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California Man Wins Lottery 4 times in 6 Months For More Than $6 Million

California Man Wins Lottery 4 times in 6 Months For More Than $  6 MillionHe said he doesn't know what caused his lucky streak.



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Canada teen scores lottery win of $1,000, every week, for life

Canada teen scores lottery win of $  1,000, every week, for lifeTurning 18 is the moment when most teenagers begin to wonder how they will pay their way in the world, but for one lucky Canadian woman, paying the bills will never be a problem. Charlie Lagarde never dreamed she’d strike lucky when she hit the legal age to buy a lottery ticket in Canada by spending C$ 4 on a winning scratch card. The Quebec teenager wound up winning a lifetime of weekly payments of $ 1000. Ms Lagarde was given the choice of receiving either C$ 1m (£550,000) in one go or in weekly installments of $ 1000 – meaning should could be paid up to $ 4m if she reaches the average Canada life expectancy for a woman of 83. After consulting with a financial adviser, Ms Lagarde opted for weekly payments so as to avoid tax. Patrice Lavoie, a spokesman for the lottery corporation, told the Canadian Press: "It's without taxes so it's equivalent to a salary of more than $ 100,000 a year, so it's a great start in life for that young lady." "That was her first lottery ticket ever and she fell upon a winning ticket." Ms Lagarde claimed her prize on Monday at the lottery corporation's head office in Montreal, surrounded by friends and family. She said she wants to use the money to travel and her studies. "I want to study photography. One of my dreams would be to work for National Geographic," she told the lottery officials.



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Woman wins lottery after buying first ever ticket to mark 18th birthday

Woman wins lottery after buying first ever ticket to mark 18th birthdayA Canadian teenager has hit the jackpot after buying her first ever lottery ticket to celebrate her 18th birthday. Charlie Lagarde, who is from Quebec, purchased the scratch ticket alongside a bottle of champagne to celebrate turning 18 on 14 March. Ms Lagarde has said she is keen to use the money to travel and to invest in her education.



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New Hampshire woman takes state to court to keep her $560m lottery win a secret

New Hampshire woman takes state to court to keep her $  560m lottery win a secretA woman from New Hampshire is taking legal action against the state to prevent her identity becoming public after winning $ 560 million (£404m) in the lottery. The woman, given the pseudonym "Jane Doe" in court filings, bought the winning ticket in the town of Merrimack on January 6.  The owner of the convenience store in the historic riverside town, 50 miles north west of Boston and with a population of 25,000, was so proud of selling the ticket – and his $ 75,000 bonus for doing so – that he made national headlines. “Can you believe someone just walked into my store and won?!" said Sam Safa, as the mystery over the winner grew.  "Most of my customers are local, and I'm hoping it's someone local. But whoever it is, congratulations to them." The winner was indeed a local woman. And last week she went to court to try and prevent her identity being made public. “She is a long-time resident of New Hampshire and is an engaged community member,” her lawyer, Steven Gordon, wrote in the court documents.  “She wishes to continue this work and the freedom to walk into a grocery store or attend public events without being known or targeted as the winner of a half-billion dollars.” Lottery officials insist that the law is clear, and that the integrity of the game depends on public identification of the winners. New Hampshire lottery rules require the winner’s name, town and amount won be available for public information, in accordance with open-records laws. Mavis Wanczyk, another lottery winner, clinched $ 758.7 million in August 2017, the largest ever jackpot in US history Credit:  Josh Reynolds/AP She could have avoided identification only if she established a trust and asked a trustee to sign her name on the back of the ticket – something she did not know. Altering the signature on the back of her ticket would make it void. She says she made a "huge mistake" when she signed her real name on the back of the ticket before contacting a lawyer, who told her she could have remained anonymous had she established the trust. Charlie McIntyre, executive director for the New Hampshire lottery, said the commission consulted with the state’s attorney general’s office and that the Powerball winner must abide by the disclosure laws “like any other.” “The New Hampshire Lottery understands that winning a $ 560 million Powerball jackpot is a life-changing occurrence,” the statement said.  “Having awarded numerous Powerball jackpots over the years, we also understand that the procedures in place for prize claimants are critically important for the security and integrity of the lottery, our players and our games.  “While we respect this player’s desire to remain anonymous, state statutes and lottery rules clearly dictate protocols.” Mr Gordon and his team are hoping that the courts will take into account the myriad examples of lottery winners being conned or physically endangered. They even claim that the state’s opioid crisis proves that there is danger in the state, writing that New Hampshire, "despite it's bucolic beauty… is not immune to crime." How to pick lottery numbers and win: 8 ways to increase your chances The lawsuit states that the woman now joins a small group of big jackpot winners that "has historically been victimized by the unscrupulous". Indeed, the US has a history of violence against lottery winners. In November 2015, Craigory Burch Jr won $ 434,272 in Georgia. Two months later, police said, Burch was killed in his home by seven masked men who kicked in his front door. His family members said the public announcement of the lottery winnings had made him a target. “When they came in, he said: ‘Don’t do it, bro. Don’t do it in front of my kids. Please don’t do it in front of my kids and old lady,’” said his girlfriend, Jasmine Hendricks, at the time.  “He said, ‘I’ll give you my bank card.’” And a Florida man, Abraham Shakespeare, won a $ 30 million lottery prize in 2006, only to be approached two years later by Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore, who said she was writing a book about how people were taking advantage of him.  She soon became his financial adviser and slowly siphoned away his money, then killed him. “She got every bit of his money,” said Jay Pruner, assistant state attorney, in closing arguments. “He found out about it and threatened to kill her. She killed him first.” She was found guilty in December 2012 of his death, and sentenced to life in prison.



