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May 13, 2022, 2:12 amSome Mega Millions players claim prizes after host calls out wrong number

We all make  mistakes, but for a host of the Mega Millions lottery, it's a potentially costly one: Prize payments for some Mega Millions tickets have been temporarily suspended after host John Crow incorrectly read the Mega Ball number during Tuesday's lottery drawing.

The first five numbers were called correctly: 15, 19, 20, 61 and 70. But as the gold Mega Ball, was selected, the number 9 -- with a line drawn under it -- could be seen on the ball. Crow called it as 6, as seen in a video posted on the  Mega Millions YouTube channel.
The video featured an embedded caption explaining the mishap.
"The 9 ball was drawn in the chamber and is the official result," the caption states, adding the correct results have been audited by the accounting firm Preston CPA. "We apologize for the confusion."
Tuesday's estimated Mega Millions annuitized jackpot was $86 million, and there was no winning ticket. But there are five other prizes for having the correct Mega Ball number.
Mega Millions, except in California, pays $2 prizes for tickets where the holder matches only the gold ball number and $4 when the ticket has the gold ball and one other correct number (among the white balls). Matching two, three and four white balls and the gold balls also yield prizes of $10, $200 and $10,000, respectively.
But some people in New York who had the No. 6 Mega Ball were paid out, according to the lottery officials there.
"Due to human error relating to the May 10, 2022 Mega Millions draw, the New York Lottery paid a total of $5,538 to players who presented tickets with the incorrect winning number to retailers before approximately 10 a.m. on May 11," the organization said in a statement. "This payment was recouped automatically via a Lottery account for uncashed tickets. There is no impact on aid to education or taxpayer funds."
After a pause in payouts, New York Lottery officials said they have resumed Mega Millions prize disbursements at retailers.
"We will provide additional information as to when tickets may be cashed at New York Lottery Customer Service Centers and video lottery facilities," the organization said.
The estimated jackpot for Friday's Mega Millions drawing is $99 million (cash option of $57 million). Mega Millions tickets are sold in 45 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.
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April 4, 2022, 5:57 pmWoman accidentally throws her $110,000 winning lottery ticket in the trash

A Virginia woman turned her trash into treasure, literally, after she realized she threw away her winning $110,000 lottery ticket. 

Mary Elliot panicked after learning she matched all five numbers in the CASH 5 with EZ Match game but had thrown out her winning ticket,  the Virginia Lottery said in a press release last week. Thankfully, after digging through the garbage, she found it. 

When she took the ticket to claim her prize, she ran into another problem: The barcode wouldn't scan because of coffee stains. 

Luckily for Elliott, lottery officials were able to confirm her prize, and she walked away $110,000 richer. 

“When I saw I’d won, I couldn’t stop shaking to save my life!” she said, according to the release.

She bought the ticket in February at a Food Lion grocery story in Dillwyn, using numbers that were important birthdays.

The chances of matching all five numbers to win the $100,000 jackpot are 1 in 749,398, according to the release. 



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February 26, 2022, 2:57 amMan Wins $10 Million From Lottery Ticket For The Second Time In Three Years

AUniondale, New York, man recently won the top prize of $10 million from a New York lottery ticket, making it the second time he won $10 million from the lottery.

According to a press release  issued by New York Lottery, Juan Hernandez was the winner of the top prize from a New York Lottery $10,000,000 Deluxe scratch-off ticket. He previously won $10 million from a $350,000,000 Cash Spectacular scratch-off game in 2019.

He told officials he's "still trying to spend the $10,000,000," he won from his first major win.

The overall odds of winning a prize is one in 3.64 from a $10,000,000 Deluxe scratch-off. But the odds of winning $10,000,000 are even smaller. Only one in 3,521,600 are so lucky to win the top prize.

At press time, two prizes have been paid out, and three prizes remain in circulation.

Brad Maione, the director of communications for the New York State Gaming Commission, told  Newsweek  that even after all the top prizes have been claimed, tickets may still be sold.

Following the top prize, winners can win between $50 and $100,000 from the $30 scratch-off ticket.

Hernandez received his prize in a single lump-sum payment, which totaled $6,510,000 after the necessary withholdings.

The press release stated proceeds from the lottery go toward supporting education in New York State. In the fiscal year 2020/2021, $3.59 billion was collected and distributed among schools throughout the state.

"New York Lottery revenue is distributed to local school districts by the same statutory formula used to distribute other state aid to education,"  stated information  about this initiative on the lottery's website.

