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  There were no jackpot winners Saturday, but 575,895 players across the nation won more than $4.8 Million in prizes in America's Game. Click here to see the winning numbers.  
   
  Apr 16: Jackpot increases to $110 Million; Rolling to $128 Million
The Wednesday, April 16th jackpot increased to an estimated $110 million and will be rolling to $128 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 34 39 42 44 59, Powerball: 08, Power Play 3. There were two tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. They were from GA & MA. There were no tickets that added the Power Play to win $2 million. There were 531,972 tickets that won nearly $5.6 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
   
 
SW IOWA WOMAN PLAYS FAMILY BIRTHDAYS AS POWERBALL® NUMBERS, WINS $30,000 PRIZE
A southwest Iowa woman played her family's birth dates in a recent Powerball drawing and ended up winning a big prize.

Meri Kernen of Villisca matched four white balls and the Powerball in the Feb. 15 drawing to win a $10,000 prize. And since she added the Power Play® option to her ticket for an extra dollar, her prize multiplied to $30,000.

Kernen said she is an occasional Powerball player and the $330.8 million jackpot for the Feb. 15 drawing prompted her to buy a ticket Feb. 14 at Villisca Foods, 509 S. Third Ave. in Villisca.

"Both my daughters' birthdays and my oldest grandson's birthday were all that week and it just seemed to be the thing to do," Kernen said. "Something just kind of told me I ought to do that."

The 63-year-old said she didn't realize she had won until she returned to Villisca Foods a week later to buy some milk for mother. She used a self-scanner at the store to check her ticket and couldn't believe what she saw.

"I looked down and thought, 'Good grief, how many zeroes is that?'" Kernen said. Kernen said she asked a store clerk if what she saw was correct.

"I wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry or jump up and down, or a little of each," she said.

Kernen said she was going to Council Bluffs on a shopping trip with one of her daughters last week and decided to stop in the lottery's regional office to claim her prize.

"I wasn't in any big hurry to have it in my pocket, but (I've) been deciding what to do with it," Kernen told lottery employees April 8 as she claimed her prize.

Kernen, who is semi-retired, said her money will be used to pay bills and help with retirement.
   
  Apr 12: Jackpot grows to $91.9 Million; Rolling to $110 Million
The Saturday, April 12th jackpot grew to an estimated $91.9 million and will be rolling to $110 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 14 26 45 54 55, Powerball: 20, Power Play 2. There was one Match 5 ticket from the State of California. There were no tickets that added the Power Play to win $2 million. There were 484,567 tickets that won nearly $3.9 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
   
 
POWERBALL® WIN PROVIDES BOOST FOR SOUTHERN IOWA MAN'S UPCOMING RETIREMENT
A southern Iowa man said he expected to hear that he didn't win a prize when he checked his Powerball ticket at his local lottery retailer, but he ended up winning $50,000.

Terry Newcomb of Russell said he has followed the same Powerball routine since the game's inception in 1992. He buys a ticket the day of each Powerball drawing at Chariton BP, 107 E. Grace Ave. in Chariton, and has his tickets checked there the following day.

"After the drawing I take it in and have the girl at the local BP station check it for me. I give them a chance to call me a loser and this time they didn't," Newcomb said.

Newcomb matched four white balls and the Powerball in the April 5 drawing to win a $10,000 prize. And since he added the Power Play® option to his ticket for an extra dollar, his prize multiplied to $50,000.

Newcomb said the clerk handed him a receipt that said he won $50,000, but he still didn't believe it.

"I'm normally happy if I win enough money to buy more tickets," Newcomb told lottery employees Monday as he claimed his prize at the lottery's headquarters in Des Moines. "When she handed me the ticket that said $50,000 – there's no way I could believe that was for real."

The clerk assured Newcomb that he had a winning ticket and the store's employees started celebrating with him.

"They were as excited as I was, so it was really interesting to see their reaction because I've never known anyone that has won this kind of money before, so it's quite an experience," Newcomb said.

Newcomb said his lottery win comes at a great time because he is scheduled to retire from Route 65 Harley-Davidson® in Indianola next month.

"Everybody is congratulating me and they all think it's great because this will give me a little boost for my retirement," he said.
   
  Apr 9: Jackpot at $80 Million; Rolling to $94 Million
The Wednesday, April 9th jackpot was at its guaranteed $80 million and will be rolling to $94 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 09 14 44 48 49, Powerball: 29, Power Play 2. There were two tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. They were from LA and NY. There were no tickets that added the Power Play to win $2 million. There were 434,163 tickets that won nearly $4.7 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
   
 
Albuquerque Man Wins $2 Million New Mexico Lottery Prize
Robert Swartwood of Albuquerque claimed a $2 million Powerball® prize from the New Mexico Lottery yesterday.

Swartwood was lucky twice.

First, his quick-pick ticket for Saturday's drawing matched the white ball numbers of 11, 21, 26, 33 and 34 to win $1 million.

In a second-lucky strike, Swartwood doubled his prize to $2 million by adding the $1 Power Play® feature to his ticket. Power Play multiplies non-jackpot prizes.

Swartwood said he plays Powerball whether the jackpot is up or down.

"I don't really care what the jackpot is," Swartwood said. "Sure, I would love to get it, but I aim for the second-place prize."

After comparing his ticket numbers to the winning numbers published in the Albuquerque Journal, the newly minted millionaire worked in his yard and finished reading a few chapters in a book on Civil War history.

Swartwood said he plans to share his prize with his large extended family and invest in his engineering business.

Swartwood bought his lucky ticket at Duke City Fueling located at 4000 Carlisle Blvd. NE in Albuquerque. For selling the $2 million-winning ticket, the store is eligible for a $2,500 New Mexico Lottery bonus.
   
 
Bronx man wins $1 million in Powerball
Luis Arcangel from Bronx, NY is the winner of a $1 million prize in the multi-state Powerball game's drawing held Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Arcangel claimed his $1 million (less taxes) at the Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters in Braintree, MA on Monday, March 24. He intends to use his winnings to provide assistance to his family in the Dominican Republic.

Arcangel played his winning numbers at the Rainbow Food Shop located at 3201 Washington St. in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston, MA. The store will receive a $10,000 commission on the sale.
   
  Apr 5: Jackpot at $70 Million; Rolling to $80 Million, 5 more millionaires; for a total of 1,088
The Saturday, April 5th jackpot was at its guaranteed $70 million and will be rolling to $80 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 11 21 26 33 34, Powerball: 29, Power Play 5. There were four tickets that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. They were from AR, NY, OR, and TX. There was one ticket that added the Power Play to win $2 million. It was from the State of NM. There were 466,200 tickets that won over $10.2 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
   
 
WINNER CLAIMS $425.3 MILLION POWERBALL® TICKET SOLD IN MILPITAS!
After waiting nearly a month and a half, we finally have a winner! No, this isn't an April Fools' Day joke, but B. Raymond Buxton does have quite the sense of humor. He purposely chose today, April 1st, to come forward and claim his massive $425.3 million Powerball jackpot prize and he did it while wearing a shirt that featured a picture of Yoda and read "Luck of the Jedi I have." Buxton claimed his prize at the California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento and took a little time to share some of his story.

The Northern California retiree can thank his stomach for the big win. He was getting lunch at Subway, which is located inside the convenience store at Dixon Landing Chevron in Milpitas, when he decided to buy another ticket – yes, another ticket. Buxton already had a ticket for the February 19th draw, but the jackpot was so large he decided to test his luck again. This time, he bought a single Quick Pick® ticket and that $2 investment turned into $425 million.

"'Unbelievable!' is all I could muster," Buxton said as he described the moment he found out he hit the jackpot. "I sat in front of the computer for hours in disbelief, frequently checking and rechecking the numbers across multiple sources. Once the initial shock passed I couldn't sleep for days."

He couldn't sleep and he apparently didn't talk! When asked who the first person he told about the jackpot, Buxton replied, "Nobody, sitting on a ticket of this value was very scary. It's amazing how a little slip of paper can change your life."

Buxton took his time coming forward because he wanted to do things by the book, literally. "While validating the numbers at the CA Lottery website, I came across the Winner's Handbook and started to put a plan in motion." He started doing his research and said, "It took over a week to solidify legal and financial representation." With a team in place, Buxton claimed his prize and elected to take the cash option, which is an estimated lump sum amount of $242.2 million before federal taxes.

