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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 »

Unclaimed $1.5B Jackpot Could Be Real Bummer for SC

State had expected to get $61M in state income taxes

(Newser) - The winner of a $1.537 billion lottery jackpot in South Carolina has yet to come forward. That means the state of South Carolina might be a big loser, too. Economic officials estimated the winner would pay $61 million in state income taxes and put that money into the budget.... More »

Guy Says Wife Was on His Case When He Won $22K

Louis Kronawitter was taking heat until lady luck rolled in

(Newser) - A Kansas man says he was in hot water with his wife for buying lottery tickets—when he suddenly won $22,000, per Fox News . Seems Louis Kronawitter was taking grief while reviewing a pile of 2by2 and Pick 3 tickets at their home in Shawnee, a Kansas City suburb,... More »

Woman Tries to Collect Lottery Winnings, Gets Arrested

Police say she used a stolen credit card to buy the ticket

(Newser) - A Canadian woman thought she'd won the lottery—and technically, she had—until police discovered the winning ticket was purchased with a stolen credit card. The unidentified 33-year-old woman was arrested in St. John's, Newfoundland, as she tried to cash in the ticket at an Atlantic Lottery office,... More »

Wife of Furloughed Federal Employee Wins Lottery

Carrie Walls, whose husband was hit by shutdown, wins $100K and an SUV

(Newser) - It's never a bad time to win the lottery, but a Virginia woman's lucky ticket arrived at an especially good moment. Carrie Walls' scratch-off ticket won $100,000 and an SUV in a state contest, and Walls' husband just happens to be one of the federal employees who... More »

He Thought He Won $10K on a Scratch-Off. It Was Much More

And then the ticket went missing—and his roommate has been arrested

(Newser) - A California man was recently hit with three surprises: one, that he'd won big bucks from a lottery ticket; two, that the prize was way more than he thought; and three, that his roommate swiped it and tried to claim it as his own. The San Francisco Chronicle reports... More »

Couple Is $1.3M Richer After Pre-Thanksgiving Cleanup

They found a lottery ticket 2 weeks away from expiring

(Newser) - A Louisiana couple found something to be very thankful about while cleaning their house to prepare for Thanksgiving guests. Harold and Tina Ehrenberg discovered some forgotten lottery tickets on their nightstand, including a winning Louisiana Lotto ticket worth $1.8 million, NPR reports. "We kept checking the numbers again... More »

Powerball Winner Has Rain to Thank for Hitting Huge Jackpot

Harlem winner comes forward to claim his half of US' fourth-largest prize

(Newser) - Robert Bailey has been playing the same lottery numbers for more than 25 years, and on Oct. 27, they paid off for the New York man in a big way when he became one of two winners in the US' fourth-largest jackpot . Bailey said it was rain that forced him... More »

Iowa Mom Dreamed of Winning Big, Won Really Big

Powerball winner Lerynne West has started the Callum Foundation

(Newser) - "Drive slow," Lerynne West told her sister, and with good reason. West, of Redfield, Iowa, had left her lottery ticket on the floor of her sister's pickup truck, and it turns out it was a winner. A big one. West appeared with Iowa lottery officials at a... More »

4th-Largest US Jackpot Ever Will Go to 2 Winners

They'll split $687M Powerball

(Newser) - It may sound like peanuts compared to last week's Mega Millions drawing , but the 4th-largest jackpot in US history has a winner—or winners. CNN reports winning tickets were sold in Iowa and New York for Saturday's estimated $687.8 million Powerball jackpot, which was lower than the... More »

Bad Luck of Broken Hip Morphs Into Lotto Luck at Hospital

NJ man never made it to buy lotto ticket after falling, but hospital pool had some luck

(Newser) - Naturally, Earl Livingston of Blackwood, NJ, isn't thrilled he broke his hip while walking to the store Tuesday. But it was the fact that the 87-year-old's tumble and subsequent hospitalization kept him from buying a ticket for Tuesday's night's $1.5 billion Mega Millions drawing that... More »

Here's the Store That Sold Winning Mega Millions Ticket

A KC Mart in Simpsonville, SC

(Newser) - It was KC Mart #7 at 303 Lee Vaughn Road in Simpsonville, SC, that sold the winning ticket for Tuesday's $1.5 billion Mega Millions drawing, state lottery officials announced Wednesday. Simpsonville, a small city of about 22,000, is near Greenville, the State reports. The owner of the... More »

$1.5B Mega Millions Jackpot Winner May Never Be Revealed

Winning ticket was sold in South Carolina

(Newser) - We have a winner: Officials say a single winning ticket for what was touted as the biggest lottery prize in history was drawn Tuesday night, CNN reports. Lottery officials say a ticket with the winning numbers 28, 70, 5, 62, 65, with a Mega Ball of 5 was sold in... More »

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