Mar 14

Missouri Millions – $96.5 Million Powerball Jackpot Won in the Show Me State

Missouri-Lottery-LogoSunday March 23 2014 – Last night’s Powerball jackpot was won by one lucky Missourian who is soon to be $96.5 million richer after matching all six numbers from the main draw. The jackpot, which is the sixth largest prize ever won in Missouri, came as a result of five consecutive Powerball draws without a top prize winner.

Missouri Lottery have not yet released the location of the store at which the ticket was purchased but the store’s owner is set to receive a retailer bonus of $50,000 for selling the winning ticket. While the winner has had less than a day to come forward, May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery, did say; “We want the winner to take his or her time in getting the proper legal and financial advice before they come to our Jefferson City office. It is also wise to tell as few people as possible at first, so you have uninterrupted time to make important decisions and arrangements.”

Lottery winners in Missouri have 180 days to claim a prize and while there’s certainly no immediate rush for last night’s big winner to come forward, it’s worth remembering that hundreds of millions of dollars in lottery prizes go unclaimed every year. Gaming officials estimate that each year approximately $800 million worth of lottery prizes are not collected, representing about 2% of total prize money awarded.

Currently, a $1.15 million Missouri Lotto prize is outstanding and has been for over a month. The prize was won in the Lotto drawing held on February 15 and is due to expire in August. The winner from last night’s draw has until September 18 2014 to cash their winning ticket and LotteryWorld urges all players to keep their tickets safe and check them thoroughly before discarding.

If you have yet to check your tickets from last night’s draw, we advise you do so immediately, particularly if you purchased your ticket in Missouri as, in addition to the jackpot winner, a winning Match Five ticket worth $1 million was also sold in the state.

The winning numbers from last night’s drawing were 13-28-31-55-58 with the Powerball number 15.

Further information on Powerball can be found on Lottery.net.



by Mike Redfern
Updated March 30th, 2016

Mar 14

Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $400 Million

Mega Millions NewsSunday March 16 2014 – The Mega Millions jackpot now stands at a huge $400 million after 20 successive draws without a top tier winner. Excitement surrounding this Mega Millions jackpot is building as this is only the seventh time in US lottery history, and only the third in Mega Millions history, that a jackpot has reached the $400 million mark.

The only US jackpots to surpass the $400 million mark are:

1 – $656 million Mega Millions jackpot won on March 30 2012 by three ticket holders from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.
2 – $648 million Mega Millions jackpot won on December 17 2013 by Steve Tran from California and Ira Curry from Georgia.
3 – $590.5 million Powerball jackpot won on May 18 2013 by Gloria MacKenzie from Florida.
4 – $587.5 million Powerball jackpot won on November 28 2012 by a ticket holder from Arizona and another from Missouri.
5 – $448.4 million Powerball jackpot won on August 7 2013 by one ticket holder from Minnesota and two ticket holders from New Jersey.
6 – $425 million Powerball jackpot won on March 18 2014 by a single ticket holder from California.

In Friday’s draw, five ticket holders narrowly missed the top prize as they matched all five main numbers (7-20-40-54-69) but not the Mega Ball number (12) to each win $1 million. The winning tickets were purchased in Arkansas (1), Florida (1), Ohio (2) and Virginia (1). However, the winning ticket holders from Arkansas, Florida and Virginia opted for the Megaplier so their win tripled to $3 million as the Megaplier number drawn was 3.

Virginia lottery officials have been quick to release details of their $3 million winning ticket and confirmed yesterday that the ticket was purchased from the Elden Market & Deli on 1141 Elden Street in Herndon.

With a $400 million jackpot at stake, participation for tomorrow night’s draw is likely to be high so we advise players to have their tickets ready in plenty of time to avoid the long queues and last minute rush.

For further details on Mega Millions, including the latest winning numbers and how to play, visit Lottery.net.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated April 5th, 2016

Mar 14

Romantic Reconciliation for Powerball Winner

A lengthy court case between lottery winner Pedro Quezada and his ex-partner Inez Sanchez was suddenly resolved last Friday in a shocking turn around that saw Sanchez relinquish all rights to the lottery win. Sanchez dropped the case under the condition she would not be charged for Quezada’s attorneys’ fees. However, it has since emerged that the pair actually reconciled their differences weeks ago and are now living as a couple in Clifton, New Jersey.

The couple’s separation coincided with Quezada’s $338 million Powerball win but while he was enjoying the life of a lottery winner, Sanchez was compelled to take out a restraining order on the former grocery store owner.   The motion prevented Quezada from spending time with the three children he had raised with Sanchez and forced him into a state of depression.

Paul Fernandez, lead attorney for lottery winner Pedro Quezada, said “[Quezada] went from having all of this family and no money, to having all of this money and no family.” Fernandez urged Quezada to contact Sanchez saying “Listen, love trumps all. Talk to her.” Thankfully, the attorney gave good council and on Valentine’s Day Quezada called Fernandez to tell him they were back together.


