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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 »

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 »

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 »

Another Lotto Winner Credits Fortune Cookies

Merces Goncalves walks away with $421K

(Newser) - What are the odds? It seems another person has won the lottery thanks to fortune cookies. The latest with such good fortune is a woman in San Jose. Merces Goncalves says she picked her numbers based on five fortunes she received; five of the numbers matched the six winning numbers... 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 »

Guy's Speeding Excuse: I Just Won the Lottery

Officer lets him off with a warning

(Newser) - A Massachusetts man busted for speeding had a pretty good excuse when he was pulled over: He had just won a big lottery prize and was on his way to collect his cash. It turns out yesterday was 22-year-old Scott Lowe's lucky day in more ways than one, because... 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 »

2nd Mega Millions Winner Immediately Quits Job

Delivery driver didn't realize for a while he had the lucky ticket

(Newser) - A California man who realized belatedly that he had the second winning ticket in last month's $648 million Mega Millions lottery did the thing that everybody says they're going to do: Delivery driver Steve Tran called his employer with a very special message. "I'm really sorry... More »

Man Wins $1M for Lottery Ticket Found in Gutter

Marvin Martinez, a landscaper, says 'this won't change us'

(Newser) - A Long Island man who discovered a lost lottery ticket has finally been awarded his prize: $1 million. Marvin Martinez, 27-year-old landscaper, says he was collecting leaves from a gutter last November when he spotted the "Win $1,000 a Week for Life" scratch card, WNBC-TV reports via the... More »

Spain's Christmas Gift to Its People: $3.4B Lottery

Annual 'El Gordo' holiday lottery rains cash on beleaguered Spaniards

(Newser) - Spain, which has had not a lot to celebrate in the financial realm in recent memory, is basking in the glow of its annual exercise in literally throwing scads of cash to the wind: Yesterday's "El Gordo" lottery saw some $3.4 billion awarded to thousands of winners... More »

Mega Millions Winners Are in Georgia, Calif.

$636M jackpot to be split at least two ways

(Newser) - The near-record $636 million Mega Millions jackpot will be split by at least two winners—tickets bought in Georgia and in San Jose, Calif., matched the winning numbers 8, 14, 17, 20, and 39, with a Megaball of 7. Lottery officials say the winners will "put a lot of... More »

Lottery Winner Giving Away $40M Prize

Canadian wants to honor late wife with donations to charity

(Newser) - Canadian lottery winner Tom Crist says he doesn't need his $40 million prize, but he knows who does: cancer charities. The 64-year-old Calgary man has pledged to give the entire jackpot away to charity in honor of his wife of 33 years, starting with a $1.2 million donation... More »

What to Do If You Win Today's $636M Mega Millions

Hint: It does not involve Disney World

(Newser) - Tonight's Mega Millions prize could end up being the biggest US jackpot ever. It's already hit $636 million; by tonight, it could rise past the $656 million record, Reuters notes. Let's say, for the sake of argument, that you win it (you won't). When you can... 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 »

Turned In at Lost and Found: $6.3M Lotto Ticket

Unclaimed prize was won last year

(Newser) - Talk about a good deed: A very kind man turned a winning lotto ticket in to Spanish officials rather than taking the money for himself. Now, lottery bosses are trying to find the winner of the $6.27 million prize, which dates back to last year; it was never claimed,... 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 »

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 »

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