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Christmas Eve Miracle Mistake Wins Georgetown Couple $128.6 Million

A Christmas Eve mistake has led to the largest lottery jackpot in Kentucky history being won by a Georgetown couple.


Rob Anderson, his wife Tuesday and a collection of family members came to Kentucky Lottery headquarters in Louisville with their winning ticket, which was a $3 Quick Pick. They have not chosen whether or not to take the lump sum or 30 year annuity. They have 60 days to make that decision.

Christmas Eve day started for 39 year-old Rob just like it did for many people – rushing around to buy last-minute Christmas gifts. "I was on my way to the Wal-Mart on Highway 62 in Georgetown to pick up some presents," said Rob. "I saw the Pro Travel Marathon on my way to Wal-Mart, so I thought I'd swing in and get a couple of lottery tickets as stocking stuffers."

"I needed to get gifts for three people, so I thought I'd get three single $1 Powerball tickets to put in their stockings," Rob continued. "I told the clerk what I wanted, and instead he mistakenly printed one ticket with three lines of numbers that cost $3. I told him it was a mistake, but I decided to just keep the ticket and get the three others I needed."

The clerk printed those tickets, and Rob went on to complete his holiday shopping. When he went home later that evening he threw the $3 ticket on the nightstand in his bedroom, not paying much attention to it as it wasn't what he usually played. "I always pick my own numbers based on important dates, and I buy a $1 Powerball ticket every Wednesday and Saturday," Rob said.

On the Sunday morning after the Powerball drawing of Saturday, December 26th, Rob checked the winning numbers on his DirectTV system and knew they weren't any of the ones he usually picked. That's when he remembered the $3 ticket on his nightstand.

"As I was walking down the hall with the ticket, it seemed like with every step I took I realized I'd matched another number. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. When I finally realized all of the numbers matched, I could only think of one thing to yell to my wife – "Oh damn, I think we've hit the lottery!" Still not believing what he was seeing, Tuesday called her father and asked him to read back the winning Powerball numbers. "Tuesday then told him he'd better get over to our house fast," Rob said.

In the eleven days since the drawing, Rob has taken the time to meet with an attorney to decide how best to move forward. "It's really important to me that we stay grounded through this process. I'd thought in the past about what I'd do if this ever happened to us, but the odds just seemed so long that I never thought it would occur."

Rob said the first few nights after the big win were sleepless, and he'd been taking the rest of the time "day by day. My nerves were shot, and I drank a few beers to help calm me down." The ticket was kept in a safe.

As for the future, Rob says he and Tuesday haven't made any concrete plans but have looked at some pieces of property and a few new vehicles. One thing they've both talked about is their new-found wealth will allow them to go back to school to further their education. "I guess finance might be a good major to have," Rob laughed.

 

 

Kansas man claims $97 million Powerball prize



Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - Donald Damon, 70, a lifelong resident of Great Bend, was introduced in a news conference that was held at Lottery headquarters in Topeka. Damon was the sole winner of the $96.6 million Powerball jackpot. He matched all numbers in the November 11th drawing, winning the biggest Powerball jackpot ever won in Kansas! Damon claimed his winnings at the Kansas Lottery’s Great Bend office, shortly after realizing he’d become a multi-millionaire.

"Thursday, my daughter Karen told me that someone had won the Powerball jackpot in south central Kansas on Wednesday," said Damon. "She said that she knew she hadn’t won on her ticket, so I asked her to check my ticket." When Karen checked the ticket on the Lottery’s website it became a life-changing moment. "I told Dad he matched the Powerball number and he jokingly said that he must be the winner," said Karen. "When we realized he did have the winning ticket, we were both shocked." Damon and Karen immediately hopped in the car and drove to the Kansas Lottery’s Great Bend office. "I wasn’t sure how much I’d won," the winner said. "I figured it was $15 million. When they said it was $96.6 million, I about fell over. I’ve been saying for years that I was going to win a Powerball jackpot someday."

Once the paperwork was completed at the Great Bend office, Damon called his wife Kathleen at work and told her she should come home. "I work at the Senior Center and we were having our Thanksgiving dinner yesterday," said Kathleen. "I wasn’t going to leave until my work was finished." Kathleen not only works at the Senior Center in Great Bend, she also has two other jobs. She works at a beauty salon and at Central Kansas Medical Center. "It will be nice not having to get up at 4 a.m. anymore," said Kathleen.

