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3 big winners in $448M Powerball jackpot

The winning numbers are: 5, 25, 30, 58, 59 and the Powerball: 32

Thee people matched all six numbers, and each of those tickets is worth about $150 million, splitting the $448 jackpot.

A $1 million Powerball jackpot ticket was sold in Round Lake, Illinois.

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Several of them suffered property losses in Superstorm Sandy. One is the daughter of a man who helped write New Jersey’s lottery law.

All are feeling extremely lucky.

Sixteen New Jersey co-workers who jointly held one of three tickets that won last week’s $448 million Powerball jackpot came forward publicly Tuesday.

Dubbed the “Ocean’s 16″ — they work for the Ocean County vehicle maintenance facility — the group claims $86 million, or one third of the jackpot’s cash-option value. After federal and state taxes, each group member will get $3.8 million.

One is Darlene Riccio, who told reporters that last year’s monster storm forced she and her daughter to move from their rented home of five years in Brick, New Jersey, to an apartment above a storefront.

The first thing she’s going to do: “Buy me and my daughter a home and bring my dog back home.”

“It has been an extremely rough year,” Riccio said at the group’s news conference in Toms River. “When we lost everything, this whole group here — and everybody I worked with — really pulled together and helped me through. This has been like a great family for me. We have a bond now.”

Several others raised their hands when asked whether they suffered losses in the storm, which the federal government has said is expected to rank as the second-costliest tropical cyclone on record, after Hurricane Katrina.

Another winner, Barbara Jo Riivald, is a daughter of the late state Sen. John Brown — “the father of the New Jersey Lottery,” as state lottery Executive Director Carol Hedinger put it.

Riivald’s father, who died in 2011, sponsored the law that led to the debut of the state lottery in 1970.

“When we actually hit this lottery, not even in my mind did I remember my father was the father of the lottery,” Riivald said. “When I called my sister to tell her, she said, ‘Oh my gosh, Barb. Dad is just smiling down.’ She said, ‘It’s his lottery.’

“The only thing I wanted to do that next morning was pick up the phone and call him and call my mom (who also died recently). And then I realized I couldn’t do that,” she said. “But this is a really special moment.”

Sixty people work at the Toms River facility, though only the 16 pooled their money together. Group members said they bought lottery tickets together for about five years, but only when jackpots were big.

Lisa Presutto bought 48 tickets for the group last week, purchasing them at an Acme Market in Little Egg Harbor.

As she checked the winning numbers with her coffee Thursday morning, she “immediately started shaking” when she saw one of her tickets match. She needed someone to check it.

“I … had to wake my poor husband up — who was no longer poor,” Presutto said.

All 16 returned to work after winning. But one co-winner, Joseph Odoardo, raised his hand Tuesday when asked whether any of them are going to retire now.

“After 34 years and almost retiring last year, this happens, and you just don’t have another choice,” he said.

Co-winner William Seeley wore a “Duck Dynasty”-themed T-shirt and rather looked and talked like the A&E show’s stars. Wearing a long beard, he said he was “Happy, happy, happy” in the style of the program’s patriarch, Phil Robertson.

Seeley said he lost his mother to cancer last year, and his dad is suffering from it now.

“That’s … the first place I stopped, was Pop’s house. Started crying in front of him and told him I loved him and you got nothing to worry about now except getting better,” Seeley said.

The other winners are: Ralston Chalfant Jr.; Peter Cherkos; Joseph D’Angelo; June Delgado; Robert Heinen; Dorothy Kulina; Tabitha Long; Brian McCarthy; Susan Nickel; Eleine Sanchez; and Donna Cinque-Stasse.

An electrical engineer in Minnesota came forward on Thursday to claim his one-third stake. The holder of the other ticket — also sold in New Jersey — has yet to come forward.

The all-time largest U.S. jackpot was $656 million in the Mega Millions game in March 2012. That was split among three tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

Powerball is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A single ticket costs $2.

 

 

 

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A Minnesota man hit the jackpot, literally.

Paul White of Ham Lake, Minnesota, stepped forward Thursday to claim one-third of a $448 million Powerball jackpot, according to the Minnesota State Lottery.

The other two winning ticket-holders have not stepped forward. The two tickets were sold in New Jersey, one at a Super Stop n Shop in South Brunswick and the other at an Acme Market in Little Egg Harbor, Carole Hedinger, the executive director of the New Jersey Lottery, told reporters Thursday.

White, a project engineer at Elliott Contracting in Minneapolis, said he’s imagined winning the Powerball jackpot “so many times in my head.”

That dream became a reality when White got a telephone call Thursday morning from a friend telling him one of the winning tickets was sold in Minneapolis.

