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A Tennessee ticket had the winning numbers for a $421 million Powerball jackpot, officials said after November 26 draw.

The winning numbers were 17, 19, 21, 37, 44, with the Powerball 16. No one as yet had stepped forward to claim the prize.Powerball winning ticket January 2016

The Powerball prize grew in size since September 17, the last time anyone matched all six numbers.

The jackpot soared from $403 million to a reported $420.9 million on November 26 due to a spate of late ticket-buying.

The prize is paid out over 30 years, with the option of a lump sum payment, which officials said would add up to about $254.7 million.

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292 million.

The largest ever US lottery prize of $1.6 billion was split between three winning tickets in January.

Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Players can either buy $2 tickets using their own numbers or have them randomly generated by a computer.


The current estimated jackpot in the multi-state Powerball lottery has now reached $1.5 billion.

That means a single winner would have the option of a lump-sum cash payout of an estimated $930 million.

“Jackpot increased because of yesterday’s strong sales,” Kelly Cripe, director of media relations at the Texas Lottery Commission, said in a statement announcing the higher estimated payoff.Powerball largest jackpot 2016

Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. No players have correctly selected the six numbers required to win the jackpot in the last 19 drawings dating back to November 11.

Retailers say demand for tickets to the drawing at 10:59 p.m. ET on January 13 has been off the charts, raising the possibility that the payoff could climb even higher.

A $2 ticket has a one in 292.2 million chance of winning the grand prize, Powerball said. That compares with a one in 700,000 chance of being killed by an asteroid in a lifetime, according to astronomers at the Space Science Institute.


The current estimated jackpot for Powerball lottery has reached $900 million – the largest jackpot in American lottery history.

With this possible payout for January 9 draw, lottery fever in the US has resulted in long queues outside ticket vendors, driving up the jackpot value.Powerball jackpot 2016

The rise means that an individual could take home about $558 million if they choose a lump-sum prize.

The winner must match five numbers between one and 69 and a sixth number between 1 and 26.

Powerball lottery is played in 44 of 50 states and three American territories. It takes place each Wednesday and Saturday at 22:59 PM.

Lottery officials quoted in several outlets say the odds of winning are one in 292 million.


Marie Holmes, a North Carolina single mother with four children, including one with cerebral palsy, has come forward to claim her part of a $564 million Powerball jackpot.

Marie Holmes, 26, bought one of three winning tickets, and will take a $188 million lump sum payment.

She bought 10 tickets for the draw earlier in February.

She was “screaming and jumping” when she heard, she told reporters on February 23 and the best part of winning was being able to provide for her children.Marie Holmes win Powerball jackpot

Marie Holmes also plans to give to her church, travel, finish her university degree and buy her mother a house.

“I am humbled and grateful for the opportunities this has created for my family,” she said a press conference where she was presented with a cheque.

Marie Holmes said when she realized she had the winning numbers she started “screaming and jumping around”.

“I said to my kids, <<You just don’t understand what this means>>.”

Two other winning tickets for the Powerball drawing were bought in Puerto Rico and Texas.

The Puerto Rico winner has decided to stay anonymous while no-one has come forward in Texas.

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The Powerball jackpot estimated at $500 million has been won by three tickets in North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas.

Lottery officials announced the jackpot winners on February 12 on the Powerball website. Officials didn’t immediately confirm the final amount of the prize or which cities produced the winners.Powerball jackpot 2015

If the jackpot stands at the $500 million estimated on February 11, it would be the fifth-largest lottery prize in US history.

No one had won the Powerball jackpot for more than two months, so the prize grew gradually from its $40 million starting point. That figure is now listed on the website as the current jackpot for the next drawing.

The winning numbers in Wednesday’s drawing were: 11, 13, 25, 39, 54 and the Powerball 19.

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Powerball jackpot soared to $394 million on Saturday night after the previous drawing failed to produce a winner.

