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$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 »

Guy Who Wanted Change for $100 Accidentally Wins $10M

Sorry about your terrible luck, Richard Noll

(Newser) - A Massachusetts man who bought a pair of lottery tickets at a grocery shop to break a $100 bill for lunch has ended up winning $10 million. Lottery officials announced Thursday that Richard Noll and his wife claimed the prize at lottery headquarters in Braintree this week. He chose a... More »

Thanks to Storm, Man Is NY's Biggest Lotto Winner

Retired principal Harold Diamond, 80, bought $326M ticket

(Newser) - If Harold Diamond's wife hadn't insisted they ride out a storm by getting a sandwich at a local Subway, they wouldn't be millions of dollars richer right now. The retired elementary school principal, 80, and his wife, Carol, had pulled over to eat on Election Day into... More »

Man Told $500K Lottery Win Was a Misprint

New Mexico lottery blames ink dispenser

(Newser) - John Wines retired recently, so he was thrilled when a scratch-off lottery ticket showed he had won $500,000—and more than a little disappointed when the New Mexico Lottery told him it was a misprint and refused to pay up. Scratching off a 1 on the $20 ticket means... More »

Lottery Luck Strikes Twice for Maryland Truck Driver

39-year-old dad won $250K in 2005

(Newser) - A Maryland truck driver has won his second lottery in a decade. The 39-year-old—who has remained anonymous—claimed his $2.85 million Multi-Match winnings on Saturday, the Baltimore Sun reports. "It's great to be back," he said. The man apparently pops into stores along his route... More »

Sex Offender Wins $3M Florida Jackpot

Registered predator served time for assault on boy, 9

(Newser) - Lottery officials in Florida pulled a photo of the latest jackpot winner from their website after learning that he is a convicted sex offender. Timothy Poole, 43, served time in prison after being accused of sexually battering a 9-year-old boy in 2001 and has been arrested more than 10 other... More »

Most Frequent NJ Lottery Winners: Lottery Retailers

Half of prolific winners are ticket sellers or relatives

(Newser) - Unless New Jersey lottery retailers are either incredibly lucky or are spending a mind-boggling amount of money on lottery tickets, something pretty fishy is going on, the Asbury Park Press reports. A Press investigation found that half of the 20 most frequent prizewinners in the New Jersey Lottery since 2009—... 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 »

$2B in Lottery Winnings Unclaimed Last Year

New app helps winners cash in lost $38M a week

(Newser) - Who buys lottery tickets and then doesn't bother to check if they won? A huge number of Americans, according to the creator of a new app that lets people know if they have winning tickets. LottoLotto creator Brett Jacobson tells CNN that he filed public-records requests around the country... More »

Dad's Birthday Gift Makes Teen a Multimillionaire

19-year-old's father handed her 2 lottery tickets and she won $4M

(Newser) - When 19-year-old Deisi Ocampo's father handed her two $20 Illinois Lottery tickets last week, his wish was a simple "Happy birthday." Happy birthday, indeed. One of the two $100 Million Money Mania scratch cards was soon found to be worth $4 million. "It turned out to... 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 »

Waitress Hits Lottery, Won't Quit Job

She and husband collect $12M in Minnesota

(Newser) - Rhonda Meath waits tables for a living, and a lottery payout of $11.7 million isn't about to change that. “I actually really enjoy my job,” the 51-year-old waitress at the Lake Elmo Inn in Minnesota tells ABC News . "I have great friends here and a... More »

Guy Finds $2.9M Lottery Ticket in His Truck

Jerry Ritieni already has plans for 'life-easier money'

(Newser) - The owner of a Long Island body shop made a nifty discovery in his truck last month worth about, oh, $3 million. Jerry Ritieni bought a bunch of lottery tickets in July and stuffed them in the truck's center console rather than his pocket "for some odd reason,... More »

After 20 Years Without Win, Slot Machine Pays $2.4M

Couple played 'Lion's Share' for 5 minutes before winning

(Newser) - The most popular slot machine out of 1,900 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the "Lion's Share" has had a reputation since it was installed in the '90s for boasting a sizable jackpot—thanks to no one ever having won it. It's so popular... More »

17 Siblings Will Split $20M NJ Lottery Jackpot

They say lottery pool was in honor of late mom

(Newser) - A huge Norwegian-American clan in New Jersey has a huge $20.1 million lottery jackpot to divvy up. The 17 Endreson siblings, ranging in age from 53 to 76, started a lottery pool a decade ago after the death of their mother, who dreamed of buying homes on the Jersey... 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 »

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 »

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