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  1. Powerball dropped revamp that gave better odds

    Nation

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The group that runs the Powerball lottery game approved, then abandoned, changes that would have given ticket buyers more bang for their two bucks than the redesign recently implemented, the Associated Press has learned.  …

    Steve Poulin sells Powerball tickets at the Sunnybrook Tavern and Liquor Store in Fort Washington, Md. Powerball managers approved and then dropped a revamp of the game.
  2. The real powerball brokers: sports owners

    Sports

    Guilty. I admit it. I was among the millions who plunged money into the Powerball as the prize engorged Wednesday night to an obscene $1.5 billion. I'm not a lottery player and normally laugh to myself at the silly dreamers in line to place their hopeless sucker bets. Now I was one of them, with nothing but greed to blame. …

    You couldn’t even buy out Stephen Ross.
  3. Carlton: The endless possibilities in not winning the Powerball

    Humaninterest

    Listen, I wouldn't bother plunking down that $2 for a Powerball ticket tomorrow if I were you. Because to tell you the truth, I'm planning on winning it. …

    Commuters drive past a sign at a Mobil Mart in Methuen, Mass., showing the Powerball jackpot for today’s drawing. [Associated Press] 
  4. Florida winners of $1.6B Powerball come forward

    Nation

    FORT LAUDERDALE — Since January, people in Melbourne Beach have wondered who played the winning Powerball numbers at the local Publix, getting a third of the biggest lottery jackpot in history. They don't have to wonder anymore. …

    Florida Lottery Secretary Tom Delacenserie, left, presents Maureen Smith and David Kaltschmidt with their one-third share of the Jan. 13, world record Powerball jackpot Wednesday in Tallahassee. John and Lisa Robertson of Munford, Tenn., cashed in their ticket last month, also taking the lump sum. The winners in California have not publicly come forward yet. [AP photo]
  5. $1 million Powerball tickets sold in Zephyrhills and Seminole

    Nation

    Two Powerball players who bought their tickets in Zephyrhills and Seminole are $1 million winners this morning. According to the Florida Lottery, $1 million tickets were purchased at the Publix at 7880 113th St. in Seminole and a Radiant gas station at 6512 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills. …

  6. By the numbers: Florida Powerball stats and fun facts

    Personalfinance

    The last time Tampa Bay got caught up in Powerball fever was two years ago when Gloria MacKenzie, an 84-year-old Zephyrhills grandmother, won the $590 million jackpot, the largest Powerball sum in history at the time. It took several days for MacKenzie to claim her prize.  …

    A Powerball sign above Interstate 275 in Tampa isn’t equipped to show a jackpot value more than $999 million. On Monday, the estimated jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing was at $1.4 billion. [SKIP O’ROURKE | Times]
  7. Powerball for rookies: how to play, and the benefit of winning in Florida

    Personalfinance

    The Powerball jackpot has swelled to an estimated $1.3 billion, which means you have a few more days to plot all the ways you could blow your winnings. Granted, the chances you'll actually win big are about 1 in 292.2 million. But hey, who's counting? …

    A machine at the Causeway Mobil in Brandon shows a nonwinning Powerball ticket. The next drawing, for $1.3 billion, is Wednesday.
  8. Things to know about the giant Powerball jackpot

    Nation

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The odds aren't great, but Powerball players across the country will have a shot Saturday night at a record-breaking $700 million jackpot.  …

    Vilas Patel sells a Powerball ticket to Pravin Bhatt, right, at Leprechaun News in Rutherford, N.J. on Wednesday. [Associated Press]
  9. Powerball's big jackpot crashes Florida Lottery website

    Stateroundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Dreams of becoming rich overnight crashed the Florida Lottery website late Wednesday and into Thursday morning. With a $500 million jackpot on the line in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, the website was overwhelmed, according to department spokeswoman Shelly Gerteisen. …

  10. With no winner, Powerball jackpot to hit $675 million

    Nation

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A lottery official says there is no jackpot winner in the drawing for a Powerball prize worth an estimated $500 million.  …

  11. Florida briefs: Man, 19, lucks into winning Powerball numbers

    Briefs

    LAKE MARY First-time lottery player, 19, wins $2M Powerball Lottery officials say a 19-year-old Central Florida man and first-time lottery player used the numbers off someone else's unpurchased Powerball ticket to win $2 million.  …

