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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 »

For the First Time, This State Sells Lottery Tickets

With Mississippi going into the lottery business, now only five states don't play

(Newser) - Mississippi residents had their first chance Monday to turn $5 into $100,000 legally. Convenience stores in the state began selling lottery tickets, ABC reports, under a law passed last year. Business was booming. A gas station manager said employees came in about 4am to prepare and sold the first... 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 »

Study Flips a Theory on Lottery Winners on Its Head

Researchers say the money does make people happier

(Newser) - Regardless of life adjustments and pushy relatives demanding cash, winning the lottery really does make a person more satisfied. That's according to University of Warwick economists, who gained access "to more winners with economically substantial winning amounts than almost any other study before us." Andrew J. Oswald... More »

Canadian Lottery Winner Dies Mysteriously in Ethiopia

He returned to homeland after winning US $8M

(Newser) - In 2017, soon after he was laid off from his job at a manufacturing plant in Toronto, Michael Gebru won a Canadian $10 million lottery jackpot—around $8 million US—after initially thinking he had won just $14. He was dead less than two years later. Relatives tell the CBC... More »

Man Who Survived Cancer Twice Wins Lottery Jackpot

'I am a very lucky guy,' Oregon man says

(Newser) - An Oregon man who beat cancer twice beat the odds and won a $4.6 million lottery jackpot, officials say. Stu MacDonald's wife usually tells him to "get the winning ticket" before he buys his weekly Megabucks ticket—but she forgot on Sept. 7, and he ended up... More »

Couple Arrested for Burglary 3 Years After Lottery Win

Michigan pair won $500K in 2016

(Newser) - A Michigan couple who won $500,000 on a state lottery scratch-off ticket in 2016 has been charged in a string of burglaries. MLive.com reports that 29-year-old Mitchell Arnswald and 28-year-old Stephanie Harvell were arraigned Friday on home invasion and possession of burglary tools charges. They are each being... More »

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 »

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