soldier wins lottery

Fort Drum soldier wins $5 million jackpot in the New York Lottery

A Fort Drum soldier has won a $5 million jackpot in the New York Lottery, according to 7News WWNYTV.

Jesse Vonderhorst, 36, bought a $25 scratch off ticket at a Sunoco gas station. “The first time I played the wild ticket I won $50 and thought that was cool,” he told the television station. “This is unreal!”

“I like to play the higher-priced tickets,” he said. “I had played enough of the $30 tickets. The $25 ticket had recently had a local winner so I chose the Wild Bonanza Multiplier. I hadn’t played it in a while so I took a chance.”

“I was in shock when I saw the $5,000,000 prize. I went straight home and showed my wife. She asked me where I got the fake ticket,” he said. Vanderhorst will receive a lump-sum payment of $3,309,000, according to the station. money that he plans to use to help his three daughters and plan a family vacation.

The soldier tried his luck on a $25 Wild Bonanza Multiplier ticket and it paid off.

Soldier wins £13.2 million prize from 25p bet

Jon Heywood says he will use the money to buy’ the best possible medical treatment’ for his father

Article bookmarked

Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile

A British soldier has become an overnight multimillionaire after winning more than £13.2 million on a 25p stake.

Jon Heywood, who has toured Afghanistan, won the fortune after placing his bet online.

And after a tough year in which the 26-year-old from Cheshire saw his grandfather die, he has vowed that the first thing he will buy is the “best possible medical treatment” for his father who is awaiting a heart and lung transplant.

However, Mr Heywood does have his eye one extravagant purchase, and is hoping to spend some of the £13,213,838.68 jackpot he won on on a luxury car.

He said: “I couldn’t believe that I’d won all this money at the time – and it still hasn’t sunk in.

“It’s amazing. The first thing I will spend it on is the best possible medical treatment for my dad. That’s more important than anything. Family comes first and I’d give all this money back for him to be healthy again.”

Watch more

Mr Heywood also plans to pay for his relatives to go on a Mediterranean cruise, but the Formula 1 fan does have his eye on one indulgence for himself.

He added: “I’m trying not to get carried away and I really don’t know what else I’m going to buy with the money, apart from a yellow Bentley Continental GT.

“I never even dreamed of driving a Bentley, let alone owning one. I’ve got a Fiat Punto at the moment.”

He won the huge prize when playing Microgaming’s Mega Moolah game late on October 6, but had to keep the win quiet for three days and even went to work the following day.

Alan Alger, a Betway spokesman, said: “We couldn’t be happier for Jon – he’s an incredibly nice guy and his family will benefit immensely from his huge win.”

The life-changing prize is also set to be a world record for the largest jackpot payout in an online slot machine game.

Thanks to a euro-to-pound exchange rate of 1.3531 at the time of the win, it is worth a whopping 17,879,645.12 euros, beating the previous landmark of 17,861,813 euros, set in Finland in 2013.

1 /1 Soldier wins £13.2 million prize from 25p bet

Soldier wins £13.2 million prize from 25p bet

Jon Heywood says he will use the money to buy’ the best possible medical treatment’ for his father

No hype, just the advice and analysis you need

Already have an account? Log in here


Share your thoughts and debate the big issues

About The Independent commenting

Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment.

The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates.

Delete Comment
Report Comment

Join the discussion.

Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.

  • You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully
  • Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable
  • Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties
  • We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification

You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.

Jon Heywood says he will use the money to buy' the best possible medical treatment' for his father ]]>