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$731M Powerball Winner Was Sold in Hard-Up Town

'We’re really happy for somebody' in Lonaconing, Maryland

(Newser) - The latest jackpot-winning Powerball ticket, worth $731.1 million , was sold in a struggling coal mining town whose biggest previous claim to fame was being the hometown of baseball Hall of Famer Lefty Grove. Someone bought it at Coney Market, a convenience store in the Allegany County town of Lonaconing,...

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 Jackpot Just Got Even Bigger

Mega Millions, Powerball haven't had a jackpot winner in months

(Newser) - After months without a jackpot winner , the prizes in America's two major national lotteries have swollen to enormous sizes, though the odds of winning remain unchanged at around 300 million to one. USA Today reports that in Wednesday night's Powerball draw, nobody matched all six numbers—4-19-23-25-49 and...

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...

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...

They Shook On It in 1992, and the Lottery Just Came In

Wisconsin man will split $22M jackpot with his buddy because of their old pledge

(Newser) - A western Wisconsin man will share his millions in lottery winnings with a longtime friend because of a promise they made to each other nearly three decades ago, per the AP . Friends Tom Cook and Joseph Feeney shook hands in 1992 and promised that if either one of them ever...

Famed Powerball Winner Who Lost So Much Dead at 72

Jack Whittaker's wife left him, his granddaughter died after record win

(Newser) - Andrew "Jack" Whittaker Jr., whose life became rife with setbacks and tragedy after winning a record $315 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas night in 2002, has died. He was 72. An official with the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor in Hinton, West Virginia, said Tuesday that Whittaker died of natural...

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...

Coronavirus Hits the Lottery

Stay-at-home orders cut into lottery ticket sales

(Newser) - With fewer people out and about during the pandemic, lottery ticket sales are decreasing. It only follows that jackpots would be next. Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots now will be based on ticket sales and interest rates, Quartz reports, with previously guaranteed minimum jackpots on their way out. Until now,...

Iowa Lottery Is Good to Former Iowa Governor

Tom Vilsack won $150K playing Powerball

(Newser) - You can't win if you don't play, and it turns out one of Iowa's former governors does play on occasion. Tom Vilsack, who held that office from 1999 to 2007 and then took on the role of US Secretary of Agriculture for the next 8 years, is...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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