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He Went to Get Chocolate Milk for His Kids, Won Big

Virginia's Dennis Willoughby scoops up $1M lottery jackpot after 7-Eleven run

(Newser) - A Virginia dad who made a chocolate milk run for his kids came home with a lot more than cow juice. According to Virginia Lottery official s, Dennis Willoughby headed over to his local 7-Eleven in Richmond last month to pick up the beverage for his young ones, but while...

Spain Just Gave Its People $2.7B
Spain Just Gave
Its People $2.7B

Spain Just Gave Its People $2.7B

The country's annual Christmas lottery has been occurring since 1812

(Newser) - Spaniards looking for a respite from the pandemic’s gloom and doom turned their attention Wednesday to a rite that for more than two centuries has marked the beginning of the festive period: the country’s bumper Christmas lottery, known as "El Gordo," or "The Fat One....

Man Buys Identical Lottery Tickets and Wins Twice

2 tickets, 2 jackpots

(Newser) - A North Carolina man is feeling very lucky...for being so forgetful. Per CNN , 49-year-old Scotty Thomas bought one of the state's Lucky for Life tickets online for $2 but later couldn't recall whether he'd done so or not. “I was just laying in bed watching...

His Lottery Ticket Held a Good Omen, Was a Big Win

Heart surgery patient Alexander McLeish found his initials on ticket before winning $1M prize

(Newser) - When Alexander McLeish was recovering from open-heart surgery last month, a friend bought the Massachusetts man a "get well" card and put three scratch-off tickets inside. Turns out one of those tickets was a winner, netting the Attleboro man a $1 million prize, reports WWLP . Per a release from...

Gang Forces Parents to Flee After Preschool Wins Lottery

Families were threatened in Mexico village

(Newser) - Last year, an anonymous benefactor gave a $25 ticket in Mexico's "plane lottery" to a preschool in southern Mexico. It won a prize of almost $1 million, triggering a chain of events that has left more than two dozen families afraid to return to their homes. Parents with...

Someone Just Won 7th-Largest Jackpot in US Lottery History

Winning ticket for $700M Powerball pot was sold in California

(Newser) - After 40 drawings without a big Powerball winner, a single ticket sold in California matched all six numbers and was the lucky winner of the nearly $700 million jackpot prize, officials said. The winning numbers drawn Monday night were 12, 22, 54, 66, and 69. The Powerball was 15. Thanks...

Powerball Jackpot Swells As Winnerless Streak Continues

There's been no winner for 40 consecutive drawings

(Newser) - The biggest lottery prize in months grew larger after no ticket matched all five numbers and the Powerball drawn on Saturday night, per the AP . The estimated jackpot for the next drawing on Monday is $670 million. Saturday night's numbers were 28, 38, 42, 47 and 52. The...

Powerball Goes 0 for 39, Leading to Massive Jackpot

It's now up to $620M ahead of Saturday's drawing

(Newser) - After nearly four months without a big winner, the Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $620 million, making it the 10th largest US lottery prize ahead of Saturday night's drawing, per the AP . There have been 39 drawings in a row without a Powerball grand prizewinner, dating back...

On Day of His Shop's Grand Opening, a Big Surprise

Fla. man wins $1M jackpot on same day he launched his auto repair business

(Newser) - For Brian Woodle, the day he and his wife opened up their new auto repair shop was the culmination of a longtime goal. "I love working on vehicles and it has always been my dream," the 46-year-old from Callahan, Fla., says, per a Florida Lottery release , which adds...

Feds Indict Family That Cashed 13K Lottery Tickets in 8 Years
Prosecutors: Family's
Lottery Luck Was Too Fishy
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Prosecutors: Family's Lottery Luck Was Too Fishy

Massachusetts' Ali Jaafar, 2 sons accused of $21M fraud

(Newser) - Ali Jaafar, 63, was the top individual lottery ticket casher in Massachusetts in 2019. His sons Mohamed, 31, and Yousef, 28, were third and fourth respectively, per Complex . According to prosecutors, family luck had nothing to do with it. In reality, the three men who cashed in more than 13,...

