$205 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot surges
By Todd Northrop
There was no jackpot winner in the Wednesday night drawing of the multi-state Powerball lottery game, causing the grand prize to increase to an estimated $205 million for Saturday's drawing.
Wednesday was the 12th consecutive drawing without a jackpot winner. The jackpot run started April 28 as a $40 million jackpot.
The estimated cash value for the new jackpot is $139.6 million. After-tax cash and annuity prize amounts are reported state-by-state on the Jackpot Analysi ...
Jun 7, 2012, 10:13 am - Lottery News forum
Two big-money Mega Millions tickets could be lost, CA Lottery official says
Two months after a record-breaking Mega Millions lottery draw, two tickets valued at $227,955 each remain unclaimed, and a California Lottery official said Wednesday the tickets including one sold in Hollywood may very well have been lost.
California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said he would lean toward predicting that the two tickets, which matched five of six winning numbers, will never be turned in, considering how much time has passed since the $656 million draw in March.
But, he s ...
May 31, 2012, 10:31 am - Lottery News forum
N.Y. lottery winner's gain hurts his home town
One Green Island, New York, resident's Lottery bonanza could be a financial nightmare for the village's tiny school system.
John Kutey's $28.7 million share of the $319 million Mega Millions prize in 2011 may lead to a mega cut in state aid for the Green Island Union Free School District.
At risk are the district's staffing and educational programs. Saving them may mean another double-digit jump in property taxes.
The village has the second largest tax levy rate hike in the state this y ...
May 30, 2012, 6:31 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery to add Powerball online ticket sales
Powerball would be added to the mix of lottery games that Illinois offers online under legislation that squeaked through the House Monday.
The multi-state Powerball game would join Lotto and Mega Millions, the two games Illinois put online in March when it became the first state in the nation to sell lottery tickets by Internet.
Dismissing opposition, Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said the measure simply adds a third game online rather than opening the door to widespread gambling that the bill' ...
May 29, 2012, 1:19 pm - Lottery News forum
$102 million lottery winners - 17 years later
Includes video report
Playing Powerball tonight? You may want to hear what a Phoenix woman has to say she won Arizona's biggest Powerball jackpot nearly 20 years ago.
On March 4th, 1995, part time secretary Shirley Pence stopped by a 7/11 store near 24th Avenue and Greenway in Phoenix to buy a Powerball quick pick ticket. Turned out she had a winner.
Oh we just grabbed each other and held each other, she said. And I cried and shook.
Don, a self employed house painter, and his wife ...
May 23, 2012, 10:02 am - Lottery News forum
Store owner tried to scam woman out of lottery winnings
Louisiana Lottery able to track down real winner
A woman was almost scammed out of her lottery winnings by the convenience store where she bought the ticket, according to Louisiana Lottery officials. But a simple step helped authorities find the rightful winner.
Fong Kwok hasn't had a day off in four years. So when she found out she won $10,000 in the Louisiana Lottery she was ecstatic.
That day I just was so happy, said Kwok, who owns Bamboo Restaurant in New Orleans East. I could not ...
May 20, 2012, 7:23 am - Lottery News forum
Two workers in lottery pool sue over $118 million ticket
Two employees of a Chicago Heights, Illinois, bakery are suing co-workers over a $118 million Mega Millions jackpot, alleging they were unfairly left out of the winnings.
Jose Franco and Marco Medina were regular participants in a lottery pool with co-workers at the bakery for about a year, according to the suit.
The group won $9 during a drawing on May 1, and there was an understanding that the money would be used to purchase more tickets for a May 4 drawing, the suit said. Some employees ...
May 17, 2012, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner buys golf course
Recent lottery winner Wally Markham isn't just a member of his local country club he owns it.
Markham, 65, won the Iowa Lottery Hot Lotto jackpot in November, netting about $3.5 million after taxes. The retiree invested most of his winnings, but first set aside enough to buy the faltering La Porte City Country Club.
Markham was already a member of the country club and even volunteered there, mowing the greens and doing odd jobs.
It was going downhill, and they were financially in troub ...
May 14, 2012, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum
Six $1M Powerball tickets claimed by one Arizona winner
Winner stays anonymous
The Arizona Lottery announced today that all six $1 million Powerball second prize tickets won in Arizona from the drawing on Wednesday, April 25 have been claimed by one person.
The six $1 million winning tickets were purchased by one Glendale resident at the QuikTrip located at 6702 W. Glendale Ave. in Glendale. The winning numbers were 4, 25, 29, 34, and 43, with Powerball number 29.
The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, claimed the six tickets over the c ...
May 9, 2012, 8:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman accuses son of taking $51 million lottery ticket
A California woman has sued her son and accused him of making off with her $51 million Mega Millions lottery ticket, and then racking up expenses on houses, cars, and cash gifts.
The legal dispute between Etta May Urquhart, 76, and her son Ronnie Orender, who had been a truck driver, centers on who owns the ticket. She admits he signed it, but she is the one who lottery officials acknowledge bought the slip of paper.
In May 2011, Urquhart went to her local Mobil gas station in Bakersfield, ...
May 6, 2012, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum