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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...

Mega Millions Jackpot Now $1.6B
Mega Millions
Jackpot Now $1.6B

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...

Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $1B
Mega Millions
Jackpot Hits $1B

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...

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...

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...

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...

$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...

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...

They Lost Their Daughter, Then They Won $1M

New Jersey couple will use the money to help raise their grandkids

(Newser) - A New Jersey couple raising their three young grandchildren after their daughter died of lupus have stumbled on an unexpected silver lining in a tragic situation. Jackie and Rande from Long Branch will bank a cool $1 million after hitting the Mega Millions jackpot, People reports. "I am just...

Single Mega Millions Ticket Wins $540M

Winner is in Indiana, officials say

(Newser) - One jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing, a lottery official said. Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty tells the AP the winning ticket was sold in Indiana. The consortium of lottery organizations that runs Mega Millions says a ticket matching all five white balls and the...

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...

2nd Mega Millions Winner Immediately Quits Job

Delivery driver didn't realize for a while he had the lucky ticket

(Newser) - A California man who realized belatedly that he had the second winning ticket in last month's $648 million Mega Millions lottery did the thing that everybody says they're going to do: Delivery driver Steve Tran called his employer with a very special message. "I'm really sorry...

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...

Mega Millions Winners Are in Georgia, Calif.

$636M jackpot to be split at least two ways

(Newser) - The near-record $636 million Mega Millions jackpot will be split by at least two winners—tickets bought in Georgia and in San Jose, Calif., matched the winning numbers 8, 14, 17, 20, and 39, with a Megaball of 7. Lottery officials say the winners will "put a lot of...

What to Do If You Win Today's $636M Mega Millions

Hint: It does not involve Disney World

(Newser) - Tonight's Mega Millions prize could end up being the biggest US jackpot ever. It's already hit $636 million; by tonight, it could rise past the $656 million record, Reuters notes. Let's say, for the sake of argument, that you win it (you won't). When you can...

Powerball at $600M (So Far)
 Powerball at $600M (So Far)  

Powerball at $600M (So Far)

Odds of winning are 1 in 175M

(Newser) - Less than 10 months after three tickets split a world-record lottery prize, the jackpot for tonight's Powerball drawing was nearing historic territory once again. It now stands at $600 million, but a flurry of last-minute ticket-buying could push it beyond the $656 million won in a Mega Millions jackpot...

How Mega Millions Can Save Our Political System
How Mega Millions Can Save Our Political System

How Mega Millions Can Save Our Political System

Combine Election Day with a lottery: Norman Ornstein

(Newser) - Nearly half the adult population of the US took part in last month's Mega Millions lottery, giving Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute an idea on how to "transform" our political system: Enter voters in a lottery. If people have the chance to win big by voting,...

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'...

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...

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...

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