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2003 & Earlier Winners

Ten lucky Players Club members will “Go Wild” at Wal-Mart this holiday season!

Ten lucky Players Club members were selected as winners in a special “Go Wild” at Wal-Mart second-chance drawing for members of the Delaware Lottery Players Club. The winners were drawn at the Delaware Lottery office on December 16, 2003. Each one will receive a $250 Wal-Mart gift card. The ten lucky winners are David H. Miles, Jr., Bear, DE; David Hoffmaster, Elkton, MD; Denise Barnett, New Castle, DE; Evelyn Houghton, Wilmington, DE; Lewins Dunning, Lewes, DE; Linda Ciach, Wilmington, DE; Nelson Freidly, Newark, DE; and Richard Szaranowski, Magnolia, DE. Jill L. Cranmer of Laurel, DE won two Wal-Mart gift cards.

Now all that is left for our winners to do is...go shop!

Dynamicteam wins $40,000 on the POWERBALL® Instant Millionaire TV Game Show.

Sharon and Al Simon of Newark won a fabulous trip to Vegas, where Al was a contestant on the POWERBALL® Instant Millionaire TV Game Show.

Sharon, a receptionist/office manger in a law firm and mother to four wonderful kids, purchased her TICKET TO VEGAS Instant Game ticket at this year's Delaware State Fair. She turned in her non-winning ticket at the fair to enter the second-chance drawing. To her surprise and disbelief, she received a call from the Delaware Lottery telling her she had won.

Sharon immediately decided her husband Al should be the one to go on the show. On the November 8, 2003 game show episode, Al Simon went three rounds on the POWERBALL® Instant Millionaire TV Game Show and won $40,000 cash! This incredible duo has decided to share their winnings with the family.

This winner will be singing along…

…with her new jukebox! Elizabeth Pusey of Lewes won the Grand Prize Betty Boop™ Jukebox, valued at $10,000, in the BETTY BOOP™ Instant Game drawing held October 2, 2003, at Dover Downs. A homemaker with two children, 36 year-old Pusey sent in about six tickets. An occasional Lottery player, she bought her Grand Prize-winning ticket at the Daily Market in Lewes.

Four first prizes — custom Betty Boop™ leather jackets—also were awarded. The winners were Martin Davis of Wilmington, Cora Jones of Dover, Denis Anacay of Bear and Carl Pezzullo of Newark.

Fifty-four second-chance winners — individuals whose tickets were drawn on September 22 at the Lottery Office — were invited with a guest to the drawing. Each received a prize package featuring official Betty Boop™ licensed products. All attendees received a souvenir photo of themselves with the cartoon icon “Betty Boop”.

* Shown from left to right: Betty Boop, Cora Jones, Elizabeth Pusey, Brian Peters, and Betty's escort, Dan.

Wilmington couple claims $755,000 LOTTO prize

Their reaction when they found out they were winners? "Shock!" the man said. "It's just shocking when you win. And nobody believes you!"

A couple from Wilmington claimed their $755,000 LOTTO prize from the August 13 drawing. The winners, a 42-year-old special education teacher and mother of two and a 44-year old mechanical designer, each received $275,575 (half the total prize minus $101,925 in federal taxes).

Regular LOTTO and POWERBALL® players, the couple purchased the winning ticket at the Shore Stop at Routes 5 and 24 in Millsboro on their way to the beach last week. Since they were going on vacation, they purchased tickets with the numbers they always play — based on birthdays — for the six drawings that would happen while they were away. The couple found out they were winners when they stopped back at the same Shore Stop on their way home and checked their tickets against the sign posted on the door.

Four Delaware Women pick up $2,500 shopping spree gift certificates

Four Delaware women won $2,500 gift certificates to their favorite malls after being selected as the winners in second-chance drawings from the Delaware Lottery's Quick Pick Promotion on July 10, 2003. Ernestine Johnson, 68, a housewife and great-grandmother from Smyrna; Shauna Bright, 23, a student from Middletown; and Kay Pritchard, 47, an auditor for the National Guard from Lewes, had their entries drawn from among more than 10,000 in the general drawing. Peg Diggins, 66, a retired childcare worker from Rehoboth, was selected from more than 1,000 entries in a special drawing for members of the Delaware Lottery's Players Club. Following the drawings, all the winners had to do was select where they wanted to spend their Shopping Spree gift certificate — Christiana Mall, Dover Mall or Rehoboth Outlets — and get ready to shop ‘till they drop!

* Shown from right to left: Ernestine Johnson, Smyrna; Peg Diggins, Rehoboth; Shauna Bright, Middletown; Kay Pritchard, Lewes, standing in the Lottery office in Dover holding shopping bags for the mall from which they elected to receive their gift certificate.

Mark Shaw rides home on a new Harley!

Mark Shaw, an electrician with Battaglia Electric, said he had a feeling he was going to win the motorcycle awarded at a special drawing event held November 21 at Mike's Famous Harley-Davidson in New Castle. "After I scratched my HARLEY-DAVIDSON Instant Game ticket and didn't win, I flipped it over and saw there was a second-chance drawing," Shaw said. "I entered my non-winning tickets, and that's when I told my wife I was going to win. Now I'm going to go home to tell her I was right!"

He will receive a 100th Anniversary Harley-Davidson* Sportster* 1200 Custom* motorcycle—specially developed to celebrate Harley-Davidson's centennial. Mark was among 61 (out of 67) second-chance drawing winners present for the Grand Prize drawing event. Each second-chance winner was invited with a guest to attend the event and received a prize package featuring official Harley-Davidson licensed products: telephone, wristwatch, blanket, automobile mats, leather, cap, t-shirt and playing cards.

*Harley-Davidson, Sportster and 1200 Custom are trademarks of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

Wayne Lemons with second-chance drawing winner Mark Shaw on his new 100th Anniversary Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom motorcycle.

Janet Clough dazzles Vegas with big win.

Janet Clough of Felton, Delaware, who works part-time as a Certified Nursing Assistant, has always taken care of everybody — family, friends and patients. When she won $129,000 on the POWERBALL® Instant Millionaire TV Game Show, she said, "I felt like the Delaware Lottery was taking care of me."

Janet won an all-expense-paid trip for two to Las Vegas to appear on the game show by sending in her non-winning POWERBALL® Instant Millionaire TV Game Show ticket for a drawing. For her and her husband, Olin, the trip to Vegas was the honeymoon they never got to take. They loved the city lights and the view from their hotel room — and Janet had a ball on the show.

Janet appeared on the October 19, 2002, game show where she won $128,000 in the final round. She was the first contestant from Delaware to advance to the final round and has won the largest prize to date.

*Janet Clough plans to keep mailing in her non-winning tickets. "Who knows?" she says. "You may see me back on TV soon."

Elvis** fan Kim Mulqueen says, "Thank you, thank you very much."

Kim Mulqueen is a "huge Elvis** fan." So she was thrilled to learn that she had won a trip to Graceland** in the Delaware Lottery's ELVIS** Instant Game second-chance drawing, held January 23, 2002.

The Wilmington resident found the message from the Delaware Lottery on her answering machine. "I immediately called back," she says. "I was so excited, I screamed into their voice mail system. I had to call back to apologize — again, to the voice mail system."

A regular Lottery player, Kim bought the winning ticket at a Cumberland Farms store in Stanton. Later this year, she'll pack her blue suede shoes and invite a lucky friend to join her on the all-expense-paid trip for two to Graceland*.

*Kim Mulqueen of Wilmington feels even closer to her idol Elvis* after winning the second-chance ELVIS** Instant Game drawing for a trip to Graceland**.

**Elvis, Elvis Presley and Graceland are registered trademarks of Elvis Presley, Inc. ©2002

Second-chance drawing puts Matt Fleming on the NASCAR® fast track!