The winning numbers were 5, 10, 21 34 and 58, lottery officials said. The Powerball was 33. It was not yet known whether anyone had won.

Powerball jackpots start at $40 million and grow until at least one player comes up with the winning number at a drawing.

The jackpot winners receive either payments over 29 years or a smaller cash lump sum. The cash option for the jackpot was in excess of $250 million.

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The biggest Powerball jackpot awarded by the Multi-State Lottery Association was $590.5 million and went to the holder of a single winning ticket in 2013. The association also operates the Mega Millions jackpot, which awarded a top prize of $656 million three years ago.

Game drawings for Powerball, played in 44 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands, are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 p.m. in Tallahassee, Florida.

Powerball ticket costs $2. The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are one in 175 million.

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The winning ticket in the latest Powerball drawing was sold in Lexington, central South Carolina, officials say.

The $400 million Powerball jackpot is the nation’s fifth-largest ever.

Lottery officials said that the ticket was sold at the Murphy USA station. The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were 7-10-22-32-35 with the Powerball of 19.

The actual value is $399.4 million, with a direct cash option of $233 million.

It’s the largest Powerball winning ticket sold in South Carolina and the fourth largest in the history of the game.

South Carolina also had a $1 million winning ticket sold at a gasoline station in Hampton. That ticket matched the first five numbers.

The latest jackpot comes after a $448 million prize in early August, which was split among three tickets.

The winning ticket in the latest Powerball drawing was sold in Lexington, central South Carolina

The winning ticket in the latest Powerball drawing was sold in Lexington, central South Carolina

Winners were Mario Scarnici of South Brunswick, New Jersey, Paul White, of Minnesota, and a group
of 16 Ocean County, New Jersey, employees – dubbed the “Ocean’s 16” – who had gone through Hurricane Sandy together and each put in $6 to purchase lottery tickets.

In May, a Florida widow won the biggest Powerball jackpot in history – a $590 million pot.

The game’s rules were changed in early 2012 to boost payoffs and now organizers of the country’s other big lottery, Mega Millions, are planning changes of their own.

Although Mega Millions still holds the record for the largest jackpot in U.S. history – a $656 million prize in March 2012 – organizers are hoping to more regularly see huge jackpots by lessening the odds of winning big while upping a player’s shot at smaller but still hefty prizes.

Mega Millions doesn’t plan to change its $1 ticket price, but an extra $1 option already in the game will be expanded to allow players to increase their secondary prize total to between $1 million and $5 million, a major increase from $250,000.

Game changes also include boosting the starting jackpot from $12 million to $15 million, and allowing the jackpot to grow by at least $5 million between drawings when no top winner is selected.

It’s those jackpots, not the name on the game, that ultimately draw in 45-year-old Trent Shenefield.

“Depends on what’s up the highest,” the electrician said Tuesday while at a QuickTrip convenience store in suburban Kansas City.

“I guess everyone wants to win the big one.”

But fellow lottery player Bob Knowles, a school bus driver in Iowa, said the changes didn’t really matter.

The 62-year-old said he purchases tickets for both games several times a week and would be happy with any jackpot.

“That’s nice, but I don’t care. I can get by with $10 million. I can get by with $3 million,” he said after buying Powerball tickets at a grocery store in Des Moines.

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The Powerball lottery jackpot climbed to $400 million after nobody picked the winning numbers in Saturday’s draw.

Dreamers hoping to strike it rich quick plunked down $2 a ticket hoping to win the previous jackpot estimated to be at $300 million – but in vain.

The winning numbers for Saturday’s drawing were 21, 24, 36, 42, and 45, with the Powerball 15.

The jackpot was well below the eye-popping record of $590.5 million, won in May by an 84-year-old Florida widow.

But it was big enough to attract casual players who only buy tickets when they think the payoff is big and potentially life-changing.

The odds of matching all six numbers are 1 in 175,200,000.

Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Powerball lottery jackpot climbed to $400 million after nobody picked the winning numbers

Powerball lottery jackpot climbed to $400 million after nobody picked the winning numbers

When it comes to choosing the winning combination of six numbers, some players use birthdates of family members, but nearly 80 per cent let the computer randomly pick the digits, according to ABC News.

That is the strategy that Gloria Mackenzie, 84, of Zephyrhills, Florida, used back in May, taking home close to $600 million – the largest prize for a sole winner in the history of U.S. lottery.

“While in line at Publix another lottery player was kind enough to let me go ahead of them in line to purchase the winning Quick Pick ticket,” she said in a statement, according to Florida lottery officials.

Of all the states that participate in the Powerball lottery, Indiana is the leader in the number of winners, coming in at 38, followed by Pennsylvania, Missouri, Minnesota and Kentucky.

If Wednesday’s jackpot doesn’t top $400 million, a single winner choosing the cash option would collect $230.3 million before taxes.

The last time that someone won the Powerball jackpot was June 22, Newsday reported. The lucky ticket was sold in Pennsylvania, earning its holder a prize of $131 million.

The largest jackpot in U.S. history stands at $656 million. It was won in March 2012 by participants in the Mega Millions lottery from Maryland, Kansas and Illinois.

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Matthew Good has been identified as the second winner of record Powerball jackpot, Arizona lottery officials announced.

Matthew Good has chosen to receive a single payout of $192 million to avoid a possible tax rise in 2013.

He bought $10 of Powerball lottery tickets and had kept them in the sun visor of his car overnight before realizing he was a winner.

He and his wife will split the $587.5 million total prize with a Missouri couple who bought the other winning ticket.

Matthew Good, who lottery officials said is in his 30s, and his wife live in an affluent suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, called Fountain Hills, where their ticket was sold.

They consulted a team of financial advisers after discovering that they had won.

A lottery official said Matthew Good intended to put together a financial plan, and also to set up a charitable organization that would give money to causes he and his wife support, the Associated Press reported.

Matthew Good has been identified as the second winner of record Powerball jackpot

Matthew Good has been identified as the second winner of record Powerball jackpot

Matthew Good also reportedly told officials that he enjoys his job and is not making plans to quit.

The couple had tried to remain anonymous, but Mattew Good’s name was released in response to a public records request.

Earlier, they said in a statement: “It is difficult to express just how thankful we are for this wonderful gift.

“We are extremely grateful and feel fortunate to now have an increased ability to support our charities and causes.

“Obviously, this has been incredibly overwhelming and we have always cherished our privacy.”

The jackpot was the second-largest in US history.

The numbers drawn on November 28th were 5, 23, 16, 22, 29 and 6.

The other winning ticket was bought at a petrol station by Mark and Cindy Hill, of Dearborn, Missouri.

They said they would use their winnings to help their relatives, including grandchildren, nieces and nephews, pay for college.


Cindy and Mark Hill, the grandparents from Missouri who won a staggering $293,750,000 of the Powerball jackpot, have revealed they plan to keep the same pickup truck and visit their local cafe for breakfast – all after taking a nap.

Speaking at a press conference at the school where they met as teenagers, Cindy Hill, 51, and her mechanic husband Mark, 52, added they have no plans to leave their home in Dearborn, where they plan to bring up their adopted 6-year-old daughter Jaiden.

The couple, who also have three grown sons, added that they may now consider adopting again in light of their win – one of two winning tickets and a record amount for the state of Missouri.

They added that while their daughter has asked for a pony, it would be “a while” before they made any big purchases.

“I just want to go home and be back to normal,” Cindy Hill said.

She added: “Maybe take a nap.”

“I think we’re going to have a pretty good Christmas,” she said.

Mark and Cindy Hill, who are taking the money in one lump sum, said they hoped to return to Jaiden’s home country of China, but first of all wanted to take her to the beach, as she has never been.

