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John McKendrick from West Palm Beach had his entire life savings wiped out by online scammers. McKendrick who is a U.S. Navy Veteran says he missed all the warnings signs of an online scam. It all started back in March when he spotted a weird charge on his credit card. He says he thought it was Norton Security Protection.

After googling the company, he found a number and called them. The person who answered the phone said that he needed remote access to his computer to check whether their software was actually installed. The person on the phone goes on to say that their software was not installed, but they found “hackers.” McKendrick says he was convinced that he need their expertise.

Turns out the person on the phone was the actual hacker for the online scam.

He told McKendrick that they would be putting $10K in his bank account to trigger the “hackers.” McKendrick was then instructed to withdraw $10K out of his bank account and put it in a bitcoin machine. He did this 10 times before catching on.

McKendrick discovered he was withdrawing his own money and now his life savings is gone. He is now out of $94K. McKendrick filed a police report and reached out to his bank. McKendrick says even if he does not get his money back, he’s hoping his situation can help someone else.

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My mom would ask me, “what lottery games do you like to play?”  I like to play the scratch off tickets.  I also will buy a Mega Millions or Powerball ticket when the jackpot gets high. There has been a list created of the 10 Biggest U.S. Lottery Jackpots, and one of the tickets was sold right here in Florida. All of the people who won these jackpots have made history! And it took was going to the store and buying a lottery ticket. Below is the list of states where the Top 5 Lottery Jackpot winning tickets were sold. The biggest lottery jackpot ever was just a few months ago.

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    One lucky person in Illinois bought the winning Mega Millions ticket in July of 2022. They came forward after several weeks but their identity is unknown. They purchased the 5th largest jackpot prize totaling $1.337B.

  • Maine

    A person in Maine won the 4th largest Jackpot in U.S. history.  The jackpot was estimated at $1.35 billion dollars. The drawing was on Jan 13th of this year and it was sold in Lebanon, Maine.

  • South Carolina

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  • California

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Joe Winner spends his days combing through memes and off beat stories to bring you the side of Florida not always seen.