This Week in Lottery: Justice, a Tragedy & More
$385M Powerball Jackpot Rolls
Last Saturday night’s Powerball draw ended anticlimactically as its weeks-long rollover streak was left unbroken yet again. It was a sad day for those hoping to win the $385 million jackpot, but just like most rollovers, it’s also a blessing in disguise! Come Wednesday, March 14, the jackpot will now be worth $420 million with a lump sum option of $248 million. So, even if you didn’t win the grand prize, at least you can win a bigger prize next time.
The winning numbers were: 43-44-54-61-69, Powerball: 22, Power Play: 3x
But hey, maybe you still have a shot at the secondary prizes. Saturday’s draw had over 1,003,610 winners, so you might just be one of them if you entered the March 10 draw. 3 tickets, for starters, won the $1 million second prize, with one of them taking home $2 million instead thanks to the Power Play multiplier. Meanwhile, 25 lucky players won third prize, 635 won the fourth prize, and some 1,535 players won the fifth prize. And there are thousands more that won the 4 lower prize tiers.
Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $300M
The Mega Millions jackpot continued to rollover as the March 9 draw ended with no grand prize winners in sight. What could have been a $290 million win will increase to a massive $318 million jackpot with a $187 million cash option come Tuesday, March 13. There were no second prize winners as well.
The winning numbers were: 7-17-18-46-66, Mega Ball: 22, Megaplier: 4
As for smaller wins, there were a total of 11 3 rd prize winners, 443 4 th prize winners, and 1,186 winners 5 th prize winners, along with thousands of 6 th , 7 th , 8 th and 9 th prize winners. Overall, there were 309,354 winners of at least $4 each.
Euromillions Rolls Over
There were no winners of the £45,846,428 Euromillions jackpot offered on the March 9, 2018 draw, which means that come Tuesday, the jackpot will now increase to an estimated £54 million. While nobody won the top prize, there were 2 lucky players who won the £387,985.60 second prize. One ticket was sold in Dublin, while the other was sold somewhere in the south of Ireland. Overall, there were 2,165,222 winners of at least £2.40 each.
The winning numbers were: 09-14-21-32-44, Lucky Stars: 1 & 12
Even if you didn’t match any of the numbers nor the Lucky Starts, don’t forget about the UK Millionaire Maker Codes! 2 winners are guaranteed every draw, so don’t throw away your ticket.
The winning codes were: JQWZ 19593 & MQWX 32539
Powerball Winner Figures in Car Crash
49-year-old Paul White, a 2013 Powerball jackpot winner, was seriously injured in a terrible car crash that caused the death of his girlfriend’s daughter. 18-year-old Lauren VanReese of Andover, Minnesota, got thrown from the van, which had rolled multiple times after getting hit by a Ford F-150 pickup. Along with White, his girlfriend Kimberly VanReese, 50, was also injured, though she was reported as being in a “fair condition.” There were also 14 other people inside the van at the time of the crash.
A blood test conducted by police showed that the pickup’s driver, 30-year-old Nisbany Surit Garcias’ blood-alcohol content was .18 percent, which was way over the .08 legal limit in Florida. He was charged with 1 count of DUI causing death and 9 counts of DUI causing damage to a person or property.
Last of Jamaican Lottery Scammers Caught
It all began in 2011, when a North Dakota woman lost her entire life savings—some $300,000—to lottery scammers. And soon, over 90 people, most of which were elderly, fell victim to the nasty scam perpetuated by a group of at least 27 individuals from Jamaica. It was only on January 9 and February 23 of this year that the last two fugitives—Mario Hines and Gareth Billings—were finally caught, seven years after eluding capture.
According to authorities, the suspects used an all-too familiar scam. The scammers would call their targets and inform them that they had won in a lottery draw, persuade them to pay a fee so they can receive their winnings, and disappearing once they had their victim’s money.
The suspects have been charged with conspiracy, fraud and money laundering and are still being prosecuted in North Dakota. All except Hines, Billings and one other suspect have pleaded guilty to the charges. Expect more updates as this story develops.
This week in lottery, fugitive lottery scammers have finally been caught, while a 2013 Powerball winner gets injured in a car crash. Plus, the latest results!
Minnesota engineer revealed as Powerball lottery winner
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A Minnesota engineer was introduced on Thursday as one of three winners of a $448 million Powerball lottery, and said he was so excited to discover he had a lucky ticket that he ran around the office at a Minneapolis contracting firm where he works.
“It’s crazy, I’ve got to tell you,” said Paul White, 45, a divorced father of a 16-year-old son and 14-year-old daughter.
White said he learned on Thursday morning at Elliott Contracting in Minneapolis, where he works as a project engineer, that he had a winning ticket. He jumped up and ran around the office, and asked several people to look at the ticket to verify the Powerball number of 32 and numbers 5-25-30-58-59.
He then went to the Minnesota Lottery office where he chose to take a cash payment of $86 million, or $58.3 million after taxes, from his $149 million share of the total jackpot.
“I have been waiting for this moment all my life,” White said in response to a question why he had come forward so quickly.
White said he had imagined winning the lottery “so many times in my head”. He was joined on Thursday by Kim VanReese, 45, his partner of about 4-1/2 years, Ron Bowen, his boss at Elliott, and Bowen’s wife, Nancy Bowen, who works at Elliott.
“He started the day my boss. He’s going to end the day my chauffeur,” White said, joking.
White, who said he had been looking at a used Acura NSX sports car before the jackpot, said he would not leave his employer in a lurch but added: “I don’t want to work for anybody else for the rest of my life, I mean that for a paycheck.”
The odds of winning the jackpot were about one in 175 million.
Asked if he was disappointed that he was splitting the jackpot three ways, White joked, “I think I can get by on it. We will see.”
IDENTITIES OF OTHER WINNERS A MYSTERY
The identity of the other two winning ticket holders, purchased separately in New Jersey, remained a mystery. Those tickets were sold at a Super Stop & Shop supermarket in South Brunswick and at an Acme Markets store in Little Egg Harbor, said Judith Drucker, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Lottery.
“It’s nice. It’s good for whoever won,” said Howard Witzgall, store manager of the Stop & Shop, which pledged to donate to the South Brunswick community an undetermined portion of its $30,000 bonus for selling a winning ticket.
Acme Markets, a grocery chain operated by Supervalu, said it would donate $10,000 of its $30,000 bonus to hunger relief programs and other charities in Ocean County, a section of the Jersey Shore that was hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy, said Acme spokeswoman Angela Perez.
“We didn’t win, but we just really hope it goes to someone who needs it. This town was pretty hurt by the storm last year,” said Dara Conklin, 53, a school teacher who is among 43,000 residents of Egg Harbor Township.
The Minnesota lottery pays a bonus of $50,000 to stores in its state that sell a winning ticket. White bought the ticket at a Holiday Station store in Ham Lake.
The largest jackpot in history stands at $656 million, won in the Mega Millions lottery in March 2012. That prize was split among winners in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois.
The biggest single-winner Powerball jackpot, of $590.5 million, was claimed in June by an 84-year-old Florida woman who opted for a lump-sum payment of nearly $371 million rather than the 30-year option.
Powerball tickets are sold in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Five states – Kansas, Maryland, Delaware, North Dakota and Ohio – allow the winners to remain anonymous, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association.
Additional reporting by Tom Brown in Miami and Victoria Cavaliere in New York; Editing by Greg McCune
A Minnesota engineer was introduced on Thursday as one of three winners of a $448 million Powerball lottery, and said he was so excited to discover he had a lucky ticket that he ran around the office at a Minneapolis contracting firm where he works.