2nd Powerball winner from Rhode Island announced
A Rhode Island woman claimed the second Powerball jackpot in that state in recent months Tuesday but it fell to her attorney to pose alongside the oversized lottery check.
Kathleen Last of Smithfield, R.I., had the winning ticket in the March 7 drawing for the $60 million Powerball prize, state lottery officials said. She elected to take her winnings in a $37 million lump sum.
Last's attorney represented her at Tuesday's official announcement of her winnings. Attorney Edmund Alves said his ...
Apr 5, 2012, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Mega Millionaire 'Bunky' Bartlett offers advice to winners
Bunky reflects on mistakes (and successes) since winning $32.6 million
A Tarot card might have foretold that Ellwood Bunky Bartlett would win $32.6 million in the 2007 lottery.
Unfortunately, the spirit world provided no omens that might have helped the 45-year-old practicing Wiccan better manage his good fortune.
This week, as much of the East Coast is waiting for the winners of the record $656 million jackpot to step forward, Bartlett of Westminster agreed to talk about the things tha ...
Apr 4, 2012, 9:41 am - Lottery News forum
In group lottery wins, splitting the spoils tough
Every once in a while a lottery jackpot becomes so huge that people can't help but band together in the hope of increasing their odds, pooling their money for a wad of tickets and promising to evenly split the spoils. Seems like a good idea until lightning strikes and the group wins.
Then the future involves not only luxury, but also lawsuits. Numerous group winners have been sued by people claiming to have pitched in for the ticket, creating messy fights over what money will be left once the ...
Apr 4, 2012, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland Lottery officials inundated with Mega Millions rumors
Lottery says rumors of a McDonald's employee winning Mega Millions most likely false
Maryland lottery officials were inundated Monday with hundreds of calls fueled by rumors about the identity of the Baltimore County shopper who will share in the $656 million Mega Millions jackpot.
Everyone says they know who the winner is, said lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett. It's their cousin. It's a person who works at their doctor's office. It's the guy up the street who mows the lawn. We're not g ...
Apr 2, 2012, 9:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Man struck by lightning hours after buying lottery tickets
A Kansas man was struck by lightning hours after buying three Mega Millions lottery tickets, proving in real life the old saying that a gambler is more likely to be struck down from the sky than win the jackpot.
Bill Isles, 48, bought three tickets in the record $656 million lottery Thursday at a Wichita, Kan., grocery store.
On the way to his car, Isles said he commented to a friend: I've got a better chance of getting struck by lightning than winning the lottery.
Later at about 9:30 p ...
Apr 2, 2012, 1:45 pm - Lottery News forum
MD Lottery: winner has not come forward yet
Rumors may be swirling, but the lucky Maryland winner who shares in Friday evening's record-breaking $656 million Mega Millions jackpot has not yet come forward.
Despite numerous rumors to the contrary, no one has come in to claim the prize, said Maryland Lottery Director Stephen Martino. We will announce when we have a confirmed winner.
The Lottery urges the ticket holder, who has 182 days from the drawing date to claim, to sign the back of his/her ticket, keep it in a ...
Apr 2, 2012, 12:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Maryland Mega Millions winner already in pool dispute
Says $105M is all hers; McDonald's workers say it's theirs
Mega Millions mania has plunged a Maryland McDonald's into a bubbling cauldron of controversy hotter than a deep-fried apple pie.
Workers at the fast-food joint who pooled their cash for tickets are furious at a colleague who claims she won with a ticket she bought for herself and has no intention of sharing.
We had a group plan, but I went and played by myself. [The 'winning' ticket] wasn't on the group plan, McDonald's winner ...
Apr 2, 2012, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
World's biggest lottery jackpot won by three tickets
Winning Mega Millions lottery tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas, Maryland
Final jackpot total of $656 million will be split three ways
How would you react if you won?
By Todd Northrop
The largest lottery jackpot the world has ever seen has been won Friday night by three tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas, and Maryland.
Since early Wednesday morning, the Mega Millions lottery jackpot was raised three times in as many days, and by the time all the sales were totalled at draw time, the ...
Mar 31, 2012, 8:56 am - Lottery News forum
$640 MILLION: MEGA MANIA!
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 forum
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 forum