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June 26, 2002 | By Ira Porter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Beginning tomorrow, you can forget about having to take the R2 to Wilmington, or the interstate to D.C. for that matter, to get your Powerball fix. That's because tomorrow - in time for Saturday's drawing - Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to join the super-size lottery cartel. Previously, the closest Powerball outlets were in Delaware and the District of Columbia. Powerball, known for its large jackpots (the biggest was $295.7 million in 1998), is a favorite of many Pennsylvanians, which contributed to the state's joining the multistate lottery last December.
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May 4, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Now we know what unlucky numbers look like. In last night's Powerball drawing, 7, 8, 33, 38 and 50 came up, along with a Powerball of 29, producing one of the stingiest payouts in a year. No one hit the jackpot. No one matched the first five numbers, so no one won the $1 million or $2 million prizes. In Pennsylvania, nobody even won the $10,000 or $40,000 prizes. The biggest prize was $200, and only 21 tickets won that. Nationwide, less than $2.6 million was won. In April, the average non-jackpot payout was almost $11 million.
NEWS
September 1, 2001 | MICHELLE MALKIN
FOUR LUCKY ticket-holders struck it rich last weekend, but here's the real winner of the $295 million Powerball binge: the government. Powerball is a multistate numbers racket that would be quashed by the Justice Department if it were privately run. Instead, the state bureaucrats behind these get-rich-quick schemes are allowed to ban outside competition - including private slots, phone betting, pull tabs and card rooms. When it comes to profiting from the mathematically challenged, lawmakers want the booty all for themselves.
NEWS
May 24, 2010 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
Powerball's cash jackpot is up to $99 million after no one won it all Saturday night. Look at it this way - that's more money than Shrek Forever After raked in this weekend. So winning would be your own DreamWorks production. Nobody won $1 million, but three tickets - sold in Florida, Indiana and Wisconsin - won $200,000 each by matching the first five numbers, 19, 20, 40, 47 and 57, but not the Powerball of 29. As a result, Wednesday's annuity jackpot goes up to $190 million.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Breaking News Desk
Powerball is stoked for another wild ride. The jackpot is up to a whopping $250 million - a quarter-billion dollars - for Wednesday's drawing, and if no one wins that one, expect the $300 million barrier to be broken for the third time this year. One further rollover, and it could be one for the game's record books. Powerball's biggest-ever annuity prize of $360 million was set in 2006, just two drawings after the jackpot hit just what it is now - $250 million. Now, with tickets at $2 apiece, money could come in faster - especially with competing Mega Millions at a comparatively measly $33 million.
NEWS
July 29, 1998 | By Monica Yant, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Information from the Associated Press was used in this report
He may be unemployed and weighed down with a leg cast and crutches, but don't tell Jose Colon he should have stayed in his bed in North Philadelphia. There are the doctor's orders, and then there is the healing power of Powerball. "If I win $250 million, I can give him a bonus, a little tip," Colon said of his knee surgeon, who may very well have been in the same 4 1/2-hour line at the 7-Eleven store on Route 52 in Wilmington, where men in business suits and women checking their pagers squatted on milk crates next to trash bins in yesterday's hot midmorning sun. All for an 80 million-to-one chance of becoming filthy, filthy rich in the biggest lottery jackpot ever.
NEWS
August 7, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 25, 2012 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
What a year for Powerball. The cash jackpot for Saturday's drawing is the game's second biggest cash jackpot ever - $212.8 million. And the record of $224.6 million was just set in August. Because no one matched Wednesday night's numbers (8, 18, 24, 30 and 39, with a Powerball of 26), the annuity prize rose again, to $325 million. That's the fifth biggest in the game's history - and two of the others also came this year, including $337 million in that August drawing and $336 million in February.
NEWS
May 10, 2010 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
The bigger they are, the faster they rise. The Powerball jackpot went up Saturday night by more than the next Mega Millions jackpot is worth. Mega Millions will be worth $19 million tomorrow, after no one hit all the numbers Friday night. Powerball's top prize will be $97 million Wednesday night - up by $27 million - after Saturday night's drawing failed to produce a winner. The cash payouts are estimated at $49.4 million for Powerball, $12.1 million for Mega Millions.
NEWS
September 15, 2011 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Pennsylvania ticket came close to winning last night's $25 million Powerball jackpot. But, for the second time this summer, the only ticket with all the numbers was sold in Georgia, this time in Decatur. The June 29 jackpot of $77.1 million, hit in Tallapoosa, Ga., is still unclaimed, according to Powerball.com. The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were 16, 41, 42, 50 and 59, with a Powerball of 5. Pennsylvania and Florida each sold a ticket now worth $200,000 for matching the first five numbers but not the Powerball.
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NEWS
January 15, 2016 | BY DAN GERINGER, Staff Writer
ON THE freezing-cold corner of Broad Street and Oregon Avenue, a steady stream of pot-of-gold pilgrims lined up to buy Powerball tickets yesterday at the South Philly newsstand's two windows, defying their 292 million-to-1 odds of winning the $1.5 billion jackpot. Yes, they told a Daily News reporter, they knew their chances of winning were the same as their chances of getting hit by a falling asteroid. But nobody was nervously eyeballing the skies and wearing a colander on his head.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2016 | By Erin Arvedlund, Staff Writer
Everyone and her dog is buying tickets for Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, whose jackpot is approaching $1.6 billion. But how to handle the winnings? Lump sum or annuity? Take the annuity and pull down a cool $50.5 million a year before taxes. (That's $1.5 billion divided by 30 years, plus interest, currently 1 percent in a savings account). Take the lump-sum cash award and receive an estimated $868 million before taxes. The obvious next question: how to invest the winnings?
NEWS
January 11, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
If Maurice Rose, 55, were to win the unprecedented $900 million Powerball jackpot, he would buy beachfront homes in Florida, California, and Wildwood, N.J. - and maybe a condo or two in Philadelphia. Rose, who works as a SEPTA manager and lives in West Oak Lane, was at 10th and Market Streets on Saturday afternoon, buying six $2 Powerball tickets. He was hoping "it would be my lucky day. " Lottery fever set off a national frenzy of ticket buying Saturday, just hours before the 10:59 p.m. drawing to win the largest lottery prize ever.
NEWS
January 9, 2016
The record-breaking $700 million Powerball jackpot is the stuff of dreams, but it all boils down to math. From the huge prize to the enormous odds against winning it, Saturday night's drawing is a numbers game that gives players good reason to brush up on their algebra. A look at some of the statistics: The Most Important Numbers For those who match all five white balls and the red Powerball, the key numbers are the $700 million jackpot, paid out over 30 years or as an immediate $428.4 million in cash.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 26, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The Christie administration on Tuesday defended its decision to privatize parts of New Jersey's lottery system, even as officials said revenue collected for the fiscal year that ended June 30 fell short of contractual targets. Some Democratic lawmakers, who have been skeptical of the 15-year privatization deal since Gov. Christie announced it in 2013, questioned whether the state was getting enough money for what it was paying the outside lottery operator. The lottery generated a record $3 billion in sales in fiscal year 2015, Carole Hedinger, executive director of the lottery, told the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee.
NEWS
August 18, 2014 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
I have a new financial plan. I'm playing the lottery. I don't know why I started, but it might have to do with the fact that I've been thinking about it for 45 years. Or the fact that some of my friends are retiring, and my retirement is now pushed back to 2022. Meaning that I will have to be 2022 years old to retire. And then I happened to be driving to New York. You can't drive anywhere without seeing those lighted-up billboards with astronomical numbers for the Powerball jackpot.
NEWS
August 15, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Hurricane Sandy wiped out the homes of a few members of a tight-knit group of 16 local vehicle service maintenance workers, who will now split the winnings of a New Jersey Powerball lottery ticket valued at $86,054,355 before taxes. That's roughly $3.87 million per member of the group, which dubbed itself Ocean's 16 - and enough for Darlene Riccio to buy a new home or two or three after the hurricane on Oct. 29 ravaged her rental apartment above a storefront in Brick.
NEWS
August 11, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey will soon welcome a new group of multimillionaires, after 16 workers in an Ocean County garage validate their lottery ticket from Wednesday's $448 million Powerball drawing as one of three jackpot-winning tickets in the country. And for the first time in two decades, the same state sold two winning jackpot tickets. The group - call it Ocean's 16? - work for the Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance Department. Speaking to reporters at an impromptu news conference Friday, department director Jim Pine said the employees asked to stay out of the spotlight until they claim the ticket next week in the state lottery's offices in Trenton.
NEWS
August 10, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Update: The winning ticket sold in Little Egg Harbor was bought by a group of 16 employees from the Ocean County Vehicle Maintenance Department, their boss confirmed Friday. They will not come foreward to claim the prize and reveal their identities until next week, said Jim Pine, the department's director.  Earlier Story: Two of three winning tickets of the $448.4 million Powerball were sold in the Garden State, officials said, though as of Thursday night no one had come forward to claim the prizes.
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