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After Divorce, Guy Gets Bad News About $80M Jackpot

Writing her that $15M check won't be easy

(Newser) - Is Richard Zelasko lucky or unlucky? In 2013, the Michigan man won a stunning $80 million Mega Millions jackpot—nearly $39 million, after fees and taxes—but is now being forced to share it with his ex-wife, CNN reports. The timing is key, because Zelasko filed for divorce from Mary... More »

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 »

Huge Mega Millions Winner Decides to Share

An unidentified South Carolina woman is giving some to Greenville

(Newser) - An incredibly lucky South Carolina woman is sharing her jackpot with city, state, and charity. The winner of an $878 million Mega Millions payout has already given some of her winnings to charities including the Ronald McDonald House in Columbia and the Red Cross relief fund for recent Alabama tornado... More »

'Simple Act of Kindness' Led to Biggest US Lottery Payout

Anonymous winner claims $1.5B jackpot

(Newser) - The winner of the single biggest lottery jackpot payout in US history has come forward, weeks ahead of the deadline—but we may never know their name. Officials in South Carolina, one of eight states that allows lottery winners to remain anonymous, say the winner of October's $1.5... 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 »

Weeks Later, Man Strikes It Rich With Lottery Ticket

Britain's Andrew Clark wins $86M after his niece and partner convince him to check, finally

(Newser) - Britain's Andrew Clark likes buying lottery tickets but not, apparently, actually checking to see whether he's won. Now, however, the 51-year-old is $86 million richer because he finally listened to his partner and niece about checking the stack of old tickets in his van, reports Sky News . "... 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 »

Red Sox Jersey Numbers Prove Lucky for Lotto Winner

The 84-year-old won $100,000 in Massachusetts

(Newser) - A Massachusetts great-grandfather has won a $100,000 lottery prize by picking the jersey numbers of five members of the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox, the AP reports. The lottery said in a statement that 84-year-old Jim Aylward Jr., of Templeton, won the prize in Monday's Mass Cash drawing... 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 »

Guy Cleans Out His Wardrobe, Finds He's $1.32M Richer

Gregorio De Santis says his heart nearly stopped when he realized its value

(Newser) - A Montreal man has his sister to thank for his sudden windfall—the equivalent of $1.32 million, the CBC reports. Urged by his sister to finally clean out his wardrobe, Gregorio De Santis found a Lotto 6/49 ticket dated Dec. 6, 2017 in an old jacket and took it... More »

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