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  There were no jackpot winners Wednesday, but 806,932 players across the nation won more than $9.1 Million in prizes in America's Game. Click here to see the winning numbers.  
  Missouri woman claims $50,000 Powerball prize  
  An Ellisville woman can celebrate Valentine's Day with an extra $50,000 in her bank account after she won the prize in the Jan. 13 Powerball drawing.

Kathleen Leonard purchased her winning ticket at Schnucks, 15425 Manchester Road, in Ballwin.

The winning numbers drawn on Jan. 13 were: 14, 25, 35, 58, 69, and the Powerball number was 24.

Leonard holds the 142nd Powerball ticket sold in Missouri to win a $50,000 third-tier prize since October 2015, when the third-level prize was raised from $10,000 to $50,000.
  Minnesota man claims $1 million Powerball prize  
  It has been "a little hard to sleep the last couple of nights," said Douglas Paschke of Minneapolis as he claimed a $1 million Powerball prize at the Minnesota Lottery's office in Roseville on Feb. 5.

A ticket that Paschke had purchased for the Jan. 31 drawing matched the first five numbers drawn to win $1 million.

"I've been unlucky most of my life. It's about time that my lucky star is shining on me," said Paschke. Now that he's won big, he no longer thinks of himself as unlucky. "I have a feeling that I'm not done winning," he said with a smile.

SuperAmerica, located at 5105 - 34th Ave. S. in Minneapolis, sold the $1 million winning ticket. The business will receive a $5,000 bonus.
  Group of 10 coworkers claim $200,000 Powerball prize  
  RALEIGH - A tradition of playing Powerball together led a group of 10 coworkers to a $200,000 lottery win.

"We've been playing the Powerball every week for the last three years," Ronald Lute of Lincolnton said. "We each pitch in $10 and get our tickets."

So on Saturday, Jan. 20, Lute stopped by Bob's Superette on N.C. 27 West in Lincolnton and got tickets for the Ethan Allen employees.

Dale Hedrick of Newton was the first one to realize they had a winning ticket. "I checked my phone Sunday morning," Hedrick said. "I just kept looking at the numbers. I looked at them so many times, I memorized them."

He immediately called Lute to tell him, but he didn't answer. So Hedrick called Anthony Rowe of Conover instead.

"I couldn't believe we actually won something after playing all these years," Rowe said.

Eric Dellinger of Lincoln was the last to find out. He didn't learn about the win until three days later.

"I was on vacation," Dellinger explained. "I didn't answer my phone because I thought it was work. I couldn't believe it when I finally found out. It's exciting."

Dennis Setzer Jr. of Sherrills Ford, Roger Smith from Lincoln, Matthew Hedrick from Catawba, Randy Jones from Lincolnton, Randy Heavner from Lincolnton, and Johnny Moss from Newton are the other co-workers to win. They claimed their prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, they each took home $14,100. They all say they plan to save the money or use it to pay bills.

The winning ticket beat odds of 1 in 913,129. It matched the numbers on the four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. Because the ticket had the $1 Power Play feature, the prize quadrupled to $200,000 when the 4X multiplier was drawn. Just because they won, the group doesn't plan to stop playing.

"We already have our tickets for Saturday's drawing," Lute said. "We're going to play until we match one more number."
  Missouri man wins $50,000 Powerball prize  
  An Excelsior Springs resident matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number on Jan. 24 for a $50,000 win.

Steven Kelley purchased his ticket at Price Chopper, 1645 Kearney Road, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.

The winning numbers were 5, 9, 11, 33, 64 and the Powerball number was 21.
  Oops! Couple realizes $1,000 prize is actually $1 million  
  INDIANAPOLIS - Cindy Ooley and her husband, Steve, took a trip to Hoosier Lottery headquarters for what they thought was a $1,000 winning ticket. Instead, they went home with a $1 million Powerball prize.

Hoosier Lottery officials began interviewing Cindy about her win, which is standard procedure for a prize of that amount. Then Steve looked down at the table, where there was a ceremonial big check. Cindy was mid-conversation when Steve realized what the check said. He interrupted.

"That's not $1,000," Steve said.

The check in front of Steve and Cindy had six zeroes, not three. Hoosier Lottery officials explained to Cindy and Steve that they won $1 million.

"This is nuts. This is crazy," Steve said.

A look of shock entered the couple's eyes, then realization. Cindy and Steve immediately called the bank. This wasn't the small transaction the couple originally expected.

"We're not going to have to watch things quite as closely," Cindy said.

Before the excitement of a $1 million prize, Cindy was at home clearing out a desk drawer when she found old Powerball tickets. She checked to see if she had any winners. When she reviewed the Powerball ticket from the Sept. 23, 2017 drawing, she told Steve she had a $1,000 winner and they should drive to Indianapolis to claim it. Neither realized the true prize amount until they saw the ceremonial check.

Cindy purchased the winning ticket at Meijer, 1425 W. Carmel Drive in Carmel, where she typically buys her Powerball tickets. Her ticket matched all five numbers except the Powerball number.

Cindy has been playing Powerball twice a week for years. The Fishers couple says they enjoy dreaming about what they could do if they won a big jackpot.

With little time to react to the news, Cindy and Steve were unsure what their plans would be for the $1 million prize.
  $50,000 Powerball prize claimed one month shy of expiration  
  A Powerball jackpot that swelled to more than $758 million garnered the nation's attention last August. Many Missouri Lottery Powerball players were able to cash in on the frenzy. In fact, Missouri Powerball players won more than $7.1 million, including more than a dozen $50,000 prize winners, in the jackpot run which lasted from June 14 to Aug. 23, 2017.

A few of those $50,000 prizes have remained unclaimed and are approaching their expiration date. One of those tickets, purchased on for the Aug. 19 drawing, was claimed on Jan. 19, just 27 days shy of its Feb. 15 expiration date.

"I found out I had won the month after the drawing," said Fred Leible of St. Peters. "I had a stack of tickets that I had checked all at once. I was pleasantly surprised with this one."

Leible, who purchased his Quick Pick ticket from QuikTrip, 140 O'Fallon Loop Road in O'Fallon, did his homework after he learned about his win, saying he looked up when the ticket would expire and decided to get his finances in order before claiming the prize.

"I've had the ticket sitting in my safety deposit box since then," said Leible. "I'll tell you, it's been kind of strange. I knew about when I should bring it in to claim, but it was nice knowing that I had this waiting for me."

"I've had friends ask me if I had claimed it yet, and I would tell them, 'No, (the ticket) has probably collected dust by now."

The $50,000 Powerball prize isn't the first Lottery prize for Leible's family, either. His wife, Brenda, claimed a $27,777 Scratchers prize in 2015.

At some point soon, the new grandfather hopes to do something special for his 14-month-old granddaughter and family with a portion of the prize. Otherwise, Leible is looking forward to saving a majority of the prize.
  'Am I dreaming?' Hurricane Matthew victim asks of $2 million Powerball win  
  RALEIGH - Anthony Felder of Lumberton said he plans to use a $2 million Powerball prize to repair the damage Hurricane Matthew caused to his home.

"The flooding damaged the floors and insulation," Felder said. "We'll finish those repairs and fix up some other parts of the house. We'll finally be able to do those little things we've dreamed of."

The former truck driver's good luck happened Saturday when he stopped at Atkinson's Cigarette Land on West 5th Street in Lumberton.

"I was on my way home from the barber and needed to use the restroom," Felder said. "I stopped at the first store I could find. While I was there I figured I'd get a Powerball ticket."

Felder put the $3 Power Play ticket in his book bag and didn't think about it until early Tuesday morning.

"I heard that someone from Lumberton had a winning Powerball ticket," Felder said. "I just had a feeling it was mine."

He looked at the ticket and saw that it matched all five white balls drawn.

"I couldn't believe it," Felder said. "I thought, 'Wow! Is this for real? Am I dreaming?'"

Felder wasn't dreaming, and claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $1,410,020. In addition to home repairs, Felder plans to get a new black F-150 truck.

Felder beat odds of one in 11.7 million to win the $1 million prize. Because the ticket had the Power Play feature, the prize doubled to $2 million when the 2X multiplier was drawn.
  Kansas man becomes a millionaire overnight!  
  TOPEKA, KAN. - The newest Kansas Lottery Millionaire has made himself known. Richard Van Tuyl, Jr. of Leavenworth appeared at Lottery headquarters this afternoon with a Powerball ticket worth $1,000,000!

The ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball, in the Wednesday, January 24 drawing. Van Tuyl's $2 Quick Pick ticket had the numbers 5-9-11-33-64 Powerball 17. Had his Powerball number been 21, he would have won a $92 million jackpot.

"Of course I wouldn't have turned that down," said the 59-year-old winner with a laugh. "But I thank the Good Lord for what I got."

Van Tuyl described himself as an occasional player. He said he may get a ticket for every Powerball drawing for a few weeks, and then not play at all for two or three months.

"I do get almost daily inspiration, though," disclosed the big winner. "Every day when I drive from Leavenworth to my work in Kansas City, I drive right by the big Kansas Lottery jackpot billboard!"

Van Tuyl was inspired enough to stop at a convenience store Wednesday night to get a Powerball ticket after going out for dinner.

"I put the ticket in my sun visor, parked the truck in the garage, and slept great that night. Didn't give it another thought," he said.

"The next day I pulled up the Powerball numbers from the night before on my phone, and there I am, holding my phone in one hand and my ticket in the other. My eyes were saying 'yes,' but my brain was saying 'no.'"

After returning to the store where he bought the ticket and having the clerk print out the winning numbers and then consulting his sister, he was finally convinced he really had won a $1,000,000 prize.

"I signed the back of the ticket right away, put it in an envelope, and put it back in the sun visor of my truck," said Van Tuyl. "When I got home, however, I did bring it in the house. I was afraid my truck might catch on fire or something."

Van Tuyl works for a construction company in the Kansas City area and is also involved in his family's farming operation near Leavenworth. He and his wife Tammy have two grown children and four grandchildren.

"I'm going to pay bills, pay off my house and put the rest in the bank for now," the lucky winner said. Van Tuyl told Lottery officials his daughter is married to a Marine who will soon be assigned to security at the U.S. embassy in Malta, an island nation located in the central Mediterranean. Van Tuyl is now planning a trip there.

Van Tuyl bought his $1,000,000 Powerball ticket at Star Gas, located at 788 Spruce Street in Leavenworth. The store is eligible to receive a $1,000 bonus for selling the ticket.
  Winning Powerball ticket is better than coffee  
  Salem, Ore. - More coffee. That's what James Wright thought when he checked his Powerball ticket.

"I got up and looked at the ticket and decided to check the numbers from my phone," he said. "I was bleary-eyed because it was early. I saw I missed the Powerball, but then the numbers matched up. I thought it couldn't be right. So I had some coffee and checked again."

After checking it a second time - and having his heart skip a beat - he woke his wife up and told her, "We have something special here.

"Overall it was a very surreal experience," he said.

Wright's winning numbers were 14-25-35-58-69, but he missed the Powerball number of 19 for the Saturday, Jan. 13 drawing for a $1 million prize. The jackpot was $50 million. He purchased his ticket from the 7-Eleven on Willamette Drive in West Linn.

Wright's prize was the third large Powerball prize won in Oregon this month. On Jan. 11, Reggie Pearne of Jacksonville, won $1 million playing Powerball. And on Jan. 4, Ronald Ceci of Grants Pass won $2 million playing Powerball. He selected the Power Play option for an additional $1, which doubled his prize to a total of $2 million.
  Missouri Woman Wins $50,0000 Playing Powerball  
  When Ima Jean Sanders checked her Powerball ticket, she couldn't believe her luck. The Bolivar resident matched four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number in the Jan. 3 drawing to win $50,000.

The winning numbers were 2, 18, 37, 39, 42, and the Powerball number was 12.

Sanders said this is the first time she's won anything.

"Oh, no, no, I just won the Lottery," Sanders exclaimed, after she realized she had a winning ticket. "I looked and looked. I'm so tickled."

She purchased her winning Powerball ticket at Fast n' Friendly, 1602 E. Broadway St., in Bolivar. Sanders, 72, said she is planning a vacation.

"I want to go to Florida. I've never seen the ocean. I've never been out of the Midwest," she shared.
  Lottery Pool Claims $250,000 Prize in Minnesota  
  Group of 22 Missed Jackpot by One Number  
  ROSEVILLE, Minn. - The "Hibbing Courthouse Annex Pool" arrived at the Minnesota Lottery's headquarters in Roseville by bus today to claim a $250,000 Powerball prize.

The group of 22 all work in either the St. Louis County Courthouse in Hibbing or in the annex.

Grant Ellis of Hibbing, purchased the ticket and was the first person to discover the win. "We do it once a week," he explained. This week has "been a bit more exciting" than usual he added with a smile.

The group's ticket matched four of the first five Powerball numbers drawn on Jan. 10, plus the Powerball. That would normally be worth $50,000, but since they had added the Power Play option to the ticket, their prize increased to $250,000.

"All of the numbers kept matching," said Ellis. At first he thought their ticket was worth $50,000. "When I found out that it was worth five times that amount, that's when I got really excited!" The news "went around the courthouse like wildfire."

Hibbing Courthouse Annex Pool members: Angela Baumchen of Hibbing, Michael Danks of Hibbing, Stephen Dolinich of Hibbing, Grant Ellis of Hibbing, Tom Gentilini Jr. of Gilbert, Erica Gray of Hibbing, Terri Holmbeck of Nashwauk, Kathleen Lorenz of Nashwauk, Charlene Meinzer of Mountain Iron, Trudi Mellak of Virginia, Marla Padgett of Eveleth, Jeffrey Passeri of Hibbing, Jennifer Reyes of Hibbing, Tyler Schwerzler of Hibbing, Alison Scofield of Hibbing, Jean Seline of Chisholm, Jason Specht of Hibbing, Crystal Suhonen of Hibbing, David Toldo of Chisholm, Jeffrey Vlatkovich of Hibbing, Kenneth Weis of Cohasset and Mandy Zaitz of Hibbing.

Hibbing Short Stop II, located at 1121 E. Howard St. in Hibbing, sold the winning ticket.

The winning Powerball numbers on Jan. 10, 2018 were 7-24-33-49-50 and the Powerball number was 4.

The only number missing from their ticket was "50."
  166 Co-Workers Cash in $1 Million Powerball Ticket in Missouri  
  When the Powerball or Mega Millions jackpots grow, some people enjoy playing as a group. And as the Powerball jackpot continued to climb in December to $300 million, one group's members totaled 166 people who pooled their money for the Dec. 23 drawing.

On Christmas morning, Peggy Lunsford realized her work group had a $1 million winning Powerball ticket.

"I'm in charge of collecting the money and who puts in $2 for each drawing," said Lunsford. "I make copies of all the tickets and check them after the drawings. When I saw the $1 million win, I decided to wait and let everyone know Tuesday, at work."

Lunsford and the others work at US Tool Group's headquarters in Farmington.

"You could hear people from all over the plant say, 'Yay!'" laughed Michelle Kemp, one of the 166 winners.

Four winners represented the group at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City to claim their $1 million prize. They all wore sweatshirts from Jake's Express Shop, 6104 Highway Y in French Village, where the winning ticket was purchased.

"The girl that sells the tickets was so happy. She came running up to me and said, 'I knew I would sell you a winning ticket!'" said Lunsford. "It's exciting for everyone."

Each winner will receive approximately $6,024 before taxes.
  'It was heart racing!' North Carolina man says of $100,000 Powerball win  
  RALEIGH - Kody Pugh of Conover is celebrating his good fortune after he won $100,000 playing Powerball.

"It was heart racing," Pugh said of the win. "It's crazy! It still hasn't hit me."

Pugh's good fortune happened when he stopped by the Citgo Food Mart on East Conover Boulevard in Conover to get a lottery ticket.

"I don't play Powerball," Pugh said. "I usually play Pick 3, but I just had a feeling to switch."

He got a ticket for the Dec. 30 drawing, and it beat odds of one in 913,129 to win the prize.

"At first I thought I only won like $4," Pugh said. "But when I showed it to my family and they started hollering and going crazy, I knew I had won something else."

Pugh claimed the prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $69,501. Pugh says he plans to use some of the money to get a new car. He also wants to take his mom on a Las Vegas vacation.

The ticket matched the numbers on the four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. Because he added the $1 Power Play feature, the prize doubled to $100,000 when the 2X multiplier was drawn.
  St. Tammany Trust claims $1 million Powerball prize  
BATON ROUGE - Kicking off the new year with a bang, a $1 million Powerball prize was claimed under the name EDR Trust of St. Tammany Parish yesterday at Louisiana Lottery headquarters. The big winning ticket was purchased in Slidell for the Nov. 18, 2017 drawing.

"We just didn't believe it!" the trust's beneficiary exclaimed about the moment he discovered the $1 million win. "I went into a retailer to check about 20 tickets and the clerk got very quiet and told me I needed to sign my ticket right then and cash it at Lottery headquarters. Then we just went about our night out looking at Christmas lights."

The winning ticket was purchased at RaceTrac Petroleum #380 in Slidell. The store will receive a one-time bonus of $10,000, which is 1 percent of the prize, for selling the million-dollar ticket.

The ticket matched all five white-ball numbers to earn the big prize. The EDR Trust received $700,000 after state and federal tax withholdings. The trust beneficiaries said they plan to use the windfall to build a pool.

Photo Caption: RaceTrac Guest Service Associate Sherry Madeley, General Manager Scott Sappington and Comanager Richard Marschke show off RaceTrac Petroleum #380's celebratory flyer announcing that their location sold the big winning ticket!
  Wisconsin man wins $50,000 Powerball prize  
  A Wisconsin man recently claimed a $50,000 Powerball prize.

Wallace Zernicke of Wisconsin Rapids purchased his winning ticket at Bud's Corner Mart at 2421 48th Street South in Wisconsin Rapids.

The ticket matched four numbers and the Powerball in the Jan. 6 drawing.

  Georgia man claims $2 million Powerball prize  
  ATLANTA - Willie West Jr. of Cuthbert is starting the new year as a new millionaire. West was presented an oversized check Thursday for winning a $2 million prize in the Dec. 27 Powerball drawing.

One Stop Food Store, located at 374 Blakely St. in Cuthbert, sold the winning ticket.

Winning numbers from the Dec. 27 drawing were: 3-9-16-56-60 and the Powerball was 3. West matched the first five numbers using the Quik Pik feature and doubled his prize with Power Play.

According to West, he was in his yard picking pecans when he had heard there was an unknown winner in Cuthbert.

"My daughter called and told me to check my numbers," the 64-year-old said. "Then my wife came outside and told me the winner was here in Cuthbert."

After checking his ticket and realizing that he was in fact Cuthbert's mystery winner, West said that he was elated.

"The first thing I did was put my ticket in a safe place," he said.

The American Proteins employee said that he plans to use his winnings to retire.

West claimed his prize Friday at the Georgia Lottery's Columbus District Office.
  Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack, NH sells winning $559.7 million Powerball ticket  
  CONCORD, N.H. - A $559.7 million winning Powerball ticket was sold at the Reeds Ferry Market at 601 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack, NH in the Jan. 6 drawing - this marks New Hampshire's second Powerball jackpot winner in the past year and a half. The $559.7 million jackpot is the sixth-largest Powerball jackpot on record.

"We cannot even describe our excitement right now at having a $559.7 million Powerball jackpot winner! To have two massive Powerball winners in a year and a half is incredibly thrilling," said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery. "We are looking forward to meeting New Hampshire's latest big winner - someone woke up a multimillionaire this morning!"

On July 30, 2016 a New Hampshire player - who chose to remain anonymous - won a $487 million winning Powerball ticket sold at the Hannaford Supermarket in Raymond.

"This is an extraordinary moment for the New Hampshire Lottery and for Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack," said Debra Douglas, chairman of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. "Over the past two years, the New Hampshire Lottery has proudly awarded more than $1 billion in prizes to New Hampshire players. Further, of the top-10 Powerball jackpots in history, New Hampshire players have now won two."

The Powerball drawing results from Jan. 6 were: 12-29-30-33-61 PB-26 with a Power Play of 3.

Reed's Ferry Market will receive $75,000 for selling the winning ticket.
  North Carolina man wins $1 million Powerball prize  
  RALEIGH - Corneil Morris of Charlotte beat the odds of 1 in 11.7 million to win a $1 million prize in the Jan. 3 Powerball drawing.

Morris bought the $2 ticket at the 7-Eleven on Sam Roper Drive in Charlotte. He claimed his prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $695,010.

The lucky ticket matched five white balls to win the $1 million prize.

Morris' win is one of 16 big wins for North Carolina during the record-breaking $570 million Powerball roll that started on Oct. 28 and ended on Saturday. The wins ranged from $50,000 to $1 million.
  Iowa man almost missed buying ticket that won $1 million Powerball prize  
  CLIVE, Iowa - A central Iowa man said the cold weather almost kept him at home, but at the last minute, he decided to go out and buy Powerball tickets on New Year's weekend - and he won a $1 million prize.

"I almost didn't go. It was freezing out," George Dickerson of Colfax said as he claimed his $1 million prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Clive. "But I thought, 'Well, you'd better go get them.' So I went out and got them."

Dickerson, 57, said the lottery terminal wasn't working at the first store he stopped at, so he had to quickly drive to another location to buy tickets just a few minutes before the sales cut-off for the Powerball drawing on Dec. 30. He won a $1 million prize in that night's drawing, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball.

Dickerson, who along with his family owns Dickerson Mechanical Inc., a plumbing, heating and electrical business, said he has believed he would win the lottery for a few years now.

"In 2010, we had a flood," he said. "We lost almost everything we had in the flood from our Dickerson Mechanical business. Ever since then, I've told all our friends, 'I'm going to hit the lotto. I don't know when I'm going to do it, but you'd just better believe me, I'm going to hit it.'"

Dickerson said that when a friend called him Sunday morning to say that someone in Colfax had won $1 million, he immediately thought it must be him.

"I just thought that you have to have luck in life," he said. "We were really almost going to have to go broke. We sat up in bed one night and said, 'We're not going to do this to people. We wouldn't like it if somebody did that to us and we're going to fight through it.'

"Our son was wanting to get into the business with us and so we fought through it," he said. "Our bank started working with us and now we are actually doing awesome. And so we're going to make it through it."

Dickerson was accompanied to claim his prize by his wife, Kathy, and their son and daughter-in-law. The Dickersons also have two adult daughters.

George Dickerson said that winning the lottery has taken away some of their worry about the future.

"We've had zero retirement because it took everything," he said. "We've been worried sick about what we're going to do to retire sometime because it took it all. We went to the CPA and the banker and we talked to them yesterday. We're better this week than we were last week."

Dickerson bought his $1 million-winning ticket at the Kum & Go convenience store at 1200 N. Walnut St. in Colfax. His ticket came within one number of having at least a share of Saturday's $390.1 million jackpot, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball. No one matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, so the big prize climbs to an estimated $440 million annuity ($278.3 million cash option) for Wednesday.

Saturday's winning numbers were: 28-36-41-51-58 and Powerball 24. The Power Play number was 2. The Colfax ticket was one of only three across the country that won a $1 million prize that night, with the others sold in New Hampshire and New Jersey.

Kum & Go will receive a $1,000 bonus from the lottery for selling the $1 million-winning ticket at one of its stores.

Kathy Dickerson said she at first didn't believe her husband when he told her the good news.

"He was sitting at the kitchen counter and said, 'I think I won!'" she recalled with a smile. "I said, 'No, you didn't. Quit messing with me.' He said it again so I finally walked around the counter to see what he was looking at and said, 'You read them to me.' He read them to me and I said, 'It looks like you won!'"
  Detour nets winner $150,000 in Idaho  
  While traveling between Idaho and Utah for a Foo Fighters concert in mid-December, Eugene Lewis and his wife made a quick travel stop at the Top Stop in Malad. After freshening up, they purchased a Powerball ticket before continuing on their journey.

Two weeks later, the couple found themselves in Boise collecting on their winning ticket - a ticket which matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball, plus had the PowerPlay.

When he checked the ticket, Lewis called his wife and said, "What do you win if you match four of the first five and the Powerball?" She replied, "A lot of money! I hope you had the PowerPlay, too!"

He did. Matching four of the first five numbers wins a player $50,000. Lewis' ticket, though had the PowerPlay, which multiplies non-jackpot winning tickets by the number selected for the draw. On December 13, that number was 3, turning his $50,000 ticket into a $150,000 winner!

Lewis says he plans to invest his winnings for future retirement. That and he might consider joining a country club to play golf.
  'It's a Christmas miracle!' North Carolina woman says of $200,000 Powerball prize  
  RALEIGH - Just in time for Christmas, Teresa King of Fletcher checked her four month old Powerball ticket, and found out she won $200,000.

"My husband and I keep the tickets in a little dresser beside our bed," King said. "We had so much going on, we just forgot about them."

King took her tickets back to the store to check them.

"The clerk told me, 'I think you just won $200,000,''' King said. "I told her, 'No I didn't!'"

King's ticket for the Aug. 19 drawing was in fact a winner. It beat odds of one in 913,129 to win the prize.

"It's a Christmas miracle," King said. "It's one of those treasures I found that I didn't know I had."

King claimed the prize Thursday. After required state and federal tax withholdings, she took home $139,002. King doesn't know how she'll use the money yet.

She bought the ticket at the Citistop on Patton Avenue in Asheville. It matched the numbers on the four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. Because she added the $1 Power Play feature, the prize quadrupled to $200,000 when the 4X multiplier was drawn.
  Five months later, Iowa woman claims $50,000 Powerball prize  
  CLIVE, Iowa - A Linn County woman had no idea she'd been carrying around a $50,000-winning Powerball ticket in her purse for more than five months.

Barbara Yeisley of Central City decided to clean out her purse and found several lottery tickets she had bought during the summer, but hadn't checked yet.

One of those tickets ended up winning $50,000 in the May 27 Powerball drawing by matching four of the first five numbers and the Powerball correctly. That easy pick ticket was purchased at Hy-Vee, 3600 Business Highway 151 in Marion.

"I'm not real good about checking them and cashing them in," Yeisley told lottery employees as she claimed her prize at the lottery's regional office in Cedar Rapids.

Yeisley, 61, said a store clerk called a manager when the lottery machine started printing off winner claim forms after scanning her $50,000-winning ticket.

"He stood there looking at it for a while and then asked me if I knew what I'd won and I said, 'No.'" Yeisley said. "And then he told me it was $50,000 and I about had a heart attack."

Yeisley said she plans to share a portion of her winnings with her children and save the rest.
  Iowa woman wins $100,000 Powerball prize after giving up her lucky numbers  
  CLIVE, Iowa - An Ames woman credits her big Powerball win to a recent change to the way the numbers that she plays are chosen.

Edna Whetstone, 79, said she had been playing her own set of lucky Powerball numbers regularly, but made a change following the $758.7 million drawing.

"I just asked for (an) easy pick because I was disappointed picking all my numbers when the jackpot was so high and I didn't win anything to speak of," Whetstone told lottery employees as she claimed her prize at the lottery's headquarters in Clive.

It turns out that easy picks are the way to go for her, as she won $100,000 in the Sept. 2 drawing.

"It was a big surprise to me, I was thrilled to death," Whetstone said.

Whetstone, who is retired, said she bought her winning ticket at Fareway, 619 Burnett Ave. in Ames and checked her ticket by reading the winning numbers in a local newspaper.

Whetstone's winning ticket initially matched four of the first five number and the Powerball to win a $50,000 prize, but since she added the Power Play option to her purchase, her prize doubled to $100,000.
  Minnesota woman wins $1 million Powerball prize  
  "I always said, 'Someday I'm going to win,' and I did!" said Pam Lestico of Little Falls as she claimed a $1 million Powerball prize at the Lottery's office in Roseville, Minn.

"She deserves it," said Lestico's daughter, Kelly Miller. "She has a heart of gold."

"I play every Wednesday and Saturday, just one ticket," said Lestico. "I've been playing forever."

Lestico discovered her win on Sunday morning. "She was surprisingly calm," said Lestico's daughter, Lori Finken. "I was in my pajamas, jumping up and down and screaming," added Miller.

Casey's General Store, located at 1205 Haven Road in Little Falls, sold the winning ticket.

Lestico's quick-pick ticket matched the first five Powerball numbers drawn on Dec. 9 to win the $1 million prize.

The winning numbers on Dec. 9 were 25-36-37-55-60 and the Powerball number was 6.
  Attorney claims $191.1 million Powerball jackpot prize on behalf of family partnership  
  Ending growing speculation about the whereabouts of Louisiana's 16th Powerball jackpot-winning ticket, worth an estimated $191.1 million, Lafayette attorney Jean C. Breaux Jr. appeared at Lottery headquarters this morning [Dec. 12, 2017] with it and claimed the prize via a Power of Attorney on behalf of his client, a three-member family partnership.

The group, 292 Family Partnership, opted for the lump sum prize payment option equal to the cash value of the jackpot, which was $119,492,685 for the Oct. 25 drawing. The payout represents the largest single prize ever won in the Lottery's 26-year history.

In a prepared statement, partnership members related their enthusiasm: "We are absolutely elated that we won. We are a quiet family and prefer not to be treated as celebrities. As for our plans, we like to travel and will continue to do that -- may even upgrade a bit! For those that say you'll never win, well never was on October 25th!"

Breaux said his clients played the Lottery regularly, keeping copies of their Powerball tickets. In fact, the winning ticket purchased by one of the members was taken to work with him offshore and back via helicopter! "The winner checked the numbers against an older ticket on his phone and did not check the correct ticket until two members spoke on the phone," he shared.

Partnership members had a long-standing agreement to share their winnings should they win, a promise made good. The partnership received $83,644,879 after state and federal tax withholdings, with which they will "partially retire."

"It's a landmark day at the Lottery," said Lottery President Rose Hudson. "One of the best parts of our job is getting to hear Louisiana winners' stories and share in their life-changing experiences. We are pleased to welcome these new winners to the Lottery's Powerball millionaires club which is over 70 winners strong!"

This historic winning ticket was sold at Brownie's, located at 150 West Maple in Eunice. Retailers since the Lottery's inception, the store received a bonus of $25,000 for selling this winning ticket. Owner Jeffery Duplechin said he plans to take his family on a small vacation with some of the windfall.

"I'm very excited to put Eunice on the map with this big win!" Duplechin said, while admitting he isn't surprised Brownie's sold the jackpot winning ticket. "It's well known that successful tickets are sold here."

The winning numbers for the Oct. 25 drawing were 18-22-29-54-57 and the Powerball was 8.
  Manufacturing workers split Powerball prize  
  INDIANAPOLIS - When a group of coworkers won $50,000 on Powerball, Hoosier Lottery headquarters came alive with a joyful group of friends. They laughed together, took silly photos of each other and had a fun time while waiting for their prize to be awarded.

The group of six works at NTN Driveshaft in Columbus, and they live all over - from Indianapolis to Seymour.

When the Powerball jackpot grew to record-breaking levels in December 2015, a group of employees from NTN Driveshaft began a lottery pool. Over time, people have come and gone from the pool, but six people remained: Patricia A., Roland W., Gamaliel G., James T., Pam F. and Curt H.

"Everybody dropped out except us," Patricia said.

"I couldn't wait to tell them," Roland joked of informing his other coworkers they won $50,000.

One of the members of the group looked up the numbers and initially thought they won $100. He quickly realized they actually won $50,000.

"He called me and I was screaming," Patricia said.

Patricia began notifying other people in the group, even though it was 1 a.m. The group was still deciding how to celebrate their win when they claimed the prize. Some of the winners planned to use their prize money on Christmas, while others simply planned to put the money in the bank.

The workers chose the group name Over Fifty, which some joked was a reference to their hopes of winning more than $50,000 next time. It's also a reference to their ages.
  Michigan man wins $1 million Powerball prize  
  LANSING, Mich. - Winning $1 million playing the Michigan Lottery's Powerball game left a Fenton man jumping for joy!

Edmond Nicaj, 41, matched the five white balls drawn Wednesday - 24-26-28-59-63 - to win the big prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Great Lakes Family Restaurant, located at 963 South Grand Avenue in Fowlerville.

"I buy a Powerball ticket every once in a while, and it really paid off this time," said Nicaj. "I checked my ticket the morning after the drawing, and couldn't stop jumping around.

"My kids heard me and came running upstairs to check on me and then they started jumping around. My six-year-old asked me how many zeros would be on my check."

Nicaj visited Lottery headquarters to claim his prize Friday. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills and set some money aside for each of his six children.

"Winning feels good because it helps. It takes away so much stress and pressure," Nicaj said.
  Tennessee player claims $150,000 Powerball prize  
  Congratulations to Melanie Kupfer who won $150,000 playing in the October 25 Powerball drawing.

Pictured with her daughter and Lottery President and CEO, Rebecca Hargrove, Melanie says she plans to take a vacation and help her daughter with graduate school.

The lucky ticket was purchased at Darrin's C-Mart in Hohenwald, Tenn.
  Army veteran, nurse and project manager share $2 million Powerball prize  
  RALEIGH - Members of a Wake Forest family are celebrating their good luck after they won $2 million playing Powerball.

Steddy Primus of Upper Marlboro, Md. said his mom, who lives in Wake Forest, likes to get a Powerball ticket every week. The Army veteran normally checks the numbers for her to see if she won anything.

That's what happened after the Nov. 15 drawing. When he saw that the ticket won a $2 million prize, he immediately called the rest of the family.

"At first I thought something was wrong," Eleas Ottley of Wake Forest said. "We never call each other that early in the morning unless something bad happened."

"I was worried," said Chavonne Primus, a software project manager who also lives in Wake Forest. "The text said he needed to talk to me and was planning to make a trip down to deal with some stuff."

When he finally told them what had happened Eleas, who works as a nurse, didn't believe him.

"I thought he was playing a trick," she said. "It wouldn't be the first time."

It wasn't a trick, and they claimed the prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal withholdings, Primus took home $973,014. His daughter Chavonne and his aunt Eleas both took home $208,503. All three plan to use some of the money to pay bills and put the rest in savings.

Primus' mom bought the Quick Pick ticket at El Mandado Supermercados on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh. The ticket matched the numbers on the five white balls to win $1,000,000. Because it had the Power Play feature, the prize doubled to $2,000,000 when the 2X multiplier was drawn.
  Repetition pays off for Kentucky man; wins $50,000 Powerball prize  
  The Powerball jackpot for the November 1, 2017 drawing stood at an estimated $52 million. While there wasn't a jackpot winner for that drawing, Eric Garrison of Falmouth matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball number to win $50,000.

While Garrison doesn't buy Powerball tickets on a regular basis, he plays the same set of numbers. He started playing Powerball a few months ago after visiting a local store in Falmouth. Garrison purchased one set of numbers and had the lottery terminal pick the numbers. "I've been playing the same set of numbers ever since," Garrison said.

On the morning of November 3rd, Garrison went into the same store where he'd bought the original quick pick ticket to have his ticket from Wednesday's drawing checked. The manager handed his ticket back and told him it was too much for them to pay. After reviewing the winning numbers to the numbers on his ticket it was clear Garrison had won $50,000. "I told you to play the same numbers," the store manager said with excitement.

After traveling to lottery headquarters in Louisville, Garrison mentioned to lottery officials that he and his wife Linda had also made a trip to lottery headquarters in 1999. Linda claimed a Lotto Kentucky ticket worth $2.6 million from the March 10, 1999 drawing. She too had played the same set of numbers before winning the jackpot.

Garrison, who is retired from Sears as a service repairman, currently works three jobs to keep busy. He said there are no big plans for his winnings but that it might be time for his wife to get a new car.

The winning ticket was purchased in Sadieville at Love's Travel Stop #618. The store will receive a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
  13 co-workers at South Carolina plant share $50,000 Powerball prize  
  COLUMBIA, SC - Thirteen Fort Mill co-workers are celebrating a $50,000 Powerball win.

The fellows call themselves the "Every Day is Monday Crew" and work second shift at a tool room in Fort Mill. They plan to split the winnings, each gets about $3,800 before taxes.

"This is just a dress rehearsal," said one of the winners, with his eyes on the jackpot.

The group that formed seven months ago found out on Sunday afternoon at work they'd won.

"Not a lot got done after that," they admitted.

Each member contributes $4 a week to buy tickets. One of the tickets matched four of the five white ball numbers and the Powerball number drawn on Saturday, October 28 (27, 35, 38, 57, 66 and PB 10) to win $50,000.

Winners age from 23 to 66 years old, and they are planning to buy new toys, fix up homes, save, and invest.

Membership in their group is now closed they said.
  Vanderbilt co-workers share $50,000 Powerball prize  
  NASHVILLE - A group of 11 co-workers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center will share a $50,000 Powerball prize just "two or three" months after they began playing together.

The group's representative, Dana Fulton, is a nurse who claimed the group's prize on Friday.

"We've just started playing together, and I guess it paid off pretty quick!" said Dana.

The group won when their ticket matched 4 of the 5 white numbers drawn plus the red Powerball number on Oct. 11, 2017.
  Poweball jackpot won in Louisiana in Oct. 25 drawing!  
  A single ticket sold in Louisiana won the Powerball jackpot in the Oct. 25 drawing. The Grand Prize was an estimated $191.1 million; $119.4 million cash value.

The winning numbers were 18 - 22 - 29 - 54 - 57 and Powerball: 8, Power Play: 3X.

Two other tickets sold in Florida won $1 million in the Oct. 25 drawing.

The Powerball jackpot resets to $40 million for the Oct. 28 drawing.
  Engaged couple gets chance to plan their wedding with Powerball prize  
  ROCKY HILL, CT - Engaged couple, Erika Jackson and Anthony Zagaroli, play Powerball together every once in a while. "We don't play much, we'll play Powerball once it gets high," said Zagaroli. "On my day off, we try to do errands and I thought, 'We should check this ticket!'"

Jackson couldn't believe her eyes when the $50,000 Powerball prize flashed across the Ticket Checker screen. "I double checked the ticket again - I'm still a little in shock!" Jackson and Zagaroli kept checking the winning numbers on their phones.

The Powerball winning numbers drawn on October 11 were 1 - 3 - 13 - 19 - 69 Powerball: 23, Power Play: 2. Jackson and Zagaroli's ticket matched the first four numbers drawn and the Powerball number.

Jackson and Zagaroli met as co-workers and have been engaged close to four years now. The couple has waited to plan their nuptials. "Life got in the way, maybe we can finally plan that wedding! It feels deserved," the happy couple said.

When asked about plans for the wedding, Jackson giggled and said, "I'm thinking more of the honeymoon!"

The winning ticket was sold at Krauszer's Food Store located on 170 Cedar Street in Branford.
  Stranger's purchase prompts $1 million win  
  William Arrington occasionally buys a Powerball ticket when the jackpot gets high. And on Aug. 19, the Powerball jackpot was drawing for $535 million. But it wouldn't take a jackpot to make this Parkville resident a millionaire.

"I didn't even think about it," said Arrington. "The guy in front of me bought one, so I decided to buy one, too."

Arrington used Quick Pick to choose his numbers, purchased his Powerball ticket, and was on his way. It wasn't until a few days later that he scanned his ticket and the message "See Lottery Official" popped up.

"I got a copy of my numbers from the cashier and ran away," laughed Arrington. "I did a little more investigating and figured out it was a $1 million ticket."

Arrington's ticket matched all five white-ball numbers for the Aug. 19 Powerball drawing. He told his wife he had won $1 million, but she was convinced he was just joking.

"She said, 'Oh, my gosh, oh, my gosh, oh, my gosh.' At first she thought I was lying to her. Sometimes I like to tell a story or two, but it's had time to set in," said Arrington. "Now we have a whole new set of good problems to have, just figuring out what we are going to do with it and do the right thing."

As a family, they are still processing the big win and do not have any immediate plans for their prize. Arrington said they do want to try and "help take the pressure off" some of their family members.

Arrington purchased his winning $1 million Powerball ticket at TempStop, 26550 Colbern Road, in Lee's Summit.
  Car purchase leads to $100,000 Powerball win  
  INDIANAPOLIS - A road trip adventure to buy a car led to a Brown County man winning $100,000 on Powerball.

Kenneth Crabtree is a regular Powerball player, but it was a ticket he bought outside of his normal routine that turned into a big winner for him.

Kenneth had been in search of a specific used car, and he drove from Brown County to Crawfordsville with a friend to buy it. After driving the car back home, Kenneth drove into Bloomington to wash the car and gas it up.

He walked into Circle K, 2658 E. Third St., and handed the cashier a $50 bill, saying he wanted to fill up the car but wasn't sure how much it would take. The car took $44 in gas, and when Kenneth went back in he decided to buy two more Powerball tickets with Power Play with his remaining $6.

In the Oct. 7, 2017 drawing, Kenneth's Powerball ticket matched four of the five numbers and the Powerball, which is a $50,000 prize. Because he chose to add Power Play, it doubled his winnings to $100,000.

