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Guy Survives Plane Crash, Wins $1M Days Later

'World's luckiest man' plans to help the less-fortunate

(Newser) - Last Wednesday, Mohammad Basheer Abdul Khadar was scrambling out of a plane that had crash-landed in the United Arab Emirates. Six days later, he was jumping for joy, $1 million richer. Days before the Emirates crash, which left 13 people injured, the 62-year-old Indian national living in Dubai had bought... More »

Guy Won $3M in the Lottery, Allegedly Sank It Into Meth Ring

Ronnie Music could now face life in prison

(Newser) - When Ronnie Music Jr. won $3 million in a Georgia Lottery scratch game last year, he decided to invest—in methamphetamine, say police. Music, of Waycross, Ga., pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking and firearm charges last week after prosecutors accused the 45-year-old of supplying drug dealers with at least... More »

Couple Spent 6 Months Preparing to Claim Powerball Jackpot

And now California's Marvin and Mae Acosta plan to 'fall off the grid'

(Newser) - Three winning tickets were sold in January's record $1.6 billion Powerball drawing , the largest in US history: one in Florida, one in Tennessee, and one in the LA suburb of Chino Hills. But while the Florida and Tennessee winners came forward almost immediately, the third claimant(s) remained a... More »

NJ Powerball Winner: Mom, 7 Kids

Here's what they plan to do with the money

(Newser) - A woman and her seven adult children stepped forward Friday to claim a $429.6 million Powerball jackpot, the AP reports. Eight members of the Smith family announced that they had the sole winning ticket purchased in Trenton for last Saturday's drawing. They plan to tithe 10% of the... More »

Lottery Winner Sued by Ex Files for Bankruptcy

Jury ordered her to give $291K to her former boyfriend

(Newser) - A former Florida school teacher who won a $1 million lottery jackpot in 2007 filed for bankruptcy Saturday in Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Last month, a jury ordered 62-year-old Lynne Anne Poirier to pay $291,000 of her $750,000 lump-sum winnings to her former boyfriend, Howard Browning. Browning... More »

7 Charged in Murder of Georgia Lottery Winner

'Don't do it, bro' were among Craigory Burch Jr.'s last words: girlfriend

(Newser) - Authorities say seven people have been charged in the shooting death of a recent Georgia Lottery winner, the AP reports. Ben Hill County Sheriff Bobby McLemore tells WFXL-TV the seven suspects, who range in age from 17 to 28 years old, all face charges of malice murder, aggravated assault, armed... More »

Tenn. Couple: We're One of the 3 Big Powerball Winners

They went on 'Today' show before confirming their ticket with lotto officials

(Newser) - Three winning tickets for the $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot were announced after Wednesday night's drawing, one of them in Tennessee—and a family from the Volunteer State volunteered the info that they're the winning clan on the Today show Friday morning, per . "I... More »

Colo. Homeless Man Spends $10, Wins $500K

Aspen's Michael Engfors has had a rough go of it the past few years

(Newser) - The odds were 840,000 to 1, but Michael Engfors beat them, winning $500,000 on a lottery scratch-off ticket in Aspen, Colo., on Friday, NBC News reports. And "it couldn't happen to a better type of person," Jeremy Kowalis, a rep from a local homeless shelter,... More »

Decade of Playing Lottery Pays Off for 5 Friends

They're splitting a $106 million jackpot

(Newser) - Two limo drivers, a housekeeper, a teacher, and a small-business owner finally have enough money to form a Village People for the new millennium after winning a $106 million lottery jackpot last month. But, they'll probably just use it for travel or something. WNBC-TV reports the five friends—announced... More »

Guy Finds $20 on Street, Ends Up With $1M

Uses money he found to buy winning lottery scratcher

(Newser) - A San Francisco Bay Area man won $1 million in the California Lottery after buying a winning ticket with money he found at the airport. Hubert Tang had not bought a lottery ticket in 10 years, but when he found a $20 bill on the street outside San Francisco International... More »

9/11 Responder Hits Lottery

Retired New York City firefighter wins $5M

(Newser) - Hard to begrudge this lottery winner: He's a retired firefighter who responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11. Carmelo Mercado won $5 million on a lottery scratch-off ticket, and the 63-year-old will get $3.3 million in a lump-sum payment after taxes are taken out. Mercado was among... More »

Last-Minute Father's Day Gift Makes Dad Rich

It's early retirement for Joseph Morrah, 61

(Newser) - A scratch-off lottery ticket bought as a last-minute Father's Day gift has turned a truck driver into an instant millionaire. Joseph Morrah, 61, was given the winning $1 Million Payout ticket on Sunday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. His daughter, Christina Morrah, put the ticket in a card she gave... More »

Guy Stashes $1M Lotto Ticket in Flour Jar

'Somebody may look in the sugar jar, but no one would ever check the flour'

(Newser) - A postal worker says he couldn't eat or sleep for three days because of something in a container of flour. What was keeping him up? A $1 million lottery ticket. Fred Morgan of Detroit had five winning numbers in the April 17 Mega Millions game. He knew he had... 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 »

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 »

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