Who Wants To Win The Largest Lottery Prize In U.S. History?

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A lottery official says there is no jackpot winner in the drawing for a Powerball prize worth an estimated $500 million.

Kelly Cripe, a spokeswoman for the Texas Lottery, says no one matched the numbers drawn Wednesday night. She says that means the estimated prize for Saturday’s drawing is $675 million, the largest jackpot of any lottery game in U.S. history.

Wednesday’s jackpot was ranked as the sixth-largest offered in North America and the biggest since a $564.1 million Powerball prize shared by players from North Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico last February.

Powerball is played in 44 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The odds of winning are one in 292.2 million.

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15 Things More Likely Than A Lottery Win

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Dating a supermodel

Odds: 88,000 to 1 (Deseret News)

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Dating a supermodel
Odds: 88,000 to 1 (Deseret News)
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Becoming president
Odds: 10,000,000 to 1 (Daily Beast)
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Becoming a movie star
Odds: 1,505,000 to 1 (Daily Beast)
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Picking a perfect NCAA bracket
Odds: 13,460,000 to 1 (Deseret News)
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Birthing identical quadruplets
Odds: 13,000,000 to 1 (Time)
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Becoming an astronaut
Odds: 12,100,000 to 1 (Seattlepi)
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Dying by a hornet
Odds: 6,100,000 to 1 (Seattlepi)
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Dying from being left-handed
Odds: 4,400,000 to 1 (Daily Beast)
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Drowning in a bathtub
Odds: 840,000 to 1 (Seattlepi)
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Getting a royal flush in a first hand of poker
Odds: 649,740 to 1 (Seattlepi)
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Being murdered
Odds: 18,000 to 1 (Deseret News)
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Dying in an asteroid apocalypse
Odds: 12,500 to 1 (Daily Beast)
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Finding a four leaf clover
Odds: 10,000 to 1 (Deseret News)
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Losing an appendage to a chainsaw
Odds: 4,464 to 1 (Deseret News)
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Writing a New York Times bestseller (if youre an author)
Odds: 220 to 1 (Time)
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Woman’s Friend Steals Winning Scratch-Off
A South Carolina woman’s luck stopped short after she told a few friends about her winning $500 ticket. Willie Jones, a friend of the winner, was charged with stealing her ticket.
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Man Wins Lotto, Bails Himself Out Of Jail
After John Ross Jr. won a ‘Set For Life’ scratch off game, he was looking forward to turning his life around. However, Ross soon found himself behind bars after he allegedly helped a woman hide and repair a stolen car.
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Woman ‘Hides’ Winning Ticket At McDonald’s
Mirlande Wilson, a McDonald’s employee in Baltimore, claimed she had won the record-high $656 million Mega Millions jackpot and that she was not going to share her winnings with co-workers, who alleged that Wilson was a part of a workplace lottery pool. Wilson announced that she had hid the winning ticket at a McDonald’s and subsequently claimed to have lost the ticket. In the end, it was revealed Wilson never even had the winning ticket.
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Geniuses Outsmart Massachusetts Cash WinFall
A group including MIT undergraduates and a biomedical researcher discovered a loophole in the Cash WinFall game that netted them nearly $48 million. Apparently, lottery officials knew about the scam since at least 2010, but did nothing about it because it generated $16 million in revenue for the state.
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Lotto Winner Found Million Dollar Ticket While Cleaning Out Desk
Retired hospice chaplain Ron Yurcus stumbled across a million-dollar miracle when he found a winning lottery ticket while cleaning out his desk in November 2012. He had purchased the Powerball ticket from a BP gas station two months earlier.
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Controversy Over Record Mega Millions Jackpot
After McDonald’s employee Mirlande Wilson falsely claimed she won Mega Millions’ record $656 million jackpot, three Maryland school teachers stepped forward to claim their share of the prize.
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New York Brothers Charged With Scamming $5 Million Lottery Ticket
Two brothers from central New York who claimed a $5 million lottery ticket sold at their family’s store were accused in November 2012 of scamming the winning ticket from a customer. Andy Ashkar, 34, and Nayel Ashkar, 36, are charged with second-degree attempted grand larceny and fourth-degree conspiracy.
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Chicago Man Wins New Jersey Lottery While Cleaning Up After Hurricane Sandy
John Turner, a 38-year-old Chicago man, bought a winning $100,000 lottery ticket after coming to New Jersey to help clean up after Hurricane Sandy. Turner runs National Catastrophe Solutions of Chicago, a local water removal business.
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Homeless Man Wins $200,000 Lottery Prize
A homeless man in Greenville, S.C. won $200,000 from a scratch-off lottery game in October 2012.
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Teen Cancer Survivor Wins Mega Millions Lottery
Nicholas Ruth, a 19-year-old cancer survivor, matched five of the six numbers in the state’s Mega Millions lottery, earning himself a second-tier prize of $250,000 in September 2012. After taxes, Ruth will have about $165,000 to spend and plans to donate some of his money back to the organizations that helped him with his leukemia.
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Friends Win Mega Millions Jackpot After Playing Together For 25 Years
Willie McPherson, 74, and Christopher Manzi, 44, won a $14 million jackpot in September 2012 after playing the Mega Millions lottery together for 25 years, according to the New York Post. The two had been buying lottery tickets together after becoming friends while working at Manzis print shop in Manhattan.
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Clerk Steals Winning Ticket From Great-Grandma
A store clerk in England tried to turn in 77-year-old Maureen Holt’s winning lottery ticket himself after telling her it was a losing ticket.
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Teen Finds Ticket In Messy Bedroom
Ryan Kitching, a Scottish teenager, found a winning lottery ticket hiding in his bedroom after his mother told him to clean his room. The ticket is worth more than $80,000.
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Chicago Couple Keeping Millions Secret
One Chicago couple won $30 million in the Illinois lottery, but didn’t even tell their kids, according to the Chicago Tribune.
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Connecticut Money Managers Win Big Jackpot
Greg Skidmore, Brandon Lacoff and Tim Davidson, who work at an asset management firm in Greenwich, one of the most affluent towns in America, came forward as lottery winners in 2011. Their lawyer said they formed a trust to manage the money after Davidson bought the $1 winning ticket at a Stamford gas station.
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Lotto Winner Continued To Collect Food Stamps
Amanda Clayton, 24-year-old from the Detroit-area, continued collecting $200 in government food assistance after she won a $1 million lotto prize.
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Undocumented Immigrant Awarded Lotto Prize After Lawsuit
Jose Antonio Cua-Toc, a foreign national from Guatemala, sued his former boss to reclaim his lotto money, which he had given to his employer out of fear of being exposed as an undocumented immigrant. Cua-Toc won the lawsuit.
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Iowa Lottery Winner Claims $16.5 Million Prize At Last Minute
The winner of an Iowa Lottery ticket in 2011 valued at $16.5 million waited until two hours before the deadline to claim the prize. The ticket was purchased nearly one year ago.
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Winning $80K Lottery Ticket Donated To Burglarized Georgia Church
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<strong>1. The Gift Of Learning</strong>
Perhaps one of the best things you can give is the gift of education, because it can last for generations. For $10,000 at a time, there are many charities that you can assist with funding schools in impoverished countries. For example, with a Plan Canada donation, you could help establish schools in Honduras. Or, if youre looking for a more hands-on adventure travel experience, pack your hammer and head to Kenya to physically help build a school. Along with creating a place of learning for children who may never have had that experience, you can discover traditional Maasai culture. Oh, and never mind the elephant watching and beautiful sunsets youll encounter.
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<strong>2. Bounty Of The Land</strong>
Have you always loved heirloom vegetables, horses or herbs? What about buying some land and starting a mini-farm? That way you dont have to commit to a full-on operation but can see what an alternative lifestyle might be like. Bonus you can eat the food you grow, plus donate the extras to foodshares or churches. Or, if you dont want to get your hands dirty, donate some of your winnings to a sustainable gardening project such as Food For Everyone. Its unique method helps establish gardens able to flourish in even the harshest conditionscurrent projects include Turkey, Turkey, Madagascar, and Armenia.
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<strong>3. The Sound Of Giving</strong>
Chances are, if youve won the lottery, youve been able to surround yourself with beautiful music perhaps a top-of-the-line car stereo or outdoor speaker system. But how can you share your love of music with others? There are a number of charities such as Musaid that provide instruments and instruction to music students all over the world who might not be able to participate in such programs. Other organizations based closer to home, such as The ArtsCan Circle, helps provide musical instruments and other support to aspiring musician students in remote, northern communities in Canada.
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<strong>4. The Angel Of Investment</strong>
If youve always had a head for business, or perhaps already run a successful company, why not help someone else whos got a great idea but doesnt have the financial backing? Become an independent angel investor. Check out sites such as The Network of Angel Organizations-Ontario or a national angel group. Joining can help provide seed money to a variety of new businesses. Who knows, you could help fund a hot new Internet idea that could become the next Twitter or Instagram!
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<strong>5. Be Kind To Animals</strong>
Some people say if they won millions, theyd spend the rest of their lives feeding and caring for animals. That could mean donating to humane societies or using the money youve won to start your own hobby farm. If pets are more your thing, why not help low-income people ensure their dogs and cats have access to good veterinary care through the Farley Foundation, named after the beloved dog from Canadian cartoon strip For Better or For Worse? You can donate in your own pets name or create a legacy gift by providing funding in your will.
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<strong>6. Give Back To Nature</strong>
If you plan to spend your time after your lottery win hiking or camping, you might want to go beyond that to help preserve our countrys precious outdoor space. Canadas Nature Conservancy, which was named one of the countrys top charities of 2013 by Moneysense Magazine, can help you to become conservation leader by contributing to its fund to help preserve ecologically fragile landscapes. Help protect grasslands in the Okanagan valley or the habitats of Canadian songbirds.
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<strong>9. Education Granted</strong>
Whether you attended university or college or not, theres no question that funding academic scholarships will help future generations achieve their career dreams. You can do it anonymously or name your scholarship after yourself or your family ensuring it becomes part of the institutions history. Rules and regulations vary with each university, so check out their individual websites.
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<strong>10. The Final Frontier</strong>
Winning the lottery can mean that you can explore wild, long-held childhood dreamssuch as space exploration! Make a sizeable donation to NASA or join a growing number of people who are helping crowdfund projects such as the Mars One Mission, which aims to have the first human settlement on Mars by 2025.
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