Powerball, Mega Millions lotteries both have big winners
By Todd Northrop
The USA's two biggest multi-state lottery games produced jackpot winners this weekend.
Mega Millions was the first to turn out a grand prize winner. Friday night, one lucky player from New York matched the first five numbers plus the Mega Ball number to win it all.
The jackpot was worth $54 million, or $36.7 Million if awarded as one lump-sum cash payment. Both amounts are before taxes are withheld.
The winning numbers for the Sept. 17 Mega Millions drawing were 3, 4 ...
Sep 20, 2010, 4:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Powerball lottery ticket worth $1M expired
Idaho Lottery officials say time has run out for someone holding a Powerball ticket worth $1 million.
The winning ticket was sold for the March 6, 2010 Powerball draw. The ticket was purchased at Huskey's in Irwin, Idaho near the Idaho-Wyoming border. The ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball.
Winners have 180 days to collect their prizes, and Thursday at 6 p.m. was deadline for the ticket holder to claim the $1 million.
Too many times we've seen players think th ...
Sep 6, 2010, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $133M sold in Calif.
Morro Bay liquor store to get $665,000 commission
A $133 million lottery jackpot is more than the stuff of daydreams for one customer of a Morro Bay, California, liquor store.
Bottle Liquor and Deli at 999 Main St. in Morro Bay sold the winning Mega Millions lottery ticket, the only jackpot winner in Friday's 41-state drawing, according to the California Lottery.
The winning numbers: 4-10-26-32-41 and Mega 31.
The odds of winning a Mega Millions jackpot, according to the lottery: 1 i ...
Aug 30, 2010, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
$18.5M lottery winner 'scraping by'
'I wish I'd won a billion dollars' not just $18.5M
Ten years after he and his wife won $64 million in the Big Game lottery, Alex Snelius wishes he'd won more money.
The 73-year-old Palos Heights man doesn't want to replace his 2001 Lincoln Town Car. Nor does he want a bigger home (he'd actually prefer something much smaller).
I wish I'd won a billion dollars so I could keep everyone happy, said Snelius, a retired truck mechanic originally from Lithuania. Snelius opted for a single $18. ...
Aug 24, 2010, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
W. Va. official wins $79M Powerball lottery jackpot
For about two hours, Berkeley County Magistrate W. Randy Smith believed he had come close, but that he didn't win Saturday's $79 million Powerball jackpot.
On call Sunday morning at the Berkeley County Judicial Center to hold arraignment hearings, Smith asked his assistant, Mary D. Angelo, to look at the ticket that he bought from the ROCS store at 39 Kelly Island Road near Martinsburg.
The ticket matched the winning numbers of 7, 10, 12, 22, 27 and the Powerball 26. Smith said the compute ...
Aug 24, 2010, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
Anonymous donor gives lottery ticket to Kansas hospital
Imagine the surprise to open your mail and find a lottery ticket worth thousands of dollars. It happened in one Kansas county this month and now the hospital in Beloit is all the richer for it.
Hospitals in small communities such as the one in Mitchell County are a big deal. That's why, when Susan Concannon opened up an anonymous letter a few weeks ago, she was completely overjoyed.
$10,000!!! Concannon exclaimed as she showed us the celebratory check from the Kansas Lottery.
It was la ...
Aug 22, 2010, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum
Fla. Powerball winner claims $73.8M lottery jackpot
Hollywood woman, 35, claims prize from July 10 drawing
The Florida Lottery announced on Friday that the $73.8 million jackpot from the July 10 Powerball drawing has been claimed.
Elizabeth Choras-Hanna, 35, of Hollywood, was the lucky winner.
Lottery officials said she will receive a one-time, lump-sum payment for the winnings in the amount of $38,929,055.11.
Choras-Hanna is an out-of-work medical assistant. Lottery officials said her twin sister Alexandra, a firefighter and paramedi ...
Aug 3, 2010, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum
Against the odds, KY Lottery returns record amount to state
Mega Millions helps power sales; Powerball keeps improving too
By Todd Northrop
The Kentucky Lottery Corporation (KLC) today announced a record-breaking $214.3 million was returned to the Commonwealth in Fiscal Year 2010, despite lottery sales dropping $38 million or 4.7% during the same period.
The $214.3 million surpasses the previous record set last year by $9.9 million or 4.8%. The figure is comprised of $200.7 million from profits for scholarship, grant and higher education program ...
Aug 2, 2010, 1:09 pm - Lottery News forum
$85.7M Powerball lottery jackpot is Lousiana's 14th
By Todd Northrop
One ticket purchased in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, won the $85.7 million Powerball jackpot Saturday night, the second-largest single amount won in Louisiana Lottery history.
This latest winning ticket brings the total number of Powerball jackpot winning tickets sold in Louisiana to 14 since the Lottery joined the multi-state game in 1995. The last time a Powerball jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Baton Rouge was February 2005.
The winning ticket was sold at Circle K #190 ...
Aug 2, 2010, 12:31 pm - Lottery News forum
$250,000 Mega Million prize may be forfeited
Illinois Lottery officials say a player who bought a second-place winning Mega Millions ticket nearly a year ago in Des Plaines needs to redeem the $250,000 ticket by month's end or lose the prize.
The second place Mega ticket for the July 31, 2009 drawing was sold at a 7-Eleven store on Lee St. in Des Plaines. The ticket matched all five numbers but missed the Mega Ball. The winning numbers were 17, 35, 44, 52 and 56 with a Mega Ball number of 22 and a Megaplier number of 2.
If the winnin ...
Jul 27, 2010, 3:36 am - Lottery News forum