Powerball lottery winner Andrew "Jack" Whittaker dies at 72
Won record-breaking jackpot, then suffered unprecedented string of bad luck
By Kate Northrop
Andrew Jack Whittaker, a Powerball player infamous for the string of bad luck following his record-breaking jackpot win, died at the age of 72 on Saturday, June 27 after battling a long illness, according to his obituary.
In December 2002, Whittaker, 55, won the $315 million Powerball Jackpot in West Virginia, the largest-ever jackpot won by a single ticket at the time. He was well-known as some ...
Yesterday, 12:56 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan grandmother claims $70 million Powerball jackpot
Waterford resident goes from living paycheck-to-paycheck to becoming Michigan's newest multi-millionaire
By Kate Northrop
A Michigan resident is the owner of the single winning ticket for the Powerball drawing held on February 12 worth $70 million. The winner had decided to make an impromptu pit stop with a friend to buy some lottery tickets at Huron Plaza Liquor on West Huron Street in Pontiac.
Cristy Davis, 40, of Waterford matched all five numbers drawn 14, 47, 54, 55, and 68, with P ...
Jun 18, 2020, 12:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Colorado man wins two $1 million lottery prizes on the same day
He's played the same numbers for 30 years
They say persistence is key, and after 30 years of playing the same numbers in the Colorado Lottery, a man in Pueblo, Colorado, found that to be true and finally got his big reward.
Two big rewards, that is.
The winner, identified as Joe B., won two major Powerball prizes on Wednesday, March 25 worth $1 million each. Joe B. claimed the winnings Friday.
The winning tickets were both sold to Joe B. on Lake Avenue in Pueblo: one at a 7-Eleven ( ...
Apr 28, 2020, 7:28 pm - Lottery News forum
SC Lottery offers refunds for some multi-draw tickets
The South Carolina Education Lottery is offering to refund the cost of some multi-draw Powerball and Mega Millions tickets purchased prior to game changes announced last week.
Going forward, the starting jackpot amounts will no longer begin at $40 million. Instead, the amounts will be announced after each jackpot is won. Increases will be based on game sales and interest rates.
Powerball players who purchased a multi-draw ticket on or before April 2 are eligible for a refund for drawings h ...
Apr 11, 2020, 12:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Declining lottery sales prompt more Powerball jackpot changes
The Powerball Product Group today announced its decision to further modify the rules for determining each successive Powerball jackpot roll, and set a firm implementation date rather than waiting for the next jackpot winner.
Today's changes are in addition to the modifications announced just last week.
The new Powerball rules for determining the advertised jackpot will be based strictly on game sales and interest rates, completely eliminating guaranteed starting jackpot amounts and minimum ...
Apr 2, 2020, 5:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Powerball to lower jackpot starting point and increases due to plunge in sales
Coronavirus strikes again
Today the Powerball Product Group announced it is making changes to the multi-state lottery game's jackpot due to sagging sales caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Following the next grand prize win, Powerball's starting jackpot will reset to a guaranteed $20 million (annuity) with minimum roll increases of $2 million between drawings.
Previously the starting point was $40 million, with guaranteed $10 million increases between drawings that did not produce a ja ...
Mar 25, 2020, 5:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida CPA revealed as winner of $396.9 million Powerball drawing
A partner in an Ocala, Florida, CPA firm will need all her wealth management resources after winning a nearly $400 million Powerball jackpot recently.
Sheryll Goedert, of Collier, Jernigan Goedert. P.A. claimed the Jan. 29 Powerball drawing worth $396.9 million. Goedert, who claimed the prize as the managing member of Vacation Life LLC, chose to take the lump sum amount of more than $276.5 million, according to a Florida Lottery press release.
The cash value the she claimed was the 20th-la ...
Mar 11, 2020, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Malfunction delays Saturday's Powerball lottery drawing
Includes video report
People hoping to win the Powerball jackpot Saturday night had to wait a little longer to see the numbers.
When viewers tuned in for the drawing, instead of seeing of bouncing balls the saw an empty lottery machine.
An announcement was made saying: because of a technical problem we are unable to bring you the Powerball drawing at this time.
Eventually the winning numbers were posted online, and USA Mega contains all the winning number and prize information, incl ...
Mar 8, 2020, 11:55 am - Lottery News forum
Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack wins $150,000 lottery prize
Former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack is $150,000 richer after claiming a Powerball lottery prize Monday.
Vilsack won the money playing Powerball in January, when the jackpot climbed to about $347 million before the drawing Jan. 22.
I forgot about the ticket, Vilsack said in a news release from the Iowa Lottery. Then I woke up 10 days later, on a Saturday morning, and I said, 'Oh, geez, I wonder how I did?'
Vilsack served as governor of Iowa from 1999 to 2007. He served as the U.S. secretary o ...
Feb 11, 2020, 7:43 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball $396.9 million winning lottery ticket sold in Florida
By Todd Northrop
One lucky ticket sold in Florida matched all six numbers in the Powerball lottery drawing Wednesday night, according to lottery officials.
That ticket ended up being worth $396.9 million, up from the estimated $394 million before the drawing. The winner will have an option to take a cash payment of $276.5 million instead of the annuity.
The massive haul is the 28th-largest US lottery jackpot of all time, and the cash value is the 20th-largest of all time. (Full list is ...
Jan 30, 2020, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum