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$200 scratch lotto winnings lead woman to help homeless man

​​ WAREHAM, Mass. — Good fortune and a chance meeting have led a Massachusetts woman to change a homeless stranger’s life. Sofia Andrade had just won $200 on a scratch lottery ticket when she saw Glenn Williams panhandling Saturday evening near a stop sign in New Bedford. Andrade decided to use her winnings to get Williams […]

Woman buys lottery ticket her friend rejected, wins $100,000

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — A Virginia woman won $100,000 when she purchased a lottery ticket her friend rejected. Lucille Harrelson and some of her friends went to a Wawa to buy some scratch-offs. One of her friends started to buy the ticket but changed her mind and purchased a different ticket, according to WTKR. Harrelson bought the winning scratch-off ticket […]

Inmate suing Tennessee couple who won Powerball jackpot

MUNFORD, Tenn. — Less than a month after winning the Powerball jackpot, a Tennessee couple is being sued by a prisoner. Jonathan Lee Riches, who is also known as Jihadi Schitz, has sued the Multi-state Lottery Commission, Powerball and the Robinson family for what he claims is his share of the prize money, Forbes reports. Lisa and John […]

Thai Smile Airways allows passengers to buy seat for ‘supernatural’ dolls

It’s time to board the plane. You cross your fingers, hoping you’re not going to be seated next to a child. No such luck. But this is no ordinary kid. She doesn’t cry, move or kick seats. That’s because she’s actually a Luk Thep — or supernatural “angel child” doll. Sounds too bizarre to be […]

Recent lottery winner killed during Ga. home invasion

FITZGERALD, Ga. — A forklift operator who won over $430,000 playing the Georgia lottery was shot and killed during a home invasion, according to police. Friends and family say Craigory Burch, Jr., 30, was targeted because he won $434,272 in November. The victim’s girlfriend says a shotgun blew open the door and three masked, armed men ran inside their […]

Nurse gets worst Powerball prank of all time

POMONA, Calif. — When it comes to pranks this one is especially cruel. A California nurse who thought she was one of the lucky three Powerball winners learned she was pranked by her son. Her son is said to have texted his mother with a photo of the ticket and said that she had matched […]

Winning Powerball tickets for largest jackpot in history sold in 3 states

CHINO HILLS, Calif. — The nearly $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot — the largest lottery prize in history — will be split at least three ways. The winning tickets were sold in Chino Hills, California; Munford, Tennessee; and in Melbourne Beach, Florida, according to state lottery officials. The winning numbers were 08, 27, 34, 04 and […]

Jackpot-winning Powerball ticket sold in California

CHINO HILLS, Calif. — A spokesman for the California Lottery says a winning Powerball ticket was sold at a store in suburban Los Angeles. Spokesman Alex Travesta tells The Associated Press the jackpot-winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, about 25 miles northeast of Anaheim. The identity of the winner is […]

Lucky numbers: Here are the most common Powerball numbers

It’s the question everyone is asking: Did you get a ticket? The Powerball jackpot reached $1.5 billion on Wednesday, meaning the winner would walk away with $930 million after taxes. The drawing will be held at 10:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Want to increase your odds of winning? Statistics website Lotto Numbers says several numbers […]

Here’s how much good you could do with the $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot

CHICAGO — The jackpot for Wednesday’s Powerball lottery drawing is a whopping $1.5 billion. Certainly you could use that money to buy islands and fancy cars, but how much GOOD could you do with it? So WGN partnered with the Chicago-based startup Public Good and they crunched the numbers. Some of the results are pretty unbelievable: ANIMALS $1.5 […]

Powerball jackpot climbs to record $1.5 billion

The Powerball jackpot swelled to $1.5 billion on Tuesday morning, a day ahead of the next drawing. It was already the single largest lottery prize ever, and the hype has sent ticket sales skyrocketing — driving the grand prize higher still. The next drawing will be Wednesday night at 10:59 pm ET. This jackpot first […]

No Powerball winner, jackpot now at $1.3 billion

Lottery officials say no ticket has matched all six Powerball numbers. That means the record $949.8 million jackpot is expected to soar to $1.3 billion for Wednesday’s drawing. The odds to win were one in 292.2 million, and the numbers drawn were 32-16-19-57-34 and Powerball number 13. Officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs […]

Powerball jackpot reaches $900 million

FOREST PARK, Ill. — Update: Tonight’s winning Powerball numbers are 16-19-32-34-57 with a Powerball of 13. Lottery officials say a winner would have the option of being paid $900 million through annual payments over 29 years or opting for a $558 million lump-sum cash payout. Sales for the lottery game have skyrocketed since Wednesday, when […]

Powerball jackpot soars to $800 million

The record Powerball jackpot just got bigger, climbing to $800 million as sales soared in the days leading up to the drawing. Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery, says officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association on Friday raised the estimated jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing from $700 million because of strong sales. Grief says […]

Lawsuit: Illinois owes interest on delayed lottery payments

CHICAGO — Illinois lottery winners who weren’t paid because of the state’s budget impasse have filed a lawsuit contending they are owed interest accrued during the months winning tickets weren’t honored. Thomas Zimmerman, attorney for the plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, told the Chicago Tribune he estimates interest […]

Powerball jackpot surges to $500M hours before tonight’s drawing

The Powerball jackpot has climbed to an estimated $500 million as more people across the country buy a chance at the biggest prize in nearly a year. Officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association raised the jackpot estimate from $450 million due to strong sales before Wednesday night’s drawing. The jackpot ranks as the sixth largest […]

Powerball jackpot climbs to estimated $675M

A lottery official says the estimated prize for this weekend’s Powerball drawing is the largest jackpot of any lottery game in U.S. history. Texas Lottery spokeswoman Kelly Cripe says Saturday’s drawing will be worth about $675 million. That’s because no one matched the numbers drawn for Wednesday night’s estimated $500 million jackpot. Wednesday’s numbers were 2, […]

Tonight’s Powerball jackpot jumps to $450 Million

The Powerball jackpot is now up to $450-million for Wednesday night’s drawing. Multi-State Lottery Association officials on Tuesday increased the expected prize from $400 million because of fast sales for the largest lottery jackpot in nearly a year. The grand prize has been rolling over since November. The jackpot now is the sixth-largest ever in […]

7 time lottery winner shares secrets to success

Tonight’s estimated Power Ball jackpot is $450 million. Richard Lustig, a seven time lottery winner from Florida, joins us via Skype to share his secrets to success.

Man auctioning off his ‘Cash for Life’ lottery winnings — but there’s a catch

BYRON CENTER, Mich. — A Michigan man’s dream come true could become a dream come true for someone else — if they bid high enough. WXMI reports that the “Cash for Life” lottery earnings won by the man back in the 1990s is will hit the auction block this week. The man filed for bankruptcy […]

Powerball jackpot climbs to $400 million after no winner drawn in Saturday’s drawing

The winning Powerball numbers for the drawing Saturday are 5-6-15-29-42, with a Powerball number of 10 and Power Play 2. However, lottery officials say there was no grand prize winner in the drawing. The jackpot is now estimated at $400 million. The lump-sum cash prize for the winner would be $244.8 million. The next drawing will […]

$700K winning lottery ticket sold in Oak Lawn

OAK LAWN, Ill. – One lucky winner may begin his or her 2016 much richer than before. According to the Illinois Lottery, a winning $700,000 Lucky Day Lotto ticket was sold at the Citgo gas station at 6801 W. 87th Street in Oak Lawn, Ill., on New Year’s Eve. The ticket matched all five numbers: 01, […]

Million dollar Mega Millions ticket sold in Chicago suburb

OSWEGO, Ill. — Someone who purchased a mega millions lottery ticket in Oswego is going to start-off the New Year one million dollars richer. A winning ticket was sold at the Jewel-Osco store on Orchard Rd in Oswego. The ticket matched the first five numbers, but not the MegaBall and the lucky player didn’t even […]

Homeless man wins $500,000 on Colorado lottery ticket

ASPEN, Colo. — A homeless man probably isn’t homeless anymore after winning $500,000 from a lottery scratch ticket. The 61-year-old man bought the ticket at a gas station last week. He said he’s homeless because of financial hardships, including a divorce and the loss of his business. “The man who won is a very humble […]

Illinois Lottery to resume winner payments

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Lottery says it will resume all prize payouts. In a statement Monday, the lottery said Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an action giving them the legal authority to give all winners their prizes. The Illinois Lottery had previously halted payouts of more than $600 due to the Illinois state budget crisis. The lottery […]

