Mega Millions

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Winners of $1.34B Mega Millions Jackpot 'Over the Moon'

Illinois pair finally steps forward to claim prize, is choosing to stay anonymous

(Newser) - Update: Mystery solved—kind of. Until this week, it wasn't clear if the person(s) who'd won the second-biggest Mega Millions lottery ever, a staggering $1.34 billion jackpot, knew they'd purchased the winning ticket in Illinois, let alone who that was. Now, at least the first half...

Our Wild Mega Millions Ride Is Over
Our Wild
Mega Millions
Ride Is Over
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Our Wild Mega Millions Ride Is Over

Winning ticket was sold in Illinois

(Newser) - The next Mega Millions drawing is on Tuesday, and the jackpot will be a measly $20 million. That's because someone did indeed choose the six winning numbers for Friday night's drawing, and it's a singular someone, reports the AP . Only one ticket was sold with the numbers...

Mega Millions Jackpot Is Now 2nd-Largest in Its History

Prize has swelled to $1.1B

(Newser) - The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday's drawing has swelled to an estimated $1.1 billion, the second-largest in the game's history. It's second only to a $1.54 billion prize in 2018 and is the third-largest jackpot in American lottery history. The $1.1 billion would be...

10 Biggest Lottery Jackpots in History

Current $1.1B Mega Millions prize would come in at No. 3, but it's still growing

(Newser) - The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1.1 billion , making it the nation’s third largest lottery prize (and counting). The next drawing will take place Friday night. The prize has grown so large because it's been more than three months since anyone matched the game’s six...

Mega Millions Does Something It Has Only Done Twice Before

Jackpot crossed $1B mark for third time in game's history

(Newser) - A giant Mega Millions lottery jackpot ballooned to $1.02 billion after no one matched all six numbers Tuesday night and won the top prize, the AP reports. The new estimated jackpot will be the nation’s fourth-largest lottery prize. Per NBC Chicago , the top three US jackpots are: a...

Fast Food Owner Buying 50K Mega Millions Tickets

That's one for each of his employees

(Newser) - The Mega Millions jackpot is now at its fourth-highest amount ever: $810 million. Among those hoping to cash in on the massive winnings is the entire workforce of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers. The owner of the fast food company is buying the equivalent of one ticket for each of...

Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs to $790M

No one has matched all 6 numbers in the past 27 drawings

(Newser) - Lottery officials on Friday raised the Mega Millions grand prize to $790 million, giving players a shot at what would be the nation's fourth-largest jackpot. The next drawing is on Tuesday, the AP reports. The jackpot has grown so large because there hasn't been a winner in three...

You Had One Job, Lottery Ball Caller

Mega Millions suspends payments after host mistakes a 9 for a 6

(Newser) - The man calling the winner numbers in this week's Mega Millions jackpot made a very public mistake, one that has resulted in temporarily suspended payouts. John Crow mistook a 9 for a 6 in his televised announcement, reports CNN . As you might expect, that caused quite a bit of...

Man's Fortune Cookie Pays Off Bigger Than Anticipated

NC's Gabriel Fierro used numbers inside cookie to play Mega Millions, won $4M

(Newser) - Some fortune cookies predict good fortune. Others apparently directly deliver it. That was the case for North Carolina's Gabriel Fierro, who won a $4 million Mega Millions prize after playing the numbers he found inside a fortune cookie, WSLS reports. Per the North Carolina Education Lottery , Fierro—a 60-year-old...

$3M Prize in Spam Folder Turns Out to Be Real
Woman Checks Spam,
Finds a $3M Treat

Woman Checks Spam, Finds a $3M Treat

Michigan's Laura Spears was a big winner in Mega Millions draw; notice went to spam folder

(Newser) - Usually when an email in your spam folder announces you've won millions of dollars, it's a scam. Luckily for Michigan's Laura Spears, she believed the email in her spam folder that appeared to have come from the Michigan Lottery and is now $3 million richer as a...

