On This Day in History

October 2

October 2 is the 275th day of the year (276th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 90 days remain until the end of the year.

Lottery News On This Day

2021
Florida woman wins two $2 million Mega Millions prizes in one night. There's one lucky woman in Florida whose bet is paying off two times over — technically four times — when she bought two matching Mega Millions tickets, both with the Megaplier option.
2020
UPDATE: Florida winner whose ticket was lost in mail gets her prize. Every lottery player's worst nightmare came true for a Florida woman whose ticket was supposedly lost in the mail by the United States Postal Service over a month ago. After telling her she would have to forfeit her $1,000 prize and then awarding it to another player, the Florida Lottery looked again and discovered the winning ticket was in their possession after all.
2019
Record number of people win SC Lottery Pick 4 game. We now know that a lot of people in South Carolina have the same strategy for the Pick 4 lottery game — and it just won them a lot of money.
2017
Odd Brits furious that lottery jackpot is so high. British media is reporting that lottery players in the United Kingdom are 'disappointed' and 'furious' that lottery jackpots in the island nation have reached record levels.
2015
Oregon man claims $6.3 million Arizona Lottery jackpot. An Oregon man who purchased a lottery ticket in Arizona is now a multi-millionaire.
2015
Group of 12 co-workers claim $60M Lotto Max jackpot. A group of 12 colleagues from Markham, Ont., say they don't plan on retiring after picking up the $60 million jackpot at the Ontario Lottery headquarters Thursday.
2014
Supermarket chain accused of allowing lottery sales to minors. Northeastern University's Public Health Advocacy Institute is demanding that Star Market remove scratch lottery ticket vending machines from its Massachusetts stores after, PHAI claims, a 14-year-old was able to purchase tickets from two stores.
2013
$189 million Mega Millions winning ticket sold in Maryland. In the Tuesday night Mega Millions drawing only one ticket sold in Severn, Maryland, matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball to win the jackpot of $189 million.
2009
N.M. Lottery's Roadrunner Cash game changing this weekend. The New Mexico Lottery is changing the in-state Roadrunner Cash game to create a larger starting prize and jackpots that grow larger, faster.
2009
Frequent lottery wins by retailers investigated. In this 2-part video report, MSNBC revealed the findings of their investigation, in which the most frequent lottery winners were almost always retailers.
2003
Army sergeant wins $150 million Mega Millions jackpot. A U.S. Army sergeant on leave from South Korea claimed the $150 million jackpot on Wednesday in the multi-state Mega Millions lottery.
2003
Powerball Soars to $79 Million. There were no Powerball jackpot winners Wednesday but 394,341 players across the nation won a total of more than $2.8 million in prizes in America's Game. The Saturday Powerball jackpot is now $79 million, with a cash option of $42.3 million.
2003
Blue Springs man wins $2.5 million in Missouri Lotto game. A suburban Kansas City man won $2.5 million in last Saturday's Missouri Lotto game.
2003
Sanford asks S.C. Education Lottery to make small cuts. South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford says he doesn't approve of a state lottery but since it's here, it should be as efficient as possible.
2003
Free lotto ticket promotion taken lightly. Some in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Lincoln communities are concerned that a lotto promotion at a UNL restaurant sent the wrong message to students about gambling.
2003
$10M jackpot winner's luck runs out. A multimillion-dollar lottery jackpot winner had a reversal of fortune yesterday when he was sent to jail for his part in a high-speed police chase.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$651.3 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 2, 2021
2.$367 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Oct 2, 2018
3.$229 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 3, 2018
4.€190 Million
US$223.16 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Oct 3, 2017
5.€190 Million
US$208.56 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Oct 4, 2019
6.€178 Million
US$206.43 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Oct 5, 2021
7.$193 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 3, 2009
8.€162 Million
US$187.06 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Oct 2, 2018
9.$180 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 5, 2005
10.€129 Million
US$179.59 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Oct 8, 2010
11.€150.7 Million
US$168.62 Million
Draw Date
Oct 4, 2016
12.€141 Million
US$157.76 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Oct 4, 2016
13.$151 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 2, 2004
14.€100 Million
US$132.5 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Oct 4, 2011
15.€100 Million
US$125.58 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Oct 3, 2014
16.$120 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Oct 3, 2014
17.$105 Million
Multi-State
Mega Millions
Draw Date
Oct 2, 2009
18.€89.23 Million
US$103.47 Million
Draw Date
Oct 2, 2021
19.€90 Million
US$100.49 Million
Multi-Country
EuroJackpot
Draw Date
Oct 7, 2016
20.$94 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 4, 2017
21.€68 Million
US$86.38 Million
Multi-Country
Euro Millions
Draw Date
Oct 6, 2006
22.$80 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 5, 2016
23.$79 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 4, 2003
24.$70 Million
Multi-State
Powerball
Draw Date
Oct 2, 2013
25.$63 Million
Draw Date
Oct 3, 2009

