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After Powerball Drawing, You're Still Not a Billionaire

Nobody had a winning ticket, pushing the record jackpot on Monday to $1.9B and counting

(Newser) - In another universe, you might have played the Powerball Saturday and picked the numbers 28, 45, 53, 56, 69 with a Powerball of 20. However, that bit of luck did not happen for you or anyone else who played the record $1.6 billion lottery, reports Fox Business . For the...

Powerball Jackpot Approaching a Record
Powerball Jackpot
Is Now a Record

Powerball Jackpot Is Now a Record

Drawing Saturday night will be for $1.6B

(Newser) - The Powerball jackpot is now a mind-boggling $1.6 billion, which the AP notes is the biggest lottery prize ever. The next drawing is Saturday night. For the record, a lucky winner who opts for the cash payout would get about $782 million. Also for the record, your odds of...

Powerball Jackpot Just Keeps Swelling

No, you didn't win Monday night; next drawing is Wednesday night

(Newser) - There were no big treats from the Halloween night Powerball drawing, as none of the tickets sold matched all six numbers, the AP reports. The lack of a winner means the next drawing Wednesday night will be for a massive $1.2 billion jackpot. The winning numbers drawn Monday were:...

How Does a $1B Powerball Prize Sound?
How Does a
$1B Powerball
Prize Sound?

How Does a $1B Powerball Prize Sound?

Because that's the updated estimate for Monday's drawing after no one won on Saturday

(Newser) - If you thought you'd be hurling virtual daggers at some lucky stranger who won the $825 million Powerball drawing held over the weekend, put them away until at least Tuesday morning. That's because no one won the Saturday jackpot, meaning the kitty for Monday night's drawing has...

Mind Taking the Middle Seat? Will a Big Prize Convince You?
Airline Gets Creative in Getting
Travelers to Take Middle Seat

Airline Gets Creative in Getting Travelers to Take Middle Seat

Virgin Australia launches $147K lottery, with prizes each week for those who sit in least desirable spots

(Newser) - Is there ever anyone who actually wants the middle seat during a flight? If there is, we haven't met them, but that may soon change thanks to some coaxing on the matter by Virgin Australia. Per a recent social media poll offered by the airline, a paltry 0.6%...

You Might Want to Grab a Ticket for Saturday's Powerball

Prize is set for $825M, which will be 2nd-largest ever for the game if someone wins

(Newser) - If you're feeling particularly lucky this weekend, you may want to pick up a Powerball ticket. CNN reports that officials from the Multi-State Lottery Association have bumped up the prize for Saturday night's drawing in Tallahassee, Fla., from a paltry $800 million to $825 million (cash value: $410....

He Won the Lottery Over and Over, Swears by His System
His $30M in Lottery Wins
Came With a Big Catch

His $30M in Lottery Wins Came With a Big Catch

'Atlantic' tells the troubled tale of Michigan's Viktor Gjonaj, now broke and in jail

(Newser) - Talk to Viktor Gjonaj, and he'll swear he cracked the lottery system. Starting in 2017, the Michigan real estate broker began collecting pot after pot from daily drawings in the state lottery—nearly $30 million in all, recounts Jeff Maysh in the Atlantic . His "system" is a complicated...

The Odds of This Lottery Outcome Are Just Insane

433 to share jackpot in Philippines after Saturday's unusual draw

(Newser) - Individuals who purchased winning tickets for a $4 million lottery jackpot in the Philippines will have to settle for less than $10,000 each following Saturday's controversial draw. A total of 433 people selected the winning combination in the Grand Lotto lottery, which was highly unusual. The six numbers—...

Winners of $1.34B Mega Millions Jackpot 'Over the Moon'

Illinois pair finally steps forward to claim prize, is choosing to stay anonymous

(Newser) - Update: Mystery solved—kind of. Until this week, it wasn't clear if the person(s) who'd won the second-biggest Mega Millions lottery ever, a staggering $1.34 billion jackpot, knew they'd purchased the winning ticket in Illinois, let alone who that was. Now, at least the first half...

Guy's Joke About Lottery Win Proves a Prescient One

Charles Smith of Newport News, Va., joked with wife he'd hit it big, then won nearly $230K

(Newser) - Charles Smith is probably joking about a lot more these days. That's because a wisecrack he made to his wife earlier this summer turned out to be prescient, and he's now nearly $230,000 richer, per WAVY . The man from Newport News, Va., was saying goodbye one day...

