Nov 15

Hunt Is on for First Powerball Jackpot Winner since Changes

The hunt is on for the first person to win the Powerball jackpot since the game was revamped last month. A player, who bought their ticket for the drawing on Wednesday November 4 at Hobson Tobacco & Beer in Antioch, Tennessee, matched all five main numbers and the Powerball and is now due a payout of $144.1 million if they choose the annuity option when they come forward to claim their prize.

A number of Powerball changes were made after the drawing on Saturday October 3, including ten main balls being added to the matrix and nine Powerballs being removed. The adjustments increased players’ chances of winning a prize, but decreased their odds of hitting the jackpot from roughly one in 175 million to one in 292.2 million.

The jackpot had rolled over nine times since Julie Leach of Three Rivers, Michigan picked up the $310.5 million top prize in the drawing on September 30, opting to take the lump sum cash payout of $197.4 million, which worked out at around $140 million after taxes.

This week’s lucky Powerball winner is the fourth Tennessee Lottery player to hit the game’s jackpot, and will pick up the second biggest lottery win in the state’s history, behind the $259.8 million claimed by Roy Cockrum of Knoxville in June 2014. The store in which the ticket was purchased has already been awarded a $25,000 bonus at the lottery’s headquarters.

The winning numbers in the draw were 2, 12, 17, 20 and 65 with Powerball 17 and Tennessee Lottery spokeswoman Kym Gerlock advised the mystery ticket holder to “sign the back of the ticket, keep it in a secure location, consult with a financial advisor, and call the Lottery headquarters in Nashville before coming to claim the prize.”

by Mike Redfern
Updated November 6th, 2015

Oct 15

Single Ticket Wins $310.5 Million Powerball Jackpot in Michigan

A single Powerball ticket, bought at a gas station in Michigan, has won its owner the biggest single American lottery prize of the year –  a cool $310.5 million! The entry was purchased at a Shell station in Three Rivers around 6:30pm on Wednesday September 30th, just hours before the numbers 21, 39, 40, 55 and 59 with Powerball 17 were drawn in Tallahassee, Florida.

The Powerball winner has yet to come forward and claim the second biggest jackpot of 2015, only beaten by the $564.1 million bounty from Wednesday February 1, which was shared by three ticket holders. When they do make themselves known to lottery officials, they will have to decide whether to accept the full amount in 30 payments over 29 years, or instead opt for a cash payment of $197.4 million before taxes.

Wednesday’s victorious participant is the first resident of the Mitten State to snare the Powerball jackpot since Donald Lawson scooped a prize worth $337 in August 2012. Lawson decided to take the cash lump sum option of $224.6 million.

The Powerball jackpot had been rolling since Willie Nelson of California picked up the cash prize of $70.1 million ($110 million annuity) in the drawing on Saturday August 1. Nelson bought his winning ticket from the Choice Market at 5001 South Western Avenue, Los Angeles while he was picking up some thick slab bacon, and only came forward recently to claim his windfall.

Regina Bontrager, manager of the Shell on Michigan Avenue, Three Rivers, has revealed to the press that she knows the identity of the winner, but would not say who they were, telling the MLive website “I’m protecting my friends, I have to do that.”

The Michigan Lottery offers the massive multi-state games Powerball and Mega Millions, along with local favourites such as Fantasy 5 and Lotto 47. Winners of Michigan Lottery prizes have a year from the date of the draw in which to stake their claim.

by Mike Redfern
Updated October 2nd, 2015

Jun 15

NY Plumber Finds Forgotten $136 Million Powerball Ticket Behind Pipe

A plumber from Staten Island, New York nearly missed out on a $136 million Powerball prize after pinning his winning ticket behind a pipe in his basement and forgetting about it for a month. A friend had even told 56-year-old Anthony Perosi that the winner had bought their ticket at the same 7-Eleven as him, but she also mentioned that she thought it was a teacher who had purchased it, so Perosi didn’t bother to check his numbers.