  12. 8 totally '80s splurges to celebrate Powerball windfall

    Stuck in the '80s

    I don’t expect one of my five tickets to win tonight’s $1.5 billion Powerball drawing, but if one does, here’s how I’d spend the loot.First, according to The Daily Beast, figure on the actual amount being close to $600 million after taxes. No problem. I have simple tastes. And every single one of them is based on the ‘80s.1. BUY CAMERON’S HOUSE: Cameron Frye’s “house” from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is actually in Highland Park, Ill. And yes, it was sold a couple years back for a thrifty $1.06 million. But I figure the owners probably will take a cool $3 million for it today. I’ll even cover the closing costs. What would I put in the garage? A Ferrari GT California. It is my life. It is my love. It is your fault you didn’t win the lottery instead of me.2. REUNITE JOURNEY … ALMOST: All those Steve Perry fans out there, you’re about to get your wish. I will reunite Steve, Ross, Jonathan and Steve Smith for one night only. What about guitarist Neal Schon? He can buy a ticket and watch from the cheap seats. I figure we place in the concert at the Giants stadium in San Francisco. Set list to be determined by Mr. Perry himself. (Please, though, no Who’s Cryin’ Now.)3. REFURBISH THE ORIGINAL GHOSTBUSTERS CAR: Rumor has it the original transportation of the Ghostbusters is in sad shape now. Let’s see what a little Powerball cash can do to help. 4. START A STUCK IN THE ‘80s CHANNEL ON TV AND SATELLITE RADIO: Oh, ‘80s on 8 is totally like tripendicular, you know. And if the original Tron movie shows one more time on HBO this week, the Feds will accuse me of hacking the cable network. But in a very rare moment of self promotion, I think I can make a case for Stuck in the ‘80s to get headliner treatment on both mediums. Plus, I’ll need someone to pay my health insurance in the post-lottery world.5. BUILD A BASEBALL DIAMOND IN MY CORNFIELD: I don’t have a cornfield. But I’m assuming I can go the distance and buy one. And then maybe I’ll just hire Kevin Costner to do the heavy lifting. To ease his pain, I’ll spring for a bottle of Advil. Maybe James Earl Jones can throw out the first pitch. 6. HIRE VAN HALEN TO PLAY MY BIRTHDAY PARTY: Well, Spicoli was onto something there in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. But I want the original lineup. Wolfie will have to take a seat for this show.7. HAVE EXTRA SPRINGBOARDS INSTALLED AT POOL: I’ll need those correctly perform the Triple Lindy. Someone has to pull Grand Lakes University’s diving team out of their losing streak.8. BECOME A U-BOAT COMMANDER: Drive my Porsche into Lake Michigan, fall in love with Rebecca De Mornay (not a problem) and then open a brothel in my parent’s house. “We don’t remember giving you permission for a PARTY, Spearsy…” Sometimes you gotta say, well you know, and make your move.Good luck to everyone tonight.

  13. Where to watch tonight's $1.5 billion Powerball drawing

    Personalfinance

    At 10:59 tonight, five white balls and one red ball, the all-important Powerball, will be pulled from two drums. If someone has a ticket with all six of those numbers, he or she can claim the largest lottery jackpot in history. This is how you can watch the drawing. …

    Purchased Powerball lottery tickets are shown Tuesday in Miami. The Powerball jackpot has grown to over $1.5 billion  for the next drawing on Wednesday. [Associated Press]
  14. Powerball jackpot increases again to $1.5B on strong sales

    Consumer

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The world's largest lottery jackpot has grown to $1.5 billion because of continuing strong Powerball ticket sales. Lottery officials increased their estimate of the huge jackpot for the second day in a row Tuesday because of immense interest in the prize.  …

  15. Powerball jackpot increases to $1.4B as ticket sales surge

    Nation

    OMAHA, Neb. — The Powerball jackpot has grown to $1.4 billion, and the drawing is still two days away. The prize was already the world's largest before lottery officials increased it Monday.  …

  16. Powerball fever continues as jackpot hits record $1.3 billion

    Nation

    The world has never seen it: a lottery jackpot worth $1.3 billion. The biggest ever. No one matched all six Powerball numbers Saturday night when the jackpot was worth an estimated $950 million, leading to the astronomical prize for Wednesday night's drawing. …

    Marquis Taylor, left, takes his chances Sunday on the record $1.3?billion Powerball jackpot at the Causeway in Brandon.
  17. Frantic Powerball ticket buyers crash Florida Lottery website

    The Buzz

    Dreams of getting rich overnight crashed the Florida Lottery website late Wednesday and into the morning Thursday. With a $500 million jackpot on the line in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, an unusually large number of people came to the site, according to department spokeswoman Shelly Gerteisen. …

  18. DayStarter: Foggy, then beautiful; Apple's fights the feds over privacy vs. security, and Florida's Powerball winners step forward today

    News

    It should be another gorgeous day with afternoon temperatures in the mid 70s. The weekend is looking just as nice, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s, coupled with a light breeze, according to 10Weather WTSP. …

    [10Weather WTSP]
  19. Powerball jackpot surges to $500M in hours before drawing

    Nation

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $500 million as more people across the country buy a chance at the biggest prize in nearly a year. …

  20. Huge Powerball pool wins $13,000, spends it on Florida Lotto tickets

    Nation

    TAMPA — Wondering how much that huge, 73,000-ticket Powerball pool organized by two Tampa buddies wound up taking in? Wonder no more. …

    Ryan McGuinness, left, and Shane Krugman display 3,000 Powerball tickets that they had just picked up last Wednesday from the Metro Market in Tampa. After spending $146,000 with dreams of landing last week's $1.6 billion jackpot, the pool of 270 people won $13,275 by matching at least one number on dozens of tickets. [SKIP O'ROURKE | Times]

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