Pedro Quezada with Inez Sanchez
Image from Lottery Post

Judge Margaret Mary McVeigh, who was overseeing the case, said “I wish the parties good luck and a wonderful future, I hope this works out for you. Good luck, be happy and find what is most important in life.”

Quezada, who collected a pay-out of $152 million after taxes, certainly seems to know what’s most important in life and has used his lottery win generously. Quezada has already sent $57 million of his big win to the Dominican Republic in a gallant effort to improve the lives of family, friends and fellow Dominicans. 

To read past articles about the Quezada / Sanchez story, click here.


by Mike Redfern
Updated March 12th, 2014

Feb 14

Giant Jackpots Boost State Budgets

Monday 24 February 2014 – The giant jackpots seen recently in Powerball and Mega Millions are being credited with boosting ticket sales as well as state budgets. Colossal jackpots often garner significant attention from both the media and hopeful players, leading to an increase in ticket sales and therefore state revenue.

The jumbo jackpots have come about as a result of changes made over the past two years which include Powerball’s decision to double the minimum jackpot value and eradicate jackpot caps, and Mega Millions’ decision to introduce a minimum jackpot of $15 million with rollovers adding at least $5 million to the jackpot. As a result of the better prizes and bigger jackpots on offer, both lotteries now attract a higher number of players and gain greater revenue which, in turn, benefits the state.

More than 91 million tickets were sold for Wednesday’s Powerball draw which offered a jackpot prize of $425 million. This is more than double the amount of tickets sold for the previous draw, which boasted a $330 jackpot, demonstrating the tremendous impact big jackpots have on nationwide ticket sales.

Lottery revenue contributes to most states’ budgets and helps to fund a variety of services such as education and public safety. At least 25¢ of every dollar spent on lottery tickets is channelled back into the community and is spent on anything from police officers to services for the elderly, although the majority of states choose education as their main beneficiary.

Lottery officials have said that even after prize money, retailer commissions, advertising, and administrative costs have all been taken into consideration, around $20 billion of the $70 billion annual lottery revenue is used by participating states to improve their services. These additional funds make a huge difference and Texas Lottery Commission executive director Gary Grief said “It helps alleviate the drain on other revenue sources for state government.”

So if you weren’t lucky enough to win a prize in one of the Powerball or Mega Millions big draws, rest assured your money is still being used wisely and is benefitting the services that you or community rely on.

by Mike Redfern
Updated February 24th, 2014

Feb 14

Winning $425 Million Powerball Ticket Purchased in California

Powerball NewsThursday February 20 2014 – The Powerball jackpot in last night’s draw was worth an incredible $425 million and was won by a single ticket purchased in California. This is only the second jackpot winner from the Golden State since they joined Powerball in April 2013.

California lottery officials have confirmed that the winning ticket was purchased from the Dixon Landing Chevron store in Milpitas, Santa Clara and the owner of the store will receive a retailer bonus of $1 million for selling the winning ticket. Rajwinder Singh, an employee at the Chevron store, believes that he sold the winning ticket. “I’ve been here working from 8am to 8pm,” he said. “I hope I’ll find out soon.”

Dixon Landing Chevron store in Milpitas, Santa Clara Image source NBCArea,com

Dixon Landing Chevron store in Milpitas, Santa Clara
Image source NBCBayArea.com

The lucky jackpot winner matched all five main numbers (1-17-35-49-54) and the Powerball number (34) to scoop the sixth largest jackpot in US lottery history. California does not tax lottery prizes so the winner has the option to receive their prize as 30 annual payments of $10.6 million or a cash payment of $181.6 million.

The other Powerball jackpot won in California was worth $213 million and won on October 23 2013 by Carl and Erlinda Mitchell. Carl, a retired nuclear medicine technician and Erlinda, a retired nurse, had played the same three sets of numbers on Powerball, Mega Millions and Super Lotto Plus every week but, despite their jackpot win, told officials that they had no intention of stopping their weekly games.

In the last two years, Powerball jackpot prizes have increased significantly, due to ticket prices doubling to $2 and California joining the 42 other states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands in playing the game. On average, California sells the highest number of Powerball tickets in every draw and out of the 91,515,511 tickets that were sold for last night’s draw, sales in California reached a huge $20.5 million.

As well as the jackpot winner in last night’s draw, 18 ticket holders matched all five main numbers to win $1 million each. The winning tickets were purchased in Arizona (1), California (2)*, Florida (2), Georgia (2), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), New York (2), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (2), Texas (1) and West Virginia (1). However, the winning ticket holder from Texas opted for the Power Play and so their win increased to $2 million.

The California Lottery has yet to release a statement regarding the jackpot win but LotteryWorld will bring you the latest on this story when they do.

*The two Match 5 winners from California each won $1.4 million due to prizes in the state being paid on a pari-mutuel basis.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated December 5th, 2017