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Lottery Winners

Powerball Billions: Jackpot Payouts a Blessing or a Curse?

David Rae | Posted 01.20.2016 | Business
David Rae

Just when you thought it was safe to be a lottery winner comes the buzzkilling news that many winners, even those in the multimillion dollar range, manage to blow through their windfalls and are back to broke in under seven years.

When I Won the Lottery

Noelle Newby | Posted 01.18.2016 | Parents
Noelle Newby

I fell asleep last week knowing I'd won Powerball. To be clear it wasn't "check the winning numbers against mine" confirmation, but rather a deep belief it was "meant to be." After all, my husband and I went to a local gas station because it felt right.

A Classic Psychology Study on Why Winning the Lottery Won't Make You Happier

Science of Us | Posted 01.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Science of Us

But maybe the most important thing this research has to suggest is just how awful people are at predicting what will make them happy, something psychologists call affective forecasting.

Absurd Things You Can Do If You Win the Lottery

Alexandra Starkovich | Posted 01.13.2016 | Business
Alexandra Starkovich

Now I'm obviously not advising you to do any of this if you do happen to win. But it puts the money into a bit of a different perspective, doesn't it?

5 Biggest Lottery Winners

MoneyTips | Posted 09.10.2015 | Money
MoneyTips

Here are the top five jackpots with respect to total payout. The larger number is the amount of the annuity (how much winners would get over many years) while the cash payout represents a smaller lump-sum amount that a winner could choose to receive.

Lottery Employee Games the System to Win $14 Million

MoneyTips | Posted 09.01.2015 | Weird News
MoneyTips

Rigging the lottery to win $14 million? It sounds like the plot of a fictional Ocean's Sixteen. However, it actually did occur, but in Iowa, not Vegas. The criminal never did profit from his crime, and was recently convicted on fraud charges.

Winning in a Race of Life, Death and Renewal

Don McNay | Posted 12.01.2015 | Business
Don McNay

June 5 was a big day for me. The Tuttle Tots 3K in Carrollton, Kentucky was the first time I had been in a running race in 26 years, and I came in second in my age division. The day before, I had a medical checkup that confirmed that I had lost over 90 pounds in the past six months.

Couple Who Fell In Love After Both Losing 'Everything' In Hurricane Sandy Wins Lottery

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 04.13.2015 | Good News

Life is about to get a little easier for a couple who has been through a lot following Hurricane Sandy. Dennis Klaus and Maryann Daino both lost th...

Man Wins $7 Million From Lottery Ticket Tucked Inside Get-Well Card

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.27.2015 | Good News

Recovering from surgery? How about a get-well card with 7 million reasons inside to help you feel better. Easton, Pennsylvania resident Joseph Amor...

If You Think Money Buys Happiness, Watch This

Posted 08.17.2015 | Dr. Phil

"Winning the lottery changed our lives for the worse," says Jodie, whose husband, Edwin, hit a $25 million jackpot when he and 14 co-workers bought ti...

Struggling Single Mom Of Four Wins $188 Million In Powerball

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.25.2015 | Good News

Bummed that you didn't win Wednesday's massive Powerball drawing? That single mom Marie Holmes captured an estimated $188 million share of the jack...

Helping a Person Live Like They Were Dying

Don McNay | Posted 03.06.2015 | Business
Don McNay

Lori sought a medical solution to help her lose weight and the solution caused her body to die. I've been fortunate that my weight loss surgery has been a success in its first month and that maybe the medical world has found a solution that works for people like me. The attempt with diet pills was definitely not the answer.

Oregon Man Shares $1 Million Lottery Jackpot With His Brother, Fulfills Childhood Vow

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 10.15.2014 | Good News

This is what brotherly love looks like. Eric Hale, 45, of Bend, Oregon won the $1 million Powerball jackpot late last month, Fox12 reported. After ...

Watch This Dad Tell His Ecstatic Sons He Won The Lottery In Crazy, Climactic Way

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.24.2014 | Good News

Now this is family drama unfolding before your very eyes. After Poul Hjortbøl won 15 million kroner (about $2.7 million) playing the lottery in D...

Life Insurance Advisor: Out of the Closet

Don McNay | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
Don McNay

I've called myself other titles, masking that my income comes from the life insurance industry. There are multiple reasons why my lifetime occupation became a semi-hidden secret. The industry itself went through the same kind of identity crisis.

$11 Million Lotto Winner Will Return To Waitressing, Donate Chunk To Charity

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 09.10.2014 | Good News

When this couple won the lottery, they decided to trade in a potential life of luxury for one that could benefit others. Joe and Rhonda Meath of B...

Why the Decrease in Unions and Defined Benefit Retirement Plans Hurts Us All

Don McNay | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Is there a correlation between the drop in unions and the drop in defined benefits plans? It certainly seems like it. As defined benefit plans are going away, so is the safety net for older Americans. Most bankruptcy filers are under age 54, but there is a steady rise in bankruptcies of people over age 55.

Same Sex Marriage, Taxes and Winning the Lottery

Don McNay | Posted 10.10.2014 | Business
Don McNay

The first step that all seriously committed couples, same sex or heterosexual, should do is find a competent financial planner to help them plot out a well thought out strategy.

Family Devastated By Sandy Wins $20 Million Lottery

Associated Press | Posted 07.25.2014 | Good News

BEACHWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A large family that lives at the shore and suffered losses during Superstorm Sandy will share a $20 million lottery jackpot t...

Lottery Winner Must Share $1.7 Million Jackpot With Psychic Waiter

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 07.17.2014 | Weird News

In a legal ruling no one could have predicted, a judge in England has ordered a lottery winner to split his jackpot with the waiter who predicted the ...

Extremely Lucky Couple Has Winning $50 Million Lotto Ticket Returned To Them After Losing It

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 06.06.2014 | Good News

Winning the lottery once is a rare thing, but winning the lottery, losing the ticket, and then getting it back? That's more luck than most people coul...

Here Are Next Week's Winning Lottery Numbers

Galanty Miller | Posted 07.29.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

As for lotteries being used to fund education... the Lottery generates millions of dollars and many elementary schools can't afford crayons. Something doesn't add up.

The Five Reasons People Blow Their Money

Don McNay | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Bad habits, bad advisers, lack of knowledge. People who spend more than they make will not suddenly be "cured" when they get a lump sum of money. In fact, whatever problems they had will now be magnified by having more money to get in more trouble with.

This Man Survived 7 Freak Accidents, Making Him The Luckiest Unlucky Guy Around

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 05.05.2014 | Good News

One near-death incident is more than enough for one lifetime. But Frane Selak, a Croatian music instructor, has miraculously survived more than half a...

Will You Use the New Illinois State Lottery App?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.16.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

So what do you think, lottery players? Is this the development that will please all those letter-to-the-editor writers who expect the lottery to pay for the state's education needs?