News Releases 05/01
Tampa Woman Claims $12 Million Lotto Jackpot
05-30-01 ... A
woman from Tampa who rarely plays Lotto claimed the $12 million Lotto jackpot
from the May 12 drawing at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. Ellen L. Fox
(56) chose to collect her winnings in form of a single cash payment of $6,459,377
instead of receiving 30 annual installments of approximately $400,000 each.
"I needed some change, so I went into a store and bought a cold drink, two Scratch-Off tickets, and one Quick Pick for Lotto," said Ellen, who works for a 7-Eleven store and as a school crossing guard. "I only play Lotto seldomly and just bought one Quick Pick to get some change. I won two dollars from the Scratch-Off ticket, but put the Lotto ticket in my car and didn't check it until after the drawing."
Ellen said she checked her ticket on the Monday morning [May 14] following the Saturday evening [May 12] drawing, when she heard on the news that there was one winning ticket which had been sold in Tampa. After verifying her numbers, though, the mother of two grown children and grandmother of three was still not convinced. "I still didn't believe I had won, so I called the store where I work and had one of my co-workers check the winning numbers on the Lottery terminal," she revealed. "After she told me, all I could say was 'Oh, my God!' My boss at the store called me and told me I was a Lotto winner. Then I called my son and he confirmed the numbers. I was in shock and hysteria."
Ellen stated that she hid her lucky ticket in her house for a couple of weeks while working with her attorney to set up her finances and a trust fund for the award. She arrived in Tallahassee accompanied by her son and two friends.
"I'll use most of my money for investments, maybe take a trip to Europe, and set up a college fund for my three grandchildren," Ellen indicated. "I may even open up my own retail store some day."
Ellen bought her lucky ticket at the Value
Market, located at 12201 North Florida Avenue in Tampa. The store will receive a
$10,000 retailer bonus from the Florida Lottery for selling the jackpot
Ellen is the 57th Lotto winner to either reside or purchase a jackpot winning ticket in Hillsborough County, and the 686th overall winner since the game began in 1988.
05-25-01 ... On
Wednesday, May 23, a Tampa
resident claimed the $7 million Lotto jackpot from the May 19 drawing at Lottery
Headquarters in Tallahassee.
Eddie Lee Mungin (33) opted to
collect his winnings in form of a single lump-sum payment of
$3,550,613 instead of receiving
30 annual installments of approximately $233,333 each.
went to the store on Saturday for my brother and me and bought ten Lotto Quick
Picks for him and eight Quick Picks and two of my personal numbers for
myself," said Eddie, who works as a supervisor for Robins Lumber Company in
Tampa. "I didn't get a chance to check my tickets until Tuesday night and
that's when I found out I won! It was one of my Quick Picks that won."
I saw I had all of the numbers, I called my mom and just started crying,"
Eddie conveyed. "I told her I was too scared to drive anywhere and asked
her to come over and pick me up." Eddie’s mother, Hazel Flerijean, his
brother and an uncle accompanied him to Lottery Headquarters to redeem his
who had also won $67 in Lotto just two weeks ago, said he usually plays the game
every Saturday night and sometimes on Wednesdays as well. Eddie currently lives
in a one-bedroom apartment with his brother, but stated that they will probably
be moving to a new house soon. The winner indicated that he wants to use his
prize award to take care of his family, buy a new house and car, "and just
live and be happy."
revealed that when he called his boss and told him he was a winner, his boss
replied, "You've got to be one lucky guy. You better live a long
time." Eddie stated that he doesn't know if he will quit his job because he
enjoys working for his boss, who "always looks out for me and gave me a
bought his lucky ticket at the Star Food Market, located at 6904 North 56th St.
in Tampa. The store will receive a $10,000 retailer bonus from the Florida
Lottery for selling the jackpot
Eddie is the 56th Lotto winner to either reside or purchase a jackpot winning ticket in Hillsborough County, and the 685th overall winner since the game began in 1988.
NR 05-25-01 ... Added a new table with 35 never drawn two-number combinations to the Lotto Combinations page. A total of 1,343 two-number combinations have been "exhausted" in Lotto, but 35 combinations involving numbers 50 - 53 have not been drawn yet. Which are they? Check 'em out ...
NR 05-25-01 ... Added a brand new Mega Money Rollovers page which exhibits a comprehensive table itemizing all Mega Money rollovers since 1998. Rollovers are shown by their duration and by the year in which they occurred. The color-coded table also reveals how many jackpots were claimed by how many winners per year. Furthermore, the M Roll page includes rollover ratio information and a Mega Money timeline. Rollover ratio data indicates the proportion of rollovers to draws for all years since 1998, while the Mega Money timeline presents all draws, rollovers and jackpot winners for 2001 in chronological fashion. The page link [M Roll] is displayed in the Mega section of the left-hand menu. Enjoy!
