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  There were no jackpot winners Wednesday, but 466,398 players across the nation won more than $6.3 Million in prizes in America's Game. Click here to see the winning numbers.  
  Aug 26: Jackpot at $100 Million; Rolling to $110 Million; 2 more millionaires, for a total of 1,542!!!
The Wednesday, August 26th jackpot was at its guaranteed $100 million and will be rolling to $110 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 02 22 32 45 56 Powerball: 12, Power Play 5. There were two tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. They were from AR and PA. There were no tickets that added the Power Play to win $2 million. There were 466,398 tickets that won nearly $6.3 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
$1 million Powerball prize a blessing for Brockton man
Peter Mello of Brockton is Massachusetts's newest $1 million Powerball prize winner after matching the first five winning numbers in the multi-state game's drawing held Wednesday, August 19.

Mello was joined by his wife Kathleen at the Massachusetts State Lottery's Braintree headquarters on Thursday, August 20 to claim his $1 million prize (less taxes). The timing of their windfall was fortuitous, as the couple had recently saved money over several months so that they could take their two children to Disney World. The couple indicated that they intend to use their winnings to buy a new home and a new car.

Mello called his good fortune a blessing, having purchased his winning ticket following a visit to his sister's grave in remembrance of her birthday. The drawing took place that night and her birthday was the following day - the day he claimed his prize.

Mello bought his winning Quic Pic ticket at C & B Convenience, 500 Pleasant St. in Brockton. The store will receive a $10,000 bonus for its sale.
Barnes-Jewish Co-Workers Share $1 Million Prize
A group of 19 co-workers at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO will be sharing more than office space after they won a $1 million second-level Powerball prize by matching all five white-ball numbers drawn in the Aug. 12 drawing. The group, which works in the medical records section, has been combining their money to purchase Powerball tickets for the past four years.

The winners are: Mary Aubuchon, Lisa Bryant, Robert Campbell, Sandra Davis, Pamela Domian, Carnell Jones, Vikki Kellenberger, Catherine Kramer, Terri Mastis, Michael Meyer, Debbie Porter and Avis Scaife, all of St. Louis; Gail Regnery and Donald Secrease, both of Ballwin; Angela Thomas of Ferguson; Sabrena Dennis of Florissant; Amanda Bock of High Ridge; Janice Paulsmeyer of O'Fallon; and Lori Schobert of Belleville, Ill.

Terri Mastis, 53, purchased the winning Quick Pick ticket for the group at Circle K, 9311 S. Broadway St. in St. Louis, on Aug. 11. Mastis didn't realize they had won the prize until the morning after the drawing, when another member of the group checked the numbers and called her with the news.

"He called me at home and told me we had won - the moment was so surreal," she said. "When I got to work, everyone was laughing and hugging. I think we still can't believe it."

The group will split the jackpot evenly, each receiving around $52,631 before taxes. Mastis said the win will really help many of her co-workers.

"This win happened at a good time. A lot of prayers have been answered," Mastis said. "It couldn't have happened to a nicer group."

Mastis said plans for the winnings include things like new furniture, new cars, trips and paying off bills. According to Mastis, each member contributes $5 a week, and they play both draws for Powerball and one for Mega Millions. If the Mega Millions jackpot is high, they put in $6 a week and play both Powerball drawings and both Mega Millions drawings. Four or five of the group’s members take turns buying the tickets, and someone makes copies to check, while the actual tickets get locked up at work.
  Aug 22: Jackpot at $90 Million; Rolling to $100 Million
The Saturday, August 22nd jackpot was at its guaranteed $90 million and will be rolling to $100 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 04 12 14 21 55 Powerball: 07, Power Play 4. There were two tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. They were from GA and NY. There were no tickets that added the Power Play to win $2 million. There were 497,164 tickets that won over $6.4 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
  Aug 19: Jackpot at $80 Million; Rolling to $90 Million
The Wednesday, August 19th jackpot was at its guaranteed $80 million and will be rolling to $90 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 06 08 43 48 50 Powerball: 07, Power Play 2. There was one ticket that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. It was from the State of MA. There was one ticket that added the Power Play to win $2 million. It was from the State of PA. There were 429,455 tickets that won over $5.6 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
Jefferson City Man Wins $40,000 on Powerball
David Richards, 39, was just one white-ball short from winning a million-dollar Powerball prize on the Aug. 8 drawing, but that's not going to rain on his $40,000 parade. Richards purchased his Powerball ticket on Aug. 6 at Bee Line Snack Shop, 1100 Missouri Blvd., in Jefferson City, MO and used Quick Pick to have his numbers randomly selected.

The Jefferson City resident managed to match four of his white-ball numbers and the Powerball with the numbers drawn, which were: 9, 34, 48, 52, and 54 with a Powerball number of 15. By paying an extra $1 for the game's Power Play feature, Richards multiplied his $10,000 prize by four.

While claiming his prize at Lottery Headquarters in Jefferson City on Aug. 10, Richards recalled when he found out he had won his prize: "I was at a grocery store and decided to check my tickets on the machine. Everything kind of got fuzzy; there were a lot of zeros."

After realizing how much he had won, Richards left the grocery store and returned home to contact his mother and two sons with the good news. At the time of claiming, Richards planned on paying off bills and giving some money to his sons.
  Aug 15: Jackpot at $70 Million; Rolling to $80 Million
The Saturday, August 15th jackpot was at its guaranteed $70 million and will be rolling to $80 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 03 13 17 42 52 Powerball: 24, Power Play 4. There were two tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. They were from IA and NJ. There was one ticket that added the Power Play to win $2 million. It was from the State of LA. There were 394,398 tickets that won over $7.3 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
  Aug 12: Jackpot at $60 Million; Rolling to $70 Million
The Wednesday, August 12th jackpot was at its guaranteed $60 million and will be rolling to $70 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 08 13 29 38 52 Powerball: 28, Power Play 2. 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 MO. There were no tickets that added the Power Play to win $2 million. There were 326,404 tickets that won over $5.0 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
$70 Million Powerball Win A Long Time Coming
Patience is a virtue. At least that's the case for a St. Louis man, who after two decades of playing the same Powerball numbers - a combination of family birthdays - is now reveling in a big jackpot win. The special numbers picked by Tom Rea, 62, matched all five white-ball numbers, as well as the Powerball, in the July 4 drawing to win the $70 million jackpot prize. He and his wife, Cathy, claimed the prize at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City on July 24.

"I've been playing those numbers every Wednesday and every Saturday for 23 years," Rea shared.

Describing what it was like to learn he'd just won a Powerball jackpot, he said it all happened when he returned to the gas station where he'd purchased the ticket - Gas Mart, 6901 Hampton Ave., in St. Louis. He just wanted to scan the ticket to see if he'd won anything, but within the span of a few minutes, the routine errand turned into a milestone moment.

"I put it in there, and it said, 'You won $70 million,'" he said. "So I wiped the ticket under my arm and tried it again. It said the same thing, so I asked the girl who was working there to check it for me. I told her I wanted to make sure my eyes weren't seeing things."

The store clerk verified that he did indeed have the winning ticket.

"She said, 'Oh, my God, mister. You won!'" he shared. "Then the manager came out and hugged me and shook my hand, and the girl was crying because she'd never sold such a big ticket."

From there, it was a matter of filling his wife in on the good news and, ultimately, securing legal and financial advice before traveling to Jefferson City to claim their prize.

So what's the best part about winning a Powerball jackpot?

"It allows for early retirement," Rea said.

"Relief. It opens up all new avenues," Cathy added.

When asked if he would continue to play his lucky numbers, Rea had no trouble coming up with an answer. "I haven't stopped yet!" he laughed.
Family reunion ends in $2 million win for Raeford retiree
Dorothy Myers was shocked to discover that her weekend trip to attend a family reunion would leave her $2 million richer.

"I'm just so shocked," said Myers, "I'm just really really happy."

A resident of Raeford, Myers is retired and lives at home with her husband. While the two attended a family reunion in Roxboro last weekend, Myers' husband visited O'Neil's Quick Stop on South Morgan Street. There, he purchased the winning $3 Powerball ticket for his wife by playing her usual numbers.

"I've been playing the Powerball ever since the lottery first came to North Carolina," Myers said. "I always play the same six numbers. For the first five numbers, I use mine and my four sisters' birthdays. And for the Powerball I use my mother's."

Although the tickets were purchased during her stay in Roxboro, Myers didn't realize she had won until Monday evening when her husband checked the numbers on the lottery's website. Her lucky ticket matched all five white balls in the July 4 drawing and, because her husband purchased a Power Play ticket, she won the $2 million prize.

"When I realized I had won I couldn't believe it," Myers said. "I had to ask my grandson to pinch me. We were just so excited. He said it was the most wonderful day of his life. I was so happy I couldn't sleep."

Though Myers is still trying to take it all in, she already knows how she wants to spend her prize money.

"Of course I'm going to set some aside to pay for college for my grandsons," said Myers. “"ut I’' also going to buy an RV for my husband. We'd like to go visit our old friends in Texas. I've also always wanted to go to Paris."

After federal and state taxes were withheld, Myers received a check for $1,385,000.

"I just feel so wonderful," Myers said. "It's just joy, pure joy. And I still can't believe it. It was just a wonderful weekend all around. I got to see cousins I haven't seen in 30 years. And now that I've won $2 million, this is just the icing on the cake.”
Virginia retiree celebrates July 4th with $1 million Powerball win in OBX
A Virginia retiree had an Independence Day she won't soon forget after winning $1 million in Saturday's Powerball drawing.

Angela Leyco of Chester, Va. drove down to the Outer Banks on Friday to spend the holiday weekend with her daughter. Just as she crossed into North Carolina, she stopped at the The Border Station on Caratoke Highway in Moyock to purchase three tickets for Saturday's Powerball drawing.

On Sunday, after the fireworks had ceased, the excitement continued when she learned she'd matched all five white balls but not the red Powerball to win $1 million.

"We stopped at the same store and checked the ticket on our way back up to Virginia," Leyco said. "When the clerk showed me the winning numbers and said I'd won a million dollars, I couldn't believe it. I wanted to scream, but I just kept smiling until I got back to the car. I kept asking my husband to pinch me because I knew it had to be a dream."

Leyco, a retired human resources technician, collected a check for $692,500 after state and federal withholdings. Her lucky $2 ticket beat odds of 1 in 5.1 million to win.

"I've always wondered how it would feel to come to the lottery office to collect a big prize," said Leyco. "I don't have to wonder anymore. It feels wonderful. I'm going to pay some bills, spend some on my grandchildren and maybe take a trip to Italy."

Russell Hastings, the owner of The Border Station, said he was happy for Leyco and excited that the lucky ticket was sold in his store.

"It's a great feeling," Hastings said. "It's certainly gotten a lot of folks talking around here and more people are buying tickets. We're a lucky store now."
The Florida Lottery announces that Orencia Barzey, 37, of Lauderhill, claimed the $80 million jackpot prize for the POWERBALL drawing held on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Barzey chose to receive the winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $49,566,294.92.

"I was very shocked when I checked the Lottery's website and the numbers on my ticket matched what was on the screen," said Barzey. "I don't plan on changing much about my lifestyle, but I do plan on helping my family with my winnings."

The jackpot-winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased from Best Value Food Store, located at 1040 Northwest 47th Avenue in Plantation. The retailer will receive $40,000 for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.
AZ Player wins playing Powerball
LuAnn Otto from Phoenix, AZ won $10,000 playing Powerball.
AZ Player wins playing Powerball
Louis Duran from Cordes Lakes, AZ won $10,000 playing Powerball.
AZ Player wins playing Powerball
Stephen Sapienza from Phoenix, AZ won $10,000 playing Powerball.
Porterdale mother of 4 books $1M Powerball prize
A Porterdale mother of four erupted with excitement, having picked up a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million. Kimberly Little, 43, matched the first five winning numbers of the June 13 Powerball drawing, winning a $1 million prize.

"I was headed to the library to check out some books and relax," she said.

Bailey's Food Pride, 5890 Salem Road in Covington, sold the winning Quik Pik ticket.

"My first purchase is going to be my minivan," the lucky winner said.

Little also plans to buy a new home.

"It feels great, and I'm thankful," she said. "It's just peace of mind."
"Bubba's $1,000,000 Crew" from Amco Precision Tool in Berlin Claims $1,000,000 Prize from May 6th Powerball Drawing
Today 26 lucky co-workers from Amco Precision Tool Inc. of Berlin excitedly gathered outside their Farmington Avenue address to celebrate and receive their share of the $1,000,000 Powerball prize the group won on May 6.

"We've been playing together every Wednesday for nearly five years," said Michael Sokoloski of New Britain, the group's spokesperson and the one in charge of collecting the money and buying the tickets. "Everybody had the numbers, but nobody checked the winning numbers for two weeks. When I finally scanned our tickets in the ticket checker and saw 'CONGRATULATIONS $1,000,000 WINNER,' I took my glasses off and rubbed my eyes. I thought I was seeing things. I had the clerk check the ticket in the lottery terminal. When he confirmed it was a $1,000,000 winner, I couldn't believe it!"

After calling the Lottery's claim department to verify their actual winnings, Sokoloski took his time to prepare a special letter for the members of the Powerball pool. Then, with the details of their prize win in place, Sokoloski handed out the letters just before their morning work break to share the news. "People went nuts for an hour, hour and a half. Everybody was hooting and hollering," Sokoloski said.

As each winner stepped forward to accept their $38,461 share of the prize (before taxes), they spoke of their plans to use their prize money to pay bills, go on vacations, pay for their children's college education, or to buy or pay off a car. "Two people are buying houses and using the money to put towards a down payment. Me, I'm going to get new windows and siding for my house," Sokoloski said.

When asked if the group still planned to continue playing Powerball the same as always, Sokoloski quickly responded. "Absolutely. We're ready to win again!"

The group's $1,000,000 prize winning Powerball "Quick Pick" ticket was purchased at C&C Package Store at 1207 Farmington Avenue in Berlin. A lottery retailer since 1992, C&C Package Store owner, Dave Louro, will receive a $2,500 check from the CT Lottery for selling the winning ticket. "When I saw a copy of the ticket, I was just in awe of it and very happy. It feels great to have someone from my store win such a big prize," Louro said.
CO Player wins playing Powerball
Carmen J. from Longmont, CO won $30,000 with Powerball using the Power Play option.
CO Player wins big in Powerball
Milagros P. from Colorado Springs won $2 Million with Powerball using the Power Play option.
CO Player wins $20,000
Paulette M. from Commerce City, CO increased her $10,000 winning ticket to $20,000 by picking the Power Play option.
CO Player wins $10,000
Amanda B. from Denver, CO won $10,000 polaying Powerball.
CO Player wins $20,000
Barry R. from Denver, CO won $20,000 playing Powerball with Power Play.
CO Player wins $10,000
Richard E. from Lakewood, CO won $10,000 playing Powerball. This comes after he won $10,00 on a Sratch ticket last year!
Woman from Shoshone Claims $1,000,000 Powerball Winner
It was the surprise of a lifetime for Sara Perez of Shoshone, Idaho on Sunday when she checked her Powerball ticket from the June 3, 2015 drawing. A long time player, Perez checked her one-line quick pick ticket at an Idaho Lottery retail store and discovered she had matched the first five numbers and her ticket was worth $1,000,000.

"The machine started making noises, 'Beep! Beep! Beep!' I thought I had broken it!" exclaimed Perez when she claimed her winning ticket in Boise. "I am still in shock."

Perez is the first player from Shoshone, or Lincoln County, Idaho to claim a prize of at least $1,000,000. She purchased her winning ticket from The Main Stop in Shoshone. She plans to pay down her bills with her winnings.

For their part in selling the winning ticket, The Main Stop in Shoshone receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery for $20,000.
$136,000,000 Winning Powerball Ticket Left Pinned to Basement Wall for Six Weeks
The New York Lottery's Yolanda Vega presented a larger than usual ceremonial prize check to Anthony Perosi, 56, of Staten Island. Perosi, a plumber, was the sole winner of a $136 million Powerball jackpot drawn on March 14.

Perosi's life changing story began March 14 with a routine stop at the 7-Eleven on Page Avenue in Staten Island. "I was running some errands that day and stopped to buy my Powerball ticket," he explained. "I picked my numbers a couple of months ago and have played them a few times before. They don't represent birthdays or anything. I just picked them randomly."

"A few days after the drawing I was talking with a friend of mine and she told me the winning ticket was purchased at the 7-Eleven on Page Avenue," he continued. "I said that's where I bought my ticket and she told me she heard that a school teacher won it."

With that, Perosi didn't bother to check his ticket and left it pinned to the wall behind a pipe in his basement. "That's where I keep all of my tickets. I even printed out the winning numbers from the drawing, but never checked them against my ticket."

Six weeks later, on April 27, Perosi finally got around to checking his ticket. "I was having some car trouble and had some free time that morning. When I saw all the numbers matched up I panicked. I immediately called my son and asked him to come over right away!"

Anthony Perosi III came right over and double-checked the ticket. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing," explained the 27-year-old. "I checked the numbers on my phone and it has been surreal ever since."

Perosi claimed his ticket with a cash value of $88,533,767 the following day at the Lottery's Customer Service Center in Manhattan; opting to split his prize with his son. Perosi will receive a lump sum payment of $61,973,637 before required withholdings. His net check will total $38,612,055. Perosi III will receive a one-time payment of $26,560,131, netting him $16,548,023 after withholdings.

"I don't really know how to feel right now," said Perosi III. "I don't have words for it. It's just unbelievable and a big relief; like a big weight is off my shoulders. I'll probably pay some bills, take a vacation, and then really take some time to think and plan for the future."

The elder Perosi was still a little overwhelmed when asked of his plans. "I honestly don't know what my plans are right now. I want to continue to work, but will be able to relax a little more and not have any worries financially."

As for his friend who told him a school teacher had won the jackpot, Perosi said, "On my way to the claim center I called her and said 'you just made me wait six weeks to become a millionaire.' We both had a big laugh about it."
Plainville Landscaper Quadruples His Powerball with Power Play Prize and Wins $40,000
Bill Costello of Plainville, CT didn't actually purchase a Powerball ticket for the June 6th drawing, but he still managed to win a $40,000 prize on that date, thanks to his father's regular “Advance Action” purchase of Powerball with Power Play.

"We're always busy at the shop, so my father is the one who buys the tickets for me," said Costello who owns a landscaping business. "Last night, he checked the winning Powerball numbers on the computer and thought I won $10,000, but when he got to the store and checked the ticket, it was really $40,000. When he told me later, I figured he was probably wrong," Costello said. "This morning, I went out to get coffee and checked the ticket in the ticket checker. It said, 'CONGRATULATIONS $40,000 WINNER,' I didn’t believe it. It still hasn't hit me yet!"

The winning Powerball numbers on June 6, 2015 were 8 - 13 - 18 - 27 - 43. The Powerball number was 15 and the Power Play multiplier was 4. Costello's Powerball "Quick Pick" ticket matched four of the five numbers drawn, plus the Powerball number. Because his Powerball ticket was Power Played for an extra $1 at the time of purchase, Costello's $10,000 prize was automatically quadrupled to $40,000.

"This, I like," said Costello with a playful wave of his over-sized, souvenir winner's "check" for $40,000. "This prize is going right to the bank. I'm putting an addition on my house where my father will live, and this will definitely help to pay some of it."
$1 million Powerball prize claimed by 10 co-workers from Carpet Discount Warehouse of Charlotte
They work together, they play together and - now - they've won a $1 million prize together.

Since 1990, Charlie Rush has owned and operated Carpet Discount Warehouse on Independence Boulevard in Charlotte. Over the past several years Rush and his employees have pooled their money to get a Powerball ticket for each of the twice-weekly drawings.

Rush collects the money and buys the tickets, often at the Queen City Food Mart just half a mile down the road. He plays special numbers he came up with long ago based on his father's advice.

Wednesday night, those numbers won $1 million.

Kirk Rush, Charlie's son and part-owner of the business, was the first to realize the group's good luck the morning after the drawing. As is his routine, he was at home checking the numbers on the computer when he saw that the group's ticket matched all five white balls in the drawing - beating odds of 1 in 5.1 million - and winning them $1 million.

"I screamed as loud as I could for my wife," Rush recalled. "I set the screen down in front of her and said, 'You see that? That's a million.'"

Rush wasted no time making phone calls to share the news with the other nine group members: Each of them had won a $100,000 share of the prize.

"I hear Hawaii is nice this time of year," said installation specialist Tony Young.

Two other winners said a portion of their $69,250 in after-tax winnings would be used to go on vacation. Israel Barker, a sales associate, planned to take a two-week trip to the beach over the July 4 holiday. Kirk Rush said his family was Florida-bound.

Other winners said they would tithe to their church, pay bills, save for the future, and share with family. The group said they planned to keep playing Powerball the same as they have been.

The members of the "Carpet Discount Warehouse" team are:

Jean Atkinson of Matthews
Israel Barker of Charlotte
Robert Coulam of Charlotte
Reid Glenn of Waxhaw
Gelacio Rios of Matthews
Charlie Rush of Matthews
Kirk Rush of Matthews
Johanna Tinajero of Charlotte
Amy Watkins of Greensboro, Ga.
Tony Young of Charlotte
NC Player wins $10,000
Roger Mann of Zirconia, NC won $10,000 on a Quick Pick ticket that he purchased at Norm's Mini Mart #4. He plans to make sure that his grandkids have a fantastic summer with his winnings!
Rocklin Four Claims $40,000,000 Powerball Ticket
A 10-year tradition of family Friday-night pizza continues long after the children have grown up and gone on with their own lives. The parents remain loyal to the tradition and to the friendship that the four couples have cultivated through the years. The group still meets and pools their money to buy weekly Powerball and Mega Millions tickets just as they've regularly done. Now, those relationships have been bonded even stronger by good fortune and a $40,000,000 Powerball jackpot win.

Carole Hedinger, New Jersey Lottery Executive Director, had the opportunity to meet the winners and discuss their lives - past, present and future. She said, "The best part of my job is meeting the winners and learning about them and their families. What strikes me is just how typical the winners are. Most are just hard-working, average people who want to enjoy life with their family and friends. Winning the lottery just makes the simple pleasures in life that much easier to enjoy."

The Rocklin Four members, named for the retailer at which the winning ticket was purchased, are:

Daniel Blackley Jr., Dumont, Bergen County,
Scott Goldberg, Dumont, Bergen County;
Robert Kerr, Dumont, Bergen County;
Thomas Reagan, Dumont, Bergen County.

When asked how this win will change their lives, they all agreed that most things will not change including their Friday night pizza gathering. None of them have plans to leave the neighborhood or do anything else much differently. The Rocklin Four collectively stated, "It's a great chance to have more fun and take care of our families."

The lucky Lottery retailer is Rocklins Stationers, 458 Cedar Lane, Teaneck in Bergen County. For selling this winning ticket, the retailer will receive a bonus commission of $30,000. It was the sole winning ticket sold for the $40 million jackpot. The cash value of the ticket is $26.8 million. Federal tax of 25 percent and state tax of 3 percent are withheld. The net prize amount after taxes is $19,328,858. The four group members shared the prize equally.
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