Despite having matched the winning line in the drawing on Saturday March 14, Perosi unwittingly left the ticket with a stack of other entries in his lucky spot in the basement. It was only when his truck broke down in April that, hoping for a few small prizes to help with the repair cost, Perosi stumbled upon the precious slip of paper worth $136 million.

Perosi admitted that he felt like he was having a heart attack when he realised his good fortune and demanded that his son check the ticket to confirm the win. Perosi will split the prize with the 27-year-old, also called Anthony, having opted to receive the cash option of $88.5 million.

Lottery players in New York have up to a year after the winning draw to claim any prize they are due, but the period varies between states offering Powerball and Mega Millions. Make sure you visit the Winning Numbers section of Lottery.net soon after the draws take place to check your tickets immediately and begin the process of collecting your oversized check!

Despite his newfound wealth, Perosi says that he will continue to work, but will allow himself to relax and not worry about money. If you have a problem with your drainage in the NYC area, make sure to look out for the plumber in the gold-plated truck pulling up outside your house!

by Mike Redfern
Updated November 6th, 2019

Jul 14

July 9th Powerball Winner Claims $124.9 Million Prize

A resident of Conneaut, Ohio has finally stepped forward to claim a Powerball jackpot prize worth $124.9 million. Mary Ann Thompson, who beat odds of 175,223,510 to 1 to win the jackpot, said that the prize was “a real blessing” and that she and her husband will use their new wealth to help out their family members. She bought the ticket at the True North convenience store in advance of the draw held on 9th July 2014 and the Ohio Lottery confirmed the details of winner in the last 24 hours. Powerball officials had been reaching out to residents of the town, located in Ashtabula County near the Pennsylvania border, ever since they revealed where the winning ticket had been sold.

Mary Ann chose the cash lump sum option and received $51.9 million after federal and state taxes were deducted.  Mary Ann has chosen not to speak to the media about her win and has asked that her privacy be respected.

This is the second major lottery win in Ashtabula County this summer, with another lucky winner picking up a $73 million prize after buying a Classic Lotto ticket in Ashtabula Township in late June and ending an amazing two and a half year run of roll overs. After claiming the cash option, the winner took home $26 million and placed it in a trust fund.

You can view Powerball results and a full prize breakdown of all the recent draws by visiting Lottery.net’s Powerball Results page.

by Mike Redfern
Updated March 30th, 2016

May 14

West Virginian Man Collects $1 Million Powerball Prize Yesterday

West Virginia lottery officials introduced their newest millionaire to the public yesterday, in a special press conference held at the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. Hartzell “John” Lancaster picked up a $1 million Powerball prize won in the drawing held on May 17 after he matched all five main numbers drawn.  Hartzell narrowly missed out on the jackpot by just the Powerball number.

Lancaster purchased his ticket at the Convenient Food Mart on Pennsylvania Avenue in Weirton which is just a short distance from his own business, Jaaag Tire. He purchased five tickets for the Powerball drawing, something Lancaster says he’s been doing religiously since he started playing the lottery 28 years ago.

John Musgrave, West Virginia’s Lottery Director, presented Lancaster with his life changing win yesterday afternoon. Lancaster was joined at the press conference by his wife Gloria and their three daughters, when asked about what his priorities were following the big win, Lancaster said they would be to take care of his immediate family and put some aside for his retirement.

“Meeting my wife was the best thing that happened to me. She was the first of God’s gifts to me and as my children were born, life changes and family is your priority,” said Lancaster.

Lancaster is the 10th West Virginia player this year to win a prize of $1 million or more on a multi-state lottery game.  Out of these ten winning tickets, just one remains unclaimed. The winning $1 million ticket was purchased in Wheeling and matched all five main numbers (36, 44, 49, 52, 57) in the Powerball drawing on February 12.

The next Powerball draw takes place tomorrow and is boasting a 10x rollover jackpot of $173 million while the next Mega Millions draw takes place tonight and offers a double rollover jackpot of $26 million.

by Mike Redfern
Updated May 30th, 2014