US LOTTERY WINNER SCOOPS $230 MILLION

$85.5 million Powerball jackpot

The winner of the Feb. 4 $85.5 million Powerball jackpot has claimed the prize under the anonymity of a trust, the New Hampshire Lottery said Tuesday.

The Bow Trust of Portland, Maine, chose the cash option of $46.5 million before taxes. Trustee Thomas J. Van Meer, partner in the Portland law firm of Van Meer and Belanger claimed the money.

“While we do enjoy the ability to meet our winners and help them announce their good fortune, we can respect the winners’ desire to remain anonymous,” the lottery said in a statement.

The ticket was sold at Gary’s Beverage in Portsmouth, whose owners received $30,000 for selling the jackpot ticket, the eighth Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire since it joined the multistate game in 1995.

US lottery winner scoops $230 million

An expectant mother from Shortsville won the $175,000 second prize in last Friday’s record breaking Mega-Millions lottery.

Kathy L. Dailey, 27, bought the winning ticket at the Manchester Mart in Ontario County. She matched the five regular numbers, but did not match the “Mega” ball needed to win the jackpot.

Dailey, a stepmother of two, is expecting her first child in August.

She said she and her husband will use part of the money to buy a home.

One person has won at least $230 million in the US Mega Millions lottery, becoming the biggest winner in the game’s history.

The lucky ticket, purchased at a petrol station in Stephens City, Virginia, matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega Ball number to win the 11-state jackpot. Lottery officials waited today to see if the winner would come forward. The numbers drawn last night were: 1, 13, 20, 21, 30 and the Mega Ball 24.

Lottery officials were tallying the final jackpot, driven beyond the $230 million (£124 million) mark by bigger Friday sales than expected, said Penelope Kyle, Virginia Lottery director.

The jackpot was the only topic of conversation at the convenience store where the ticket was sold, the Red Apple Shell station.

“Oh my gosh, you don’t know how excited we are, and we didn’t even win the ticket,” said Dangie Robinson, a clerk at the station.

She said the store is abuzz with news that the winning ticket was sold there and excited at the prospect of receiving money from lottery officials. Kyle said store owner Harry Simpson would receive $25,000 (£13,500).

There were 56 second-place winners, matching all five lotto numbers but not the Mega Ball to win $175,000 (£94,000) each. And 209 people matched four lotto numbers, plus the Mega Ball number, for a payout of $5,000 (£2,700) each.

The record jackpot led to higher ticket sales, despite the bleak odds of winning – one in 135,145,920, according to the Mega Millions website.

The previous record for the 8-year-old Mega Millions, formerly called the Big Game, was $197 million.

States participating in the game are Georgia, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Washington.

No jackpot winner in Powerball Lottery

The top prizes in three major lottery games went untouched Saturday night, state lottery officials said.

Powerball’s jackpot rolls over from $35.4 million to an estimated $43 million for Wednesday night’s game. Louisiana Lotto’s top prize goes from $325,000 to an estimated $350,000.

Two Powerball consolation tickets worth $5,000 each were sold in Louisiana. There were 15 Lotto consolation tickets matching five of six numbers, worth $2,328 each.