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1994
Sunday, Oct 2, 1994
27 years old
1984
Tuesday, Oct 2, 1984
37 years old
1974
Wednesday, Oct 2, 1974
47 years old
1971
Saturday, Oct 2, 1971
50 years old
1967
Monday, Oct 2, 1967
54 years old
1966
Sunday, Oct 2, 1966
55 years old
1962
Tuesday, Oct 2, 1962
59 years old
1961
Monday, Oct 2, 1961
60 years old
1954
Saturday, Oct 2, 1954
67 years old
1951
Tuesday, Oct 2, 1951
70 years old
1951
Tuesday, Oct 2, 1951
70 years old
1949
Sunday, Oct 2, 1949
72 years old
1948
Saturday, Oct 2, 1948
73 years old
1946
Wednesday, Oct 2, 1946
75 years old
1944
Monday, Oct 2, 1944
77 years old
1943
Saturday, Oct 2, 1943
78 years old
(year not provided)
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Worldwide Events On This Day

2016
Ethiopian protests break out during a festival in the Oromia region, killing dozens of people.
2007
President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea goes to North Korea for an Inter-Korean summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
2006
Five Amish girls are murdered in a shooting at a school in Pennsylvania, United States.
2004
The first parkrun, then known as the Bushy Park Time Trial, takes place in Bushy Park, London, UK.
2002
The Beltway sniper attacks begin in Washington, D.C., extending over three weeks and killing 10 people.
1996
Aeroperú Flight 603 crashes into the ocean near Peru, killing all 70 people on board.
1996
The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments are signed by U.S. President Bill Clinton.
1992
Military police storm the Carandiru Penitentiary in São Paulo, Brazil during a prison riot. The resulting massacre leaves 111 prisoners dead.
1990
Xiamen Airlines Flight 8301 is hijacked and lands at Guangzhou, where it crashes into two other airliners on the ground, killing 132.
1980
Michael Myers becomes the first member of either chamber of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War.
1971
South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu is re-elected in a one-man election.
1970
An aircraft carrying the Wichita State University football team, administrators, and supporters crashes in Colorado, killing 31 people.
1968
Mexican President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz orders soldiers to suppress a demonstration of unarmed students, ten days before the start of the 1968 Summer Olympics.
1967
Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American justice of the United States Supreme Court.
1958
Guinea declares its independence from France.
1944
World War II: German troops end the Warsaw Uprising.
1942
World War II: Ocean Liner RMS Queen Mary accidentally rams and sinks HMS Curacoa, killing over 300 crewmen aboard Curacoa.
1937
Rafael Trujillo orders the execution of Haitians living in the border region of the Dominican Republic.
1928
The "Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God", commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded.
1870
By plebiscite, the citizens of the Papal States accept annexation by the Kingdom of Italy.
1864
American Civil War: Confederates defeat a Union attack on Saltville, Virginia. A massacre of wounded Union prisoners ensues.
1835
Texas Revolution: Mexican troops attempt to disarm the people of Gonzales, but encounter stiff resistance from a hastily assembled militia.
1789
The United States Bill of Rights is sent to the various States for ratification.
1780
American Revolutionary War: John André, a British Army officer, is hanged as a spy by the Continental Army.
1552
Russo-Kazan Wars: Russian troops enter Kazan.
1470
The Earl of Warwick's rebellion forces King Edward IV of England to flee to the Netherlands, restoring Henry VI to the throne.
1263
The Battle of Largs is fought between Norwegians and Scots.
939
Battle of Andernach: Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor, crushes a rebellion against his rule, by a coalition of Eberhard of Franconia and other Frankish dukes.
829
Theophilos succeeds his father Michael II as Byzantine Emperor.

Births On This Day

1996
Tom Trbojevic, Australian rugby league player
1995
Tepai Moeroa, Cook Islands rugby league player
1994
Joana Eidukonytė, Lithuanian tennis player
1991
Roberto Firmino, Brazilian footballer
1989
Aaron Hicks, American baseball player
1989
George Nash, English rower
1988
Brittany Howard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1987
Bojana Bobusic, Australian tennis player
1987
Joe Ingles, Australian basketball player
1987
Phil Kessel, American ice hockey player
1987
Joel Reinders, American football player
1987
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., American race car driver
1985
Çağlar Birinci, Turkish footballer
1985
Brandon Jackson, American football player
1984
Marion Bartoli, French tennis player
1982
Esra Gümüş, Turkish volleyball player
1981
Santi Kolk, Dutch footballer
1981
Luke Wilkshire, Australian footballer
1978
Ayumi Hamasaki, Japanese singer, songwriter, actress
1977
Didier Défago, Swiss skier
1976
Mark Chilton, English cricketer
1974
Bjarke Ingels, Danish architect
1974
Brian Knight, American baseball player
1974
Matthew Nicholson, Australian cricketer
1974
Sam Roberts, Canadian singer-songwriter and musician
1974
Paul Teutul Jr., American motorcycle designer, co-founded Orange County Choppers
1973
Melissa Harris-Perry, American journalist, author, and educator
1973
Scott Schoeneweis, American baseball player
1972
Aaron McKie, American basketball player
1971
Tiffany Darwish, American singer-songwriter
1971
Jim Root, American guitarist and songwriter
1970
Eddie Guardado, American baseball player
1970
Patricia O'Callaghan, Canadian soprano
1970
Kelly Ripa, American actress and talk show host
1970
Maribel Verdú, Spanish actress
1969
Badly Drawn Boy, English musician
1968
Jana Novotná, Czech tennis player and sportscaster (d. 2017)
1968
Glen Wesley, Canadian ice hockey player
1968
Kelly Willis, American country music singer-songwriter
1967
Frankie Fredericks, Namibian sprinter
1967
Thomas Muster, Austrian tennis player
1967
Gillian Welch, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1965
Darren Cahill, Australian tennis player
1965
Tom Moody, Australian cricketer
1964
Dirk Brinkmann, German field hockey player
1963
Keith Bradshaw, Australian cricketer
1962
Mark Rypien, Canadian-American football player
1960
Glenn Anderson, Canadian ice hockey player
1960
Django Bates, English musician and composer
1960
Joe Sacco, Maltese-American journalist and cartoonist
1960
Dereck Whittenburg, American basketball player and coach
1957
John Cook, American golfer
1957
Wade Dooley, English rugby player
1956
Freddie Jackson, American soul singer
1955
Philip Oakey, English singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer
1953
Vanessa Bell Armstrong, American singer
1951
Sting, English singer-songwriter and actor
1950
Mike Rutherford, English guitarist
1949
Richard Hell, American singer-songwriter and bass player
1949
Annie Leibovitz, American photographer
1948
Trevor Brooking, English footballer and manager
1948
Avery Brooks, American actor
1948
Donna Karan, American fashion designer, founded DKNY
1948
Siim Kallas, Estonian politician, Prime Minister of Estonia
1948
Persis Khambatta, Indian model and actress, (d. 1998)
1947
Ward Churchill, American author and activist
1946
Sonthi Boonyaratglin, Thai general and politician
1945
Martin Hellman, American cryptographer and academic
1945
Don McLean, American singer-songwriter
1944
Vernor Vinge, American author
1943
Anna Ford, English journalist
1943
Henri Szeps, Australian actor
1942
Steve Sabol, American director and producer, co-founded NFL Films (d. 2012)
1941
Diana Hendry, English poet and author
1941
Ron Meagher, American rock bass player
1939
Budhi Kunderan, Indian cricketer (d. 2006)
1938
Waheed Murad, Pakistani actor, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1983)
1938
Rex Reed, American film critic
1937
Johnnie Cochran, American lawyer (d. 2005)
1936
Dick Barnett, American basketball player
1936
Connie Dierking, American basketball player (d. 2013)
1935
Omar Sívori, Italian-Argentine footballer and manager (d. 2005)
1934