Man wins lottery twice within minutes of playing

MODESTO, Calif. — One lucky man wins the lottery, not once, but twice in a matter of minutes. Rodney Meadows was running errands when he decided to pick up some scratch-off lottery tickets from a store in Modesto, California. He won a thousand dollars the first time, so he decided to go back in the […]

Woman wins $1M on scratch ticket for 2nd time

​ BOSTON — Few people are lucky enough to win $1 million in the lottery. But one Massachusetts woman has now done it twice. Constance Carpenito, of Stoneham, recently won a $1 million prize on a scratch ticket in the $10,000,000 Diamond Millionaire instant game. A spokesman for the Massachusetts Lottery says Carpenito also won […]

Secret Sisters Gift Exchange — the pyramid gift ‘scam’ taking over Facebook

It’s slowly taking over Facebook — and experts are warning the “Secret Sisters Gift Exchange” is simply a new version of an old pyramid scam. Do a quick search on Facebook for “Secret Sisters Gift Exchange” and you will see thousands of posts about the gift exchange. The messages first started showing up on Facebook, Pinterest and various message […]

States bordering Illinois see boost in lottery sales amid budget battle

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — States surrounding Illinois are starting to see a boost in lottery sales. With an ongoing budget battle in Springfield, the Illinois Lottery announced earlier this month it would not be paying winners anything more than $600. The lowered payouts have people crossing the borders. Lotteries in Indiana, Missouri, Iowa and Kentucky say […]

Illinois Lottery: Payment delays for all winners over $600

CHICAGO — The Illinois Lottery says the state budget impasse means all winners of more than $600 won’t be paid immediately. In a statement Wednesday, Lottery officials say they anticipate that on Thursday, the agency’s check writing account will be exhausted and there is no legal authority to replenish it. Last month, the Illinois comptroller’s […]

Woman finds out she won $310M Powerball while sitting in McDonald’s drive-thru

LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan woman found out she was the winner of the $310 million Powerball jackpot while sitting in the drive-thru at McDonald’s. Julie Leach, 50, of Three Rivers, Michigan, was introduced as the big winner during a press conference on Tuesday held by the Michigan Lottery. Leach says she learned she was the […]

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Linda Kollmeyer’s final televised Illinois Lottery drawing

After 20 years, Linda Kollmeyer hosted her last televised Illinois Lottery drawing Wednesday night. Starting October 1, the lottery is going to an online digital draw system. It will be powered by a random number generator program and available for view online each day. Linda hosted the drawing then stopped by the news desk for a […]

Powerball fever grows as jackpot tops $300M

CHICAGO – Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is $301 million dollars. Right now, the odds of winning are about 1 in 175 million. And it’s about to get harder. Major changes will make it much harder to win the jackpot though easier to win smaller prizes. It’s an effort to increase interest in Powerball. This comes at […]

Winning $310.5M Powerball ticket sold in Michigan

THREE RIVERS, Mich. — Lottery officials say the winning ticket to a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot was sold in southwestern Michigan. Michigan Lottery spokesman Jeff Holyfield says the winning ticket in Wednesday night’s drawing was sold at a gas station in Three Rivers. He says the winner hasn’t come forward yet. The Michigan lottery says Wednesday’s […]

A look back as we say goodbye to the WGN lottery drawing

CHICAGO — The familiar plastic ping pong balls rolled out into the studio late this morning as crews prepared for the final midday lottery drawing at WGN – the same location the lottery drawings started on television more than 40 years ago. Back in 1975, beloved WGN host Ray Rayner took on lottery duties that […]

40 years of the Lottery on WGN – clips, bloopers and more

CHICAGO — Today marks the end of an era here on WGN. The first lottery broadcast was here on WGN in 1975, but has been on a number of TV stations over the years but for the past 21-years, the Illinois lottery numbers have been drawn live during our afternoon and evening newscasts. Starting Thursday, […]

Brothers win lottery because they listened to their mom

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio– It’s always best to listen to mom. In this case, Christopher and Jay would definitely agree. According to the Ohio Lottery, the men from Garfield Heights each won $25,000 in the midday Sep. 25 Pick 5 drawing after playing the numbers their mom gave them, according to WJW. Jay said his mother, Betty […]

Powerball jackpot crosses $300M mark for Wednesday’s drawing

CHICAGO — The Powerball jackpot has reached more than $300 million after no one matched the winning numbers on Sunday. The lottery prize reached approximately $301 million. The next Powerball drawing will take place on Wednesday. The last major Powerball jackpot occurred in February, when the total reached $564 million. But the heightened prize doesn’t […]