NR 05-20-01 ... Added new Rollover Ratio information and a Lotto Timeline to the Lotto Rollovers page. Rollover ratio data indicates the proportion of rollovers to draws for all years since 1988, while the Lotto timeline presents all draws, rollovers and jackpot winners for 2001 in chronological fashion. Enjoy!
NR 05-20-01 ... Two players with tickets from Clearwater and Pensacola win $82,418 each on May 19. This is the 27th highest individual payout in Fantasy 5 history, and the 18th time that two winners share a jackpot.
NR 05-19-01 ... Two players with tickets from Miami and Seminole win $88,825 each on May 18. This is the 20th highest individual payout in Fantasy 5 history, and the 17th time that two winners share a jackpot.
NR 05-18-01 ... One player with ticket from North Fort Myers wins $159,138 Fantasy 5 jackpot on May 17. This prize is the 7th largest jackpot ever awarded to a Fantasy 5 winner, and already the 4th individual payout to exceed $150,000 in 2001. On average, 8 people win a Fantasy 5 jackpot every night and collect around $19,500 each.
NR 05-14-01 ... Fantasy's 4/5 payout of $10.50 is the lowest in history. Previously, the lowest 4/5 payout had been $12.50 which was recorded twice, on 06-29-99 [with 2,706 winners] and on 09-19-99 [with 1,779 winners].
NR 05-14-01 ... Please note that Lotto draw information has been consolidated in the Archives section. In order to display a greater range per single page, Lotto draws are now archived by quarter [instead of by month]. Four yearly quarters are labeled with A, B, C and D, respectively. Thus, Lotto draws for the period Apr - Jun 2001 can now be found under L 2001b, while Lotto draws for the period Jan - Mar 2001 can be found under L 2001a. The same arrangement applies for the year 2000. Please update your URL links if you have bookmarked any of the "monthly" pages. Thanks!
New $10,000 Retailer Bonus Won By Publix in Brevard County
NR 05-08-01 ... Recently, the Florida Lottery instituted a new $10,000 bonus commission for retailers who sell Lotto jackpot winning tickets. Publix Supermarket of Satellite Beach, located at 1024 Highway A1A in Brevard County, became the first retailer to receive the bonus. The store sold the $10 million winning Lotto ticket from the 2 May 2001 drawing, which was claimed by Ina Pogainis (51), a resident of Wisconsin visiting her mom in Florida. Publix of Satellite Beach will put the bonus into its end-of-year profit-sharing fund for its full-time employees.
Florida Lottery’s new retailer bonus started on Wednesday, 2 May 2001, and will end on Saturday, 30 June 2001. The last time the Lottery conducted an incentive program for retailers was in October 1999. If more than one retail location sells a Lotto jackpot winning ticket, the $10,000 prize will be split among those locations, just like multiple Lotto winners share the total jackpot amount.
"The Florida Lottery is pleased once again to offer this cash bonus to our retailers across the state," said Lottery Secretary David Griffin. "This incentive will allow our retailers to share the fun and excitement of being a part of a Florida Lotto jackpot. Of course, without the 8,000+ online retailers who sell our tickets, the Florida Lottery would not be in business, and we would not be able to generate hundreds of millions of dollars each year for public schools in Florida."
The first retailer $10,000 bonus will be presented this week by Luann Machise and Patrick Arnoult of the Orlando District Office, which services Lottery retail locations in Brevard County.
Wisconsin Visitor Claims $10 Million Lotto Jackpot
... On Saturday, May 5, a
Wisconsin resident visiting her mom in Brevard County claimed the $10 million
Lotto jackpot from the May 2 drawing at Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.
Ina Pogainis (51) of Stevens
Point, Wisconsin, opted to collect
her winnings in form of a single lump-sum payment of $5,552,167 instead of
receiving 30 annual installments of approximately $333,333 each.
"I went to the Publix store on
Tuesday night and bought five Quick Pick tickets for the Wednesday
drawing," said Ina, who was staying with her 85-year old mother at their
duplex in Satellite Beach. "I didn't
even check my tickets until Thursday when I saw in the newspaper that I had all
six winning numbers. I didn't believe it until I called the newspaper and the
Lottery's '900' phone number to confirm my numbers."
Ina, who works for the state of Wisconsin,
stated that this was the first time this year that she bought Florida Lotto
tickets. She indicated that she only plays Lotto when coming to Florida during
her annual visits to see her mother, and that she just buys a few tickets each
"This was a gift from God. It was
unbelievable that I won!" said Ina, who was accompanied to Lottery
Headquarters by her 85-year old mother to claim her award. "I don't even
have any plans for the money because it's too new."
"While in Florida, I like to go to
the beach, swim, take walks in the forest and do yard work," said Ina.
"The only person I told I won was my brother and he didn't believe me at
first. This is because I have kidded him that when I win the Lotto, I will send
him a postcard from where I happen to be. My mom got on the phone and had to
convince him I had won."
