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She Thought of Him 'Like a Son.' Then She Won a $900K Jackpot

Nova Scotia woman says she never agreed to split winnings with nephew; he says she did

(Newser) - It appeared to be a joyous photo op: a 57-year-old Nova Scotia woman and her 19-year-old nephew holding up a check for $1.2 million Canadian ($900,000) they'd won in a fundraising event that helped fire departments around Margaree Forks. But per the CBC , the presser Thursday went... More »

Worker Finds $1M Ticket on Counter, Tracks Down Owner

'Good deeds come back to help you'

(Newser) - For a few moments, convenience store clerk Andy Patel was the only person in the world who knew he had a $1 million lottery ticket in his hand. Then he started trying to find the ticket's owner. Patel says it happened in March, when a customer came into the... More »

Guy Hits Jackpot; Then Again, and Again, and Again

Enough already, Antulio Mazariegos

(Newser) - If you count yourself among those who think the lottery is a tax on odds truthers and the intellectually challenged, allow us to present the case of Antulio Mazariegos of California. As KTLA reports, Mazariegos defied the odds and won a $1 million scratcher last November. Apparently not content to... More »

Man Pulls Off 'Astonishing Hat-Trick' on His Birthday

Canada's Ping Kuen Shum also officially retired from work, won $1.5M lottery

(Newser) - Someone's golden years just got a lot more golden. In what the BBC calls an "astonishing hat-trick," Canada's Ping Kuen Shum decided to buy a lottery ticket on his birthday, which also happened to be his last day of work before retirement—and he hit it... More »

Teen Wins Lottery on First Day as an Adult

Quebec teen will get weekly payment for life

(Newser) - A Canadian teenager managed to set herself up financially for life on her first day as an adult. Charlie Lagarde celebrated her 18th birthday earlier this month by buying a lottery ticket and a bottle of champagne, which 18-year-olds can legally purchase in Quebec, and ended up winning the jackpot... More »

$457M Powerball Jackpot is 8th Largest Ever

A winning ticket was sold in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - If you bought a Powerball ticket in Pennsylvania for Saturday's drawing, you may be holding a piece of paper worth $457 million. Per the AP , Powerball officials say a single winning ticket was sold in Pennsylvania that matches all of the winning numbers: 22-57-59-60-66 and Powerball 7. The jackpot... More »

Lottery Winner Pleads Guilty to Robbing Multiple Banks

James Hayes won $19M jackpot in 1998

(Newser) - James Hayes was working the graveyard shift as a security guard supervisor in 1998 when he hit California's SuperLotto jackpot, CBS Los Angeles reports. On Thursday—20 years after becoming a multimillionaire overnight—the 55-year-old Hayes pleaded guilty to bank robbery. Hayes was arrested in October while living in... More »

$560M Lottery Winner Can Remain Anonymous

Judge rules in Jane Doe's favor

(Newser) - A judge ruled Monday that a New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth nearly $560 million can keep her identity private, but not her hometown, the AP reports. Judge Charles Temple noted that the case's resolution rested on application of the state's Right-to-Know law, which governs... More »

They Found a Lotto Loophole, Then Made Millions

Highline has the story of Jerry and Marge Selbee

(Newser) - Jerry and Marge Selbee had sold the convenience store they'd operated in Evart, Mich., for more than 15 years, but still stopped in on occasion to check in on the new owners. On one morning in 2003, Jerry left with a brochure that ended up spurring an endeavor that... More »

Still Trying to Keep Name Quiet, Lotto Winner Gets Her Dough

Judge may still decide to release NH woman's name

(Newser) - A lucky lottery winner has managed to claim a $560 million Powerball jackpot anonymously, though she might not be so lucky for long. The New Hampshire woman identified as "Jane Doe," who only learned she could claim the winnings anonymously through a trust after she'd already signed... More »

$560M Lottery Winner Fights to Reverse 'Huge Mistake'

Lawyers say she's already being targeted by scammers

(Newser) - The mystery New Hampshire woman who won a $560 million Powerball jackpot still has a privacy problem—but there's no shortage of people offering to help. Lawyers for "Jane Doe," who wants to collect the prize anonymously but made the "huge mistake" of signing the ticket... More »

$560M Lottery Winner Made a 'Huge Mistake'

NH woman has yet to claim prize over privacy concerns after she signed the back of the ticket

(Newser) - A New Hampshire woman found out she was the winner of the $559.7 million Powerball grand prize drawn on Jan. 6. Then she made a "huge mistake." Following instructions on the state lottery website , she signed the back of the ticket, which seemed like a no-brainer. But... More »

Lucky Lotto Ticket Not So Lucky for This Florida Clerk

She allegedly gave undercover agent just $5 as his winnings, kept winning ticket for herself

(Newser) - A lucky lottery ticket turned out to be not so lucky for a Florida store clerk, who's accused of stealing it from a "customer." The reason "customer" is in quotes is because, per the Miami Herald , he was actually an undercover agent for the Florida Lottery... More »

$450M Mega Millions Winner Is Just 20 Years Old

Florida's Shane Missler credits 'positive thinking' for his big win

(Newser) - America's newest multi-millionaire is just 20 years old and credits "the power of positive thinking." Florida's Shane Missler was announced Friday as the winner of last week's $450 million Mega Millions jackpot—the 10th largest lottery jackpot in US history, the AP reports. And while... More »

2 Lucky Lottery Winners Score a $1B Weekend

On heels of $450M Mega Millions win in Florida, a lone Powerball player wins $570M in NH

(Newser) - It's been a billion-dollar lottery weekend after a lone Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire matched all six numbers and will claim a $570 million jackpot, reports the AP , one day after another single ticket sold in Florida nabbed a $450 million Mega Millions grand prize . The winning Powerball... More »

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 »

NY Man: Tiring Grandkids Triggered Lotto Win

Palmer Scumaci, 67, thought his wife really needed coffee

(Newser) - It's not every day you babysit your two young grandkids and end up $522,822 richer, but that's exactly what happened to a New York man, UPI reports. Palmer Scumaci, 67, of Ronkonkoma, says he and his wife were looking after their 2-year-old and 4-month-old grandkids and were,... 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 »

Lottery Mystery Grips Tiny Irish Island

Jackpot winner hasn't come forward

(Newser) - Bere Island, a small island off the coast of Ireland's County Cork, only has around 180 residents—and one of them is believed to have a big secret. A ticket winning a $600,000 jackpot in the Euromillions lottery was sold on the island, and, much like in the... More »

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 »

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