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$600 MILLION: Biggest Powerball jackpot ever
Closing in on all-time lottery record By Todd Northrop Only once before has the United States or the world witnessed a lottery-buying frenzy like we are seeing this week. That was in March, 2012, when the multi-state Mega Millions game was busy setting a record for the largest jackpot in world history. This time it's Powerball's turn to make people stop what they're doing and line up for lottery tickets. Powerball tickets are being bought at such a rapid pace that the Multi-State
May 17, 2013, 1:05 pm - Lottery News

$550 MILLION: Powerball jackpot now more than a half-billion dollars
By Todd Northrop Just 12 hours after the initial Powerball jackpot estimate of $475 million was set, lottery officials announced that strong sales have pushed the official estimate for Saturday's drawing to $550 million. The current jackpot is the second largest in Powerball history and the third largest jackpot in U.S. history. The new estimated lump-sum cash value of the jackpot is $350.1 million. Judging from past jackpot run-ups, it is almost certain that the jackpot will be rais
May 16, 2013, 4:09 pm - Lottery News

$475 MILLION: Powerball jackpot nears a half-billion dollars
3rd largest lottery jackpot the world has ever seen By Todd Northrop You want to win a half-billion dollar jackpot? For only the third time in history, it is possible or will be, by the time Saturday's drawing comes around. Let the frenzy begin. Millions upon millions of people around the country will be lining up for their chance to claim the historic jackpot Saturday evening. The Powerball jackpot is so huge that the next-highest jackpot in history is $85 million less than Saturday
May 16, 2013, 12:50 am - Lottery News

$190 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot rolls
Florida residents can join in the fun for the first time By Todd Northrop Lottery players across the United States including Florida for the first time are buying their Mega Millions tickets in preparation for Friday's massive $190 million drawing. (See Mega Millions comes to Florida, Lottery Post, May 15, 2013.) The cash value stands at a staggering $140.9 million. Lottery players typically think of the cash value as roughly half of the annuity estimate, but this Mega Millions cash
May 15, 2013, 9:09 am - Lottery News

$360 MILLION: Powerball jackpot raised on huge sales
Now 5th-largest cash value in history By Todd Northrop Due to larger than expected sales volume, the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) has raised the official Powerball lottery jackpot estimate for Wednesday's drawing to $360 million. The all-important lump-sum cash value of the jackpot has been raised to $229.2 million now the 5th-largest cash jackpot ever offered in a United States lottery. This jackpot has started a buzz across New Mexico and it's bringing out a flood of peo
May 14, 2013, 12:46 pm - Lottery News

$350 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot soars
7th-largest US jackpot ever; 6th-largest cash value By Todd Northrop For only the 7th time in the history of United States lotteries, a lottery jackpot has grown to $350 million or more. The new high-water mark of $350 million for the current Powerball jackpot was achieved after no winning tickets were sold for Saturday night's $270 million grand prize. The lump-sum cash payout value of Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is $222.8 million. After-tax cash and annuity prize amounts are repo
May 12, 2013, 8:15 am - Lottery News

$170 MILLION: Mega Millions back into the realm of monster jackpots
By Todd Northrop As Powerball has been grabbing headlines for its frequent big jackpots, the United States's other huge multi-state game, Mega Millions, has been quietly and steadily increasing its jackpot. Tuesday night we'll find out if the Mega Millions lottery game enters into the realm of $200+ million jackpots, or if an incredibly lucky ticket-holder wins a $170 million jackpot. The lump-sum cash value stands at a staggering $126.7 million. It's been some time since the Mega Mi
May 11, 2013, 9:39 am - Lottery News

$270 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot surges
By Todd Northrop There was no jackpot winner in the Wednesday night drawing of the multi-state Powerball game, causing the grand prize to increase to an estimated $270 million for Saturday's drawing. Wednesday was the 11th consecutive drawing without a jackpot winner. The current jackpot run started April 3 as a $40 million jackpot. The estimated cash value for the new jackpot is $175.8 Million. After-tax cash and annuity prize amounts are reported state-by-state on the Jackpot Analysis
May 9, 2013, 12:31 am - Lottery News

Multi-state lottery jackpots top a combined $375 million
The jackpot for Friday's Mega Millions rolled over to $154 million, while the top prize in tonight's Powerball multi-state lottery stands at $222 million. The numbers drawn in Tuesday night's Mega Millions lottery were 1, 6, 13, 20 and 51, and the Mega Ball was 31. The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since a player in Ohio won $41 million on March 12. The Powerball jackpot has been climbing since March 30, when an Illinois player won $50 million. If a single player wins tonigh
May 8, 2013, 10:15 am - Lottery News

$222 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot rolls again
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 $222 million for Wednesday's drawing. Saturday was the 10th consecutive drawing without a jackpot winner. The jackpot run started April 3 as a $40 million jackpot. The estimated cash value for the new jackpot is $144.5 million. After-tax cash and annuity prize amounts are reported state-by-state on the Jackpot Analysis
May 5, 2013, 9:12 am - Lottery News