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'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...

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...

Man Buys 160 Tickets With Winning Lottery Numbers

'I just had a feeling,' Virginia man says

(Newser) - Virginia man Kwame Cross says he "just had a feeling" about the numbers 7, 3, 1, and 4 after seeing them on an address in the background of a TV show. Cross, who owns a small business in Washington, DC, went out and bought 160 lottery tickets with those...

Unusual Winning Lotto Numbers Spark a Probe

5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

(Newser) - More than one eyebrow has been raised in South Africa following Tuesday's usual PowerBall drawing there. The BBC reports there are 42,375,200 possible combos, and the one that emerged was as follows: 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, with a PowerBall of 10. Lottery operator Ithuba tweeted...

Couple's Lottery Technique Pays Off, After 26 Years

They just kept playing the same numbers

(Newser) - It's all about persistence. That's the trait CBS News attributes to a North Carolina couple who won a $366,673 lottery jackpot last week after playing the same set of numbers they've been using for 26 years. Per a release from the North Carolina Education Lottery, Terry...

Lotto Winner Forfeits Prize After USPS Loses Ticket

They said, ‘no ticket, no prize'

(Newser) - A Florida woman says the United States Postal Service turned her lottery win into a loss. The woman says she had to forfeit a $1,000 prize in the state's Second Chance lottery after she followed the lottery's instructions and sent the winning ticket by certified mail, only...

He Had a Winning Scratch-Off. There Was One Problem

Police in Clearwater, Fla., say Herbert McClellan stole the lottery ticket before trying to cash it in

(Newser) - "So much for being lucky at the lottery." That's how the Clearwater Police Department in Florida is describing the unfortunate plight of 27-year-old Herbert McClellan, who's accused of swiping more than a dozen scratch-off lottery tickets from a local Speedway, then trying to cash in a...

Biggest Lottery Winner in US Was Swindled: Prosecutors

'Lottery Lawyer' Jason Kurland charged in $107M fraud

(Newser) - The "Lottery Lawyer" advertised his services while noting that many lottery winners "are not sophisticated enough" to see potential scams. "You really have to rely on the professionals," Jason Kurland told Vice in 2016. Now three winners who relied on Kurland have lost more than $80...

$10M Lottery Winner Charged With Murder

Woman's body was found in NC hotel room

(Newser) - A North Carolina man who won a $10 million lottery prize in 2017 has been arrested on a murder charge in the death of a woman whose body was found at a hotel. The Shallotte Police Department charged Michael Todd Hill, 52, of Leland, with murder after the body of...

Clerk Gives Guy Wrong Lottery Ticket—Which Is a $2M Winner

Good thing the man decided to keep the 'wrong' one

(Newser) - A man in suburban Detroit was given the wrong lottery ticket. But there was no mistake about the result: a $2 million winner. The Michigan Lottery said the man stopped at a gas station in Eastpointe, Michigan, to put air in a tire. He needed change for the air machine...

Guy Explains How He Won a $4M Lottery, Again

Mark Clark says 'everything is pretty amazing right now'

(Newser) - How does he do it? For the second time, a southeastern Michigan man has won a $4 million lottery game, officials said this week. Mark Clark of South Rockwood scratched a ticket with a coin that was given to him by his late father about 10 years ago, the AP...

He Won $1M Twice in One Day

'Joe B.' of Colorado bought 2 Powerball tickets with his lucky numbers

(Newser) - It was a bit surprising when two convenience stores within a mile of each other reported selling winning tickets for $1 million Powerball jackpots on March 25—that is, until one man claimed both prizes. The Colorado man, identified as "Joe B.," has been playing the same numbers...

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,...

Man Who Never Plays the Lottery Just Won, Thanks to His Wife

Daniel Schuman claims $1M prize in Virginia

(Newser) - They say you gotta be in it to win it, but an attorney in Arlington, Va., just took home a $1 million prize after putting in the bare minimum in the "be in it" column. A press release cited by ARLNow.com reports that Daniel Schuman never plays such...

His Family Lost Their Home. Then, Her 'Special Numbers' Delivered

A hopeful story out of Australia's devastating bushfires

(Newser) - Enormous tragedy followed by enormous good fortune: A Queensland man who lost his family home in New South Wales in Australia's devastating bushfires will be able to rebuild it with funds from the lottery he just won. The man, who doesn't want to be identified, won a million...

Alleged Lottery Scam Involves Paper and Glue

Odis Latham, 47, and Russell Sparks, 48, were arrested Monday in Mississippi

(Newser) - Authorities in Mississippi say two men attempted to scam the state lottery commission by submitting a losing ticket that had the winning numbers glued onto it, the AP reports. Odis Latham, 47, and Russell Sparks, 48, were arrested Monday and charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and uttering a...

Spain Just Gave Its People $2.43B

Via 'El Gordo' annual lottery

(Newser) - The lucky holders of ticket number 26590 struck it rich in Spain on Sunday when they won the top prize in the nation’s bumper Christmas lottery. The top-prize winning number, known as El Gordo (the Fat One), worth $436,000 fell out of the enormous metallic shuffling bins in...

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