His ticket matched the winning numbers: 5, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball number 32.

powerballThough he could have chosen to receive $149.4 million over 30 years, he said he chose the immediate cash option of $86 million, which will net him $58.3 million after taxes.

White bought the winning ticket at the Holiday Stationstore in Ham Lake, north of Minneapolis, he said.

The odds of getting hit by lightning in any given year are about one in 500,000. You are about 350 times LESS likely to win the Powerball lottery.

The odds of cracking one that big?

Who knows and who cares, when you’re splitting the equivalent of about the net worth of Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods, according to Forbes magazine?

Giant U.S. lottery jackpots have been coming more frequently, observers say.

“You could see maybe in the next several years … an elusive billion-dollar jackpot,” said Victor Matheson, economics professor at College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.

Had no one won Wednesday evening, the prize would have swollen to an estimated $600 million for Saturday’s drawing, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. With the winning tickets, the jackpot falls to $40 million.

The all-time largest U.S. jackpot was $656 million in the Mega Millions game in March 2012. That was split among three tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

Powerball is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A single ticket costs $2.

White is Minnesota’s 22nd Powerball jackpot winner since Powerball began in 1992, according to the Minnesota State Lottery.

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A $1 million Powerball jackpot ticket was sold in Round Lake, Illinois.

It was a Quick-pick ticket sold at the Amoco gas station on Nippersink; that person matched all five numbers but not the Powerball.

Three others matched all six numbers Wednesday night. Each of those tickets is worth about $150 million, splitting the $448 jackpot.

The winner from Round Lake has not yet been identified.

The winning numbers are: 5, 25, 30, 58, 59 and the Powerball: 32

The odds of getting hit by lightning in any given year are about one in 500,000. You are about 350 times LESS likely to win the Powerball lottery.

Wham!! Wham!! Wham!! The lottery struck at least three lucky victims at the same time Wednesday night with a total jackpot of $448 million, Powerball said on its website.

Two are in New Jersey and one is in Minnesota, but there could still be additional winners in other states.

The winners each have a ticket in their pockets, purses or sock drawers with the winning numbers: 5, 25, 30, 58, 59 …. and Powerball number 32.

The odds of cracking one that big?

Who knows and who cares, when you’re splitting the equivalent of about the net worth of Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods, according to Forbes magazine?

The size of U.S. lottery jackpots are growing, with almost no end in sight.

“You could see maybe in the next several years … an elusive billion-dollar jackpot,” said Victor Matheson, economics professor at College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts.

Had no one won Wednesday evening, the prize would have swollen to an estimated $600 million for Saturday’s drawing, according to the Multi-State Lottery Association. With the winning tickets, the jackpot falls to $40 million.

That’s not far from the all-time largest U.S. jackpot of $656 million in the Mega Millions game in March 2012. That was split among three tickets sold in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.

Powerball is played in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A single ticket costs $2.

With their payout, the winners could buy fleet of high-speed Bugatti Veyrons each to speed off to a life in the sun, far away from all those friends — they never knew that had — asking for a loan.

CNN’s Tom Foreman contributed to this report.

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The winning Powerball numbers are: 5 – 25 – 30 – 58 – 59 .  The Powerball is  32

It is the third largest Powerball drawing ever, $425 million dollars.

Powerball tickets are sold in 43 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S Virgin Islands.  The odds of winning?  1 in 175 million.

But is you win the jackpot, it translates to a lump sum payment of about $245 million dollars and today, people in the Chicago area have been trading in dollars for dreams.

WGN’s Dan Ponce talked with some hopeful lotto players.

Powerball

It’s the third highest Powerball jackpot.

Tonight’s Powerball jackpot is now up to $425 million after nobody won Saturday’s prize.

It’s expected millions of tickets will be sold in the hours leading up to the drawing.

Your chances of matching all six Powerball numbers – 1 in 175 million.

The Powerball jackpot is now a whopping $400 million.

No one picked all six winning numbers in Saturday night’s drawing. The next drawing is Wednesday night.

If only one ticket matches all six numbers, the winner will take home a little more than $230 million  in a lump sum, and the odds of that happening are about 1 in 175 million.

The biggest single-winner Powerball jackpot of $590 million was claimed in June by an 84-year-old Florida woman.

The largest jackpot in history stands at $656 million in March of 2012. That prize was split among winners in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois.

There were no winning tickets sold in last night’s Powerball drawing so the jackpot has rolled over to $400 million dollars.
Saturday’s winning numbers were 21, 24, 36, 42 and 45 and the Powerball is 15.
The jackpot jumped overnight from $300 million dollars to $400 million.
The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175-point-2 million.
An 84-year-old woman in Florida won the record jackpot of $590.5 million in May.

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