Richard Scott, Baron Scott of Foscote, English lawyer and judge
1934
Earl Wilson, American baseball player (d. 2005)
1933
John Gurdon, English biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
1933
Dave Somerville, Canadian singer (d. 2015)
1932
Maury Wills, American baseball player and manager
1930
Dave Barrett, Canadian social worker and politician, 26th Premier of British Columbia (d. 2018)
1929
Peter Bronfman, Canadian businessman (d. 1996)
1929
Moses Gunn, American actor (d. 1993)
1928
George McFarland, American actor (d. 1993)
1928
Wolfhart Pannenberg, Polish-German theologian and academic (d. 2014)
1926
Jan Morris, Welsh historian and author (d. 2020)
1925
Wren Blair, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and manager (d. 2013)
1921
Edmund Crispin, English writer and composer (d. 1978)
1921
Albert Scott Crossfield, American pilot and engineer (d. 2006)
1921
Robert Runcie, English archbishop (d. 2000)
1919
John W. Duarte, English guitarist and composer (d. 2004)
1917
Christian de Duve, Belgian cytologist and biochemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2013)
1917
Charles Drake, American actor (d. 1994)
1915
Chuck Williams, American author and businessman, founded Williams Sonoma (d. 2015)
1914
Jack Parsons, American chemist, occultist, and engineer (d. 1952)
1914
Bernarr Rainbow, English organist, conductor, and historian (d. 1998)
1912
Frank Malina, American engineer and painter (d. 1981)
1909
Alex Raymond, American cartoonist, creator of Flash Gordon (d. 1956)
1907
Víctor Paz Estenssoro, Bolivian politician, President of Bolivia (d. 2001)
1907
Alexander R. Todd, Scottish biochemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1997)
1906
Thomas Hollway, Australian politician, Premier of Victoria (d. 1971)
1905
Franjo Šeper, Croatian cardinal (d. 1981)
1904
Graham Greene, English novelist, playwright, and critic (d. 1991)
1904
Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indian and politician, Prime Minister of India (d. 1966)
1902
Leopold Figl, Austrian politician, Chancellor of Austria (d. 1965)
1895
Ruth Cheney Streeter, American colonel (d. 1990)
1893
Leroy Shield, American composer and conductor (d. 1962)
1890
Groucho Marx, American comedian and actor (d. 1977)
1883
Karl von Terzaghi, Austrian geologist and engineer (d. 1963)
1882
Boris Shaposhnikov, Russian colonel (d. 1945)
1879
Wallace Stevens, American poet (d. 1955)
1875
Pattie Ruffner Jacobs, American suffragist (d. 1935)
1873
Stephen Warfield Gambrill, American lawyer and politician (d. 1924)
1873
Pelham Warner, English cricketer and manager (d. 1963)
1871
Cordell Hull, American politician, United States Secretary of State, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1955)
1871
Martha Brookes Hutcheson, American landscaper and author (d. 1959)
1869
Mahatma Gandhi, Indian freedom fighter, activist and philosopher (d. 1948)
1854
Patrick Geddes, Scottish biologist, sociologist, geographer, and philanthropist (d. 1932)
1852
William Ramsay, Scottish chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1916)
1851
Ferdinand Foch, French field marshal (d. 1929)
1847
Paul von Hindenburg, German field marshal and politician, 2nd President of Germany (d. 1934)
1832
Edward Burnett Tylor, English anthropologist (d. 1917)
1828
Charles Floquet, French lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of France (d. 1896)
1821
Alexander P. Stewart, American general (d. 1908)
1815
James Agnew, Irish-Australian politician, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1901)
1800
Nat Turner, American slave and uprising leader (d. 1831)
1798
Charles Albert, King of Sardinia (1831-49) (d. 1849)
1768
William Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, English general and politician (d. 1854)
1718
Elizabeth Montagu, English author and critic (d. 1800)
1538
Charles Borromeo, Italian cardinal and saint (d. 1584)
1527
William Drury, English politician (d. 1579)
1470
Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal, Daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon (d. 1498)
1452
Richard III of England (d. 1485)

