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12 Photos Of People Who Have Won Millions Playing Powerball

And maybe you will be added to this list, as well!

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Jonathan Vargas, 19. Gaston, South Carolina. $35 million.

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2008–Vargas, a construction worker, picked his winning numbers using the birthdays and ages of his family members. He later created Wrestlicious, a television program about female wrestling.

Emma Duvoll, 75. The Bronx, New York. $2 million.

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2014–Duvoll played the numbers from a fortune cookie she received at Sammy's Noodle Shop in New York City.


"Ocean's 16". Tom's River, New Jersey. $448 million.

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2013–16 coworkers at Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance share their winnings. The winners reported a variety of reactions, from gratitude for the winnings after suffering damage from Hurricane Sandy, to regret due to media attention and lifestyle changes.

Pedro Quezada. Passaic, New Jersey. $338 million.

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2013–The former deli owner used a portion of his winnings to pay back child support debt. He was later sued by his partner regarding the division of the earnings between the two. They were able to settle out of court and get back together.

Gloria Mackenzie, 84. Zephyrhills, Florida. $590 million.

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2013–Mackenzie, a retired teacher, moved out of her rental unit and into a 1.2 million dollar home. When purchasing her quick-pick ticket at a Publix, another lottery player let Mackenzie go ahead of them in line to purchase the winning ticket.

Andrew Whittaker, 55. Hurricane, West Virginia. $314 million.

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2002–Whittaker, president of a contracting firm, donated 10% of his earnings to Christian charities and another $14 million to start a non-profit to provide aid for low-income families in West Virginia. Following his winnings, he suffered from a handful of legal issues, including robberies and lawsuits.

Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr. Columbia, South Carolina. $259 million.

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2009–Jackson, a retired state employee, announced that "it is a good day for education" when he won the lottery. Since winning, he has donated significant portions of his earnings for various educational purposes including his alma mater, Morris College, and founding the Solomon Jackson Jr. Scholarship Foundation.


Brad Duke, 34. Star, Idaho. $220 million.

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2005–Following his win, Duke continued to drive his used car and work at Gold's Gym for another two and a half years, choosing instead to sustain and ultimately build his earnings through conservation business investments and charity cycling sponsorships.

Jeffrey Wilson, 27. Kings Mountain, North Carolina. $88 million.

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2009–Wilson has remained humble following his winnings, citing that the only thing different about him is that he has a bigger house. He wishes to attend graduate school and continue fishing. Wilson has donated a portion of his earnings to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

ConAgra Foods coworkers. Lincoln, Nebraska. $365 million.

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The ConAgra winners have achieved numerous things since winning the jackpot. Quang Dao used some of his earnings to build homes in Vietnam; Chasity Rutjens married fellow winner Robert Stewart; Michael Terpstra quit his job and lives off the interest from business investments; David Gehle spends his time woodworking and enjoying hobbies.

David Edwards. Ashland, Kentucky. $41 million.


2001–Edwards, an ex-convict from an armed robbery, used his earnings to purchase a mansion in Florida and a jet to fly back to his home in Kentucky. Edwards spent all of his earnings in five years after not following advice provided by a financial advisor. After living in a storage unit later on, he entered hospice care and died at age 58.

The Hill Family. Dearborn, Missouri. $293 million.

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The Hill family plan to use their earnings to pay for the college educations for eight granddaughters, nieces, and nephews. Following their win, a notorious phishing scam used their name and promise of their winnings to compromise third party bank accounts.


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