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June 5, 2019, 12:01 amNorth Carolina man wins $344.6M Powerball with numbers from a fortune cookie

A North Carolina man discovered on Tuesday that he won a $344.6 million Powerball jackpot, the largest prize in the state's history. 

Charles W. Jackson Jr., a 66-year-old retiree from Raleigh, said that when he called his wife that morning to tell her about his victory, he didn't realize how much he had won. 

"I said, 'I think I won at least $50,000,'" Jackson said during a press conference at the North Carolina lottery headquarters in Raleigh. 

Soon after, Jackson realized he had actually matched all six numbers to win the grand prize. 

"So then I called her back and said, 'Look, I won the whole thing,'" Jackson said. "She said, 'Well, how much is the whole thing?' I said, 'I don't know, I just played. I don't know what it is.' And she said, 'Google it.'" 

The secret to his good fortune? Numbers from  a fortune cookie  his stepdaughter got a couple of years ago at the age of 6, according to The News & Observer. 

Jackson said he has played those same five numbers in Powerball and Mega Millions every week since, occasionally making changes to the sixth number.

The odds of choosing all six numbers correctly and winning the jackpot are about  1 in 292.2 million

"I never expected to win," Jackson said. "I just got lucky."

He opted to receive his winnings in a lump-sum payout of $233 million. After state and federal taxes are subtracted, he'll walk away with $158 million, some of which he plans to donate to three charities — the Wounded Warrior Project, Shriners Hospital for Children and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Besides that and a trip to Vietnam, where his wife is from, he doesn't have any extravagant plans for his newfound fortune. 

"I hope it don't change me a lot," Jackson said. "I'm going to try not to change my life. I'm still going to wear jeans. Maybe newer ones."


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May 29, 2019, 10:22 pmLucky Woman Wins Lottery Twice in 2 Years — at the Same Store!

A Pennsylvania woman is on a lucky streak after winning the  lottery  twice in two years.

Peggy Dodson of Lancaster County won $1 million Thursday when she bought at Max-A-Million scratch-off ticket from a local grocery store. 

"I liked that ticket because of the color purple, so it was the first one [on the roll] and it was the million-dollar winner!" Dodson told lottery officials. 

As if the win wasn’t lucky enough, it comes just two years after Dodson won a $100,000  jackpot  from a Family Feud scratch-off she bought at the same store.

This time around, she plans to pay off some bills and go on  vacation

"We're going to pay our mortgage off, we'll pay our truck off and we'll go to the Grand Canyon and Alaska!" Dodson said. 

a close up of a newspaper: Peggy Dodson of Lancaster County won $1 million this time around.


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January 25, 2019, 11:43 pmTruck driver claims $298.3 million Powerball jackpot

A Brooklyn truck driver has claimed a $298.3 million Powerball jackpot, the New York State Gaming Commission announced Friday.

The jackpot, drawn on Dec. 26, is the second-largest in New York Lottery history,  according to a release.

David Johnson, 56, was sick when he bought the ticket at a gas station,  NBC News reports. He decided to work his job as a truck driver anyway so he could collect holiday pay.

He called in sick the following day, CBSNewYork says. Johnson soon learned that the winning ticket had been sold at the location where he bought his ticket, but he didn't get his hopes up, the station reports.

“That’s not my luck,” he recalls saying,  according to CBSNewYork. It took him several days to check his ticket.

When he returned to the gas station to scan his ticket, he was shocked at the result that appeared on the screen: "BIG WINNER." 

Since then, Johnson's life has been changed. “I can’t even eat. I start and can’t finish my food. I’m happy with joy inside,” he is quoted in a release.

Johnson will take his winnings in a single lump-sum payment totaling $114,091,248 after taxes, a release says.

He's not working as a truck driver any more, NBC News reports: "I’m rich. I don’t gotta go to work no more," Johnson said.



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January 8, 2019, 2:43 amMan Discovers $24 Million Winning Lottery Ticket, Days Before It Was to Expire

A New Jersey man found a $24 million lottery ticket in his pocket two days before it was set to expire. The 64-year-old, Jimmie Smith, had the ticket in an old T-shirt hanging in his closet since he bought it in May 2016. When Smith, a retired security officer, saw an evening news  episode that alerted him to the Lottery’s efforts to find the mystery Lotto player that he was inspired to seek out the multiple unchecked tickets in his shirt pocket. It'd been nearly a year since he bought the tickets, and one of them was a big winner.