Now that the hard part is over, Buxton will use some of his winnings to travel. He also plans to give back in a big way. "I'm going to enjoy my new job setting up a charitable foundation focused on areas of pediatric health, child hunger and education."
   
 
Albuquerque Man Wins $10,000 Powerball® Prize
Jesus Salcido of Albuquerque, pictured with his wife, Socorro, won $10,000 in the March 29 Powerball® drawing.

Playing numbers he selected, Salcido matched the four white balls of 2, 12, 27, 38 and the red Powerball of 17. The winner bought his lucky ticket at the Country Club Market located at 1002 Coal Ave. SW in Albuquerque.

Salcido told New Mexico Lottery officials that he planned to use his prize to make home improvements.
   
  Apr 2: Jackpot at $60 Million; Rolling to $70 Million
The Wednesday, April 2nd jackpot was at its guaranteed $60 million and will be rolling to $70 Million for the next draw. The winning numbers: White Balls: 08 13 19 22 53, Powerball: 24, Power Play 2. There was one ticket that won the $1 Million Match 5 prize. It was from the State of MI. There were no tickets that added the Power Play to win $2 million. There were 412,297 tickets that won nearly $3.7 million in cash prizes. Detailed winning information can be found here.
   
 
West Virginia Woman Wins $1 Million Playing Powerball
West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave introduced Katie Ivers of Pullman as the latest person from West Virginia to claim a prize of $1 million from the Powerball® game.

Ivers is the sixth person from West Virginia to win a prize of $1 million or more by matching five numbers from the multi-state lottery games of Powerball and Mega Millions in just the last four months.

She purchased the lucky ticket at the Route 16 Fuel Center in Ellenboro, which is a store owned by DeFazio Oil, and she selected her own numbers.

"I play the lottery from time to time, but I usually auto pick my numbers, but this time was different," Ivers said. "I have an atomic clock that has been malfunctioning and skipping dates and just acting up and about a month ago I decided to copy down the numbers on the display and those are the numbers I used Saturday."

Ivers said she is considering may be taking a vacation with her daughter and grandson in the future and plans to take care of her family's needs with her winnings.
   
 
St. Charles Couple Claims $96.5 Million Powerball Jackpot
A St. Charles man and his wife are living the dream that they "never in a gazillion years" expected to have, after they discovered their Powerball ticket from March 22 was worth $96.5 million. John Brands said he checked his Missouri Lottery tickets with the numbers on the Lottery's website the morning after the drawing, before heading out to play golf. When all six numbers matched, he went to wake his wife, Susan.

"I thought the house was on fire," she said. "I thought he was messing with me."

After showing her the ticket and the website, the pair said they "walked around the house shell-shocked."

"I almost fell over," Susan said remembering the moment she saw all six numbers.

John, a civil engineer, has already quit his job, but Susan, a student studying web design, plans to finish out the semester. John is originally from Portageville, and Susan grew up in Wichita, Kan. Both the Brands are 49-years-old.

As for spending their windfall, the Brands said they plan to "treat themselves to some decent cars," since the cars they currently drive are eight and 10 years old. They also plan to travel, including a trip to New Zealand.

"We're nerds," Susan joked, as she explained they are also movie buffs. "That's where 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' were filmed."

The Brands also said they plan to spend time doing the things they always wanted to do, but didn't have time, such as learning new languages, going to culinary school to learn cooking techniques and for John, taking guitar lessons.

"We are just so humbled by this experience," Susan added. "John and I both feel very blessed and grateful to have this happen to us."

John also mentioned he would also love to buy some farm land.

"Like the line from the movie 'O Brother, Where Art Thou,' 'You ain't no kind of man, if you ain't got land,'" he quipped.

John Brands purchased the winning ticket at Bridgeton Mobil. He let the computer select the winning combination, which was: 13, 28, 31, 55, 58, and the Powerball was 15.

Bridgeton Mobil will receive a bonus of $50,000 for selling the winning jackpot ticket.
   
