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Powerball selling 100,000 tickets per minute
Half-billion dollar jackpot generating unprecedented sales MUSL also expects to award $70 million in non-jackpot cash prizes Wednesday By Todd Northrop Player enthusiasm nationwide for Wednesday night's Powerball jackpot, the largest in Powerball history, has resulted in record sales leading to an increase today in the estimated jackpot amount to $500 million currently the largest in the world, and the second largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history. Besides the jackpot, Powerball is
Nov 27, 2012, 7:03 pm - Lottery News

$500 MILLION: Powerball jackpot increased to a half-billion dollars
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, 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 Lottery Association (MUSL), which operates the
Nov 27, 2012, 1:05 pm - Lottery News

$425 MILLION: Largest Powerball lottery jackpot in history
2nd largest jackpot the world has ever seen By Todd Northrop Let the frenzy begin. For only the 2nd time in the history of United States lotteries or in the history of lotteries around the world a lottery jackpot run-up has exceeded $400 million. It's a prize level never seen by the Powerball multi-state game, and only once seen by the rival Mega Millions game. And millions upon millions of people around the country will be lining up for their chance to claim the historic jackpot Wed
Nov 25, 2012, 12:55 am - Lottery News

Retired Illinois couple share $656M lottery jackpot
By Todd Northrop Updated 6:24 pm: Prize payout information A retired computer systems designer and his wife, a computer programmer, have claimed the final share of the March 30 $656 million Mega Millions lottery drawing. Merle, 65, and Pat Butler, 62, claimed the jackpot at the Red Bud Village Hall in the small southern Illinois town of Red Bud. The winning ticket was sold at a nearby Motomart in the town of 6,000 people. Their share of the record-setting $656 million jackpot was $21
Apr 18, 2012, 11:57 am - Lottery News

Maryland Mega Millions winners claim prize anonymously
Three public school employees nab share of record jackpot Includes video report By Todd Northrop The Maryland Mega Millions lottery winners are three Maryland public school employees, who split the world's biggest lottery jackpot with two other winners from Kansas and Illinois. The trio claimed their share of the jackpot Monday at Maryland Lottery headquarters. Maryland laws allow lottery winners to remain anonymous when collecting their prize, and the winners chose that opt
Apr 10, 2012, 8:34 am - Lottery News

Kansas Mega Millions winner claims jackpot anonymously
By Todd Northrop The holder of one of three winning tickets in last week's record $656 million Mega Millions drawing came forward Friday to claim a share, Kansas Lottery officials announced Friday afternoon. The winner a single ticket holder has chosen to remain anonymous, state lottery director Dennis Wilson said. The announcement was made at an afternoon press conference at state lottery headquarters in Topeka. Under Kansas law, lottery winners can choose not to publicly reveal the
Apr 6, 2012, 6:04 pm - Lottery News

Mega Millions buying frenzy sends jackpot beyond highest imagined amount By Todd Northrop Even the state lotteries offering Mega Millions did not imagine a jackpot this large. When Mega Millions last changed its number matrix in June, 2005, the lotteries said that it created the possiblility that could swell the game's jackpots as high as half a billion dollars. (See Odds longer, prizes bigger as California joins Mega Millions, Lottery Post, June 22, 2005.) Could they have imagined t
Mar 30, 2012, 12:21 pm - Lottery News

Mega Millions fever sweeps nation as jackpot hits $540 million
Includes video report Waiting with anticipation for that big drawing tonight? Here's a news story and some videos to help pass the time and keep those dreams alive. Lines have been snaking around stores from coast to coast all week with customers looking to cash in on what has now become the largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, tonight's $540 million Mega Millions drawing. A now eye-popping 400 million tickets have been sold in just the last 48 hours for the drawing set to take plac
Mar 30, 2012, 8:53 am - Lottery News

$540 MILLION: Mega Millions buying frenzy sparks another jackpot increase
By Todd Northrop The United States perhaps the world has never witnessed a lottery-buying frenzy like we are seeing this week. Mega Millions tickets are being bought at such a rapid pace that the state lotteries in the Mega Millions consortium have raised the jackpot estimate for the second time in as many days. Early Wednesday morning, just after 1:00 am Eastern Time, USA Mega announced the new record Mega Millions jackpot of $476 million after nobody won in the Tuesday evening drawing
Mar 29, 2012, 1:26 pm - Lottery News

$500 MILLION: Mega Millions sets all-time lottery jackpot record
Friday Mega Millions jackpot rewrites the record books as the largest lottery prize the world has ever seen UPDATED 11:50 am: Jackpot revised to $500 million ($359.4 million cash) By Todd Northrop There will be a lot of daydreaming going on this week around America. Dreaming about what it would be like to win a half-billion dollars. That's because Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing did not produce a winner, sending the game into uncharted territory. The new jackpot for Friday, March
Mar 28, 2012, 1:12 am - Lottery News