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January 7, 2019, 1:57 amMan Wins $200,000 After Grabbing Lottery Ticket From Trash

Louisiana man rescues $200,000 lottery ticket from the trash

Bryan Cureington said he almost wasn't able to collect his $200,000 lottery jackpot after a family member threw his winning ticket in the trash. Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Lottery
May 24 (UPI) -- A Louisiana man who won a $200,000 jackpot said he had to rescue the winning ticket from the trash after it was thrown away by a family member.

Bryan Cureington, 35, of Monroe  told Louisiana Lottery officials  that a family member scratched off his $10 Make My Year lottery ticket for him and tossed it in the garbage when they determined it wasn't a winner.


Cureington said he rescued the ticket, purchased from the Muse Food Mart in Monroe, from the trash to double-check it and discovered it was a $200,000 top prize winner.

The lucky winner went home with $142,000 after state and federal tax withholdings.

Read more: https://www.upi.com/Louisiana-man-rescues-200000-lottery-ticket-from-the-trash/9761527181573/#ixzz5bu0ZSmlc

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January 7, 2019, 1:37 am10 Memorable Lottery Stories in 2018: From the Mega Millions Jackpot Mystery to a Family Feud

It was a lucky year for some, with 2018 bringing them life-changing amounts of cash. 

From a Mega Millions jackpot mystery, to tickets nearly tossed in the trash, to a Jamaican winner who showed up in a distinctive mask to protect her identity, here are our favorite stories of lottery winners from the past year. 

1) Who Won the $1.5 Billion Mega Millions Jackpot?

A  single winning ticket  was purchased at the KC Mart in Simpsonville, South Carolina, for Oct. 23's historic Mega Millions drawing, but the winner or winners have yet to come forward more than two months later. 

Some think the winner could be waiting until 2019 to claim the prize to allow the money more time to collect interest before taxes have to be paid. Others say that the winner is sorting out their finances prior to coming forward or that they have forgotten they bought a ticket in the first place.

The mysterious winner has until April 21 to claim the prize. If the jackpot is not claimed by then, each participating state in the Mega Millions game will get back the money it contributed to the jackpot. 

2) Michigan Woman Almost Threw Away $50,000 Lottery Ticket

Delaine Passucci, 47,  won $50,000  from a lottery ticket she almost threw in the garbage after several failed attempts to check her winnings.

The machine malfunctioned when Passucci first checked the ticket, which she initially bought at a Kroger in Pinckney. Weeks later, she tried again and had the same issue.

"I was just about to toss it in the garbage, when I decided to have the clerk scan it for me,” Passucci said. “When she told me I'd have to go to the lottery office to claim my prize, I realized I'd won too much for the self-scanner to give me a prize amount.”

3) South Carolina Mom and Daughter Win $125,000 Playing the Lottery Together

A mom and daughter struck gold  when they stopped to buy a lottery ticket at an Exxon in Charleston, winning $125,000.

“We were jumping up and down,” the daughter said. 

Added the mom: "[We both] flipped out!"

South Carolina allows lottery winners to remain anonymous.

4) South Carolina Husband and Wife Win Back-to-Back Lottery Prizes

They say good things  come in pairs!

A husband and wife won back-to-back prizes in the South Carolina Education Lottery, but one of them might need to share.

Samuel Bracey nabbed a quarter of a million dollars after buying a winning ticket at the Corner Market & Grill, a grocery store in Lancaster. He wasn't the only winner, though: He bought a ticket for his wife, who won $10.

5) Virginia Man Says He Won $10 Million Lottery After Rain Kept Him From Mowing Lawn

Bad weather can  pay off

Charles Martin told the Virginia Lottery he got home from work on a recent evening and began to mow the lawn but had his efforts stopped short when it began to rain.

Martin instead put his lawn mower away and headed to his favorite convenience store, where he bought a few scratch-off lottery tickets and won $10 million. 

6) New York Man Wins Half of $688 Powerball Jackpot by Playing the Same Numbers for 25 Years

Robert Bailey, 67, won over $340 million in October's Powerball drawing, making him the winner of New York State’s largest lottery jackpot. 

He's been "faithfully" playing the same five numbers for more than 25 years and doesn't plan to stop. 

"I will continue playing my numbers until this train runs out!" he said, adding that he played the same numbers on the way to pick up his check.

7) Jamaican Lottery Winner Shows Up in Emoji Mask to Accept $180 Million Prize

To protect her identity, a Jamaican lottery winner just put on a  happy face  — a big, yellow, emoji face that covered the entire front of her head.

With a mess of tendrils framing the mask, the woman identified only as N Gray arrived to collect the $180 million in Jamaican dollars she won as part of the May 11 Super Lotto jackpot drawing.

She posed for the cameras holding a giant cardboard check and sporting her smiling and winking mask.