Dover resident Matt Fleming got double the fun playing FASTRACKS. First, he played the Instant Game. Then he won an all-expense-paid trip for two, worth $5,000, to the 2001 or 2002 NASCAR® race of his choice.

Matt Kenseth, one of five NASCAR® drivers featured in the FASTRACKS Instant Game, drew Fleming's entry at random during the second-chance drawing held on September 22, 2001 before the Busch Race at Dover Downs International Speedway.

Shown: And the winner is ... NASCAR® driver Matt Kenseth, prepares to draw Matt Fleming's winning entry for the FASTRACKS second-chance drawing.

Dakota Quad Cab second-chance drawing is a scream for Cathy Marcum!

When Cathy Marcum of Newark learned she had won the second-chance drawing for the DAKOTA QUAD CAB Instant Game, she did the only logical thing: she screamed.

"Everyone in the place heard me," said the mother of five and grandmother of four, who was working at the Little Sisters of the Poor Nursing Home when she got the call from the Delaware Lottery.

On October 5, 2001, a beaming Cathy claimed her silver Dodge Dakota Quad Cab, a $40,000 value, from Newark Dodge.

Shown: Silver is the winning color: Cathy Marcum of Newark drives away in her new 2001 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab.

DE POWERBALL® Winner #5 Shares in 2nd Largest Jackpot Ever

We all know siblings can be a pain in the neck. But sometimes their pestering pays off — in a big way!

After spending the summer in Pittsburgh caring for her mother, first-grade teacher Kathleen E. Kearney returned home to Hockessin on August 21 for the start of school. Her brother, Pittsburgh attorney Michael J. Kearney, Jr., had asked her to buy POWERBALL® tickets for the August 25 drawing. At $294.8 million, the jackpot was the second-largest in POWERBALL® history and the third-highest Lottery jackpot ever.

Kathleen bought tickets at Books & Tobacco and at the Acme in the Lantana Square Shopping Center in Hockessin. But after the drawing, she didn't check her numbers. Meanwhile, a buzz was spreading throughout the country — four tickets matched the winning numbers in the 22-state drawing, but only three winners had come forward. Kathleen didn't think anything of it — but luckily, her brother did!

Michael called repeatedly from Pittsburgh until finally, on August 29, Kathleen checked their tickets — and discovered they were winners!

Wasting no time, Michael caught a late-night flight to Philadelphia, and first thing on August 30, brother and sister arrived at the Delaware Lottery Office with their winning $5 Quick Pick ticket. The elated twosome chose the single-payment cash option and claimed their after-tax prize of $30,051,852.56 — which they agreed to split. So much for sibling rivalry!

Shown: Michael and Kathy Kearney take questions during press conference as Delaware Lottery Director Wayne Lemons looks on.

No family feud splitting $16.5 million POWERBALL® Jackpot

When nine family members claimed half of the December 27, 2000, $33 million POWERBALL® Grand Prize, were they ever amazed! "We never imagined we would win a prize this big in all our lives," said one of them.

Thanks to an advance agreement, divvying up the prize caused no family squabbles. They all chose the cash option, worth an after-tax total of $6,651,010.20. Six of the family members live in Delaware, two live in Maryland and one lives in Georgia. Ranging in age from the 30s to the 80s, they all plan to take care of their homes and their children.

The winning ticket was purchased at C & C Country Maid in University Plaza Shopping Center in Newark on December 26, one day before the drawing. The winning ticket for the other half of the POWERBALL® Grand Prize was sold in Louisiana...


A Quick Pick nets retirees $2.275 million

Thanks to the randomly chosen numbers of a Quick Pick ticket, a Newark retiree and his wife claimed the January 4, 2000, All Cash Lotto Jackpot of $2.275 million — the third-largest prize since the game started in 1983.

The winner, who worked 37 years for General Motors, bought the ticket at Brookside News in the Brookside Shopping Center in Newark on the day of the drawing and received an after-tax prize total of $1,638,000. "The excitement has yet to sink in. My wife is amazed that we actually won," he said.