"I couldn't believe it," Kenneth said.

He woke up Sunday morning after the drawing planning to drive his new-to-him car to tell his friend about the Powerball win. But, the car wouldn't start.

"It did its job to make me $100,000," Kenneth joked.

Kenneth, an apartment superintendent, plans to pay off his pick-up truck. The new, lucky car was in the shop getting some work done. Kenneth said he will probably keep the car because it now has sentimental value.
  "Pizza and a Powerball" Louisiana man wins $2 million  
  Vacherie resident Jhirmar Washington became Louisiana's newest millionaire after winning $2 million during Oct. 7's Powerball drawing. Though he is a frequent Louisiana Lottery Powerball player, Washington said he almost skipped buying a ticket for Saturday's drawing until fate stepped in when his cousin said she was hungry. "We went to Taylor's (Express) to get her something to eat and left with pizza and a Powerball ticket."

Washington also admitted that he might have forgotten again about that ticket if he hadn't heard a big winner was sold in his area! "I didn't even think about it until six or seven Sunday night when I saw the big winning ticket was bought at Taylors," he recalled.

Taylor's Express is located on Highway 3125 in Gramercy. The store will receive a one-time selling bonus of $20,000, which is 1 percent of the prize, for selling the winning ticket.

Washington's numbers matched all five white balls drawn but missed the Powerball number. His match-5 prize of $1 million was doubled since he added the $1 Power Play to his ticket. The 34-year-old received $1.4 million after state and federal tax withholdings. He said he plans to invest his winnings.

The winning numbers for the Oct. 7 Powerball drawing were 10-49-61-63-65 and the Powerball was 07.

Photo Caption: Baton Rouge Lottery Sales Representative Alex Haysbert (right) stopped by Taylor's Express to congratulate Store Owner Taylor Matherne (left) on selling the Powerball ticket winning $2 million!
  $1 million Powerball prize claimed in Missouri  
  An Edwardsville, Illinois, resident picked up a $1 million Powerball win by matching all five white-ball numbers in the Sept. 16 drawing.

Krystal Ringling claimed her prize at the St. Louis Lottery office on Sept. 18. The winning numbers were 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31.

Ringling purchased her winning ticket at Charlie's Food Mart, 12316 Bellefontaine Road, in Spanish Lake.
  Navy Veteran wins $150,000 Powerball prize  
  LANSING, Mich. - A Michigan man is trying remain calm after winning $150,000 playing Powerball.

Thomas Woodard, 81, matched the four white balls and the Powerball - 08-12-25-41-64 PB: 15 - in Saturday's drawing. That usually is a $50,000 prize, but he selected the Power Play option that multiplied the prize by three, yielding a $150,000 prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Shell gas station, located at 1780 Clinton in Jackson.

"I checked my ticket at Meijer on Sunday morning and the machine told me to see the retailer," said Woodard. "I gave the clerk my ticket and she scanned it and said: 'Tom, you won $50,000, you've got to go to Lansing!

"I made an appointment to talk to my bank about the money, and when they looked over the ticket that is when I realized it was actually $150,000!"

Woodard visited Lottery headquarters in Lansing on Wednesday to claim his prize. With his winnings, the U.S. Navy veteran plans to pay off all of his bills and then save the remainder.

"I'm 81 years old, I can't get too excited about winning, I don't want to kick the bucket," Woodard joked.
  Michigan man wins $100,000 Powerball prize  
  LANSING, Mich. - A St. Joseph County man felt like "something wasn't right" after scanning his Powerball ticket and getting a "see retailer" message. So he checked the numbers online and learned he'd won $100,000.
Stephen Strickland, of Constantine, matched the four white balls and the Powerball - 24-45-55-56-57 PB: 19 - in Saturday's drawing that usually is a $50,000 win, but with a two times Powerplay, his prize was multiplied by two, yielding a $100,000 prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Jit Food and Gas, located at 130 North Washington Street in Constantine.

"I had to pull my car over because I just couldn't believe I won $100,000," said the 34-year-old Strickland. "I had to call a buddy and have him get online and check to make sure I was reading everything right.

"Before, I didn't always add the Powerplay, but I will be from now on, that's for sure!"

Strickland visited Lottery headquarters Monday to claim his big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay some bills and take his family on a cruise.

"I feel ecstatic! I have no idea what it's like to have this much money, but I"m about to find out," Strickland said
  Colorado woman wins $133.2 million Powerball jackpot after playing the same numbers for 30 years  
  DENVER - Judy F. from Clifton just proved that lottery players should never give up on their lucky numbers. She and her husband Mack just became the third Colorado Powerball players to win a jackpot.

Judy has played the same set of numbers for 30 years - longer than the Powerball game has been around - and the wait finally paid off, to the tune of $133.2 million.

The six winning numbers from the September 16 drawing, 17-18-24-25-31 and Powerball 24, include birthdays of Judy's children and loved ones.

She held a short press conference at the Lottery's Grand Junction office surrounded by her husband and several family members. When asked whether Judy was retired she said, "As of 6 'clock on Sunday morning, I am!"

Saturday's jackpot win set a new record in the Colorado Lottery's 34-year history. Her winning ticket was purchased at the aptly-named Lucky Me convenience store in Grand Junction. For selling the winning ticket the retailer earned a $50,000 commission bonus.
  What did you do, win the lottery? Yes, I did! Idaho man claims $100,000 Powerball prize  
  BOISE, Idaho - A co-worker of David Neiers was reading a media story there had been a $100,000 winning Powerball ticket in sold in Bannock County. As the co-worker read off the winning numbers, Neiers ears perked up.

"I'd bought a ticket in Bannock County and those numbers sounded like my numbers," explained Neiers when he visited Lottery Offices in Boise late on Friday afternoon.

When Neiers returned home after work, he checked his tickets and sure enough, he was holding the winning ticket which matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball. Neiers' ticket also had the PowerPlay multiplier, which for the draw on Saturday, September 9, 2017 was 2. That made his $50,000 winning ticket worth $100,000. After telling his wife, they recorded the evening news that ran a short story about the winning ticket and the winning numbers. Then they invited a few family members to watch the replay.

"It took a while for everyone to catch on that I was holding the winning ticket," said Neiers with a chuckle. "Right after that, my granddaughter asked if I would buy an extra batch of cookies for the school bake sale."

After sharing the news with his wife and family, Neiers knew exactly what some of the winnings was going toward.

"I have an old Camaro sitting in the garage I've been meaning to fix up for a while," said Neiers. "I called my buddy and told him I finally had some money to fix up the Camaro. He asked me, 'What did you do, win the Lottery?' And I said yes I did!"

Neiers bought his winning ticket from the Stinker Store located at Pheasant Ridge and Hiline in Chubbuck.

The winning ticket featured the PowerPlay multiplier. PowerPlay is $1 extra per line played at the time of purchase and multiplies non-jackpot winning tickets up to $2,000,000. Neiers' winning ticket with PowerPlay is the second ticket sold in Idaho to win at least six figures in the past three weeks.

"You can't win if you don't play," offered Neiers as he left Lottery Offices in Boise. "You could be next!"
  Powerball jackpot win in Colorado!  
  A ticket sold in Grand Junction, Colo. won the Powerball jackpot in the Sept. 16 drawing.

The ticket matched the first five numbers and the Powerball to win the Grand Prize worth an estimated $133.2 million; $84.6 million cash value.

There were a lot of other BIG winners in the Sept. 16 Powerball drawing. Two tickets sold in Idaho and Oregon won $2 million. Seven tickets (AR, CA (2), IL, MO, OH, PA) won $1 million.

The Powerball jackpot resets to $40 million for the Sept. 20 drawing. The 10X will be in play.
  They mailed in a ticket they thought won $400 - turns out its was worth $200,000
Mississippi couple wins big Powerball prize in Virginia
  If you had a Powerball ticket worth $200,000, would you just drop it in the mail to a Lottery office several states away?

Kenny and Cathy Robin Beevers probably wouldn't have done so had they realized their ticket was worth a lot more than the $400 they thought.

Here's what happened: Four tickets bought in Virginia each won $200,000 in the huge August 23 Powerball drawing. Within days of the drawing, three of those winners had claimed their prizes, but the fourth ticket remained unclaimed. Then, three weeks after the drawing, that $200,000 ticket quietly showed up in the mailroom at the Virginia Lottery's Richmond headquarters.

Lottery employees, suspecting that the person who sent it might not be aware of the ticket's true value, called Ms. Beevers with the news. The Beevers drove to Virginia to personally accept their $200,000 prize, rather than entrust it to the mail.

Kenny, a truck driver from Boyle, Mississippi, bought the ticket at Frank's Trucking Center, 4741 West Military Highway in Chesapeake, Virginia, while driving his regular route. The ticket ended up matching four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number, which would normally win $50,000. However, he spent an extra $1 for Power Play. Since the Power Play in that drawing was 4X, his prize was quadrupled to $200,000.

The winning numbers were 6-7-16-23-26, and the Powerball number was 4.

Kenny hoped to give what he thought was a $400 Powerball ticket to his daughter as a wedding present, but his wife had already mailed it. Now the couple plans to use the winnings to pay bills and make repairs on one of his trucks.
  Jackpot fever cured with $50,000 Powerball prize in Missouri  
  The recent $700 million Powerball jackpot was all the reason Alana Houck of St. Charles needed to purchase Missouri Lottery tickets for the Aug. 23 drawing.

"I had played like two or three times before that, I guess, whenever it got $200 or $300 million," recalled Houck.

After purchasing her tickets from Shop 'n Save, 60 Harvester Square in St. Charles, Houck forgot about her tickets until the day after the drawing.

"They announced that someone on the east coast had won, so I didn't bother checking them," said Houck. "That night, I was reading on Facebook that the Shop 'n Save in St. Charles had a $50,000 winner, and I thought, 'Well that can't be possible.'"

Curious to see if one of her tickets contained the four white-ball numbers and the Powerball number needed to win a $50,000 prize, Houck searched for the Aug. 23 drawing numbers at

"I was at work and stepped out to check. I called my husband and said, 'You're not going to believe this.'"

Houck said she kept the ticket in her lockbox at home, and described feeling nervous about the ticket until she was able to claim the prize on Sept. 1.

"I haven't even told my kids. I told my husband that I'm not telling the kids until we take it here (Lottery offices), and we find out if this is for real," said Houck. "I mean, it's not even feeling real to me right now. I've never won anything in my life.

"I don't know when I'm going to tell my kids. Maybe when I pick up the check, I'll take a picture and send it to them," laughed Houck.

As far as plans for the $50,000 windfall, the St. Charles couple plan on saving the majority of the prize in their retirement fund.

"We might use part of it next year to go on an Alaskan cruise for our 30th anniversary," said Houck.
  Powerball players claim $200,000 prizes in Tennessee  
  NASHVILLE, TN - The incredible Aug. 23 Powerball drawing produced thousands of winning tickets across Tennessee, including five worth $200,000 and one worth $50,000.

One of the lucky $200,000 winners is Krishawn Nolan of Antioch, TN. A former Tennessee Lottery HOPE scholar, Krishawn is currently working on her master's degree in cyber security. "This is really going to help with school," said Krishawn, who was joined by her Mother when she received her prize and ceremonial check from Tennessee Lottery President and CEO Rebecca Hargrove.

Another lucky $200,000 winner, Michelle Fortune. A long-haul trucker, Michelle purchased her winning ticket at Travel Centers of America in Denmark, TN. Michelle waited two weeks before claiming her prize and when asked what took her so long she said "I had to finish my route before I could get back to Nashville!"

The Tennessee Lottery players who purchased the tickets noted above won by matching 4 of the 5 white numbers drawn plus the red Powerball number, which is a $50,000 base prize. Those who won $200,000 added the "Power Play" option for an extra dollar, multiplying their winnings by 4, which was the Power Play number drawn.
  Sweet 16 lottery club wins $1 million Powerball prize  
  LANSING, Mich. - A group of friends from Livingston County is celebrating after their Sweet 16 lottery club won a $1 million Powerball prize.

The 16-member lottery club won the $1 million prize after matching the five white balls drawn Aug. 23: 06-07-16-23-26. They bought their winning ticket at O'Connor's Deli, located at 650 South Grad Street in Fowlerville.

"We've been a lottery club for about three years and each of us chips in $5 each week to play," said the club's representative. "I buy the tickets and then send everyone photos so they know what numbers we have."

"In fact, I didn't even know we won until I got a text from one of our members saying we'd matched five numbers. I was driving and had the ticket in my purse, so as soon as I got to my destination I pulled it out and looked for myself. As soon as I saw it for myself, I texted my husband and told him to call me. I waited about 30 seconds, and then I called him because I couldn't wait any longer. After we talked, I started calling club members."

The largest prize the club had previously won was $500 playing Mega Millions.

Any prize of $1,000 or less is re-invested to buy Lottery tickets.

"It's always been something fun for us to do together," said the club's representative. "We have a cap on the number of members we will allow and that is 16. We've never had a waiting list to join before, but we might now!"

Members of the Sweet 16 lottery club visited Lottery headquarters Tuesday to claim their prize. Each member received $62,500, before income tax withholdings. Most members plan to use their portion of the big prize to pay bills.
  Michigan man wins $1 million Powerball prize  
  LANSING, Mich.- Winning a $1 million Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery left a Wayne County man feeling "happy and anxious."

Michael Doyle, of Belleville, matched the five white balls drawn - 06-21-41-52-62 - in Saturday's drawing to win a $1 million prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Belleville Fuel Mart, located at 496 Main Street in Belleville.

"I made my normal stop on Friday to get my Lottery tickets for the weekend," said Doyle. "I asked the clerk for five Mega Millions Easy Picks and four Powerball Easy picks, put the tickets in my wallet and didn't think about them again."

"The next day, I stopped to get gas on my way to a friend's house and when I opened my wallet to pay for the gas my Lottery tickets fell out. That's when I saw I had Lotto 47 tickets instead of Powerball. So, I asked the clerk at the gas station for four Powerball Easy Picks."

Doyle's observation led to him winning a $1 million Powerball prize in Saturday night's drawing.

"On Tuesday, I heard on the news that someone had won $1 million with a ticket bought in Belleville," said Doyle. "I immediately checked my tickets and have been happy and nervous ever since I realized I was the winner because $1 million is so much money!"

The 58-year-old Doyle visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim his big prize. With his winnings, he plans to buy a new vehicle and then use the remainder to retire.

"For all of the times we've said: 'We wish we could,' but didn't have the money, now we can," Doyle said.
  North Carolina man says Powerball win got his heart racing '100 miles an hour'  
  RALEIGH - Timothy Bolick of Reidsville is wrapping up one of the biggest weeks of his life with a $200,000 Powerball win.

"I'm still pinching myself," Bolick said. "I can't believe this is all happening."

Within the same week, the recently retired machine repairman turned 62, won $200,000 in the Aug. 23 Powerball drawing, and celebrated the birth of his grandson.

Bolick's good fortune started when he stopped by Week's Grocery on Barnes Street in Reidsville to get his Powerball tickets.

"I get two tickets every week," Bolick said. "I get one for Wednesday and one for Saturday. I get a Quick Pick and add a Power Play."

Bolick didn't check his tickets until he was talking with his son the day after his birthday.

"My son asked if I had heard about the winning ticket that was sold at Week's Grocery," Bolick said. "I figured I should probably go check them since that's where I bought them from." When Bolick saw that he matched four white balls and the Powerball he went back to the store.

"I told them that I might have a big winner," Bolick said. "The clerk gave me a high five and then scanned the ticket. Sure enough, the bells and whistles started going off. My heart started beating 100 miles an hour and I thought, 'Oh my God, this can't be happening.'"

Bolick said he wasn't able to sleep that night, or the next, but that was partly because his grandson was born.

He finally claimed the prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal withholdings, he took home $139,002. He plans to save most of the money for retirement, but also plans to take his family on a beach trip.
  Powell wins on Powerball!  
  BOISE, Idaho - Zane Powell, Rexburg, is Idaho's big $200,000 Powerball winner. Powell purchased his ticket from the Valley Country Store in Jerome for Aug. 23's $758.7 million Powerball jackpot. It was a prize, though, that almost went unclaimed. Like many players who do not check their tickets, Powell nearly tossed out his tickets without checking them when he heard the jackpot was won in another state.

"I don't play very often," admitted Powell when he claimed his prize in Boise late Thursday afternoon. "I had all these tickets laying in a pile and was going to throw them away, but then thought maybe I ought to check them. The winning one said to claim at the Lottery so I hurried here."

Powell did not know how much he had won until arriving at Lottery Offices in Boise late Thursday afternoon. He didn't believe it when he saw his ticket had won $200,000.

"Is that how much it is?" inquired Powell, who was working construction in Jerome when he bought his ticket. "That's going to make for a nice vacation next winter."

He also had another winning ticket worth $16. With this win, Powell becomes the 199th player to win at least $200,000 from the Idaho Lottery and the sixty-eighth winner of this amount or higher on Powerball in Idaho.
  Dad's lucky numbers lead to $2 million Powerball prize  
  ALBUQUERQUE - Edgewood resident, David Chemistruck did not win the $700 million Powerball jackpot. But he is $2 million richer today. His Powerball ticket for the August 23 drawing matched the white ball numbers 6, 7, 16, 23 and 26. He matched all but the red Powerball number.

Normally, all five matching white ball numbers would result in a $1 million prize. However, Mr. Chemistruck paid an additional $1 for Power Play, which doubled his $1 million to $2 million. His significant other, Beth, often argued that Power Play was not worth the extra dollar. Today, she admitted she was wrong.

Mr. Chemistruck selected his lucky numbers. He used some of the numbers that his father, who recently passed away, always played and added others that were inspired by his dad - including his birthday. David purchased his ticket at Mr. Gas Mart in Edgewood, just a few hours before the drawing.

Later that evening, David and Beth checked his numbers online, using Beth's cell phone. He read the numbers and Beth looked at the results and told him if they were a match. She couldn't believe they had matched so many numbers and asked David if he had already seen the drawing results. He had not. Beth said the experience was not like the commercials she had seen where people jump and scream. Instead, she said they were silent, shocked, and kept looking at the numbers while uttering, "What?"

That was seven days ago. Today, as they leave the Lottery with a gigantic ceremonial check in hand, they are realizing their dream of building an adobe home.
  Hoosiers cash in on Powerball frenzy as more than a dozen big prizes claimed  
  INDIANAPOLIS - As the Powerball jackpot swelled to an estimated $758.7 million last week, Hoosier Lottery offices were busy with winners claiming numerous Powerball prizes ranging from $50,000 to $200,000.

Between Aug. 18 and Aug. 25, 13 Powerball winners claimed prizes of $50,000 or above at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis.

Cheryl and Mike McElroy of Angola won $50,000 on Powerball after returning from a trip to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Their daughter surprised them with an anniversary gift of a trip to Hawaii. When the couple returned, Mike went out to get milk because the refrigerator was empty. While there, he picked up a Powerball ticket.

Mike returned to Orland Mid Town Market, 9474 W. State Road 120 in Orland, to check his ticket. After the employee scanned the ticket, the manager was summoned, and then the owner.

"I said, 'Is there something wrong?' And she said, 'No, you won quite a lot of money,'" Mike recalled while claiming his $50,000 prize. "I got emotional and they said, 'Are you going to pass out?' and I said, 'I don't think so.'"

Mike and Cheryl plan to put the $50,000 in the bank.

Winner Paula Elkins of Valparaiso won $50,000 her first time playing Powerball. She matched four of five numbers plus the Powerball in the Aug. 16 drawing with a ticket purchased at Admiral Petroleum, 208 Morthland Drive in Valparaiso.

"I was at the gas station getting gas, and I had heard about it on the news," Paula said of the Powerball jackpot when she purchased the ticket.

Paula originally thought she won $100 and planned to get a pedicure. Once she realized she actually won $50,000, her plans changed. Paula plans to replace her 2002 car and buy new furniture.

Robert Eley of Argos also won $50,000 in the Aug. 16 drawing. He bought his winning ticket at Casey's, 15933 N. Michigan Road in Argos. Robert was still processing the win. He was considering buying a tractor with his prize money.

John D. of Brownsburg won $50,000 in the Aug. 23 Powerball drawing with a ticket he purchased at Circle S Food Mart, 1355 N. Green St. in Brownsburg. John had a coworker check his ticket and discovered he won $50,000. He plans to buy a water heater and put the rest in the bank.

Divinity Lane of Chicago, Illinois lives near the state border and bought her Powerball ticket at The Spot, 11001 Indianapolis Blvd. in Hammond, Indiana. She won $50,000 in the Aug. 23 drawing and could not sleep all night before calling the Hoosier Lottery offices.

"I called at 8:30 on the dot," Divinity joked while claiming her prize. After calling, she drove down to Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis to claim her prize.

Larry and Cara Garris of Elizabethtown won $200,000 on a Powerball ticket purchased at Circle K, 3461 S. U.S. Highway 31 in Columbus. Cara organizes a regular workplace Powerball pool, but this was only the second time Larry bought a Powerball ticket. He paid $1 to add Power Play, which quadrupled his prize. The couple plans to pay off debt and buy a boat.

For Danny and Jeanie Harris of Martinsville, a $50,000 Powerball prize will mean being debt-free, a goal they had been feverishly working toward before winning. Their winning ticket was purchased at Wilbur Store, 3235 State Road 142 in Martinsville. The couple said after giving a percentage of the prize to their church, they plan to pay off debt.

"It's a lot of freedom," Jeanie said.

  Michigan woman wins $1 million Powerball prize  
  LANSING, Mich. - A Novi woman won a $1 million Powerball prize from the Michigan Lottery in only her second time playing the popular multi-state game.

Nancy Simmons, 52, won the $1 million prize after matching the five white balls drawn Wednesday: 06-07-16-23-26. She bought her winning ticket at Old West Tobacco, located at 45029 West Pontiac Trail Road in Novi.

"My mom always tells me: 'You can't win if you don't play.' So I decided to buy a ticket for the Aug. 19 drawing," said Simmons. "I won $4, so I decided to buy a few more tickets for Wednesday's drawing."

Simmons decision to buy five more Powerball plays was a good one. She matched five numbers to win $1 million.

"That night, my mom told me she had the numbers and asked if I wanted to check my tickets," said Simmons. "I was so tired and knew if I actually won I wouldn't be able to sleep, so I went to bed. The next morning, I checked the numbers with my mom and couldn't believe I had won $1 million. It's still all so surreal."

Simmons visited Lottery headquarters on Tuesday to claim her big prize. With her winnings she plans to buy a boat, and then save the remainder.

"I feel beyond blessed to have won. Winning makes me feel so at ease," said Simmons.
  Two $1 million Powerball prizes claimed in Massachusetts  
  The two $1 million prizes won on Powerball tickets sold in Massachusetts for the multi-state game's August 23rd drawing that featured a $758.7 million jackpot have been claimed.

Rosanne Grady of Watertown and Elsie Campbell Beckford of Dorchester both claimed their $1,000,000 prize (less tax withholdings) Friday, August 25 at the Lottery's Braintree headquarters.

Both winners selected their own numbers to match the winning combination that was drawn. Grady's winning ticket was purchased at Handy Variety, 95 Common St. in Watertown, while Campbell Beckford bought her lucky ticket at Sandy's Variety, 378 Washington St. in Dorchester. Each location will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling a $1 million prize winning ticket.

The $758.7 million jackpot was won by Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, MA. It is the largest jackpot prize won on a single ticket in U.S. lottery history. Wanczyk purchased her winning ticket at Pride Station & Store, 27 Montgomery St. in Chicopee.
  $200,000 Powerball prize means dream boat for North Carolina man  
  RALEIGH - For Andrew Ackerman of Oak Island, a $200,000 Powerball win means he can get his dream boat.

"I'm going to get a 20-foot Carolina Skiff," Ackerman described. "I'm going to go fishing every day."

Ackerman beat odds of one in 913,129 to win the prize in Wednesday's drawing.

He got the $3 Power Play ticket at the Olde Brunswick Store on East Oak Island Drive on Oak Island. He used a combination of family birthdays to pick his numbers.

"I used my birthday, my wife, and my two children's birthdays," Ackerman said. "I used the No. 4 as the Powerball since there are four of us."

Ackerman didn't check his numbers until Friday. "I didn't think I was actually going to win anything," He said. "So I forgot about it. When it came up on my phone that I won $200,000 I didn't believe it. I ran back down to the store to have them check and sure enough I was reading it right."

Ackerman claimed the prize Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal withholdings, he took home $139,002.

The ticket matched the numbers on the four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. Because he added the Power Play feature, the prize quadrupled to $200,000 when the 4X multiplier was drawn. His ticket was one of six in North Carolina to win a $200,000 prize in last Wednesday's drawing.
  Backyard barbecue leads to $200,000 Powerball prize for seven friends  
  A lucky group of friends and coworkers decided to each invest $20 each in the Powerball draw while at a barbecue last week. On Friday, they brought their party indoors to claim a $200,000 Powerball prize from the August 23 drawing.

The winners were: John Hernandez, Leon Cabreja, Tim Coughenour, Dylan Ricketts, Robert Molina, Chloee Lamb and Jerome Porter of Albuquerque.

Their Quick Pick ticket matched the numbers 6, 7, 16, 23 and the Powerball of 4. This would normally be a $50,000 prize. However, they purchased Power Play for an additional dollar and multiplied their prize by 4 - bringing it to a $200,000 win. The winning ticket was purchased at Giant Station #35 in Albuquerque, located at 10400 Central Avenue SE.

On the night of the drawing, Robert Molina watched the draw and compared the numbers to their tickets. He immediately thought they won $50,000, so he called John Hernandez - who didn't believe him. The group soon began texting each other, convinced that Robert was pranking them. But Robert wasn't giving up that easily and persistently kept calling. Eventually, he convinced Tim, who said to his wife, "Hey - I think we won the lottery." Like the others, she was not convinced and asked for screen shots of the tickets.

Dylan Ricketts was a first-time Lottery player. He was new to the group, and as the rest pointed out, "In the right place at the right time."

The winners each have ideas about how to spend their prize: invest, purchase a new vehicle, take a cruise, and buy a Harley. And everyone in the Coughenour family will get a fidget spinner.

The group plans to continue to play the Lottery together.
  Anonymous players claim three $50,000 Powerball prizes in Arizona from Aug. 23 drawing  
  Massachusetts woman is sole winner of $758.7 million Powerball jackpot  
  BRAINTREE, MA - Mavis Wanczyk of Chicopee, MA is the sole winner of a $758.7 million Powerball jackpot after the numbers on her lucky ticket matched the first five winning numbers plus the Powerball (06-07-16-23-26, PB 04) selected in Wednesday night's drawing. It is the largest jackpot prize won on a single ticket in U.S. lottery history.

Wanczyk, who was joined by her mother and two sisters at the Lottery's Braintree headquarters to claim her prize, chose the cash option on her prize and will receive a lump sum payment of $480,500,936. After taxes, her check will amount to $336,350,655.

Wanczyk purchased a total of five tickets, three with numbers that she selected and two Quic Pics, at the Pride Station & Store location at 27 Montgomery St. in Chicopee. Her winning combination was one of the sets of numbers that she selected herself using family birthdates and her lucky number 4. The store will receive a $50,000 bonus for its sale of the jackpot winning ticket.

Wanczyk, age 53, who has worked at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield for the past 32 years, indicated that she has already informed her employer that she will not be returning.

Wanczyk is the fourth Powerball jackpot winner in Massachusetts since the Mass. Lottery began offering the game in 2010. The previous jackpots were won in 2011 ($25.6 million), 2012 ($50 million) and 2013 (half of a $122.9 million jackpot).

Previously, the largest jackpot prize ever won on a ticket sold by the Mass. Lottery was a $294 million Mega Millions jackpot prize in 2004.

Tickets sold at Sandy's Variety in Dorchester and at Handy Variety in Watertown each won a $1 million prize in Wednesday's drawing by correctly matching the first five winning numbers. These retailers will receive a $10,000 bonus.
  Minnesota players claim Powerball prizes from Aug. 23 drawing  
  Spending an extra $1 made a $150,000 difference for one of Minnesota's biggest winners in the Aug. 23 Powerball drawing.

A ticket that Michael Brewer of Eden Prairie purchased for the Aug. 23 Powerball drawing matched four of the first five white ball numbers, plus the Powerball, which is normally a $50,000 win. Because he added the Power Play multiplier option to his ticket at the time of purchase, the $50,000 prize was multiplied by the Power Play number (4) to become a $200,000 prize. Power Play is an extra $1 per play.

"I went on the Minnesota Lottery's website at about 10:45 last night and I carefully and meticulously put the numbers into the 'check my numbers,'" said Brewer. After entering the numbers from his ticket, he discovered that he had won $200,000. "I went and woke my wife up. She didn't believe it, so I brought her in the den and had her enter the numbers."

Brewer said that he "usually" adds the Power Play option to his tickets and is very happy that he had added it to his Aug. 23 ticket. "It made a $150,000 difference," he said with a smile.

Dred Scott Automotive, located at 10800 Rhode Island Ave. S. in Bloomington, sold the $200,000 winning ticket.

This is probably the most exciting thing I've ever been through in my whole entire life!" said Isanti resident Danelle VanVleet as she claimed a $50,000 Powerball prize. "I'm still shaking!" she added.

VanVleet said she doesn't normally play Powerball, but decided to try her luck when she saw that the jackpot was estimated at $700 million for the Aug. 23 drawing.

After the drawing, she visited the Minnesota Lottery's website and discovered that she had won $50,000. "I told my husband, 'We just won $50,000! I can't believe this!' He didn't believe me so I said, 'Look for yourself!' I was crying and shaking."

Isanti Mobil, located at 721 Heritage Blvd. N.W. in Isanti, sold the winning ticket.
  Three generations of lottery players claim $50,000 Powerball prize in North Carolina  
  John Amos Justice of Gibsonville, his son, and his grandson are planning a trip to the beach after they won $50,000 playing Powerball.

They beat odds of one in 913,129 to win the prize in the August 23 drawing.

Justice's son John Justice Jr. bought the winning $2 Powerball ticket at the Huff's on West Main Street in Gibsonville. When he saw the winning numbers, he couldn't believe it. "I checked those numbers over and over again," he said. "I didn't want to count my chickens before they laid their eggs."

The Justice family claimed the prize at the Greensboro Claim Center. John Tyler Justice shared it with his father and grandfather. After taking a trip to the beach, they plan to put the rest of the money in savings.

Their ticket matched the numbers on the four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. It's one of 16 tickets to win a big prize in North Carolina in the August 23 Powerball drawing. Fifteen other tickets won prizes from $50,000 to $1 million.
  Virginia woman wins $200,000 playing Powerball  
  Amanda Evans only plays Powerball when the jackpot gets big. So, when the jackpot grew to an estimated $700 million for the August 23 drawing, the Midlothian woman decided it was time to get in the game.

She went to Wawa at 150 Pike View Drive in Midlothian to buy a ticket, selecting her numbers using family birthdays. When she discovered she had a dollar left over, she decided to use it for Power Play. That turned out to be a valuable decision.

She ended up matching four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number. Normally that would win $50,000. However, since the Power Play in that drawing was 4X, her prize was quadrupled to $200,000 because she had spent that extra buck.

The winning numbers were 6-7-16-23-26, and the Powerball number was 4. When she checked the winning numbers the next day, she didn't immediately realize she'd won.

"I thought a couple of my numbers had come up," she said. "Then I did a double-take, and a triple-take."

Ms. Evans, who works as a bartender, said she and her significant other, Danny Mullaney, have no immediate plans for the winnings. "It's surreal," she said. "I'm taking pictures to prove it!"
  Players claim three $50,000 Powerball prizes in Kentucky  
  Stephen Parks of Auburn matched four numbers and the Powerball from the August 2 drawing, winning $50,000. He bought a single $2 play and chose to let the machine pick his numbers.

It wasn't until Parks went to the store where he bought the ticket that he found out. The clerk said, "We think you have a Powerball ticket for $50,000." Parks said, "Are you serious." The store was able to narrow down who bought the winning ticket from surveillance video.

Parks doesn't play lottery on a regular basis but especially likes to play when the jackpot is over $100 million. "While I was in line I saw the jackpot amount on the lottery monitor and figured why not buy a ticket," Parks told lottery officials.

"This is surreal," Parks said. He and his wife are expecting their first child in October and said winning couldn't have come at a better time.

Bernice Haywood of Frankfort, KY was surprised when she found out she'd won $50,000 playing Powerball instead of $10,000.

Haywood checked her ticket Wednesday night after the August 2 drawing and after matching four numbers and the Powerball thought she had won $10,000. Haywood had referred to an old Powerball brochure she had which stated the game's third prize was $10,000. Changes were made to the Powerball game in October 2015 increasing the match four and the Powerball prize to $50,000.

"I was happy with $10,000 but I'm thrilled with $50,000," Haywood told lottery officials.

Haywood enjoys canning so she and her husband plan to build an addition on to their house for kitchen equipment with the winnings.

Phillip McCord, of Ewing, KY, along with family, made the trip to Louisville earlier today to claim a winning $50,000 Powerball ticket from the August 9th drawing.

McCord stops off at Blue Licks Grocery in Ewing every morning to visit with friends but to also get draw results for the game he played the night before. While comparing his Powerball ticket to the printout of the winning numbers the clerk gave him, he realized he'd matched four numbers and the Powerball. McCord figured he'd won a nice prize but wasn't exactly sure how much until he got to the lottery office.

"So, how much did I win," he asked Jennifer Cunningham, Kentucky Lottery Communications Specialist. "How's $50,000 sound?" she replied. "Real good, I'll take it," McCord said.

McCord will normally buy one ticket each day for the game drawn that night. But, as he was walking out of the store last Wednesday, he asked the clerk to give him another ticket. "I just had a feeling, I can't explain it," he said.

McCord and his wife don't have any immediate plans for the money and say they'll put it in the bank for now.
  $200,000 Powerball Winner Carried Around Winning Ticket Without Knowing It  
  RALEIGH - Amanda Poss of New Bern said she carried around a Powerball ticket worth $200,000 for over two days and didn't even know it.

"I really had no idea that I won," Poss said. "I mean that ticket was everywhere. It was in my purse, on the counter, and then in my backpack for work."

Poss bought the $3 Power Play ticket on Saturday when she stopped at the East Havelock Fuel Market on East Main Street in Havelock. She didn't check the numbers on her ticket until she got to work Tuesday morning. When she saw that she matched five numbers she didn't know what to think. Poss immediately went to get her husband who works at the same company.

"He was in a staff meeting at the time," Poss said. "I interrupted and was like, 'Sorry, but I think we just won something. Someone in the room said there was a $200,000 ticket sold in Havelock, and my husband told me, 'Well, you better go see if that's you.'"

So Poss drove to lottery headquarters in Raleigh and claimed her prize. After required state and federal withholdings, she received $139,002. She plans to use some of the money to pay bills.

"It's the best feeling in the world to know that everything will be taken care of," Poss said. She also plans to take her family on a Christmas vacation.

Her ticket matched the numbers on the four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. Because she added the Power Play feature, the prize quadrupled to $200,000 when the 4X multiplier was drawn. She beat odds of 913,129 to win the prize.

Poss is one of four people to win big in Saturday's Powerball drawing. Three other prizes ranging from $200,000 to $1 million remain unclaimed.
  Investigator Buys First Powerball Ticket, Uncovers $50,0000 Lucky Win  
  ATLANTA - Pamelia Holland of Cedartown has cracked a new case. Holland recently won a prize of $50,000 from the Aug. 12 Powerball drawing after purchasing her first Powerball ticket.

Winning numbers from the Aug. 12 drawing were: 20-24-26-35-49 and the Powerball was 19.

Madi Food Mart, located at 803 N. Main St. in Cedartown, sold the winning Quik Pik ticket.

According to Holland, an investigator for the Polk County Public Defender Office, the lucky ticket was the first Powerball ticket that she's ever purchased.

"The jackpot was high, so I went ahead and bought a ticket," she said. "I'd never bought a Powerball ticket before."

After scanning the ticket on a lottery terminal and discovering that she'd won, Holland claimed that she was in shock.

"I wasn't sure if it was correct," she said. "I just went and sat in the car and called my kids."

Holland stated that she intends to save the majority of her winnings. "I just still can't believe it," she said.

The 57-year-old claimed her prize last week at the Georgia Lottery's Dalton District Office.
  Indiana Women Claim Powerball Prizes  
  Powerball made a couple Hoosiers a bit happier this week, as one claimed a $100,000 prize and another claimed $50,000.

Marlene Cross from Evansville said she "did a little happy dance" after realizing she won $100,000 in the Aug. 5 drawing. She promised to make zucchini bread for a coworker who filled in for her when she drove to Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis to claim her prize.

The $100,000 prize came from matching 4 of 5 numbers and the Powerball. Marlene also purchased the Power Play add-on game, which doubled her winnings. She chose her own numbers, which she has been playing for four or five years. The winning ticket came from Circle K, 3900 First Ave. in Evansville.

Marlene had a list of ideas for using the prize, including paying off her car, home improvements and a new washing machine. She said the money would make retiring in a couple years a little easier.

Debbie W. of Fishers found out she won $50,000 on her birthday. She purchased the ticket at Village Pantry, 1729 N. Harry Foreman Ave. in Peru. She and her husband occasionally buy Powerball tickets when the jackpot gets to a higher amount.

Debbie works full time in the Air Force reserve, refueling jets mid-air. She said she was pretty animated when she realized she won - so much that her husband thought she'd been involved in an accident. She quickly shared the good news!

The $50,000 prize will be put toward Debbie's mortgage, which she said will help her get one step closer to retirement. Debbie said her dad told her he was proud she was being responsible with her winnings.

Debbie won on the Aug. 12 Powerball drawing. Another three Powerball tickets sold in Indiana won $50,000 in the Aug. 12 drawing.
  Missouri Man's Prayers Answered With $50,000 Powerball Prize  
  Jackpot fever got the attention of Richard Seyer, and the result was a $50,000 Missouri Lottery Powerball prize. The Washington resident found out about his good fortune on Aug. 6, while out to lunch with his girlfriend.

"We finished up eating, and I went to the gas station next door to have my tickets checked," said Seyer. "The machine said 'Claim At Lottery,' so I had the clerk look at it, and she told me I won $50,000. I came back outside and told my girlfriend, 'Want to go on a trip?'"

While claiming his prize on Aug. 7, the Washington resident said that he typically likes to sample many of the games the Lottery has to offer, including Powerball, Show Me Cash, Lotto and Scratchers tickets.

Recently, the auto body mechanic has also been turning to a higher being for assistance.

"I've been praying to God to help with some finances recently. I was expecting I would get more work, but nothing like this," said Seyer, who completes odds and ends contract work on the side.

While Seyer enjoys playing many of the Lottery's game offerings for a chance to win, he also encourages his friends to join in, but only if their individual means allow.

"I always tell people that they have a zero chance of winning if they don't play, but that they don't need to be playing if the money needs to go towards rent or something else," divulged Seyer.

The winner hopes to treat his children to a beach-side vacation and plans to become debt-free with his $50,000 prize.

Seyer purchased his winning Powerball ticket for the Aug. 5 drawing from Abel's Quik Shop, 645 N. Service Road, in Wright City. He used Quick Pick to correctly match four of the five white-ball numbers and the Powerball number in the drawing, which were: 11, 21, 28, 33 and 45 with a Powerball of 11.
  Winning Powerball Ticket Purchased During High School Class Reunion Trip  
  A former Iowan returned to the state last week for his 55-year high school class reunion and is going home to Texas the winner of a $1 million Powerball prize.

Wayne and Vicki Dixon of Allen, Texas traveled to Iowa early last week to attend Wayne's high school class reunion in Denison on Saturday.

The couple, who are both retired, said they had reservations at a hotel in Denison for the weekend, but they arrived a day early and the hotel they were staying at didn't have any vacancies. Therefore, they decided to stay at a hotel in Avoca on Wednesday before completing their journey.

As Wayne filled up the vehicle with fuel at the Wings America Travel Centre, 7005 N. Chestnut St. in Avoca, Vicki went inside to buy a Powerball ticket for that night's drawing.

The ticket stayed in Vicki's purse until Saturday morning when she decided to check it.

"The first three numbers matched," Vicki told lottery employees Monday as she and her husband claimed their prize at the lottery's headquarters in Clive. "Well then I couldn't help but look over to see what the next two numbers were and they matched."

Vicki called for her husband to double-check the ticket.

"Come over here and look at these numbers, make sure that I'm looking at the right date and the right time," she told him. "He's like, 'They look right.'"

Vicki called their three boys to tell them that she'd won. "I said to one of my sons, 'I've got some good news.' And he's like, 'What? You won the lottery?' I said, 'I absolutely did!'" she said.

The couple said they plan use part of their winnings to pay bills and save the rest.

Vicki's winning ticket matched the first five numbers, but missed the Powerball in the Aug. 5 drawing to win a 1 million prize.
  "I guess I just got lucky!"
Virginia Man Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize
  For nearly five weeks, Enrico Pelausa had a million-dollar secret. The Manassas Park electrician had a Powerball ticket that matched the first five numbers, making it worth $1 million.

However, instead of coming forward and claiming the prize immediately, Mr. Pelausa took his time, getting financial affairs in order. When he finally presented his ticket to Virginia Lottery officials, he had a simple explanation for beating the odds:

"I guess I just got lucky," he said.

Mr. Pelausa bought the ticket at In & Out Mart, 9103 Mathis Avenue in Manassas, for the July 8 Powerball drawing. He used Easy Pick, allowing the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket.

The winning numbers were 8-10-29-40-59, and the Powerball number was 26. His ticket was the only one in the nation to match the first five numbers in that drawing. When he checked the winning numbers for that drawing, he had a hard time believing his luck.

"I had to look at the ticket over and over and over and over," he said. As for his winnings, he said he plans to "stash it away for retirement."

Meanwhile, the store receives a $10,000 bonus from the Virginia Lottery for selling the winning ticket.
  Anonymous Winner Claims $2 Million Powerball Prize in Kansas  

A Paola, Kansas resident claimed a $2 million Powerball cash prize from the Saturday, August 5 drawing!  The lucky winner, who wished to remain anonymous, matched the first five numbers, but not the Powerball to win $1 million.  Since the ticket also included the Power Play option, the prize doubled to $2 million!


"I didn't realize there was a $2 million winner in Saturday night's drawing," said the winner.  "When I had my ticket checked yesterday, a claim form automatically printed out with a validation slip that said I had to claim the prize in Topeka.  When I realized how much I had won, I was very surprised.  It still hasn't sunk in."


The lucky winner won the $2 million Powerball cash prize on a $15 Quick Pick Powerball Power Play ticket.  The winning numbers in the August 5 drawing were 11-21-28-33-45 Powerball 11 Power Play 2. The winner's winning numbers were 11-21-28-33-45 Powerball 9.


The winning ticket was sold at Fuel Expresso 15, located at 1005 N. Pearl St. in Paola.  For selling the winning ticket, the store is eligible for a $1,000 selling bonus.

  Massachusetts Man Claims $2 Million Powerball Prize  
  Thomas O'Toole of Westminster, Massachusetts is the winner of a $2 million Powerball prize, having matched the first five winning numbers while playing the Power Play option in the multi-state game's drawing held Wednesday, August 2.

O'Toole used an assortment of birth dates to choose his lucky numbers. He claimed his $2 million prize (less tax withholdings) at the Massachusetts State Lottery's Braintree headquarters on Thursday, August 3. He plans on using a portion of his winnings to make some home repairs.

His winning ticket was purchased at Westminster Liquors, 71 Main Street in Westminster. The store will receive a $20,000 bonus for its sale.
  Michigan Man Wins $100,000 Powerball Prize  
  A Michigan man thought he'd logged in to the wrong online account when he saw he'd won $100,000 from the Michigan Lottery playing Powerball.

Mike Hanley, of Perry, matched four of the white balls drawn on July 29 - 01-28-40-45-48 - to win the big prize. Hanley bought his winning ticket online at

"I was at a wedding with my wife on Saturday, and since she was in the wedding, I was sitting alone before dinner," said the 35-year-old Hanley. "Since the Powerball jackpot was up pretty high, I decided to buy a ticket online."

"The next morning I logged into my account. When I saw I had won $100,000 I thought I had done something wrong or somehow logged in to the wrong account."

Hanley quickly shared the good news with his wife, Mollie, who was skeptical.

"I thought for sure he was playing a joke on me," said Mollie. "It wouldn't be unlike him at all to joke around about winning the Lottery, so it took me a little while before I was convinced."

Hanley visited Lottery headquarters Friday to claim his big prize. With his winnings, he plans to pay some bills, including Mollie's student loan, and donate to charity.

"It's a phenomenal feeling to win and have personal financial freedom," Hanley said.
  Milwaukee Woman Claims $156.2 Million Powerball Jackpot  
  Milwaukee resident Mai Xiong is the lucky winner of the $156.2 million prize from the Wednesday, March 22 Powerball drawing. The winning ticket was purchased from Pewaukee Corner Pump at 1194 West Capitol Drive in Pewaukee. Mai Xiong took the cash option worth $93.1 million.

Pewaukee Corner Pump received $100,000 for selling the winning ticket. Retailers who sell winning tickets over $599 receive an incentive of 2% of the winning ticket amount up to $100,000.

The winning ticket matched all six numbers: 2, 9, 27, 29 and 42 with a Powerball of 9.

Mai Xiong holds the 16th Powerball jackpot ticket sold in Wisconsin since the game was introduced in April 1992. The last Powerball jackpot winner was Doug Miron from Marinette who won $31.4 million on October 14, 2009 on a ticket he purchased from City Limits at N3900 Highway 180 in Marinette.

This is the second largest prize awarded to a Wisconsin winner. The largest was a ticket worth $208.8 million sold in August of 2006 to a group of 100 individuals who called themselves the Miracle 100. That ticket was sold at Ma and Pa Grocery in Fond du Lac.
  North Carolina Great-Grandfather Wins $100,000  
  On Sunday, Hamlet resident Michael Heckert woke up, made coffee and checked the lottery app for the numbers from the Powerball drawing the night before.

"First I checked the Powerball number," Heckert said. "I thought 'Wow, I got the Powerball.' I got the first number. I got the second number. I didn't get the third, but I got the fourth and got the fifth."

A regular Powerball player, Heckert immediately knew his pick of numbers just won $100,000.

He turned to his wife, sitting in the living room, and said, "We're going to Raleigh."

Heckert bought the winning $3 Power Play ticket at the ALCO on East Spring Street in Hamlet. The numbers matched four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. Because Heckert added the Power Play feature, the prize doubled to $100,000 when the 2X multiplier was drawn.

He claimed his prize money Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal withholdings, he received a check for $69,501.

Heckert said he plans to use the money to buy a diamond ring for his wife, presents for his grandkids, and an iPhone for himself.
  Missouri Couple Plans Home Repairs with $50,000 Prize  
  Routine purchases of two Missouri Lottery Draw Games and a $50,000 prize have a Sedalia couple planning their next honey-do list. Rhonda Brookman, accompanied by her husband, Douglas, claimed the June 21 Powerball prize at the Lottery's Kansas City office on July 3.

"We like to play Powerball and Mega Millions whenever we are at the store and think about it. We try to do it a couple times a week," said Brookman, who purchased her winning Powerball ticket from Casey's General Store, 716 W. 16th St., in Sedalia.

When purchasing her next set of tickets, Brookman has her past tickets checked by one of the Casey's General Store clerks, who typically pass along wishes of good fortune.

"The clerks always like to joke with me and say, 'This is going to be the lucky one.' This time, they scanned the ticket and the look on their faces told me that this one was different," said Brookman.

The Sedalia resident returned home to share the news with her husband.

"It was about 5:30 last Friday before I got to him. Since we had to wait until (Monday) to claim it, he hid the ticket so I would stop looking at it," laughed Brookman.

The couple plan to replace the roof of their home and repair their fence with the $50,000 prize.

Brookman used Quick Pick to match four of the five white-ball numbers and the Powerball number drawn in the June 21 drawing, which were: 14, 46, 61, 65 and 68 with a Powerball of 13.
  Indiana Man Wins $50,000 Playing Powerball  
  Fred Bedford says it's fun to dream about winning, but he doesn't have to dream anymore. The Granger, Indiana native won $50,000 on Powerball.

Fred and his wife, Andrea, were on their way home from church when they stopped at Speedway, 1706 South Bend Ave. in South Bend, for soft drinks. While there, Fred bought a Powerball Quick Pick.

A couple weeks later, Fred and Andrea were at the grocery store and went to customer service to check their tickets for winners. One of the tickets was too large for the store to cash, and eventually Fred found out it was a $50,000 winner.

"It was a pleasant surprise," Fred's wife, Andrea, said.

"I'm not a big gambler. It's just one of those things where if you win, it's fun," Fred said. "It's a nice thing to dream about."

Fred and Andrea have three adult children and a granddaughter. They plan to create a college fund for their granddaughter.
  St. Louis Man Enjoys Million-Dollar Father's Day  
  Mark Weatherspoon has a regular routine when it comes to Powerball, but there was nothing routine about waking up on Father's Day to discover he had just won $1 million.

According to Weatherspoon's wife, Cathleen, "Mark has a Powerball ticket that he picks one ticket of numbers, and then there's a Quick Pick on it. He plays every Wednesday and Saturday."

After making a stop at QuikTrip, 2851 Gravois Ave. in St. Louis, for a newspaper and Mark's usual Powerball ticket, the couple went about their day. But things would soon get a lot more interesting.

The next morning, Cathleen jotted down the latest winning numbers and gave the list to her husband.

"He goes and gets his ticket and checks them," she said, explaining how their winning moment unfolded. "And then I hear him stomping down the stairs, and I'm like, 'What now?' And he goes, 'Look. I got a good Father's Day present.' And I'm looking at the numbers I wrote down with the ticket, and it's like, one... two... three... four... five... (numbers matched)."

Mark's Quick Pick selection had matched all five white-ball numbers drawn in the June 17 Powerball drawing, an accomplishment that comes with a prize of $1 million.

"We're all kind of excited," Cathleen added. "He's already talking about buying a house for our daughter."

Plans also include "putting a lot of it away, and then maybe doing some work on our house."
  Quick Visit with Uncle Leads to Big Powerball Win in Maryland  
  When one of the "Tres Amigos" decided to visit her uncle, she also decided to purchase a Powerball ticket using lucky numbers supplied by her cousin. The Upper Marlboro woman's $2 ticket landed her a $50,000 prize in the Saturday, June 10 drawing.

The teacher made her winning purchase at Discount Tobacco located at 7069 Martin Luther King Highway in Landover. Several days passed before the Prince George's County resident checked her ticket and that was only at her uncle's suggestion. A California player had won the jackpot but more than 64,000 Marylanders won prizes of $4 to $50,000. Could she be one of the lucky winners?

"I handed over the ticket to him and he scanned it," said the youngest of the "Tres Amigos." Her uncle was puzzled at first because the ticket checker said to report to Maryland Lottery headquarters in Baltimore to claim the prize.

"I was curious now," she said, "so I went to another retailer and the ticket checker revealed it was a $50,000 winning ticket. We were all screaming with joy! It took us a day to calm down."

Her lucky ticket was one of two in Maryland to win a $50,000 prize and one of 73 nationwide to win that amount in the June 10 drawing.

The "Tres Amigos" traveled together to Baltimore to help the 25-year-old claim her prize. What are her plans for spending her winnings? "I will do what my heart pleases and save the rest!" she said.
  Daydream Turns Reality with $50,000 Powerball Prize  
  A pit stop at Casey's General Store, 2764 W. 32nd St. in Joplin, and a daydream with a friend has left Debra Shumaker with a $50,000 Missouri Lottery Powerball prize.

"I was actually on my way home from a doctor's office appointment and decided just to go into a store, grab something to drink and a snack," recalled Shumaker.

"My friend and I sat down at a table and were talking about how great it is to just take off and have nothing to do for the day. I told her that I sure wouldn't be sitting here if I won the Powerball, though. We just laughed about it."

The Miami, Oklahoma, resident would end up purchasing a Powerball ticket for the May 31 drawing.

"My husband and I went to dinner a couple of nights ago, and I said that I needed to check my ticket. So we checked it, and I was shocked," said Shumaker, who matched four of the five white-ball numbers and the Powerball in the May 31 drawing, which were: 4, 33, 39, 46 and 60 with a Powerball number of 6.

Shumaker hopes to invest her $50,000 prize, adding that although she played Missouri Lottery Powerball every so often before, she plans to play a little more often now that she knows she can win.
  Powerball Jackpot Win in California  
  A single Powerball ticket sold in Sun City, Calif. successfully matched all five numbers and the Powerball (20-26-32-38-58, Powerball 3) in the June 10 Powerball drawing!

The $447.8 million jackpot was the 7th largest jackpot in Powerball game history.

The winning ticket was purchased at Marietta Liquor & Deli, which is located at 27985 Bradley Road in Sun City (Riverside County). The lucky retailer will receive a $1 million retailer bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Three other tickets won $1 million in Saturday's drawing.
  $50,000 Powerball Ticket Unknowingly Carried Around for Two Months  
  When Dennis Shmigelsky brought a Missouri Lottery Powerball ticket to the Lottery's Kansas City regional office on June 2, he figured he had won $600.

"I get an envelope full of tickets, then I slip them in the (Check-A-Ticket) machine," said Shmigelsky. "They're mostly not a winner, until that one said 'Claim at Lottery.'"

Knowing that prizes of $600 or more need to be claimed at a Lottery office, Shmigelsky figured he had won $600, and he decided to wait to claim his prize until he had some extra time to spare.

"I substitute teach, and I finally got time (to claim) now that school's out," explained Shmigelsky. It wasn't until he claimed his prize that the Kansas City resident learned that he actually won a $50,000 prize. Shmigelsky used Quick Pick to match four of the five white ball numbers and the Powerball in the April 1 drawing - 9, 32, 36, 44 and 65 with a Powerball of 1 - to win his prize.

News of the larger prize came as a surprise to Shmigelsky, but plans for the $50,000 prize were already prepared.

"Well, my wife has a very good idea of what she wants to do with (the prize). She wants to throw my junk out and we move into a smaller place closer to our daughter and granddaughter so we can babysit. It's been her plan for quite a while," laughed Shmigelsky.

The winning ticket was purchased at QuikTrip, 8601 NW 45 Highway, in Parkville.
  Faithful Player Wins $50,000 in Maryland  
  A midweek $50,000 Powerball win gave John Gephardt of Baltimore plenty to smile about as the retiree claimed his prize at Maryland Lottery headquarters.

The 76-year-old is not only a loyal jackpot player, but he also follows a routine when buying his jackpot games. He usually visits the same Maryland Lottery retailer, which is Wise Avenue BP in Baltimore. The Baltimore County resident stopped at the gas station the day before his lucky May 24 drawing and invested $2 in a ticket.

"I am a faithful player," John said. "I play Powerball and Mega Millions each week. I play only one game and use the quick-pick method."

The lucky man matched four of the five numbers in the drawing plus the Power Ball. He was the only Marylander to do so and one of 21 players nationwide to win the $50,000 prize in the drawing.

John checked his ticket after the drawing and knew he'd won something. The big question was: How much had he won? He asked his friend Debbi Golamb for help.

"It wasn't until Ms. Golamb informed me I had won more than $100 that I truly believed I had won big," he said.

He plans to put his winnings into the bank for now. "I will save it until I really need it," he said. "One thing I will certainly do is continue to be a faithful player in the hopes I will be back here again to collect more winnings!"
   Indiana Roofer Claims $50,000 Powerball Prize  
  An Indiana man was still in shock more than two weeks after he realized he won $50,000 on Powerball.

Ronnie Rader visited Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis to claim his prize May 18. His winning ticket was from the May 6 drawing.

"I won on the 6th, and it's like, 'Let's put this on the back burner,'" Ronnie said.

A roofer by trade, Ronnie said the weather was too great for him to take a day off to come to claim his prize until May 18. His business partner, his brother, was the first person he told about the win.

Ronnie picked his own numbers, matching 4 of 5 numbers and the Powerball. He purchased the winning ticket from Mexico Marathon, 3963 N. Mexico Road in Mexico, Indiana. He's a regular at the store, and when he went in to check his ticket, they immediately asked if he was the $50,000 winner. Ronnie said store employees were excited for him.

Ronnie plans to put the money in the bank.
  12 Indiana Coworkers Split $50,000 Prize  
  Call it karma for a group of coworkers in southeastern Indiana who just won $50,000 on Powerball. While paying for the group's tickets, Wrenata Nelson gave cash back to the cashier.

It wasn't an act of charity. She handed him a $20 bill for her $12 worth of Powerball tickets. He gave her $18 in change.

"I said, 'You gave me too much money,'" she recalled while claiming the prize at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis.

The cashier thanked her for her honesty and made the correct change for her. The next day, Wrenata checked the tickets when she got into work and realized the lottery pool won $50,000.

Wrenata and her coworkers, a group of 12 people, play Powerball or Mega Millions twice a week. The entire office has been involved in the pool for about two years.

Jeff Price, one of the other coworkers splitting the prize, played a joke on his coworkers who start their day a little later. When they came in for the day, he sat them down to tell them he had news from the company he had to read to them. In a serious tone, he asked Wrenata to write "$50,000" on the dry-erase board. Quickly, the other employees caught on to what was going on.

After splitting the pot, each winner won $4,166 before taxes. Jeff plans to buy tires, and Wrenata plans to put the money toward a vacation to Jamaica she already had planned. It wasn't clear what the other 10 plan to do with their winnings. However, it was clear the group intends to keep their lottery pool going. They hope this is just the first exciting win they experience.

The winning ticket was sold by S&S Grocery in East Enterprise, Indiana. The winning ticket matched 4 of 5 numbers and the Powerball.
  Missouri Woman Scores $150,000 Powerball Prize with Numbers Ending in One  
  A series of numbers ending in one proved to be the correct combination for Rose Henggeler of Stanberry, Mo.

"I play Powerball every week. I buy my (Powerball) tickets for two plays and always play Power Play," said Henggeler. "I have four sets of numbers I like to play."

Henggeler won a $50,000 prize by using her own combination of lucky numbers to correctly match four of the five white ball numbers and the Powerball in the May 6 drawing, which were: 11, 21, 31, 41 and 59 with a Powerball of 21.

"I just decided one day to pick all the numbers that end in a one. I have a sister with a birthday on the 21st and a daughter with a birthday on the 21st, so I put that down as the Powerball," explained Henggeler.

When purchasing her ticket from Casey's General Store, 218 E. Fourth St. in Stanberry, Henggeler chose to include Power Play for an additional $1. The Power Play number drawn for the May 6 drawing was three, increasing her $50,000 prize to $150,000.

"I checked (the numbers) in the St. Joseph News Press on Sunday morning, and I thought, 'Well, they look like my numbers!' I thought I was dreaming and hadn't woken up," said Henggeler.

Outside of possibly re-shingling her home, Henggeler had no definitive plans for the $150,000 when claiming her prize on May 12.
  Kansas Man Plays Birthday Numbers and Wins $50,000 Powerball Prize  
  James "Bob" Dinger, 58, of Baxter Springs has been playing Powerball since the game was first offered in Kansas in 1992. His persistence paid off when he matched four white ball numbers and the Powerball in the May 6 drawing to win a $50,000 cash prize!

"I've been playing my own numbers for years and I always buy tickets at the same place," said Dinger. "The numbers I play are my wife's birthday, my kids' birthdays and my birthday. I also always buy a $12 ticket for three drawings."

When Dinger checked his Powerball ticket a few days after the May 6 drawing, he initially thought he had won $100.

"I stopped at the same store where I bought the ticket to have it checked," Dinger said. "At first, I thought I had won $100, but when the store clerk tried validating the ticket, she said she wasn't able to because it was worth more than they could pay out. Together, we figured out how much I had won and I was shocked. I went from thinking I had won $100 to actually winning $50,000! It took a while for that to soak in."

The lucky winner said he plans to continue playing the same winning Powerball numbers and hopes he'll get to return to the Kansas Lottery to claim another large prize.

"I've been very blessed all my life," said Dinger. "Hopefully, I'll be back again someday."

Dinger and his wife Mary, who have two grown children and two granddaughters, said they plan to pay off bills with their winnings as well as remodel their home and take a vacation to an island this fall since Mary loves sand.

The winning ticket was purchased at Pete's 45, located at 202 E. 12th St. in Baxter Springs, Kan.
  "Lucky 14" Claim $50,000 Powerball Prize in Minnesota  
  A group of 14 co-workers from the health information department at Northfield Hospital in Northfield, Minn. have a big reason to celebrate after winning a $50,000 Powerball prize.

"It's been 10 years of dreaming," said Michelle Duffney of Montgomery, who has been pooling her money with the group for a decade. The group now includes 14 people, some who have been around since the beginning, and others who have been a part of the group for less than one year.

Each member of the "Lucky 14" contributes $2 for the Powerball drawing on Saturdays.

It was Tammy Rezac's turn to purchase tickets for the April 22 drawing, but forgot all about it. The Northfield resident ended up purchasing tickets for the drawing on April 26 instead, which turned out to be an incredibly lucky mistake.

One of the group's quick-pick tickets matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball number to win $50,000.

It wasn't until May 11 when Rezac stopped at Casey's General Store, located at 521 W. Woodley, in Northfield that she discovered their big win.

"The sales lady asked if I purchased a Powerball ticket here a couple of weeks ago. I said, 'Why did you have a winner?'" She told Rezac about the $50,000 Powerball ticket they sold from April 26 that was still unclaimed.

"I thought to myself who on earth has a winning lottery ticket and doesn't even know it. Turns out, it was me!"

Rezac later called a meeting with the rest of the group members to share the good news. "All I can say was that there was a little profanity, but a lot of excitement," she said.

Laura Colton of Burnsville added, "We all texted our spouses saying, 'We won, but it's my money!'"

The Lucky 14 arrived at Lottery headquarters in Roseville on May 15 to claim their prize. Each group member claimed approximately $3,571 (before the required tax withholdings).

The ladies plan to use their winnings for upcoming vacations and to pay off bills.
  Power Play Pays Off Big for Iowa Man  
  A southern Iowa man won $250,000 in the May 13 Powerball drawing.

Grant Maxwell of Exline was just one number away from winning the $185.1 million jackpot.

Maxwell matched four white balls and the Powerball  to win a $50,000 prize, but since he purchased the Power Play option his prize multiplied by five.

The winning numbers in the May 13 drawing were: 17-20-32-63-68 and Powerball 19. The Power Play multiplier was 5.

Maxwell purchased his winning ticket at Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits, 414 N 18th St. in Centerville, Iowa.
  Nine Co-workers Claim $1 Million Powerball Prize in Kansas  
  A group of nine co-workers from Epiq Systems in Kansas City, Kan. won a $1 million Powerball prize from the May 13 drawing.

Five of the nine winners claimed the prize at Kansas Lottery headquarters in Topeka.

Cathy Wissing, who is in charge of collecting the money for the pool and buying the Powerball tickets, claimed the prize on the group's behalf.

"We've been playing Powerball together since May 5, 2016," said Wissing. "When the Powerball jackpot reaches $100 million, I send an email out to my co-workers to let them know I'll be collecting money to buy tickets. I always buy Quick Pick tickets at the same store. Then I take a photo of the tickets and send it by email to everyone who has participated."

Staci Werkowitch was the office pool member who had checked the Powerball tickets Sunday morning and discovered the group had won the $1 million cash prize. When she called Cathy Wissing with the good news, she said she could hardly speak she was so excited.

"When I got a hold of Cathy to tell her we had won, my voice was quivering and I was screaming," said Werkowitch.

Another member of the office pool, Dana Brooks, found out she had won part of the prize while she was at church Sunday morning.

"I sing in the church choir and after I was finished singing, I checked my phone and had several missed calls and text messages," said Brooks. "When I called Cathy back and she told me what we'd won, I couldn't believe it. I told her if she was lying I was going to slash her tires. It's been quite a roller coaster ride."

The lucky co-workers, who have dubbed themselves the EPIQ Financial Team, said they plan to continue the office pool.

The winning Powerball ticket was purchased at Green Light 838, located at 838 S. 7th St. in Kansas City, Kan. For selling the winning ticket, the store is eligible for a $1,000 selling bonus.
  Daughter's Dream Leads to Winning Powerball Ticket Worth $1 Million  
  A dream about Powerball numbers paid off big for an Indiana woman.

She won $1 million on a Powerball ticket from the May 6 drawing. Rebecca T. of Marion originally thought she won $100,000 and was shocked when her daughter called to tell her she'd actually won $1 million.

The winning ticket was purchased at Speedway, 1227 N. Wabash Road in Marion.

"I always said we would hit one day," Rebecca said while claiming her prize money at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis. "Can't believe it actually happened."

Rebecca's adult daughter had a dream in January of a Powerball ticket with the numbers 11-21-31-41-59 with Powerball 9. She has played the numbers a few times since the dream, and this time matched all numbers except the Powerball.

She plans to share the money with family and fulfill a longtime dream of building a tiny home.
  Missouri Accountant Wins $50,000 Powerball Prize  
  A Lawson, Mo. accountant added $50,000 to his balance sheet after matching four white ball numbers and the Powerball in the May 6 Powerball drawing.

According to the Missouri Lottery, Michael Ashenfelter, 75, has played the same set of numbers for many years.

The winning numbers in the May 6 drawing were 11, 21, 31, 41, 59, and Powerball 21. Ashenfelter had a unique way of picking his numbers.

"I wrote all the numbers on lima beans, put them in a coffee can, and pulled out my numbers," he said in all seriousness. "I've played those same numbers twice a week for seven years."

Ashenfelter bought his winning ticket at Judy's Place, 220 W. Sixth St., in Lawson.

"It's going into my retirement fund," he said, when asked about his plans for prize. "I was also planning a trip to California, and this will make it a lot easier."
  North Carolina Man 'finally wins some zeros' with $150,000 Powerball Prize  
  Gregory Errthum, 53, had a feeling the same special numbers he's played for thirty-two years were about to pay off.

"My lucky numbers of 11 and 21 kept hitting," said Errthum of Lincoln County. "I knew I was going to hit it soon. I just knew it."

And on May 6, that feeling turned out to be right.

"When I got to the store, they told me that I had won," said Errthum. "I asked them how much, and they said, 'You have to go to Raleigh,' so I called my son to figure it out for me!"

His son, Wesley, didn't think anything of the call at first. "He's been telling me my whole life that one day he was going to hit it big," said Wesley. "I thought it was silly."

But when Wesley started checking the numbers, he couldn't believe his dad's prediction had come true.

"My eyes just got bigger and bigger," said Wesley. "I said, 'Dad, you just won $150,000!'"

Errthum bought the winning $3 Power Play ticket at the Buffalo Shoals Hardware & Supermarket on Buffalo Shoals Road in Newton. The numbers matched four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. The prize tripled when the 3X multiplier was drawn for Power Play tickets.

"My dream is to live life a little more comfortably," said Errthum upon being presented with his big check. "I've been working long days my whole life, taking care of two children, three stepchildren, and grandchildren. It feels good to finally win some zeros."
  Teacher Wins $1 Million Powerball Prize in Nebraska  
  A Nebraska teacher is one of four Powerball players who won $1 million in the May 6 drawing.

According to the Nebraska Lottery, Melinda Rother has been purchasing tickets from the Casey's General Store on North Eddy Street in Grand Island for several years.

Her most-recent winning ticket matched all five white ball numbers in the May 6 drawing. Rother told Nebraska Lottery officials she was surprised when she learned she had won.

"I feel blessed every day when I get up," she said. "This was the extra icing on the cupcake."

Rother stated she has not made any definite plans for the prize yet, but said she would use the money to buy a new grill and help her sister pursue her degree as a Veterinary Technician. She also plans to share with her son as well as her niece and nephew. She and her husband's lifestyles will stay the same and she plans to continue to teach Sunday school at her church and volunteer at the Salvation Army.

"We're not really going to change anything," she said. "We're very blessed."

According to the Grand Island Independent, Rother will wrap up her teaching career when the school year ends May 25.
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