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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Woman Accidentally Buys 2 Lotto Tickets, Wins Twice

Wins $900K due to forgetfulness

(Newser) - Buying a winning lottery ticket is luck most of us only dream of having. Accidentally buying a second ticket which is also a winner? That's just rubbing it in. An Australian woman managed this incredibly fortunate feat last weekend, winning a grand total of around $900,000 USD between... More »

Found in Cookie Jar: $4.85M

...or a lotto ticket worth that much

(Newser) - Ricardo Cerezo's wife was cleaning the kitchen when she told the Illinois man he'd better get the lottery tickets that had been piling up in a cookie jar for the past month checked—or she was going to throw them away. Good thing, because that prodded Cerezo to... More »

Poisoned Lotto Winner's Family Fighting Over Check

Court documents reveal dispute around Urooj Khan's estate

(Newser) - The plot has thickened in the case of poisoned lottery winner Urooj Khan. Court documents reviewed by the AP reveal that Khan's death has led to a bitter fight amongst his survivors over his estate—including his still uncashed $425,000 lotto check. Because Khan died without a will,... More »

Mega Millions 'Winner': I Lost Ticket

But Mirlande Wilson doesn't seem too concerned about finding it

(Newser) - You knew this was coming: Mirlande Wilson , who first claimed she won the Mega Millions lottery separately from her pool of co-workers, then said she hid the winning ticket at the McDonald's where they all work, now says she's lost the ticket. "I have no idea where... More »

Mega Millions 'Winner' Has Press Conference...

At which she tells press to 'go home'

(Newser) - Just when you thought the story of Mirlande Wilson , the Baltimore woman who may or may not have a winning Mega Millions ticket, couldn't get any more bizarre … she goes and holds a press conference to which she shows up late, spends most of the time toying with... More »

Mega Millions 'Winner': I Hid Ticket ... at McDonald's

Mirlande Wilson still insists she bought ticket on her own

(Newser) - The weird story of Maryland's supposed Mega Millions winner gets weirder: Now Mirlande Wilson, the McDonald's employee who said she wouldn't share the winnings with her lottery pool because she bought the ticket separately from her co-workers, claims to have hidden the winning ticket—logically, at the... More »

Maryland Woman: I Won Mega Millions

...and says $105M ticket wasn't part of co-workers' lotto pool

(Newser) - Not even three days have passed since the Mega Millions drawing , and already one supposed winner is embroiled in controversy: Mirlande Wilson claims she has a winning ticket, but won't split her $105 million share of the jackpot with the co-workers in her lottery pool. Wilson, 37, claims she... More »

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 »

Shady Lawyer Gives Up $7.5M Lotto Jackpot

For reasons no one is entirely clear on

(Newser) - A New York lawyer with a checkered past has relinquished his claim on a $7.5 million Iowa lottery jackpot, after being unable to explain how he got the ticket. It was the latest twist in what Iowa Lottery officials call the strangest episode in the game's 26-year history.... More »

Forget the Mini-Mart: Now You Can Buy Lotto Tix Online

Why go to all the trouble of buying a physical ticket?

(Newser) - Poker sites may be strictly verboten , but another kind of online gambling is starting to crop up: state lotteries. Minnesota has already begun selling lottery tickets online, even offering year-long subscriptions for its Powerball and Mega Millions games, USA Today reports. Several other states are considering following suit. A bill... More »

Meet the Unluckiest Guy in America

You skip one office lottery pool...

(Newser) - Here's a tip: If you're going to join your office's lottery pool, best to be consistent. One man in New York decided to take a pass last week because he wasn't feeling lucky ... and that was the week seven of his co-workers won the $319 million Mega Millions jackpot. "... 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 »

Clerk Runs Off With Million Dollar Lotto Ticket

Customer's trust betrayed, guy probably in Asia

(Newser) - A former Texas convenience store clerk is on the lam and living large, police say, after making off with an unwitting customer’s million dollar lotto ticket. Willis Willis of Grand Prairie, Texas bought tickets at the Lucky Food Store every week, trusting the clerks to check if he’d... More »

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