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Three tickets to split massive $564 million Powerball jackpot
Final jackpot total of $564.1 million is fifth-largest ever in USA By Todd Northrop Three Powerball lottery tickets sold in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Texas matched all the winning numbers Wednesday night to share a $564.1 million jackpot. The winning numbers in the Wed., Feb. 11, 2015, drawing were 11, 13, 25, 39, and 54, with Powerball number 19. The Power Play number was 3. The $564.1 million Powerball jackpot, which is the fifth-largest of any lottery game in history, start
Feb 12, 2015, 1:11 am - Lottery News

$HALF-BILLION! Powerball raised again on monster sales
By Todd Northrop Less than 24 hours after lottery officials were forced to raise the Wednesday Powerball jackpot estimate, they have done it again now to $500 million. The current jackpot is the third-largest in Powerball history and the fifth-largest jackpot of any lottery game in U.S. history. It is only the fifth time in history that lottery players have been able to play for a half-billion dollars. It could all go to one person. The new estimated lump-sum cash value of the jackpo
Feb 11, 2015, 11:30 am - Lottery News

$485 MILLION: Powerball jackpot raised
Big sales volume prompts early jackpot increase 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 $485 million. The all-important lump-sum cash value of the jackpot has been raised to $327.7 million still the 5th-largest cash jackpot ever offered in a United States lottery. Lottery players seeking to check the winning numbers Wednesday night are ur
Feb 10, 2015, 2:28 pm - Lottery News

$380 MILLION: Massive sales push Powerball jackpot higher
Now 10th-largest jackpot in US 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 Saturday's drawing to $380 million. The updated jackpot figure propelled Saturday's drawing into the top 10 highest jackpots in United States lottery history. (See the top 25 annuity and cash value jackpots below.) The all-important lump-sum cash value of the jackpot has been raised
Feb 6, 2015, 2:04 pm - Lottery News

$360 MILLION: Powerball jackpot surges on rollover
6th-largest cash value in US history By Todd Northrop This weekend Powerball will be the hot ticket, featuring a jackpot larger than any other United States lottery drawing in almost a year. The new high-water mark of $360 million for the current Powerball jackpot was achieved after no winning tickets were sold for Wednesday night's $324.7 million grand prize. The lump-sum cash payout value of Saturday's Powerball jackpot is $250.5 million the 6th-largest ever recorded in United Stat
Feb 6, 2015, 9:35 am - Lottery News

Powerball heats up with $317 million jackpot
Largest Powerball jackpot in a year; 12th-largest cash value in US lottery history By Todd Northrop Big multi-state lottery jackpots may have been missing somewhat in 2014, but just a month into 2015 lottery players are already seeing a second massive grand prize looming. The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday, February 4, 2015, now stands at $317 million the largest jackpot for the game in nearly a year. The last time a Powerball jackpot was this large was on Feb. 19, 2014, when a Star Wa
Feb 2, 2015, 4:59 pm - Lottery News

MUSL employee arrested in Hot Lotto jackpot mystery
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has made an arrest in the four-year-old case involving a winning Hot Lotto ticket worth more than $16 million which the winner mysteriously decided not to claim. Eddie Raymond Tipton, 51, of Norwalk, was arrested on Thursday. He has been charged with two counts of fraud, which are class D felonies. Tipton is Director of Information Security for the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which is a vendor of the Iowa Lottery. His job prohibits hi
Jan 15, 2015, 10:44 pm - Lottery News

Lottery winner waits till deadline to claim $1M prize 'just because'
A Sterling, Virginia, man redeemed his $1 million Virginia lottery ticket four days before the prize money was set to expire. Virginia lottery officials said Aaron Monsey, who works as a carpenter, bought the winning ticket nearly six months ago at Sterling Park Exxon (formerly Getty Mart) at 209 East Holly Avenue in Sterling. He returned to the gas station Dec. 15 to receive his check from the Virginia Lottery. Monsey used Easy Pick, allowing a computer to randomly generate the numbers o
Dec 19, 2014, 8:33 am - Lottery News

Lottery Post Founder featured in John Oliver HBO segment
Includes video report By Todd Northrop On the final episode of HBO's Last Week Tonight for the year, host John Oliver took a look at state lotteries and argued that they disproportionately take money from the poor by selling hope while failing to deliver on the promise of a better life or improved funding of state programs. Included in the segment was an examination of how difficult the Mega Millions multi-state lottery game is to win. The show borrowed a clip from CNN's New Day program
Nov 10, 2014, 9:39 am - Lottery News

Iowa Lottery officials track down $1 million winner
Includes audio report After six months of sleuthing, Iowa Lottery officials made contact with a man who'd won a $1 million Powerball prize back in November but didn't know it because he hadn't checked the ticket. You've heard us say before that we want to see our prizes claimed when someone legitimately has won them, Lottery CEO Terry Rich said Monday. We hope that our work in this situation demonstrates that. Richard Watson of Belton, Mo., claimed his $1 million prize Monday at lotte
May 20, 2014, 10:29 am - Lottery News