Nov 14

Powerball Jackpot Soars to $203 Million

With twelve rollovers under its belt, the Powerball jackpot has increased to a whopping $203 million for the drawing set to take place on Saturday, November 8th. The estimated cash value for this amazing prize is $126.7 million.

The last Powerball jackpot win took place on Wednesday, September 24th, when Vinh Nguyen of San Mateo, California snapped up a $228.5 million windfall. Nguyen purchased his Powerball entries at Dehoff’s Key Market, which received a £1 million retailer bonus simply for selling him the jackpot-winning ticket. Nguyen chose to have his prize paid out in the form of an annuity, meaning that he will be receiving enormous paychecks for the next 30 years!

Nguyen isn’t the only Powerball winner this year – on Wednesday, February 19th, B. Raymond Buxton won a $425.3 million prize, but didn’t claim it until April 1st. He opted for the lump sum payment, which saw him net $242.2 million before taxes. Buxton plans to set up a charity that will focus on “areas of pediatric health, child hunger and education.”

On March 1st, Joseph Saxer landed a $60 million prize. Later that month on March 22nd, John and Susan Brands of St. Charles, Missouri picked up a cool $96.5 million prize. On April 23rd, 2014, the FlaMass Family Lottery Joint Venture, consisting of three members, won $148.8 million and took a cash sum of $86.9 million.

In June, Roy Cockrum of Tennessee snapped up a $259.8 million prize after weeks of rollovers. He chose a cash sum of $153.5 million before taxes and immediately set out to donate money to good causes, including a food bank called Second Harvest.

On July 9th, Mary Ann Thompson of Ohio won a whopping $124.9 million and chose a lump sum payment. She received $51.9 million after taxes. Just days later on July 19th, John “Jack” Long won $60 million and took a lump sum payment of $35.9 million before taxes. On August 9th, Claude “Al” G. of Colorado picked up a $90 million prize. Finally, Nguyen won his prize in September and the jackpot has been rolling over ever since.

Want to beat the odds, break the rollover streak and join these Powerball winners? You don’t necessarily have to be living in California, but you do need to buy Powerball tickets, which can be purchased from any authorised retailer. To learn more about Powerball and how it works, visit the dedicated page at Lottery.net. Good luck!

by Mike Redfern
Updated March 30th, 2016

Mar 14

California Syndicate Claims Powerball Prize

Powerball NewsWednesday March 5 2014 – While the hunt is still on for the recent $425 million and $60 million California Powerball winners, the holders of another winning Powerball ticket sold in California have claimed their prize.

The winning ticket was purchased by a syndicate of 19 co-workers who all work for several non-profit groups in Sacramento. The ticket matched all five main numbers from the Powerball draw on Wednesday February 12 but missed out on the jackpot by just one number. As the ticket was purchased in California, and lottery prizes in the state are paid on a pari-mutuel basis, the syndicate won $723,000 which equates to $29,000 each after taxes.

The group, who are all aged between 40 and 60, purchased 19 tickets from the A-1 Mart off West El Camino, Sacramento, which previously sold a winning Mega Millions ticket just two years ago.

Syndicate member Joan Kassis said that although the win was “surreal”, it feels “wonderful”. She plans to do some remodeling in her home and said “some people are going on a trip, others will pay off debt; some will buy a car.”

The syndicate now has their eyes set on winning even more money with Kassis saying, “now we know what happens when you win, we’re ready when we win the big one.”
Congratulations to these co-workers – LotteryWorld.com wishes them all the best for the future.

Other Lottery News

The Mega Millions jackpot is now worth $270 million after players in last night’s draw failed to match all five main numbers and the Mega Ball number.

The winning numbers from last night’s draw can be found on Lottery.net.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated April 6th, 2016

Feb 14

Second Powerball Win for West Virginia Syndicate

Powerball NewsSunday February 23 2014 – While attention was focused firmly on the colossal $425 million Powerball jackpot last week, a lucky syndicate from West Virginia came forward to claim their second Powerball win. Two members of the group, dubbed “The Beckley 27,” collected their $1 million win at the West Virginia lottery headquarters in Charleston on Tuesday. Diana Slone and Lisa Stadelman accepted 27 checks on behalf of the group, each worth $25,370.52.

