Fla Powerball Winners Surface…not the big ones

The Florida Lottery announces that Jeffrey Geeting, 38, of Jacksonville, claimed a $1 million POWERBALL® prize from Saturday night's POWERBALL drawing and split his winnings with a friend.

The two friends purchased $20 each of POWERBALL tickets for Saturday night's draw, pledging to share with each other should either one win. On Sunday morning they each checked their tickets. While his friend did not match any numbers, Jeffrey matched 5-of-5 numbers to win $1 million, and kept his promise to share. "We are thrilled to have a Jacksonville player be among the winners from this record Powerball drawing," said Secretary Cynthia O'Connell.

The Florida Lottery also announced that Steven Vaughan, 41, of Seminole, claimed the second $1 million POWERBALL® prize from Saturday night's POWERBALL drawing.
Vaughan, a regular POWERBALL player, and avid Bill Murray fan, was ecstatic to learn he matched 5-of-5 winning numbers to win $1 million in the May 18 drawing.
"Now that Florida's two $1 million POWERBALL winners have claimed their prizes, the Florida Lottery is looking forward to awarding the jackpot prize; the largest, single-winning ticket in Lottery history," said Secretary Cynthia O'Connell.

One Florida POWERBALL ticket, purchased in Zephyrhills, won the record-high $590.5 million Powerball jackpot

The multi-state lotto games jackpots are below:

$40,000,000 est
Cash Option:$25,100,000

$15,000,000 est
Cash Option:$11,000,000

A whopper of a Jackpot!

Mega Millions was hit in the states of New Jersey and Virginia on May 17, 2013. The winners will split a jackpot worth an estimated $190 million annuity, or $140.6 million cash option.

We wait to see if, or how many winners there are, in tonight’s Powerball drawing.


The $600 million Powerball jackpot is the largest in the game's history.

What has happened over the last three years is increasingly enormous Powerball jackpots and with them, an ever expanding number of customers. While each ticket carries the same infinitesimal chance of winning, 1 in 175.2 million, the sheer size of recent jackpots have made it too tempting for many to pass up.

If no one matches all five numbers plus the Powerball on Saturday, the jackpot will continue to grow. Kelly Cripe, media director for the Texas Lottery, which is one of the states in the Powerball lottery, said the next drawing would be May 22 and estimated the pot would be at least an astonishing $925 million. The frenzy of such a massive jackpot would likely push it even higher, perhaps to one billion dollars !

Here are the jackpots for all the multi-state games:

$600,000,000 est
Cash Option:$376,900,000

$12,000,000 est
Cash Option:$8,800,000

$6,210,000 est

Don't spend a lot but both Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are Huge

Dueling Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are giving lottery players two chances to strike it rich Friday and Saturday.

The Powerball jackpot has soared to about $550 million before Saturday's drawing after no tickets matched the winning numbers of Wednesday's drawing. Rival Mega Millions' grand prize, at $190 million, could climb higher before Friday's drawing.

California, which started selling Powerball tickets at the beginning of April, and Florida where Mega Millions went on sale only last Wednesday, expects full-blown lotto fever

A single Powerball ticket costs $2, while a Mega Millions ticket costs $1. A jackpot of $550 million ranks as the second largest in Powerball history and third biggest overall.

Both lotteries hit records in 2012, with a $587.5 million Powerball payout in November and a $656 million Mega Millions payout in March. The games are played in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The odds of winning the top jackpot prize in either game are one in 175 million.

While I encourage you to get in the game, I also encourage you to spend wisely. All you need is a single play to win or to lose lose.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 175,223,510.

Say you went wild and spent $200 on the next Powerball drawing. What would your odds of winning be then?

One in 175,223, 410. . . no real improvement at all.

Here are all the odds:


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A lotto odds

Two lottery jackpots are up for grabs this week. The prizes add up to more than half a billion dollars.

But don’t count on getting doubly lucky.

The only thing more astronomical than the amount won by a double winner would be the odds against winning both at the same time, which would be about one in 31 quadrillion (based on the 175.7 million chance of winning the Mega Millions jackpot multiplied by the one in 175.2 million chance of winning the Powerball jackpot).

Still, someone — at least two someones, that is — could get lucky big-time this week.

A $360 million prize awaits the winner of the Powerball drawing at 10:59 p.m set tonight.
Friday in the Mega Millions drawing, the prize will be $190 million.

$360,000,000 est
Cash Option:$229,200,000

$190,000,000 est
Cash Option:$140,900,000

Hot Lotto Multi State Game Changes Soon

Beginning May 15, Hot Lotto players who win the game’s jackpot will receive their prize in a single cash payment with the initial holding taxes already paid.

Currently, Hot Lotto grand prize winners have the option of choosing a lump sum payment or 25 annual payments. Jackpots for the lotto game begin at $1 million and will increase a minimum of $50,000 under the new rules.

Other changes in the Hot Lotto game, effective with the May 15, 2013 drawing, include: the number of white balls available to be chosen for the draw will increase from 39 to 47; the game’s second prize will increase from $10,000 to $30,000 ($30,000 to $90,000 with the Sizzler option); the third prize will go up from $500 to $3,000 ($1,500 to $9,000 with the Sizzler option); and several lower tier prizes will see small increases.

The price per play for Hot Lotto will remain at just $1; the Sizzler option is available for an additional $1 per play.

Hot Lotto is currently played in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia. Tennessee will join the game on May 12, 2013. Drawings are held Wednesday and Saturday nights.
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Large jackpots are available for tonight’s Mega Millions game and Saturday’s Powerball drawing.

