Entries in Winning (3)


$1M Powerball Winners Share the Wealth with Coworker

Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(PLANTATION, Fla.) -- When Jennifer Maldonado went to work on Sunday at Keller Williams Partner Realty in Plantation, Fla., she was greeted with hooting and hollering.

That’s because on Saturday night, her 12 colleagues who’d gotten together for a Powerball office pool had won $1 million.

Maldonado thought it was a joke — “100 percent, thought it was a prank,” she told ABC News.

Recently hired as an administrative assistant and having not received her first paycheck, she’d opted not to participate in the $20 pool.

Laurie Finkelstein-Reader, who runs the office and organized the pool, even offered to lend her the money, but she’d declined.

“I wasn’t going to press her,” Finkelstein-Reader said. “I said to her: ‘If you don’t play, we’re going to win.’”

And win they did. One of the realty office’s tickets matched five of the winning numbers.

A man in New Jersey, however, won the $338 million jackpot by matching the five numbers as well as the Powerball number.

Maldonado’s co-workers will take home $83,000 after taxes — and each of them has agreed to give her a portion of their winnings.

She would only say that she was receiving a “gracious amount.”

“Enough that I’m floored and feel so appreciative,” Maldonado said.

The group said it was the right thing to do and that co-workers are like family.

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Five Tips for Sweepstakes Success

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Carolyn Wilman of Ontario, Canada, is serious about her sweepstakes. So serious that she has a nickname, the "Contest Queen," a book, You Can't Win If You Don't Enter, and a website,, all devoted to winning things for free.

She's also one of five "sweepers," people obsessed with entering sweepstakes, profiled on the new reality show High Stakes Sweepers, premiering Sunday, Aug., 14, at 10 p.m./ET on TLC.

Wilman, 44, has won almost $250,000 in cash and prizes over the 10 years she's been entering sweepstakes, ever since she decided to turn a hobby into a full-time career.

"I worked in marketing for 15 years and found myself unemployed," she says on the show's series premiere. "I read an article about a couple who entered sweepstakes on a daily basis. I thought, 'What a great idea. I won't have to work. I'll just win for a living.'"

To win, Wilman enters an average of 100 to 300 contests per day, often enlisting the help of her 9-year-old daughter, Nicole, to get the job done.

Over the years, she's won clothes, cosmetics, kitchen appliances. She estimates she wins five to 15 sweepstakes per month, including one lucky month in which she won three trips in one week alone.

"I feel so blessed that I won all this stuff," she says.

Confident in her reign as "Contest Queen," Wilman shared these five tips with ABC News:

1. Always Read the Rules:  It's the one thing people do the least. You do not want to inadvertently disqualify yourself.

2. Visit Sweepstakes Websites:  Visit online websites that specialize in the hobby. The sites will offer links to currently running promotions, and you can sign up for a newsletter subscription listing new sweepstakes and contests.

3. Use Social Media:  "Like" and "follow" people and companies on all social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, to hear about new promotions and enter contests on those sites.

4.  Enter Through Every Method Possible:  Most sweepstakes offer five entry methods: in-person, call-in, mail-in, online and text messaging. Use all five methods to maximize your odds of winning.

5.  Enter!:  Don't forget the obvious: To win, you must enter. The more you enter, the better your odds.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Sheen-Themed Cocktails: Restaurants Offer Tiger's Blood Beverages

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Now you, too, can have tiger blood. It was inevitable, but Charlie Sheen is no longer the only person attempting to profit from the high-profile antics of one Charlie Sheen.

"I have a different constitution, I have a different brain, I have a different heart," he told ABC’s 20/20. Then he uttered the five words that would go down in instant infamy: "I got tiger blood, man."

Now, a week later, you can get Tiger's Blood cocktails at restaurants from Miami to Manhattan.

"It was hard to avoid the Charlie Sheen storm over the past week or so. We created a cocktail here while were having our weekly marketing meeting," Tara Fougner, publicist for TY KU spirits told ABC News. "We had no intention of ever releasing it. But bars and restaurants have begun asking for it."

The Tiger's Blood cocktail Fougner's team cooked up is essentially a bloody mary with a sake base. One bar, Sully's House in Chicago, which already had a relationship with the sake maker, began offering the cocktail instantly at $5 a glass. Sales have been brisk.

Hash 55, a hookah bar in Midtown Manhattan, is also getting in on the tiger train. Their terrifying-sounding cocktail is another riff on a bloody mary which includes vodka, harissa, wasabi powder, olive juice and sherry.

Not everyone is on board however. South Beach's Red the Steakhouse briefly contemplated offering a "Charlie Sheen collection" of cocktails, including the Two and a Half Sheets to the Wind martini or a Tigers' Blood Mojito. They ended up thinking better of it, though. 

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