Feb 14

Three’s the Charm for West Virginians as Lottery Makes Three Millionaires in One Week!

West Virginia is currently enjoying a triple triumph as three residents each won $1 million in just one week. The prizes have been picked up from both Powerball and MegaMillions tickets after the three winning ticket holders matched the five main numbers drawn, missing out on the jackpot by just one number.

The first $1 million win came on Friday 7th February when Randy Brown, a retired truck driver from Man, West Virginia, matched the five main numbers in the Mega Millions draw. Brown publically accepted his seven figure win last Tuesday at a press conference in Charleston; “It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” he said. “I didn’t find out until Saturday when I went to the store to check my ticket and I found out as the clerk did. It is unbelievable.”

Brown purchased his ticket from the C and L Super Serve store in Mallory, Logan County and the owner of the store will receive a retailer bonus of $10,000 for selling the winning ticket. Brown is the 63rd person in West Virginia to win a prize worth $1 million or more but isn’t as West Virginia Lottery is currently awaiting prize claims from both the 64th and 65th big winners.

Following Brown’s win, a second $1 million lottery prize was on Saturday, this time in the Powerball draw. The ticket was sold in the Beckley area of Raleigh County and again matched five of the main numbers drawn and was sold in the Beckley area of Raleigh County.

The 65th win also secured the second tier prize in the Powerball draw, this time on Wednesday 12th February. The winner is yet to come forward but lottery officials have identified the retailer as the Firehouse Marathon gas station on Wheeling Island. Again, the store’s owner will receive a $10,000 retailer bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The ‘rule of three’ indicates that, when things come in sets of three, they are inherently more satisfying than any other number and that’s certainly the case for West Virginians this week as they celebrate their run of good luck.

Feb 14

Powerball Jackpot Hits $400 Million

Powerball NewsSunday February 16 2014 – The Powerball jackpot has now reached $400 million after 15 successive draws without a top prize winner. Excitement surrounding the $400 million jackpot is spreading across America as this is only the sixth time in US lottery history that a jackpot has reached $400 million.

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

1. $656 million – won in the Mega Millions draw on March 30 2012 by three ticket holders from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.
2. $648 million – won in the Mega Millions draw on December 17 2013 and share between a ticket holder California and another from Georgia.
3. $590.5 million – won by Gloria MacKenzie from Florida in the Powerball draw on May 18 2013.
4. $587.5 million – won in the Powerball draw on November 28 2012 are shared between a ticket holder from Arizona and another from Missouri.
5. $448.4 million – won in the Powerball draw on August 7 2013 by one ticket holder from Minnesota and two ticket holders from New Jersey.

Ten ticket holders came close to winning the Powerball jackpot in Saturday’s draw when they matched all five main numbers (2-9-14-21-23) but not the Powerball number (3) to each win $1 million. The winning tickets were purchased in Florida (2), Georgia (1), Iowa (1), Michigan (2), New York (1), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1) and Texas (1).However, the winning ticket holder from Texas opted for the Power Play and so their win increased to $2 million.

Texas lottery officials have confirmed that the winning $2 million Quick Pick ticket was purchased from the Heb Food store, 407 S Adams Street in Fredericksburg. This is the third Match 5 Powerball win for Texas this year but the first Match 5 plus Power Play win for the state since the new Power Play format launched on January 22 2014.

With a $400 million jackpot at stake, Powerball ticket sales for Wednesday’s draw are likely to soar so we advise players have their tickets ready for Wednesday’s draw in plenty of time to avoid the last minute rush.

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

Feb 14

Powerball Results for Saturday February 15th 2014

Powerball News

The Powerball Results for Tonight's draw are:

Main Balls: 2 - 9 - 14 - 21 - 23
Powerball: 3

Next Draw: Wednesday February 26th 2014
Next Jackpot: $400,000,000

Powerball Prize Breakdown for 2/15/2014

Prize Level Prize Winners
Match 5 plus Powerball $330,000,000 0It's a Rollover!
Match 5 $1,000,000 9
Match 4 plus Powerball $10,000 92
Match 4 $100.00 3,065
Match 3 plus Powerball $100.00 4,052
Match 3 $7.00 131,556
Match 2 plus Powerball $7.00 60,081
Match 1 plus Powerball $4.00 349,587
Match 0 plus Powerball $4.00 657,551
Match 5 (with Power Play) $2,000,000 1
Match 4 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $30,000 16
Match 4 (with Power Play) $300.00 493
Match 3 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $300.00 615
Match 3 (with Power Play) $21.00 21,266
Match 2 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $21.00 9,362
Match 1 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $12.00 52,096
Match 0 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $12.00 94,787

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Feb 14

Tonight’s Powerball Jackpot Makes it into Top 10 Powerball Jackpots of all Time

Powerball-newsTonight’s Powerball jackpot is estimated at $130 million and has made it into the top 10 Powerball jackpots of all time. The current jackpot is the result of 14 consecutive rollovers and more than six weeks without a top tier winner. The prize pool shot into 10th place after the jackpot jumped by almost $50 million in just a matter of days. LotteryWorld.com takes a look back at some of Powerball’s biggest jackpots and the winners’ stories.

$590.5 million – The biggest ever Powerball jackpot to date was by won by 84-year-old Gloria MacKenzie of Zephyrhills, Florida. The prosperous pensioner beat odds of 1 in 175 million to scoop the lottery’s largest jackpot on 18th May, 2013. The supersized prize came as a result of 12 rollovers, suggesting that it wouldn’t take long before the current jackpot surpasses this one to become the biggest in Powerball history.

$587.5 million – Mark and Cindy Hill shared the jackpot with Matthew Good from Arizona in 2012. The couple were understandably delighted about their win, although incredibly shocked when they first found out. Cindy Hill recalled the moment she discovered the win; “I called my husband and told him, ‘I think I am having a heart attack.’” Once she had recovered, Cindy said the couple were overjoyed and hoped to extend their adoptive family now that they were financially secure.

$340 million – A family syndicate shared this jumbo jackpot almost ten years ago, in 2005, and twenty relatives and family friends attended the special prize presentation at the lottery office in Salem. The Chaney Family, from Oregon, used their win to set up the Chaney Family Foundation whose mission is to “benefit the welfare of children and families and to support public safety”.

With an estimated 50% of Americans regularly participating in lotteries, it’s no wonder the US is home to the biggest lottery jackpots ever seen. For further information on these giant jackpots, click here.

Feb 14

Powerball Jackpot Soars Past $300 Million

Powerball NewsThursday February 13 2014 – The Powerball jackpot for Saturday’s draw stands at an impressive $330 million after the top prize once again eluded players in last night’s draw.

The jackpot, which has a cash value of $189 million, is the result of the previous 14 draws failing to produce a top prize winner. Despite this, over the past 14 draws a total of 54 players have narrowly missed out on winning the jackpot by just one number. The 54 ticket holders managed to match all five main numbers but missed out on the Powerball number to win the second tier prize of $1 million* but, as six of the ticket holders had included the Power Play feature, their win increased to $2 million.

The largest jackpot won in Powerball’s history was worth a colossal $590.5 million and won by Gloria MacKenzie of Zephyrhills, Florida in May 2013. Although the record jackpot may seem some distance away from the current $330 million jackpot, previous statistics show that it could be closer than first thought. When MacKenzie won the jackpot back in May, the jackpot in the previous draw had stood at $363 million and, with no top prize winners in the draw, the jackpot was estimated at $475 million for the following draw.  However, the following week saw a surge in ticket sales which resulted in lottery officials increasing the estimated jackpot to $550 million, then again to $590.5 million.

Bearing this in mind, if there are no jackpot winners in Saturday’s draw, the top prize is very likely to surpass the $400 million mark. If history repeats itself and we see another surge in ticket sales, we could once see lottery officials regularly updating the jackpot amount and it is possible that it could come close to, or even exceed, the record $590.5 million jackpot won in May 2013.

With a $330 million jackpot at stake, convenience stores, gas stations and newsstands across  the participating states and jurisdictions are likely to see a deluge of ticket requests for Saturday’s draw and some retailers will busier than others. Stores that have sold winning tickets of $1 million or more often see an increase in ticket sales when the jackpot is big due to superstitious players flocking to the ‘lucky store’ in the hope that they will sell another winning lottery ticket.

On average, California sells the highest number of Powerball tickets and out of the 21,000 lottery retailers across the state, the luckiest lottery outlet is Kavanagh Liquors. The liquor store, located in San Lorenzo, has sold a total of five winning lottery tickets of $1 million or more, one of which was worth $28 million but never claimed. The other top prize wins include $3.9 million in 1989, $12 million in 1998, $4 million jackpot in 2000 and $11 million in January 2012.

One of the many queues which can form at Kavanagh Liquors when the jackpot gets big. Image source ABClocal.go.com

One of the many queues which can form at Kavanagh Liquors when the jackpot gets big.
Image source ABClocal.go.com

The Manager of the store, David Spahn, often opens early to accommodate customers when demand is high as it is common for players to queue for hours for the chance to purchase a ticket from this exceptionally lucky store.

However, the attention isn’t always on lucky retailers as a store clerk in New Mexico regularly has a queue of people waiting to buy tickets from her, wherever she’s working.  Mary Torres, who is known as Million Dollar Mary, works for a chain of stores and travels all over the state depending on where she’s needed and has sold three winning lottery tickets worth a total of $2 million, but all in different stores. Speaking about the winning tickets, Torres said: “The first winning ticket was amazing, the second time was just unbelievable, while I’m still in a daze after the last one.”

Mary Torres of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has sold three winning lottery tickets in two years worth nearly $2 million. Source: KRQE.com

Mary Torres of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has sold three winning lottery tickets in two years worth nearly $2 million. Image source KRQE.com

Torres is employed in Chevron stores across the state and Abul Azad, who owns the Chevron store off Highway 14 in Cedar Crest, said “When she’s here, we sell more lottery tickets, that’s true.” Such is her fame that lottery fans now make sure they know which store she’s working in before travelling to purchase their tickets.

We will have to wait and see if the Powerball jackpot will be won on Saturday but one thing is for certain, irrespective of where you purchase your ticket, the only way to be in with a chance of hitting that all-important jackpot is to buy a ticket!

*The winning Match 5 ticket holders from California have won a different prize due to prizes in the state being paid on a pari-mutuel basis.