Delaware Man Has Unusual Luck With Maryland Lottery

Duane Ketterman, who travels for work, has racked up $50K from 2 separate winnings in 5 weeks

(Newser) - It was Duane Ketterman's lucky day—and then it was his lucky day again, just five weeks later. CNN reports that the man from Millsboro, Del., won the lottery in neighboring Maryland not once but twice in about a month's time, taking home nearly $50,000 in the...

Our Wild Mega Millions Ride Is Over
Our Wild
Mega Millions
Ride Is Over

Our Wild Mega Millions Ride Is Over

Winning ticket was sold in Illinois

(Newser) - The next Mega Millions drawing is on Tuesday, and the jackpot will be a measly $20 million. That's because someone did indeed choose the six winning numbers for Friday night's drawing, and it's a singular someone, reports the AP . Only one ticket was sold with the numbers...

Mega Millions Jackpot Is Now 2nd-Largest in Its History

Prize has swelled to $1.1B

(Newser) - The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday's drawing has swelled to an estimated $1.1 billion, the second-largest in the game's history. It's second only to a $1.54 billion prize in 2018 and is the third-largest jackpot in American lottery history. The $1.1 billion would be...

10 Biggest Lottery Jackpots in History

Current $1.1B Mega Millions prize would come in at No. 3, but it's still growing

(Newser) - The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1.1 billion , making it the nation’s third largest lottery prize (and counting). The next drawing will take place Friday night. The prize has grown so large because it's been more than three months since anyone matched the game’s six...

Fast Food Owner Buying 50K Mega Millions Tickets

That's one for each of his employees

(Newser) - The Mega Millions jackpot is now at its fourth-highest amount ever: $810 million. Among those hoping to cash in on the massive winnings is the entire workforce of Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers. The owner of the fast food company is buying the equivalent of one ticket for each of...

Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs to $790M

No one has matched all 6 numbers in the past 27 drawings

(Newser) - Lottery officials on Friday raised the Mega Millions grand prize to $790 million, giving players a shot at what would be the nation's fourth-largest jackpot. The next drawing is on Tuesday, the AP reports. The jackpot has grown so large because there hasn't been a winner in three...

They Formed a Lottery Club 20 Years Ago, Finally Won
After 20 Years,
Lottery Club Wins
'Life-Changing' Jackpot
in case you missed it

After 20 Years, Lottery Club Wins 'Life-Changing' Jackpot

Michigan co-workers took weeks to realize they had winning ticket

(Newser) - After 20 years of playing together, members of a Michigan lottery club are getting a massive payday—but it took them a while to find out about it. The Lunch Bunch Crew lottery club won the $1.85 million jackpot in the June 18 Lotto 47 draw and opted to...

An Elite Lottery Lawyer Needs a Lawyer Himself
An Elite Lottery Lawyer
Needs a Lawyer Himself

An Elite Lottery Lawyer Needs a Lawyer Himself

Bloomberg profiles Jay Kurland, awaiting trial on wire fraud, money laundering charges

(Newser) - Being filthy rich isn’t always easy, especially when the riches come in the form of a major lottery jackpot. Fortunately for those rare few who beat the mathematically implausible odds , there are “lottery lawyers” like Jay Kurland to guide them through the particulars of remaining anonymous, setting up...

Lottery Winner Credits TV Show for His Luck

South Carolina winner uses strategy from TLC program

(Newser) - Odds are that most people who try this strategy are going to lose about $300. A South Carolina man, however, got lucky and won a $100,000 prize. And as CNN reports, the unidentified man credits the strategy he picked up while watching TLC's show The Lottery Changed My ...

$10M Lottery Winner Charged With Murder
$10M Lottery Winner
Gets Life Without Parole

$10M Lottery Winner Gets Life Without Parole

Michael Todd Hill guilty of murdering Keonna Graham

(Newser) - Update: A North Carolina man who won a $10 million jackpot five years ago will never spend money as a free man again. Michael Todd Hill, 54, was convicted of first-degree murder Friday and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole, the News & Observer reports. Hill...

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