The US Powerball attracts lottery fans, young and old, and this week’s $100 million jackpot is a perfect reason to play the Powerball. Winning the lottery would make your dreams come true, no matter how old you are. Amazingly some Powerball players were very young when they won the lottery. And possibly because of their youth, things didn’t always work out so well for the youngest Powerball winners.
** Tim Schultz of Des Moines, Iowa, was just 21 when he won a $28 million jackpot in February 1999. Schultz, a convenience store worker, ended up splitting his prize. A settlement was reached with coworker Sarah Elder, 20, who claimed that she had paid for half the ticket. According to Iowa Lottery rules, you must be at least 21 years of age to play the lottery.
** Farrah Slad, a 21-year-old Minnesota woman, won a $150 million Powerball jackpot in June 1999. She chose to take the cash option of a $78.8 million lump payment. She had bought $5 worth of tickets while filling up her car with gas. Due to relentless requests from acquaintances and strangers for money, Slad said that winning the lottery was the “best and worst thing to ever happen” to her.
** Jonathan Vargas of South Carolina was 19 when he picked the six winning numbers to win a $35.3 million Powerball jackpot in May 2008. Vargas used his prize money to create “Wrestlicious”, a wrestling promotion featuring scantily-clad women. The show went bust after a year. Vargas ended up broke, although there is talk to bring back the concept as a reality show.
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** Frederick Sanford, a 19-year-old Florida resident, won a $2 million prize in the historic Powerball draw held on January 13, 2016. Sanford was just the Powerball away from winning his share of the record-breaking $1.58 jackpot. Because he added the Power Play option to his ticket his second division prize was doubled to $2 million.
Sanford’s prize came after he purchased his first-ever lottery ticket. Sanford picked up a lottery ticket that someone else had filled out and presented it at the counter for purchase. How crazy is that?
“When I heard about the billion dollar Powerball jackpot, I decided to try my luck and buy a ticket,” Frederick said. “I got to the store, and there was already a completed play slip at the playstation.”
So far, there have been no indications that Sanford has misused his prize money. If so, not only would he be among the youngest Powerball winners ever, but also one of the smartest. No matter how old you are, you would be smart to purchase your Powerball tickets in time for the upcoming draw!