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  There were no jackpot winners Saturday, but 765,316 players across the nation won more than $11.8 Million in prizes in America's Game. Click here to see the winning numbers.  
     
  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 MOLottery.com.

"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 MichiganLottery.com.

"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.
 
     
  Firefighting Grandfather Celebrates $200,000 Win in Connecticut  
     
  A Connecticut man claimed a $200,000 Powerball prize from the April 26 drawing.

According to the Connecticut Lottery, Eric Munsell's winning numbers were a combination of his children's and grandchildren's birthdays.

Munsell, a full-time instructor at the CT Fire Academy, matched four numbers and the Powerball. He also purchased the Power Play option which multiplied his prize to $200,000.

Munsell told Connecticut Lottery officials about the moment he won, "So I ran some errands and got to the counter at Stop & Shop. The cashier said, 'I can't cash this one.' I said, 'Why?' I scanned [the ticket] a second time and it read $200,000! I figured it was a mistake. Of course there was a line of people behind me cheering! I made it out the door and immediately called my wife. She didn't believe me!"

When asked about his plans for the winnings, Munsell smiled and said, "Pretty much bills and a motorcycle for my son." With five children and eleven grandchildren, Munsell is excited to treat his family.

Munsell's winning ticket was sold at Henny Penny #20 located on 45 Great Neck Road in Waterford, Conn.
 
     
  Power Play Option Pays Off for South Dakota Winner  
     
  Melvin Lee Young has been playing Powerball since the game began in South Dakota.

According to the South Dakota Lottery, Young buys multiple plays, some using his own numbers, some by Quick Pick, and he usually spends the extra dollar to get the Power Play option. His routine finally paid off in the May 6 drawing.

Young matched four of the five white ball numbers and the Powerball to win the game's $50,000 prize. He also won an additional $4 on another play line on the same ticket. Since Allen purchased the Power Play option, the whole prize was tripled to $150,012 with the 3X multiplier.

Young purchased the winning ticket at the Fresh Start on Bennett Ave. in Martin, South Dakota.

Though he's only been a big Powerball winner for a few days, Young already has plans for his winnings and advice for those still trying for a big prize.

"My prayers have been answered," he said. "First, I'm going to pay some bills and then save some for this and that. All I can say to others playing is hang in there. The only way to win is to keep trying."
 
     
  West Virginia Couple Claims $1 Million Powerball Prize  
     
  Tim and Jo Varca of Shinnston are the latest West Virginians to win a $1 million prize playing Powerball. The couple was introduced by West Virginia Lottery Director Alan Larrick at a press conference at Lottery Headquarters on May 4.

"I put the ticket in my truck, actually the floor of my truck, and didnt check it until Sunday," said Varca. "I saw where I matched three and then four and then five, but I did not know how much that was worth. The whole time I was thinking it might be a $100, so I typed in the computer 'how much is a match 5 win' and I saw $1 million...and I turned white. I got her [Jo] out of bed, and she didn't believe me. Then we both went downstairs, and she turned white. We are still in shock, but it is a great feeling."

Varca's ticket was the only one in the country to match the first five numbers in the April 29 drawing.

The ticket was purchased at Go Mart #29 in Shinnston. The store will receive a $10,000 sales bonus for selling the winning ticket.

The couple said they have a good idea of what they are going to do with their winnings. "Well, we are going to pay a few bills, maybe take another European vacation, and probably invest the rest."
 
     
  South Dakota Man Claims $50,000 Powerball Prize  
     
  Chris Classen claimed a $50,000 Powerball prize at the Pierre Lottery office on April 19.

Classen matched four of the five white ball numbers and the Powerball in the April 12 drawing.

Classen purhcased his winning ticket at Cowboy Country Store #6 on N. Euclid in Pierre.

The store will recieve a $1,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

While Classen knew a $50,000 winning ticket had been sold there, he wasn't aware that it was his ticket until he arrived at the lottery office.

A quick check of his ticket at the convenience store resulted in a "Must claim at Lottery office' message, meaning the prize was over $100.

Classen was excited to learn from the validation clerk that it was substantially higher than he'd first thought.
 
  U.S. Air Force Veteran Wins $100,000 Powerball Prize  
     
  A $100,000 Powerball win has a U.S. Air Force veteran flying sky high with happiness over the prize she describes as "life changing."

According to the Maryland Lottery, the mother of one has budgeted $20 a week to play Powerball and Mega Millions in hopes of someday finding a big win.

"I've been playing for seven years and I just knew it was going to pay off at some point," said the government information technology worker.

On April 17, she came across her $3 Powerball ticket with Power Play from the April 8 drawing.

The 37-year-old checked the numbers and thought she won $100, then checked them again and saw her prize was $100,000.

"Oh my gosh, oh my gosh," she remembers exclaiming to herself. "I couldn't believe it!"
 
     
  $2 Million Powerball Winner Claims Prize in Iowa  
     
  The winner of a $2 million Powerball prize that was sitting unclaimed in Iowa for 9 months has come forward.

Jeff Wolf of Iowa City said he had known since shortly after the July 16 drawing that he had won a big prize, but he took his time in claiming the winnings while he thought through what to do with the money.

"I'm going to invest it," he said as he claimed his prize at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive.

Wolf said he happened to drive by the convenience store as the lottery held a news conference there in August about the unclaimed prize.

Wolf bought his $2 million-winning ticket at the Hawkeye Convenience Store, 2330 Wiley Blvd. SW in Cedar Rapids.

He initially matched the first five numbers but missed the Powerball to win a $1 million prize in the July 16 drawing. But he also had added the Power Play option to the purchase, which multiplied his prize to $2 million. Wolf said he always adds the Power Play option to his tickets "just in case."

"It's just in case this would happen, and it did!" he said.
 
  Quick Pick Ticket Wins $50,000 in Minnesota  
     
  A quick pick ticket sold in Minnesota won $50,000 in the April 15 Powerball drawing.

According to the Minnesota Lottery, Walter "Sam" Neumann's ticket matched four white ball numbers and the Powerball to win the $50,000 prize.

"My attitude is that I'm more surprised when I don't win than when I do win," said Neumann.

"People tease him that he has a horseshoe because he's so lucky," added his wife, Carol Neumann.

Neumann purchased the winning ticket from Clear Lake Amoco on Front St. in Clear Lake, Minn.
 
     
  Trip to Pharmacy Leads to Powerball Win in Missouri  
     
  A Missouri man claimed a $50,000 Powerball prize.

According to the Missouri Lottery, Fred Wilson, 70, purchased a Powerball ticket while he was picking up a prescription for his wife.

The ticket matched four white ball numbers and the Powerball in the April 8 drawing.

"She was checking the ticket and her jaw just dropped. Then she looked up at me kind of funny," explained Wilson. "I thought I'd done something wrong."

The retired General Motors worker from Kansas City purchased the winning ticket at the Hy-Vee on E. 350 Highway in Raytown.

Wilson said most of the winnings will probably go in a certificate of deposit.

"I also have my eye on a new metal detector," chuckled Wilson.
 
     
  North Carolina Woman Wins $50,000 in April 1 Drawing  
  It's no joke, a North Carolina woman won $50,000 on April Fool's Day after she decided to get a Powerball ticket while she was getting gas.

Suzanne Hanlin of Millers Creek bought the lucky ticket at the Murphy Express on U.S. 421 in Wilkesboro using Play at the Pump.

She beat the odds of 1 in 913,129 to win the prize in the April 1 drawing. She matched four of the five white balls and the red Powerball.

Hanlin runs a senior center in Wilkes. She was on her way to Miami when her husband told her the ticket was a winner.

She plans to use some of the money to get new patio furniture and have a big BBQ.
 
     
  Powerball Ticket Sold in Arizona Wins Jackpot in April 1 Drawing  
     
  A Powerball ticket sold in Arizona won the jackpot in the April 1 drawing.

The Grand Prize was worth a guaranteed $60 million; $36.4 million dollars.

The winning numbers in the drawing were 9-32-36-44-65 and Powerball 1.

There was also a $1 million dollar winner in Florida in the April 1 drawing.
 
     
  Minnesota Man Claims $1 Million Powerball Prize  
     
  A Minnesota man claimed a $1 million Powerball prize from the March 18 drawing.

According to the Minnesota Lottery, Greg Anderson of Hermantown purchased a couple of Powerball tickets on his way out of town for a week-long work trip.

It wasn't until a week later that Anderson discovered he had a winning Powerball ticket in his wallet.

"It was hard not to smile," said Anderson. "Being able to retire comfortably is going to be a good feeling."

Anderson's ticket matched the first five numbers in the March 18 drawing.

He purchased the winning ticket at the Holiday Station Store on Grand Avenue in Duluth, Minn.

The store will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the ticket.
 
  Maryland Mom Wins $50,000 Playing Birth Dates  
     
  A Maryland mom won a $50,000 Powerball prize in the March 22 drawing.

According to the Maryland Lottery, Maya Haddad of Rockville routinely plays Powerball with her husband.

"I've been only playing these sets of numbers for about three months," said Haddad. "This is such a blessing that I won, especially with these numbers. These numbers are special because they are a combination of the birth dates of my son, my husband and myself."

Haddad said she plans to put most of the prize money into her 2-year-old's college fund.

"We would also like to use a small portion of the money for a preplanned trip to Florida that we're going on in a few weeks," said Haddad.
 
     
  Powerball Ticket Sold in Wisconsin Wins Jackpot in March 22 Drawing  
     
  A Powerball ticket sold in Wisconsin won the jackpot in the March 22 drawing.

According to the Wisconsin Lottery, the ticket was sold at the Corner Pump on 1194 W. Capitol Drive in Pewaukee.

The ticket matched all five numbers and the Powerball in the March 22 drawing. The winning numbers are 2, 9, 27, 29, 42 and Powerball 9.

There were also two Match 5-winning tickets in New York and South Carolina that each won $1 million in the March 22 drawing.
 
     
  Massachusetts Man Wins $1 Million Playing Powerball  
     
  A Massachusetts man claimed a $1 million Powerball prize from the Massachusetts State Lottery's Braintree headquarters on March 21.

According to the Massachusetts State Lottery, Joseph Neary of Revere matched the first five numbers on his Powerball ticket in the Feb. 22, 2017 drawing.

Neary purchased his winning ticket at Fernandes Mini Mart at 339 Great Plain Avenue in Needham, Mass.

The store will receive a $10,000 bonus for the sale. Massachusetts had a second Match 5 winner in the February 22 drawing.

Effie Ann Lee of Weymouth claimed her $1 million prize on March 1.
 
     
  South Dakota Man Claims $50,000 Powerball Prize  
   
Chris Olson claimed a $50,000 Powerball prize at the Rapid City Lottery office on March 21, 2017.

 Olson of Whitewood matched four balls and the Powerball in the March 18 drawing.

 Olson purchased his winning ticket at WWP, Inc. on Laurel Street in Whitewood.

 The store will receive a $1,000 bonus for the sale.
 
     
  Iowa Man Clains $2 Million Powerball Prize on St. Patrick's Day  
                                                                                                         
 An Iowa man with Irish heritage claimed a $2 million Powerball Prize at Iowa Lottery Headquarters on St. Patrick's Day.

 Karl Krumbholz of Cedar Rapids was the only $2 million winner in the March 15 drawing.

 "My mom passed away a year and half ago. We've been joking about it; now the Cubs have won the World Series and I've won the lottery," said Krumbholz.

 Krumbholz bought his winning ticket at Smokin' Joe's tobacco shop, 465 S. Iowa Highway 965 in North Liberty, which is one of his regular stops during the lunch hour.
  
 When he stopped back at the store, the staff already knew their location had sold a $2 million-winning ticket and immediately told him to check his ticket.

 "And I'm thinking, 'No, not really,'" said Krumbholz. "She told me to sign it and I signed it. And she ran it through the machine and it came up as $2,000,012!"

 Krumbholz had multiple plays on his ticket and in addition to his $2 million winner, he also had a $12 winner.

 Krumbholz told the Iowa Lottery he immediately called his dad and girlfriend to share the news. Then he went back to work, where he didn't try to keep things quiet.

 "I told everybody," he said with a laugh. "I told my boss and he said, 'Well, I assume you'll be gone tomorrow.'"

 Krumbholz said he plans to use part of his winnings to pay off his home mortgage and will put the rest of the money away for retirement.
 
     
  Purdue Graduate is Latest Jackpot Winner in Indiana
     
  A Purdue graduate in Indiana has claimed the estimated $435.3 million jackpot from the Feb. 22 Powerball drawing.

According to the Hoosier Lottery, the ticket holder claimed the prize as Bohemian Financial, LLC on March 10, 2017.

The following Monday, Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Sarah Taylor presented a celebratory check to a spokesperson for the winner.

The winner wishes to remain anonymous, so he worked with lawyers to setup a limited liability company to receive the lottery funds and preserve his privacy.

"We can tell you he is a Purdue grad who works at a Lafayette manufacturing plant," said Jennifer Dzwonar, a spokesperson for the winner.

"Once he saw the numbers matched, he couldn't sleep. He tried calling his brother later that morning, but he didn't answer. He then called his dad, who joked, 'I thought you were calling to say that you won the lottery?' to which the winner replied, 'Maybe I did!'"

The winner had the choice to take payment of the estimated $435.3 million as a 30-year annuity or in a one-time lump sum payment.

The winner chose the lump-sum cash option of $263.5 million (before taxes). According to the Hoosier Lottery, the final payout will be $189.1 million after taxes.
 
     
   Navy Veteran Wins $50,000 Playing Powerball in Iowa

  A Navy veteran visiting his friend in Iowa won $50,000 playing Powerball, according to the Iowa Lottery.

  Corey Hecht of St. Could, Minn. matched four of the first five numbers and the Powerball in the March 8 drawing.

  Hecht, 39, bought his winning ticket from the Casey's at 1510 Sunset Drive in Norwalk. He returned to the store to have his ticket verified after he checked it online.

  "I'm like, 'Wow! I better check this out,' and I'm thinking maybe $20 or something," Hecht told Iowa Lottery employees when he claimed his prize. "Then the lady at the gas station is like, 'Do you know you won $50,000?'"

  Hecht is currently enrolled in school to advance his career in construction management.

  He told the Iowa Lottery he doesn't have a plan for his winnings yet.
 
     
  Seven $50,000 Powerball Prizes Claimed in Indiana  
     
  There have been seven $50,000 prize claims in Indiana since Feb. 7, according to the Hoosier Lottery.

Several of the $50,000 Powerball winners were initially in disbelief when they won, including Robert Radonna. "I didn't know what to think," said Radonna who plans to purchase a used car and pay off bills.

Carolyn Allford chose the numbers on her winning ticket based on the birthdates of her three children. The retired bank compliance office plans to give some money to her children and hold onto the rest.

A small group of iron workers from Northwest Indiana are also among the winners. The group plays Hoosier Lottery draw games twice per week.

Courtney Hawkins claimed her $50,000 prize along with her husband and two children, ages 3 and 4.

James Hartson bought his Powerball ticket, because of the large jackpot amount.

Coworkers Kevin McCarroll and Jacob Penner play Powerball together when the jackpot gets high. It was McCarroll's turn to buy the duo's tickets when he ran into traffic. He took an alternate route and stopped at a Hoosier Lottery retailer. The ticket he purchased turned into a $50,000 winner. Both men plan to use the money for bills and child care.
 
     
 
   
 
   
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