, 2004 - It is only a small slip of paper - but it is now worth an estimated $230 million. One Mega Millions ticket matched all six numbers in the February 20, 2004 drawing to win the estimated $230 million jackpot. That ticket was sold in Stephens City, Virginia.
Now there is one overriding question: who has that winning ticket?
The ticket was purchased at Red Apple, located at 152 Fairfax Pike in Stephens City.
We are delighted that this huge jackpot was won in Virginia, says Virginia Lottery Executive Director Penelope W. Kyle, who is also President of the Mega Millions Consortium. This is the largest jackpot ever won in Virginia and the third-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever. It is also the largest Mega Millions jackpot ever won by a single ticket.
The previous record jackpot won in Virginia was a $28.4 million Lotto jackpot won by five ticket-holders in November of 1992. Fridays jackpot winner is just one of 148,593 winning tickets sold in Virginia for that one drawing alone. (A breakdown of the "winning tickets" will come on Monday as well as the financial data related to this win and roll.)
In addition to the person or persons holding the winning ticket, the store that sold the ticket is also a winner. For selling a jackpot winning ticket, the store will receive a $25,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery.
Mega Millions is played in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
All profits from the Virginia Lottery, including Mega Millions tickets sold in Virginia, go to public school education in the Commonwealth (K-12). In fiscal year 2003 the Lottery turned over more than $375 million for Virginias public schools.
The winning numbers were 01-13-20-21-30 Bonus 24.
Houston Resident Collects $42 Million Cash Value Option Lotto Texas Prize
February 19, 2004 - Heliodoro Cuenca of Houston collected a prize of $42.8 million ($42,801,674), the Cash Value Option amount of the jackpot for the January 31 Lotto Texas drawing. The advertised jackpot was $70 million.
"This is one of the biggest jackpots in a long time, and were happy to present it to Mr. Cuenca," said Texas Lottery Commission Reagan E. Greer. "Lotto Texas has a loyal core following and Mr. Cuenca seems to be one of those players. His loyalty has paid off handsomely."
Cuenca purchased his Quick Pick ticket at the Corner Stop, 11580 Chimney Rock Road in Houston.
For selling the jackpot-winning ticket, the Corner Store is eligible to receive a bonus of one percent of the advertised jackpot, capped at $500,000.
The winning numbers were 43-18-20-38-16 Bonus 43.
South Euclid Woman Claims $162 Million Jackpot
January 6, 2004 - CLEVELAND- The Mega Millions jackpot winner has come forward today to claim the $162 million Mega Millions jackpot prize from Dec. 30, says Director Dennis G. Kennedy. It is the first Mega Millions jackpot hit here in Ohio .
Rebecca Jemison of South Euclid says that she has played whats become the winning numbers every now and then for the past several years on a bet card. She played the same combination for the Dec. 26 drawing as well.
She discovered she won after picking up the local newspaper outside her doorstep on New Years Eve.
I looked at the numbers several times, she said, not believing exactly what had happened. After she realized that she had the winning numbers, she said she went straight to her moms house to share the good news first. She came home soon after to tell her husband Sam.
A million and one things go through your mind after youve won, she said. She said that she and her husband will take some time to decide what they will do with their windfall. Their only definite plans are to relocate.
Married and a mother of one, Jemison is an employee of Hillcrest Hospital .
Jemison matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball to win. The winning numbers were: 12-18-21-32-46 +49. She chose the cash option, worth an estimated ** $94,020,545.10 before taxes. After withholdings, she will receive a lump sum payment estimated at $67,224,689.76.
** Editors Note: The prize pool had $95,565,574.
Texas City Partnership Claims $8.8 Million
Posted 1/8/04 - December 1, 2003 - The Treshay Limited Partnership, LynnCan LLC, represented by General Partner Candace Ford, President, of Texas City, today collected an $8.8 million Lotto Texas jackpot prize at Texas Lottery headquarters in Austin. The total prize before taxes was $8,848,659, the Cash Value Option amount that was this ticket's share of the estimated $29 million jackpot for this drawing. (Both of the winning tickets were self picked tickets - the press release fails to tell this.)
"The Treshay Partnership really cashed in today, taking home a before-taxes prize of just over $8.8 million," said Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director Reagan E. Greer. "We're happy to be a part of what I'm sure will be a great holiday season for those connected to this partnership."
The T & T Food Mart, located at 7320 FM 1765 in Texas City, is eligible to receive a bonus of one percent of the jackpot for selling the ticket. That comes to $145,000.
Mohammad Golshan claimed the other share of the ticket. The Houston resident also chose the Cash Value Option and purchased his ticket at Fiesta Mart #19, located at 1005 Blalock in Houston.
The numbers drawn for the Saturday, November 8, Lotto Texas drawing were 5-11-17-16-34 Bonus 7.
Houston Lotto Texas Winner Claims $8.8 Million
Posted 1/8/04 - November 19, 2003 - No problems here. At least not for Mohammad Golshan, who today, became the 82nd Lotto Texas winner from Harris County. Golshan claimed his part of the Lotto jackpot from the Saturday, November 8 drawing, worth $29 million. There were two tickets that matched all five numbers plus the Bonus Ball for the drawing. (Both of the winning tickets were self picked tickets - the press release fails to tell this.)
"Houston and its surrounding area have traditionally been one of the Texas Lottery's highest selling districts," Executive Director Reagan E. Greer stated. "We're very happy for Mr. Golshan, and wish him all the best with his prize, which came to more than $8.8 million."
Golshan, who chose the Cash Value Option, purchased his ticket at Fiesta Mart #19, located at 1005 Blalock in Houston. The retail owner is eligible to receive a bonus of $145,000 for selling the jackpot winning Lotto Texas ticket.
The second Lotto ticket was sold in Texas City at the T & T Food Mart, located at 7320 FM 1765. The retail owner is also eligible to receive a bonus of $145,000 for selling a winning ticket. As of today, the Texas City ticket holder(s) has not claimed their part of the jackpot prize. The ticket was purchased with the Cash Value Option, and is worth $8,848,659, before taxes.
The numbers drawn for the Saturday, November 8, Lotto Texas drawing were 5-11-17-16-34 Bonus 7.
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