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$550 MILLION: Red hot Powerball jackpot rolls again
By Todd Northrop This week Powerball is the hot ticket, featuring a jackpot payout of more than a half-billion dollars. The new high-water mark of $550 million for the current Powerball annuity jackpot estimate was achieved after no winning tickets were sold for Saturday night's $492.1 million grand prize. The new jackpot stands as the 11th-largest ever recorded in United States lottery history. (See top 25 annuity and cash values below.) The lump-sum cash payout value of Wednesday's Po
Mar 17, 2019, 9:01 am - Lottery News

$495 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot climbs, awaits its first winner of 2019
By Todd Northrop Two and a half months into 2019, we still don't have a Powerball jackpot winner. But it's not for a lack of trying: The multi-state lottery game now features a jackpot worth a half-billion dollars. The last person to win the game was David Johnson, a Brooklyn, New York truck driver, who claimed a $298.3 million jackpot from the Dec. 26, 2018 drawing. After that drawing, the Powerball jackpot reset to $40 million and continued to rollover for 22 consecutive drawings,
Mar 14, 2019, 8:35 am - Lottery News

$900 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot raised just hours after initial estimate
By Todd Northrop Well, that was quick. Less than 12 hours after the initial estimate for Friday's Mega Millions jackpot was set early this morning, the already ground-shaking grand prize has now increased to an estimated $900 million. The jackpot's estimated cash value has also been increased to $513.4 million. Friday's $900 million Mega Millions jackpot is the largest in the game's history, and the 2nd-largest lottery jackpot in world history. The only larger lottery jackpot ever aw
Oct 17, 2018, 12:24 pm - Lottery News

$654 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot skyrockets
4th-largest US lottery jackpot in history; 7th-largest cash value By Todd Northrop There are going to be a lot of lottery tickets sold this week. For only the 5th time in the history of United States lotteries, a lottery jackpot has grown to more than $600 million. The new high-water mark of $654 million for the current Mega Millions jackpot was achieved after no winning tickets were sold for Friday night's $548 million grand prize. The lump-sum cash payout value of Tuesday's Mega
Oct 13, 2018, 10:19 am - Lottery News

Powerball winning ticket sold in Saturday's $245.6 million drawing
A single ticket sold in New York state won Saturday's Powerball jackpot worth $245.6 million, lottery officials announced early Sunday. The winning ticket was sold at the Stop Shop, 2754 Hylan Boulevard, on Staten Island, according to the New York State Lottery's Web site. There was no immediate word on who holds the winning ticket. Also Saturday there was a winner in Florida of a secondary prize of $2 million and a winner in Georgia of a $1 million prize. Saturday's winning Powerball n
Aug 12, 2018, 3:36 pm - Lottery News

$512 MILLION: Huge Mega Millions lottery sales prompts jackpot increase
By Todd Northrop A rush of ticket sales for the half-billion-dollar Mega Millions jackpot has prompted lottery officials to revise their estimate for the Tuesday night drawing to $512 million. The all-important lump-sum cash value is now estimated to be a staggering $303.4 million. Tuesday's drawing will be the 23rd since Mega Millions had a winner. The current jackpot run-up started on May 8 as a $40 million grand prize. Lottery players seeking to check the winning numbers Tuesday n
Jul 23, 2018, 1:10 pm - Lottery News

$521 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot raised due to surging sales
By Todd Northrop A rush of ticket sales for the half-billion-dollar Mega Millions jackpot has prompted lottery officials to revise their estimate for the Friday night drawing to $521 million. The all-important lump-sum cash value is now estimated to be a staggering $317.2 million. Friday's drawing will be the 24th since Mega Millions had a winner. The current jackpot run-up started on Jan. 9 as a $40 million grand prize. According to the Maryland Lottery, if nobody wins the Friday ja
Mar 30, 2018, 12:25 pm - Lottery News

Michigan Lottery's gamble on new website doesn't pay off on first try
The Michigan Lottery launched a refreshed website Wednesday morning, but it didn't go as planned. Users of the new MichiganLottery.com experienced slowdowns after the change-over from the old site, lottery spokesman Jeff Holyfield said. We were getting calls, emails... from players saying the website wasn't responding well, he said. The project team took down the site for a couple minutes and tried to fix the issue, but it didn't immediately work. It then reverted to the old site so pl
Jan 18, 2018, 10:17 am - Lottery News

$191 million Louisiana Powerball lottery winner claims prize
An October Powerball drawing that awarded a $191 million jackpot to a ticket purchased in Louisiana was claimed by an attorney representing a partnership, in order to mask the winners from public scrutiny. Lafayette attorney Jean C. Breaux Jr. appeared at Lottery headquarters Tuesday morning with the Powerball ticket worth an estimated $191.1 million and claimed the prize via a Power of Attorney on behalf of his client, a three-member family partnership. The group, 292 Family Partnership,
Dec 14, 2017, 9:40 am - Lottery News

$650 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot skyrockets
3rd-largest US jackpot ever; 3rd-largest cash value ever By Todd Northrop There are going to be a lot of lottery tickets sold this week. For only the 4th time in the history of United States lotteries, a lottery jackpot has grown to more than $600 million. The new high-water mark of $650 million for the current Powerball jackpot was achieved after no winning tickets were sold for Saturday night's $541.9 million grand prize. The lump-sum cash payout value of Wednesday's Powerball j
Aug 20, 2017, 1:44 am - Lottery News