With a $425 million jackpot up for grabs when the Mega Millions’ numbers are drawn Friday night, we decided to take a look at 13 folks who found good fortune on Friday the 13th.
Nov. 13, 1981: Lou Eisenberg won $5 million in the New York lottery but had spent it all by 2001
October 2006: A couple in the UK bought their winning ticket on Friday the 13th
June 13, 2008: Shortly after heart surgery, Sherry Wallis of Texas won $3000 from a scratch-off
Feb. 13, 2009: 15 school teachers and workers claimed their $76 million jackpot on Friday 13th after winning California’s SuperLOTTO
March 13, 2009: Isabel Zelaya of Wyandanch, New York, spent $3 and won $26M Mega Millions jackpot
March 13, 2009: Cathy Ortiz capped a very lucky week on Friday the 13th, claiming $50,000 from the Powerball in Colorado after winning $1260 playing slots and $500 from a scratch-off.
Aug. 13, 2010: Matthew Sherman of Greece, NY, won $1 million on a scratch-off
May 13, 2011: Kendall Warren, of Kalamazoo, Mich., won $27 million
May 13, 2011: Tim Holle of Bedford, Ind., won $1 million in the Mega Millions with the “Megaplier”
Jan. 13, 2012: Hung Tran won $1 million from a ticket bought at a supermarket in Utica.
April 13, 2012: Carolina Furdui of Idaho claimed $250,000 from the Mega Millions
July 13, 2012: Canadian Chris Fowler won $21,771,980 in that nation’s Lotto Max drawing
Sept. 13, 2013: Julie Hemstreet of Fonda, NY, won $1,000,000 with a scratch-off ticket