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Woman Takes Off After Cashing In $300,000 Lottery Ticket Her 'Best Friend' Says They Planned to Split

Woman Takes Off After Cashing In $  300,000 Lottery Ticket Her 'Best Friend' Says They Planned to SplitIt was a betrayal that left Leslie Underwood stunned, and now she plans to sue for her half of the winnings.



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The World’s Largest Lottery Has Just Drawn Its Winners

The World’s Largest Lottery Has Just Drawn Its WinnersThe lucky winners of Spain’s Christmas lottery celebrated on Friday as they eagerly awaited receiving their share of the 2.4 billion euro, or $ 2.8 billion, prize.



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Trump Blamed The Visa Lottery For A Terrorist Attack. But Ending It Wouldn't End Terrorism.

Trump Blamed The Visa Lottery For A Terrorist Attack. But Ending It Wouldn't End Terrorism.President Donald Trump and his White House are using the Tuesday terrorist attack in New York City to push their goal of cutting legal immigration by misleading the public about the diversity visa lottery system.



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Trump Blames NYC Attack On Diversity Visa Lottery Program

Trump Blames NYC Attack On Diversity Visa Lottery ProgramPresident Donald Trump unleashed a series of tweets the morning after Tuesday’s deadly attack in lower Manhattan, blaming the Electronic Diversity Visa Lottery program for allowing the suspect, 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, to emigrate legally from Uzbekistan in 2010.



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The Latest: Cops boost patrols around lottery winner's home

The Latest: Cops boost patrols around lottery winner's homeBOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Massachusetts woman who won the $ 758.7 million Powerball prize (all times local):



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Winner of $758 million US lottery Powerball says she plans to celebrate by hiding in bed

Winner of $  758 million US lottery Powerball says she plans to celebrate by hiding in bedThe single biggest lottery jackpot winner in history has received her cheque for $ 758 million (£591m), and told of her shock at her new-found fortune. Mavis Wanczyck, 53, was asked how she would celebrate, and replied, laughing: “I’m going to go and hide in my bed.” Ms Wanczyck, who has worked in the same medical centre in Massachusetts for 32 years, said that she had already resigned from her job on fulfilling her “pipe dream”. “Actually I just happened to find out,” she said, beaming and bashful beside her mother and sister. “I was leaving work at night. And my colleague Rob said I bet someone won with these numbers, as they could be birthdays. “And I was reading them out, and I said ‘I’ve won!’ The ticket which won her the largest single-winner jackpot in North American history was bought in her hometown of Chicopee, 90 miles west of Boston. Ms Wanczyk was joined by state treasurer Deb Goldberg and her mother and two sisters  Credit: AP She said the numbers were “kind of random, maybe birthdays.” “There’s a thing between me and my mum and stepfather, and we all go out for dinner once a week and play Keno. And our number is four. So that was one of them.” The mother of a 31-year-old daughter and a 26-year-old son, Ms Wanczyck said she was driving to the cheque presentation ceremony on Thursday and telling herself: “This isn’t true. It can’t be.’” “Then I’m like: it is me. And I’m scared. But it’ll be ok.” Asked what she would do now, she replied: “I want to sit back and relax. I want some time. “I just wanted to do this, get it over, and then I’d be ok.” She told the local media gathered for the press conference that her financial situation before the win was “ok.” “I’m not the richest person in the world, or the poorest person in the world,” she said. Winners can choose to receive the money in either 30 annual allotments over 29 years or to get it all at once in a single payment for a smaller amount. The lump sum value of Ms Wanczyck’s win is $ 480 million (£374m), but she has not said how she wishes to take the money. The Pride Station & Store in Chicopee Credit: AP She had no plans for a holiday yet, she said, but bought a car in September and now plans to pay the loan off in full. The Massachusetts state lottery initially said, on Wednesday night, that the jackpot had been won with a ticket bought in Watertown. Seven hours later, at 7:50am on Thursday, they issued a correction, saying the ticket was sold in Chicopee. One Watertown winner did, however, win $ 1 million. “When manually recording the names of the retailers that sold the jackpot winning ticket and the $ 1 million winning tickets, the information was transcribed incorrectly," said Michael Sweeney, executive director of the Massachusetts state lottery. "We apologise for the confusion this created and remain thrilled that a jackpot winning ticket and two $ 1 million winning tickets were sold here in Massachusetts." Bob Bolduc, founder of the chain, said the winning ticket was sold to a woman around 2.30pm on Tuesday. The Chicopee store will receive $ 50,000 for selling the winning ticket, and Mr Bolduc said they plan to donate all of that money to local charities. The largest lottery win in history, the $ 1.6 billion Powerball, was won in January 2016 and split between three winners. Their lump sum, $ 327.8m, was smaller than yesterday’s win. Chris and Colin Weir, from Largs in Ayrshire, became Britain’s biggest ever lottery winners when they took home £161.7m in July 2011.



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