Cindy Hill added: “My husband’s keeping his same old pickup. He did ask for a red Camaro though.”

She added they will set up college funds for their grandchildren, nieces and nephews. They also hope to launch a scholarship fund, and will donate to charity, particularly those supporting adoption.

Cindy and Mark Hill, who won a staggering $293,750,000 of the Powerball jackpot, have revealed they plan to keep the same pickup truck and visit their local cafe for breakfast

Cindy and Mark Hill, who won a staggering $293,750,000 of the Powerball jackpot, have revealed they plan to keep the same pickup truck and visit their local cafe for breakfast

“How much does a person need?” asked Cindy Hill, who was laid off in June 2010.

“We are pretty grounded and we’ve worked really hard all our lives. And we know the value of a dollar.

“We’ll still be going down to the corner cafe for breakfast. It’s just us. We’re as common as anybody – we just have a little bit more money.”

Mark Hill said that he was already struggling to adjust to their new life and, when the Lottery put them up in a hotel on Thursday night, he ran to get toothpaste – and caught himself checking prices.

“Old habits are hard to break,” he said, laughing.

Mark Hill, a mechanic at a hot dog and deli packaging factory, had given his wife $10 to buy tickets. She bought five after picking her daughter up from school, chose numbers at random and left the tickets in the car overnight.

The next morning, she checked the numbers and on discovering they had a winning ticket, she called her husband and said: “I think I’m having a heart attack!”

Cindy Hill drove to her mother’s home to verify the numbers and was later met by her husband, who had refused to believe her. They later called their sons at their workplaces, but told them to keep it quiet.

But their anonymity didn’t last long – especially after Mark Hill posted about their luck on Facebook.

“We are truly blessed … we were lucky winners of the powerball!” he wrote, explaining on Friday that he had just wanted to put an end to the chatter circulating their small town.

Their son Jason Hill, 26, added at the press conference: “I hope we stay grounded and I hope we stay the good people we were yesterday.”

Jared Hill, 31, agreed: “It was pretty surreal. I was excited for them and then I got nervous for them.”

Cindy Hill said she shares their concerns.

“Obviously when it’s that big of a Powerball you’re going to get people coming out of the woodwork and some of them might not be too sane and we have to protect our family,” she said.

“This isn’t what I thought it’d be like. I am grateful but I think there’s going to be a lot of not good stuff that comes along with it too.”

Cindy Hill had worked as an office manager but was laid off in June 2010. She took off a year to spend time with their daughter, who has just started first grade, and had hoped to return to work.

The Hills will share the total $588 jackpot with another winner who bought a ticket in Arizona.

While the Arizona winner’s identity has not yet been revealed, surveillance footage from a gas station in Maryland reportedly shows a construction worker discovering he has the winning ticket.

The video shows the man walking into an Exxon in Prince George’s County and checking his ticket, which he said he brought 2,500 miles away in Arizona, ABC 7 reported.

The man, dressed in a neon yellow jacket, then fist pumps as he checks again before handing the ticket to the clerk, who told the news channel it bore the winning numbers.

Three wealthy bankers from Connecticut, who came forward to claim a $254 million record Powerball jackpot are facing claims that they were not in fact the real winners.

An anonymous man – one of the bankers clients – is said to have actually purchased the ticket but came to Tim Davidson, Brandon Lacoff and Greg Skidmore to avoid the “hassle” of his name becoming public.

They then allegedly set up a trust “as a front” so that Tim Davidson, Brandon Lacoff and Greg Skidmore could be the public face of the win.

In a further twist, it was also claimed that rather than donate a large proportion of the money to charity, the winner has requested that the majority just be invested for his personal gain.

The explosive claims blow apart the fairytale story that Tim Davidson bought the ticket at a gas station in Greenwich Connecticut for $1.

It would also explain the bankers’ sheepish performance at a press conference to collect their “jackpot”, during which they refused to discuss their relationship with each other.

