Winners’ stories come in from all round the world from each of the global lotteries available to play online.
One such story concerns one of the best lotteries to play: the Mega Millions draw in the USA. Seven coworkers from the New York division of Housing and Community Renewal won the $319 million jackpot in this draw earlier this year.
Mike Barth bought the winning ticket from a store in Albany, New York on 23 March. Ironically he was about to buy a ticket when he leaned down to collect a Snickers bar too. Another customer cut in front of him to take a ticket so Mike had to settle for the next one – the winning ticket!
The group doesn’t always play the lottery and only start when the jackpot creeps above $100 million. Another group member Gabrielle Mahar was first to realize they had won and she rang her supervisor, also a member of the lottery group, Kristin Baldwin. The other members thought they were the victims of a practical joke at first when they heard from fellow workers on a Saturday morning but the reality soon sank in.
Each member received $28,971,029 before tax and each has different uses for their winnings. Some are less ambitious than others: Mahar has her eyes on a dishwasher, another wants to go everywhere first class and a third wants to go to every Disney theme park available. For Mike Barth he simply wants a set of new tyres for his car and a college education for his son “not based on where he can go, but where he wants to go.”
Global lotteries are changing lives all the time!
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