$205 MILLION: Promise of big jackpots met by new Mega Millions
By Todd Northrop
When the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game was changed a month ago, it was done so amid promises of bigger jackpots without needing to raise ticket prices. Now it appears the promise has been met.
After no lottery tickets matched all 5 numbers plus the Mega Ball Friday night, the multi-state Mega Millions jackpot was increased to an estimated $205 million, with a lump-sum cash value of $110.6 million.
Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 15 consec ...
Nov 23, 2013, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Deadline passes: $16 million Powerball jackpot goes unclaimed
The 180-day window passed late Thursday with no one coming forward to claim a $16.66 Powerball jackpot from a ticket bought in Hillsborough County, Florida.
The ticket was sold in May at Carrollwood Market, a convenience store at 4550 W. Village Drive.
The ticket was worth one third of a $50 million Powerball jackpot drawn May 25. The two other winning tickets were sold in Delaware and Louisiana. The winning numbers were 2, 6, 19, 21, and 27, with Powerball number 25.
Some of the unclai ...
Nov 22, 2013, 6:29 pm - Lottery News forum
$16 million Florida Powerball lottery ticket expires Thursday
Hitting a $16 million Powerball jackpot is a dream for most people.
But losing a fortune by letting those lottery winnings expire is a nightmare and that's what will happen Thursday if someone doesn't claim the ticket bought in May at a suburban Tampa, Fla., convenience store.
Lottery officials say this will be the largest unclaimed jackpot in Florida since 2003, when someone didn't claim $53 million in the Florida Lotto game.
Neighborhood residents who have been following the lack of a ...
Nov 20, 2013, 5:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Despite publishing surveillance photos, Calif. Lottery fails to find winner
Despite months of trying to track him down, a mystery Lotto player in Los Angeles didn't claim his prize worth nearly half a million dollars by the deadline Monday evening.
But there's still a chance the lucky winner will pocket the $465,539 prize, according to a California Lottery spokesman.
He could have mailed in his signed ticket to the California Lottery and as long as it's postmarked by Monday, he'll get his prize. But Lotto spokesman Alex Traverso said he's never seen that happen.
Nov 19, 2013, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball 'Ultimate Tailgate Party' promotion launched in 18 states
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
As part of an effort to promote the multi-state Powerball game on a national level, 18 states are participating in a new promotion to send lottery players to a special NFL fan festival attended by several players in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Winners in the Powerball Pro Football Hall of Fame trip will be treated to a 5 day/4 night trip to Cleveland, Ohio for the Ultimate Tailgate Party and Pro Football Hall of Fame's Fan Festival. The event will occur ...
Nov 16, 2013, 12:44 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ $338 million Powerball winner and ex-girlfriend in court over money
If you expect part of a lottery winner's fortune because you've already shared a long personal and business relationship, always remember: Get it in writing.
That was the reluctant decision of a state judge Friday, who cited state law in refusing to freeze the assets of Pedro Quezada, the Clifton man who won the $338 million Powerball jackpot last spring, pending the outcome of a trial to determine if his former live-in girlfriend is entitled to a share of the winnings.
Ines Sanchez and Qu ...
Nov 10, 2013, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
Calif. Lottery trying to track down big winner
By Todd Northrop
The California Lottery has released images from surveillence video of a man buying a lottery ticket, in hopes that someone recognizes him before the winning ticket expires.
The man in the video stands to lose a jackpot of $465,539 that he won in May, but if the lottery can't find him in less than two weeks, he'll miss out on the payout for good.
According to the California Lottery, the half-millionaire in waiting hit five of six winning numbers in the May 22 Powerball g ...
Nov 6, 2013, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
Fresno man is $213 million California Powerball winner
A retired nuclear medicine technician from Saint Agnes Medical Center was the winner of the $213 million Powerball jackpot, the California Lottery confirmed Monday.
Carlo Mitchell, 68, of Fresno, bought the ticket at the Fast 'N Easy store at Shields and Armstrong avenues, which is a short distance from his east-central Fresno home.
In a lump sum, the ticket is worth $123.3 million after taxes. He was the only winner in the Oct. 23 drawing that got all six numbers. He selected the numbers ...
Nov 5, 2013, 9:11 am - Lottery News forum
$213 million ticket sold in Fresno is California's first Powerball winner
Somebody who likely lives in the Fresno area is in a much higher tax bracket as a new multimillionaire and California's first-ever Powerball winner.
The $2 ticket, bought sometime Wednesday at the Fast 'N Easy store on Shields Avenue in east-central Fresno, was worth $213 million, state Lottery officials said.
After taxes, the lump sum totals $123.3 million, said Alex Traverso, a lottery spokesman in Sacramento.
That kind of money could buy a couple of F-16 fighter jets, maybe the Save ...
Oct 26, 2013, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball Power Play variable multiplier to return in January
The Powerball Power Play variable prize multiplier will return starting with the Jan. 22, 2014, drawing, the Pennsylvania Lottery said today.
Under new game rules, a separate drawing will be performed to select the Power Play number a 2, 3, 4 or 5 for all prizes except the jackpot and the Match 5 prize. The Match 5 prize is $2 million if the Power Play option is purchased.
The return of the Power Play variable multiplier is expected to be popular with our Powerball players, said Lottery E ...
Oct 23, 2013, 7:21 pm - Lottery News forum