UPDATE: Tennessee Powerball winners plan to keep working

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UPDATE 1/15/16 5:34 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee couple that won a share of the $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot says they plan to return to their jobs after winning the mammoth prize.

John and Lisa Robinson said they plan to pay off the mortgage on their small house in Munford, Tennessee, pay off their daughter Tiffany's student loans and go back to work.

When an incredulous news reporter asked why return to work, Lisa Robinson replied, "Why not?" Her husband added, "That's what we've done all our lives."

The Robinsons appeared with their dog at a news conference Friday at the Tennessee lottery headquarters after their winning ticket was verified by lottery officials. The couple's lump sum payout is about $327 million.


UPDATE 1/15/16 11:25 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - An Ohio man has won a $1 million prize in West Virginia in the latest Powerball drawing.

Lottery officials said that Steven Wilson of East Liverpool, Ohio, bought his winning ticket for Wednesday's drawing at a service station in Chester.

Wilson matched the first five numbers and missed the Powerball. He says he and his wife normally play the Ohio Lottery but took a chance on buying Powerball tickets in West Virginia.

Wilson says he plans to use the winnings to pay off student loans, provide for his mother and purchase a new home.

Three tickets sold in California, Florida and Tennessee matched all six numbers and will split the record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot.

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UPDATE 1/14/16 12:06 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lottery officials say that in addition to the three winning jackpot tickets sold in the world-record Powerball lottery, there were eight tickets that won $2 million and 73 that netted $1 million.

The stores that sold the winning jackpot tickets will be rewarded as well. A 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, California, will get $1 million. A Publix grocery store in Melbourne Beach, Florida, will get $100,000 and an unidentified store in the small Tennessee town of Munford will get $25,000.

The jackpot of $1.6 billion will be split three ways. The winners overcame odds of 1 in 292.2 million to land on the numbers drawn Wednesday night. They can take the winnings in annual payments spread over decades or a smaller amount in a lump sum.


UPDATE 1/14/16 10:03 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - No one has come forward yet to claim some of the $1.6 billion Powerball prize, but lottery officials say they know where the three lucky tickets were purchased.

They say one ticket was bought at a 7-Eleven in Chino Hills, California. Another was bought in Munford, Tennessee, north of Memphis, and the third ticket was sold at a Publix grocery store in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

The winning numbers in Wednesday night's drawing are 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10.

The winners can opt for annual payments over decades or a lump-sum payment.


UPDATE 1/14/16 9:48 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Florida lottery officials say the winning ticket in the record Powerball jackpot for that state was sold at a grocery store in Melbourne Beach.

The ticket - one of three winning tickets that will share in the $1.6 billion jackpot - was sold at a Publix grocery store in coastal Florida.

The two other winning tickets were sold in Chino Hills, California; and Munford, Tennessee.

The winning numbers in Wednesday night's drawing are 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10.

The winners can opt for annual payments over decades or a lump-sum payment.

None of the winners' identities have yet been revealed.


UPDATE 1/13/16 4:48 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A lottery official says the estimated Powerball jackpot remains at $1.5 billion, still the largest lottery jackpot in the world.

Kelly Cripe of the Texas Lottery says 85.8 percent of possible number combinations have been selected ahead of the drawing scheduled for Wednesday evening.

The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are 1 in 292.2 million.

The $1.5 billion prize would be paid in annual payments over 29 years or the winner could opt for a lump-sum payment of $930 million.

Cripe says if no one wins the jackpot Wednesday, the estimated jackpot for Saturday's drawing will increase to $2 billion, with a cash value of $1.24 billion.


UPDATE 1/13/16 12:08 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The largest lottery jackpot in the world is up for grabs in the latest Powerball drawing.

The prize has climbed to an estimated $1.5 billion, easily surpassing all other lotteries. The jackpot estimate is reviewed daily, so it could increase before Wednesday night's drawing if ticket sales continue to exceed expectations.

