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Man Bought $30K Lottery Ticket by Accident

CT Lottery Bob Sabo becomes a “30X Cash 2nd Edition” instant game top prize winner.

He meant to buy a different ticket but didn't have his glasses on

A Connecticut man won $30,000 last week when he accidentally bought the wrong lottery ticket.

Bob Sabo didn’t want to wait in line at the Super Stop & Shop in Fairfield, Conn. to buy his lottery ticket, so he decided to purchase one from the lottery vending machine. He intended to buy two $20 tickets, but since he didn’t have his glasses on, he accidentally purchased one $30 ticket.

“When I got home and scratched the 30X ticket, I couldn’t believe it—we won $30,000. Winning the way we did was a very freaky thing!” Sabo told the CT Lottery.

Don’t we all wish we made mistakes like that.

TIME local

This NY Plumber Neglected His $136M Winning Lottery Ticket for Over a Month

He hid the winning ticket behind a pipe in his basement

A plumber in New York cashed in on a $136 million lottery ticket Thursday, taking home a massive cash prize he nearly squandered.

Anthony Perosi, 56, had the winning Powerball ticket in his possession for over a month before he even checked it. A friend told him the winnings had gone to a schoolteacher and he believed her.

“A few days after the drawing, I was talking with a friend of mine, and she told me the winning ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven on Page Avenue,” Perosi said Thursday, according to WABC New York. “I said that’s where I bought my ticket, and she told me she heard that a school teacher won it.”

That was in March.

One fateful day in April, though, after having some trouble with his truck Perosi went down to his basement where he’d kept his ticket pinned in a “lucky” spot behind a pipe. And lucky it was.

The Staten Island native said he thought he was having a heart attack when he saw the winning numbers. He called his 27-year-old son over to confirm. The two said Thursday it’s been surreal ever since.

The elder Perosi doesn’t plan on letting his new-found wealth change him, though. “I want to continue to work, but will be able to relax a little more and not have any worries financially,” he said.

[WABC New York]

TIME Australia

Former Co-Workers Sue Australian Man Over a $12.5 Million Powerball Prize

He says he won the prize with a ticket he bought for himself, not for them

A man from the state of Victoria, Australia, who was part of a 16-person lottery syndicate with his colleagues, has been accused of making off with roughly $12.5 million in lottery winnings.

But Gary Baron, who was entrusted to buy tickets on behalf of the syndicate, says he won the Powerball prize with a ticket that he had bought separately, reports the Age newspaper.

The 49-year-old former courier says he has evidence to substantiate his claim. But 14 members of his former syndicate are taking Supreme Court action against him on Thursday, in which they will say they have a right to an equal share of the prize money.

According to the Age, Baron repeatedly denied winning the money to several colleagues, and reportedly told one former co-worker that he had received a large inheritance.

[The Age]

TIME society

Try to Be Happy For the Couple That Just Won the Lottery for the Second Time

They also once won a Jaguar because...why not?

April Fools’ pranks might be everywhere on the Internet today, but this isn’t one of them.

A U.K. couple won £1 million ($1.22 million USD) from the EuroMillions lottery last week for the second time in as many years. They amazingly beat the 283-billion-to-one odds and made sure to celebrate accordingly.

David and Kathleen Long had been engaged for 12 years before purchasing their first winning ticket in 2013 that bankrolled their “smashing” wedding.

“David was always convinced he’d win big,” Kathleen told the Mirror. “It’s brilliant.”

Long, who also reportedly won a Jaguar because why not, got that feeling again last week. “I just knew it would be my turn again some day,” David Long told The Guardian.

His trick seems easy to replicate: “Just believe that one day you will do it.”

So that’s what you’ve been doing wrong.

TIME Lottery

The Powerball Jackpot Is Set to Reach $450 Million

A store clerk hands a customer his Powerball ticket at a local grocery store in Hialeah, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
Alan Diaz—AP A store clerk hands a customer his Powerball ticket at a local grocery store in Hialeah, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

But you're far more likely to play in the NBA than win this haul

The odds of winning the Powerball Grand Prize are 1 in 175,223,510. For this week, however, you can keep believing.

No one claimed Powerball’s estimated $394 million jackpot over the weekend, meaning the prize for the next draw will be around $450 million (or $304.1 million for a cash payout) according to the Powerball website.

That’s $140 million short of the record $590.5 million — won on May 18, 2013 by 84-year-old Gloria Mackenzie of Zephyrhills, Fla. — but who’s complaining?

