Mega Millions lottery

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Huge Mega Millions Winner Decides to Share

An unidentified South Carolina woman is giving some to Greenville

(Newser) - An incredibly lucky South Carolina woman is sharing her jackpot with city, state, and charity. The winner of an $878 million Mega Millions payout has already given some of her winnings to charities including the Ronald McDonald House in Columbia and the Red Cross relief fund for recent Alabama tornado... More »

$273M Mega Millions Winner Forgot Ticket at the Store

Luckily, a Good Samaritan turned Michael Weirsky's tickets in to store workers

(Newser) - We all know what it's like to be distracted by our cellphones. But for Michael Weirsky, that distraction nearly cost him a $163 million. That's how much the New Jersey man is about to receive in one lump sum after one of his Mega Millions tickets hit the... More »

'Simple Act of Kindness' Led to Biggest US Lottery Payout

Anonymous winner claims $1.5B jackpot

(Newser) - The winner of the single biggest lottery jackpot payout in US history has come forward, weeks ahead of the deadline—but we may never know their name. Officials in South Carolina, one of eight states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous, say the winner of October's $1.5... More »

Unclaimed $1.5B Jackpot Could Be Real Bummer for SC

State had expected to get $61M in state income taxes

(Newser) - The winner of a $1.537 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward. That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser, too. Economic officials estimated the winner would pay $61 million in state income taxes and put that money into the budget.... More »

Office Pool Gave Away Its Mega Millions Winnings

Missouri NICU nurses helped 2 of their own

(Newser) - Their office pool won a slice of the Mega Millions jackpot, but it was a really small slice. Fox News reports 126 NICU nurses at Mercy Children's Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, won $10,000 in October's $1.5 billion drawing . After taxes, the $7,200 works out... More »

Bad Luck of Broken Hip Morphs Into Lotto Luck at Hospital

NJ man never made it to buy lotto ticket after falling, but hospital pool had some luck

(Newser) - Naturally, Earl Livingston of Blackwood, NJ, isn't thrilled he broke his hip while walking to the store Tuesday. But it was the fact that the 87-year-old's tumble and subsequent hospitalization kept him from buying a ticket for Tuesday's night's $1.5 billion Mega Millions drawing that... More »

Here's the Store That Sold Winning Mega Millions Ticket

A KC Mart in Simpsonville, SC

(Newser) - It was KC Mart #7 at 303 Lee Vaughn Road in Simpsonville, SC, that sold the winning ticket for Tuesday's $1.5 billion Mega Millions drawing, state lottery officials announced Wednesday. Simpsonville, a small city of about 22,000, is near Greenville, the State reports. The owner of the... More »

$1.5B Mega Millions Jackpot Winner May Never Be Revealed

Winning ticket was sold in South Carolina

(Newser) - We have a winner: Officials say a single winning ticket for what was touted as the biggest lottery prize in history was drawn Tuesday night, CNN reports. Lottery officials say a ticket with the winning numbers 28, 70, 5, 62, 65, with a Mega Ball of 5 was sold in... More »

Here Are the Winning Mega Millions Numbers

It's not immediately clear whether there's a winning ticket

(Newser) - The winning numbers have been drawn for the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot, but it isn't immediately clear if there's a winner, the AP reports. The numbers drawn in Tuesday night's drawing are 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5. The estimated... More »

So What's the Chance No One Wins $1.6B Tonight?

The Mega Millions drawing takes place at 11pm EDT

(Newser) - It's safe to say some Americans will probably stay up past their bedtimes Tuesday night. The six winning Mega Millions numbers will revealed to the world at 11pm EDT, in what is officially the biggest jackpot in US history—sort of. New York Magazine explains that while the $1.... More »

Mega Millions Website Crashes Amid Jackpot Frenzy

Plus, the AP explains why jackpots are getting so high

(Newser) - With the Mega Millions jackpot at $1.6 billion —the largest lottery prize in US history—interest is, shall we say, high. So high, in fact, that the Mega Millions website briefly crashed Monday, Reuters reports. A rep for the Maryland Gaming Commission, which administers the site, says it... More »

Mega Millions Jackpot Now $1.6B

It will be the largest US lottery payout in history

(Newser) - There will be lots of disappointed people Saturday morning when they discover they can't quit their jobs just yet—but Mega Millions is going to offer them another sliver of hope Tuesday night, with an even bigger jackpot. CNN reports there was no winner in Friday night's drawing... More »

Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $1B

There's a reason lottery jackpots have been swelling in recent years

(Newser) - If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are. Friday night's Mega Millions grand prize has hit a staggering $1 billion, continuing a trend of giant jackpots. It's the second-largest lottery prize in US history and joins five other top 10... More »

As Drawing Looms, 2nd-Largest Jackpot Swells

Mega Millions nears the $1B mark

(Newser) - The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $970 million, inching ever-closer to the $1 billion mark. Officials raised the estimated jackpot Thursday for the second time due to strong sales ahead of Friday night's drawing. Reuters reports the numbers will be pulled at 11pm EDT. The prize is the... More »

2nd-Largest Lottery Prize in US History Is Up for Grabs

Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $868M

(Newser) - No winning lottery ticket was sold for the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to $868 million—the second-largest lottery prize in US history. The record lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016. This time around, the jackpot has been growing since... More »

Mega Millions Jackpot Is 4th Largest Ever

$502M prize up for grabs Friday

(Newser) - The next Mega Millions lottery winner could take home the fourth largest jackpot in its history. No ticket matched Tuesday's six drawn numbers, meaning the jackpot climbs from $458 million to $502 million for Friday's drawing. It's just the fourth time the jackpot—last won by a... More »

First Mega Millions Winner Comes Forward

Ira Curry of Stone Mountain, Georgia, will take home $120M

(Newser) - The first of two Mega Millions winners has come forward: Georgia lottery officials say Ira Curry of Stone Mountain is the winner in their state, and she's opted for the cash option of about $120 million after taxes, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Curry, who did not appear at the... More »

Illinois Mega Millions Winners Unmasked

Retiree Merle Butler says he stuffed ticket in safe-deposit box

(Newser) - Nosy people of the world, rejoice! Illinois, unlike Maryland and Kansas , doesn't let its lotto winners remain anonymous, which means you can now know the face of a couple who are a whole lot richer, after stepping forward today to claim the third winning Mega Millions ticket. "It'... More »

Final Mega Millions Winner to Reveal Self Tomorrow

Illinois resident can't stay anonymous

(Newser) - The final winner of the record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot has come forward, and unlike in other states, the Illinois winner won't be able to stay anonymous. The winner's identity will be revealed tomorrow at a press conference in Red Bud, the small southern Illinois town where... More »

3 Maryland Friends to Split Mega Millions Riches

Each goes home with $34.997M after paying Uncle Sam

(Newser) - Mirlande Wilson apparently lost something other than her "winning" ticket (her mind?), because Maryland's Mega Millions prize has officially been claimed, and the riches go to three friends who work together in the state's public school system—where they say they'll continue to work. They'll... More »

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