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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 . "I... More »

Nurse's Powerball Win Turns Out to Be Son's Prank

It made the news before she realized the truth

(Newser) - A nurse in California thought she had won the world's biggest lottery jackpot, but soon discovered she had a son with the world's worst sense of humor. News that the 62-year-old mother of seven, who works at a health center in Pomona, had won the Powerball lottery spread... More »

For 20 Minutes, Eatery Staff Thought They Won $900M

Dishwasher quit, valet told man to get his own car

(Newser) - Bet it was hard to come down from this high: Workers at a New Jersey restaurant thought they'd hit the jackpot—literally—when they accidentally matched the numbers on their ticket for Saturday's $900 million Powerball draw with the winning numbers from last Wednesday's drawing. A video... More »

Go Ahead and Buy a Powerball Ticket

It can be a 'rational decision,' according to 'NYT' columnist

(Newser) - The Powerball jackpot has entered the stratosphere at an estimated $1.5 billion, causing the country to come down with a serious case of lottery fever ahead of Wednesday's drawing. Some related reading on the biggest lottery jackpot in history :
  • The New York Times revisits an article from early
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The Powerball Jackpot Is Now a Staggering $1.5B

The next drawing is Wednesday

(Newser) - The world's largest lottery jackpot has grown to $1.5 billion because of continuing strong Powerball ticket sales. Lottery officials increased their estimate of the huge jackpot for the second day in a row Tuesday because of immense interest in the prize. The record-breaking Powerball jackpot could grow yet... More »

18M People Actually Did Win Powerball

'Smaller' prizes go up to $2M

(Newser) - So nobody won the record $949.8 million Powerball jackpot on Saturday. The good news is that 18 million people actually won a prize thanks to their combination of numbers, Vocativ reports. Considering the odds —roughly one in 292 million to win the big prize, but one in 25... More »

Nobody Wins Powerball; Jackpot Heads to $1.3B

No one has won in 2 months

(Newser) - Enthusiastic ticket-buyers pushed the record Powerball jackpot to $949.8 million for Saturday night's drawing, but no ticket matched all six numbers, boosting the expected payout for Wednesday's drawing to a whopping $1.3 billion. The winning numbers were 16-19-32-34-57 and the Powerball number 13. All six numbers... More »

Powerball Jackpot Closing In on $1 Billion

It's the largest jackpot in US history

(Newser) - The jackpot for this Saturday's Powerball drawing is already the highest jackpot in US history, and it's likely it could soon become the country's first $1 billion jackpot. Michigan Live reports the jackpot is up to $800 million—an increase of $100 million in the past 24... More »

Now Up for Grabs: Biggest Lotto Jackpot in US History

Lottery believes Powerball prize will hit $675M

(Newser) - A lottery official says the estimated prize for this weekend's Powerball drawing is the largest jackpot of any lottery game in US history. Texas Lottery spokeswoman Kelly Cripe says Saturday's drawing will be worth about $675 million. That's because no one matched the numbers drawn for Wednesday... More »

School's Fundraising Effort Ends in $327M Windfall

The El Gordo lottery takes Spain once again

(Newser) - It's time for the annual story that makes you wish you were Spanish. Spain has once again held its famous El Gordo lottery, doling out a total $2.4 billion to its people, reports the AP . Number 79140 was the big winner this year; the Telegraph reports that 160... More »

Guy Travels From Baghdad to Collect US Lottery Jackpot

Fearing kidnapping, he's keeping his name secret

(Newser) - Oregon lottery officials generally announce the names of jackpot winners, but they've decided to make an exception for a man who fears he could be killed or kidnapped if people back home in Baghdad find out about his $6.4 million win. The winner, an Iraqi Kurd, traveled to... More »

Colo. Homeless Man Spends $10, Wins $500K

Aspen's Michael Engfors has had a rough go of it the past few years

(Newser) - The odds were 840,000 to 1, but Michael Engfors beat them, winning $500,000 on a lottery scratch-off ticket in Aspen, Colo., on Friday, NBC News reports. And "it couldn't happen to a better type of person," Jeremy Kowalis, a rep from a local homeless shelter,... More »

Guy Wins $1K —Then $10M Moments Later

Rodney Meadows 'let it ride'

(Newser) - We've heard of having a lucky day, but this is ridiculous. A man running errands Nov. 23 in Modesto, Calif., bought a $30 scratch-off ticket at the local Fast Mart and won $1,000, KCRA reports. Then things got even better. According to the Los Angeles Times , Rodney Meadows... More »

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 »

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