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March 21, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a good trick, making $101 million look like chump change. But Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is dwarfed by Tuesday's top prize in Mega Millions - $244 million for the annuity, or $155.7 million cash. That's the kind of territory that really gets players excited - and put records within reach. On Dec. 31, the lottery hit $242 million. Then it exploded, winding up at $380 million four days later - the second biggest U.S. jackpot ever. Although no one hit all the numbers drawn Friday night, a dozen tickets, including one sold in Philadelphia and five in New Jersey, came close, winning $250,000 each for matching the first five numbers - 14, 33, 34, 54 and 56 - but not Mega Ball of 37. The Philadelphia ticket was sold at Bi Rite Deli, 3220 Red Lion Rd. in the Northeast.
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March 21, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mega Millions' cash jackpot could give Powerball's new record a run for the money. Tuesday, the lump sum - before taxes - in Mega Millions will be an estimated $170 million. If a single person wins, it would be the fifth biggest payout in U.S. lottery history. Last month, Powerball soared to an unprecedented payout of $210 million for the cash, as the annuity reached $336.4 million, sixth place all-time. (See list of biggest cash jackpots: http://bit.ly/z4Lgmc .)
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May 26, 2010 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
A New York ticket hit the Mega Millions jackpot last night, which had an annuity value of $64 million or $41.8 million cash. The annuity jackpot reboots to $12 million for Friday's drawing - a fraction of tonight's Powerball jackpot of $190 million, or $99 million cash. A North Carolina ticket also won $1 million in last night's Mega Millions drawing, by matching the first five numbers - 5, 14, 17, 19 and 24 - while having the Megaplier multiplier option, which came up 4, quadrupling the regular $250,000 prize.
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May 20, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A Mega Millions ticket sold in Delaware County is worth $1 million after the game's most recent drawing. The lucky ticket matched all five white balls drawn Tuesday (17, 24, 27, 48 and 75) but missed the Mega Ball of 6, falling just short of the $174 million jackpot. The ticket was sold at the Marcus Hook Newsstand, located at 9 E. 10th St. in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania Lottery officials said. The newsstand gets a $5,000 bonus for selling the prize-winning ticket. The winner has one year from the drawing date to claim the prize.
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October 27, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The multistate jackpots jumped again, with no one matching all of the numbers drawn in the latest Powerball and Mega Millions drawings. Winning $1 million, though, was a Mega Millions ticket with a multiplier in New Jersey, while $250,000 was won in both Jersey and Pennsylvania. Alas, they weren't from the Philadelphia area or South Jersey. The bigger - much bigger - jackpot up for grabs is the $173 million Powerball has on the line Wednesday night. No one hit all the numbers - 3, 8, 23, 30 and 58, with a Powerball of 13 - Saturday night, but winning $200,000 each were tickets sold in New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Florida and Texas.
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May 20, 2010 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
No jackpot winners this week. No million-dollar winners either. At least not in the two major multistate lotteries. Because of a big head start, Powerball keeps growing faster than Mega Millions. Tuesday night, the top Mega Millions prize rose from $42 million to $54 million for tomorrow night's drawing. Last night, Powerball rose from $145 million to $170 million - more than doubling the other jump. If no one hits Saturday night, expect Powerball to rise to about $200 million.
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September 21, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New Yorker who hit Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is bound to be ecstatic. Just one ticket, bought at Ky's Coffee Shop in Midtown Manhattan, matched all the numbers: 5, 9, 22, 36 and 49, with a Mega Ball of 36. But wouldn't it be only human to also think, "Dang, why couldn't I hit when the jackpot was GIGANTIC?" It was worth $15 million, the game's lowest in nearly 2-1/2 years. In late March, the jackpot was more than a half-billion dollars richer, setting a new U.S. record with a top annuity prize of $656 million.
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March 1, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
No one hit the latest major lottery jackpots, but a Delaware ticket won $1 million, and a couple of Eastern Pennsylvania tickets scored $250,000 each. Those wins happened in the Mega Millions lottery on Tuesday night, as the jackpot rose to $108 million - $79 million cash - for Friday's drawing. All three tickets, and another sold in Tennessee, matched the first five numbers - 6, 15, 29, 39 and 51 - but not the Mega Ball of 36. The Delaware player automatically won $1 million for also having bought the Megaplier.