The winner purchased his lucky $1 Quick Pick ticket at Dillons 51, located at 4107 10th St. in Great Bend. Damon had the choice of taking the annuity option of $96.6 million, which is paid in 30 payments over 29 years; or the cash option of $48.3 million, which is paid in one lump sum. He has decided to take the cash option. Now that he’s a multi-millionaire, Damon plans to help a few local churches with a portion of his prize money. He also said he wanted to take his grandson Brendon to Las Vegas for his 21st birthday. Otherwise, he was undecided how he’d spend his winnings.

 

$189 Million Powerball Winning Ticket Sold in Florida



Sunday, October 04, 2009 - Someone in Florida is now really wealthy.

One of the tickets sold in the state for Saturday night's Powerball game matched all six numbers drawn. The winning numbers were 12-24-48-50-57 and the Powerball was 22. The Power Play is 3.

The player matching all five numbers and the Powerball won the $189 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $20 Million for Wednesday. The exact location where the ticket was purchased is expected to be announced before noon Sunday.

Tickets that match the first five numbers, but miss the Powerball, win $200,000 each, and there were two of those, sold in Arizona and Indiana.

 

Powerball Jackpot Climbs to $143 Million & is Won!


Sunday, April 05, 2009 - (Powerball) The jackpot in America's favorite lottery game that continues to climb higher and higher has been won by a lucky player.

Other prizes won Saturday evening included thirty-three tickets that matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000. Eleven additional tickets at this prize level were also wisely purchased with the Power Play option that multiplied winnings 3 times to $30,000 cash!

A total of 174,970 winning Powerball tickets multiplied their prizes by 3 Saturday. Players were able to do that by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. With Power Play you multiply your Powerball winnings from 2 to 5 times, except for the jackpot. At the beginning of each drawing an animated spinner presents that night’s multiplier.

Players should carefully check their tickets after every draw and remember that even if there are no jackpot winners there are always tens of thousands of winners at other prize levels.

Players purchased $36,026,356 in Powerball and Power Play tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.

Powerball is now played in 30 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

 

$174.4 Million Powerball Jackpot Split in Delaware and Pennsylvania


Two lucky tickets in Delaware (1) and Pennsylvania (1) matched all 6 numbers Saturday and will split the $174.4 million jackpot. The holders of the winning tickets will now have to decide to either take the 29-year, 30-installment annuity, or the one time cash “lump sum” amount of $93,258,224 divided between the two tickets.

Other big winners included 2 tickets sold in Kentucky (1), and New Hampshire (1) that matched all 5 white ball numbers for a $200,000 cash win each. There were a total of 1,237,203 additional winning tickets in America’s Game Saturday evening. Those winners won prizes totaling $10,486,160.

The numbers drawn were 3, 16, 20, 42, 58 and the Powerball was 7. The Power Play multiplier was 5.

Additional major winners Saturday evening included 43 tickets that matched 4 white ball numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000. Fifteen additional players not only matched 4+1, but also purchased the Power Play option, multiplying their prize by 5 for a total win of $50,000!

A total of 223,942 winning Powerball plays were multiplied by 5 Saturday evening. Winners were able to do so by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. With Power Play you can multiply your winnings, except for the jackpot, from 2 to 5 times. At the beginning of each drawing a wheel is spun to select that night’s multiplier.

Players purchased $47,686,192 in Powerball and Power Play tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.

The jackpot for Wednesday, March 4th will be $20 million.

The lotteries sold more than $2.56 billion in Powerball tickets in FY08. That translates into more than $743 million for worthwhile state projects.

Powerball is now played in 30 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

POWERBALL, Sep 28, 2008 - One lucky ticket in New Mexico matched all 6 numbers Saturday and walked away with the $206.9 million jackpot. The holder of the winning ticket will now have to decide to either take the 29-year, 30-installment annuity, or the one time cash "lump sum" amount of $102,903,652.

There were a total of 1,192,531 additional winning tickets in America's Game Saturday evening. Those winners won prizes totaling $14,196,973.

The numbers drawn were 13, 24, 29, 40, 52 and the Powerball was 29. The Power Play multiplier was 4.

