Parking Spot Leads To $1M Powerball Win

A man recently experienced bountiful luck with the US Powerball after an available parking spot lead to a lottery win. Loren Schmalle from Santa Monica was lucky enough to win a sum of $1 million with one of the biggest international lottery games - the Powerball. Read the full story here. 

Loren Schmalle is a lucky player from Santa Monica in LA. Loren had not just one, but two sprouts of extraordinary luck on April the 29th 2015. The first streak of luck was a free parking space available in front of his favourite lottery retailer. The second streak of luck was that the Powerball ticket he bought managed to match the five main balls in the draw held on the date of April 29th. Loren’s win got him to leave with $600,140. 

Free parking spot

Loren is quite a busy man, so he isn’t one to waste time looking for the best parking spot. Loren said, “If there’s a good parking spot in front of my favourite lottery retailer, I’ll stop and buy a ticket. If not, I’ll keep driving.” 

On April 29th, it was his lucky day because he didn’t have to waste any time searching frantically for a parking spot. He pulled up in front of the L&K Market in East Main Street in Santa Monica and just like another winner, Gary Schafer, he was soon to become a Powerball winner. 

The winning lotto numbers in the draw were as follows:

26-01-38-34-51 with the Powerball 06. 

How Loren found out about his win was when he heard a local news website announce that a $1 million Powerball ticket was sold at the L&K Market he frequented. It gave him “a good feeling”. As soon as he got home to Santa Monica, he went into a different lottery retailer and checked his Powerball ticket. He instantly came to the realization that his Powerball ticket was the big winner. He put it back in his pocket, left the store and went home. Loren was running an errand with his wife at the time when he broke the surreal news to her. 

His wife took some time to believe him; she was very sceptical at first upon hearing the news. She only believed him when he gave her the ticket to check it herself. Loren commented, “When I saw the amount I won, a little shiver went up my spine and I wanted my wife to feel that excited shiver too.” 

But the excited shivers when checking the Powerball ticket was not the only shiver she would experience. Not soon after claiming their prize money, Loren’s wife felt another shiver after he bought her an expensive designer handbag as a Mother’s Day present. Loren also intends to “beef up” a summer vacation they had already planned before the win. The family also plans to make a hefty contribution towards his children’s college funds. Paying off their debts is also on the spending agenda. 

Family holiday

Congratulations to Loren on his magic luck! We hope that him and his family have a lovely vacation together. 

If you would like to experience some winning shivers of your own, then play the online lotto now with us! The US Powerball Jackpot is at a whopping $154 million!

Your dream life could be one Powerball ticket away. 


Best of luck!

The PlayHugeLottos Team


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Posted by Amos (27/05/2015)


Posted by Krishnan (27/05/2015)

Sharing a great news like that with a dear one is greater still !!

Posted by Wilhelmina (28/05/2015)

Congrats. This is really worth it.

Posted by Leslie (31/05/2015)

Lucky Guy !

Posted by Ritwick (4/06/2015)

Good for him.

Posted by Osaru (27/08/2015)

wow,thats a good one,congrats Loren

Posted by Leyla (29/11/2016)

Lucky Guy!

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