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 March 6th, 2018

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

31
Mar 14

Three’s the Charm – Lucky Couple Win the Lottery Three Times in just Three Weeks

Monday March 31 2014 – One Virginia couple can’t believe their luck after they scooped three lottery prizes worth more than $2 million in a single month! Calvin and Zatera Spencer of Portsmouth, Virginia, beat incalculable odds to take home three big wins from three different lottery games in three weeks!

The pair began their winning streak on March 12 when they matched all five main numbers in the midweek Powerball drawing to win the $1 million prize.  The couple’s ticket actually became the largest winning ticket in the draw after no other players across the nation managed to match five or more main numbers. Had the Spencer’s matched the Powerball number, they would have won a jackpot prize worth an estimated $60 million.

Calvin purchased the Easy Pick ticket for the mid-week draw from Barber Tire & Auto on Portsmouth Boulevard and after his win said; “It feels fantastic. It feels like a blessing.” Little did he know he was about to feel a whole lot better.

Less than two weeks later, Calvin was feeling flush following his $1 million win and bought ten identical tickets for the Virginia Pick 4 daily game. Miraculously, his winning combination of 6-6-6-6 was drawn on March 26 and, as the game carries a set jackpot prize of $5,000, he earned the top prize for each of his ten tickets.

However, the Spencer’s weren’t finished there. The very next day Mr. Spencer bought a $100 Million Cash Extravaganza scratch-off and won the second place prize worth $1 million. Calvin called his home immediately and said; “Baby, we did it again!” to his astonished wife.

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Calvin and Zatera Spencer collect the first of their prizes
Image Source: Virginia Lottery

Virginia Lottery spokesman John Hagerty said; “I haven’t seen anything like it in my 12 years here. People in the office couldn’t believe it was them when they showed up with the winning ticket.”

Lottery staff may need to prepare themselves for another visit from the Spencer’s as while collecting his win, Calvin said; “We’re not finished yet”. With luck like his, we’re inclined to believe him!

To read more about players who have achieved the inconceivable feat of winning the lottery multiple times, click here.

by Mike Redfern
Updated March 31st, 2014