Fifteen tickets correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $200,000. These tickets were sold in Arizona (1), Colorado (1), Connecticut (1), Iowa (1), Idaho (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Missouri (1), North Carolina (3), New Mexico (1), Pennsylvania (2), and Tennessee (1). Three other tickets at this prize level sold in Indiana (1) and Pennsylvania (2), also had the Power Play and multiplied their winnings by four for a total of $800,000 cash each.

Fifty-eight tickets matched 4 white numbers plus the Powerball and won $10,000. Thirteen additional players not only matched 4+1, but also purchased the Power Play option, multiplying their prize by 4 for a total win of $40,000!

A total of 170,885 winning Powerball plays were multiplied by 4 Saturday evening. Winners were able to do so by purchasing the Power Play option for one dollar. With Power Play you can multiply your winnings, except for the jackpot, from 2 to 5 times. At the beginning of each drawing a wheel is spun to select that night's multiplier.

Players purchased $51,299,454 in Powerball and Power Play tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.

The jackpot for Wednesday, October 1st will be $15 million.

The lotteries sold more than $2.56 billion in Powerball tickets in FY08. That translates into more than $743 million for worthwhile state projects.

Powerball is now played in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

US$42.5 Million Dollar Powerball Ticket won by Lancaster Family

MIDDLETOWN - Barrie Edwards of Willow Street did not buy the Aug. 2 Powerball ticket that earned him over $42 million - he received the promotional ticket for free when he purchased two Pennsylvania Lottery Match 6 tickets. Now, Edwards and his wife are sharing their good fortune with a dozen relatives.

Secretary of Revenue Tom Wolf and Lottery Executive Director Ed Trees today presented a ceremonial check for $42,529,765.37, less 25 percent federal withholding, to 14 members of the Edwards and Funk families of Lancaster County, holders of the single jackpot-winning ticket from the Aug. 2 Powerball drawing.

The families' jackpot-winning ticket matched all five white balls, 02-05-28-33-54, and the red Powerball, 30, to win the jackpot, which grew over nine drawings to an annuity value of $86.3 million. The $42.5 million cash prize won by the Edwards and Funks is the 10th largest prize awarded in Pennsylvania Lottery history.

"The Edwards and Funk families weren't the only winners in the Aug. 2 Powerball drawing," said Wolf. "Pennsylvania's older residents benefit from programs funded by Lottery proceeds, and the Aug. 2 jackpot generated more than $6.2 million for those programs."

Barrie Edwards watched the televised Powerball drawing to learn he held the jackpot-winning ticket. He immediately ran to share the news with his wife, Jean, who had gone to bed.

Shortly after the drawing, the Edwards called Terry and Linda Edwards, Barrie's brother and sister-in-law, to inform them of the jackpot win.

Barrie and Terry Edwards and family members have purchased Lottery tickets for years, and long ago they made a verbal agreement that if one of them won a large jackpot, the prize would be split among family members, all of whom are natives or long-time residents of Lancaster County.

The family members to share in the jackpot prize are as follows: Barrie and Jean Edwards of Willow Street, Lancaster County will receive $17,064,882.50; Terry and Linda Edwards of Willow Street, Lancaster County will receive $17,064,882.50; Robert and Elaine Funk of Mountville, Lancaster County will receive $1.4 million; Jeffrey and Donna Funk of Mountville, Lancaster County will receive $1.4 million; Melanie Funk of Lancaster will receive $1.4 million; Gerald and Lynn Hess of Davidson, North Carolina will receive $1.4 million; K. Scott Edwards of Lusby, Maryland will receive 1.4 million; and Ronald and Yvonne Edwards of Washington Boro, Lancaster County will receive $1.4 million.

The jackpot-winning Powerball ticket was a $1 quick-pick generated free in conjunction with a Lottery promotion. Barrie Edwards purchased two Match 6 tickets to receive his free Powerball ticket at the Turkey Hill store on Willow Street Pike in Willow Street, Lancaster County. Turkey Hill received a $100,000 bonus for selling the winning jackpot ticket.

On behalf of the group, Jean Edwards presented the winning ticket for validation yesterday at Lottery headquarters in Middletown after consulting with legal and financial counsel. After examining the ticket and executing propriety security measures, Lottery officials confirmed that it was the jackpot-winning ticket from the Aug. 2 Powerball drawing.