 
Newest millionaires in the Northeast Kingdom!
Vermont Lottery officials announced today that the owners of the $1,000,000 Powerball ticket, sold at Currier's Quality Market in Glover Vermont, claimed their winnings today. The winning ticket, which was a Quick Pick, matched five out of five numbers, not including the Powerball. Wednesday's winning numbers were 28, 33, 41, 44, 59; the Powerball was 21 with the PowerPlay multiplier 02. The Powerball jackpot was not hit Wednesday, allowing the Powerball jackpot to roll to an estimated $50,000,000 for this Saturday's, March 29th drawing.

The young couple discovered their good fortune early Thursday morning as they checked the winning numbers on the Vermont Lottery website, vtlottery.com. After double checking numerous times, they got dressed and went down to Currier's where they regularly purchase their tickets.

Jeff Currier, whose father James owns the store, said the winner was "knocking on their door at 5:30" this morning. Currier's Quality Market is one of the original Vermont lottery agents from when the lottery started back in 1978. The winners have no immediate plans for their new found wealth but have been loyal Powerball® and Megabucks® players for years.
   
 
Caldwell Man Finds $1,000,000 Winning Powerball Ticket on Coffee Table
For eleven years, Harvey J. Costlow of Nampa has been visiting the Stinker Store on the corner of Ustick and Cleveland in Caldwell to buy his Lottery tickets. On February 12, 2014, during a big Powerball jackpot run, Costlow visited his regular store, picked up his cigarettes and got a few Powerball tickets. That night, his ticket won $1,000,000 but Costlow was unaware he was holding the big winner.

"I keep the tickets on a coffee table I have in the garage," admitted Costlow. "They've been sitting there since February. I knew I needed to check them, but just hadn't gotten to it."

Late on Tuesday afternoon, Costlow took those tickets that had been lying around back to the Stinker Store to be checked.

"When they scanned it, the machine made a different sound than usual and they told me I was the big winner they'd been looking for!" exclaimed Costlow, a retired law enforcement officer. "I went home and told my wife. She didn't believe me. But then said it was good she hadn't cleaned up my coffee table and threw my tickets away!"

On Wednesday, Costlow visited the Idaho Lottery offices in Boise to claim his $1,000,000 prize. He and his wife are evaluating their options for their winnings. For their part in selling the winning ticket, Stinker Stores receives a bonus from the Idaho Lottery of $20,000.

"We're already millionaires," added Virginia, Costlow's wife of 53 years. "We've been blessed with a great life."

"Besides, somebody has to win, but if you don't play, you can't win," said Costlow.
   
 
Sistersville Woman Wins $2 Million Playing Powerball
West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave introduced Beverly Swartzmiller of Sistersville as the state's latest Powerball match-five winner at a press conference in Charleston today.

Swartzmiller, who was accompanied by her husband Herb at the press conference, purchased her lucky ticket at the ParMar 10 in Sistersville.

"I couldn't believe it," Swartzmiller said. "I do not play the lottery regularly and I almost didn't buy any tickets this time. I had gone out to get a pizza and as I passed the ParMar it was crowded and decided at first not to get one, however I changed my mind. I parked down the street and I went in and got five tickets with the Powerplay option. I am glad I did."

West Virginia's newest millionaire also has plans for her winnings.

"I have children and grandchildren that we can help a little with this, and of course our church," she said.
   
 
Springfield man wins a cool $1 million playing Powerball
For about 11 days, Robert Manning was sitting on a million dollars. That's not a figure of speech. He had a Powerball ticket worth $1 million in his wallet, and he didn't know it!

When he finally decided to clean out his wallet ("It was getting too fat," he said), he came across about a dozen Powerball tickets. When he checked the numbers, he discovered one of his tickets matched the first five numbers to win $1 million.

"It feels crazy," he said as he presented his winning ticket to Virginia Lottery officials. "It feels like there's nine million things going through my mind.

He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven at 6221 Rolling Road in Springfield for the March 5 drawing. The winning numbers were 3-7-9-26-54, and the Powerball number was 19. Had the ticket matched that final number, the Powerball number, it would have won the $40 million jackpot.

The federal employee said he has one child in college and another planning to go to college next year, so the win comes at a good time.
   
 
 
 
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