Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $180 million
By Todd Northrop
The Mega Millions jackpot has risen to an estimated $180 million for the next drawing in the multi-state lottery game after nobody won Tuesday night.
Although the Friday night grand prize will not set any records, it continues to be the largest Mega Millions jackpot in the past 5 months. The last time the Mega Millions jackpot was this high was a $414 million jackpot won by two ticket-holders in March.
(See 2 winning Mega Millions tickets sold in Florida, Maryland to sp ...
Aug 20, 2014, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum
$160 MILLION: largest Mega Millions jackpot in 5 months
By Todd Northrop
After a couple of mega-sized jackpots early this year, the Mega Millions jackpot has stubbornly refused to explode to the humongous levels that make lottery players line up around the block.
Perhaps that might change in the next couple of weeks, as the Mega Millions grand prize has increased to $160 million for the Tuesday evening drawing after nobody matched all 5 numbers and the Mega Ball Friday night.
The lump-sum cash value of Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is $95. ...
Aug 18, 2014, 12:04 pm - Lottery News forum
$90M Colorado Powerball winner claims prize
Includes video report
The winner of the largest lottery jackpot in Colorado history claimed his prize in Grand Junction on Wednesday afternoon.
Claude Al G., who didn't want to give his last name, said he and his wife, Jackie, will do some traveling. Beyond that, he said he has no plans about what he wants to buy with the largest jackpot in Colorado history.
In fact, Have fun is what Al said his plan was when asked Wednesday what he plans to do with the $90 million Powerball jackpot.
Aug 14, 2014, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
24-year-old single Michigan mom wins $66 million lottery
Friday the 13th was a mega lucky day for Kelsey Zachow.
But for 11 days, the 24-year-old Port Huron resident didn't know she had the winning $66-million Mega Millions lottery ticket purchased June 13 at Sonny's Mart in Mt. Clemens in her purse.
On June 24, the Mt. Clemens native and twice weekly lottery player checked her tickets at a gas station near her home. The clerk kept telling her, You won big.
I jumped in my car and locked the door. I couldn't breathe, Zachow said Thursday at ...
Aug 1, 2014, 11:58 am - Lottery News forum
Indecision at the Illinois Lottery over new national game
The Illinois Department of Lottery is working to decide whether it wants to take a chance on a new Monopoly game that will be rolled out in October across the United States.
The decision-making process is hurting the profitability of the Illinois Lottery, according the private company that manages it.
Northstar Lottery Group, which was awarded a 10-year contract to manage the Illinois Lottery in 2010, is pushing for the state to include a new, national $5 Monopoly game.
Northstar CEO ...
Jul 29, 2014, 7:06 am - Lottery News forum
New Mexico man claims 15 prizes in Mega Millions draw worth $60,000
An Albuquerque, New Mexico, man won 15 prizes totaling $60,000 in one Mega Millions drawing.
Steven Traub claimed his prizes in person at New Mexico Lottery headquarters yesterday.
This has made my day, Traub said.
Winner Played Ages as Lucky Numbers ... Again and Again
For the July 8 drawing, Traub purchased five plays on three tickets for a total of 15 plays.
On every play, Traub used the ages of his four youngest children and his wife 14, 19, 25, 27 and 49 as his white ball nu ...
Jul 17, 2014, 2:27 pm - Lottery News forum
$259 million Powerball winner took poverty vow
A man with a winning $259.8 million Powerball ticket claimed what officials are calling the largest jackpot ever won in Tennessee and says he plans to use most of the money to support the performing arts.
Roy Cockrum, of Knoxville, appeared Thursday at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville to claim the prize. He plans to accept a lump sum payment of $115 million.
Cockrum, 58, bought the ticket at a Kroger store in Knoxville on June 11.
Cockrum said in a statement that when he ...
Jul 3, 2014, 10:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Friends sue NJ Lottery, saying they're owed $1 million for discarded ticket
Two friends who claim they bought a Powerball ticket worth $1 million at a Mahwah convenience store last year sued the New Jersey Lottery Commission yesterday, claiming they tossed out the ticket because the state was too slow to update its website with the winning numbers.
Salvatore Cambria and Erik Onyango claim in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Trenton that they picked five of six numbers drawn on March 23, 2013, the same day a Passaic deli owner scored the $338 million Powerbal ...
Jun 25, 2014, 7:43 pm - Lottery News forum
$66M Mega Millions lottery ticket sold in metro Detroit
Someone who purchased a Mega Millions lottery ticket in metro Detroit is much, much richer.
The winning numbers for the drawing on Friday, June 13 were 7, 38, 46, 49, and 56, with Mega Ball number 1.
According to Michigan Lottery officials, one ticket matched all six numbers for a jackpot of $66 million an estimated cash value of $37.9 million.
The winning ticket was sold at a gas station at the corner of Market Street and Gratiot Avenue in Mount Clemens.
Strangely enough, the ticket ...
Jun 14, 2014, 5:04 pm - Lottery News forum
One winner in $260 million Powerball jackpot
One person in Tennessee is $259.8 million richer after picking the winning numbers in the Wednesday Powerball lottery drawing.
The winning numbers drawn for the multi-state lottery's jackpot are 14, 18, 25, 33, and 49, with Powerball number 23. The Tennessee lottery website said the winning ticket was sold in Knoxville.
If the winner chooses the cash payout, it would be worth $153.5 million.
The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510. The Powerball jackpot has been climbing si ...
Jun 12, 2014, 7:40 am - Lottery News forum