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Cops: $338M Powerball Winner Sexually Assaulted a Child

Pedro Quezada could get 20 years in prison

(Newser) - A New Jersey man who won a $338 million Powerball jackpot was charged on Wednesday with sexually assaulting a child. Pedro Quezada was charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, the AP reports. Passaic County prosecutor Camelia Valdes said the child was between 11 and 14... 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 »

Powerball Jackpot Now Stands at $650M

No one has gotten the right six numbers in months

(Newser) - Powerball officials say there was no grand prize winner in the latest drawing, meaning one of the nation's largest lottery jackpots will continue growing, the AP reports. Maura McCann of the New Hampshire Lottery says no ticket matched all six numbers following Saturday night's drawing. The winning numbers... More »

Someone Just Hit a Giant Powerball Jackpot

Lone winner in California has a ticket worth $447M, 10th largest in history

(Newser) - A single winning Powerball ticket matching all six numbers was sold in California and will claim an estimated $447.8 million jackpot, lottery officials said. It was not immediately known where the ticket that will claim the 10th largest lottery prize in US history was sold, according to Powerball spokesman... More »

Couple Spent 6 Months Preparing to Claim Powerball Jackpot

And now California's Marvin and Mae Acosta plan to 'fall off the grid'

(Newser) - Three winning tickets were sold in January's record $1.6 billion Powerball drawing , the largest in US history: one in Florida, one in Tennessee, and one in the LA suburb of Chino Hills. But while the Florida and Tennessee winners came forward almost immediately, the third claimant(s) remained a... More »

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 »

Someone is $430M Richer in New Jersey

Single winning Powerball ticket is sold

(Newser) - Someone is holding onto the sole winning Powerball ticket that was sold in New Jersey and is worth $429.6 million, reports AP . Only one ticket matched all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing, said Powerball spokeswoman Kelly Cripe. The winning Powerball numbers were 5-25-26-44-66 and the Powerball number... More »

Tenn. Powerball Winners Keeping Their Jobs

They don't plan to buy new home after collecting $328M lump sum

(Newser) - The small-town Tennessee couple that bought one of three magic tickets splitting the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot says they don't plan to quit their jobs or buy a new house. Their daughter, however, wants a horse. At a news conference Friday, John and Lisa Robertson said they... 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 Today.com . "I... More »

Nurse's Powerball Win Turns Out to Be Son's Prank

It made the news before she realized the truth

(Newser) - A nurse in California thought she had won the world's biggest lottery jackpot, but soon discovered she had a son with the world's worst sense of humor. News that the 62-year-old mother of seven, who works at a health center in Pomona, had won the Powerball lottery spread... 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 »

For 20 Minutes, Eatery Staff Thought They Won $900M

Dishwasher quit, valet told man to get his own car

(Newser) - Bet it was hard to come down from this high: Workers at a New Jersey restaurant thought they'd hit the jackpot—literally—when they accidentally matched the numbers on their ticket for Saturday's $900 million Powerball draw with the winning numbers from last Wednesday's drawing. A video... More »

Go Ahead and Buy a Powerball Ticket

It can be a 'rational decision,' according to 'NYT' columnist

(Newser) - The Powerball jackpot has entered the stratosphere at an estimated $1.5 billion, causing the country to come down with a serious case of lottery fever ahead of Wednesday's drawing. Some related reading on the biggest lottery jackpot in history :
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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 »

18M People Actually Did Win Powerball

'Smaller' prizes go up to $2M

(Newser) - So nobody won the record $949.8 million Powerball jackpot on Saturday. The good news is that 18 million people actually won a prize thanks to their combination of numbers, Vocativ reports. Considering the odds —roughly one in 292 million to win the big prize, but one in 25... More »

Nobody Wins Powerball; Jackpot Heads to $1.3B

No one has won in 2 months

(Newser) - Enthusiastic ticket-buyers pushed the record Powerball jackpot to $949.8 million for Saturday night's drawing, but no ticket matched all six numbers, boosting the expected payout for Wednesday's drawing to a whopping $1.3 billion. The winning numbers were 16-19-32-34-57 and the Powerball number 13. All six numbers... More »

Powerball Jackpot Closing In on $1 Billion

It's the largest jackpot in US history

(Newser) - The jackpot for this Saturday's Powerball drawing is already the highest jackpot in US history, and it's likely it could soon become the country's first $1 billion jackpot. Michigan Live reports the jackpot is up to $800 million—an increase of $100 million in the past 24... More »

Now Up for Grabs: Biggest Lotto Jackpot in US History

Lottery believes Powerball prize will hit $675M

(Newser) - A lottery official says the estimated prize for this weekend's Powerball drawing is the largest jackpot of any lottery game in US history. Texas Lottery spokeswoman Kelly Cripe says Saturday's drawing will be worth about $675 million. That's because no one matched the numbers drawn for Wednesday... More »

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