Defense worker wins $217 million Powerball jackpot
Includes video report
A husband and wife who work for the Department of Defense won the Virginia Lottery's $217 million Powerball jackpot, the second-largest lotto prize the state has ever awarded.
Dave and Nancy Honeywell of Fredericksburg, Va. both work for the Defense Department.
Dave Honeywell, a computer scientist, bought the winning ticket at one of Richmond International Airport's Lottery Express stations when he left for a business trip to Denver on Feb. 6.
His winning number ...
Feb 16, 2013, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
29 co-workers share $1 million Powerball prize
GOOD WILL: Group votes to include absent pool members
For at least the past five years, a group of information technology employees at Louisville's Humana headquarters have pitched in a few bucks every week to buy Powerball tickets. A retailer is located in the office tower next door to their building. The most they'd ever won was $16 until Wednesday night of last week, when the group matched all five white balls but not the Powerball to win $1 million.
The excitement started Thursday afte ...
Feb 12, 2013, 4:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Ornery dog leads to $1M lottery win
A group of blue collar University of Utah workers will split $1 million in lottery winnings thanks to a set of keys left in a truck and an ornery little dog named Stella.
Thirteen years after playing the same set of numbers every month in the Idaho lottery, the group of 33 workers who work on heating and cooling university buildings hit pay dirt when Steve Hughes left his truck running to keep his dog Stella warm while he went inside to a gas station near Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, on Jan. 6. ...
Feb 11, 2013, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Winning $217M Powerball ticket sold in Virginia
By Todd Northrop
Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in the Richmond, Va. airport for Wednesday night's drawing will wake up a multimillionaire.
The Virginia Lottery said the ticket sold for Wednesday's $217 million drawing matched all five numbers plus the Powerball.
The winning numbers were 5, 27, 36, 38, and 41, with Powerball number 12.
In addition to the jackpot winner, 7 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 1 from Arizona, 1 from Connecticut, 1 fr ...
Feb 8, 2013, 8:58 am - Lottery News forum
$208 MILLION: Massive Powerball jackpot to be drawn Wednesday
By Todd Northrop
There was no jackpot winner in the Saturday night drawing of the multi-state Powerball lottery game, causing the grand prize to increase to an estimated $208 million for Wednesday's drawing.
Saturday was the 11th consecutive Powerball drawing without a jackpot winner. The jackpot run started Dec. 29 as a $40 million jackpot.
The estimated cash value for the new jackpot is $130.7 million. After-tax cash and annuity prize amounts are reported state-by-state on the Jackpot ...
Feb 5, 2013, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming House committee advances lottery bill
A Wyoming House committee advanced a bill on Tuesday that would allow the state to join the multi-state Powerball lottery. The profits would go to fix county and city roads.
The sole purpose of House Bill 77 is to provide entertainment, said the sponsor, Rep. David Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne.
The bill establishes a quasi state corporation with nine members appointed by the governor. The corporation's job is to develop a business plan and to find money to run the lottery.
If they can't get t ...
Jan 30, 2013, 11:29 am - Lottery News forum
1 year later, Iowa Lottery still hunting for suspicious no-show winner
Iowa investigators are trying to track down the winner of a $14.3 million Hot Lotto jackpot ticket after the person refused to be identified and was disqualified as a result.
Patrick Townsend, special-agent-in-charge with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said investigators remain unable to identify the person who bought the Hot Lotto ticket in December 2010 at a Des Moines gas station.
A New York lawyer claiming to represent the winning trust waited until minutes before the one ...
Jan 30, 2013, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Biggest lottery game ever in the works?
Editor's Note: Lottery Post first reported details of the new national game under consideration nine months ago (Lottery leaders convene in D.C. to discuss future of games, Lottery Post, Apr. 26, 2012). It seems the rest of the media is finally catching up.
The folks behind the nation's two biggest lotteries continue to dream of creating an even bigger game.
The idea was widely reported a few years ago, when states got the OK to start selling both Mega Millions and Powerball.
If we dev ...
Jan 25, 2013, 10:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Kansas couple claims $9.43M Hot Lotto jackpot
By Todd Northrop
A couple in their 40s from Kansas City, Kansas, say they both like their jobs and will continue to work, even though they are the winners of a $9.43 million Hot Lotto jackpot.
The winners, who asked the Lottery not to disclose their identities, claimed the prize today at Lottery headquarters, after matching all numbers in the January 12 drawing.
The lucky numbers were 13-15-21-34-35 with Hot Ball number 4.
The winners purchased their lucky ticket at QuikTrip, located ...
Jan 18, 2013, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
Laid off Oregon man wins $1 million
By Todd Northrop
Laid off since May, Riley Gunn was driving his wife and kids home to their cabin in the woods in southern Oregon after registering for computer programming classes, when he pulled off the freeway to buy corn dogs for the kids.
Knowing his wife would not approve because money was so tight, but feeling he was sure to win, Gunn said Tuesday he bought an $8 lottery ticket, letting the machine pick the numbers.
When he checked online, he found he had won $1 million.
Jan 16, 2013, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum