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It was Joshua Allison’s birthday and the lad had just turned 18. His father told him he could now buy a Lotto 649 lottery ticket for the draw that took place on August 18th.
As it was his first lottery ticket he had ever purchased Joshua was super excited and had high hopes that Lady Luck would surprise him with a birthday lotto gift.
As soon as the draw was over he gathered his whole family to see if he had won anything.
“My brother scanned it for me – it was so exciting,” the Lotto 649 winner recalled.
The ticket won $68,203.10!
“I was shocked, along with my parents!” said Joshua.
Asked what he plans to do with his lottery prize, the very happy 18-year-old said that he will use save some money for college, but not all of it, as he wants to take his family on a cruise.
“This win gives me freedom to travel and pay for school,” the lucky winner told lottery officials, concluding that the $68,203.10 win is the best birthday gift he could have asked for.
Joshua joins a list of other extremely lucky 18-year-old lottery winners such as Robert Salo who bought a Win For Life scratch ticket from a Coney Island gas station in 2012. To his utter amazement, he discovered that he had won $1000 a week for life. The lotto win took place just a week before the teenager's high school graduation.
Tracey Makin who was working in a supermarket at the time 1 million Euro playing the Lucky Dip lottery game in Belfast Ireland. At first, she thought she had won 10 Euro but was absolutely floored when it was confirmed that she'd won big. The ticket was only the third one she'd purchased in her life.
"A woman asked me for a print-out of Wednesday's numbers. I had a look at them and I thought I might have won a tenner. I printed it off and checked my ticket in the back of the store and realized I had five numbers. My heart was racing and I thought, 'Oh my God. I'll never need to work again'. When I checked it again I had six numbers and I called the phone line. The man on the other end told me to sit down and told me how much I had won." Now holding an office job 14 years later, Tracey tied up most of her winnings in investments and credits her parents for helping her use the money wisely.
Ianthe Fullagar won €7 million in 2008, on the EuroMillions. Just like Tracey, she too initially thought she'd won way less. However, she was in total shock when she realised that she had all five numbers plus one lucky star. She says, “I checked the back of the ticket and saw that the average win for those numbers was £280,000 and couldn't stop screaming.
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