$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
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
Wife of $1M Powerball winner charged with promoting prostitution
The Rankin, Pennsylvania, police officer who bought a $1 million Powerball ticket is named in a police complaint against his wife, Jennifer Brown, who faces charges, including promoting prostitution through an Internet site called sixtynineentertainment.com.
The allegations stem from an FBI and local investigation into Internet prostitution from late 2012 through last June.
The Powerball winner, Officer Matthew Brown, was not charged, but he was named in the police complaint.
Among ads ...
Jun 6, 2014, 2:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery officials track down $1 million winner
Includes audio report
After six months of sleuthing, Iowa Lottery officials made contact with a man who'd won a $1 million Powerball prize back in November but didn't know it because he hadn't checked the ticket.
You've heard us say before that we want to see our prizes claimed when someone legitimately has won them, Lottery CEO Terry Rich said Monday. We hope that our work in this situation demonstrates that.
Richard Watson of Belton, Mo., claimed his $1 million prize Monday at lotte ...
May 20, 2014, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery to begin accepting retailer applications
Lottery ticket sales expected to begin in August
Starting May 21, the Wyoming Lottery Corp. will begin accepting applications from Wyoming retail business owners who want to sell Powerball and Mega Millions tickets at their retail locations.
Properly completed and vetted applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Beginning May 21, Wyoming retail business owners can either fill out and submit an application online at www.wyolotto.com, download and print a retail ...
May 13, 2014, 5:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Sole winner of $425M February Powerball jackpot claims prize
The sole winner of February's $425.3 million Powerball jackpot came forward to claim his prize Tuesday.
California Lottery officials said B. Raymond Buxton, a Northern California man, claimed the prize at the California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento.
'Unbelievable!' is all I could muster, Buxton said in a statement on Tuesday. Once the initial shock passed, I couldn't sleep for days.
After the winning numbers were announced, Buxton said, he sat in front of his computer in disbeli ...
Apr 2, 2014, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Lucky Va. couple claims three major lottery prizes in one month
Calvin and Zatera Spencer are having an amazing month. First they won $1 million in the March 12 Powerball drawing. Then on March 26, Mr. Spencer won $50,000 with 10 winning tickets in the Virginia Lottery's Pick 4 game.
But it doesn't stop there.
The next day, shortly after dropping his wife off for an appointment, Mr. Spencer bought a Virginia Lottery Scratcher ticket the $100 Million Cash Extravaganza and won the $1 million prize.
Baby, we did it again! he told her.
The $1 millio ...
Mar 31, 2014, 8:04 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri couple claim $96.5M Powerball jackpot
A St. Charles, Missouri, man and his wife are living the dream that they never in a gazillion years expected to have, after they discovered their Powerball ticket from March 22 was worth $96.5 million.
John Brands said he checked his Missouri Lottery tickets with the numbers on the Lottery's website the morning after the drawing, before heading out to play golf. When all six numbers matched, he went to wake his wife, Susan.
I thought the house was on fire, she said. I thought he was messi ...
Mar 28, 2014, 11:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winners share their good fortune
In walked the Bondurant multimillionaires. She wore a sweatshirt, he a Chicago Bears jacket. They sat down and ate deli slices of ham with their hands off paper plates.
Mary Lohse hit the $202 million Powerball jackpot 18 months ago, the second-biggest lottery win ever in Iowa, which kept her husband, Brian, from hunger.
What's on your if-I-win list? Unhook the phone, run off and begin life as a full-time consumer?
The Lohses kept the same telephone number they've had for 14 years, beca ...
Mar 24, 2014, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum