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Here's the State That Spends the Most on Lottery Tickets

Massachusetts dreams big, apparently

(Newser) - A common stereotype of lottery ticket buyers is that of blue-collar workers trying to break out of dead-end jobs and hit it big. But while there are likely plenty of lotto purchasers who fit that mold, a 24/7 Wall St. ranking suggests the four states that spend the most on... More »

Mavis Wanczyk Wins $758M Powerball Jackpot, Quits Job

'My pipe dream came true'

(Newser) - "I called [my employer] and told them I will not be coming back," Fox News quotes Mavis Wanczyk as saying after claiming her massive $758.7 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday. USA Today reports it's the largest grand prize won with a single lottery ticket in US... More »

Lottery Officials Goof, Name Wrong City in Powerball Win

Somebody in Chicopee, Mass., won the $759M prize

(Newser) - Somebody who bought a Powerball ticket in Massachusetts has scored the biggest solo jackpot in American history. But state lottery officials have a major correction: It turns out, the winning ticket for $759 million was sold at a store in Chicopee, not Watertown as originally announced, reports the AP . "... More »

Powerball Jackpot Now 2nd Biggest in History

It's up to $700M for Wednesday night's drawing

(Newser) - Get your lucky numbers ready. The jackpot for Wednesday night's Powerball lottery game has climbed to $700 million, making it the second largest in US history, per the AP . The drawing will be 10:59pm EDT in Tallahassee, Fla. For the record, the $700 million figure refers to the... More »

Man Sues After Being Denied $5M Lottery Pay Day

Lottery commission says man's 16-year-old son wasn't old enough to buy ticket

(Newser) - A Long Beach, Calif., man has filed a lawsuit after he was denied a $5 million Scratchers ticket prize on a technical measure: his teenage son bought the ticket. Per the Daily Bulletin , Ward Thomas’ suit filed Friday against the California Lottery Commission alleges breach of contract among other complaints.... 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 »

Teen Wins Lottery Twice in a Week

California 19-year-old walked away with $655,555

(Newser) - A California teen is celebrating two big lottery wins in a week. The California Lottery says 19-year-old Rosa Dominguez won $555,555 on a $5 scratch-off ticket purchased at a gas station. After that win, she said she was nervous and "just wanted to cry." A few days... More »

His Pal Rigged the Lottery. He Used Winnings for More Scams

But in ironic twist, Robert Rhodes himself was duped by insurer he sent his cash to

(Newser) - After Robert Rhodes collected a Wisconsin Lottery jackpot that had been rigged by a friend, he used the windfall for an investment scheme that produced more undeserved government money, court records show. Rhodes and Eddie Tipton, former security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, recently pleaded guilty to rigging the... More »

Illinois Heads Toward Unwanted First Among States

'Junk' status looms amid budget impasse; Powerball sales suspended

(Newser) - Illinois residents just got a tangible reminder about their state's budget impasse: As of Wednesday night, they can't buy Powerball tickets. And after Friday night, they won't be able to buy Mega Millions tickets. State lottery officials are suspending sales for a simple reason: They don't... More »

It's Like Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket, but With UK Bank Notes

Only one of four are left, worth about $60,000

(Newser) - Consumers in the UK are on the hunt for a rare and valuable Willy Wonka-style golden ticket—while the woman who found the third of only four in existence is donating it to charity. It all started when renowned "micro-engraver" Graham Short etched a 5mm-tall image of English author... More »

An Oregon Snow Day, an Office Cleaning, a $1M Find

Joemel Panisa found winning Mega Millions ticket just days before it expired

(Newser) - The weather outside was frightful, but for one Oregon man, the results proved utterly delightful. The Oregonian reports that Joemel Panisa of Logsden is its latest $1 million Mega Millions winner, and the only reason he's now flush with cash is because he was holed up during one of... More »

Ex-Insider Allegedly Rigged Lottery Drawings to Win Millions

Eddie Tipton is tied to potentially rigged drawings in five states

(Newser) - A former head of lottery security tied to potentially rigged drawings in five states is facing new charges in Wisconsin, NBC News reports. According to the Des Moines Register , six charges were filed against Eddie Tipton on Thursday. They include racketeering, theft by fraud, and computer crimes, Fox 6 News... More »

After 14 Years of Playing 66513, They Won World's Biggest Lottery

It's that day each year when you wish you were a Spaniard

(Newser) - There was much celebration in Madrid Thursday after all the tickets with the top prize-winning number in Spain's $2.4 billion Christmas lottery were sold in one city neighborhood. The number 66513 appeared on 1,650 tickets in the lottery known as El Gordo ("The Fat One"),... More »

Couple Spent 6 Months Preparing to Claim Powerball Jackpot

And now California's Marvin and Mae Acosta plan to 'fall off the grid'

(Newser) - Three winning tickets were sold in January's record $1.6 billion Powerball drawing , the largest in US history: one in Florida, one in Tennessee, and one in the LA suburb of Chino Hills. But while the Florida and Tennessee winners came forward almost immediately, the third claimant(s) remained a... More »

Woman Finds Lottery Ticket Worth $470K While Doing Taxes

She had about two weeks before it expired

(Newser) - Officials say a New Jersey woman found a winning lottery ticket worth more than $470,000 while preparing to file her taxes, the AP reports. The state lottery announced on Thursday that Yokasta Boyer, of Clifton, found the Jersey Cash 5 ticket from an April 2015 drawing and was able... More »

NJ Powerball Winner: Mom, 7 Kids

Here's what they plan to do with the money

(Newser) - A woman and her seven adult children stepped forward Friday to claim a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot, the AP reports. Eight members of the Smith family announced that they had the sole winning ticket purchased in Trenton for last Saturday's drawing. They plan to tithe 10% of the... More »

Lottery Winner Sued by Ex Files for Bankruptcy

Jury ordered her to give $291K to her former boyfriend

(Newser) - A former Florida school teacher who won a $1 million lottery jackpot in 2007 filed for bankruptcy Saturday in Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Last month, a jury ordered 62-year-old Lynne Anne Poirier to pay $291,000 of her $750,000 lump-sum winnings to her former boyfriend, Howard Browning. Browning... More »

7 Charged in Murder of Georgia Lottery Winner

'Don't do it, bro' were among Craigory Burch Jr.'s last words: girlfriend

(Newser) - Authorities say seven people have been charged in the shooting death of a recent Georgia Lottery winner, the AP reports. Ben Hill County Sheriff Bobby McLemore tells WFXL-TV the seven suspects, who range in age from 17 to 28 years old, all face charges of malice murder, aggravated assault, armed... More »

$63M Lottery Win About to Go Unclaimed

Though guy says California Lottery destroyed his winning ticket

(Newser) - A California Lottery winner has only hours left to claim $63 million—the deadline is 5pm local time. "The rules are the rules," a lottery spokesman tells the AP , noting that six months will have passed without anyone claiming the prize. He says he's curious to know... More »

Tenn. Couple: We're One of the 3 Big Powerball Winners

They went on 'Today' show before confirming their ticket with lotto officials

(Newser) - Three winning tickets for the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot were announced after Wednesday night's drawing, one of them in Tennessee—and a family from the Volunteer State volunteered the info that they're the winning clan on the Today show Friday morning, per Today.com . "I... More »

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