04
Jan 16

Powerball Jackpot Hits $400 Million

Powerball is providing lottery fans with a post-Christmas treat thanks to the gigantic $400 million jackpot on offer this Wednesday. There have been 17 rollovers since Wednesday November 4th 2015, when a group from Tennessee calling itself the Avondale Revocable Trust claimed the $144.1 million top prize, although the trust chose to take the lump sum cash option of $89.7 million instead.

Wednesday’s jackpot is the highest the prize has risen since February 11th 2015, when three ticket holders split $564.1 million. Marie Holmes of North Carolina, an anonymous Puerto Rican player and the TL Management Trust of Texas each opted to be paid in cash and received $127 million before taxes.

Gas stations and stores will be bustling with excited Powerball players over the next few days, all hoping for a slice of this fantastic jackpot. January is notoriously the most difficult month of the year financially, following the excesses of the holidays, and even a share of $400 million would change your life forever.

Sports fans could look to follow Team USA to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer. You could afford to splash out on a VIP trip to Brazil, staying at the five-star Caesar Park hotel in the Ipanema neighborhood of the city, just a short stroll from the world-famous Copacabana beach. If that wasn’t enough, you will receive a concierge service throughout the games to assist you on a daily basis, as well as guided tours of Rio and private transfers. Starting from $7,999, it wouldn’t even make a dent in your newly-boosted bank account, even if you took all your friends and family along for the ride!

Make sure you grab your Powerball tickets in plenty of time for this week’s huge jackpot drawing to make sure you stand a great chance of picking up a late Christmas gift.

by Mike Redfern
Updated April 5th, 2016

11
Jul 14

Arkansas Lottery Allocates More than $81 Million for Education

Friday July 11th, 2014

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery finished its 2014 fiscal year on a high note as it reported sales of over $411 million, of which $81 million will be used to create scholarships for students in the state. Lottery officials are extremely pleased by the news and hope that lottery revenue will continue to increase.

According to Lottery Director Bishop Woosley, “we’ve helped more than 135,000 Arkansas students to realize their potential for academic achievement.” Woosley praised the economic and social effects of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, adding that the scholarships generated by lottery revenue “will create a more educated workforce to attract new industry and high-skill, higher-paying jobs to our state.”

The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery started in September 2009 and has brought in over $2.1 billion in ticket sales as of June 30th, 2014. Of this amount, over $497 million has been used to help support Arkansas residents who want to enroll in higher education. Net proceeds donated to education are expected to reach $500 million before the lottery’s fifth anniversary on September 28th, 2014.

For more information on the different games that are available, or if you want to earn the chance to win a prize while supporting higher education, then why not visit the Arkansas Lottery website?


by Mike Redfern
Updated July 11th, 2014

27
Jun 14

$12 Million Lotto Texas Jackpot Due to Expire in Just Three Days

Texas Lottery officials are desperately searching for the misstexaslotterying winner of a $12 million Texas Lotto jackpot which remains unclaimed. Time is rapidly running out for the prize winner to come forward as the life-changing top prize is due to expire at midnight on Monday June 30.

The winning ticket matched the numbers 6, 17, 43, 45, 47 and 50 in the Texas Lotto draw on New Year’s Day and players are being urged to root out any old tickets that may not have been checked. The winner purchased their ticket from the South Shore Shell gas station on Road E in League City and although the winner had not yet claimed their prize, the store has already received a retailer bonus of $121,385.

If the ticket holder does not contact lottery officials before Monday, the 180 day claims period will expire and the $12 million prize forfeited. If that happens, the prize money will be distributed among various charitable programs, including the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance, which are supported by the state.

Texas Lottery allocates 26.1% of all proceeds to the Foundation School Fund and since 1992, when the very first Texas Lottery ticket was sold, more than $21 billion has been raised in a campaign to support and improve public education across the state. However, the money generated from all unclaimed prizes, which equates to approximately 1.4% of all Texas Lottery proceeds, is distributed to other projects throughout the state which means that a wide variety of worthy projects benefit from the state lottery and a diverse range of citizens feel the positive effects.

If you think you’ve got the missing $12 million ticket, sign it immediately and contact Texas Lottery officials on 800-375-6886. There will be no exceptions made to the 180 day claim period unless the winner is an eligible member of the military who has been, or is currently, physically unable to claim the prize.

 

by Mike Redfern
Updated June 27th, 2014

12
Jun 14

Tennessee Ticket Holder Scoops $259.8 Million Powerball Jackpot

Powerball NewsOne lucky resident in Tennessee has become the state’s largest ever lottery winner after waltzing off with a Powerball jackpot worth $259.8 million.

All that is known so far is that the lucky winner purchased the winning ticket in Knoxville.  Although the retail store where the ticket was purchased hasn’t yet been named, the owner of the store will be sharing in the good fortune as a retailer bonus will be awarded for selling the winning ticket.

This is not the first time this year that lottery luck has struck in Tennessee as, back in January, Tina Still and son Jonathan, both of Nashville, scooped a $61 million Mega Millions prize.  Tina and Jonathan waited a week before claiming their prize and curiosity will be rife until the identity of the Powerball winner is revealed.

These two wins come after a staggering nine years without a jackpot winner as it was back in 2005 when the last jackpot winner, a family from South Pittsburgh, won a top prize worth $25.5 million.

The Powerball winner may not yet know they are sitting on a fortune so officials are advising all players who purchased a ticket in Knoxville for last night’s drawing to check their numbers immediately.  The winner should then sign the back of the ticket and keep it in a safe place until they claim their prize.  The player would also be wise to seek financial and legal advice.

As all Tennessee jackpot winners are required to claim their prize publicly, the wait is now on for the winner to come forward.  LotteryWorld.com will bring you the latest on this story as it unfolds.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated June 12th, 2014

11
Apr 14

First Jackpot Win for Florida’s New Super Millions Scratch-Off

Friday April 11 2014 – Florida Lottery’s new Super Millions scratch-off has led one lucky player to a $3 million win just a month after it launched. 45-year-old Johnnie Wood, of Zephyrhills, scooped the top prize on the $20 scratch-off earlier this week.

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Johnnie Wood collects her win with her Florida family

Accompanied by her husband and son, Wood travelled to Florida Lottery’s headquarters in Tallahassee on Wednesday to collect her prize. The Floridian mom, who purchased her ticket from Rightway Foods on County Road 54 in Zephyrhills, turned down the 25-year annuity payment option worth $3 million and instead chose to receive her winnings as a lump sum payment of $2,110,952.

The Super Millions scratch-off was released on March 4 and, according to lottery officials, has already become one of Florida Lottery’s top-selling games. The scratch-off boasts a prize pool of over $300 million and more than 6.7 million winning tickets. Wood is the first player to win one of the $3 million top prizes but fans of the scratch-off needn’t worry as there are still another nine jackpot prizes of the same value up for grabs.

While Wood may be the first big winner on the Super Millions scratch-off, she’s certainly not the first big winner from Zephyrhills. Despite a population of less than 15,000, Zephyrhills is also home to the winner of the largest single jackpot prize in US lottery history. Retired grandmother Gloria MacKenzie entered the record books last year after she scooped a phenomenal Powerball jackpot prize of $590.5 million in the Powerball drawing on May 18.

What’s even more remarkable is that 84-year-old MacKenzie purchased her Powerball ticket from the Publix supermarket on Gall Boulevard, less than five miles from where recent winner Wood bought her $3 million winning scratch-off. It certainly seems as though Zephyrhills is sitting under a lucky star and, with two big wins in such a small city, local residents will be hoping that they’ll be the one to make it three times lucky in the lottery stakes.

 

by Mike Redfern
Updated April 11th, 2014