Illinois Lottery moves drawings from TV to online

CHICAGO — On Friday, the Illinois Lottery announced the transition to a new digital draw system. Starting Oct. 1, drawings for Pick 3, Pick 4, Lotto with Extra Shot, and Lucky Day Lotto will no longer be aired live on WGN-TV, but will be posted on the Lottery’s website, “For over 25 years, WGN-TV has […]

Woman finds $1 million lottery ticket in pile of old mail

KENTWOOD, Mich. — A Kentwood woman is $1 million richer after finding a winning Mega Millions ticket in a pile of old mail. During a recent visit to the store, the clerk told Tuttle someone had won $1 million with a ticket purchased at the store. Tuttle then went home to check a pile of some old mail where she […]

Woman who claimed she won $20,000 from lottery could face charges

WASHINGTON — A woman who says the Virginia Lottery owes her $20,000 after she hit it big with a scratch-off ticket may instead face charges. On Aug. 22, Ardella Newman claimed a $2 ticket matched the number 16, making it a winner. However, lottery officials said there was a mistake. Newman pressed, saying she won and filing […]

Illinois lottery winners file lawsuit over halted payments

CHICAGO — Two lottery winners have filed a federal lawsuit against the Illinois Lottery, which stopped paying out large prizes because there’s no state budget. The lawsuit filed Wednesday by Rhonda Rasche and Danny Chasteen seeks class action status. Rasche is awaiting a $50,000 payout. Chasteen won $250,000. Last month the state comptroller’s office said […]

Woman’s winning lottery ticket voided due to error — ‘It wasn’t anything I did wrong’

[protected-iframe info=”″ width=”100%” height=”400″ frameborder=”0″] WASHINGTON — Ardella Newman thought she hit it big. On Aug. 22, Newman purchased a $2 scratch-off ticket that matched the number 16, making it worth $20,000. “When I saw that $20,000, you don’t know how excited I was,” she told WJLA. However, lottery officials told her there had been […]

$20 found in San Francisco leads to $1 million lottery win

SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco Bay Area man won $1 million in the California Lottery after buying a winning ticket with money he found at the airport. The California Lottery says that Hubert Tang had not bought a lottery ticket in 10 years. When he found a $20 bill on the street outside San […]

Man wins $1M lottery using money he found on street

[protected-iframe info=”″ width=”590″ height=”332″ scrolling=”no”] MILLBRAE, Calif. — Forgot lucky pennies; one man found a lucky $20. According to multiple reports a California bartender won $1 million after he bought the winning ticket with money he had found on the street. Hubert Tang said he found a $20 bill near the San Francisco airport, […]

Illinois Lottery Delays Payouts of $25,000 or More

SPRINGFIELD — It’s another casualty of the stalemate in Springfield. No budget means no lottery payouts over $25,000. With lawmakers in Springfield still not budging on a budget agreement, big lottery winners, like Danny Chasteen, are out of luck for now. Chasteen was hoping to pay off his bills with the $250,000 he won in […]

$550,000 winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket sold in Chicago

CHICAGO — A Chicago store sold a $550,000 winning ticket for Monday’s Lucky Day Lotto drawing. The winning ticket was purchased at Gateway Newstand, 303 East Wacker Drive, and matched all five numbers – 16 – 17 – 19 – 23 – 24 – to win $550,000 in the Monday, August 17, midday drawing. The retailer […]

Chicago mother of three wins $250K lottery prize

CHICAGO — A single mother of three in Chicago says she feels “extremely blessed” after winning $250,000 lottery prize. “Because of this Lottery win, I can finally buy a home for my family,” said Marta Osorio, 59 in a statement. She won the money on a $250,000 Crossword instant ticket. Osorio has lived in Illinois for 20 […]

Time will tell if Gase’s Bears offense is the right one for Jay Cutler

BOURBONNAIS – Take just a second to dream a little dream, Bears fans. Head to a record book or the internet and take a look at the statistics for one Peyton Manning from the 2012-2014 seasons with the Denver Broncos. They’re a little eye-popping. At least 4,600 yards of passing. At least 37 touchdowns. One […]

Search Results for: lottery $200 scratch lotto winnings lead woman to help homeless man ​​ WAREHAM, Mass. — Good fortune and a chance meeting have led a Massachusetts woman to change a