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  There were no jackpot winners Saturday, but 1,430,643 players across the nation won more than $10 Million in prizes in America's Game. Click here to see the winning numbers.  
  July 20: Jackpot accelerates to $360.9 Million; Rolling to $390 Million
The Wednesday, July 20th jackpot accelerated to an estimated $360.9 million and will be rolling to $390 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 06 25 35 58 66 Powerball: 05, Power Play 2. There were two tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. They were from NY and RI. There were no tickets that added the Power Play to win $2 million. There were 1,221,375 tickets that won nearly $9.5 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
A Waterloo, Iowa man was just one number away from winning a big Powerball jackpot last week and ended up winning $50,000.

But Tony Kerr said he didn't know he won until he had his ticket checked at a local gas station last week.

"I didn't even know there was a winner," Kerr told lottery employees Friday as he claimed his prize at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids. "I was just turning in some scratch off tickets from my birthday and I had them check the ticket."

Kerr's easy pick ticket matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball in the July 13 drawing to win a $50,000 prize.

The 50-year-old said he bought his winning ticket July 12 at Kwik Star, 100 W. Gilbert Drive in Evansdale. Kerr, who works for a welding and fabrication shop in Waterloo, said a portion of his lottery winnings will be used to pay medical bills and he plans to save the rest.
Chino Hills Powerball Jackpot Winners Come Forward to Claim $528 Million Prize
After a wait of a little more than six months, Marvin and Mae Acosta, the winners of the largest lottery prize in California Lottery history, finally came forward to claim their prize. They were one of three big winners of prizes worth $528.8 million from the January 13th Powerball jackpot of nearly $1.6 billion. The other two tickets were sold in Tennessee and Florida.

"We finally know who our mystery winners are! It may have taken six months for them to come to one of our offices, but these winners did just what we tell all our winners to do - they read our Winner's Handbook and then assembled a team of legal and financial advisors to help them make the most of this windfall and prepare them for their new life as Lottery winners," California Lottery Director Hugo Lopez said. "We couldn't be happier for them and are thrilled they took the time to assemble the right team before coming in to claim."

The Acostas purchased their winning ticket at the 7-Eleven located at 4092 Chino Hills Parkway in Chino Hills (San Bernardino County). Their ticket matched all six winning numbers. The couple has opted to take the cash option amount of $327.8 million before federal taxes. The lucky retailer was also a big winner! The Chino Hills 7-Eleven location received the maximum bonus of $1,000,000 for selling the winning ticket.

The jackpot was the largest in U.S. lottery history and became a nationwide phenomenon, as players rushed out to buy tickets so they could be a part of history. In total, California players scooped up $386 million worth of Powerball tickets during the historic run, and the jackpot generated an estimated additional $150 million for California public schools.

The Acostas respectfully declined all requests for media interviews and did not wish to have any additional information or photos released, though they did provide this statement:

"We are thankful and blessed for the rare gift that has been placed in our care. We have engaged a team of advisors to educate and guide us through this process so that we can be good stewards of these new resources. While many decisions are still to be made, we have committed nearly all of this new resource to a Trust and to charities that are important to us. While we are very grateful for the wonderful wishes and encouragement we've received, it is not our intention to become public figures, and we ask for and appreciate privacy going forward. Thank you."
  July 16: Jackpot shoots to $335.5 Million; Rolling to $361 Million
The Saturday, July 16th jackpot shot to an estimated $335.5 million and will be rolling to $361 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 11 17 40 50 62 Powerball: 26, Power Play 2. There were three tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. They were from CO, PA, and VA. There was one ticket that added the Power Play to win $2 million. It was from the State of IA. There were 1,163,372 tickets that won nearly $12.3 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
Hyannis woman claims $1 million Powerball prize
Judith Hudson of Hyannis has claimed a $1 million Powerball prize won in the multi-state game's drawing held Saturday, July 9, 2016.

Hudson matched the first five winning numbers on her Quic Pic ticket to win her $1,000,000 prize (less taxes), which she claimed at the Massachusetts State Lottery's Braintree headquarters on Tuesday, July 12. She plans on using her winnings to pay off her mortgage and her remaining car payments before investing the rest.

