Maine couple claims $8.2M Tri-State Megabucks jackpot
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Nobody was more surprised than Linda Von Oesen to find she'd won $8,190,000 in the September 26th Megabucks Plus drawing.
She was sleeping with her husband Bob in their camper, parked in a Walmart parking lot, when one of her daughters called to see if she'd bought a ticket.
So she says, 'check your ticket'. I said, 'oh, alright', explained Linda Von Oesen. So here we are in a camper, pitch dark and so I says, 'I got to find it, just give me the numbers.' And so I ...
Oct 12, 2012, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
Delaware couple anonymously claims $50M Powerball jackpot
A husband and wife from Wilmington came forward Oct. 5 to claim their $50 million Powerball jackpot from the Wednesday, Oct. 3 drawing, according to Delaware Lottery officials.
The couple opted to remain anonymous and selected the cash, single-payment value for the jackpot, which totaled $33.05 million before federal withholding taxes. Delaware Lottery officials validated the winning ticket Friday.
I checked my numbers in the newspaper during a break at work, and when I realized I had won ...
Oct 11, 2012, 6:51 am - Lottery News forum
Idaho fire chief wins $1 million
Idaho's newest millionaire is used to being in the spotlight.
He and his fellow co-workers make the news often fighting fires and saving lives.
But it's a much richer spotlight for Caldwell Fire chief Mark Wendelsorf, who won $1 million in the Idaho Powerball.
I checked the ticket on Thursday morning after the draw at a store and was told to sign it and take it to Boise, Wendelsdorf said. But they couldn't tell me how much it was, so I thought I'd won maybe $2,500.
Using an Idaho L ...
Oct 11, 2012, 6:46 am - Lottery News forum
$14M Mega Millions lottery jackpot won by 2 old friends
They've been playing the lottery together for 25 years and it finally paid off.
Two old friends who met working in a Manhattan print shop have become instant millionaires, scooping up a $14 million jackpot in the Mega Millions game.
And technically, they didn't spend a penny on their winning numbers.
We won $14 million on a free play ticket, said Willie McPherson, 74, who lives on Manhattan's West Side. (It feels) beautiful.
Christopher Manzi, 44, of Morganville, N.J., who works in ...
Oct 5, 2012, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa couple claims $202.1M Powerball jackpot
A Bondurant, Iowa, couple claimed a $202.1 million Powerball jackpot on Thursday, becoming the second-biggest lottery winners in Iowa history.
Mary and Brian Lohse said they had done their homework in advance by meeting with financial planners and had some very specific plans for the future as they claimed their big prize.
Mary Lohse, 42, a certified medical assistant at the pediatric clinic at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, said that the way the couple explained their win to their three ch ...
Oct 4, 2012, 1:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Pool of McDonald's workers claims Mega Millions fraud
14 fast-food employees say co-worker tricked state lotto to avoid sharing winnings
A group of 14 McDonald's employees from the Baltimore, Maryland, area are still convinced they were winners in the massive $656 million Mega Millions jackpot drawing earlier this year despite being told otherwise by lottery officials and are claiming that a co-worker defrauded the Maryland Lottery to avoid sharing a payout with them.
On Sept. 19, the group filed a civil lawsuit against their co-worker, Mirla ...
Sep 29, 2012, 11:06 pm - Lottery News forum
$202M Powerball ticket sold at suburban Des Moines convenience store
A winning $202 million Powerball ticket was purchased at an Iowa convenience store in the suburban Des Moines city of Bondurant, but nobody had claimed it by midday Thursday.
Iowa lottery officials encourage people to consult with an attorney or financial planner before stepping forward, so some delay in naming a winner isn't surprising.
This amount, $200 million, is a life-changing amount of money, and we want to make sure the winner is prepared for what will come, Iowa Lottery spokeswom ...
Sep 27, 2012, 8:01 pm - Lottery News forum
$200 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot surges
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 $200 million for Wednesday's drawing.
Saturday was the 11th consecutive drawing without a jackpot winner. The jackpot run started August 18 as a $40 million jackpot.
The estimated cash value for the new jackpot is $128.5 million. After-tax cash and annuity prize amounts are reported state-by-state on the Jackpot Analysi ...
Sep 24, 2012, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum
$174 MILLION: Tomorrow's Powerball lottery jackpot red hot
By Todd Northrop
The multi-state Powerball lottery drawing took place Wednesday night without any jackpot winners, causing the new jackpot for Saturday's drawing to grow to an estimated $174 million, with a cash option of $110 million.
Saturday night was the 10th consecutive drawing without a jackpot winner.
Even though there were no jackpot winners, 3 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 1 from Idaho, 1 from Iowa, and 1 from North Carolina.
None of the s ...
Sep 21, 2012, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
$250,000 Mega Millions ticket sold in Maryland expires next week
By Todd Northrop
The final claim date is quickly approaching for the owner of a $250,000 second-tier Mega Millions ticket purched in Maryland at the end of March.
The ticket must be claimed by Friday, September 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm.
The winning ticket was from the $656 million Mega Millions drawing on Friday, Match 30, 2012, and was purchased at 7-11, located at 9709 Beaver Dam Road in Timonium.
The winning numbers for the March 30 Mega Millions drawing were 2, 4, 23, 38, and 46, with ...
Sep 21, 2012, 8:35 am - Lottery News forum