Four Virginia Mega Millions tickets win $10,000, jackpot expected to grow to $1.025 billion
Virginians were itching to have their numbers drawn for the Mega Millions jackpot yesterday, and while no one in the entire country matched all of the winning numbers, there were plenty of people that won prizes. And since no one matched all of the numbers, the jackpot will continue to grow.
4 people in Michigan won January $1.05B Mega Millions prize
In this Feb. 26, 2021, photo provided by the Michigan Lottery, attorney Kurt Panouses poses with a check on behalf of the winners of a Mega Millions lottery jackpot in Lansing, Mich. Four people in a suburban Detroit lottery club have won a $1.05 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot and will share $557 million after taxes. (Michigan Lottery via AP)DETROIT – A four-member suburban Detroit lottery club won a $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot and will receive $557 million after taxes, officials said Friday. After taxes, the $776 million payment was reduced to about $557 million, the Michigan Lottery said. The $1.05 billion jackpot was the largest in Michigan Lottery history and the third-largest in the United States. Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Man hits 2 deer with new car, then he hits $2M in lottery
The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has grown to $1 billion ahead of Friday night's drawing after more than four months without a winner. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)LELAND, N.C. – An unlucky start to a North Carolina man’s day turned upside down when he discovered he won a $2 million lottery prize hours after hitting two deer with his new car. Anthony Dowe, of Leland, had an accident on his way to work, the North Carolina Education Lottery said in a statement Tuesday. “I’m like, ‘Wow!’ It was just crazy.”His winning Mega Millions ticket matched all five white balls. On Monday, he claimed his prize at the lottery headquarters in Raleigh and took home about $1.4 million after taxes.
$1 billion Mega Millions jackpot has a winner
MICHIGAN – There’s winning and then there’s winning big. Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot was one the most valuable lottery jackpots ever, according to organizers. The largest single jackpot winner hit the Mega Millions numbers for $1.537 billion in late 2018. The Mega Millions jackpot has been climbing in value since September, when it was reset to $20 million after a $120 million win. This was the longest stretch with no winner in the history of the game, Mega Millions officials said in a statement.
Michigan Mega Millions ticket wins $1.05 billion jackpot
The jackpot for the Mega Millions lottery game has grown to $1 billion ahead of Friday night's drawing after more than four months without a winner. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)DES MOINES, Iowa – Someone in Michigan bought the winning ticket for the $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot, which is the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The winning ticket was purchased at a Kroger store in the Detroit suburb of Novi, the Michigan Lottery said. The Mega Millions top prize had been growing since Sept. 15, when a winning ticket was sold in Wisconsin. Three tickets for a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot were sold in January 2016, and one winning ticket sold for a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018.
$1B Mega Millions prize a result of long odds, slow sales
Blank forms for the Mega Millions lottery sit in a bin at a local grocery store, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. It’s only the third time a lottery jackpot has grown so large, but much has changed since the last time such a big prize was up for grabs in 2018. After a peak in October 2018, Medenica said sales of the big lottery games dropped about 50%, prompting talk among lottery officials about jackpot fatigue. Sales of Mega Millions and Powerball continued to decline after the virus hit along with other lottery games, but while scratch tickets and other instant games rebounded strongly later in the year, national game sales remained moribund. It’s hard to fathom how unlikely it is to beat odds of one in 292.2 million for Powerball or one in 302.5 million for Mega Millions.
Hard-luck Maryland town gets a $731.1 million Powerball win
Blank forms for the Powerball lottery sit in a bin at a local grocery store, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. The store will get a $100,000 bonus for selling the ticket to the fifth-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. Just who will collect the Powerball prize may never be known: Maryland is one of the states that allow winners to remain anonymous. The Powerball jackpot came only a day after nobody won the $970 million Mega Millions prize, the third-largest prize in U.S. history. Most winners opt for cash prizes, which for Mega Millions would be $716.3 million and $546.8 million for Wednesday's Powerball.
Mega Millions jackpot now $865M; Powerball up to $730M
The Mega Millions top prize climbed to an estimated $865 million, the biggest jackpot in more than two years. The winning number’s in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing were: 10-19-26-28-50 and a Mega Ball of 16. No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since Sept. 15, allowing the prize to grow larger and larger over four months. Winners almost always opt for cash prizes, which for Mega Millions would be $638.8 million and $546 million for Powerball. Mega Millions and Powerball are both played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Better Business Bureau issues warning after New River Valley man loses $1,600 to lottery scam
The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Virginia warns this is a time scammers take advantage of with lottery and sweepstakes scams. Lottery and sweepstakes scams have been around for years. Wheeler said people let their guard down they hear scam artists use well-known names like Publishers Clearing House for a sweepstakes win, sometimes they even use BBB to create credibility. It should be noted the real Publishers Clearing House is BBB accredited. Bradford paid a total of $1,600 in four pre-paid visa gift cards.
As Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots surge, here’s what to know if you bought a ticket
Mega Millions is now $750 million while Powerball grew to $640 million. One local statistics professor said even though the prize pool gets bigger, your odds of winning stay the same. And then there’s something many have thought about: What do you do if you actually win the lottery? You’ll want to keep the ticket in a secure location as you talk with legal and financial professionals to get advice. You take 6 months to plan a wedding, and you certainly should take 6 months to plan for intergenerational wealth,” said Virginia Tech Professor of Practice in the Department of Finance, Derek Klock.
Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots grow to combined $1.39B
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, a customer shows off a Mega Millions lottery ticket after purchasing it, in Orlando, Fla. The next drawing for Mega Millions is Friday night, when a $750 million prize will be up for grabs. The next Mega Millions drawing is Friday night, when an estimated $750 million prize will be up for grabs. The drawing for an estimated $640 million Powerball jackpot will be Saturday night. Your odds of winning either jackpot is exceedingly small, at 1 in 292.2 million for Powerball and 1 in 302.5 million for Mega Millions.
Powerball jackpot hits $640M as Mega Millions grows to $750M
A billboard advertises the jackpots of the Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries, in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Numbers for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing were: 4-19-23-25-49 and a Powerball of 14. The Powerball prize drawing was only a day after no one won a $625 million Mega Millions jackpot, causing that prize to grow to $750 million ahead of the next drawing on Friday night. The Mega Millions prize is now the fifth-largest in U.S. history. Mega Millions and Powerball are both played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Powerball jackpot hits $550M as Mega Millions grows to $750M
A billboard advertises the jackpots of the Powerball and Mega Millions lotteries, in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Winning numbers for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing were: 4-19-23-25-49 and a Powerball of 14. The Powerball prize drawing comes only a day after no one won a $625 million Mega Millions jackpot, causing that prize to grow to $750 million ahead the next drawing on Friday night. The Mega Millions prize is now the fifth-largest in U.S. history. Mega Millions and Powerball are both played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mega Millions $625M jackpot largest in nearly 2 years
The Mega Millions $625 million jackpot is the largest lottery prize in nearly two years. The winning numbers in Tuesday night’s drawing of the Mega Millions game were: 12-14-26-28-33, Mega Ball: 09. Nearly all jackpot winners actually take the cash option, which would be an estimated $458.8 million for Mega Millions and $411.4 million for Powerball. They're even steeper for Mega Millions, at one in 302.5 million. Mega Millions and Powerball are both played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
No more puny prizes: Mega Millions, Powerball jackpots soar
A digital billboard in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, shows jackpots for the Mega Millions and Powerball games. Lottery players have a chance to win the largest jackpots in nearly two years as Mega Millions has grown to $600 million and Powerball has climbed to $550 million. The projected Mega Millions grand prize is the eighth largest in U.S. history, and the Powerball jackpot is the 12th biggest. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 292.2 million, and the chances are even worse for Mega Millions at one in 302.5 million. Mega Millions and Powerball are both played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
What’s News Today: Powerball drawing, COVID-19 updates
The Selection Committee for the Virginia Redistricting Commission will meet today. The group will meet for the first time on Feb. 1. We are expected to get an update on COVID-19 in the New River Valley. According to the Virginia Department of Health, the New River Valley is averaging 103 new cases a day. During his 2 p.m. update, he’s expected to talk about vaccine distribution, as well as the idea to get students back in schools.
People dream big as lottery jackpots exceed $400 million
ROANOKE, Va. – The Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots are now each over $400 million and customers are cashing in at A-1 Food Mart in Roanoke hoping to cash out big. “First off, I would probably give my family some money,” said Paul Fagg, who lives in Roanoke. “You could do a lot with that money.””I’d probably buy the store,” said Nemo Basnet, who works at the mart. He sold a winning $1 million scratch-off ticket in October. The chances of winning the jackpots are about 1 in 300 million.
One person from Christianburg wins $1 million from Virginia Lottery
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – One Virginia Lottery player from Christiansburg won $1 million from Tuesday night’s drawing. According to the Virginia Lottery, the Mega Millions ticket was bought at Triangle Market located at 3631 Radford Road in Christiansburg. Officials said the ticket matched the first five winning numbers and only missed the Mega Ball number, winning Mega Millions' second prize: $1 million. The numbers for the drawing were 8-13-35-46-68, and the Mega Ball number was 16. The winner has 180 days from Tuesday to claim their prizes.
Search is on for winner of $227 million lottery
Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesAUSTIN, Texas - If you bought a lottery ticket in Texas, it's time to check it -- because someone out there is $227 million richer. Some mystery winner has the jackpot-winning ticket for the Mega Millions that was drawn on Tuesday, the Texas Lottery announced. This winner will take home the largest prize payout to a single Texas Lottery player in history, the commission announced. They are also the 13th Mega Millions jackpot winner since the game started in October 2016. "We look forward to meeting Texas' newest millionaire and we are excited to have another Mega Millions jackpot winner here in Texas," said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery, in a statement.
Mega Millions winner hits $168 million jackpot
One lucky winner in the Granite State hit the $168 million Mega Millions jackpot Tuesday night. If the winner lacks the patience for annual installments over 30 years, he or she can choose the $108.5 million cash option. A whopping 612,456 other tickets won some kind of prize in Tuesday's drawing, the Mega Millions organization said. And eight tickets that didn't hit the jackpot are still worth $1 million. The lucky Mega Millions white balls were 1, 4, 23, 40 and 45, and the gold Mega Ball was 11.