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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Someone Just Lost Their $14.6M Lottery Prize

Monday was the deadline to claim it in Arizona

(Newser) - If you forgot to check your ticket for the June 5 drawing of Arizona's "The Pick" lottery, don't bother. The holder of the ticket with all six correct numbers, purchased at a Circle K store in Goodyear, failed to present themselves before the 5pm Monday deadline, missing... More »

For the First Time, This State Sells Lottery Tickets

With Mississippi going into the lottery business, now only five states don't play

(Newser) - Mississippi residents had their first chance Monday to turn $5 into $100,000 legally. Convenience stores in the state began selling lottery tickets, ABC reports, under a law passed last year. Business was booming. A gas station manager said employees came in about 4am to prepare and sold the first... More »

A Bartender Got a Tip Worth $2. It Turned Into $50K

Missouri's Taylor Russey says customer's gratuity was a Powerball ticket

(Newser) - Most watering hole patrons don't offer lottery tickets as gratuities, but one regular at Missouri's Bleachers Bar does it quite often—and a bartender at the O'Fallon establishment is now a $50,000 winner because of it. CNN reports on Taylor Russey's windfall, which came about... More »

On His Way to Chemo, Guy Made a Very Lucky Stop

NC man wins $200K from scratch-off lottery ticket right before last round of cancer treatment

(Newser) - It was already set to be a good day for Ronnie Foster, but a last-minute pit stop was the icing on the cake. The North Carolina man, a retired Department of Transportation worker from Pink Hill who has colon cancer, was headed to his very last chemotherapy treatment on Tuesday... More »

He Read the Lotto Numbers. Then He Came Up With a Plan

The tale of Nick Perry and the April 24, 1980, lotto drawing

(Newser) - Pittsburgh’s No. 1 TV station in the late '70s was WTAE Channel 4—and it had a No. 1 of its own. Nick Perry was "Pittsburgh royalty," writes Zachary Crockett for the Hustle , so much so that the announcer and TV host was asked to take... More »

Study Flips a Theory on Lottery Winners on Its Head

Researchers say the money does make people happier

(Newser) - Regardless of life adjustments and pushy relatives demanding cash, winning the lottery really does make a person more satisfied. That's according to University of Warwick economists, who gained access "to more winners with economically substantial winning amounts than almost any other study before us." Andrew J. Oswald... More »

Man Who Survived Cancer Twice Wins Lottery Jackpot

'I am a very lucky guy,' Oregon man says

(Newser) - An Oregon man who beat cancer twice beat the odds and won a $4.6 million lottery jackpot, officials say. Stu MacDonald's wife usually tells him to "get the winning ticket" before he buys his weekly Megabucks ticket—but she forgot on Sept. 7, and he ended up... More »

'Nothing But Zeroes' Produces a Record Lottery Payout

North Carolina reports 2,000 winners

(Newser) - Turns out that zero can be a lucky number. North Carolina's state lottery Saturday said it set a record payout after the winning numbers in a Pick 4 game came back "0-0-0-0." The lottery said about 1,000 tickets at $1 were sold and will pay out... More »

After Divorce, Guy Gets Bad News About $80M Jackpot

Writing her that $15M check won't be easy

(Newser) - Is Richard Zelasko lucky or unlucky? In 2013, the Michigan man won a stunning $80 million Mega Millions jackpot—nearly $39 million, after fees and taxes—but is now being forced to share it with his ex-wife, CNN reports. The timing is key, because Zelasko filed for divorce from Mary... More »

Man's Fortune Cookie Proves Extraordinarily Lucky

Charles Jackson Jr. cleans up a $344.6M Powerball prize by playing numbers in a cookie

(Newser) - A North Carolina man has won the biggest single-ticket jackpot in the state's history, a $344.6 million Powerball prize, using numbers found in a fortune cookie. "I never expected to win. I just got lucky," says Raleigh retiree Charles W. Jackson Jr., who's played the... More »

After Mother's Day Dinner, She Got the $1 'Gift of a Lifetime'

North Carolina's Vielka Roman can thank her sister for winning $1.3M lottery ticket

(Newser) - A post-dinner stop at a North Carolina supermarket and a $1 Mother's Day gift from her sister paid off big for an Autryville woman. The News & Observer reports on a giant lottery win for Vielka Roman, who on Sunday won the third-largest Carolina Cash 5 haul ever: $1.... More »

Millennial Wins 3rd-Biggest Jackpot in US History

Wisconsin man quit his job 2 days after winning

(Newser) - A 24-year-old Wisconsin man stepped forward Tuesday to claim a $768 million Powerball prize, the nation's third-largest lottery jackpot , saying he "pretty much felt lucky" the day he bought his tickets and has been worried that people want to steal his ticket, the AP reports. Manuel Franco, of... More »

90-Year-Old Powerball Winner Sues Son Over Money

Gloria Mackenzie brought home about $278M after taxes thanks to her 2013 win

(Newser) - What could go wrong after winning a $590 million Powerball lottery? Ask Gloria Mackenzie. The now-90-year-old was the sole winner of the jackpot in 2013, walking away with about $278 million after taxes. Flash forward to the present, and the Florida woman is embroiled in a lawsuit against her son... More »

She Opened a Book, Became $750K Richer

Montreal couple claims lottery prize with 2 days to deadline

(Newser) - With just 48 hours left to claim their prize, Nicole Pedneault and Roger Larocque found a winning lottery ticket buried in a book. The Montreal couple wasted no time and are now $750,000 richer, reports CTV News . They'd bought the Loto-Quebec ticket last year for Valentine's Day... More »

Really Good News for 1st Powerball Winner of 2019

Wisconsin ticket buyer gets 3rd largest US lottery jackpot ever

(Newser) - A single ticket sold in Wisconsin matched all six numbers in the Wednesday night Powerball drawing to win the third-largest jackpot in US lottery history. Due to strong ticket sales, the jackpot climbed to an estimated $768.4 million at the time of the drawing. Powerball said the winning numbers... More »

With No Winners Since Dec. 26, Powerball Balloons

Jackpot headed to 4th-largest jackpot in US history at $750M

(Newser) - Lottery officials say the Powerball jackpot has ballooned to $750 million after no ticket matched all six numbers in the most recent drawing, reports the AP . The numbers drawn Saturday night are 24, 25, 52, 60, and 66, with a Powerball of 5. The next drawing for what would be... 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 »

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