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.
December 14, 2012 |
Two Wednesday Powerball drawings have produced two $50 million winners. Assuming they both come forward. Last night, the top prize was won in Massachusetts when one ticket purchased there matched all the numbers drawn: 8, 10, 25, 36 and 44, with a Powerball of 28. Only one ticket, sold in Illinois, matched five to win $1 million. Last week, a Bucks County ticket won $50 million in Powerball. It matched all the numbers - 13, 17, 19, 27 and 38, with a Powerball of 12 - and was purchased at Levittown News & Tobacco, 411 S. Oxford Valley Road, in Fairless Hills.
December 13, 2012 |
A ticket sold in Lancaster County won $1 million in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing. It's the fourth prize of six or more figures in just a week for Southeastern Pennsylvania. Nobody matched all the numbers - 39, 44, 51, 52 and 54, with a Mega Ball of 13 - so the jackpot rolls over to $35 million for Friday's drawing. The Lancaster County ticket was the only one nationwide to match the first five numbers, and the usual $250,000 payout was boosted to $1 million because the player also had the Megaplier prize-multiplying option.
November 6, 2012 |
What a difference a single number makes. A Chester County ticket has won $1 million for matching five numbers in Powerball, but would have won $124 million if it also matched the Powerball. A second Pennsylvania ticket also just missed in Mega Millions, scoring $250,000 instead of $32 million - which a New York ticket won. In Powerball, the numbers were 4, 7, 9, 30 and 54, with Powerball of 25. Oregon and Tennessee each had $2 million winners, who not only matched five, but had the Powerplay prize-boosting option.
June 19, 2012 |
Nobody hit the latest multistate lottery jackpots, but a Philadelphia ticket just missed, winning $2 million in Saturday's Powerball drawing, a day after a Camden County ticket won $250,000 in Mega Millions. The winning ticket was sold at Long Newsstand, 310 Oregon Ave., in South Philadelphia. It matched the first five numbers drawn, 8, 14, 15, 16 and 27, while having the Power Play prize-sweetener option. It missed only the Powerball, which was 26. New Jersey, along with New York and Arizona, each had a $1 million winner, who matched five numbers without the Power Play.
May 8, 2012 |
No such luck this time for Philadelphia. The latest Mega Millions jackpot, worth $118 million as an annuity, was won by a ticket purchased at a Citgo in Glenwood, Ill. The April 25 Powerball jackpot, worth $107.5 million cash, was claimed Friday by a group of 49 SEPTA workers, who bought their tickets at the Gallery in Center City. The Illinois ticket was the only one to match all of Friday's numbers: 4, 11, 21, 42, and 53, with a Mega Ball of 38. Missing only the Mega Ball were tickets sold in New York, Ohio, Tennesse, Illinois, California and Washington.
April 5, 2012 |
The gigundo Mega Millions jackpot may have skipped the Philadelphia area, but lesser windfalls keep coming in. The latest: a $496,000 Cash 5 win in Delaware County, a $250,000 Mega Millions win in Philadelphia, and a $166,005 Jersey Cash 5 win in Cumberland County. No such luck, however, in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, which saw the jackpot roll over to $80 million for the annuity, $48.7 million cash, for Saturday night's drawing. Numbers: 1, 24, 33, 45 and 49, with a Powerball of 6. Winning $1 million for matching the first five were tickets sold in Ohio, Georgia, Louisiana and Kansas.
March 26, 2012 |
Chances are somebody is going to get very rich this week. Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is an all-time U.S. record of $255 million for the cash, and $356 million for the annuity, the fourth highest ever. No jackpot this big has ever rolled over. If it does, expect the first annuity ever of more than $400 million. The record is $390 million, set by Mega Millions in March 2007. If sales are frenzied enough, the jackpot could get revised upward before the drawing.