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Big Winner Alert: Powerball $206 Million Jackpot Won in New Mexico

Someone who played Powerball in New Mexico last night is holding a ticket worth $206,900,000. Whether that is one person or a lottery pool is unknown at this time, but sometime in the next few days, we’ll likely find out who won. The winning numbers were 13,24,29,40,52. The Power ball was 29. Eighteen players matched […]

Lottery Scam Watch: Keep Track of Your Tickets

A lottery retail clerk may have cheated a winning ticket holder out of $800,000. Did anyone out there see this item in a recent issue of the New Orlean Times Picayune newspaper? Well, according to newspaper reports, there is now an ongoing investigation by Louisiana State Police and the state’s Lottery Corporation to determine if […]

Why Don’t All U.S. States Have Lotteries?

There are currently 51 jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada with lotteries. You might ask, why aren’t ALL of U.S. states using lotteries as a way of legitimately raising money for their pet beneficiaries? The answer, of course, is that some very powerful lobbying groups are anti-lottery, anti-gambling. Case in point, Arkansas. This is a […]

Powerball Jackpot Rolls Over to $200 Million

Last night’s POWERBALL draw produced no jackpot winners, which means the big prize hits the $200 million mark, easily the biggest jackpot being offered in the world. There were nine players who matched the first five white ball numbers for a $200,000 prize: 1 from Indiana, 1 from Kentucky, 1 from Missouri, 1 from Montana, […]

Powerball “Quick Pick” Yields $1 Million Win for 88-Year Old

I had the great pleasure of talking over the phone yesterday with Rose Marks, an 88-year old Connecticut woman who won $1 million over the weekend when she “matched five” Powerball white ball numbers, only missing the red Power ball. That won her $200,000. But because she exercised the Power Play option, she won $200,000 […]

Powerball jackpot rolls to $176 Million

What will you do if you win Wednesday night’s Powerball draw for $176 million ($89 million lump sum, minus taxes)? Over the 10 years I’ve been interviewing big lottery winners, I’ve talked to quite a few very YOUNG winners. And I’ve always wondered (since I play too) ….if I had won a million dollar lottery […]

$24 Million “MEGA MILLIONS” Winner Steps Forward

Choosing to remain anonymous (which you can do in Maryland…in other states, however, you MUST give out your name) a 49-year-old woman and her daughter came to Maryland Lottery headquarters carrying a locked safe. Inside the safe was the $24 million Mega Millions winning ticket from last Tuesday’s drawing. As she sat hugging her oversized […]

Playing Tomorrow Night’s $154 Million POWERBALL Game: A Strategy

Let’s have some fun today. As I said a few days ago, I am not a systems player. I do not believe they work and I do not recommend playing them. But I do recognize the fun in playing systems. One of the more interesting ones I’ve run across is playing hot and cold numbers. […]

China’s Biggest Lottery Winner Steps Forward

Americans like to think they invented state run lotteries, but the truth is that the Hun Dynasty in China first created a Keno-like lottery game in 100 B.C., primarily to finance construction of the Great Wall. More than 2,000 years later the government now runs a lottery much like our own. And a few weeks […]

$136 Million POWERBALL Jackpot in Play Tonight

Lottery players: allow me to introduce myself this one time. I am the LOTTERY GUY. That’s not my real name, of course, but it will do for now. I have been involved in and written about the lottery business in the United States and around the world for more than 10 years. I have been […]

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