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$560M Lottery Winner Fights to Reverse 'Huge Mistake'

Lawyers say she's already being targeted by scammers

(Newser) - The mystery New Hampshire woman who won a $560 million Powerball jackpot still has a privacy problem—but there's no shortage of people offering to help. Lawyers for "Jane Doe," who wants to collect the prize anonymously but made the "huge mistake" of signing the ticket... More »

$560M Lottery Winner Made a 'Huge Mistake'

NH woman has yet to claim prize over privacy concerns after she signed the back of the ticket

(Newser) - A New Hampshire woman found out she was the winner of the $559.7 million Powerball grand prize drawn on Jan. 6. Then she made a "huge mistake." Following instructions on the state lottery website , she signed the back of the ticket, which seemed like a no-brainer. But... More »

Lucky Lotto Ticket Not So Lucky for This Florida Clerk

She allegedly gave undercover agent just $5 as his winnings, kept winning ticket for herself

(Newser) - A lucky lottery ticket turned out to be not so lucky for a Florida store clerk, who's accused of stealing it from a "customer." The reason "customer" is in quotes is because, per the Miami Herald , he was actually an undercover agent for the Florida Lottery... More »

$450M Mega Millions Winner Is Just 20 Years Old

Florida's Shane Missler credits 'positive thinking' for his big win

(Newser) - America's newest multi-millionaire is just 20 years old and credits "the power of positive thinking." Florida's Shane Missler was announced Friday as the winner of last week's $450 million Mega Millions jackpot—the 10th largest lottery jackpot in US history, the AP reports. And while... More »

Someone in Florida Just Won 10th Largest US Jackpot Ever

$450M Mega Millions winning ticket sold at Port Richey 7-Eleven

(Newser) - The winning ticket in the latest Mega Millions drawing was sold in Florida, the AP reports. One ticket matched all six numbers in Friday night's drawing and will claim a $450 million grand prize. The Florida Lottery says the winning ticket was bought at a 7-Eleven convenience store in... More »

Lottery Glitch Cancels Christmas Miracles

South Carolina game goes from can't-lose to no-win on Christmas Day

(Newser) - Nicole Coggins won $500 after buying a $1 Holiday Cash Add-A-Play lottery ticket on a whim on Christmas Day in South Carolina. "I was calling everyone I knew," she tells WYFF . She bought another ticket, and won $500 on that one too. Then she called her mother-in-law. Together,... More »

A 'Miracle' Times 2 for Woman With Stage 4 Cancer

Diane Bishop's cancer finally started responding to chemo—and she just won a $1.2M jackpot

(Newser) - Diane Bishop has stage 4 breast cancer, but she now feels like she has a new lease on life. That's because the Canadian woman not only recently started responding to chemo for the first time—she also just won a $1.2 million lottery jackpot, the CBC reports. The... More »

NY Man: Tiring Grandkids Triggered Lotto Win

Palmer Scumaci, 67, thought his wife really needed coffee

(Newser) - It's not every day you babysit your two young grandkids and end up $522,822 richer, but that's exactly what happened to a New York man, UPI reports. Palmer Scumaci, 67, of Ronkonkoma, says he and his wife were looking after their 2-year-old and 4-month-old grandkids and were,... More »

He Heard a Report, Checked a Pocket ... and Now Has $24.1M

Jimmie Smith had winning lottery ticket in shirt pocket for nearly a year

(Newser) - Always check your shirt and pants pockets before you throw your clothes in the wash, or even before you hang them back up in your closet, especially if you've recently purchased a lottery ticket. Jimmie Smith found that out this spring when he was watching the evening news in... More »

He Won the Colorado Lottery. Now He's Suing for More

Amir Massihzadeh argues entire $2.4M lump cash prize should have gone to him

(Newser) - A decade after Colorado engineer Amir Massihzadeh hit the lottery, two state agents visited him with stunning news: He was likely the only legitimate winner of a $4.8 million jackpot he'd had to split three ways. They told the Boulder resident that the other two people who had... More »

Lottery Mystery Grips Tiny Irish Island

Jackpot winner hasn't come forward

(Newser) - Bere Island, a small island off the coast of Ireland's County Cork, only has around 180 residents—and one of them is believed to have a big secret. A ticket winning a $600,000 jackpot in the Euromillions lottery was sold on the island, and, much like in the... More »

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 »

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