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What a break! Man’s fall leads to hospital lottery pool win

A New Jersey man walking to buy a lottery ticket for this week’s massive Mega Millions jackpot fell and broke his hip, but the trip to the hospital turned into …


Who won the lottery? Why some states allow winners secrecy

Like the location of Jimmy Hoffa’s body, the secret formula for Coca-Cola and whether there are aliens in outer space, the identity of the winner of the second-biggest lottery in …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 9:07 a.m.

$1.537 billion Mega Millions ticket sold in South Carolina

Lottery officials say someone bought a ticket in South Carolina to win the Mega Millions jackpot with a final total of $1.537 billion, shy of the all-time world record.


Numbers drawn for record $1.6B Mega Millions jackpot

The winning numbers have been drawn for the record $1.6 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot, but it isn’t immediately clear if there’s a winner.


Lottery office pools increase odds – and possibly headaches

With the record Mega Millions jackpot now at a record $1.6 billion, it may seem like perfect sense to pool money with co-workers or friends to increase the chance of …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

Mega Millions players would spend $1.6B on bills, charity

With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a record $1.6 billion, people are snapping up tickets across the U.S.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018, 9:58 p.m.

Huge lottery prizes due to simple math, with a few surprises

For all the anticipation about whether someone will finally snag the gigantic Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots, the games come down to two things: simple math – and very long …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 20, 2018, 1:35 p.m.

Mega Millions jackpot hits $1.6B, thanks to worsening odds

If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it’s because they are getting larger and larger.


Mega Millions jackpot reaches $1B as drawing nears

The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. lottery history gets even bigger.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

$1.35 million lotto ticket went unclaimed for nearly a year. Then a man checked a jacket pocket.

It was a chilly Montreal day last December when Gregorio De Santis bought a lottery ticket. He forgot to check the lottery numbers on Dec. 6, when a drawing netted …


Man buys Slim Jims for his dog, lottery ticket, wins $10M

A New York man will be living large thanks to his decision to buy some Slim Jims for his dog.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Spontaneous office pool wins $543 million lottery jackpot

A group of California co-workers who decided to play the lottery on a whim won last month’s $543 million Mega Millions jackpot, the largest prize ever on a single state …


BBB Tip of the Week: Sweepstakes, lottery schemes target seniors

A new report by Better Business Bureau says sweepstakes, lottery and prize schemes are devastating victims financially and emotionally with ever-evolving methods.


Kansas man doesn’t regret giving up $1 million ticket

A Kansas man who returned a $1 million lottery ticket to a customer who left it on a store counter says he has no regrets about giving up the prize …


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Mega Millions winner is New Jersey food production manager

The winner of a $533 million lottery jackpot wasn’t sure he could believe his eyes. So, when his mother called to say someone in his new home state had won …


Winning ticket for $521 million Mega Millions jackpot sold in New Jersey

A winning ticket for a giant lottery jackpot estimated at $521 million has been sold in New Jersey.


Powerball says a $457 million winning ticket was sold in Pennsylvania

If you bought some Powerball tickets in a St. Patrick’s Day haze on Saturday, check your pockets.


Despite law changes, lottery winners will face big tax bills

Federal tax law changes would seem to promise that those who beat the odds and win a jackpot could keep more of their winnings from the government. But even as …


Oregon man wins $2 million on Powerball ticket purchased in Bend

An Oregon man has won a $2 million prize playing Powerball after choosing the option to multiply his winnings.


$758.7 million Powerball winner gets extra police protection

Police are providing extra patrols around the home of a Massachusetts woman who won the $758.7 million Powerball prize.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 2:07 p.m.

Massachusetts hospital worker claims record lottery jackpot

A 53-year-old Massachusetts hospital worker stepped forward Thursday to claim the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history – a $758.7 million Powerball prize – after breaking the news to …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 10:17 p.m.

Lucky numbers for $700M Powerball jackpot drawn

Lottery players across the U.S. scooped up $2 Powerball tickets in hopes of beating the odds and winning a massive $700 million jackpot in Wednesday night’s drawing. The lucky numbers …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 1:07 p.m.

$700 million Powerball prize has players dreaming big

Lottery players across the U.S. are scooping up $2 Powerball tickets in hopes of beating the odds and winning a massive $700 million jackpot as Wednesday night’s drawing nears.


Powerball jackpot surges to $700 million

On Wednesday night, people all over the country will be clutching their Powerball tickets, eagerly waiting to see if they’ve beaten the odds and won the estimated $700 million Powerball …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 3:11 p.m.

No Powerball winner; jackpot swells to $650 million

Powerball officials say there was no grand prize winner in the latest drawing, meaning one of the nation’s largest lottery jackpots will continue growing.


For 1st time, both national lottery games top $300 million

For the first time, U.S. lottery players will have a choice of games offering jackpots topping $300 million.


California winner of $447 million Powerball comes forward

Lottery officials say the holder of the sole winning Powerball ticket worth $447.8 million has come forward.


Man accused of being lottery scam kingpin to plead guilty

A Jamaican man accused of masterminding a lottery scam that victimized dozens of Americans out of millions of dollars has agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge in federal …


Former Zag Zach Collins could hit the lottery in NBA Draft

Thursday night, Zach Collins will walk across the stage at the Barclays Center, likely as a lottery pick and pending multi-millionaire, and shake NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s hand, capping a …


Powerball prize now 10th largest after months without winner

After more than two months without a winner, the Powerball jackpot has grown to $435 million.