Hudson purchased her lucky ticket at AM/PM Convenience, 489 Bearses Way in Hyannis. The store will receive a $10,000 bonus for its sale.
  July 13: Jackpot booms to $302.5 Million; Rolling to $333 Million
The Wednesday, July 13th jackpot boomed to an estimated $302.5 million and will be rolling to $333 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 03 15 29 54 57 Powerball: 10, Power Play 3. There were two tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. They were from IN and MI. There were no tickets that added the Power Play to win $2 million. There were 1,076,033 tickets that won nearly $10.8 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
  July 9: Jackpot blasts to $280.8 Million; Rolling to $311 Million
The Saturday, July 9th jackpot blasted to an estimated $280.8 million and will be rolling to $311 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 10 28 32 61 64 Powerball: 12, Power Play 3. There were three tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize, except in CA where prizes are required to be pari-mutuel and may pay more or less than $1 Million. They were from CA, MA, and NJ. There were no tickets that added the Power Play to win $2 million. There were 1,166,246 tickets that won nearly $11.8 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
Fort Wayne man claims $2 million Powerball prize
An uncharacteristic, spur of the moment purchase paid off in a big way for an Allen County man over the weekend. Rudolf Serna of Fort Wayne doesn't usually play Powerball, but he chose nearly the perfect moment to spring for a ticket.

The lucky grandfather was in Circle G. Food Mart at 2420 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Fort Wayne last Friday with an extra $5 bill in his hand when he decided to try his luck on a Powerball with Power Play ticket that ended up being worth $2 million in the July 2 drawing.

Serna's ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball number, a combination that pays $1 million. Because he opted to add Power Play at purchase for an extra dollar, Serna doubled his winnings to $2 million.

When he claimed his winnings at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis July 5, Serna confessed that the gravity of the situation "hasn't sunk in yet."

Serna calls himself a "level-headed guy with a level-headed family." The father of two and grandfather of four says the win is "a blessing," but he doesn't want it to change his life too much. For Serna, the best thing to come from his $2 million windfall is the opportunity to cut back on the hours he works at his sons' lawn care business and spend time at home with his wife.
  July 6: Jackpot explodes to $261.3 Million; Rolling to $288 Million; 3 more millionaires, for a total of 1,840!!
The Wednesday, July 6th jackpot exploded to an estimated $261.3 million and will be rolling to $288 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 02 24 31 57 66 Powerball: 18, Power Play 3. There were three tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize, except in CA where prizes are required to be pari-mutuel and may pay more or less than $1 Million. They were from CA-2 and WV. There were no tickets that added the Power Play to win $2 million. There were 1,011,793 tickets that won nearly $10.5 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
Eagan couple wins $1 million Powerball prize
Luke and Emily Lange have often said that they don't need to win the Powerball jackpot - they would be happy winning enough to be mortgage free.

The Eagan couple's dream came true on July 2, when the first five numbers on the second line of their Powerball ticket matched the numbers drawn that night to win the $1 million prize.

"The kids went to grandma's on Friday night (July 1), so we wanted to go to dinner. The restaurant only takes cash and all we had was a $100 bill," Emily explained. The couple stopped at SuperAmerica, 4200 E. Highway 13 in Burnsville, where "We bought gas, two Mega Millions tickets and two Powerball tickets to break the bill," she said.

As the couple was watching the news on Sunday morning, the winning numbers scrolled across the screen. Emily grabbed the ticket and said to Luke, "We got all of them except the Powerball. We won a couple of hundred bucks!" Luke thought the prize was at least $200,000, so he looked it up online. After he discovered the prize was $1 million, Luke texted family members and asked them to check it. "Our $4 investment turned into $1 million!" he exclaimed.

When Luke and Emily Lange arrived at Lottery headquarters on July 5 to claim the prize, they were still in disbelief. "The last couple of days I've been saying, 'Pinch me! Is it real?'" Luke stated. Emily said, "All of the stars aligned. It's still a dream."
Powerball Provides $100,000 Prize in Springfield
A Springfield, Missouri man used the Power Play option to turn a recent $50,000 Powerball win into a $100,000 payout. David Price, 56, matched four of five white-ball numbers and the Powerball number drawn on June 18. The feat comes with a prize of $50,000, but because Price also played the Power Play feature, his winnings were multiplied by the Power Play number drawn.