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August 31, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A ticket sold in Montgomery County split a $325,000 jackpot in a Pennsylvania Cash 5 game this weekend. The ticket, along with one sold in Allegheny County, matched all five numbers drawn Friday: 11, 12, 215, 26 and 39. The lucky Montgomery County ticket was sold in Norristown, at the Quick Stop located at 927 Stanbridge Street, Pennsylvania Lottery officials said. The ticket holder and the Allegheny County winner will each get $162,500. The other ticket was bought at a Super Mart in McKees Rocks.
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July 13, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Tickets sold in New Jersey won $1 million in both the Mega Millions and Powerball games this weekend, while a Delaware County ticket won that amount in a Millionaire Raffle drawing. In Friday's Mega Millions drawing, a New Jersey ticket matched all five white balls (8, 19, 20, 55 and 73) but missed the Mega Ball of 5 to claim the $1 million second-tier prize. A ticket sold in Indiana won the $540 million jackpot, the third largest in the game's history. Nine other tickets also won $1 million each.
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July 8, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Tickets sold in South Jersey and western Pennsylvania won $1 million each in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing, but no one won the top prize, pushing the jackpot up to $508 million. The Pennsylvania and New Jersey winners each matched the five white balls drawn (29, 46, 53, 64 and 73) but missed the Mega Ball of 10, falling shy of the $454 million jackpot. The top prize for Friday's drawing now stands at $508 million for the annuity, or $357 million cash. The prize would be Mega Millions' third-largest jackpot ever and the seventh-biggest U.S. lottery prize of all time.
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July 7, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A Mega Millions ticket sold in Philadelphia won $2 million over the weekend as the jackpot – the game's third-highest of all time – continues to climb. Other big local lottery wins in recent days include an $8.3 million New Jersey Lottery Pick-6 jackpot won by a Gloucester County ticket and a Chester County ticket that split an $800,000 jackpot in a Pennsylvania Cash 5 drawing. The lucky Philadelphia Mega Millions ticket matched all five white balls drawn Friday (20, 41, 42, 45 and 49)
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July 1, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A ticket sold in South Jersey won $1 million in Tuesday's Mega Millions game, but no one hit the top prize, pushing the jackpot for Friday's drawing to the game's third-highest level ever. The lucky Atlantic County ticket matched all five white balls drawn (15, 17, 20, 35 and 55) but missed the Mega Ball of 7, falling short of the $390 million jackpot. The ticket was sold at Christi's, 6415 Delilah Rd., Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey Lottery officials said. A Texas player also won $1 million.
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June 22, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
Several Pennsylvania and New Jersey lottery players have racked up big wins in recent games. Two tickets sold in the Philadelphia suburbs split a $266,300 prize in Friday's Treasure Hunt drawing, Pennsylvania Lottery officials said. The tickets, sold in Bucks and Chester counties, matched all five numbers drawn (5, 9, 14, 16 and 28) to hit the jackpot, the game's highest prize ever, officials said. The lucky tickets were sold at the Village Market located at 599 Washington Crossing Road in Newtown and at the Let's Go Mart at 851 S. High St. in West Chester.
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May 20, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A Mega Millions ticket sold in Delaware County is worth $1 million after the game's most recent drawing. The lucky ticket matched all five white balls drawn Tuesday (17, 24, 27, 48 and 75) but missed the Mega Ball of 6, falling just short of the $174 million jackpot. The ticket was sold at the Marcus Hook Newsstand, located at 9 E. 10th St. in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania Lottery officials said. The newsstand gets a $5,000 bonus for selling the prize-winning ticket. The winner has one year from the drawing date to claim the prize.
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April 16, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A Powerball ticket that won $1 million in the game's most recent drawing was sold in South Jersey. The lucky ticket matched all five white balls drawn Wednesday (30, 33, 35, 38 and 64) but missed the Powerball of 22, falling just short of the $184 million top prize. New Jersey Lottery officials said the state's winner was sold in Atlantic County, at the Frank S. Farley Service Plaza on the Altlantic City Expressway in Hammonton. No one won the jackpot, so the pot rolls over to $205 million for the annuity, or $136.4 million for the cash option, for Saturday's drawing.
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January 8, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
The Powerball jackpot rose to $500 million Wednesday with the drawing just hours away. The cash prize will be $306 million, before taxes. Separately, someone in South Jersey won more than $483,000 in a Jersey Cash 5 game this week. Powerball's jackpot is the biggest since three tickets split a $564.1 million prize on Feb. 11. If won, it would be Powerball's fourth-largest jackpot awarded. The game's jackpot has been on the rise since it was last hit in the Nov. 4 drawing.
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