## An unemployed man in New Jersey won \$273 million in the lottery, but almost lost his winning ticket

An unemployed man in New Jersey nearly missed out on a \$US273 million jackpot because he left the winning ticket at the store because he was distracted by his phone. A mystery person found the ticket, and returned it to the store employees. Mike Weirsky, the winner, turned down a […]

Google released its annual “Year in Search” lists on Wednesday. One of the lists measured 2018’s most trending topics that started with the words “How to,” reflecting things Americans needed help with this year. Two of the most popular topics of the year involved how to vote in the midterm […]

## A New York man won a \$343 million Powerball jackpot after playing the same numbers for 25 years — here’s why that strategy won’t actually increase your odds of winning

A Manhattan man won an October Powerball jackpot after playing the same numbers every week for 25 years, according to The New York Times. However, the rules of probability and the way lotteries like Powerball are set up mean that it doesn’t matter if you use the same numbers in […]

## Nobody has claimed the \$1.5 billion Mega Millions lottery prize — but there’s a deadline

The person who bought the Mega Millions lottery ticket worth \$US1.5 billion last month still hasn’t claimed the prize. Mega Millions announced the winning ticket, which was bought in a South Carolina KC Mart, on October 24. There is a 180-day deadline – until April 21 – to cash in […]

## The \$1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot was just drawn — here are the winning numbers

The \$US1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot was just drawn – here are the winning numbers: 28-70-5-62-65 Mega-ball: 5 At least one jackpot-winning Mega Millions ticket was sold in South Carolina, local news outlets reported early Wednesday morning. Eight Mega Millions tickets purchased in California matched five out of six numbers. […]

## Buying enough Mega Millions tickets to cover every possible combination sounds like a surefire way to win — but there are 3 major problems with that plan

The Mega Millions jackpot is up to \$US1.6 billion. The jackpot is so massive, at least before taxes, that it would theoretically be profitable to buy enough tickets to cover every one of the 302,575,350 possible combinations of Mega Millions numbers. There are, however, serious logistical problems with such a […]

## The \$1 billion Mega Millions jackpot was just drawn — here are the winning numbers

The \$US1 billion Mega Millions jackpot was just drawn – here are the winning numbers: 15-23-53-65-70 Mega-ball: 7 Shortly after the numbers were drawn, the California State Lottery website crashed. “Due to the high MEGA Millions jackpot, we anticipate increased website traffic that could slow response times,” the website said […]

## The Mega Millions jackpot just hit \$1.6 billion — here’s how to play

No one won Friday’s Mega Millions drawing, sending its jackpot soaring over \$US1.6 billion. That’s the biggest prize in Mega Millions history. The next drawing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23. Tickets cost \$US2 each, and players choose five numbers between one and 70 and an extra number between one […]

## A \$1.53 billion Mega Millions ticket was sold in South Carolina. Here are the first 3 things the winner should do.

A single ticket holder in South Carolina won the \$US1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot, with a cash payout of about \$US878 million. They beat extremely slim odds and nearly broke the all-time record jackpot for any lottery – so what should they do with their winnings? They shouldn’t make any […]

## Disappointing stories reveal what it’s really like to win the lottery

Lottery players everywhere dream of snagging the winning lottery ticket for a multimillion-dollar jackpot. The current Powerball jackpot, for example, sits at a whopping \$US625 million. But there’s a dark side to coming into a windfall of sudden wealth if you’re not careful. Here’s what it’s really like to win […]

## The Mega Millions jackpot is \$1.6 billion. We did the maths to see if you should buy a ticket.

The Mega Millions jackpot is now \$US1.6 billion after Friday’s drawing with no winners. Though that’s a pretty big prize, working through the maths of how lotteries work suggests that buying a ticket is not a great investment. The low probability of winning and the risk of splitting the prize […]

## Scientists say winning the lottery does make people feel better about life — even though decades of evidence suggests otherwise

La Lotería de Navidad, or the Spanish Christmas Lottery, takes place on December 22. It’s the world’s biggest lottery. According to a study by scientists in Sweden and the US, lottery winners in Sweden are more satisfied with life than those who lost the lottery. What’s more, that boost in […]

## Meet the 20-year-old Florida man who announced he won the \$450 million Mega Millions lottery on Facebook and credits ‘a positive mindset’

The Mega Millions lottery reached its fourth-largest jackpot in history last week at \$US450 million. The sole winner is 20-year-old Shane Missler, who announced his win on Facebook with three words: “Oh. My. God.” Missler is a Florida resident and is taking the lump sum of nearly \$US282 million. A […]

## The combined jackpots for the next Powerball and Mega Millions are over \$1 billion — here are 8 over-the-top things you could buy if you won

The Mega Millions jackpot has reached a record high of \$US848 million. That’s life-changing cash. Just for fun, check out some of the over-the-top luxuries a winner, or winners, could afford. Life could change for one – or even a few – lucky people in a matter of moments. As […]

## We did the maths to see if it’s worth buying a Powerball ticket ahead of Wednesday’s \$460 million jackpot drawing

The jackpot for Wednesday’s Powerball drawing is up to \$US460 million. Though that’s a pretty big prize, working through the maths of how lotteries work suggests that buying a ticket is not a great investment. The low probability of winning and the risk of splitting the prize in a big, […]

## The Mega Millions jackpot is at a record-high \$1.6 billion — here’s which states spend the most buying lottery tickets

The Mega Millions jackpot is at a record-high \$1.6 billion, and Americans love to play the lottery. People living on the East Coast tend to spend more on lottery tickets, on average. Those living in Massachusetts spend the most on lottery tickets, on average. The Mega Millions jackpot is at […]

## Powerball and Mega Millions have a combined jackpot over \$1 billion — here are the first 2 things the winners should do

The Powerball and Mega Millions lottery jackpots are worth over \$US1 billion combined. If you’re lucky enough to have the winning numbers, fight the urge to immediately tell everyone you know. It’s wise to consult a trusted financial planner and lawyer before claiming the prize. Over \$US1 billion is up […]

## The combined jackpots for the next Mega Millions and Powerball are \$783 million — here’s when they’re drawn

The Mega Millions jackpot is up to \$US343 million, while the Powerball jackpot is up to \$US440 million. Mega Millions’ next drawing is scheduled for Tuesday evening, with Powerball to follow on Wednesday evening. Maths still suggests buying a lottery ticket is a losing bet. It’s a big week for […]

## Here’s how likely it is there will be a winner in the Powerball drawing on Saturday

The Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots for this weekend’s drawings are both over \$US300 million. If the historical relationship between prize sizes and ticket sales holds, there’s a pretty good chance no one will win the jackpot this weekend, but someone could get lucky. This is an interesting week for […]

## We did the maths to see if it’s worth buying a Powerball or Mega Millions lottery ticket

The jackpots for both Powerball and Mega Millions are above \$US300 million as of Thursday morning. Though that’s a pretty big prize, working through the maths of how lotteries work suggests that buying a ticket is not a great investment. The low probability of winning and the risk of splitting […]