"I just had some extra money that day and just went with it," he said of his decision to tack the $1 Power Play onto his Quick Pick purchase.

It wasn't until a week later that he realized he'd won, but it didn't take long for him to figure out what he wanted to do with his winnings.

"I've got about all of it spent," Price shared, noting plans for "a really good computer and a trip - maybe to San Francisco to see the Giants play baseball." He also plans to help out a few family and friends before investing the rest.

Price purchased his winning ticket at Price Cutter, 1831 W. Kearney St., in Springfield.
West Virginia Couple Claims $1 Million Powerball Prize
Sam and Barb Ratliff of Elkview were introduced as West Virginia's latest $1 million winners from the Powerball game at a press conference Tuesday. Their lucky ticket, which matched five numbers from the June 25th drawing, was purchased from the Kroger #790 at Beckley Crossing Shopping Center in Beckley.

"This is a blessing," Barb said. "We were in Beckley visiting relatives and picking up some groceries when I reminded Sam that he had not bought his tickets yet, so he went into the store and got them."

They learned they had the winning ticket Sunday night while watching the nightly news.

"When we found out that a million-dollar ticket was sold at that same Kroger store in Beckley, we decided we better check our tickets," Sam said. "I had her read the numbers back to me and then I told her to take the ticket and let me read the numbers back again. We could not believe it."

The Ratliff's have three sons, six grandchildren and four great grand-children. While they are letting all of this sink in they know they want to use some of the money to pay off their children's school loans, take a trip to visit their family in California and supplement their retirement. The Ratliff's regularly play the Lottery and Barb said, "We always said if we ever win, nothing will change. We are who we are."

Sam retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1995 and as an accountant with the State in 2012. Barb is currently working for the State Auditor's Office and is scheduled to retire at the end of this month. Barb and Sam have been married 47 years.

The Ratliff's were personally not impacted by the recent flooding in their area, however they have been working through their church, Mount Tabor United Methodist in Pinch, to help feed volunteers who are assisting with flood relief efforts in their area. They said they plan to continue to support their church's efforts with some of their winnings.

"We have been working all week and volunteering through our church to help feed folks and help others and that is one of the reasons we waited a week to come in and claim the money. We signed the back of the ticket and knew it was there in a safe place and we were just too busy to worry about it," Barb said. "We plan to help our church continue the work that they are doing and to also support the Elk River Backpack Blessings. That group does a lot of good for children in our area."
$1 Million Powerball Prize Makes Dream Come True for Paw Paw Couple
What would you do with a $1 million Powerball prize? A Paw Paw couple decided to buy the sports bar where they bought the lucky ticket.

Jeff and Robin McCarty won $1 million playing Powerball in May 2013 with a ticket they bought at Mike's North 40, located at 46065 North M-40 in Paw Paw. After the couple won the big prize, buying a sports bar where they could work together became their goal. Little did they know, they wouldn't have to go far to make their dream come true.

"We were regulars at Mike's and became good friends with him over the years," said Jeff McCarty. "When we won the $1 million, I'm not sure anyone was happier for us than Mike."

After paying some bills and buying a new home, the McCartys invested the remainder of their winnings with hopes of one day buying a sports bar.

"We didn't do anything extravagant after winning," said Jeff. "We both kept our jobs and from time to time we'd joke with Mike about buying his bar."

Joking turned into serious talks last year when Jeff and Robin decided it was time to do what they'd always dreamed of: own a business.

"Mike did such a great job turning this place around during the four years that he owned it, we didn't want to see that change," said Jeff. "We decided the best way to keep things focused on great customer service and a family atmosphere was to buy the place and make it our own."

So this May, Mike's North 40 became McCarty's North 40. While the name changed, many things are still the same. "We're still a place where people know they can come for great service, food, and fun," said Jeff. "It's important to us to be a place the community knows they can bring their family and enjoy a night out."

