Posted on 18 March 2011.
We’ll present three amazing stories about people who had real luck. Even It’s fair to say They deserved it. Those People won lotteries. Maybe It sounds weird, most of us who play lottery dream about one jackpot, some of us don’t believe that we won’t win EVEN one jackpot.
Missouri man wins $2M lottery jackpot – 3 months after winning $1M
Ernest Pullen said his wife will win the next big prize in the family.
A Bonne Terre, Missouri, man has become the first Missouri Lottery player to win $1 million or more on a scratch-off ticket more than once.
Ernest Pullen, 57, won $1 million on a 100 Million Dollar Blockbuster scratchers ticket in June. He doubled that prize with his most recent win — $2 million on a Mega Monopoly scratchers ticket he purchased on Sept. 17.
Pullen relocated from Pevely to Bonne Terre after his first big win. That left him with a new favorite store where he bought the lucky ticket; Miller’s Quick Shop, 1601 St. Francois Road, in Bonne Terre. Pullen said he has now “fulfilled his dream.”
“About six years ago, I had a dream that I won a lot of money,” recalled Pullen.
Even though he won $1 million earlier this year, Pullen didn’t feel like he had completed the dream yet. He does now.
“All the numbers I dreamed about, and all my lucky numbers, were on the card,” he explained. “I might buy a Powerball and a Mega Millions, but that’s about it.”
Pullen opted to take the cash payment, instead of the annuity, for both of his wins. He will receive a payment of $1.3 million before taxes. Plans for the money include fixing up his new house.
“It needs a new seawall on the lake,” he said.
Pullen said he considers himself a “lucky guy,” and his string of wins validates that assessment. Although he only plays games that offer big prizes, winning two top prizes on a Scratchers game is rare. He doesn’t expect it to happen again.
“My wife said she’s winning the next time!” exclaimed Pullen.
Mega Monopoly is a $10 game that officially began August 29, 2009. The game features six top prizes of $2 million, of which three remain.
Double lottery winners beat odds of 1 in 24,000,000,000,000 / Belmont couple spends $124,000 — $20 a day for 17 years — then hits jackpot twice in one day
Angelo and Maria Gallina show the gadget they use to pick lottery numbers. Chronicle photo by Jerry Telfer
2002-12-12 04:00:00 PST Belmont — It had to happen sooner or later for Angelo and Maria Gallina, who figure they have spent $124,000 over the years on lottery tickets.
What happened was that they won the jackpot — not once, but twice, on the same day. An hour after winning $126,000 in the Fantasy Five game, they won $17 million in SuperLotto Plus.
That’s never been done before, lottery officials said Wednesday, maybe because the odds of its happening are 1 in 24 trillion — which is a 24 followed by 12 zeros.
And maybe because there have never been lottery players like the Gallinas.
Angelo Gallina, a 78-year-old retired railroad machinist from Belmont, cheerfully admitted he has bought $20 worth of lottery tickets every day since the lottery started in 1985.
AND THE LAST ONE, AND MAYBE THE STRANGEST…
Multiple lotto winner’s 5th jackpot disputed
Kiosk owner’s brother-in-law lays claim to $17M
Seguro Ndabene, who has won at least four lottery jackpots since 2004, says he has no strategy when playing the lottery.
A Calgary-area man who has collected more than $2 million from four lotto wins in five years has been implicated in a convoluted court claim disputing his latest jackpot.
Seguro Ndabene told CBC News that he hit the jackpot a fifth time on Jan. 16, winning $17 million in the Super 7 draw. But he has not been able to collect that money because of a lottery probe, followed by an ongoing court proceeding.
The Western Canada Lottery Corp. routinely investigates any lotto wins of more than $10,000, which automatically includes winners of multiple major prizes, said Andrea Marantz, a WCLC spokeswoman.
Ndabene has won four jackpots:
- $1 million in the Western 6/49 in 2004.
- $100,000 in the Super 7 Extra in Calgary in 2006.
- $1 million and $50,000 in the Western 6/49 in Airdrie, Alta., in 2008.
Ndabene would not disclose how much he spends on the lottery, but said he buys hundreds of tickets every month from different places.
“I’ve got no system. I just play in every game. Take a few dollars and go and play or whatever money I take and go and play,” he said Monday.
While Ndabene said he buys his own lotto tickets, he’s also part of a group that purchases tickets together every week from a kiosk in Airdrie, just north of Calgary.
Lise Blanchette, who owns the kiosk and organizes the group purchases, said she was excited for Ndabene when she heard about his major win in January, even though the group wasn’t part of it.
But the WCLC’s review of Ngabene’s win was further complicated when someone else also claimed the $17 million prize.
Lise Blanchette speaks to CBC reporter Peter Akman at the Airdrie lotto kiosk she runs. (CBC)
Antonin Koprnicky — Blanchette’s brother-in-law — came forward to challenge Ndabene’s sole claim to the jackpot, alleging the winning ticket was part of the group’s purchases.
The case was so complex, the WCLC closed its investigation and passed the dispute and the money over to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.
“The extent of each review is particular to that prize claim and its individual circumstances. Because this prize claim is currently before the court, I can’t discuss its particular circumstances,” said Marantz.
Ndabene said it’s easy to prove the winning ticket belongs solely to him because he played the same numbers that were randomly generated on the quick-pick ticket he won with in 2006.
The tickets purchased by Blanchette’s group are meticulously documented with a stamp on the back of the document; no stamp appears on Ndabene’s ticket.
Blanchette also requires that people taking part in the group purchase sign a group-buying agreement that lists each participant’s name, phone number and contribution.
Among the court documents obtained by CBC News, the lottery group agreement for the Jan. 16 Super 7 does not include Koprnicky’s name.
At least three people listed in the agreement have hired lawyers pending the outcome of the court case.
“Each prize claim has its own story and we rarely see identical circumstances. We would agree that this is unusual,” said Marantz.
Seguro Ndabene says he played the same winning numbers from 2006 in the January Super 7. (CBC)