That formula measures a school district's size and the district's income level.

"Larger, lower-income school districts receive proportionately larger shares of Lottery school funding," the webpage explained.

Hernandez is not the only lucky lottery winner.

Newsweek  previously reported  that Gabriel Fierro, a 60-year-old disabled combat veteran from Cornelius, North Carolina, played the numbers from a fortune cookie he got while eating at a restaurant.

He told officials that although he doesn't typically play his fortune cookie numbers, he "tried them on a whim."

The next day, Fierro learned that all of his numbers matched and he won $4 million.

After tax withholdings, he took home $2,840,40.00 and said he planned to invest most of the winnings.

Mike "Lucky" Luciano won $1 million from a scratch-off ticket, making it the fourth time he hit the jackpot since 1999.

His previous prizes included winning $500,000 from the Pennsylvania state lottery, $3 million in 2016 and $100,000 in 1999, bringing his winnings to $4.6 million in total, as  Newsweek  reported.


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January 23, 2022, 5:30 pmShe found a $3 million lottery prize in her spam folder

Your email spam folder isn't all junk mail.

Laura Spears of Oakland County, Michigan, can attest to that, as she recently discovered a $3 million lottery prize sitting in hers.
The lucky winner had purchased a Mega Millions ticket on the Michigan Lottery website for the December 31, 2021, drawing. She matched five numbers to win $1 million, plus had the Megaplier to multiply her prize by three.
"I saw an ad on Facebook that the Mega Millions jackpot was getting pretty high, so I got on my account and bought a ticket," Spears, 55, told  Michigan Lottery  officials. "A few days later, I was looking for a missing email from someone, so I checked the spam folder in my email account." "That's when I saw an email from the Lottery saying I had won a prize. I couldn't believe what I was reading, so I logged in to my Lottery account to confirm the message in the email. It's all still so shocking to me that I really won $3 million!"
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October 10, 2021, 1:34 amGlittery lottery ticket tempted NC newlywed. Jackpot win covers Florida honeymoon.

A glittery lottery ticket caught a North Carolina newlywed’s eye on a stop at a convenience store, NC lottery officials said. Michael Abernathy pulled out $30 for the Millionaire Maker scratch-off ticket, and it won him $30 back, so he bought two more, according to a lottery news release. He won nothing on the first ticket but scratched off a $1 million top-prize jackpot on the second one, officials said. The Lexington truck driver beat odds of 1 in 2.95 million, according to the lottery website. Four days after tying the knot, the 60-year-old Abernathy became the 20th million-dollar winner in the game, officials said. Ten top-prizes remain.“Phenomenal, the way this has all happened,” Abernathy said when he and his bride claimed the prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh on Thursday. “It’s amazing. It’s a blessing.” Abernathy bought the ticket on Wednesday at the Sheetz on South Main Street in Lexington. “I about passed out when I saw it was a million dollars,” he told officials. He could choose between an annuity of $50,000 a year for 20 years or a $600,000 lump sum. He netted $424,509 after taxes by choosing the lump sum, according to the lottery. Proceeds will cover the couple’s honeymoon in Florida next year, Abernathy said. He will pay off bills and save for retirement with the rest of his win, he said. “I’m 60 years old, so I’m going to put the rest up for security,” he said.

Read more at: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article254887382.html#storylink=cpy

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September 10, 2021, 7:07 pmNorth Carolina man wins three lottery jackpots at same store

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who bought scratch-off tickets from the same convenience store over four years is celebrating his third big prize, lottery officials said.

The N.C. Education Lottery says in a news release that Terry Splawn of Concord continued his run of good luck on Monday when his $20 ticket produced a $100,000 win. After state and federal taxes, Splawn took home close to $71,000, the news release said.

In April 2017, Splawn bought a ticket from Sam’s Mini Stop in Concord and won $1 million, according to the news release. Almost two years later, he went to the store again, bought another scratch-off ticket and won another million-dollar prize, lottery officials said.

“This is rare, but not impossibly rare,” said Jan Hannig, a UNC-Chapel Hill statistics professor, of the odds of the same person winning two $1 million lottery prizes. She made her comment to The Charlotte Observer.

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August 23, 2021, 7:08 pmFather and Sons Are Charged in $21 Million Lottery Fraud

Ali Jaafar and his sons Mohamed and Yousef cashed in more than 13,000 Massachusetts lottery tickets, prosecutors said, allowing the actual winners to potentially avoid paying taxes or child support.

No statistical model could explain it, and when a Massachusetts man and his two sons cashed in more than 13,000 winning lottery tickets worth nearly $21 million over eight years, federal prosecutors and lottery officials said it was anything but luck.

“A statistician will say that there’s some astronomical odd,” Michael R. Sweeney, the executive director of the Massachusetts State Lottery, said in an interview. “But the reality is, it’s zero.”

In a 19-page indictment that was unsealed on Monday in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, Ali Jaafar and his sons Mohamed Jaafar and Yousef Jaafar were collectively charged with more than a dozen counts of fraud, money laundering and tax evasion for taking part in what the authorities say was a ticket-cashing scheme. A vast majority of the tickets were the scratch-off type that are typically sold at convenience stores, prosecutors said.

From 2011 to 2019, according to the indictment, the Jaafars claimed the prizes on behalf of the actual winners, who potentially avoided having their winnings garnished for unpaid taxes or child support, a requirement for any prize over $600 in Massachusetts.


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July 3, 2021, 7:24 pmMassachusetts lottery: Man collects $1 million prize for the second time

Stephen C. Toto of Framingham, Massachusetts, made a last-minute decision to buy a lottery ticket, and for the second time in his life, collected a $1 million prize, according to the  Massachusetts State Lottery.


He bought the winning ticket at an A-1 Gulf gas station in Framingham for $30.

Toto chose the cash option and received $650,000 before taxes, according to the lottery.

The store will also reap the benefit: It will receive $10,000 for the sale of the winning ticket, according to the lottery.

The last time Toto won was in 2017, when he received a $1 million prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery's "$4,000,000 Payout" game, the lottery said.

Toto isn't the only Massachusetts resident to recently win the state lottery for the second time. Michael Rocca from Pittsfield won $1 million in the year 2000 and then again in May 2021, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery.



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May 14, 2021, 12:18 amWoman says $26M California lottery ticket destroyed in wash

The winner of a $26 million California Lottery prize may have literally washed the chance of a fortune down the drain.

The winning SuperLotto Plus ticket for the Nov. 14 drawing was sold at an Arco AM/PM convenience store in the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk. Thursday was the last day to redeem it.

Nobody did.

Store employee Esperanza Hernandez told the Whittier Daily  News  that a woman came in Wednesday and told workers that she had put the ticket in her pants and it was destroyed in the laundry.

The store’s manager told  KTLA-TV  that surveillance video showed the woman who bought the ticket, and she's known to store workers.

A copy of the surveillance video was turned over to California Lottery officials, the manager said.



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April 24, 2021, 4:20 pmA man won $2 million from a scratch off lottery ticket after losing everything in a flood

A year after losing everything in a  flood, a Michigan man won $2 million from a scratch off  lottery  ticket, according to  lottery officials.

The 29-year-old man, who decided to stay anonymous, bought the ticket at a grocery store in Midland.
"Last year, I lost everything in a flood, so to win this prize is so overwhelming to me," he said, according to a news release from the lottery commission.
The man said he never played $20 tickets, but when he stopped to pick up some things on his way to get his kids, the Lucky 7's ticket caught his eye. He said seven is a lucky number for him.
"When I saw I had a match, I thought: 'Great, I won my money back!' When I saw I had actually won $2 million, I couldn't stop shaking."
Each Lucky 7's $20 ticket offers players a chance to win from $20 to $2 million. Four $2 million prizes remained as of Friday.
The man won $10,000 a few years ago and thought that was his once-in-a-lifetime shot. Now, he's $1.3 million richer, after opting to receive his winnings as a one-time lump sum. He plans to pay bills with the money and save the remainder.
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March 28, 2021, 4:44 pmOne ticket sold in Florida wins a $238 million Powerball jackpot

For the first time in two months, someone won the Powerball jackpot, selecting all six numbers to secure the $238 jackpot.

The ticket was bought in Lutz, Florida, which is just north of Tampa.
The  winning numbers  were 06-14-38-39-65-06 with a 3x Power Play.
Before Saturday night, the jackpot was last won on January 30, according to  CNN affiliate WFLA.
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July 24, 2020, 5:06 amA handshake is a handshake': Friends split $22M Powerball jackpot, honoring years-old agreement

When Tom Cook and Joe Feeney agreed to split their future lottery winnings years ago, the friends didn't think their handshake would mark a multimillion-dollar agreement.

But last month, Cook checked the numbers for his June 10 Powerball ticket and  discovered he had won $22 million. He didn't hesitate.