$516M Jackpot Has a Single Winner Somewhere
Somebody's Holding
a $516M Winner

Somebody's Holding a $516M Winner

The lucky ticket was sold in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - The winner of a $516 million jackpot won't have to share. Just one Mega Millions ticket holder hit with 6, 9, 17, 18 and 48, plus the Mega Ball 8. The ticket was sold in Pennsylvania, WBTW reports. It's the biggest jackpot won in the state since its...

4 Lottery Winners Splitting $557M Plan to Pay It Forward

Club took the $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot

(Newser) - A four-member suburban Detroit lottery club won a $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot and will receive $557 million after taxes, officials said Friday. The winners claimed their prize weeks after the Jan. 22 drawing and chose the immediate lump sum option. After taxes, the $776 million prize was reduced...

Day Started So Badly He Went Back to Bed—Then Won $2M

First a crash in his new car, then a lottery win for Anthony Dowe

(Newser) - An unlucky start to a North Carolina man's day turned upside down when he discovered he won a $2 million lottery prize hours after hitting two deer with his new car. Anthony Dowe, of Leland, had an accident on his way to work, the North Carolina Education Lottery said...

'Historic' Mega Millions Win Just Happened Here

One winning $1B ticket, sold in the state of Michigan

(Newser) - Someone in Michigan, or who's recently been there, just added a whole lot of zeros to their bank account balance. Only one ticket had the lucky numbers—4-26-42-50-60, with a Mega Ball of 24—for Friday's $1 billion Mega Millions drawing , and a Mega Millions release calls it...

Single Winner Takes Massive Powerball Jackpot

Meanwhile, Mega Millions hits $970M

(Newser) - By Wednesday night, Powerball's jackpot had risen to $731 million—the fifth-largest ever, per the AP —and after the evening's drawing, one single ticket sold in Maryland was declared a winner. The lottery will now reset to $20 million, Michigan Live reports. Meanwhile, the Mega Millions jackpot,...

Powerball Jackpot Just Got Even Bigger

Mega Millions, Powerball haven't had a jackpot winner in months

(Newser) - After months without a jackpot winner , the prizes in America's two major national lotteries have swollen to enormous sizes, though the odds of winning remain unchanged at around 300 million to one. USA Today reports that in Wednesday night's Powerball draw, nobody matched all six numbers—4-19-23-25-49 and...

Powerball, Mega Millions Are Sky High

$550M and $600M, respectively

(Newser) - The Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are massive right now after the latest drawings produced no big winners, ABC 7 reports. Powerball is up to $550 million, the highest it's gone since March 2019. Mega Millions is at $600 million for just the fourth time ever. The next drawings...

A Rarity: 2 Lottery Jackpots Near $500M
2 Jackpots Hit Dizzying Heights

2 Jackpots Hit Dizzying Heights

Mega Millions and Powerball numbers to be drawn Friday and Saturday, respectively, at near $500M

(Newser) - Two massive lottery prizes could be nabbed this weekend. No ticket was sold matching all six numbers drawn Tuesday in the Mega Millions lottery. That means "what could be the eighth largest jackpot in Mega Millions history is up for grabs on Friday," according to a release . The...

His Second Lottery Win Was an Accident

Mistaken purchase of extra ticket brings Michigan man another $1M

(Newser) - In what most people would consider a lucrative mistake, a Detroit-area man who accidentally bought an extra lottery ticket has won two $1 million jackpots. Samir Mazahem, 56, of Dearborn Heights said he was saving numbers on a lottery app after buying a $2 ticket for the June 9 Mega...

Lottery Ticket Sales Fall
Coronavirus Hits the Lottery 

Coronavirus Hits the Lottery

Stay-at-home orders cut into lottery ticket sales

(Newser) - With fewer people out and about during the pandemic, lottery ticket sales are decreasing. It only follows that jackpots would be next. Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots now will be based on ticket sales and interest rates, Quartz reports, with previously guaranteed minimum jackpots on their way out. Until now,...

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