Deaths On This Day

2020
Anne-Marie Hutchinson, British lawyer (b. 1957)
2018
Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi journalist (b. 1958)
2017
Tom Petty, American musician (b. 1950)
2016
Neville Marriner, British conductor (b. 1924)
2015
Brian Friel, Irish author, playwright, and director (b. 1929)
2015
Coleridge Goode, Jamaican-English bassist and composer (b. 1914)
2015
Johnny Paton, Scottish footballer and coach (b. 1923)
2014
Robert Flower, Australian footballer (b. 1955)
2013
Abraham Nemeth, American mathematician and academic (b. 1918)
2012
Nguyễn Chí Thiện, Vietnamese-American poet and activist (b. 1939)
2012
Charles Roach, Trinidadian-Canadian lawyer and activist (b. 1933)
2012
J. Philippe Rushton, English-Canadian psychologist, theorist, academic (b. 1943)
2010
Kwa Geok Choo, Singaporean lawyer and scholar (b. 1920)
2007
Tex Coulter, American football player (b. 1924)
2007
George Grizzard, American actor (b. 1928)
2007
Dan Keating, Irish Republican Army volunteer (b. 1902)
2006
Helen Chenoweth-Hage, American politician (b. 1938)
2006
Paul Halmos, Hungarian-American mathematician (b. 1916)
2005
Nipsey Russell, American comedian and actor (b. 1918)
2005
August Wilson, American author and playwright (b. 1945)
2003
John Thomas Dunlop, American scholar and politician, United States Secretary of Labor (b. 1914)
2002
Heinz von Foerster, Austrian-American physicist and philosopher (b. 1911)
2001
Franz Biebl, German composer and academic (b. 1906)
2000
David Tonkin, Australian politician, Premier of South Australia (b. 1929)
1999
Heinz G. Konsalik, German journalist and author (b. 1921)
1998
Gene Autry, American actor, singer, and guitarist (b. 1907)
1996
Robert Bourassa, Canadian lawyer and politician, Premier of Quebec (b. 1933)
1996
Andrey Lukanov, Bulgarian politician, 40th Prime Minister of Bulgaria (b. 1938)
1991
Hazen Argue, Canadian politician (b. 1921)
1991
Demetrios I of Constantinople (b. 1914)
1988
Alec Issigonis, English car designer, designed the Mini (b. 1906)
1988
Hamengkubuwono IX, Indonesian politician, Vice President of Indonesia (b. 1912)
1987
Madeleine Carroll, English actress (b. 1906)
1987
Peter Medawar, Brazilian-English biologist and zoologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)
1985
Rock Hudson, American actor (b. 1925)
1981
Harry Golden, American journalist and author (b. 1902)
1981
Hazel Scott, Trinidadian-American activist, actress, and musician (b. 1920)
1975
K. Kamaraj, Indian lawyer and politician (b. 1903)
1974
Vasily Shukshin, Russian actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1929)
1973
Paul Hartman, American actor and dancer (b. 1904)
1973
Paavo Nurmi, Finnish runner (b. 1897)
1971
Jessie Arms Botke, American painter (b. 1883)
1968
Marcel Duchamp, French painter and sculptor (b. 1887)
1955
William R. Orthwein, American swimmer and water polo player (b. 1881)
1953
John Marin, American painter (b. 1870)
1943
John Evans, English-Australian politician, 21st Premier of Tasmania (b. 1855)
1938
Alexandru Averescu, Romanian military leader and politician, 24th Prime Minister of Romania (b. 1859)
1927
Svante Arrhenius, Swedish physicist and chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1859)
1920
Max Bruch, German composer and conductor (b. 1838)
1853
François Arago, French mathematician, physicist, astronomer, and politician (b. 1786)
1850
Sarah Biffen, English painter (b. 1784)
1804
Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, French engineer (b. 1725)
1803
Samuel Adams, American politician, Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1722)
1786
Augustus Keppel, 1st Viscount Keppel, English admiral and politician (b. 1725)
1782
Charles Lee, English-born American general (b. 1732)
1780
John André, English soldier (b. 1750)
1764
William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1720)
1746
Josiah Burchett, English admiral and politician (b. 1666)
1724
François-Timoléon de Choisy, French historian and author (b. 1644)
1709
Ivan Mazepa, Ukrainian diplomat (b. 1639)
1708
Anne Jules de Noailles, French general (b. 1650)
1678
Wu Sangui, Qing Chinese general (b. 1612)
1629
Antonio Cifra, Italian composer (b. 1584)
1629
Pierre de Bérulle, French cardinal and theologian (b. 1575)
1626
Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, 1st Count of Gondomar, Spanish academic and diplomat (b. 1567)
1559
Jacquet of Mantua, French-Italian composer (b. 1483)
1264
Pope Urban IV
939
Eberhard of Franconia
939
Gilbert, Duke of Lorraine
829
Michael II, Byzantine emperor
534
Athalaric, king of the Ostrogoths in Italy