Stores with past Powerball winners lure crowds
Ticketholders aren't the only ones who benefit from a win like the one expected in Wednesday's Powerball drawing, estimated at $425 million so far. Stores known for selling winning tickets also see their business pick up as superstitious dreamers pour in, hoping luck will strike again.
The jackpot for Wednesday's drawing would fetch a single winner a lump-sum payment after taxes of about $244.7 million. While not close to the record $590.5 million Powerball jackpot won by a Florida woman in M ...
Aug 7, 2013, 8:59 am - Lottery News forum
Three times lucky for lottery-winning family
A family in Norway has hit the lottery jackpot for the third time in six years and the wins have so far all coincided with the birth of a new baby.
The latest lucky winner is 19-year-old Tord Oksnes who won 12.2m Norwegian krone (US$2.1 million) last week on the country's national lottery.
Before him, his 26-year-old sister Hege Jeanette had pocketed 882,000 (US$1.4 million) in 2010, only four years after their 58-year-old father Leif won 441,000 (US$712,000) on the same lottery.
The lu ...
Sep 26, 2012, 2:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Maryland lottery player gets lucky 4 times this summer for $101K
Donald Donnie Cole III thought he was lucky when he survived a brain aneurysm in 1999. But little did he know that his good fortune would continue.
Cole, 52, of Brookeville, Maryland, is convinced he is the luckiest man alive, after recently winning $101,000 playing the Maryland State Lottery.
Cole, who said he buys lottery tickets almost every day from the Shell gas station in Olney, won $50,000 on a $20 Big Money Mega Play scratch-off ticket on June 26.
It was a stunning feeling, he ...
Aug 23, 2012, 9:09 pm - Lottery News forum
San Diego ranked luckiest town in U.S.
San Diego, which has been touted as having one of the best climates in the United States, is also the luckiest, according to a new ranking.
The sunny southern California city won the top spot in the Men's Health magazine list of America's 100 luckiest towns, with Baltimore, Phoenix, Wilmington in Delaware and Richmond, Virginia not far behind.
Luck is basically our modern world's magic, said David Zinczenko, editor in chief of the magazine. People need to believe in luck because it allows ...
Oct 14, 2011, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Lucky lottery lady outed as Stanford University statistics PhD
She was called the luckiest woman in the world.
But now that luck is being called into question by some who think that winning the lottery four times is more than just a coincidental spell of good fortune.
Joan R. Ginther, 63, from Texas, won multiple million dollar payouts each time.
First, she won $5.4 million, then a decade later, she won $2 million, then two years later $3 million and finally, in the spring of 2008, she hit a $10 million jackpot.
The odds of this has been calcula ...
Aug 8, 2011, 2:43 pm - Lottery News forum
4-time Texas lotto winner rich with money, mystery
The odds that Joan Ginther would hit four Texas Lottery jackpots for a combined nearly $21 million are astronomical. Mathematicians say the chances are as slim as 1 in 18 septillion that's 18 followed by 24 zeros.
Just as unlikely? Getting to know one of the luckiest women in the world.
She wants her privacy, friend Cris Carmona said.
On a $50 scratch-off ticket bought in this rural farming community, Ginther won $10 million last month in her biggest windfall yet. But it was the fourth ...
Jul 14, 2010, 11:01 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma ranks near top for lottery winners
Top 5 for Hot Lotto, Powerball winners
Are Oklahomans luckier than residents of other states? According to the statistics, they seem to be.
In Hot Lotto, the Oklahoma Lottery is No. 1 in the nation with an overall frequency of 1.6 jackpot winners per year in the nearly two years the state has ofered the game.
In Powerball, the Lottery ranks fifth of 33 lotteries with an overall frequency of one jackpot winner per year in the nearly four years since the game started in Oklahoma.
As a ...
Dec 11, 2009, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland Mega Millions lottery winner claims prize anonymously
A 49-year-old woman and her daughter came to Maryland Lottery headquarters Monday carrying a locked safe. Inside was the $24 million Mega Millions winning ticket from last Tuesday's drawing.
As she sat hugging her oversized check, the winner told Lottery officials her story.
The winner almost didn't purchase the ticket that ultimately made her a multi-millionaire.
I went to the store to play a $5 Quick Pick ticket, she told Lottery officials. After running the $5 playslip through the t ...
Sep 15, 2008, 6:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Girl struck by lightning, wins lottery
Ever wonder what the odds are of getting struck by lightning and winning the lottery?
No one quite understands the term striking it lucky better than 16-year-old BreAnna Helsel.
The Michigan teen survived being struck by lightning and went on to win $20 in the lottery the next day.
Helsel was at her home in Blanchard, about 50 miles northeast of Grand Rapids, watching thunderstorms roll by on June 6 when she noticed rain entering an open kitchen window.
She went to close the windo ...
Jun 14, 2008, 2:45 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. man wins $200,000 on his first-ever lottery ticket
Talk about luck.
Herbert Marsh of High Point, North Carolina, won $200,000 the first time he played the lottery.
Going on a feeling something good would happen, Marsh bought a Powerball ticket for the Wednesday drawing that matched all five numbers.
Marsh told the North Carolina Education Lottery he plans to buy a new car with some of the money and put the rest in savings.
He purchased his ticket at the Kangaroo Express on National Highway in Thomasville.
Another Triad resident a ...
Apr 8, 2008, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum