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Winners of $1.34B Mega Millions Jackpot 'Over the Moon'

Illinois pair finally steps forward to claim prize, is choosing to stay anonymous

(Newser) - Update: Mystery solved—kind of. Until this week, it wasn't clear if the person(s) who'd won the second-biggest Mega Millions lottery ever, a staggering $1.34 billion jackpot, knew they'd purchased the winning ticket in Illinois, let alone who that was. Now, at least the first half...

Our Wild Mega Millions Ride Is Over
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Our Wild Mega Millions Ride Is Over

Winning ticket was sold in Illinois

(Newser) - The next Mega Millions drawing is on Tuesday, and the jackpot will be a measly $20 million. That's because someone did indeed choose the six winning numbers for Friday night's drawing, and it's a singular someone, reports the AP . Only one ticket was sold with the numbers...

Mega Millions Does Something It Has Only Done Twice Before

Jackpot crossed $1B mark for third time in game's history

(Newser) - A giant Mega Millions lottery jackpot ballooned to $1.02 billion after no one matched all six numbers Tuesday night and won the top prize, the AP reports. The new estimated jackpot will be the nation’s fourth-largest lottery prize. Per NBC Chicago , the top three US jackpots are: a...

Fast Food Owner Buying 50K Mega Millions Tickets

That's one for each of his employees

(Newser) - The Mega Millions jackpot is now at its fourth-highest amount ever: $810 million. Among those hoping to cash in on the massive winnings is the entire workforce of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers. The owner of the fast food company is buying the equivalent of one ticket for each of...

She Won Big at the Casino. Her Drive Home Was Terrifying

Authorities say Iowa man ran woman's car off road, stole the $18K she'd just won

(Newser) - What should've been a night of celebration turned into a night of terror for an Iowa woman who'd just won $18,000 at an Iowa casino. One suspect has since been arrested. According to a criminal complaint, 30-year-old Timothy Spencer of Berwick witnessed the woman hit it big...

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...

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 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...

'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, 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...

A Rarity: 2 Lottery Jackpots Near $500M
2 Jackpots Hit Dizzying Heights

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...

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...

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...

South Dakota Town's Game of Chance Finally Ends

SD's Ryan Gordon chased the queen and won

(Newser) - A dozen friends and family from Montrose, South Dakota, pooled $600 and now have $321,208 to show for it. The group won the jackpot Wednesday in a "Chase the Queen" fundraiser that has been drawing thousands to Hudson, population 324. The fundraiser granted 10% of weekly ticket sales...

$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...

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....

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...

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...

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