The next draw will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

TIME Lottery

Powerball Jackpot Hits $380 Million

A store clerk pulls a Powerball ticket after being printed for a customer at a local grocery store in Hialeah, Fla. on Feb. 4, 2015.
Alan Diaz—AP A store clerk pulls a Powerball ticket after being printed for a customer at a local grocery store in Hialeah, Fla. on Feb. 4, 2015.

The odds of winning are 1 in 175 million

The Powerball jackpot will be up to $380 million on Saturday, one of the largest in the lottery’s history.

Powerball jackpots begin at $40 million and increase with each drawing that fails to produce a winner. The biggest Powerball jackpot ever awarded was $590.5 million in 2013, Reuters reports.

Powerball is played in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. But before you run out to buy a ticket with hopes of the $380 million in your future, remember that the odds of winning are 1 in 175 million.

TIME Bizarre

How 7 Seconds Cost a Man $21 Million

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Joel Ifergan's winning lottery ticket printed out seconds too late

A Québécois man missed out on winning a lottery jackpot worth $21.4 million (27 million Canadian dollars) because his winning ticket printed out seven seconds too late.

A Canadian court dismissed Joel Ifergan’s appeal Thursday after the almost-but-not-quite-winner said that he should still be eligible to win half the prize money.

Ifergan bought two Super 7 lottery tickets at 8:59 p.m. for the May 23, 2008 jackpot. But while one ticket was eligible for the 23rd, the second was printed out after the clock struck nine, and only counted for the May 30 jackpot. And as fate would have it, the ticket marked for the 30th had the winning numbers for the 23rd.

Ifergan blames Loto-Quebec’s ten second processing delay.

After spending years and at least $80,000 on the case, Ifergan tells CTV, “Yes, it cost me a lot of money, but it also consumed me for seven years.”

[CTV]

TIME Bizarre

New Hampshire Lottery Releases Bacon-Scented Scratch Ticket

It'll certainly gives new meaning to the phrase "bringing home the bacon"

The New Hampshire state lottery is now offering a lottery ticket that smells like bacon.

The new tickets, which are scratch-n-sniff and read “I Heart Bacon,” were released Jan. 5. Winners can take home $1,000 and the odds of making at least a dollar are one in 4.12, the website says. Plus, you know, it just smells delicious.

To promote the new ticket, bacon trucks will visit various locations in the state, handing out free samples of applewood smoked bacon as well as offering lottery tickets.

Last week, around 700,000 tickets were sold, MarketWatch reports, making the bacon lottery the best selling $1 ticket.

TIME New Mexico

$500,000 Winning Lottery Ticket Deemed a ‘Misprint’

It's a classic rags-to-riches story. Only without the riches

A New Mexico resident believes he is owed $500,000 for what appears to be a winning lottery ticket. However, the New Mexico Lottery says the ticket was a misprint so it doesn’t have to be honored.

John Wines purchased the scratch-off ticket in Roswell, New Mexico in December. The ticket showed two winning numbers for $250,000 each, even though the maximum prize for a single scratch-off card is supposed to be $250,000. Some of the winning numbers are also obscured on the ticket. When Wines returned to the gas station where he bought the ticket, to claim his prize, he was told that the card was a misprint. New Mexico Lottery also refused to validate the ticket when he contacted them by email.

Wines believes dismissing the ticket as a misprint is unfair. “It’s like I told them, I didn’t misprint it,” he told KFOR. “I bought the ticket in good faith thinking if I won I was going to get my money.”

As a consolation prize, New Mexico Lottery offered Wines $100—in free lottery tickets.

[KFOR]

TIME Bizarre

A Baltimore Truck Driver Has Won the Maryland Lottery for a Second Time

Some people really do have all the luck

“It’s great to be back” is something not many people get to say to lottery officials while collecting their winnings.

But those were the exact words uttered by a Baltimore truck driver last week after he won the Maryland Lottery for the second time, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The unidentified 39-year-old driver only realized he had won the $2.85 million jackpot when he heard the winning ticket came from a Safeway in Waldorf, Md., where he had bought one after stopping to fill gas.

The man had previously netted $250,000 in a second-tier Mega Millions prize in 2005, which he said he used for a down payment on a house. He reportedly plans to use his second jackpot to pay off the house and save for his two sons. And, of course, take a vacation.

[Baltimore Sun]

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