Be Careful What You Wish For When You Enter Hawaii Lottery

Lucky winners get stuck with a herd of invasive goats

(Newser) - Close your eyes. Picture you’re in Hawaii, on the Big Island. You’ve entered a lottery. You won! What do you want? A dream vacation? A luxury car? A mansion? How about a goat? An actual goat, not a Lebron-style GOAT. How about a wild goat that has invaded...

Someone Won $731M Here. Now, 'Strange Things' Are Happening

Powerball mystery continues in Lonaconing, Md.

(Newser) - Whoever won this Powerball jackpot "is no fool." That's the assessment of the Washington Post , which covers a group of still-anonymous $731 million lottery winners in Lonaconing, Md., and the "strange things" that have been happening since the win was announced in January. Everyone in the...

He Hit It Big in the Lottery, Then Blew It All. Now, a Tragic End

Body of 69-year-old Leroy Fick found in Michigan's Tittabawassee River

(Newser) - A sad ending out of Michigan to a story that should've had a happier one. MLive.com reports that a body was found last Saturday floating in the Tittabawassee River, near Northwood University in Midland. Police have now IDed the body as 69-year-old Leroy Fick, an Auburn resident who...

Man Flabbergasted He Won $1M Forgets About Gas Pump

The Michigan man exited the Fenton gas station with the pump still attached to his car

(Newser) - It's not unreasonable to think you might have a crazy reaction to learning you just won $1 million. That appears to be the case in Fenton, Michigan, where a 59-year-old man stopped at a Speedway for gas and bought a Winning Millions ticket while at the station. He says...

WV's Vaccine Incentives Include Free Trucks, Guns

West Virginia's first big drawing is June 20

(Newser) - Ohio credited its $1 million lottery drawing as helping to deliver a big jump in its coronavirus vaccination rate. West Virginia is going several steps further, with a lottery drawing offering $1 million, full 4-year scholarships, custom pickup trucks, lifetime hunting and fishing licenses, and guns. The state will give...

Woman Throws Away $1M Lottery Ticket, Gets It Back

Store's owners reunited Massachusetts woman with discarded winning ticket

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman who accidentally tossed out a $1 million lottery ticket eventually collected her winnings thanks to the kindness and honesty of the owners of the store where she bought it. Lea Rose Fiega bought the $30 Diamond Millions scratch-off ticket in March at the Lucky Stop convenience store...

Vaccine Lotteries Come to 2 More States

New York and Maryland offer money in effort to bump up vaccination rates

(Newser) - Two more states are joining Ohio in offering a COVID-19 vaccine lottery. Starting Tuesday, a vaccinated Maryland adult will be randomly chosen by the Maryland Lottery to win $40,000, one per day for 40 days, CNN reports. Then, on July 4, a $400,000 jackpot will be awarded. In...

$26M Lotto Ticket May Have Been Destroyed in Wash
$26M Lotto Ticket's Likely Fate
Is the Stuff of Nightmares
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$26M Lotto Ticket's Likely Fate Is the Stuff of Nightmares

Calif. convenience store worker says the winner threw her ticket in wash by mistake

(Newser) - The next time you kick yourself for leaving a pen or stick of gum in your pants pocket before throwing the laundry in the wash, take comfort that you're not this woman, a regular at a California convenience store who apparently now has the dubious distinction of being the...

Guy Finds Lost $1M Lottery Ticket in Parking Lot

Close call for an almost unlucky Tennessee man

(Newser) - No one was more excited than Nick Slatten when he discovered he'd hit it big last week in the Tennessee lottery—and no one was more frantic than Nick Slatten when he subsequently lost the winning ticket. Slatten, who lives in Sparta, had picked up a Tennessee Cash ticket...

She Hit It Big in the Lottery, Then Again the Next Day
Odds of Her
Lottery Feat:
1 in 282M

Odds of Her Lottery Feat: 1 in 282M

Idaho's Orlene Peterson hit it big on 2 consecutive days for a total of $500K

(Newser) - Was Orlene Peterson carrying around a rabbit's foot or four-leaf clover in her pocket late last month? Per a CNN report on the Idaho woman's two big lottery wins—$200,000 first, then $300,000 the very next day—it sure seems that way. A release from the...

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