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December 12, 2013 | David Lazarus
There's at least $400 million on the line in Friday night's Mega Millions lottery drawing, which has produced the usual heavy breathing over the prospect of big money. But Andre Evangelista's chances - and yours - of winning are worse than ever. "It's completely unfair," Cypress resident Evangelista, a frequent lottery player, told me. "They're making it harder to win so the jackpots get bigger and more people play. " Personally, I think that regularly buying lottery tickets makes as much financial sense as hoping you'll trip over a bar of gold on your way to work.
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March 19, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - This time, the thunder wasn't coming from “Down Under,” but from the locker room of the popular male revue on the Las Vegas Strip, where an intruder was injured after he was found in a secure backroom at an Excalibur Hotel and Resort theater.  The suspect, a male in his 20s, was apparently attempting to steal items belonging to the male dancers, most from Australia, who perform under the name “Thunder From Down Under.” ...
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December 18, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Tuesday's much-anticipated Mega Millions jackpot, worth an estimated $636 million, will be split by the owners of two winning tickets -- one sold in San Jose, the other in Atlanta, lottery officials said Wednesday. In California, the winning ticket -- with numbers 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and a Mega number of 7 -- was sold at Jenny's Gift Shop in San Jose, according to state Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso . The store will collect a $1-million retailer bonus, he said. RELATED: San Jose shop owner glad he sold winning Mega Millions ticket Twenty tickets were sold nationwide that matched five of six numbers, just missing the Mega, and are worth $1 million each, except for two in California that are worth $2.6 million each because of different rules.
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March 19, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A winning Mega Millions ticket worth nearly $2 million was sold at a San Bruno liquor store, but no one from the Golden State will share in Tuesday's overall jackpot of $414 million. Instead, cowinners from Florida and Maryland will split the third-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history with a cash value of more than $224 million. The largest jackpot was $656 million, split among winners in three states in 2012. Lottery officials said the two tickets matched all six numbers drawn Tuesday night: 11, 19, 24, 33, 51, plus the Mega Ball of 7. Eight people in various states matched five numbers correctly and won at least $1 million each.  The ticket sold at Huntington Liquor in San Bruno, missing only the Mega Ball, is worth $1,962,339, according to lottery officials.
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December 17, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Imagine what a buck could do! Millions considered the Lottery's motto Tuesday as they waited for the Mega Millions drawing with a jackpot of about $636 million. Many lined up outside stores to buy what they hoped would be the winning ticket. California Lottery officials say the prize could grow even more because of last-minute ticket buyers who hope to beat 7:45 p.m. deadline.  And all day, millions have been pondering what they would do if they won. Among them is Michael Phan.  “I'm going to pay off my debt and all my parents' debt,” he said.  The 33-year-old resident of La Mirada said he also plans to start a college fund for his  10-month-old daughter, Mikayla.
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March 21, 2012 | Michelle Maltais
The Mega Millions jackpot is still up for grabs at $290 million and counting, one of the biggest jackpots ever . You may have the numbers you're loyal to, but some of us are fairly random about it. As with everything, there's an app for that. If you're in one of the 42 states -- yes, California is one -- then you can take a chance. The game is simple, as Rene Lynch at the Nation Now blog explains : "Players pick six numbers from two different pools: The first five are numbers from 1 to 56, and the sixth is chosen from numbers 1 to 46. You win by matching all six numbers.
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December 16, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
The Mega Millions jackpot Tuesday: $586 million. The odds of winning: 1 in 259 million. Sounds good; count me in. Yes, lottery fever is sweeping the nation - or at least that part of the nation that takes part in the Mega Millions game (the game is played in 43 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wouldn't want to leave the Virgins out, right?). Somehow, I can't help but think that if the Obama administration had modeled the roll-out of Obamacare after the lottery, everyone in the country would've signed up by now - many more than once.
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December 14, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Friday the 13th meant no luck for the countless people across the nation who bought tickets for the Mega Millions jackpot. The $425-million prize went unclaimed  and has now grown to $550 million, the fourth-largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history. The winning numbers on Friday were: 19 24 26 27 70. Mega Ball number: 12. Still, nine people won $1 million each for matching up the first five numbers, according to the Mega Millions website Saturday. Thus far, the highest Mega Millions jackpot was $656 million in March 2012, with three winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland.
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December 17, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
In March 2012, Merle and Patricia Butler bought their winning Mega Millions ticket at the Moto Mart in Red Bud, Ill. The game had its highest jackpot in history - $656 million - and as one of three winning ticket holders, the Butlers took home a lump-sum prize of $158 million. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, a drawing is scheduled for what is expected to be Mega Millions' second-highest jackpot: $636 million. [Updated, 8:11 p.m. Dec. 17: The winning numbers were 8, 14, 17, 20, 39 and the mega, 7, the Associated Press reported.
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April 10, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The Maryland Mega Millions mystery has been solved. Three public school educators stepped forward Monday to cash in their ticket for a share of a record jackpot that topped $656 million. They wore black gloves and matching red sweatshirts and hid behind one of those giant checks -- preferring to remain anonymous in an attempt to keep at bay all those people who would like to separate the lottery winners from their money. The trio -- two public school teachers and a school administrator -- have relatively modest plans for their winnings.
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March 19, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Two winning tickets, sold in Maryland and Florida, will split the $414 million Mega Millions jackpot, officials announced on Wednesday. The winning numbers, drawn Tuesday night, are 11, 19, 24, 33 and 51, and a Mega Ball of 7. The jackpot of $414 million is the third largest in Mega Millions history. The largest jackpot is $656 million, split among Mega Millions winners in Maryland, Kansas and Illinois in 2012. Florida lottery officials said their winning ticket was sold at a Sunoco convenience store and gas station in Merritt Island.
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March 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Though it's not the all-time record, $400 million is nothing to bat an eye at. The Mega Millions lottery has swollen to its third biggest jackpot in game history after no one hit all six numbers on Friday. The next drawing will be held Tuesday. Tickets will be sold until 7:45 p.m. Pacific time, with the drawing at 8 p.m. The jackpot, after taxes, would have an estimated cash value of $224.8 million, according to the California Lottery. The game is played in 43 states, Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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February 20, 2014 | By Jason Wells and Matt Stevens
The winning $425-million Powerball ticket sold in Milpitas is the latest big lottery payout to strike the Bay Area, which also claimed one of two winning tickets nationwide for the near-record-setting Mega Millions in December. In December, a Northern California man was one of two winners  nationwide for the $648-million jackpot after purchasing his ticket at a gift shop in San Jose. The jackpot was the second-largest in U.S. history. The winning ticket holder for the Powerball jackpot had yet to come forward Thursday morning, but the beneficiary of the sale was already known.  The Dixon Landing Chevron gas station will receive $1 million for selling the ticket with all six winning numbers, California Lottery spokesman Alex Traversol said after Wednesday night's drawing.
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February 17, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Bigger jackpots -- like Wednesday night's $400-million Powerball drawing -- are attracting more players and excitement to the California Lottery after years of decline, officials say. Just two months ago, the Mega Millions game produced a $648-million jackpot, and the Powerball had a $400-million jackpot about five months ago. The turnaround is the result of changes made to the lottery in 2010, when revenues were falling. The changes brought bigger prizes, but they also altered the formula for how much revenue schools receive.
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February 17, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
In what's quickly becoming a quarterly routine, the Powerball jackpot for Wednesday night's drawing has climbed into the stratosphere. California Lottery officials project the jackpot to be around $400 million, just two months after the Mega Millions game produced a $648-million jackpot, and about five months since Powerball last produced a $400-million jackpot. The bigger jackpots are drawing more players and excitement to the California Lottery after years of decline .  The turnaround is due to changes made to the lottery in 2010, when revenues were falling.
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January 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The second owner of a winning Mega Millions ticket worth $324 million has come forward to claim his prize, lottery officials announced Friday. Steve Tran of Northern California is the owner of one of two winning tickets for last month's $648-million Mega Millions jackpot drawing, a prize that lottery officials said was the second largest in U.S. history. Tran purchased his ticket in San Jose. The other winner, a Georgia resident who has already come forward, purchased her ticket in Atlanta.
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March 30, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The allure of getting fabulously rich as suddenly as being hit by lightning is a time-honored fantasy. Sadly, the chance of getting killed by that lightning is far more likely than getting rich by winning the world's largest lottery. As of Friday morning, the jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery had hit a record $640 million, sending players in 42 states and the District of Columbia to beat a hasty path to the nearest kiosk, sundry outlet or grocery store to plunk down a buck - or many - to purchase a lottery ticket - or many.
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April 18, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A husband and wife from an Illinois farming town have staked their claim to a $218-million share of the record Mega Millions jackpot that recently riveted the nation. Merle and Pat Butler spent just $3 on lottery tickets (using the quick-pick method) to get in on last month's record $656-million jackpot. The Butlers are the last of the three winning ticket-holders to step forward. Merle Butler, 65, attended a news conference Wednesday and told the media that when he first checked his numbers after the March 30 drawing, he couldn't believe he'd won. Pat Butler couldn't believe it at first, either.
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January 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
It took the winner of a record California  Mega Millions  jackpot several weeks to come forward because he didn't realize he had the ticket, officials said. He was identified Friday as Steve Tran, but lottery officials said he asked that no other information about his background be revealed. The ticket is worth $324 million, or half the $648-million jackpot. If Tran chooses the cash option, his ticket is estimated to be worth $173.8 million. Lottery officials said Tran followed the media coverage about the jackpot.
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