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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

$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 »

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 »

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 »

Mega Millions Jackpot Now $1.6B

It will be the largest US lottery payout in history

(Newser) - There will be lots of disappointed people Saturday morning when they discover they can't quit their jobs just yet—but Mega Millions is going to offer them another sliver of hope Tuesday night, with an even bigger jackpot. CNN reports there was no winner in Friday night's drawing... More »

Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $1B

There's a reason lottery jackpots have been swelling in recent years

(Newser) - If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are. Friday night's Mega Millions grand prize has hit a staggering $1 billion, continuing a trend of giant jackpots. It's the second-largest lottery prize in US history and joins five other top 10... More »

As Drawing Looms, 2nd-Largest Jackpot Swells

Mega Millions nears the $1B mark

(Newser) - The Mega Millions jackpot has climbed to $970 million, inching ever-closer to the $1 billion mark. Officials raised the estimated jackpot Thursday for the second time due to strong sales ahead of Friday night's drawing. Reuters reports the numbers will be pulled at 11pm EDT. The prize is the... More »

She Thought of Him 'Like a Son.' Then She Won a $900K Jackpot

Nova Scotia woman says she never agreed to split winnings with nephew; he says she did

(Newser) - It appeared to be a joyous photo op: a 57-year-old Nova Scotia woman and her 19-year-old nephew holding up a check for $1.2 million Canadian ($900,000) they'd won in a fundraising event that helped fire departments around Margaree Forks. But per the CBC , the presser Thursday went... More »

Man Pulls Off 'Astonishing Hat-Trick' on His Birthday

Canada's Ping Kuen Shum also officially retired from work, won $1.5M lottery

(Newser) - Someone's golden years just got a lot more golden. In what the BBC calls an "astonishing hat-trick," Canada's Ping Kuen Shum decided to buy a lottery ticket on his birthday, which also happened to be his last day of work before retirement—and he hit it... More »

Hijacked Code Let Lottery Fraudster Win $24M

It all started with a convo about 'secret numbers' and a search for Bigfoot

(Newser) - The Iowa man behind the biggest US lotto scam ever was a "very large" and "kind of lonesome" geek, according to his own brother, and he didn't set out to rig more than $24 million for the money: Eddie Tipton says he did it for the challenge.... More »

Mega Millions Jackpot Is 4th Largest Ever

$502M prize up for grabs Friday

(Newser) - The next Mega Millions lottery winner could take home the fourth largest jackpot in its history. No ticket matched Tuesday's six drawn numbers, meaning the jackpot climbs from $458 million to $502 million for Friday's drawing. It's just the fourth time the jackpot—last won by a... More »

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