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$273M Mega Millions Winner Forgot Ticket at the Store

Luckily, a Good Samaritan turned Michael Weirsky's tickets in to store workers

(Newser) - We all know what it's like to be distracted by our cellphones. But for Michael Weirsky, that distraction nearly cost him a $163 million. That's how much the New Jersey man is about to receive in one lump sum after one of his Mega Millions tickets hit the... More »

'Simple Act of Kindness' Led to Biggest US Lottery Payout

Anonymous winner claims $1.5B jackpot

(Newser) - The winner of the single biggest lottery jackpot payout in US history has come forward, weeks ahead of the deadline—but we may never know their name. Officials in South Carolina, one of eight states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous, say the winner of October's $1.5... More »

Unclaimed $1.5B Jackpot Could Be Real Bummer for SC

State had expected to get $61M in state income taxes

(Newser) - The winner of a $1.537 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward. That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser, too. Economic officials estimated the winner would pay $61 million in state income taxes and put that money into the budget.... More »

Office Pool Gave Away Its Mega Millions Winnings

Missouri NICU nurses helped 2 of their own

(Newser) - Their office pool won a slice of the Mega Millions jackpot, but it was a really small slice. Fox News reports 126 NICU nurses at Mercy Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, won $10,000 in October's $1.5 billion drawing . After taxes, the $7,200 works out... More »

Bad Luck of Broken Hip Morphs Into Lotto Luck at Hospital

NJ man never made it to buy lotto ticket after falling, but hospital pool had some luck

(Newser) - Naturally, Earl Livingston of Blackwood, NJ, isn't thrilled he broke his hip while walking to the store Tuesday. But it was the fact that the 87-year-old's tumble and subsequent hospitalization kept him from buying a ticket for Tuesday's night's $1.5 billion Mega Millions drawing that... More »

Here's the Store That Sold Winning Mega Millions Ticket

A KC Mart in Simpsonville, SC

(Newser) - It was KC Mart #7 at 303 Lee Vaughn Road in Simpsonville, SC, that sold the winning ticket for Tuesday's $1.5 billion Mega Millions drawing, state lottery officials announced Wednesday. Simpsonville, a small city of about 22,000, is near Greenville, the State reports. The owner of the... More »

$1.5B Mega Millions Jackpot Winner May Never Be Revealed

Winning ticket was sold in South Carolina

(Newser) - We have a winner: Officials say a single winning ticket for what was touted as the biggest lottery prize in history was drawn Tuesday night, CNN reports. Lottery officials say a ticket with the winning numbers 28, 70, 5, 62, 65, with a Mega Ball of 5 was sold in... More »

Here Are the Winning Mega Millions Numbers

It's not immediately clear whether there's a winning ticket

(Newser) - The winning numbers have been drawn for the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot, but it isn't immediately clear if there's a winner, the AP reports. The numbers drawn in Tuesday night's drawing are 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5. The estimated... More »

So What's the Chance No One Wins $1.6B Tonight?

The Mega Millions drawing takes place at 11pm EDT

(Newser) - It's safe to say some Americans will probably stay up past their bedtimes Tuesday night. The six winning Mega Millions numbers will revealed to the world at 11pm EDT, in what is officially the biggest jackpot in US history—sort of. New York Magazine explains that while the $1.... More »

Mega Millions Website Crashes Amid Jackpot Frenzy

Plus, the AP explains why jackpots are getting so high

(Newser) - With the Mega Millions jackpot at $1.6 billion —the largest lottery prize in US history—interest is, shall we say, high. So high, in fact, that the Mega Millions website briefly crashed Monday, Reuters reports. A rep for the Maryland Gaming Commission, which administers the site, says it... More »

Mega Millions Jackpot Now $1.6B

It will be the largest US lottery payout in history

(Newser) - There will be lots of disappointed people Saturday morning when they discover they can't quit their jobs just yet—but Mega Millions is going to offer them another sliver of hope Tuesday night, with an even bigger jackpot. CNN reports there was no winner in Friday night's drawing... More »

Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $1B

There's a reason lottery jackpots have been swelling in recent years

(Newser) - If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are. Friday night's Mega Millions grand prize has hit a staggering $1 billion, continuing a trend of giant jackpots. It's the second-largest lottery prize in US history and joins five other top 10... More »

As Drawing Looms, 2nd-Largest Jackpot Swells

Mega Millions nears the $1B mark

(Newser) - The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $970 million, inching ever-closer to the $1 billion mark. Officials raised the estimated jackpot Thursday for the second time due to strong sales ahead of Friday night's drawing. Reuters reports the numbers will be pulled at 11pm EDT. The prize is the... More »

2nd-Largest Lottery Prize in US History Is Up for Grabs

Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $868M

(Newser) - No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to $868 million—the second-largest lottery prize in US history. The record lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016. This time around, the jackpot has been growing since... More »

Mega Millions Jackpot Is 4th Largest Ever

$502M prize up for grabs Friday

(Newser) - The next Mega Millions lottery winner could take home the fourth largest jackpot in its history. No ticket matched Tuesday's six drawn numbers, meaning the jackpot climbs from $458 million to $502 million for Friday's drawing. It's just the fourth time the jackpot—last won by a... More »

$450M Mega Millions Winner Is Just 20 Years Old

Florida's Shane Missler credits 'positive thinking' for his big win

(Newser) - America's newest multi-millionaire is just 20 years old and credits "the power of positive thinking." Florida's Shane Missler was announced Friday as the winner of last week's $450 million Mega Millions jackpot—the 10th largest lottery jackpot in US history, the AP reports. And while... More »

2 Lucky Lottery Winners Score a $1B Weekend

On heels of $450M Mega Millions win in Florida, a lone Powerball player wins $570M in NH

(Newser) - It's been a billion-dollar lottery weekend after a lone Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire matched all six numbers and will claim a $570 million jackpot, reports the AP , one day after another single ticket sold in Florida nabbed a $450 million Mega Millions grand prize . The winning Powerball... More »

They Lost Their Daughter, Then They Won $1M

New Jersey couple will use the money to help raise their grandkids

(Newser) - A New Jersey couple raising their three young grandchildren after their daughter died of lupus have stumbled on an unexpected silver lining in a tragic situation. Jackie and Rande from Long Branch will bank a cool $1 million after hitting the Mega Millions jackpot, People reports. "I am just... More »

Single Mega Millions Ticket Wins $540M

Winner is in Indiana, officials say

(Newser) - One jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing, a lottery official said. Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty tells the AP the winning ticket was sold in Indiana. The consortium of lottery organizations that runs Mega Millions says a ticket matching all five white balls and the... More »

Thanks to Storm, Man Is NY's Biggest Lotto Winner

Retired principal Harold Diamond, 80, bought $326M ticket

(Newser) - If Harold Diamond's wife hadn't insisted they ride out a storm by getting a sandwich at a local Subway, they wouldn't be millions of dollars richer right now. The retired elementary school principal, 80, and his wife, Carol, had pulled over to eat on Election Day into... More »

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