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7-Eleven Clerk's Mistake Wins Man $380K

Man says ticket sold to him wasn't what he wanted, but he kept it anyway

(Newser) - A KTLA reporter said in a news segment yesterday that the biggest mistake she's ever made at a 7-Eleven is coming out with nachos and a Slurpie at 2:20am—but she then (somewhat jealously) noted that that error didn't net her almost $400,000. Her envious reference:... More »

Powerball Winner Immediately Quits 'Nasty, Dirty' Job

'I don't want to work there no more'

(Newser) - For nearly 23 years, Julie Leach worked at a fiberglass company in Michigan, what she calls a "nasty, dirty job," NBC News reports. She was at a nearby McDonald's—on break during a particularly bad overnight shift—when she found out she was the sole winner of... More »

Man's Broken-Down Truck Leads to $136M Discovery

He thought he might die with Powerball ticket in his hand

(Newser) - A few weeks ago, Anthony Perosi was a cash-strapped plumber with a broken-down truck. Now he's probably the richest plumber in the world—and he has the truck to thank. The 56-year-old Staten Island resident says that when his truck broke down and he needed money for repairs, he... More »

$500M Powerball Jackpot Goes to NC, Puerto Rico, Texas

Prize is 5th-biggest in US history

(Newser) - Tickets in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Texas have matched all six numbers to win a Powerball jackpot that had been estimated at $500 million. Lottery officials announced the jackpot winners this morning on the Powerball website, but they didn't immediately confirm the final amount of the prize or... More »

Woman Goes to Store to Buy Spice, Wins $90M

Lisa Quam, husband plan to retire early

(Newser) - Lisa N. Quam had never purchased a Powerball ticket before Thanksgiving. But that day, when she went to the store for pumpkin spice, she picked up two tickets—calling herself a "special occasions lottery player," according to KING 5 —and it turns out to have been a... 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 »

Lawsuit: We Threw Out $1M Lotto Ticket

Men say New Jersey failed to update website

(Newser) - Imagine realizing that you'd bought a lottery ticket worth $1 million—and that you'd thrown it away. Two New York men don't have to imagine, because they say it happened to them—and that it was New Jersey's fault. Salvatore Cambria and Erik Onyango are suing... More »

Want to Win Powerball? Maybe Move to West Virginia

9 winners of $1M+ this year, more per capita than any other state

(Newser) - West Virginia lottery players are on a roll this year, with nine Powerball tickets worth at least $1 million sold in the state. While five other states have had more people win $1 million or more, West Virginia is No. 1 per capita, averaging one Powerball ticket worth $1 million... More »

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 »

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