Lottery

8:57am

Fri November 30, 2012
The Two-Way

At Least One Powerball Winner To Be ID'd Today

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 1:17 pm

A Powerball lottery ticket sits in the machine at the 4 Sons Food Store and Chevron gas station which sold one of two winning Powerball lottery tickets in Fountain Hills, Ariz.
Joshua Lott Reuters /Landov

"I think I am having a heart attack. I think we just won the lottery!"

That's what 51-year-old Cindy Hill of Dearborn, Mo., says she told her husband, Mark, Thursday morning after figuring out that she had, indeed, bought one of the two winning Powerball tickets. Her family can now collect more than $192 million (before taxes) by choosing the game's "cash option."

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5:30am

Thu November 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Winning Powerball Tickets Sold In Arizona And Missouri; Who Bought Them?

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 12:15 pm

Ticket sales soared as the jackpot grew.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

After all the hype and hoopla, millions of Americans (including us) are waking up this morning to learn that they aren't sudden millionaires.

Yes, there were winning tickets sold for Wednesday night's $580 million Powerball jackpot.

But there were only two tickets that correctly matched the numbers drawn: 5, 16, 22, 23, 29 and Powerball of 6.

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7:42am

Wed November 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Winning Powerball? It's More Likely A Vending Machine Will Kill You

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 6:26 am

Don't shake it.
Tim Boyle Getty Images

Update at 12:25 p.m. ET: Since we first posted, the jackpot's been increased to $550 million from $500 million when the day began, so we've changed that figure below. That doesn't do anything to change the odds of winning.

Our original post:

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1:12pm

Tue November 27, 2012
The Two-Way

Powerball Jackpot Is $500 Million; Now Will You Buy A Chance?

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 5:23 pm

A ticket and a dream.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

We know there's only a 1 in 175 million chance of winning. Even then, you might have to share the prize.

But with Wednesday's Powerball jackpot now estimated to be $500 million (a record for that lottery), we wonder: Are Two-Way readers playing?

Yes, it is kind of silly to think that just because the jackpot has hit half a billion dollars it makes a lot more sense to buy a chance now than it did when you would "only" win $40 million.

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4:02am

Fri November 2, 2012
Around the Nation

Photo Helps Track Down Calif. Lottery Winner

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 9:43 am

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