$154,000,000 est
Cash Option:$115,200,000

$270,000,000 est
Cash Option:$175,800,000

The case of the gigantic lotto jackpots

No one matched all the numbers in the Powerball lottery Wednesday night so the jackpot for Saturday has grown to a $270 million annuity or $175.8 million cash value

The Mega Millions lottery is not far behind.
The jackpot for Friday's drawing is a $154 million annuity or a $115 million cash value.

The odds of winning the grand prize in either game is about 1 in 175 million.

Powerball tickets are $2 each. Numbers are drawn Wednesday and Saturdays. The first five numbers are drawn from 59 white balls and the Powerball is drawn from 35 red balls.
The largest Powerball jackpot was drawn Nov. 28, 2012 for a $587.5 million annuity or a $384.7 million cash value. In March, the Powerball jackpot rose to $320 million.

Mega Millions tickets cost $1 each. Players pick five numbers from 1 to 56 and one number from 1 to 46 (the Mega Ball).
Drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Mega Millions had the largest jackpot in the world on March 30, 2012 when three tickets matched to share a $656 million annuity.

Teacher learn how to win the lottery

Nineteen New Jersey Sequoia School teachers and staff members couldn’t believe it when science teacher Drew Viscidy called an emergency meeting of the school’s coffee club early one morning last winter.

First, he raised a media screen over the blackboard. There, pasted to the blackboard, was a New Jersey Pick 6 Lottery ticket — a winning lottery ticket that earned the group a check for $2 million in the Feb. 7 drawing.

“They all hugged and celebrated,” said New Jersey Lottery spokeswoman Judith Drucker in describing how Viscidy recounted the event to her. Drucker confirmed the winners’ identities Tuesday.
Viscidy told her he couldn’t sleep the night before because of his excitement.

Drucker said Viscidy accepted the check from the Lottery in April.

If the check is divided 19 ways, the lucky winners should each receive $105,263 — a lot of coffee money.

The group plays seven Pick 6 tickets and two Powerball tickets each week, Drucker said. The winning ticket was purchased at a 7-Eleven in Evesham.
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Mega Millions wasn’t hit last night and continues to grow while tonight’s Powerball jackpot is in the range where you may see lines at your lottery agent.

$222,000,000 est
Cash Option:$144,500,000

$154,000,000 est
Cash Option:$115,200,000

1st "$2,500 a Week for Life" prize claimed in Fla

The Florida Lottery announces that the members of Plymel Holdings, LLC, Donald and Susan Plymel, of Melbourne, claimed a top prize in the $2,500 A WEEK FOR LIFE Scratch-Off game, at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee.

Plymel Holdings, LLC, chose to receive the winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment of $2,163,744.30. The winning Scratch-Off ticket was purchased at Publix, located at 3200 Lake Washington Road in Melbourne. This was the first top prize won in the LUCKY $2,500 A WEEK FOR LIFE game.

"We feel so fortunate to have won a top prize in this game," exclaimed Plymel. "This money will enable us to give back to charitable organizations for children."

The $5 game, $2,500 A WEEK FOR LIFE, launched on February 5, 2013. There are three top prizes remaining. The overall odds of winning a prize are one-in 4.02.
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Tonight’s Mega Millions is one of the last that Florida players won’t be able to play for. Starting May 15 the Florida Lottery joins the Mega Millions game.

$139,000,000 est
Cash Option:$104,800,000

$222,000,000 est
Cash Option:$144,500,000

Single Mon Wins Lotto in California

Thuan Le is a hard-working single mother of four sons. She is also very excitable. In fact, when she ran her California SuperLotto Plus ticket through the terminal and realized she had won a $14 million jackpot, she ran screaming out of the store! Luckily, Le received the information on how to claim her ticket and went to the California Lottery’s Santa Ana District Office to do just that.

Le and a friend usually go together and buy their Lottery tickets at the same time, but last Wednesday, Le went by herself to purchase her usual $4 worth of POWERBALL® and $1 in SuperLotto Plus from her local CVS Pharmacy. She accidentally put $6 in the self-service terminal and bought her tickets. When she realized she still had $1 in credit, she thought, “I might as well get another SuperLotto Plus ticket.” That 6th ticket was the winner.

Thursday morning, when her friend asked if she had checked her tickets yet, she replied she hadn’t, so the friend went to get the winning numbers. When she returned with them and they all matched, Le rushed over to check for herself. Shortly after that is when she left screaming. Le called her sons and one of them came over to take her to claim her prize. “We thought she was joking,” her son explained, “but we thought would she really joke like this? My older brother said, ‘yes, she would’.” They quickly realized she was not joking and couldn’t be happier for their mom. Le plans to buy a house, travel, and visit her parents in Vietnam.
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Le should have run to a financial planner BEFORE running to the lottery to claim her prize. By not doing so she will pay more in taxes and may join the 90% of lotto winners who declare bankruptcy within 6 years of winning.
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Mega Millions wasn’t hit last night and tonight’s Powerball jackpot could change your life.

$191,000,000 est
Cash Option:$124,700,000

$139,000,000 est
Cash Option:$104,800,000

Ohio jackpot Claimes as Trust

A $41 million Ohio lottery jackpot has been claimed in a trust.

The lottery said Tuesday the lump-sum payout, after taxes, was nearly $21.3 million. The winning ticket for the March 12 Mega Millions drawing was purchased at a deli in Westlake.

Media reports said 14 employees in an office pool in the accounting department at Travel Centers of America, a truck stop company in Westlake, will split the prize. They had been playing the lottery for 11 years.

The deli gets $41,000 for selling the winning ticket.
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Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is a winner!
$165,000,000 est
Cash Option:$107,700,000

$126,000,000 est
Cash Option:$95,800,000