"A handshake is a handshake, man," Cook said of the arrangement in an interview with the Wisconsin Lottery. The Lottery confirmed Thursday that Cook and Feeney are splitting the prize.

Their pact is so old that Feeney couldn't remember exactly when it started. He guessed it dated back about 20 years. In a release, the Lottery traced the deal to 1992, when the lottery game was first offered in Wisconsin.

"We said whenever the big winner comes, we're going to split it, so we buy every week ... not really thinking it would happen," Feeney said.

The win came against steep odds: Currently, the chance of hitting the Powerball's grand prize is 1 in 292,201,338.

The pair laughed when Feeney recalled learning the news: "Are you jerking my bobber?" the avid fisherman said to Cook.

Cook and Feeney are taking a cash payout of $16.7 million, and each will get about $5.7 million after taxes, the Wisconsin Lottery says.

The two didn't report any particularly extravagant plans for spending the money to the Wisconsin Lottery. Cook quit his job and is planning to spend more time with family and travel stress-free. He's still playing the Powerball, he said.

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June 4, 2020, 12:22 amWife's birthday present to husband wins $350,000 lottery jackpot

June 3 (UPI) --  An Australian man's birthday turned out even happier than expected when a gift from his wife turned out to be a lottery ticket worth nearly $350,000.

The Bundaberg, Queensland, woman  told The Lott officials  that the Saturday Gold Lotto ticket she bought at Chippindalls Newsagency was a birthday present for her husband.

"I actually bought the ticket for my husband for his birthday," the woman said. "Turns out it was the best birthday present I've ever gotten him!"

The couple's ticket was one of 10 winning tickets to score a $347,862.34 Division One jackpot in Saturday's drawing.

"Our family has been through a tough time and this is going to help a heck of a lot," the woman said. "It really hasn't sunk in just yet, but I know we will really enjoy it. My husband and I are both retired so we have plenty of time to plan how we will enjoy it."

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August 29, 2019, 3:32 amAn Australian man says he's starting an 'endless lunch break' after winning $96 million lottery priz

An Australian father said he was pretty sure he'd quit his job after winning the $96 million prize Tuesday in the Lucky Lotteries Mega Jackpot, according to the  Australian lottery website The Lott.

The Sydney man, who wishes to remain anonymous, is the second-biggest individual lottery winner in Australian history, according The Lott. He was told about his winnings while he was at work.
"You're s*****g me!" he yelled after a moment of silence. "I can only say holy s**t ... I'm shaking. I'm just waiting for someone to tell me I'm being punked."
The dad told The Lott he couldn't wait to call his wife and tell her the news.
"I don't think she'll believe me," he said. "I'm a bit of a prankster so she'll probably think I'm pulling a fast one."
Knowing that the winnings would change his life, the man told The Lott he would first look after his children and "make sure they are set up for the future."
"Then I am going to find the most outrageous holiday I can think of to take myself on," he said. "I've always wanted to travel so maybe I'll work my way around the world."
The man said it's unlikely that he'd finish the day at work after getting the news.
"My endless lunch break starts now!" he said.
The current record in Australia for the largest lottery win was set in January when a Sydney woman won the $107.5 million Powerball prize, The Lott said.
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August 29, 2019, 3:29 amHe played the same lottery numbers for 20 years. He just won $60 million

(CNN)Patience is a virtue, right?

At least that's what one Canadian man proved as he played the same lottery numbers for almost 20 years and finally got the jackpot, according to CNN partner,  CTV.
Bon Truong of Edmonton  said he knew he won $60 million in the October 26, 2018, Lotto Max jackpot the morning after the numbers were drawn, according to a news release from  the Western Canada Lottery Corporation.
Rather than claim his prize immediately, he decided to wait almost 10 months later because "he felt overwhelmed by the magnitude of his win,"  he told WCLC.
As soon as he saw the winning numbers, Truong went to the store and had the clerk print them -- just to be certain, he said. He took the numbers home and double checked them for hours.
"I started to think about what this win would mean for my family," he said. "I realized it's going to change a lot of things and I wanted to make sure we were all ready and prepared for those changes."
Truong's winning numbers were 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 20 and 30. He told WCLC those numbers are a combination of important dates and family birthdays.
"The first thing I thought was, 'I'm going to be able to pay off everything!' and I was happy just to do that," he said.
Truong told WCLC he first plans on buying his family a new home and putting money away to save for their future, with a vacation in the works.
The WCLC said Truong's $60 million win is tied as the largest-ever Lotto Max winner in Alberta's history. A couple won $60 million back in September 2017.
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