Inexperienced lottery player's confusion leads to $150,000 prize
A novice lottery player in Oregon who ended up confused while trying to buy a Powerball ticket had his inexperience pay off when he won $150,000.
Michael Faught of Lebanon told Oregon Lottery officials he and his wife were on a roadtrip when they decided to buy some Powerball tickets, which they rarely do, at the Food for Less store in Medford.
Faught said he ended up making a purchase he didn't intend when he didn't understand the clerk's questions.
The customer service clerk wanted t ...
Apr 23, 2019, 10:33 am - Lottery News forum
Long-lost $50,000 lottery ticket found one day before expiration
A Missouri couple found a lottery ticket in their glove compartment and discovered it was a $50,000 winner just one day before it would have expired.
Joseph Randy Moore of St. Peters told Missouri Lottery officials his wife, Karen, stopped for a tea on her way to work and discovered a few forgotten Powerball tickets in the glove compartment of her vehicle.
She took them inside to have them scanned, and she texted me a picture of one asking if I knew what 'Claim At Lottery' meant, Moore sa ...
Apr 18, 2019, 12:27 pm - Lottery News forum
New giveaway formed after $1 million Iowa Lottery prize goes unclaimed
The Iowa Lottery released a plan for a new giveaway, funded by the money from an unclaimed prize in Nevada.
A $1 million prize was won in the Powerball drawing on April 11, 2018 at a Casey's store in Nevada, Iowa Lottery CEO Matt Strawn said.
This is the first time in Iowa Lottery history that a $1 million prize has not been claimed.
Strawn said the money had to go into a new giveaway to follow state code. And then, the policy makers, of course, with the proceeds generated by the Iowa ...
Apr 16, 2019, 3:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Man rescues lotto ticket from garbage, wins $25,000 a year for life
A Michigan man will be making $25,000 a year for life after rescuing his lotto ticket from the garbage.
Jeff Heinig rescued his Lucky for Life ticket from the trash after he initially tossed it thinking it was worthless.
Heinig, who is from the town of Harrison, purchased the ticket last Wednesday.
He told the state's lotto officials that he got his dates mixed up and checked the website before the drawing had even happened.
I was back on the website Friday, and the Lucky For Life ...
Apr 12, 2019, 11:55 am - Lottery News forum
Florida's biggest Powerball winner sues her own son after winnings squandered
Gloria C. Mackenzie became the largest sole lottery winner in U.S. history in mid-2013 when the then 84-year-old took home about $278 million after taxes on a $590 million Powerball ticket she bought at a Zephyrhills Publix supermarket.
Five years later she sued her son Scott Mackenzie, who was her caretaker and the one who had total control over millions of dollars in winnings, saying he and his investment manager each lived off the money while poorly investing the proceeds, according to her ...
Apr 11, 2019, 4:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Powerball winner-turned lawmaker opposes anonymity for lottery prizewinners
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A Powerball jackpot winner from Bondurant, Iowa, who was elected to the state legislature says he would oppose efforts to let lottery winners stay anonymous.
At least nine states allow major lottery jackpot winners to stay anonymous, and some other states allow a form of anonymity by claiming prizes through a private legal entity. Earlier this year, Virginia became the latest state to allow lottery winners to remain anonymous but only if their prize is greater than $1 ...
Apr 11, 2019, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma couple surprises clerk with portion of lottery winnings
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What would you do if you hit it big with the lottery?
Many people often dream about paying off debt, going on vacation or helping others if they suddenly struck it rich.
Now, an Oklahoma couple is putting their money where their mouths are.
Officials with the Oklahoma Lottery say that a couple recently won a $50,000 Powerball drawing when they purchased a misprinted ticket that someone else didn't want.
Earlier this week, the couple surprised the clerk that s ...
Mar 29, 2019, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
$768.4 million Powerball lottery jackpot won by single ticket sold in Wisconsin
By Todd Northrop
One Powerball lottery ticket sold in Wisconsin won the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history on Wednesday night.
The lucky numbers for the $768.4 million jackpot were 16, 20, 37, 44, and 62, with Powerball number 12. The Power Play multiplier was 3. The top prize surged from an estimated $750 million due to strong ticket sales.
The lump sum payout is $476.9 million.
The winning ticket was sold in New Berlin, a city of about 40,000 people roughly 14 miles (22.5 ...
Mar 28, 2019, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
$750 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot surges to 4th-largest ever
Only the 4th time in history a lottery jackpot has grown to $700 million+
By Todd Northrop
This week lottery players across the United States will be pulling out all the stops to try and win Powerball, featuring one of the largest lottery jackpots in history, worth an estimated $750 million.
If you feel like it's been a long time since Powerball last had a jackpot winner you'd be right. The 25 consecutive drawings since the last winner on Dec. 26 is the longest stretch without a jackpot ...
Mar 24, 2019, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum
Kansas man claims $50M Mega Millions jackpot on ticket he purchased in Missouri
By Todd Northrop
A Kansas man who stopped to get gas and a Mega Millions lottery ticket in Kansas City, Missouri is now $50 million richer.
According to a news release from the Missouri Lottery, Hira Singh of Shawnee, Kansas, claimed the jackpot in Jefferson City this week.
The Quick Pick ticket Singh bought at the QuikTrip at 6641 E. Truman Road in Kansas City matched all six Mega Millions numbers drawn on March 12. Those numbers were 10, 12, 16, 49, and 57 with Mega Ball number 18.
Mar 22, 2019, 5:58 am - Lottery News forum