$321 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot is red hot
20th-largest U.S. jackpot of all time
By Todd Northrop
The multi-state Mega Millions lottery game continued its months-long climb Friday night, and is now at the point where jackpot rolls are sharply increased.
After nobody won Friday night's grand prize, the Mega Millions jackpot grew to an estimated $321 million the largest since a $414 million Mega Millions jackpot was split between two tickets from Florida and Maryland on March 18, 2014. (See Florida couple, nearly penniless, claim ...
Nov 1, 2014, 1:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia man wins $1M on forgotten lottery ticket
A Savannah, Georgia, resident realized this week that it was no trick when he found a forgotten lottery ticket that led to a major treat: a $1 million prize.
David Bramble, 42, matched the first five numbers from the July 9 Powerball drawing, winning a $1 million prize.
Georgia Lottery representatives presented Bramble with an oversized check Wednesday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Savannah.
His lucky lottery ticket went unnoticed for three months.
I had these tickets th ...
Oct 30, 2014, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
10 Pennsylvania co-workers share $2 million Powerball prize
Maybe there was a glare on the machine, and maybe Stacia Thomas just didn't think it possible.
The Red Lion woman scanned her ticket and stared at the prize line on the Pennsylvania Lottery machine. She thought it listed $2,000, so she asked a clerk at the Sunoco A-Plus Market to read the amount for her.
$2 million. Yes, that really happens.
'Oh, my God, I gotta go tell the girls!' Thomas recalled yelling before rushing back across the street to the office at Industrial Distribution Gr ...
Oct 29, 2014, 12:36 pm - Lottery News forum
New multi-state lottery game launches Sunday
Includes video report
Bold new game concept has been years in the making
Updated with 'How to Play' video
By Todd Northrop
A new mutli-state lottery game featuring more but smaller jackpots will debut this weekend in some U.S. states.
The Monopoly Millionaires' Club game has $5 tickets that will be sold starting Sunday in 23 states. The game will have a niche audience that won't compete with Powerball and Mega Millions, the two other national games, according to Rebecca Hargrove, ...
Oct 17, 2014, 11:12 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon man keeps childhood promise, splits $1M Powerball with brother
Best Brother Ever?
A Bend, Oregon, man who won $1 million with a Powerball ticket last month decided to share the wealth in a gesture of brotherly love.
Eric Hale, 45, split the spoils 50-50 with his younger brother, Quinn Hale, of Yakima, Washington, on Thursday in Salem.
Eric and Quinn each took home about $335,000 after taxes, according to the Oregon Lottery. Eric had picked the five numbers 7, 14, 21, 24 and 41 correctly but missed the Powerball itself, according to the Oregon Lotte ...
Oct 15, 2014, 2:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery still hunting mystery Hot Lotto winner [video]
Includes video report
Iowa investigators are asking the public for help in identifying the person who bought a lottery ticket worth $14.3 million that spawned a bizarre, two-year fraud investigation.
Investigators want to learn the identity of a white man wearing a hooded sweatshirt who purchased the lottery ticket at a QuikTrip near Interstate Highway 80 on Dec. 23, 2010, said Dave Jobes, an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation assistant director, during a news conference Thursday. The ...
Oct 10, 2014, 8:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Puerto Rico joins Powerball today
By Todd Northrop
Tonight's Powerball drawing is the first in which residents of Puerto Rico can participate and win in one of the world's most popular lottery games.
The Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Lotteries Puerto Rico, Antonio P rez L pez, reported that ticket sales for Powerball started on the island as of 11:00 am Sunday. All retailers that sell lottery tickets are eligible to sell Powerball plays, with the first participating drawing on Wednesday, October 1.
Tonight's Powe ...
Oct 1, 2014, 11:02 am - Lottery News forum
California nail technician wins $228M Powerball jackpot
Wants to remain normal man
A nail technician who has played the lottery over the years by scraping together nickels and dimes from tips at the salon is now a multi-millionaire several times over.
Vinh Nguyen claimed his $228.4 million jackpot late Thursday afternoon, after buying the winning Powerball ticket at a family-run chain, Key Market on Sourth Norfolk Street in San Mateo, according an announcement on Friday by the California Lottery.
Nguyen was the the sole winner in Wednesday ...
Sep 26, 2014, 11:17 pm - Lottery News forum
$228.5M Powerball lottery ticket sold in California
Someone in the Bay Area could be $228.5 million richer after lottery officials announced Wednesday that the sole winning Powerball ticket was sold in San Mateo, California.
The winning ticket was sold at Key Markets, located at 500 S. Norfolk St., a spokesman for the agency said.
Lottery officials said it was the sole winning ticket sold in the 44 states that carry Powerball.
The winning numbers were 7, 14, 21, 24, and 41, with Powerball number 26. The lump-sum jackpot would be about $1 ...
Sep 25, 2014, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota couple claim $11.7M Hot Lotto jackpot
Generous couple gives store clerk college money
Rhonda Meath waits tables for a living. Her husband, Joe, is a retired turbine operator who still does some snowplowing at a nearby gas station. They live on a quiet 10 acres in northern Anoka County.
None of that is likely to change, the Bethel couple say, now that they're $11.71 million richer, thanks to a winning lottery ticket Joe bought at that gas station.
As the Meaths drove to Minnesota Lottery headquarters in Rosevilleon Monday mo ...
Sep 9, 2014, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum