Mega Millions

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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 »

Another Lotto Winner Credits Fortune Cookies

Merces Goncalves walks away with $421K

(Newser) - What are the odds? It seems another person has won the lottery thanks to fortune cookies. The latest with such good fortune is a woman in San Jose. Merces Goncalves says she picked her numbers based on five fortunes she received; five of the numbers matched the six winning numbers... More »

2nd Mega Millions Winner Immediately Quits Job

Delivery driver didn't realize for a while he had the lucky ticket

(Newser) - A California man who realized belatedly that he had the second winning ticket in last month's $648 million Mega Millions lottery did the thing that everybody says they're going to do: Delivery driver Steve Tran called his employer with a very special message. "I'm really sorry... More »

First Mega Millions Winner Comes Forward

Ira Curry of Stone Mountain, Georgia, will take home $120M

(Newser) - The first of two Mega Millions winners has come forward: Georgia lottery officials say Ira Curry of Stone Mountain is the winner in their state, and she's opted for the cash option of about $120 million after taxes, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Curry, who did not appear at the... More »

Mega Millions Winners Are in Georgia, Calif.

$636M jackpot to be split at least two ways

(Newser) - The near-record $636 million Mega Millions jackpot will be split by at least two winners—tickets bought in Georgia and in San Jose, Calif., matched the winning numbers 8, 14, 17, 20, and 39, with a Megaball of 7. Lottery officials say the winners will "put a lot of... More »

What to Do If You Win Today's $636M Mega Millions

Hint: It does not involve Disney World

(Newser) - Tonight's Mega Millions prize could end up being the biggest US jackpot ever. It's already hit $636 million; by tonight, it could rise past the $656 million record, Reuters notes. Let's say, for the sake of argument, that you win it (you won't). When you can... More »

Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $550M, 4th-Highest Ever

But your chances of winning are pretty slim

(Newser) - The Mega Millions jackpot reached its fourth-highest prize ever this morning after a winning ticket wasn't sold yesterday. The jackpot has climbed from $425 million to a whopping $550 million. (The highest ever? March 2012's $656 million.) This jackpot has been growing since Oct. 1, with 21... More »

Powerball at $600M (So Far)

Odds of winning are 1 in 175M

(Newser) - Less than 10 months after three tickets split a world-record lottery prize, the jackpot for tonight's Powerball drawing was nearing historic territory once again. It now stands at $600 million, but a flurry of last-minute ticket-buying could push it beyond the $656 million won in a Mega Millions jackpot... More »

How Mega Millions Can Save Our Political System

Combine Election Day with a lottery: Norman Ornstein

(Newser) - Nearly half the adult population of the US took part in last month's Mega Millions lottery, giving Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute an idea on how to "transform" our political system: Enter voters in a lottery. If people have the chance to win big by voting,... More »

Illinois Mega Millions Winners Unmasked

Retiree Merle Butler says he stuffed ticket in safe-deposit box

(Newser) - Nosy people of the world, rejoice! Illinois, unlike Maryland and Kansas , doesn't let its lotto winners remain anonymous, which means you can now know the face of a couple who are a whole lot richer, after stepping forward today to claim the third winning Mega Millions ticket. "It'... More »

Final Mega Millions Winner to Reveal Self Tomorrow

Illinois resident can't stay anonymous

(Newser) - The final winner of the record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot has come forward, and unlike in other states, the Illinois winner won't be able to stay anonymous. The winner's identity will be revealed tomorrow at a press conference in Red Bud, the small southern Illinois town where... More »

3 Maryland Friends to Split Mega Millions Riches

Each goes home with $34.997M after paying Uncle Sam

(Newser) - Mirlande Wilson apparently lost something other than her "winning" ticket (her mind?), because Maryland's Mega Millions prize has officially been claimed, and the riches go to three friends who work together in the state's public school system—where they say they'll continue to work. They'll... More »

Mega Millions Winner Crops Up in Maryland

Not Mirlande Wilson, we assume?

(Newser) - The owner of a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket stepped forward in Baltimore County today—and we assume it's not the one who lost her ticket . A Maryland Lottery spokeswoman refused to identify the winner, but said a "storyline" will be shared at a press conference tomorrow morning,... More »

Kansas Mega Winner Claims $158M Ticket

Mega Millions ticket is claimed for nearly $158M

(Newser) - A lucky Kansas resident today reaped the benefit of pure dumb luck: $157.9 million, or $110 million after taxes, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. The anonymous Mega Millions winner buys lottery tickets "quite often," says the Kansas Lottery's executive director, but picked up only one Mega ticket... More »

Mega Millions 'Winner': I Lost Ticket

But Mirlande Wilson doesn't seem too concerned about finding it

(Newser) - You knew this was coming: Mirlande Wilson , who first claimed she won the Mega Millions lottery separately from her pool of co-workers, then said she hid the winning ticket at the McDonald's where they all work, now says she's lost the ticket. "I have no idea where... More »

Mega Millions 'Winner' Has Press Conference...

At which she tells press to 'go home'

(Newser) - Just when you thought the story of Mirlande Wilson , the Baltimore woman who may or may not have a winning Mega Millions ticket, couldn't get any more bizarre … she goes and holds a press conference to which she shows up late, spends most of the time toying with... More »

Mega Millions 'Winner': I Hid Ticket ... at McDonald's

Mirlande Wilson still insists she bought ticket on her own

(Newser) - The weird story of Maryland's supposed Mega Millions winner gets weirder: Now Mirlande Wilson, the McDonald's employee who said she wouldn't share the winnings with her lottery pool because she bought the ticket separately from her co-workers, claims to have hidden the winning ticket—logically, at the... More »

Mega Millions 'Winners' Just Dreaming: Officials

None of the 3 winners have contacted lottery officials

(Newser) - Despite the rumors flying in Maryland, Kansas, and Illinois, none of the three Mega Millions winners have come forward to officials, and people claiming to have won are probably just fantasists, say lottery administrators. The winners who will share the $656 million prize might not contact the lottery for days... More »

Maryland Woman: I Won Mega Millions

...and says $105M ticket wasn't part of co-workers' lotto pool

(Newser) - Not even three days have passed since the Mega Millions drawing , and already one supposed winner is embroiled in controversy: Mirlande Wilson claims she has a winning ticket, but won't split her $105 million share of the jackpot with the co-workers in her lottery pool. Wilson, 37, claims she... More »

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