Ina bought her lucky ticket at Publix,
located at 1024 Highway A1A in Satellite Beach. The store will receive a
just-instituted $10,000 retailer bonus from the Lottery for selling the winning
Ina indicated that she is planning to
return to Wisconsin with her mother on Monday, and that she wants to continue
working at her job for the time being. She has not told her employer yet about
her good fortune and also needs some time to adjust to the new situation.
"This win is consistent with the
lovely state of Florida and its lovely beaches. It's just too amazing. This has
been such a surprise that it really doesn't seem real!" revealed the
winner. "We've had a good time here every time we come. I don't even think
I'll play the Lotto again. This is plenty, this is enough shock for a lifetime,
Ina is the 24th Florida Lotto winner to either reside or purchase a jackpot winning ticket in Brevard County, and the 684th overall winner since the game began in 1988.
Unclaimed $182,845 Mega Money Ticket Expires
NR 05-04-01 ... At midnight on May 2, an unclaimed Mega Money ticket worth $182,844.74 expired as nobody came forward to redeem it during the Lottery’s official 180-day time limit for collecting the prize. The jackpot winning ticket pertains to the 3 Nov 2000 drawing with numbers 9 - 14 - 15 - 30 plus Mega Ball 19 and was sold in Jacksonville at the SP Discount Beverage store, located at 7821 103rd St., on 3 Nov 2000 at 8:54 pm, using a Quick Pick option.
"This was the Lottery's third search of this type," said Lottery Secretary David Griffin. "We did everything possible to ensure the winner received the prize, but unfortunately the winner did not come forward. We'd much rather give the money to the winner." Two previous searches for missing Mega Money winners were conducted in May and October 2000, neither of them finding the winner, however.
During the search for the missing ticket, the
Lottery asked for assistance from Florida's news media. The
Lottery also placed print advertisements in daily and weekly local newspapers, sent out several news releases, and distributed
flyers in more
than 400 Lottery retail locations throughout the 103rd St. area of Jacksonville.
Lottery winners have 180 days from the drawing date to claim prizes. By law, all unclaimed prizes must be returned to the Lottery's prize pool and used for future prizes or special promotions.
Sarasota Cab Driver Claims $162,993 Fantasy 5 Jackpot
... On Thursday, May 3, James Kelly
(36) claimed the $162,993 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the May 2 drawing at the
Florida Lottery’s District Office in Tampa. James, a cab driver from Sarasota,
said, "I saw the winning Fantasy 5 numbers in the newspaper this morning
and didn't believe my eyes, so I showed it to another cab driver. I was in a
daze then. I just couldn't believe how much I won!"
"I had a few extra dollars yesterday and bought three Quick Picks for this drawing as I usually do once a week," he stated. "This is the biggest thing I've ever won in my life! This is a big break for me."
"With this money, I'll be able to get
a nice place to live in," said James, who works for Royal Carriage Taxi
Company of Sarasota. "It won't be enough to retire on, but it will put me
ahead of the game." The winner revealed that he might also buy a new car,
pay off bills, and put part of the proceeds in a savings account. Furthermore,
he is considering starting his own business.
James bought his lucky ticket at the
7-Eleven store, located at 77 South Tuttle Avenue in Sarasota.
James' prize is also the 4th largest Fantasy 5 jackpot ever awarded to an individual winner and the 12th Fantasy 5 individual payout to exceed $100,000.
NR 05-03-01 ... Cinco De Mayo commemorates the victory of a Mexican army over a French army at the Battle of Puebla on 5 May 1862. The Mexican army, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, won the battle even though the French force was better equipped and larger in size. The battle occurred after Emperor Napoleon III of France sent 5,500 troops under the command of General Latrille to Mexico to conquer the country. Despite the Mexican victory at Puebla, France later gained control of Mexico City and established a French-supported government there. In 1866 and 1867, however, France withdrew its troops from Mexico because of resistance by many Mexicans and pressure from the United States. The French-backed government soon fell.
Gainesville Engineer Claims $155,445 Fantasy 5 Jackpot
NR 05-01-01 ... On Friday, April 27, Viktor Adams (46) claimed the $155,445 Fantasy 5 jackpot from the April 24 drawing at the Florida Lottery’s District Office in Gainesville. Viktor, a University of Florida engineering technician, said that he doesn't want to make a big deal out of his winnings. He stated that while the money is "not enough to retire," the cash would enable him to get out of debt. Viktor, who works in the coastal engineering lab of U of F, arrived in Gainesville 12 years ago to attend the university. He bought his lucky ticket at Publix on 1014 North Main St. in the college town. Viktor became the 8th sole winner of a Fantasy 5 jackpot and his prize is the 6th highest individual payout in the 8-year history of the game. On average, 8 people win a Fantasy 5 jackpot every night and collect around $19,500 each.