$20M Mega Millions winner didn't believe lottery scanner
A lottery player scanned his tickets at a Shirley, New York, convenience store called JackSpot! and when the screen flashed BIG WINNER, he told the cashier, The machine is broken.
But it wasn't he was holding the $20-million Mega Millions ticket, the mystery jackpot winner sought by the New York State Lottery since the March 25 drawing, said convenience store co-owner Howie Frank and cashier Laura Marckesano.
He's not catching what I'm saying, said Marckesano, who scanned the ticket twic ...
Apr 4, 2014, 4:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Couple collect lottery winnings after misplacing ticket
A Downers Grove, Illinois, couple claimed a $1 million lottery prize Thursday after a brief but frantic search for their winning ticket.
Cathy and Dave Seiden won the prize after matching five numbers on their Mega Millions ticket for the March 18 drawing.
Cathy Seiden bought the ticket at her regular Jewel-Osco in nearby Woodridge, something she said she does every couple of weeks.
She gave the ticket to her husband, and they forgot about it until one of Cathy's co-workers told her tha ...
Mar 28, 2014, 8:31 am - Lottery News forum
Va. store owner sells $3 million lottery ticket to herself
When Glinda Salgado heard that the winner of a $1 million Mega Millions lottery ticket purchased it at her family store in Herndon, she was excited.
She never imagined it was her own ticket.
The drawing, held on March 14, revealed that a winning ticket was sold at her store, Elden Market Deli but nearly two weeks went by with no winner coming forward.
Then, Salgado realized she hadn't checked her own ticket and discovered the winner was actually herself.
I didn't think it was me, so ...
Mar 25, 2014, 7:00 am - Lottery News forum
San Francisco cab driver claims $1.9M Mega Millions lottery prize
A San Francisco, California, taxi driver won $1.9 million in the multi-state Mega Millions game Tuesday.
Mahendra KC, a 50-year-old immigrant from Nepal, bought the Mega Million Quick Pick ticket from Huntington Liquor in San Bruno for a dollar, lottery officials said Thursday.
The ticket matched five of the six numbers 11, 19, 24, 33, and 51 in Tuesday night's draw for a $414 million jackpot.
One additional number would have allow KC to split the full jackpot with two other winners in ...
Mar 22, 2014, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
2 winning Mega Millions tickets sold in Florida, Maryland to split $414M jackpot
Update 1: Winning ticket locations and other details
Update 2: Final jackpot numbers released, story updated
Winning tickets in Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing with a jackpot of $414 million, the third largest in its history, were sold in Florida and Maryland, state lottery officials said.
The final lump-sum cash value of the jackpot is $230.9 million.
After the final jackpot totals were counted, the annuity jackpot of $414 million remained the 7th-largest United States jackpot ...
Mar 19, 2014, 3:47 am - Lottery News forum
$400 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot soars
Massive jackpot is 7th-largest of all time
By Todd Northrop
For only the 7th time in the history of United States lotteries, a lottery jackpot has grown to $400 million or more.
After 20 drawings without a jackpot winner, the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game now boasts a swelling jackpot that is nearing a half-billion dollars and could instantly put someone among the wealthiest people on the planet.
After nobody won Friday night's grand prize, the Mega Millions jackpot grew to ...
Mar 15, 2014, 11:57 am - Lottery News forum
$353 MILLION: Red hot Mega Millions jackpot set for Friday
5th-largest Mega Millions jackpot of all time
By Todd Northrop
Less than 3 months after the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game featured a near-record $648 million jackpot, it is two draws away from doing it again.
Unless some lucky player happens to match all five numbers plus the Mega Ball before then.
In the Tuesday night Mega Millions drawing no player won the top prize, increasing the jackpot estimate for Friday night's Mega Millions drawing to $353 million, with a lump-sum c ...
Mar 12, 2014, 10:31 am - Lottery News forum
$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 ...
Mar 8, 2014, 8:04 am - 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
How lottery tickets are helping states' budgets
The scores of losing players in this week's $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich. Their ticket purchases also helped fund a small but increasingly important part of their states' budgets.
Changes in the nationwide Powerball and Mega Millions games have led to some of the world's largest jackpots in the last two years, boosting player interest and sales. Fueled by the growth of those games and the steady expansion of other offerings, many sta ...
Feb 24, 2014, 7:08 am - Lottery News forum