NEWS AROUND THE NATION – February 2018

 

NEW YORK

Mom Wins $5 Million on Ticket She Did Not Intend to Buy

A New Jersey mom won $5 million because a cashier misunderstood her request for a scratch-off ticket.

Oksana Zaharov, 46, asked a clerk at a Manhattan convenience store for a $1 scratch-off

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ticket, but instead was given a $10 Set for Life ticket, the New York Lottery announced last week.

“When the clerk handed me the wrong ticket I felt bad so I decided to just go ahead and buy it,” Zaharov said in a statement. “I actually used the ticket as a bookmark for a couple weeks before I decided to scratch it.”

The mistake turned into millions.

Zaharov will receive her winnings in 19 annual

payments of $260,000, and an additional payment of $60,000. Then, she’ll continue to receive an annual net payment of $172,068 for the rest of her life, according to the lottery.

She told the lottery her children will now have a “loan-free college education,” and a family vacation in the Bahamas.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

POWERBALL MYSTERY WINNER

New Hampshire’s $559.7 million Powerball jackpot winner may be getting ready to claim

the big prize, but remains a mystery as the winner has yet to come forward.
Maura McCann, spokesman for the New Hampshire Lottery, said Sunday that a call came in to the lottery offices late Friday from someone asking about payment options for the grand prize from the Jan. 6 drawing.

The caller did not leave a name; the winner’s identity remains a mystery, McCann said.

The winning ticket was sold at Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack.

McCann said the winner will need to have the ticket validated, as is the case for any

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jackpot regardless of size, and has up to a year from the drawing date to claim the prize.

“This is how we kind of expected the process to go,” McCann said.

The winner has the option of taking $559.7 million in payments spread over 30 years or a lump-sum cash option of $358.5 million.

The winner also has the option of remaining anonymous, as New Hampshire’s last Powerball jackpot winner did in 2016.

The $487 million jackpot was claimed through a trust known as the Robin Egg 2016 Nominee Trust. The winning ticket was purchased at a Hannaford in Raymond.

FLORIDA

Mega Millions: This Florida 20-Year-Old ‘Retired’ After Winning $451 Million Jackpot, Here’s How he Plans to Spend the Money

A 20-year-old Florida man said he hopes to “do some good for humanity” after winning the $451 Mega Millions jackpot. Shane Missler won his prize in early January when he matched five winning numbers and the “Megaball” to claim the fourth largest prize in Mega Millions history.

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“Oh. My. God,” he wrote on Facebook on January 5 after learning of his win.

He has chosen to claim the prize in a $281.2 million lump sum payout, rather than several payments over a period of years.

He told the Florida Lottery he intends to use his newfound wealth to buy a new home in Tampa, pursue a “variety of passions,” and help others.

“I intend to take care of my family, have some fun along the way, and cement a path for financial success so that I can leave a legacy far into the future,” Missler said in a statement. “I have always been one to encourage the idea of chasing dreams and I believe life is about the pursuit of passion. I am 20 years old and my journey has only just begun.”

Missler, who has “retired” from his job as a background screening worker, said the first person he told about his good fortune shortly after seeing his numbers come up was his brother. The following morning he said he broke the news of the win to his father over a cup of coffee.

The winner told Lottery organizers he believed in the power of a positive thinking and that the win had not come entirely as a surprise. He said he had “a feeling” that he might be fortunate.

“The power of positive thinking should not be underestimated!” he tweeted on January 7.

Missler tweeted a photo of a book by businessman Gary Vaynerchuk which he gives the “thumbs up”, and added: “Young entrepreneur in the making.”

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