Apr 14

$30 Million Mega Millions Ticket Claimed in California

Tuesday 15 April 2014 – Mega Millions’ most recent winner came forward to claim his prize yesterday, just 10 days after the draw took place. Leopoldo Choi of Los Angeles won the $30 million double rollover jackpot on April 4 when he matched all five main numbers plus the Mega Ball.

The winning numbers on the night were 1, 10, 15, 41 and 54 with the Mega Ball of 9 and Choi was the only player in the nation to successfully match all six numbers.

Choi, who arrived at California Lottery’s Van Nuys office yesterday morning, declined to comment on his win but opted for the lump sum cash payment of $16.6 million rather than accepting the 29 annuity payments totalling $30 million.

Choi’s lucky Quick Pick ticket was purchased at the Century City 76 gas station on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles and the store’s owners are set to receive a bonus worth $150,000 – the equivalent to one half of one percent of Chois big win. However, as lottery winners in California are not required to accept their win publicly, no further information is known about the lucky player.

In the same draw, fellow California resident Deogracias Pingul came within just one number of sharing the top prize. Pingul, who described himself as a regular lottery player, was one of two Mega Millions players who won in the Match 5 tier and picked up a prize worth $233,000. Usually the second tier Mega Millions prize is worth $1 million but as Californian prizes are calculated on a pari-mutuel basis, Pingul suffered as a result of low ticket sales. His ticket, also a Quick Pick, was purchased at the Island Pacific Supermarket on Dyer Street in the Union City region of Alameda County.

by Mike Redfern
Updated April 16th, 2014

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.


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

Jan 14

Powerball Creates Over 1,000 Millionaires Since 2012!

Powerball NewsTuesday January 28 2014 – Since Powerball underwent a redesign in January 2012, there have been a total of 1,013 millionaires created, working out at an average of nine millionaires per week.

The Multi-State Lottery Association, which has responsibility for overseeing the running of Powerball, had originally estimated that at least 300 millionaires per year would be created following the changes introduced in January 2012. However, in a statement released yesterday, it became clear that these expectations had been spectacularly exceeded.

The changes introduced in 2012 included doubling the starting jackpot to $40 million and reducing the Powerball number matrix from 39 to 35 as well as a controversial increase in the ticket price from $1 to $2. The aim was to generate a half-billion dollar lottery jackpot and this was achieved in November 2012, less than a year after the changes came into effect. After a succession of draws with no top prize winner, the jackpot reached a huge $587.5 million on November 28 2012 before being won by ticket holders Matthew Good from Arizona and Mark and Cindy Hill from Missouri. Both winning ticket holders opted for the cash payment.

Powerball proved that November’s record jackpot wasn’t a fluke when, in May 2013, the jackpot exceeded the previous record when it reached $590.5 million. This colossal jackpot was won by a single ticket holder, Gloria MacKenzie from Florida, and is currently Powerball’s biggest jackpot.

In the past two years, Rhode Island has emerged as one of the luckiest states after two Powerball jackpot winning tickets were sold in the state. One ticket holder won a jackpot worth $336.4 million on February 11 2012 while another ticket holder won $60 million on March 7 2012. In addition to these jackpot winners, Rhode Island Lottery has paid out $38.5 million in other Powerball prizes, including two prizes of $2 million and five prizes worth $1 million.

Powerball isn’t the only lottery to undergo a redesign as, in October 2013, changes were also implemented to Mega Millions. The changes, which included extending the main number matrix from 56 to 75, reducing the Mega Ball number pool from 46 to 15 and increasing the Match 5 prize from $250,000 to $1 million, were introduced with the aim of creating larger jackpots by making the top prize harder to win. These changes have stoked competition between the two games and the race is now on to see which lottery will offer the first $1 billion jackpot. Will it happen this year? Only time will tell.

For the latest winning numbers from US lottery games, visit Lottery.net.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated April 5th, 2016

Oct 13

$11M California SuperLotto Plus Jackpot Finally Claimed After Two Months

After two months of waiting for the California SuperLotto Plus $11 million winner to come forward, lottery officials announced on Friday that the jackpot had finally been claimed.

