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Wife of Furloughed Federal Employee Wins Lottery

Carrie Walls, whose husband was hit by shutdown, wins $100K and an SUV

(Newser) - It's never a bad time to win the lottery, but a Virginia woman's lucky ticket arrived at an especially good moment. Carrie Walls' scratch-off ticket won $100,000 and an SUV in a state contest, and Walls' husband just happens to be one of the federal employees who... More »

He Thought He Won $10K on a Scratch-Off. It Was Much More

And then the ticket went missing—and his roommate has been arrested

(Newser) - A California man was recently hit with three surprises: one, that he'd won big bucks from a lottery ticket; two, that the prize was way more than he thought; and three, that his roommate swiped it and tried to claim it as his own. The San Francisco Chronicle reports... More »

Couple Is $1.3M Richer After Pre-Thanksgiving Cleanup

They found a lottery ticket 2 weeks away from expiring

(Newser) - A Louisiana couple found something to be very thankful about while cleaning their house to prepare for Thanksgiving guests. Harold and Tina Ehrenberg discovered some forgotten lottery tickets on their nightstand, including a winning Louisiana Lotto ticket worth $1.8 million, NPR reports. "We kept checking the numbers again... More »

Powerball Winner Has Rain to Thank for Hitting Huge Jackpot

Harlem winner comes forward to claim his half of US' fourth-largest prize

(Newser) - Robert Bailey has been playing the same lottery numbers for more than 25 years, and on Oct. 27, they paid off for the New York man in a big way when he became one of two winners in the US' fourth-largest jackpot . Bailey said it was rain that forced him... More »

Iowa Mom Dreamed of Winning Big, Won Really Big

Powerball winner Lerynne West has started the Callum Foundation

(Newser) - "Drive slow," Lerynne West told her sister, and with good reason. West, of Redfield, Iowa, had left her lottery ticket on the floor of her sister's pickup truck, and it turns out it was a winner. A big one. West appeared with Iowa lottery officials at a... More »

4th-Largest US Jackpot Ever Will Go to 2 Winners

They'll split $687M Powerball

(Newser) - It may sound like peanuts compared to last week's Mega Millions drawing , but the 4th-largest jackpot in US history has a winner—or winners. CNN reports winning tickets were sold in Iowa and New York for Saturday's estimated $687.8 million Powerball jackpot, which was lower than the... More »

Bad Luck of Broken Hip Morphs Into Lotto Luck at Hospital

NJ man never made it to buy lotto ticket after falling, but hospital pool had some luck

(Newser) - Naturally, Earl Livingston of Blackwood, NJ, isn't thrilled he broke his hip while walking to the store Tuesday. But it was the fact that the 87-year-old's tumble and subsequent hospitalization kept him from buying a ticket for Tuesday's night's $1.5 billion Mega Millions drawing that... More »

Here's the Store That Sold Winning Mega Millions Ticket

A KC Mart in Simpsonville, SC

(Newser) - It was KC Mart #7 at 303 Lee Vaughn Road in Simpsonville, SC, that sold the winning ticket for Tuesday's $1.5 billion Mega Millions drawing, state lottery officials announced Wednesday. Simpsonville, a small city of about 22,000, is near Greenville, the State reports. The owner of the... More »

$1.5B Mega Millions Jackpot Winner May Never Be Revealed

Winning ticket was sold in South Carolina

(Newser) - We have a winner: Officials say a single winning ticket for what was touted as the biggest lottery prize in history was drawn Tuesday night, CNN reports. Lottery officials say a ticket with the winning numbers 28, 70, 5, 62, 65, with a Mega Ball of 5 was sold in... More »

Here Are the Winning Mega Millions Numbers

It's not immediately clear whether there's a winning ticket

(Newser) - The winning numbers have been drawn for the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot, but it isn't immediately clear if there's a winner, the AP reports. The numbers drawn in Tuesday night's drawing are 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5. The estimated... More »

So What's the Chance No One Wins $1.6B Tonight?

The Mega Millions drawing takes place at 11pm EDT

(Newser) - It's safe to say some Americans will probably stay up past their bedtimes Tuesday night. The six winning Mega Millions numbers will revealed to the world at 11pm EDT, in what is officially the biggest jackpot in US history—sort of. New York Magazine explains that while the $1.... More »

Mega Millions Website Crashes Amid Jackpot Frenzy

Plus, the AP explains why jackpots are getting so high

(Newser) - With the Mega Millions jackpot at $1.6 billion —the largest lottery prize in US history—interest is, shall we say, high. So high, in fact, that the Mega Millions website briefly crashed Monday, Reuters reports. A rep for the Maryland Gaming Commission, which administers the site, says it... More »

Mega Millions Jackpot Now $1.6B

It will be the largest US lottery payout in history

(Newser) - There will be lots of disappointed people Saturday morning when they discover they can't quit their jobs just yet—but Mega Millions is going to offer them another sliver of hope Tuesday night, with an even bigger jackpot. CNN reports there was no winner in Friday night's drawing... More »

Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $1B

There's a reason lottery jackpots have been swelling in recent years

(Newser) - If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are. Friday night's Mega Millions grand prize has hit a staggering $1 billion, continuing a trend of giant jackpots. It's the second-largest lottery prize in US history and joins five other top 10... More »

As Drawing Looms, 2nd-Largest Jackpot Swells

Mega Millions nears the $1B mark

(Newser) - The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $970 million, inching ever-closer to the $1 billion mark. Officials raised the estimated jackpot Thursday for the second time due to strong sales ahead of Friday night's drawing. Reuters reports the numbers will be pulled at 11pm EDT. The prize is the... More »

2nd-Largest Lottery Prize in US History Is Up for Grabs

Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $868M

(Newser) - No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to $868 million—the second-largest lottery prize in US history. The record lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016. This time around, the jackpot has been growing since... More »

She Thought of Him 'Like a Son.' Then She Won a $900K Jackpot

Nova Scotia woman says she never agreed to split winnings with nephew; he says she did

(Newser) - It appeared to be a joyous photo op: a 57-year-old Nova Scotia woman and her 19-year-old nephew holding up a check for $1.2 million Canadian ($900,000) they'd won in a fundraising event that helped fire departments around Margaree Forks. But per the CBC , the presser Thursday went... More »

Worker Finds $1M Ticket on Counter, Tracks Down Owner

'Good deeds come back to help you'

(Newser) - For a few moments, convenience store clerk Andy Patel was the only person in the world who knew he had a $1 million lottery ticket in his hand. Then he started trying to find the ticket's owner. Patel says it happened in March, when a customer came into the... More »

Christmas Dud: Lottery Winners Won't Get Prizes

South Carolina lottery commission nullifies winning tickets that were dispensed in error

(Newser) - The Christmas miracle that wasn’t. Last year on Christmas Day, lottery dispensers at convenience stores and gas stations across South Carolina started doing something remarkable. For two hours they spewed out winning tickets of up to $500 like candy. Lottery officials quickly figured out the problem, and cashiers began... More »

He Rigged the Lottery. His Voice Gave Him Away

Eddie Tipton's drawl was distinct

(Newser) - The story of Eddie Tipton , the former information-security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association who rigged the system to enable himself to win millions, has been told before—but not like Reid Forgrave tells it for the New York Times Magazine . He starts in Rob Sand's office in July... More »

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