$270 million Mega Millions jackpot won in Illinois
By Todd Northrop
An Illinois lottery player won the first jackpot of 2015, worth an estimated $270 million in a Mega Millions drawing Friday.
The ticket, a quick pick meaning the numbers were selected randomly by the lottery terminal, was sold at Bucky's Express, 1202 Bloomingdale Road in west suburban Glendale Heights, said Illinois Lottery spokesman Mike Lang.
The store will receive a $500,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
It is the largest prize in Illinois Lottery history ...
Jan 18, 2015, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Retired NY principal claims $326M lottery jackpot
A retired Sullivan County, New York, school principal drew the sole winning ticket from a $326 million Mega Millions game two months ago, making him the biggest winner in state lottery history, officials said Monday.
Harold Diamond, 80, purchased the winning multi-state ticket at a Valero gas station in Middletown on Nov. 4.
Diamond had 60 days to contact lottery officials, and the Wurtsboro resident finally did so just before Christmas.
Diamond was identified during an event at that Va ...
Jan 12, 2015, 11:37 am - Lottery News forum
$14.5M Texas Lotto jackpot claimed
Winner requested minimal publicity
The winning ticket for the $14.5 million New Year's Eve Lotto Texas drawing was claimed today at the Texas Lottery's headquarters in Austin.
Brandi Jackson of Cypress, Texas, selected the cash value option and will receive the prize in one lump sum payment of $10,392,246.79.
On behalf of the Texas Lottery, I want to congratulate Brandi on this exciting win and start of the new year, said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission. ...
Jan 5, 2015, 4:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Baltimore truck driver wins lottery second time
This guy should just quit his job and move to Vegas.
An unidentified 39-year-old truck driver won a large Maryland Lottery jackpot last week for the second time.
The lucky Parkville, Maryland, resident came to Lottery headquarters Saturday to claim his $2.85 million Multi-Match prize and took the cash option, which totaled more than $2.2 million, the Lottery said in a release.
I was here in 2005 when I won a $250,000 second-tier Mega Millions prize, he told Lottery officials. It's grea ...
Dec 30, 2014, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
First winner of big Illinois Lotto jackpot didn't let riches change him
Mike Wittkowski is no longer famous, and he's just fine with that.
In 1984, he was a 28-year-old North Side bachelor dreaming of hitting it big just like everybody else in a relatively new Illinois Lotto game that was building to a $40 million jackpot.
Unlike everybody else Sept. 1, he did win, picking the numbers 2-3-10-26-30-43 and pocketing what was at the time the single-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
Flashback reader Bob Angone, of the South Loop, said he was at a wedding t ...
Dec 27, 2014, 12:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Washington woman wins $90 million Powerball jackpot on first try
A Washington state woman on Thursday claimed a $90 million Powerball lottery jackpot after buying a ticket for the first time, and said she would quit her job at plane maker Boeing Co and buy a new Subaru.
Lisa Quam, who bought her ticket at a grocery story in Auburn, south of Seattle, had the six correct numbers in Saturday's multi-state drawing, the lottery said in a statement.
Sent out an email to my co-workers and friends at work this morning and told them what a pleasure it was to wo ...
Dec 5, 2014, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Man to donate $14 million casino jackpot to church
By Todd Northrop
A Las Vegas man who put $20 into a slot machine hit a jackpot Sunday afternoon worth $14 million, and he's donating it all to his church.
The man, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said he's not a regular gambler and he was just playing the slot machines at Rampart Casino with a friend when he won the massive prize.
Although the winner did not publicly disclose his name, he did pose for a photo holding a giant check. The check for $14,282,544.21 was made out to Rampar ...
Dec 2, 2014, 5:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Washington player wins $90 million Powerball jackpot
By Todd Northrop
One lottery ticket holder matched the winning Powerball numbers on Nov. 29, 2014, winning the $90 million multi-state jackpot.
The winning ticket was purchased in Washington state, according to Lottery officials.
The Powerball winning numbers drawn for Saturday, Nov. 29 were 13, 24, 30, 42, and 48, with Powerball number 27. The Power Play number was 2.
In addition to the jackpot winner, two ticket holders in the multi-state lottery game matched 5 numbers, which paid ...
Dec 1, 2014, 5:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Unclaimed $12 million Florida Lottery ticket to expire Dec. 25
You might want to check your junk drawer and anywhere else you might put a lottery ticket: a $12 million Florida Lottery ticket remains unclaimed.
The Florida Lottery say the winning Quick Pick ticket is set to expire at midnight on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014.
The winning numbers are 12, 16, 23, 33, 46, and 50.
The ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven store at 4741 Northwest 79th Ave. in Miami and was for the June 28 drawing.
If you have the winning ticket, the jackpot must be claimed at ...
Dec 1, 2014, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama woman claims biggest Florida Lotto jackpot of the year
By Todd Northrop
A woman from Alabama was the holder of a winning lottery ticket from last week's $48 million jackpot drawing of the Florida Lotto game.
Carolyn Bell, 64, of Montgomery, Alabama, claimed what turned out to be the largest Florida Lotto jackpot of 2014, opting to receive her winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $32,609,501.60.
The numbers drawn for the November 19, 2014, Lotto drawing were 13, 16, 17, 26, 39, and 41, with Xtra number 3.
Bell is a loyal Florida Lo ...
Nov 25, 2014, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum