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Savvy Lotto Winner Waits 6 Weeks, Then Claims $425M

He plans to found children's charity

(Newser) - The winner of California's biggest-ever lottery jackpot has a sense of humor—he turned up to claim the $425 million Powerball prize on April Fool's Day, wearing a T-shirt featuring Yoda and the words "Luck of the Jedi I have," reports the San Jose Mercury News... More »

Fortune Cookie Numbers Nab Woman $2M Lotto Win

Emma Duvoll says she may spend big on a trip to Switzerland

(Newser) - You may want to start paying more attention to your fortune cookies. When Emma Duvoll cracked open her cookie from Sammy's Noodle Shop & Grill in Manhattan, the lucky numbers on her fortune "looked attractive," she says, so she played them in the Powerball. "I used... More »

Forgotten Lottery Ticket Yields $1M Prize

Georgia man came across it while cleaning his room

(Newser) - Your early incentive for spring cleaning: A Georgia man tidying his room came across a month-old Powerball ticket that just happened to have five matching numbers, reports NBC News . That's good enough to make 26-year-old Gregory Jarrett $1 million richer, at least before taxes. “I called for my... More »

$425M Powerball Goes to Sole Winner

No word on who bought the ticket in Milipitas, California

(Newser) - Milipitas is a small city about 10 miles north of San Jose, Calif., and one of its residents—or someone who shopped there—can probably now afford to buy a big chunk of it. State lottery officials say the winning ticket for the last night's $425 million Powerball jackpot... More »

Guy's Powerball Numbers Finally Win—After 20 Years

Tonight's jackpot expected to hit $400M

(Newser) - An Iowa man who only won $100 in 19 years of playing the same Powerball numbers has become a millionaire in his 20th year of sticking with them. Rob Winburn won $1 million of Saturday's jackpot by matching five of the numbers, which correspond to numbers he assigned to... More »

Winner of $338M Powerball Fighting With Ex Over Cash

They were never married, but have a child together

(Newser) - The drama continues for Pedro Quezada , the New Jersey bodega owner who won a $338 million Powerball jackpot earlier this year. He already had to use some of his winnings to pay back child support , and now he's now battling his ex-girlfriend in court over the rest of the... More »

Behind $400M Powerball Win: Wife Wanted Hot Dog Buns

South Carolina man will remain anonymous

(Newser) - Next time your wife asks you to do something, oblige ... and pick up a lotto ticket in the process. The winner of last week's $400 million Powerball jackpot came forward yesterday in South Carolina, and while he has chosen to remain anonymous, a few details of the Columbia man'... More »

Powerball Winner Finally Claims His Millions

New Jersey man takes his share of $411 million jackpot

(Newser) - An up-until-now unidentified New Jersey man who was one of three to win this month's $411 million Powerball jackpot has finally been revealed. Mario Scarnici, of Monmouth Junction, will receive about $62 million after taxes, Central Jersey reports. The grocery store where he bought his ticket—and always bought... More »

16 Jersey Workers Share Powerball Prize

They'll split $58.3M after taxes; one of 3 winning tickets

(Newser) - Tough not to feel pretty good about the group that will claim one of this week's winning Powerball tickets: 16 blue-collar workers from a New Jersey community slammed by Superstorm Sandy. The Press of Atlantic City reports that the 16 are workers in the Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance Department.... 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 »

Secretive Powerball Winner Bails Out School

Gloria MacKenzie to donate $2M to Maine high school

(Newser) - Almost any sensible person facing a leaky roof and a $1.87 million repair bill is likely to enter daydream mode at some point: If only a millionaire would swoop in and... It turns out "save the day" is exactly what secretive Florida resident Gloria MacKenzie is doing for... More »

Mystery Woman Picks Up Whole Restaurant's Tab

The $590M question: Was it Powerball winner Gloria MacKenzie?

(Newser) - Plant City, Florida, is abuzz over a random act of kindness—possibly at the hands of the biggest solo lottery winner in US history. A woman who apparently looked like 84-year-old Gloria MacKenzie had an early-bird dinner at BuddyFreddy's on Sunday, leaving the restaurant with her two companions around... More »

Woman Who Let Lottery Winner Cut in Line: It's Fine

Mindy Crandell says she has no regrets

(Newser) - When Gloria MacKenzie came forward with her winning $590 million Powerball ticket, there was one unidentified person that figured in her luck. The 84-year-old MacKenzie said a woman let her cut ahead in line in the Florida supermarket where she bought the ticket via quick-pick, a nice gesture that may... More »

Biggest Solo Lottery Winner in US History Is 84

Florida woman claims $590M Powerball jackpot

(Newser) - The suspense is over: An 84-year-old Florida woman has come forward to claim last month's $590 million Powerball jackpot, reports the Tampa Tribune . Gloria C. MacKenzie will take a lump-sum payout of $371 million before taxes, making her the biggest solo lottery winner in US history, reports AP . She... More »

Florida Powerball Winner Still Hasn't Claimed Prize

It's been two weeks, and no one has claimed their $590M

(Newser) - Does the lucky winner of the $590 million Powerball even know they're rich? It's been two long weeks since the small city of Zephyrhills learned that the winning ticket was sold at a supermarket there, and there hasn't been a peep. No one expected the winner to... More »

A Small-Town Mystery: Who Won $590M Powerball?

Zephyrhills residents wonder if they know jackpot winner

(Newser) - As the winner of the $590.5 million Powerball jackpot wonders whether to take the annuity or a $370 million lump sum, the people of Zephyrhills are wondering who among them may now be incredibly rich. The winning ticket was sold in a Publix supermarket in the Florida town, population... 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 »

Powerball at $600M (So Far)

Odds of winning are 1 in 175M

(Newser) - Less than 10 months after three tickets split a world-record lottery prize, the jackpot for tonight's Powerball drawing was nearing historic territory once again. It now stands at $600 million, but a flurry of last-minute ticket-buying could push it beyond the $656 million won in a Mega Millions jackpot... More »

Powerball Winner Covers Rent for His Neighborhood

Pedro Quezada selling his bodega: report

(Newser) - Pedro Quezada won a $338 million Powerball jackpot—and he's using it to pay his New Jersey neighbors' rent, a friend tells the New York Daily News . "He’s such a good guy," the buddy says. "He said he’s going to pay the rent for... More »

$338M Powerball Winner Owes $29K in Child Support

Authorities are looking for Pedro Quezada

(Newser) - One good thing about winning the $338 million Powerball jackpot: Now you can afford to pay the $29,000 in child support you owe. Pedro Quezada , the New Jersey man who claimed a lump-sum payment worth $221 million (about $152 million after taxes) Tuesday, finds himself in just that situation.... More »

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