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  1. Powerball jackpot climbs to $415 million

    Nation

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The winning Powerball numbers are 5-25-26-44-66, the Powerball number is 9 and the grand prize amount was increased to $429.6 million, a lottery spokeswoman said on Saturday. The numbers were drawn Saturday night for a jackpot that is the largest since a record $1.6 billion payout in January. The spokeswoman, Kelly Cripe, said it may be several hours before officials know if one or more winning tickets were sold. Here are some things to keep in mind about the drawing and future jackpots.  …

    In this Jan. 13 photo, a clerk hands over a Powerball ticket for cash at Tower City Lottery Stop in Cleveland. Powerball estimates that its jackpot for May 4 is $348 million. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
  2. Winning Powerball ticket worth $429 million sold in New Jersey

    Nation

    TRENTON, N.J. — Someone is holding onto the sole winning Powerball ticket that was sold in New Jersey and is worth $429.6 million, lottery officials said Sunday.  …

    Someone is holding onto the sole winning Powerball ticket that was sold in New Jersey and is worth $429.6 million, lottery officials said Sunday. Only one ticket matched all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing, said Powerball spokeswoman Kelly Cripe. The winning Powerball numbers were 5-25-26-44-66 and the Powerball number was 9.  [Associated Press]
  3. 8 people to claim $429.6 million Powerball jackpot won in New Jersey

    Nation

    LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. — Eight people will claim their share of last weekend's $429.6 million Powerball jackpot, which was won with a $6 investment, the New Jersey Lottery said Friday.  …

    Eight people will claim their share of last weekend's $429.6 million Powerball jackpot, which was won with a $6 investment, the New Jersey Lottery said Friday. [Associated Press]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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] 
  7. $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. …

  8. 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]
  9. 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]
  10. 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.
  11. 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]
  12. 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. …

  13. 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.  …

  14. With no winner, Mega Millions jackpot grows to $449 million

    Nation

    No ticket matched all the winning numbers in Friday's $415 million Mega Millions drawing, lottery officials said, raising the jackpot for Tuesday to an estimated $449 million. The winning numbers drawn Friday night were 20-41-42- 45-49, with a Mega Ball of 14. …

    Sara Thompson picks numbers for her Mega Millions lottery ticket at a convenience store in Chicago, Friday, July 1, 2016. Friday night's Mega Millions drawing will give lottery players a shot at the 10th largest jackpot in U.S. history. [Associated Press]
  15. 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.  …

  16. No Mega Millions winner; Friday's jackpot increases to $508M

    Nation

    DES MOINES, Iowa — No jackpot-winning ticket was sold in the latest Mega Millions drawing, increasing the prize to an estimated $508 million, a lottery official said. …

  17. Mega Millions pot edges up to $454M

    Nation

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Mega Millions jackpot reached an estimated $454 million ahead of its Tuesday night drawing, making it potentially the seventh-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. The winning numbers: 29-46-53-64-73 and Megaball 10. …

  18. 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.

  19. 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]
  20. 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.  …

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