$309 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot rolls into top 25
By Todd Northrop
The multi-state Mega Millions lottery game continued growing its jackpot toward frenzy levels last night.
After nobody won Friday night's grand prize, the Mega Millions jackpot grew to an estimated $309 million the largest since the near-record-setting $648 million jackpot on Dec. 17, 2013, and the 23rd-largest United States lottery jackpot of all time (see full list below).
The lump-sum cash value rose to a massive $169.5 million the 20th-largest U.S. lottery cash valu ...
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Former live-in girlfriend of NJ $338M Powerball winner to receive nothing
A Passaic bodega owner who won a $338 million Powerball jackpot last spring and his former live-in girlfriend settled a lawsuit in state court Friday in which the woman was seeking a share of the fortune.
(See NJ $338 million Powerball winner and ex-girlfriend in court over money, Lottery Post, Nov. 10, 2013.)
Under the terms of the settlement, plaintiff Inez Sanchez agreed to drop her lawsuit and relinquish all rights to pursue it further. In exchange, jackpot winner Pedro Quezada agreed ...
Mar 7, 2014, 1:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Couple wins $3M jackpot 27 years after wife's numbers last came up
He's finally forgiven, because last time he forgot to buy tickets
In February 1986, Robert and Jeanne Gagnon had the winning Megabucks lottery numbers for the weekly drawing.
Not that it mattered.
I had all the numbers, Jeanne Gagnon said Wednesday. But my husband forgot to pick up a ticket that day.
And I've been hearing about it ever since, her husband, Robert Gagnon, said, shaking his head.
Now it appears all is forgiven. Two weeks ago, the retired couple learned they held t ...
Mar 7, 2014, 8:56 am - Lottery News forum
Bronx woman hits $2M Powerball prize with fortune cookie numbers
So you thought the lucky numbers inside those Chinese fortune cookies were a joke?
Don't tell that to Emma Duvoll, 75, of the Bronx, New York.
Duvoll played the lucky numbers from inside a fortune cookie on a Powerball ticket for the Feb. 1 drawing with a $193 million jackpot.
When she matched five numbers, Duvoll won $2 million, the New York Lottery said Thursday.
I was surprised, but pleased, Duvoll told lottery officials.
She purchased the winning ticket at the Hannaford marke ...
Mar 6, 2014, 4:43 pm - Lottery News forum
$270 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot keeps growing
By Todd Northrop
Lottery players across the United States will be lining up at lottery retailers for their chance to win Friday's massive $270 million Mega Millions jackpot, after nobody won Tuesday's $240 million grand prize.
The cash value stands at a staggering $151 million.
Friday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 17 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The current jackpot run-up started on January 7 as a $15 million grand prize.
Players should note that ...
Mar 6, 2014, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
Thieves stole California Lottery vending machine
Investigators from the California Lottery are asking for the public's help in locating suspects who broke into a Lucky grocery store in Fremont over the weekend and made off with a Scratchers vending machine.
The thieves broke into the store, which is located on the 40000 block of Mission Boulevard, about 3 a.m. on Saturday.
Police located the vending machine a few hours later just a couple blocks from the store location. Most of the cash had already been removed from the machine before th ...
Mar 5, 2014, 7:46 am - Lottery News forum
Postal agents intercept, destroy fake lottery checks
Includes video report
Instead of sending foreign lottery letters and checks directly to you from Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica or Mexico, more and more, scammers are sending big batches of letters in a box, to middlemen in the United States.
Each letter is stuffed in a pre-addressed envelope and many envelopes are stamped with American postage. The return addresses are typically just a private mailing center in an American city. The person who picks up the box may hand it off to yet another ...
Mar 4, 2014, 1:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia man finds $1M lottery ticket while cleaning his room
By Todd Northrop
A Georgia man was tidying his room and came across a month-old lottery ticket that was gathering dust and turned out to be worth $1 million.
Gregory Jarrett, 26, of the Atlanta suburb of Decatur, had matched five numbers in the Powerball drawing of Jan. 15, but had apparently forgotten about it.
After he checked the numbers, I called for my mom, and I walked toward her, shaking, he said in a statement released by the Georgia Lottery. She verified it, and at that point w ...
Mar 2, 2014, 2:37 pm - Lottery News forum
New Georgia Lottery game starts Sunday
'All or Nothing' to be drawn four times daily
By Todd Northrop
A popular new lottery game format is now finding its way to Georgia.
Starting Sunday, Georgia lottery players will be able to buy tickets for the latest Georgia Lottery game called All or Nothing.
In the new game, players choose 12 numbers from a total pool of 24 numbers, and they can win the top prize by matching either all or none of the 12 numbers drawn to the numbers on their game ticket.
The top prize is $250,000. ...
Feb 28, 2014, 4:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Winning lottery ticket gets Mass. man off the hook for speeding
A Rockland, Massachusetts, man not only won the lottery Thursday morning, but also used the winning ticket to help him avoid a speeding ticket in Hingham.
According to Hingham police Sergeant Steven Dearth, a man was driving on Sharp Street around 11 a.m. when he was pulled over for going 49 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone.
[The officer] stopped the car, and when he walked up to the car he could see the driver was shaking ... at first he didn't know what was the issue, Dearth sa ...
Feb 28, 2014, 2:17 pm - Lottery News forum