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Waste Collectors Kept Playing the Lottery. Finally, a Big Win

11 poverty-stricken women in Indian state of Kerala win $1.2M prize with ticket they chipped in on

(Newser) - A group of 11 women who build public toilets and collect non-biodegradable waste from homes in Parappanangadi, an Indian town in the state of Kerala, typically bring home the equivalent of $3 a day for their efforts. Now, these sanitation workers can relax a little about their bills after hitting...

Want to Be a Billionaire by Wednesday? Try This

Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is now $1.05B after no one drew all 6 winning numbers on Friday

(Newser) - No ticket claimed all six winning numbers in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing, which means the pot for the next one is especially massive. NPR notes the completed drawing was worth an already impressive $940 million, but since no one took home the big prize, Tuesday's drawing now...

The Odds of This Lottery Outcome Are Just Insane

433 to share jackpot in Philippines after Saturday's unusual draw

(Newser) - Individuals who purchased winning tickets for a $4 million lottery jackpot in the Philippines will have to settle for less than $10,000 each following Saturday's controversial draw. A total of 433 people selected the winning combination in the Grand Lotto lottery, which was highly unusual. The six numbers—...

They Formed a Lottery Club 20 Years Ago, Finally Won
After 20 Years,
Lottery Club Wins
'Life-Changing' Jackpot
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After 20 Years, Lottery Club Wins 'Life-Changing' Jackpot

Michigan co-workers took weeks to realize they had winning ticket

(Newser) - After 20 years of playing together, members of a Michigan lottery club are getting a massive payday—but it took them a while to find out about it. The Lunch Bunch Crew lottery club won the $1.85 million jackpot in the June 18 Lotto 47 draw and opted to...

She Realized She Was a $110K Lottery Winner. Then, 'Panic'

Va.'s Mary Elliott had already thrown her ticket in the trash; luckily, she found it

(Newser) - It's not clear why Mary Elliott threw away a lottery ticket before finding out whether she'd won, but what is clear is that she'll probably never prematurely toss such a ticket again. The woman from Buckingham County, Va., won $110,000 in her state's Cash 5...

Man's Fortune Cookie Pays Off Bigger Than Anticipated

NC's Gabriel Fierro used numbers inside cookie to play Mega Millions, won $4M

(Newser) - Some fortune cookies predict good fortune. Others apparently directly deliver it. That was the case for North Carolina's Gabriel Fierro, who won a $4 million Mega Millions prize after playing the numbers he found inside a fortune cookie, WSLS reports. Per the North Carolina Education Lottery , Fierro—a 60-year-old...

$3M Prize in Spam Folder Turns Out to Be Real
Woman Checks Spam,
Finds a $3M Treat

Woman Checks Spam, Finds a $3M Treat

Michigan's Laura Spears was a big winner in Mega Millions draw; notice went to spam folder

(Newser) - Usually when an email in your spam folder announces you've won millions of dollars, it's a scam. Luckily for Michigan's Laura Spears, she believed the email in her spam folder that appeared to have come from the Michigan Lottery and is now $3 million richer as a...

He Went to Get Chocolate Milk for His Kids, Won Big

Virginia's Dennis Willoughby scoops up $1M lottery jackpot after 7-Eleven run

(Newser) - A Virginia dad who made a chocolate milk run for his kids came home with a lot more than cow juice. According to Virginia Lottery official s, Dennis Willoughby headed over to his local 7-Eleven in Richmond last month to pick up the beverage for his young ones, but while...

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...

Someone Won $731M Here. Now, 'Strange Things' Are Happening

Powerball mystery continues in Lonaconing, Md.

(Newser) - Whoever won this Powerball jackpot "is no fool." That's the assessment of the Washington Post , which covers a group of still-anonymous $731 million lottery winners in Lonaconing, Md., and the "strange things" that have been happening since the win was announced in January. Everyone in the...

He Hit It Big in the Lottery, Then Blew It All. Now, a Tragic End

Body of 69-year-old Leroy Fick found in Michigan's Tittabawassee River

(Newser) - A sad ending out of Michigan to a story that should've had a happier one. reports that a body was found last Saturday floating in the Tittabawassee River, near Northwood University in Midland. Police have now IDed the body as 69-year-old Leroy Fick, an Auburn resident who...

$26M Lotto Ticket May Have Been Destroyed in Wash
$26M Lotto Ticket's Likely Fate
Is the Stuff of Nightmares
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$26M Lotto Ticket's Likely Fate Is the Stuff of Nightmares

Calif. convenience store worker says the winner threw her ticket in wash by mistake

(Newser) - The next time you kick yourself for leaving a pen or stick of gum in your pants pocket before throwing the laundry in the wash, take comfort that you're not this woman, a regular at a California convenience store who apparently now has the dubious distinction of being the...

Guy Finds Lost $1M Lottery Ticket in Parking Lot

Close call for an almost unlucky Tennessee man

(Newser) - No one was more excited than Nick Slatten when he discovered he'd hit it big last week in the Tennessee lottery—and no one was more frantic than Nick Slatten when he subsequently lost the winning ticket. Slatten, who lives in Sparta, had picked up a Tennessee Cash ticket...

She Hit It Big in the Lottery, Then Again the Next Day
Odds of Her
Lottery Feat:
1 in 282M

Odds of Her Lottery Feat: 1 in 282M

Idaho's Orlene Peterson hit it big on 2 consecutive days for a total of $500K

(Newser) - Was Orlene Peterson carrying around a rabbit's foot or four-leaf clover in her pocket late last month? Per a CNN report on the Idaho woman's two big lottery wins—$200,000 first, then $300,000 the very next day—it sure seems that way. A release from the...

Day Started So Badly He Went Back to Bed—Then Won $2M

First a crash in his new car, then a lottery win for Anthony Dowe

(Newser) - An unlucky start to a North Carolina man's day turned upside down when he discovered he won a $2 million lottery prize hours after hitting two deer with his new car. Anthony Dowe, of Leland, had an accident on his way to work, the North Carolina Education Lottery said...

'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...

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...

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