The group consists of 27 employees from The Register Herald newspaper in Beckley who regularly pool funds together to play both Powerball and Mega Millions.

The winning ticket was purchased along with 26 other tickets from RJ’s Dry Hill Merchants in Beckley and matched all five main numbers (24-25-34-37-54) but not the Powerball number (29) from the draw on Saturday February 8. Not only did the syndicate miss out on winning the jackpot by one number, they were in fact just one digit away from scooping the top prize as they had selected the Powerball number as 28!

Slone, who is responsible for buying the tickets, checked the Powerball numbers in the Sunday edition of the paper and contacted Stadelman to tell her about what she thought was a $100,000 win, only to find out that they had actually won $1 million.

At the press conference on Tuesday, both winners said their co-workers have made plans for their new found fortune which include paying off debts and donating to charity. Speaking about the win, Slone said “I’m just so happy that so many people were able to win.”

Diana Slone and Lisa Stadelman collecting the check Image Source WCHSTV.com

Diana Slone and Lisa Stadelman collecting the check
Image Source WCHSTV.com

However, this isn’t the first time the syndicate has struck it lucky as back in December 2002 they just missed out on winning the Powerball jackpot, again by a single number. The group’s first Match 5 win was worth $100,000, as their success came prior to the lottery revamp.

The group is now waiting for their third win with Slone saying, “Everyone is saying, the third time is the charm.” Stadelman added, “We play pretty regularly. We got about $2,500 each the first time, $25,000 this time, so maybe the third time we can get $25 million.”

The saying goes, good luck comes in threes so the Beckley 27 will be crossing their fingers and hoping to win another lottery prize sometime soon – let’s just hope they don’t have to wait another 12 years for it happen!

Other Powerball News

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday’s draw is now worth $50 million after ticket holders in last night’s draw failed to match all five main numbers and the Powerball number. One ticket holder from New York came close to winning the jackpot, but had to settle for $1 million, when they matched five main numbers but not the Powerball number.

The winning numbers from last night’s draw can be found on Lottery.net.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated April 5th, 2016

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.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated April 5th, 2016

Feb 14

South Carolina Couple Brave Bad Weather to Claim $2 Million Powerball Win

Powerball NewsWednesday February 12 2014 – A couple from South Carolina braved the bad weather yesterday to claim a $2 million Powerball win from last Wednesday’s draw.

The couple, who have chosen not to be named, travelled to the lottery office in Columbia to have their win validated despite the terrible weather conditions South Carolina is currently experiencing.

The winning Powerball ticket was purchased last Wednesday from the Quik Trip store on Charlotte Highway in Clover but the couple didn’t realize they had won the $2 million prize until they heard a radio announcement on Friday morning. The announcement stated that the winning ticket had been purchased from the Quik Trip store and that the store owner is in line to receive a retailer bonus of $20,000 for selling the winning ticket. Remembering that he had purchased a Powerball ticket from the same Quik Trip store, he checked his numbers and found himself holding the winning ticket.

“We were in denial” said the wife, who insisted that they claimed the prize yesterday, instead of waiting until the weather improved. Talking about the win the husband said, “That was the best $3 I ever spent.”

The husband, who only buys Powerball tickets when the jackpot is high, opted for the Power Play when purchasing the winning ticket which meant that their Match 5 win increased from $1 million to $2 million. This $2 million win is the first in the South Carolina since May last year when a syndicate of 24 co-workers from North Carolina travelled across state lines to purchase a total of 80 Powerball tickets for the draw on Saturday May 18 2013. The group, who purchased the ticket in South Carolina in an attempt to avoid taxes, matched all five main numbers with the Power Play to win $2 million.

This latest win makes the couple the 19th millionaires to be created in South Carolina since the Powerball game underwent major changes in January 2012.

For the latest South Carolina lottery results, visit Lottery.net.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated April 5th, 2016