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$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 »

After 20 Years Without Win, Slot Machine Pays $2.4M

Couple played 'Lion's Share' for 5 minutes before winning

(Newser) - The most popular slot machine out of 1,900 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the "Lion's Share" has had a reputation since it was installed in the '90s for boasting a sizable jackpot—thanks to no one ever having won it. It's so popular... More »

17 Siblings Will Split $20M NJ Lottery Jackpot

They say lottery pool was in honor of late mom

(Newser) - A huge Norwegian-American clan in New Jersey has a huge $20.1 million lottery jackpot to divvy up. The 17 Endreson siblings, ranging in age from 53 to 76, started a lottery pool a decade ago after the death of their mother, who dreamed of buying homes on the Jersey... More »

Lawsuit: We Threw Out $1M Lotto Ticket

Men say New Jersey failed to update website

(Newser) - Imagine realizing that you'd bought a lottery ticket worth $1 million—and that you'd thrown it away. Two New York men don't have to imagine, because they say it happened to them—and that it was New Jersey's fault. Salvatore Cambria and Erik Onyango are suing... More »

Want to Win Powerball? Maybe Move to West Virginia

9 winners of $1M+ this year, more per capita than any other state

(Newser) - West Virginia lottery players are on a roll this year, with nine Powerball tickets worth at least $1 million sold in the state. While five other states have had more people win $1 million or more, West Virginia is No. 1 per capita, averaging one Powerball ticket worth $1 million... More »

Path to Massacre Lined With Lotto Tickets, Coffee Attacks

Shooting was second such attack in Isla Vista

(Newser) - When Elliot Rodger turned 19 in 2011, he decided that if he couldn't find "love, sex, friends, fun, acceptance, (and) a sense of belonging" in two years, then he would have his "Day of Retribution," his manifesto/memoir reveals. His quest for those things didn't go... More »

Man Throws Out Lottery Tickets Worth $1.25M

Pennsylvania lottery nut must have misread the numbers: store clerk

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man is kicking himself right about now. Last month, he bought 25 Quinto lottery tickets that won $50,000 each—or $1.25 million total—but never claimed them, probably because he misread the tickets, the York Daily Record reports. "He was mad," said Wendy Hinton,... More »

Couple Wins Lottery 3 Times in a Month

Va. pair aren't finished playing yet

(Newser) - What do you do if you win a $1 million lottery prize? If you're Virginia couple Calvin and Zatera Spencer, you keep buying tickets—and you keep winning. The odds-defying pair first won a $1 million Powerball prize on March 12, reports USA Today . They followed that up March... 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 »

Forgotten Lottery Ticket Yields $1M Prize

Georgia man came across it while cleaning his room

(Newser) - Your early incentive for spring cleaning: A Georgia man tidying his room came across a month-old Powerball ticket that just happened to have five matching numbers, reports NBC News . That's good enough to make 26-year-old Gregory Jarrett $1 million richer, at least before taxes. “I called for my... More »

Guy's Speeding Excuse: I Just Won the Lottery

Officer lets him off with a warning

(Newser) - A Massachusetts man busted for speeding had a pretty good excuse when he was pulled over: He had just won a big lottery prize and was on his way to collect his cash. It turns out yesterday was 22-year-old Scott Lowe's lucky day in more ways than one, because... More »

$425M Powerball Goes to Sole Winner

No word on who bought the ticket in Milipitas, California

(Newser) - Milipitas is a small city about 10 miles north of San Jose, Calif., and one of its residents—or someone who shopped there—can probably now afford to buy a big chunk of it. State lottery officials say the winning ticket for the last night's $425 million Powerball jackpot... More »

Guy's Powerball Numbers Finally Win—After 20 Years

Tonight's jackpot expected to hit $400M

(Newser) - An Iowa man who only won $100 in 19 years of playing the same Powerball numbers has become a millionaire in his 20th year of sticking with them. Rob Winburn won $1 million of Saturday's jackpot by matching five of the numbers, which correspond to numbers he assigned to... More »

Homeless Guy Drops Last Cash on Lotto, Wins $2.8M

Establishing foundations to fight addiction, domestic abuse

(Newser) - Reality doesn't really tend to work this way, but László Andraschek's tale is the stuff of fantasy: En route to a program for recovering alcoholics, the unemployed, indebted Hungarian man was down to his last few coins when he decided to buy a lottery ticket. "I... More »

Spain's Christmas Gift to Its People: $3.4B Lottery

Annual 'El Gordo' holiday lottery rains cash on beleaguered Spaniards

(Newser) - Spain, which has had not a lot to celebrate in the financial realm in recent memory, is basking in the glow of its annual exercise in literally throwing scads of cash to the wind: Yesterday's "El Gordo" lottery saw some $3.4 billion awarded to thousands of winners... 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 »

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