July 6, 2004
WE ARE GOBSMACKED. We don't know any other word that goes beyond shocked, and it suggests the glob of spit that we're wiping out of our eyes at the latest arrogance from Harrisburg. That would be the debate late last week in the state Senate over the gaming bill that came down to this: not WHETHER lawmakers can own a piece of gaming parlor, but HOW MUCH they can own. When the debate started, the amount was limited to 5 percent, but they got that figure "down" to 1 percent before the bill finally passed on Sunday.
May 7, 2013 |
Powerball has morphed into a jackpot juggernaut - the big gorilla of the lottery world - topping $200 million for the third time this year. As in since January. The last time was just six weeks ago, when New Jersey's Pedro Quezada hit an annuity prize worth $338.3 million, and collected $211 million in cash. Before taxes, of course . Because no one hit all the numbers drawn Saturday night - 7, 12, 26, 36 and 40, with a Powerball of 17 - the jackpot rose to $222 million for the annuity, or $144.5 million for the lump sum payout.
March 22, 2013 |
Powerball's latest jackpot is worth $320 million, big enough to make the list of the 15 biggest annuity prizes ever in the United States. The cash jackpot of $198.3 million even makes the Top 10. For the numbers drawn Wednesday night and more, see " Powerball jackpot 4th biggest ever . " 2012 was the most jackpot-crazy year ever, producing the biggest Mega Millions jackpot ever, the biggest Powerball jackpot ever, and two more Powerball...
September 25, 2012 |
The Powerball jackpot is up to $200 million for Wednesday's drawing, after no one hit all of Saturday night's numbers. They were 2, 16, 18, 40 and 42, with a Powerball of 33. Five tickets came close, winning $1 million by matching the first five, but not the Powerball. They were sold in New York, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas. Wednesday's cash value is estimated at $128.5 million. The jackpot has been growing for more than a month, but once the $200 million threshold is crossed, it can grow by leaps and bounds.
November 29, 2012 |
DES MOINES, IOWA - The historic Powerball jackpot boosted to $500 million on Tuesday was all part of a plan that lottery officials put in place early this year to build jackpots faster, drive sales and generate more money for states that run the game. Their plan appears to be working. Powerball tickets doubled in price in January to $2, and while the number of tickets sold initially dropped, sales revenue has increased by about 35 percent over 2011. Sales for Powerball reached a record $3.96 billion in fiscal 2012 and are expected to reach $5 billion this year, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Des Moines, Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association, the group that runs the Powerball game.
December 31, 1986 |
Dale Henhaffer of Cherry Hill cashed his chips in on a 15-year friendship in early 1984 when he refused to share a $327,000 slot machine jackpot he'd won with pooled money. Yesterday, Henhaffer's friend, Karen Quitmeyer of Brigantine, N.J., was dealt the winning hand when a three-judge panel in New Jersey Superior Court's Appellate Division upheld her right to half the jackpot. The panel agreed with an Atlantic County jury that found Henhaffer, 30, had played the slot machine with three quarters from a "common fund" shared with Quitmeyer, who sued him for half the winnings.
October 14, 1989 |
For Thomas Kearney it wasn't a dream, only a piece of one. Just 10 percent. Of $6.4 million. And he almost lost it. Until earlier this week, that is, when a Florida jury said the piece was rightfully his and ordered the estate of George Moore to honor the dead man's promise - and continue paying Kearney one-tenth of the New Jersey Lottery jackpot that Moore won in 1986 when he lived in Philadelphia. For Kearney, 48, of Glendora, that means $25,000 annually over the next 18 years and a return to the retirement plans he built around his winnings.
December 8, 2012 |
PHOENIX - The second winner in last week's $587.5 million Powerball drawing is a married man in his 30s from the wealthy Phoenix suburb of Fountain Hills, lottery officials said Friday. The man remained anonymous, and his prize was announced by officials who said he bought $10 worth of tickets. They said he kept the winning slip in the visor of his car before coming forward. The man opted to take the pretax cash option of $192 million. Lottery officials said his wife owns half the prize because Arizona is a community property state.
March 19, 2013 |
Is Powerball poised to make another run for a record? Powerball's jackpot is up to a whopping $260 million for Wednesday's drawing, after no one hit all the numbers drawn Saturday night. They were 3, 7, 21, 44 and 53, with a Powerball of 16. Sales are certainly building. That's a jackpot jump of $44 million over just three days, $110 million in 10 days. The cash prize of $161 million is one of Powerball's biggest ever. The last time the annuity jackpot was this large was Nov. 21, when it hit $250 million.
August 7, 2012 |
Powerball's finally into territory where jackpots soar. A couple more rollovers could put the game across the $300 million mark, seen by Powerball only once in nearly five years. The jackpot, building since late June, rose to $212 million on Saturday night, when no one hit all the numbers drawn - 19, 30, 48, 53 and 55, with a Powerball of 18. It's the year's third biggest jackpot, trailing the $336.4 million won in Rhode Island in February, and the $241 million snagged in Iowa in June.