The Edwards and Funk families are the 10th Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball winners since Pennsylvania joined the multi-jurisdictional game in June 2002. Powerball tickets are sold in 31 participating jurisdictions - 29 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

 

Young Player from South Carolina Claims $35.3 Million Powerball Jackpot!


The winner from the Saturday, May 17, 2008 drawing has come forward and claimed the $35.3 million jackpot.

Jonathan Vargas, of Gaston, SC, claimed his Powerball® prize at the Columbia Claims Center with his mother, Patricia Richardson, and step-father, Anthony Richardson.

The 19-year-old millionaire has plans to share his prize with his very proud family and invest the money.

 

Minnesota Man Wins $180 Million Powerball Jackpot!

 

A Waseca man claimed the $180.1 million Powerball jackpot from the Saturday, May 3rd drawing - the largest Powerball jackpot ever won in Minnesota. "It's just really amazing," said Paul Rosenau speaking from the Minnesota Lottery's headquarters in Roseville with his wife, Sue.

The couple discovered their win May 4, the night after the drawing, while watching the 10 p.m. news. "We were in our jammies and ready to go to bed," Paul recalled. But after realizing that the numbers on their single line quick-pick ticket matched the winning Powerball numbers on the screen, their plans quickly changed. The couple went to Sue's place of employment to use the computer to double check their ticket. The numbers on the ticket matched all five winning numbers drawn plus the Powerball number.

Still in disbelief, Paul had to double check the winning numbers again in the newspaper the next morning. "He was thinking that the numbers were going to change overnight," joked Sue. "I was checking the paper for an hour," Paul added. "I was soaking wet just from the nerves." "It's something you just never think will happen," Sue continued. The Rosenaus have elected to take the $88 million cash option ($59.6 million after tax withholding). The couple, both 54, say they have no plans to retire any time soon. Paul is employed as a heavy equipment operator for BCM Grading and Excavating Company in Faribault, a subsidiary of Met-Con Companies, Inc. Sue works as a project and communications assistant for Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) in Waseca.

 

Coworkers Claim $365 Million Powerball Jackpot!

February 22, 2006 - A group of eight coworkers at the ConAgra Foods plant in Lincoln, Neb., has claimed the record $365 million jackpot from the Feb. 18 Powerball drawing.

The group elected to take the cash option on the jackpot, valued at $177.3 million. Their respective shares will be $22,162,500. After withholding of 25 percent federal and 5 percent state tax, they will share $124.11 million or $15.5 million, respectively.

The members of the group are: Quang Dao, 56 - David Gehle, 53 - Alain Maboussou, 26 - Chasity Rutjens, 29 - Robert Stewart, 30 - Michael Terpstra, 47 - Dung Tran, 34 - Eric Zornes, 40

The group is represented by Lincoln attorney, James H. Hoppe.

Before presenting the group with their prize, Gov. Dave Heineman noted the attention generated by the record jackpot and said, Since its inception, the Nebraska Lottery has quietly raised more than $244 million for its beneficiary funds like K-12 education.

"I am pleased to have an opportunity to meet this lucky group of hard-working Nebraskans and present them with their share of these winnings" ...

"Ladies and gentlemen, life just got a bit more interesting for eight Nebraskans."

The group bought their winning ticket, one of eight (8) five-play quick pick tickets worth a total of $40, at U-Stop at 110 West "O" St., in Lincoln, at 3:09 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17.

Members of the group told Nebraska Lottery officials that some of them have been playing Powerball for up to five years, pooling their resources to buy multiple tickets whenever the jackpot eclipses $45 million. Each has contributed $5 at a time to buy a total of eight five-play quick pick tickets for each drawing. They noted the irony of waiting to play when their respective shares of the prize after taxes will be just more than $15 million, which is the minimum starting jackpot for Powerball.

Dung Tran typically bought the group's tickets, usually at the same location. He learned of their winning ticket by checking the Nebraska Lottery Players Hotline (800-224-LUCK) at about 4:30 a.m. the morning after the drawing. The winning Powerball numbers for February 18 were: 15, 17, 43, 44, 48 and Powerball 29.

While none of the group has formulated specific plans for their prize, potential actions mentioned to Nebraska Lottery officials included, "Wash my truck," "Pay bills", "Get some sleep," and, "Continue working temporarily" until their spot is filled.