To date, there have been four All Cash Lotto Jackpots of more than $2 million. The largest, worth $3 million, was won in February 1993, and the second-largest, worth $2.9 million, was won in January 1993.

$700,000 — just a phone call away

It pays to call the player information line (1-800-338-6200)! That's how a 57-year-old Dover man discovered that he had won the $700,000 jackpot for December 4, 2000. "I was completely surprised," he said. "I just couldn't believe it!"

He bought the winning ticket, using his favorite series of numbers, on the day of the drawing at the Shore Stop on Lebanon Road in Dover. His after-tax winnings amounted to $504,000.

Craig and Sue Fromme of Bear drive off with a Dodge Durango

Winning a Durango the day before your son turns 16 may seem like a dream come true (for your son, anyway), but 49-year-old Bear resident William "Craig" Fromme and his wife Sue were more cautious. "He won't be getting it, but he will be allowed to drive it," said Craig.

The Frommes, both State of Delaware probation officers, won the first Durango SLT 4X4 in the Delaware Lottery's Durango Instant Game on May 27, 1999, with a ticket they bought at the College Square Pathmark in Newark. They drove away with a certificate worth more than $41,500 (MSRP of $29,950 plus estimated federal taxes). Then all they had to do was select a color — and they opted for silver.

Paul Godfrey stops for coffee ... and $25,000

Paul Godfrey of Bedford, Texas, was on his way home from Philadelphia when he stopped at the Delaware House Travel Plaza on I-95 south of Wilmington. "Drinking coffee at 3 a.m. is pretty boring," said the 46-year-old computer consultant, "so I bought a Lottery ticket from the machine. I started scratching and uncovered all eight diamonds."

The next day was a holiday, so Godfrey stayed an extra day and claimed his prize on January 19, 1999 — a delay that proved well worth his while. His after-tax winnings came to $18,000. As a frequent traveler, Godfrey plays the Lottery in many states. "The instant scratch games are fun," he says — especially at 3 a.m.!

Al Guessford trucks on home to $1.25 million

All Cash Lotto Jackpot prize - As 59-year-old truck driver Al Guessford of Clayton began a long-distance trip, he bought several All Cash Lotto tickets, including one Quick Pick, at the Shore Stop #59 store on West Main Street in Middletown.

"I drove a load up to New York and then headed for Tennessee with the tickets in my truck," he said. "I was in Virginia when I realized I had the winner. I called my wife and she went hysterical." Guessford returned to Delaware by 6 a.m. and the couple went to the Lottery Office shortly after it opened on December 31, 1998, to claim their after-tax winnings of $810,000.

Seven Delaware Lottery players win $100,000 each in record-breaking $295.7 million POWERBALL® drawing

The POWERBALL® drawing of July 29, 1998, created a nationwide buzz — and seven of the $100,000 winning tickets were bought right here in Delaware.

One winner, a 41-year-old construction worker from Laurel, stood in line for half an hour at the De-Lux Dairy Market on Route 13 to buy a $3 Quick Pick ticket — the first time he had ever played the Lottery. "I watched the drawing and thought I had won something, but wasn't sure until I went back to the store and the manager told me it was $100,000," he said. "Then I broke out in a sweat."

Other winners included a 27-year-old U.S. Air Force man from Wrightstown, New Jersey, who bought ten Quick Pick tickets at the 7-Eleven store on Naamans Road north of Wilmington, and a 37-year-old electrician from Philadelphia. He bought Quick Pick tickets at the Vandever Food Market on Vandever Avenue in Wilmington.

The Wire Transfer Department of PNC Bank in Philadelphia, whose 47 workers live in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, was a group winner. Liz Molin of Smyrna, who bought the winning ticket at the Thriftway in Smyrna, said, "The whole department went bonkers."

Another group of 15 winners was the AAA Mid-Atlantic headquarters in Philadelphia. Its members, who live in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia, bought their winning ticket at the Cumberland Farms Store on South Broom Street in Wilmington.