Best of all, McCarty's North 40 gives Jeff and Robin a chance to work together and do something they are both passionate about.

"We are the type of couple that always does things together," said Jeff. "McCarty's North 40 gives us the chance to work together as well. Robin works here full-time and the plan is for me to become full-time, too. If things continue to go as well as they have been, that will probably be sooner than later."

The couple still plays the Lottery, and their story has brought in a steady stream of players hoping to get lucky at McCarty's North 40.

"People definitely know our story and want to play the Lottery here. Hopefully someone will win $1 million and offer to buy the bar when we're ready to retire," Jeff said.
Noel Man Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize
A Noel man has plans to expand his business and save for his children with a $1 million Powerball prize he won from the Missouri Lottery. Leonardo Angeles, 48, operates Angeles Auto Service in Southwest City. He said he plays the Lottery twice a week, usually buying Powerball and Mega Millions tickets. He bought a Quick Pick ticket for the May 14 Powerball drawing at BJ's Mini Mart, 607 N. Cliffside Drive in Noel, that turned out to be worth $1 million.

"When I went to the store, I told the lady, 'Will you check my ticket?' She said, 'You know you have $1 million dollars?' 'Yeah, right,' I said," recalled Angeles.

It took him a few more days to confirm the win.

"I told my friends. Nobody believed me. I don't believe it either," he said when claiming the prize in the Springfield Lottery office on June 7.

He credited the win with "saving his business," and he said he'll keep playing.

BJ's Mini Mart received a $1,000 bonus for selling a winning Match 5 ticket.
Florida man claims $150,000 Powerball prize
Henry Baldree of Vero Beach, Fla. is North Carolina's latest big Powerball winner after claiming a $150,000 prize.

In Wednesday's drawing, Baldree beat odds of 1 in 913,129 as the numbers from his lucky Quick Pick ticket matched four of the white balls and the red Powerball. That match carries a $50,000 prize, but because Baldree paid an extra $1 for the Power Play option his prize tripled when the 3X multiplier was drawn.

Baldree, who lives part of the year in Brevard in Transylvania County, received his after-tax winnings of $103,875 Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh.

He purchased the lucky ticket at the Speedway on Dickinson Avenue in Greenville.
Valley Woman Wins $200,000 Playing Powerball Power Play
Jill League of Valley recently won $200,000 playing Powerball Power Play from the Nebraska Lottery.

League purchased her winning ticket at Kelcey's, 2529 River Road Drive in Waterloo. The ticket contained four of the five winning white ball numbers and the Powerball number from the May 21 drawing for $50,000.

Because League added the $1 Power Play option to her ticket, her prize was multiplied by the 4X Power Play multiplier for a total of $200,000.

While claiming her prize on June 8, League told Nebraska Lottery officials that she has played the same numbers since the Lottery's inception in 1993. "If you've got numbers that you play, just keep playing them," said League. She learned she had won while watching late-night news. "I just had a feeling and I checked," said League. "I'm still in shock." She plans to pay off her mortgage with the winnings.
Student Loan Debt Wiped Away With Powerball Prize
A Missouri Lottery player from Liberty is taking a $50,000 check to the bank thanks to a Powerball win. Terrance McCann, an avid Powerball player, used Quick Pick to correctly match four white ball numbers and the Powerball in the April 16 drawing to win his prize.

"I subscribe to the Kansas City Star and, by chance, looked at the winning numbers and quickly became aware that I had matched four or five numbers," began McCann. "It was fairly difficult to focus at work the rest of the day."

While claiming his prize on June 8, the tool and die maker said that his wife was astonishingly calm when she learned that her husband had won $50,000.

"Her reaction was, 'Well, it's your money. You decide what to do with it.' I had to remind her that it was our money," laughed McCann.

McCann, 57, and his wife already have big plans on spending the windfall.

"A portion of this will go towards paying off the remainder of my wife's student loans, which is absolutely fantastic. We will put some aside for retirement, some for our two kids," said McCann, adding that he plans on taking a family vacation to either California or New York with the win, as well.

McCann purchased his winning Powerball ticket from Price Chopper, 896 S. 291 Highway, in Liberty.
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