It had been suggested that Tim Davidson bought his ticket on November 1 and the following day they realized their numbers had come up, beating odds of 195,249,054 to one.

The jackpot was the largest ever won in Connecticut and the 12th biggest in Powerball history.

The jackpot was the largest ever won in Connecticut and the 12th biggest in Powerball history

The jackpot was the largest ever won in Connecticut and the 12th biggest in Powerball history

It means the three bankers will take the after-tax lump sum of nearly $104 million in cash between them.

Now, according to a family friend who has known Brandon Lacoff since he was a boy, the truth behind what happened is very different.

Tom Gladstone said that a client at investment company Belpointe LLC, which was founded by Brandon Lacoff and provides investment advice, much of it to wealthy individuals, was the real winner.

He, Tim Davidson and Greg Skidmore then set up the Putnam Avenue Family Trust which will allow the man to keep out of the spotlight.

Tom Gladstone, a real estate agent who rents Brandon Lacoff the Belpointe office space, said: “The person who really won it is anonymous.

“They set up the trust so that Brandon and his two partners could claim they won it and that the real winner wouldn’t get hassled.

“They have said they are going to give it to charity but they are going to manage the money. They are going to make a donation but they keeping a large proportion of the money and they are going to manage it.

“The winner is a client of theirs and their clients are a mixture of larger and smaller investors. By Wall Street standards they are not big players.

“They set up the trust as a front to ensure their client anonymity. It clearly took them some time to work it out as they won on November 1, realized the next day and have only now come forward.

“I saw Brandon last Friday and he didn’t say a word to me. They are smart, rich Greenwich men.”

Tom Gladstone added that he had known Brandon Lacoff’s father Marty, an anti-trust lawyer, for 30 years and that the family were “hard working people”.

He said: “Brandon is a good kid, I don’t know how else to describe him. Obviously the client is putting their faith in him to look after this very substantial amount.”

According to the story which has been told so far, Tim Davidson bought the $1 quick pick ticket for the November 2 drawing at the Shippan Point BP gas station in Stamford. It was the only ticket he bought.

During the press conference Tim Davidson and his two colleagues sat stoically at a conference table sipping bottled water as Jason Kurland, the group’s attorney, answered questions but declined to address basic issues about the win.

Jason Kurland said: “Obviously, everybody is extremely excited. These numbers are huge. This is going to benefit many people.

“From the first conversation I had with them, it was very philanthropic. Charities was definitely, probably No. 1 on their priority list.”

As they were leaving the news conference, Greg Skidmore stopped at the microphone to identify himself and his partners and said: “And it feels good,” before leaving the room.

The winning numbers were 12-14-34-39-46, Powerball 36.

Lottery officials had used billboards across the state to urge the ticket holder to come forward as the weeks went by without a winner.

Jason Kurland said the group called him the day after the draw.

He said: “They thought they were the winners, and then, that night, I think, one of the local TV stations had the numbers, and the Powerball number was wrong on the TV screen, so that put them into a little bit of a tizzy.

“But the news, to their credit, corrected it a few hours later, and they were confident they had it.”

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Belpointe manages $82 million which makes it a boutique investment firm by the standards of many New York finance houses.

Brandon Lacoff was an accountant for Ernst & Young before founding an investment company known Belray capital, which became Belpointe LLC.

He “owns a number of properties and businesses throughout the region”, according to the Belpointe website.

Greg Skidmore, the company’s president and chief investment officer, formerly worked as an investment banker for a subsidiary of AXA Financial Services and Citigroup.

He is a former member of the U.S. sailing team who was once an Olympic hopeful, according to the company’s website.

Greg Skidmore is also the grandson of Louis Skidmore, the notable American architect and founder of the firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, which created the Sears Tower in Chicago amongst other buildings.

Tim Davidson started his career at a French bank where he worked in foreign exchange before moving on to advise companies, hedge funds and “ultra high worth” individuals.