8) Elderly Man Who Joined Lottery Pool After Breaking Hip Was Hospital's Good Luck Charm

Earl Livingston, 87,  left home  to buy a ticket for that historic $1.5 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot. He was on his way to his local store in southern New Jersey when he slipped and fell. He was rushed to the hospital with a broken hip — and no lottery ticket.

Luckily, he was invited to join the hospital staff's pool. Lo and behold, when the drawing took place, the pool won $1 million.

The staff said Livingston was their lucky charm. 

9) Michigan Couple Wins $1.1 Million Lottery Prize, Thanks to Store Clerk's 'Lucky' Tip

A Michigan man and his wife won about $1.1 million after a store clerk's "lucky" tip

The man, who was not identified, purchased the ticket at Bottles N Stuff on the recommendation of an employee. 

“My wife and I made a last-second decision to stop for Mega Millions tickets," the man told Michigan Lottery officials. "While I was inside buying those, I asked the clerk what $2 instant tickets he had that were lucky. He suggested the Win for Life game, so I bought 10."

The decision paid off!

10) Aunt to Nephew After $1.2 Million Lotto Win: 'See You in Court'

Lottery wins aren't  always seamless. A Canadian family was torn apart following a $1.2 million lotto victory in Nova Scotia.

Tyrone MacInnis claimed that he and his aunt Barbara Reddick agreed to split the earnings, but she said she only put his name on the ticket for good luck. 

"He was lucky, but not for half a million dollars," Reddick told reporters, adding to her nephew, "See you in court!" 

They later settled, with MacInnis taking home $350,000 of the prize.


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November 22, 2018, 7:48 pmLouisiana couple finds winning $1.8M lottery ticket while cleaning house for Thanksgiving

A Louisiana couple has claimed a $1.8 million jackpot-winning ticket for the June 6th Louisiana Lottery Lotto drawing. CBS affiliate KLFY-TV  reports  the couple found the ticket while cleaning the house – and the ticket was just days from expiring.

The station reports that Harold and Tina Ehenrenberg of Mandeville say they found a pair of tickets they hadn't checked on a nightstand while they were cleaning for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

"We have family coming into town for Thanksgiving, so I was cleaning up the house and found a few Lottery tickets on my nightstand that we hadn't checked," Tina Ehrenberg told  KNOE.



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November 14, 2018, 6:24 pm67-year-old man comes forward to claim $343.9 million Powerball prize

NEW YORK --  A 67-year-old New York City man has stepped forward to claim his $343.9 million prize from a Powerball ticket, making him the winner of the biggest jackpot in New York Lottery history, according to the New York State  Gaming Commission.

The winner is Robert Bailey, who said he received the winning numbers over a quarter century ago. "A family member gave me the numbers over twenty-five years ago and I faithfully played them," the retired government employee said Wednesday in a news release.



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November 5, 2018, 6:09 pmMichigan Woman Wins $2 Million Lottery Jackpot, Thanks to an Itchy Hand

A Michigan woman says an old wives' tale is responsible for her $2 million  lottery  win.

Jacquatte Prater, of Flint, said she started playing Mega Millions about a month before last week's big drawing. Her hand was itching, she said, and she'd always heard that an itchy hand meant you were going to come into money.

On Tuesday, her five numbers got her $2 million. But she didn't realize she was a  winner  until she was awakened by a morning phone call from her best friend, who reported the big winning ticket had been purchased at the same Sunoco convenience store where Prater had bought hers.



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November 5, 2018, 6:01 pmIowa grandmother revealed as Powerball winner

CLIVE, Iowa -- A grandmother from the small Iowa community of Redfield has claimed her share of a nearly $700 million  Powerball prize. Iowa Lottery officials confirmed Monday that Lerynne West was one of two winners of a $688 million jackpot drawn Oct. 27.


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October 27, 2018, 11:00 pmWaitress claims best friend reneged on deal to share $300,000 lottery winnings

Instead of splitting a $300,000 lottery win, an Arkansas waitress just split.

Leslie Underwood was stunned after she says co-worker and best friend Mandy Vanhouten reneged on their deal to share the spoils.



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October 27, 2018, 10:52 pm$180-million lottery winner selling his San Bernardino mountain estate, buffalo ranch and saloon for

When you win $180 million in the California Mega Millions lottery, why stop at buying a humongous home on dozens of acres?

Rick Knudsen picked up a few extras after he nailed the lottery four years ago. In addition to scooping up the 50-acre Eagle Crest Mountain Estate in the Yucaipa/Oak Glen area, he’s got a fully operating buffalo ranch on an adjacent 155 acres and owns a 640-acre mountainous area by the home. He also splurged for a steakhouse and saloon a few miles away.



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