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Woman Wins $1M Scratch-Offs —21 Years Apart

It's going to be a very merry Christmas for Constance Carpenito's family

(Newser) - Few people are lucky enough to win $1 million in the lottery. But one Massachusetts woman has now done it twice. Constance Carpenito, of Stoneham, recently won a $1 million prize on a scratch-off ticket in the $10,000,000 Diamond Millionaire instant game. A spokesman for the Massachusetts Lottery... More »

Decade of Playing Lottery Pays Off for 5 Friends

They're splitting a $106 million jackpot

(Newser) - Two limo drivers, a housekeeper, a teacher, and a small-business owner finally have enough money to form a Village People for the new millennium after winning a $106 million lottery jackpot last month. But, they'll probably just use it for travel or something. WNBC-TV reports the five friends—announced... More »

7-Eleven Clerk's Mistake Wins Man $380K

Man says ticket sold to him wasn't what he wanted, but he kept it anyway

(Newser) - A KTLA reporter said in a news segment yesterday that the biggest mistake she's ever made at a 7-Eleven is coming out with nachos and a Slurpie at 2:20am—but she then (somewhat jealously) noted that that error didn't net her almost $400,000. Her envious reference:... More »

Powerball Winner Immediately Quits 'Nasty, Dirty' Job

'I don't want to work there no more'

(Newser) - For nearly 23 years, Julie Leach worked at a fiberglass company in Michigan, what she calls a "nasty, dirty job," NBC News reports. She was at a nearby McDonald's—on break during a particularly bad overnight shift—when she found out she was the sole winner of... More »

Fortune Cookie's Lucky Numbers Worth $10M

Florida man wins big in state drawing

(Newser) - Those lucky numbers printed on the back of a fortune cookie slip lived up to their name last month. A Boca Raton man won $10 million in the Florida lottery after playing the random digits, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel . Richard Davis, 66, was a regular player of bigger,... More »

Big Winners in Ill. Lotto Win a Big, Fat IOU

Lawmakers can't cut checks for prizes of more than $25K until state budget passes

(Newser) - The first question for lottery winners is always, "What are you going to do with the cash?" The first question for Danny Chasteen and Susan Rick, who just won $250,000 in the Illinois lottery, is "When are you going to get the cash?" Not for the foreseeable... More »

Guy Finds $20 on Street, Ends Up With $1M

Uses money he found to buy winning lottery scratcher

(Newser) - A San Francisco Bay Area man won $1 million in the California Lottery after buying a winning ticket with money he found at the airport. Hubert Tang had not bought a lottery ticket in 10 years, but when he found a $20 bill on the street outside San Francisco International... More »

Unlikely Suspect in Theft of $520K Lottery Ticket

And not just because he's the victim's uncle

(Newser) - A woman had a stroke of luck when she bought a winning lottery ticket worth $520,000 in Florida. She didn't cash it in right way, instead showing it to her uncle. A few days later, her luck turned bad: She reported the ticket stolen to police in Northampton,... More »

Insane Odds: Lightning Bolt Survivor Wins Lottery

What are the odds? A mathematician is glad you asked

(Newser) - Peter McCathie's first grand stroke of good luck happened when he got hit by lightning at age 14 and lived to tell the tale. His second came this month when he won a $1 million lottery in Canada with a co-worker, reports Huffington Post Canada . If you're scratching... More »

Guy's Forgotten Glasses Accidentally Earn Him $30K

Bob Sabo hit the wrong button on the lottery machine—and the jackpot

(Newser) - A man in southwestern Connecticut who mistakenly bought the wrong lottery ticket is $30,000 wealthier. Bob Sabo of Easton says he didn't want to wait in line to buy a lottery ticket at the Super Stop & Shop in Fairfield, so he decided to buy a ticket from... More »

Guy Misses Lottery Jackpot by 7 Seconds

Tough luck, say Canadian courts

(Newser) - Seven has turned out to be a very unlucky number for Montreal man Joel Ifergan: He missed a $10.5 million prize in Canada's Super 7 lottery by seven seconds, and after almost seven years of fighting lottery authorities, his case has been rejected by the country's top... More »

Guy Who Wanted Change for $100 Accidentally Wins $10M

Sorry about your terrible luck, Richard Noll

(Newser) - A Massachusetts man who bought a pair of lottery tickets at a grocery shop to break a $100 bill for lunch has ended up winning $10 million. Lottery officials announced Thursday that Richard Noll and his wife claimed the prize at lottery headquarters in Braintree this week. He chose a... More »

Man Told $500K Lottery Win Was a Misprint

New Mexico lottery blames ink dispenser

(Newser) - John Wines retired recently, so he was thrilled when a scratch-off lottery ticket showed he had won $500,000—and more than a little disappointed when the New Mexico Lottery told him it was a misprint and refused to pay up. Scratching off a 1 on the $20 ticket means... More »

Most Frequent NJ Lottery Winners: Lottery Retailers

Half of prolific winners are ticket sellers or relatives

(Newser) - Unless New Jersey lottery retailers are either incredibly lucky or are spending a mind-boggling amount of money on lottery tickets, something pretty fishy is going on, the Asbury Park Press reports. A Press investigation found that half of the 20 most frequent prizewinners in the New Jersey Lottery since 2009—... More »

Woman Goes to Store to Buy Spice, Wins $90M

Lisa Quam, husband plan to retire early

(Newser) - Lisa N. Quam had never purchased a Powerball ticket before Thanksgiving. But that day, when she went to the store for pumpkin spice, she picked up two tickets—calling herself a "special occasions lottery player," according to KING 5 —and it turns out to have been a... More »

$2B in Lottery Winnings Unclaimed Last Year

New app helps winners cash in lost $38M a week

(Newser) - Who buys lottery tickets and then doesn't bother to check if they won? A huge number of Americans, according to the creator of a new app that lets people know if they have winning tickets. LottoLotto creator Brett Jacobson tells CNN that he filed public-records requests around the country... More »

Dad's Birthday Gift Makes Teen a Multimillionaire

19-year-old's father handed her 2 lottery tickets and she won $4M

(Newser) - When 19-year-old Deisi Ocampo's father handed her two $20 Illinois Lottery tickets last week, his wish was a simple "Happy birthday." Happy birthday, indeed. One of the two $100 Million Money Mania scratch cards was soon found to be worth $4 million. "It turned out to... More »

$84M Lotto Check Collected by Guy in Bear Suit

Winner of China's 3rd-biggest jackpot dodges freeloaders

(Newser) - A guy who can now afford a lot more than just the bare necessities of life turned up in a bright-yellow bear suit to collect a lottery prize worth $84.4 million. The 520 million yuan jackpot the Shanxi province man collected is the third biggest in Chinese history, reports... More »

Waitress Hits Lottery, Won't Quit Job

She and husband collect $12M in Minnesota

(Newser) - Rhonda Meath waits tables for a living, and a lottery payout of $11.7 million isn't about to change that. “I actually really enjoy my job,” the 51-year-old waitress at the Lake Elmo Inn in Minnesota tells ABC News . "I have great friends here and a... More »

Guy Finds $2.9M Lottery Ticket in His Truck

Jerry Ritieni already has plans for 'life-easier money'

(Newser) - The owner of a Long Island body shop made a nifty discovery in his truck last month worth about, oh, $3 million. Jerry Ritieni bought a bunch of lottery tickets in July and stuffed them in the truck's center console rather than his pocket "for some odd reason,... More »

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