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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...

Man Buys Identical Lottery Tickets and Wins Twice

2 tickets, 2 jackpots

(Newser) - A North Carolina man is feeling very lucky...for being so forgetful. Per CNN , 49-year-old Scotty Thomas bought one of the state's Lucky for Life tickets online for $2 but later couldn't recall whether he'd done so or not. “I was just laying in bed watching...

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...

Giving In to Wife’s Demands Turns Out Well for Him

She wanted to buy a lottery ticket and he wanted to rush home and watch football

(Newser) - A man in Missouri got what could be the ultimate lesson in marriage: Sometimes, saying “yes, dear” can pay off. In his case, it really, really paid off. The Jackson County man, not identified by Missouri Lottery officials, just wanted to drive home and watch the football game on...

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...

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...

Feds Indict Family That Cashed 13K Lottery Tickets in 8 Years
Prosecutors: Family's
Lottery Luck Was Too Fishy
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Prosecutors: Family's Lottery Luck Was Too Fishy

Massachusetts' Ali Jaafar, 2 sons accused of $21M fraud

(Newser) - Ali Jaafar, 63, was the top individual lottery ticket casher in Massachusetts in 2019. His sons Mohamed, 31, and Yousef, 28, were third and fourth respectively, per Complex . According to prosecutors, family luck had nothing to do with it. In reality, the three men who cashed in more than 13,...

Woman, Daughter Killed 9 Months After Lottery Win

Tiffani Hill died in Oklahoma murder-suicide

(Newser) - Tiffani Hill became a wealthy woman with a $2 million scratch-off lottery win in California last year, but family members say she was still unable to escape domestic violence. Police say Hill, 32, and her 23-month-old daughter Leanne were shot to death last week by 42-year-old John Donato, who then...

Cleaning Out a Drawer Earns Man $1M
Cleaning Out a Drawer
Earns Man $1M

Cleaning Out a Drawer Earns Man $1M

Finding a months-old winning lottery ticket is a nice reward for doing chores

(Newser) - Cleaning out the junk drawer, like virtue, is supposed to be its own reward. But a million bucks would be nice, too. Kenneth Morgan of Jacksonville, Florida, was tidying up over the Fourth of July weekend when he found an old lottery ticket, UPI reports. He’d bought the winner...

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...

Man Flabbergasted He Won $1M Forgets About Gas Pump

The Michigan man exited the Fenton gas station with the pump still attached to his car

(Newser) - It's not unreasonable to think you might have a crazy reaction to learning you just won $1 million. That appears to be the case in Fenton, Michigan, where a 59-year-old man stopped at a Speedway for gas and bought a Winning Millions ticket while at the station. He says...

Woman Throws Away $1M Lottery Ticket, Gets It Back

Store's owners reunited Massachusetts woman with discarded winning ticket

(Newser) - A Massachusetts woman who accidentally tossed out a $1 million lottery ticket eventually collected her winnings thanks to the kindness and honesty of the owners of the store where she bought it. Lea Rose Fiega bought the $30 Diamond Millions scratch-off ticket in March at the Lucky Stop convenience store...

$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...

4 Lottery Winners Splitting $557M Plan to Pay It Forward

Club took the $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot

(Newser) - A four-member suburban Detroit lottery club won a $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot and will receive $557 million after taxes, officials said Friday. The winners claimed their prize weeks after the Jan. 22 drawing and chose the immediate lump sum option. After taxes, the $776 million prize was reduced...

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...

Man Wins Idaho Lottery for 6th Time

Business owner scores $250K jackpot

(Newser) - Idaho's Bryan Moss says he plays the state lottery to support public schools—but the fact that he keeps winning is probably also an incentive. The lottery says the Meridian resident won $250,000 in a Crossword scratch game last week, his sixth "large win" but his first...

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...

20 Years After Dream, Numbers Lead to $47M Jackpot

Canadian winner was laid off due to pandemic

(Newser) - After a set of numbers came to her husband in a dream, Deng Pravatoudom played them faithfully in the lottery for 20 years, and last month, she finally won ... another lottery ticket. The numbers on that "Free Play" ticket in Ontario's Lotto Max won a jackpot of $60...

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