Purchase of winning $14M ticket a mistake

MADISON, Wis., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin man says it took him several days to realize he held the winning ticket to a $14.3 million lottery jackpot.

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$16.5M Hot Lotto ticket turned in

DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A winning $16.5 million lottery ticket bought last year in Des Moines, Iowa, was turned in less than 2 hours before its expiration Thursday, officials said.

Online poker could be legal under ruling

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A decision by the U.S. Department of Justice could make online lotteries and online poker legal, analysts say.

Financiers fronting for lottery winner

GREENWICH, Conn., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A trio of Connecticut financiers accepted a check for a $254 million Powerball drawing on behalf of an anonymous client, a friend of one of the men said.

Clerk error leads to $25M lottery win

LITHONIA, Ga., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A Georgia woman said a store clerk's error caused her to win $25 million in a recent Powerball lottery drawing.

Winning Powerball ticket worth $228.9M

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- A winning Powerball ticket worth $228.9 million was sold this week in Dakota County, Minn., state lottery officials said.
Cost of playing Powerball to double

Cost of playing Powerball to double

MIAMI, July 5 (UPI) -- The price of a Powerball ticket will double in 2012 when the multi-state lottery marks its 20th anniversary. The jackpots also will get bigger, officials say.

Costco workers share $202 million jackpot

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 16 (UPI) -- At least one of the 20 Costco employees who hit a $201.9 million Powerball jackpot June 1 plans to retire.

$221.7 million lottery prize unclaimed

CLARKSVILLE, Ind., April 8 (UPI) -- Lottery officials said they are searching for the holder of a $221.7 million Powerball ticket sold at an Indiana store.

Judge: Sister not entitled to lotto cut

MIDDLETOWN, Conn., May 12 (UPI) -- A Connecticut judge ruled an 87-year-old woman does not have to share her $500,000 Powerball jackpot with her sister.

Missouri man wins $258.5 million jackpot

MARSHALL, Mo., April 22 (UPI) -- A Missouri convenience store cashier is the United States' newest mega-millionaire, claiming a $258.5 million lottery jackpot Thursday.

Sister sues for lottery share

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., March 23 (UPI) -- A Connecticut woman's lawsuit against her sister claims an agreement between the two women entitles her to a share of a $500,000 lottery jackpot.

Powerball, Mega Millions move has critics

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A move by two national lottery games, Powerball and Mega Millions, to sell tickets in the same states will tempt problem gamblers, critics say.

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Powerball is an American lottery game sold in 44 jurisdictions as a shared jackpot game. It is coordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), a non-profit organization formed by an agreement with lotteries. As of its latest format change on January 15, 2012, Powerball's minimum advertised jackpot is $40 million (annuity) with a potential of nine-figure prizes. Its annuity option is paid in 30 graduated installments; winners may choose cash instead. Powerball drawings are held Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. Eastern time. The game uses a 5/59 (white balls) + 1/35 (Powerballs) matrix from which winning numbers are chosen. Powerball games had always cost players $1; a game with the Power Play option, added in 2001, cost $2. As of the January 15, 2012 format change, each selection of six numbers costs $2; with Power Play, $3. The official cutoff time for ticket sales is 10 pm ET; some jurisdictions cut sales earlier.[1] The drawings usually are held at the Florida Lottery’s high-tech studio in Tallahassee. Before, the drawings were held at Universal Studios in Orlando (prior to 2009, its drawings usually were held in Iowa.) On the night of each drawing, there are 6 prerecorded draws: four "test" drawings, then the actual drawing, followed by a "post test" draw. Some drawings were held away from headquarters to promote the game's expansion to a new jurisdiction. The results of drawings are not official until they are audited by the accounting firm Harvey, Covington & Thomas, LLC Powerball, on February 18, 2006, produced the third-largest prize awarded for one set of numbers drawn in a US lottery game. The prize was $364 million; the eight people sharing the ticket chose the cash option, splitting $177,270,519.67 before withholdings. (Mega Millions produced the two biggest jackpots in American history.)

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