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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 »

Woman Sues Casino That Won't Pay Her $43M Jackpot

Casino says slot machine was having 'obvious malfunction'

(Newser) - "I feel like they did me real dirty," Katrina Bookman tells the New York Daily News . Last August, Bookman was on top of the world when a slot machine at Resorts World Casino in New York informed her she had won nearly $43 million . According to CNN , it... More »

Woman 'Wins' $43M on Slots; Casino Says Not So Fast

The slot machine giveth huge payout, the slot machine 'malfunction' taketh it away

(Newser) - There are mechanical malfunctions on the order of you losing out on some pocket change and a bag of Fritos, and there are mechanical malfunctions on the order of the one Katrina Bookman faced in August, which amounts to a loss of $43 million and a steak dinner. As ABC7... More »

Wife Tries to Show What a Waste the Lotto Is, Wins $1M

Glenda Blackwell's humble pie probably tastes pretty good

(Newser) - This was one lesson that really paid off. A North Carolina woman who bought a scratch-off ticket to prove to her husband that they're a waste of money hit a $1 million jackpot instead. Glenda Blackwell says her hubby, Buddy, told her to buy him two Powerball tickets last... 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 »

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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