Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Florida Celebrates- $590.5 Million sold to a single ticket holder!

Another milestone in lotto history has been made Saturday May 18, 2013 as the second biggest jackpot in lottery history goes to a single winning ticket from a suburb in Tampa, Florida, according to lotto executives.

It started out as a $40 Million pot which progressed to a supersized jackpot after 13 draws failed to produce a single winning ticket. It culminated with the very first solo win in the State of Florida, taking home the 2nd biggest jackpot in lotto history and the current largest for American Powerball. This sets the record for the biggest single-ticket win in any lottery game and puts Powerball in the pinnacle of lottery history.

The winning lottery numbers for the May 18, 2013 draw were set at 10, 13, 14, 22, and 52, with Powerball number 11. After taxes and proceeds are deducted from the final jackpot, the winning ticket holder will come home with a lump sum payment amounting to $370.9 million.

On Friday, May 17, organizers predicted that the jackpot would reach an astonishing $600 million. It was only a few points away from meeting the predicted number by the Saturday draw. Despite this setback American Powerball’s jackpot was more than enough to establish its dominance and etch a record in lotto as the biggest single win for any game ever played.

Lotto officials said they were pretty pleased with the results and that this is Florida’s 6th lottery win for the record. Local lotto official Cindy O’Connell expressed her excitement as the state now has their first solo-win in the Powerball. This would be the sixth Florida Powerball winner and right now, it's the sole winner of the largest ever Powerball jackpot, We're delighted right now that we have the sole winner."

Lotto Executives did not provide the identity of the single winner right away and even evaded to produce any information for the winnings in the first few hours after the draw as there had not been anyone to come forward and claim the winnings with the ticket number combination.

Powerball is now available in 43 states and the District of Columbia as well as the US Virgin Islands at $2 dollars a ticket and draws on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:59 PM Eastern Standard time.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Powerball Fever : $600 Million

USA Powerball fever is gripping the nation once again. With an estimated jackpot of $600 Million, the lottery-buying-frenzy that is characteristic of big lottery jackpots is driving people to line up in all lottery outlets to get their chance of hitting it big.

The buying frenzy is that wild leading the multi-state USA Mega to continuously increase the jackpot estimate. When the May 15, 2013 Powerball draw produced new winner, jackpot estimate was increased the next morning to $475 Million. Twelve hours later, the jackpot estimate was increased to $550 Million. And one more day later, the jackpot estimate was raised again to $600 Million. It is Saturday morning right now and there is still a full day of ticket buying opportunity for players who are dreaming to strike it big. The jackpot estimate could considerably increase before the actual draw time. To how much? Your guess is as good as mine!

As it is, the $600 Million jackpot estimate stands as the second biggest lottery jackpot in the U.S., next to the $656 Million jackpot paid by Mega Millions on March 30, 2012. Powerball's cash value for today's draw stands at $376.9 Million, the third largest amount in history although the annuity estimate which is $600 Million is the second-largest on the lottery record.

Powerball is played in 43 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands. People in states that do not participate in the Powerball lottery are crossing state lines in order to buy their tickets. It is reported that lottery outlets near state lines of non-participating states are experiencing very long lines of people who want to buy their lottery tickets. People outside the United States are buying their Powerball tickets through online lottery outlets.

If you have a dream of becoming rich and you have $2, Powerball could make it happen tonight.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Tattslotto Winner Hopes Third Time’s the Charm!

What happens when fate comes knocking on your door twice?

Such is the case of a man based in Northcote who won TattsLotto twice in six weeks. The lottery winner from Melbourne who refuses to reveal his identity has amassed a total of $1.2 million from the two division one draws with additional system prizes in March and April.

His winnings were divided into two windfalls: the first one was given on March 9 totalling $416,462 and the second one on April 20 with an amount of $796,950. Both tickets were purchased at the Normanby News and Lotto in Thornbury.

The man and his wife were over the moon and still reeling from the good luck that befell them. In an official statement issued by Tatts, the winner was quoted saying, “It’s hard to believe it myself”. He said the first time he won TattaLotto in March he funnelled all the winnings to his mortgage payment. With the second winning, he will use the money to renovate his house.

The lucky guy said he will keep on buying his regular weekly ticket in the hopes of striking it out for the third time. He is keeping his fingers crossed that it might happen and replicate the luck of a man in Beechworth, Victoria who won Tattslotto three times back in 2008.

Tatts issued a statement that while winning TattsLotto more than once has happened to a few pople, it was rare for division one wins to be spaced so close together.

Dream Vacation

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