The jackpot for the twice-weekly game started at $40 million on Nov. 4. No one has matched all six Powerball numbers since then, so the prize kept growing.

Lottery officials expect at least 80 percent of the 292.2 million number combinations will be purchased before the drawing.

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UPDATE 1/12/16 11:40 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The world's largest lottery jackpot has grown to $1.5 billion because of continuing strong Powerball ticket sales.

Lottery officials increased their estimate of the huge jackpot for the second day in a row Tuesday because of immense interest in the prize.

The record-breaking Powerball jackpot could grow yet more before Wednesday's drawing if ticket sales continue to exceed expectations. Officials reassess the estimate daily.

The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are one in 292.2 million.

The $1.5 billion prize would be paid in annual payments over 29 years. Or the winner could opt for a lump-sum payment of $930 million.

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UPDATE 1/12/16 9:44 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The most recent Powerball drawing produced five $50,000 winners in West Virginia.

State lottery officials say those tickets were sold in Wheeling, St. Albans, Spencer, Kenova and Wellsburg. Nearly 104,000 tickets sold in West Virginia won a prize of some sort in Saturday's drawing.

Nobody won the $868 million jackpot, which is expected to grow to $1.4 billion for Wednesday night's drawing. Three tickets won $2 million and 25 tickets won $1 million, but none of those were in West Virginia.

Sales in West Virginias have been brisk. Lottery officials say that during peak sales periods, West Virginia is seeing more than 10 Powerball transactions per second statewide.

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UPDATE 1/11/16 4:27 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - With up to $1.4 billion at stake in Wednesday's Powerball, questions about the drawing seem to be as abundant as the convenience-store kiosks offering tickets for the record-breaking jackpot.

The inquiries include many myths and misconceptions about the winners, the prize money and the system that decides them.

Officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association say one of the most frequent complaints is that all the winners seem to be from certain states. For example, in the past two years, Missouri and Tennessee have each been home to three Powerball jackpot winners.

But lottery officials, backed by mathematicians, say probabilities equal out over time. In shorter periods, oddities can occur, in the same way someone could flip a coin and get heads five times in a row.

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UPDATE: 1/11/2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Powerball jackpot has grown to $1.4 billion, and the drawing is still two days away.

The prize was already the world's largest before lottery officials increased it Monday.

And the jackpot could grow even more before Wednesday's drawing if ticket sales remain intense. Officials review the estimate daily.

No one matched all six Powerball numbers Saturday night, leading to the astronomical prize.

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UPDATE: 1/10/2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Anticipation has turned to disappointment for thousands of people who purchased Powerball tickets ahead of Saturday night's drawing for the biggest U.S. lottery prize in history.

No one matched all six Powerball numbers - 16-19-32-34-57 and Powerball number of 13 - so the newly estimated $1.3 billion jackpot is still theirs for the taking.

It's all but certain to grow before the next drawing Wednesday as others buy tickets for their chance at quick riches.

The odds to win are one in 292.2 million.

The jackpot has ballooned since its Nov. 4 starting point of $40 million.

Lottery officials say some people gained a little wealth Saturday. Twenty-five tickets won $1 million by matching five numbers. Three other tickets won $2 million because they paid extra to multiply smaller prizes.

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PARKERSBURG W.Va (WTAP)- Come Sunday morning, one very lucky person could be nearly a billion-dollars richer.

Just this morning the Powerball soared to about 900-million dollars. This far surpasses the all-time record high of 656 Mega Million dollars in 2012.

With just a few hours left until Saturday night's drawing, players are hitting the stores for their chance to become a multi-millionaire.

One store here in the Mid Ohio Valley says since no one has claimed the original drawing numbers, business is booming.

"Just about every customer that walks through the door wants a Powerball ticket. There's multiple people coming in that have never played before and everybody wants their shot at the new jackpot of 900 million," said Cynthia Starcher, a clerk at Peoples News on Blizzard Drive.

Officials estimate if the power ball is not claimed from Saturday night's drawing, the numbers will jump to about one-point-three billion dollars.



 
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