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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 »

Powerball Jackpot Will Be Split 3 Ways

Winning tickets sold in 3 states

(Newser) - The world's biggest lotto jackpot will be split three ways. A California Lottery spokesman told the AP early Thursday that three winning tickets in the record $1.586 billion Powerball drawing represent all the grand-prize winners, and no more will be forthcoming. The winning numbers were 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball... More »

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 »

Keeping Childhood Promise, Brothers Split Jackpot

Eric Hale honors vow, splits $1M with brother Quinn

(Newser) - "When I was a kid, I promised my brother that if I ever won the lottery, I would split it with him," Eric Hale tells KPTV . But instead of pleading amnesia when he found out he'd won a Powerball jackpot of $1 million last month, the Oregon... 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 »

Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $550M, 4th-Highest Ever

But your chances of winning are pretty slim

(Newser) - The Mega Millions jackpot reached its fourth-highest prize ever this morning after a winning ticket wasn't sold yesterday. The jackpot has climbed from $425 million to a whopping $550 million. (The highest ever? March 2012's $656 million.) This jackpot has been growing since Oct. 1, with 21... More »

Minnesota Dad Wins Third of Powerball

Project engineer from Minneapolis celebrates at press conference

(Newser) - A 45-year-old suburban Minneapolis man wasted little time today in claiming one-third of a $448 million Powerball jackpot, coming forward only hours after realizing he had won to reveal his good fortune to the world. Paul White, a project engineer from Ham Lake, said at a news conference at Minnesota... More »

1 Lucky Winner in $590M Powerball

Winning ticket was sold in Florida

(Newser) - Get ready to shake your fist at Florida, where one lucky winner has beaten incredible odds to hit the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million. The single winner was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., according to a Florida Lottery executive. "This... More »

Virginia Man Wins $500K in Lottery ... for 3rd Time

Not to mention a $25K win

(Newser) - Melvyn Wilson won $500,000 in the Virginia lottery in 2004, so it was a surprise when he won $25,000 five months later. Six months after that, he scratched off a card to win $1 million. He retired shortly afterward, but the money keeps coming in for the 72-year-old... More »

Powerball Winner: 'Think I'm Having a Heart Attack'

Mark and Cindy Hill are the lucky ones

(Newser) - One of the two winners of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot has been identified: Missourians Cindy and Mark Hill, reports NBC News . "I think I'm having a heart attack," Cindy, a laid-off office manager, told her 52-year-old husband after checking the numbers yesterday morning. She then... More »

2 Winning Powerball Tickets Sold

Winning numbers: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6

(Newser) - If you didn't buy a Powerball ticket in Arizona or Missouri then you're definitely waking up the same poor ol' sap you went to bed as. Powerball officials this morning announced that a winning ticket was sold in each of those states. The numbers drawn last night were:... More »

What to Do if You Win Powerball (You Won't)

Lawyer up and wait to claim your prize

(Newser) - If you're hoping to win that $500 million Powerball jackpot tonight, we have bad and less-than-surprising news for you: It ain't gonna happen. But one person ultimately has to defy the stacked-way-against-you odds, and if that happens to be you, do this:
  • Get yourself some good lawyers and
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Mega Millions: What to Do If You Actually Win

Wait just a minute before you call everyone you know

(Newser) - You're probably not going to hit the jackpot in tonight's $540 million Mega Millions drawing—but what if you do? First of all, if you bought a bunch of tickets with a pool of co-workers or friends, you might want to take a moment to write up... More »

No, You're Not Going to Win Mega Millions $500M Jackpot

You have a strategy? It won't improve your odds: mathematicians

(Newser) - Have some complicated algorithm you think will help you win the Mega Millions record $500 million jackpot? Sorry, but there's really nothing you can do to improve your odds … which are about one in 176 million, ABC News reports. Since the pool of numbers never changes (the first... More »

Lottery Winners Give Entire Jackpot Away

Allen and Violet Large say keeping money would have been 'headache'

(Newser) - When you’re daydreaming about winning the lottery, you probably don’t imagine giving the entire $11.2 million jackpot away. But that’s exactly what Canadian couple Allen and Violet Large did. “What you’ve never had, you never miss,” explains Violet, 78. The retired couple is... More »

Casino Refuses to Pay $43M Jackpot

Slot machine was faulty, Colorado casino insists

(Newser) - A customer at a Colorado casino was offered a free breakfast and $23 in lieu of the $42.9 million jackpot she won at a penny slot machine. Gaming authorities and officials at Fortune Valley Casino say the machine malfunctioned and that its top payout is only $251,000, but... More »

Hubby's Last Lottery Buy Wins Widow $10M

Conn. woman hits jackpot after finding lost lottery ticket

(Newser) - A Connecticut man who died the same day he bought two lottery tickets has left his widow with a jackpot, the Danbury News Times says. Charlotte Peters, who found the tickets a month after the drawing, almost threw them away, but figured she might win a few bucks. The winning... More »

$32M Lottery Winner Believes in Magic

Md. accountant says Wiccan gods helped him hit the jackpot

(Newser) - A Maryland accountant says he won a share of last week's $330 million Mega Millions jackpot by making a deal with Wiccan gods. “You let me win the lottery, and I’ll teach,” said Elwood “Bunky” Bartlett, who says he holds one of four winning tickets and... More »

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