Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot soared to $400 million for the next drawing as no winning tickets were sold this week, lottery officials said.
Friday’s Mega Millions jackpot soared to $400 million for the next drawing as no winning tickets were sold this week
The lottery prize would rank seventh among all-time US jackpots.
Friday night’s numbers were 7-20-40-54-69 with Mega Ball 12. That pot would have been worth an estimated $353 million – the fifth largest Mega Millions jackpot ever and the 12th largest US lottery prize ever.
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The $425 million winning ticket of Wednesday’s Powerball drawing has been sold in California.
The lucky ticketholder picked all six winning numbers – 1, 17, 35, 49 and 54, with a Powerball of 34 – to hit the $425 million Powerball jackpot, California lottery officials said.
That makes it the sixth-largest jackpot in US lottery history.
The $425 million winning ticket of Wednesday’s Powerball drawing has been sold in California
The winner could choose to get the cash in a $242.2 million lump sum, officials said.
The winning ticket was sold at a Chevron station in Milpitas, in the heart of the Silicon Valley. The store will get a $1 million bonus for selling the ticket.
The winner didn’t immediately come forward Wednesday night, but California lottery rules require that the person’s name is publicly disclosed.
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A Florida lottery player beat odds of one in 175 million to take home the $590 million Powerball jackpot.
After a frenzied few days of buying the $2 tickets across the nation, the winning numbers of 10-13-14-22-52 and a Powerball of 11 were drawn on Saturday night.
In what must be a lucky streak for the Sunshine State, Florida was also the setting for the draw, which broke Powerball records with its final jackpot of $590,500,000.
David Bishop of the Florida Lottery confirmed to NBC News that the winning ticket was sold at a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills.
In total, there were 7,598,547 winning tickets, with prizes starting at $4 and moving up to $1 million, before reaching the huge jackpot.
Terry Rich, a lottery official in Iowa, said more details about the winning ticket were expected to be announced later by Florida lottery officials.
A Florida lottery player beat odds of one in 175 million to take home the $590 million Powerball jackpot
The odds of someone winning Saturday’s jackpot were improved after nearly all the possible number combinations were bought.
Lottery officials estimate that about 80% of possible combinations had been purchased.
With the promise of the largest draw in the game’s history, lines of people trying to buy last-minute tickets were forming in all of the 43 states and in Washington DC and U.S. Virgin Islands.
At a mini market in Los Angeles’s Chinatown, on Saturday, employees had to create two lines – one for Powerball customers and one for everybody else.
“We’ve had two winners over $10 million here over the years, so people in the neighborhood think this is the lucky store,” Gordon Chan said as he replenished a stack of lottery tickets on a counter.
At a store in Columbia, South Carolina, shop workers were so busy selling tickets that they had not had time to update the sign with the current jackpot figure.
The jackpot was the second largest in the world – just behind a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot in March 2012.
Pedro Quezada, the New Jersey father of five who won a $338 million Powerball jackpot, owes $29,000 in back child support and could be arrested until he pays up, authorities have revealed.
Authorities in Passaic County, New Jersey, where Pedro Quezada lives and owns a bodega, say they paid a visit to the 44-year-old to inform him that he needed to pay up “in a timely manner”.
On Tuesday, Pedro Quezada claimed his winnings in Tenton – a $152 million lump sum after taxes.
Pedro Quezada, the New Jersey father of five who won a $338 million Powerball jackpot, owes $29,000 in back child support and could be arrested until he pays up
Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik told the North Jersey Record that the New Jersey Lottery Division generally pays out a winner’s back taxes and child support before cutting a check.
However, Richard Berdnik said Pedro Quezada still owes money to the mother of his children.
“Like everyone else, until this warrant is satisfied, Mr. Quezada is subject to potential arrest,” the sheriff warned.
Pedro Quezada has five children who range in age from 5 to 23.
During his short public appearance earlier this week, Pedro Quezada said some of his children live with their mother in North Carolina.
Pedro Quezada, who immigrated from the Dominican Republic 26 years ago, said his family was poor, but he did not speak about the financial troubles he had had.
The Record reports that in 2009 Pedro Quezada’s bodega burned down.
That same year, the bank foreclosed on a property he had purchased three years earlier.
Pedro Quezada said he planned to buy himself a new car and get his wife “whatever she wants”.
Neighbors say they saw the family moving out of their apartment in Passaic earlier this week.
A New Jersey winner has got the winning ticket to the $338 million Powerball fortune that was up for grabs last night.
The numbers are: 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and Powerball 31.
No ticket matched all the numbers in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing.
The jackpot had been estimated at $320 million but a late ticket sales surge pushed it to $388 million.
A New Jersey winner has got the winning ticket to the $338 million Powerball fortune that was up for grabs last night
The lump-sum cash option is $211 million.
Lottery officials say the current jackpot is the sixth highest in history. No one has won the Powerball jackpot since early February.
The largest Powerball jackpot in history was in November 2012, and the holders of two winning tickets – one purchased in Arizona and the other in Missouri – shared $587.5 million.