$235 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot soars
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 $235 million for Wednesday's drawing.
Saturday was the 10th consecutive drawing without a jackpot winner. The jackpot run started June 26 as a $40 million jackpot.
The estimated cash value for the new jackpot is $136.5 million. After-tax cash and annuity prize amounts are reported state-by-state on the Jackpot Analysis ...
Jul 28, 2013, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Inquiry in Iowa Lottery mystery touches Canada
Investigators seeking to unravel an attempted multimillion-dollar Iowa Lottery jackpot scheme have been in contact with Canadian authorities and are looking into people who may have been involved, an agent said Thursday.
Special Agent in Charge Patrick Townsend of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation confirmed his agency sought assistance from Canadian law enforcement early in the 18-month investigation into a withdrawn claim for a $14.3 million Hot Lotto jackpot.
(See $14.3 million ...
Jul 26, 2013, 12:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Record Powerball winner offers $2M to fix Maine high school's roof
The 84-year-old Florida resident who scored the largest undivided American lottery jackpot ever wants to donate $2 million to fix the roof of a Maine high school in her hometown.
Gloria MacKenzie, who took home a $590.5 million Powerball jackpot in June, has kept a low profile since she turned in her winning ticket. But the superintendent of schools in East Millinocket, Maine, says Mackenzie has offered to write a hefty check to repair the roof of the town's high school, where her daughter te ...
Jul 26, 2013, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland Powerball winner laughing all the way to the bank
Includes video report
An elated Maryland Powerball winner even has the cameraman laughing with her as she celebrated her win from behind her giant $1 million check.
The joyful winner hit it big on the July 3 Powerball drawing but didn't even know she was Maryland's newest millionaire until a few days ago. The July 4 holiday came, life got busy and she simply forgot to check her numbers.
Just back from a long weekend family visit, the woman said she suddenly remembered having bou ...
Jul 25, 2013, 1:12 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ Mega Millions lottery winners claim $30M prize
The anxiously awaited New Jersey Lottery winners from the May 31 Mega Millions drawing have come forward to validate their ticket and claim their prize at Lottery Headquarters.
Darryl and Judith Smith from Mays Landing are the official winners of the $30 million jackpot prize.
The camera shy couple sat across from their attorneys and completed the claims process with Lottery officials. Upon completion, Judith Smith smiled and said, We are thankful for the blessing and the opportunities tha ...
Jul 24, 2013, 12:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Record Florida Powerball winner buys $1.175 million home
The gold Ford Focus has disappeared from the dirt driveway. Also gone is the neighbor kid's congratulatory crayon drawing of palm trees, taped to the door of the tiny gray duplex where Gloria MacKenzie lived until she won $590.5 million, the largest single jackpot in American lottery history.
Records show that MacKenzie, 84, traded her former rental unit in for a 6,322-square-foot, five-bedroom home in Glen Kernan Country Club, a gated golf course community in southeast Jacksonville. The pric ...
Jul 20, 2013, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions lottery game's redesign aims at bigger jackpots, better overall odds
Megaplier to be expanded
The Mega Millions multi-state lottery game is being redesigned to offer bigger starting jackpots and better overall odds beginning Oct. 22.
(First reported by Lottery Post in May: Mega Millions multi-state lottery to get harder to win in Oct., May 20, 2013.)
The updated Mega Millions game will offer a starting jackpot of $15 million, up from the current $12 million, and will grow by at least $5 million every time the jackpot rolls, said Pennsylvania Lottery Exe ...
Jul 17, 2013, 6:06 pm - Lottery News forum
5 Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots still unclaimed
Somewhere out there are five tickets that recently won five major jackpots, including one in Philadelphia and another in South Jersey.
It's not surprising that Philadelphia's waiting to find out the identity of the lucky soul who scored a $131.5 million Powerball jackpot. The winning ticket was purchased just 10 days ago at Federal Beer in Point Breeze. The winning numbers: 13, 19, 23, 33 and 57, with Powerball number 28.
After all, lottery winners are often advised to first sign the ticke ...
Jul 7, 2013, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
Jackpot-winning Powerball ticket worth $131.5 million sold in Philadelphia
One jackpot-winning Powerball ticket worth $131.5 million from the June 22 drawing was sold at Federal Beer, 1440 Federal St., Philadelphia.
The ticket correctly matched all five white balls 13, 19, 23, 33, and 57, with Powerball number 28 to win a prize of a $131.5 million annuity, or $77.4 million cash, less 25 percent federal withholding.
The retailer will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
It seems Saturday night's 'Super Moon' shone down some 'super luck' on ...
Jun 23, 2013, 4:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Mystery woman who paid $2,600 tab for strangers was not Powerball winner
After 180 diners at a Florida restaurant received a free meal from a stranger on Sunday night, locals (and soon, the Internet) were buzzing that the generous benefactor was the 84-year-old woman who recently won the largest Powerball jackpot in history.
While the woman who picked up the nearly $2,600 tab at Buddy Freddy's in Plant City resembled lottery winner Gloria C. MacKenzie of nearby Zephyrhills, Fla., it turned out to simply be an anonymous kind soul helping the lucky diners hit their ...
Jun 14, 2013, 6:45 pm - Lottery News forum