The winner, who was named by officials as Daniel Lindsey, presented the winning SuperLotto Plus ticket at the California Lottery headquarters last Friday. The ticket was verified before Lottery officials revealed that Lindsey was the missing $11 million winner.

Lindsey purchased five Quick Pick tickets from the Golden Hill Liquor store located at 2795 B Street, San Diego, including the one containing 5-7-14-44-46 with the Mega number 27, to win the SuperLotto Plus jackpot from the draw on August 10 2013.

The owners of the Golden Hill Liquor Store, Ali and Tyson Abbo.

The owners of the Golden Hill Liquor Store, Ali and Tyson Abbo.

Back in August when it was revealed that the Golden Hill Liquor store had sold the winning ticket, store owner Alla Abbo (above) told an NBC 7 San Diego reporter he was thrilled that his store had sold the winning ticket as the store received a commission check for $55,000.

Lindsey wasn’t the only California Lottery winner to come forward last week as two more San Diego residents also came forward on Saturday to claim their $5 million lottery win. The two friends, named as Lody Aqunio and David Dawood, won the prize on the new California Lottery scratch-off game, $5 Million Jackpot, which launched on September 25 2013.

The winning scratch-off was purchased by the two friends at the Arco AM/PM store located on 450 West El Norte Parkway, Escondido after they decided to put $10 each towards the cost of the $20 game. Aquino scratched the ticket and, when he revealed the win, he screamed and called Dawood over to take a look at the winning ticket.

Dawood plans to buy a new home and start a business with his share of the $5 million win while Aquino wants to clear his debts and buy a new home and car with his.

LotteryWorld would like to congratulate these lucky lottery winners and wish each of them all the best for the future!

To view the latest winning California SuperLotto Plus numbers, visit Lottery.net

by Mike Redfern
Updated May 7th, 2019

Sep 13

$400m Powerball Jackpot Won By Single Ticket

Powerball NewsThursday September 19, 2013 – The fourth largest Powerball jackpot on record was won last night by a single ticket purchased in Lexington, South Carolina.

The Powerball jackpot had been on a roll since August 10 but had only started to attract special attention this week after rolling again last Saturday. While players expected the jackpot to increase beyond its initial $400 million estimate, last night’s jackpot eventually came in a little under the estimate at $399,400,000 (with an estimated cash value of $223 million).

However, since this has been the third Powerball jackpot in four months to top $400 million, some news sites are suggesting that America is starting to feel a bit of jackpot fatigue!

Nevertheless, the sun was shining down on the lucky player last night who successfully matched all five numbers and the Powerball to win the entire jackpot. The winning ticket was bought in the small town of Lexington, which has a population of approximately 17,000, and at time of writing there is no news regarding the identity of the winner or whether they have come forward to claim their prize.

As South Carolina is one of the few states which allows jackpot winners to stay anonymous, it may be that the identity of the fifth biggest American jackpot winner on record will remain a mystery.

The South Carolina Lottery has confirmed the winning lottery ticket was purchased at Murphy USA #5793, 2365 Augusta Road, West Columbia, SC 29169 and the store will receive an impressive $50,000 for selling the winning ticket.

The Murphy USA gas station which sold the winning Powerball ticket (image from Google Maps)

The Murphy USA gas station which sold the winning Powerball ticket (image from Google Maps)

So if you live in the South Carolina area and recall stopping off for gas and a lottery ticket at Murphy USA this week, then check your numbers now as you could be the winner!

In Other Powerball News

As well as the jackpot winner, there were nine Match Five winners winning $1 million each and three Match Five and Powerplay winners winning $2 million each. The Match Five winners were from California, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina and the Match Five with Powerplay tickets were bought in Florida and Pennsylvania.

For a full breakdown of last night’s Powerball results, visit the Results Page on Powerball.net.

by Sadie Walton
Updated August 2nd, 2017