New giveaway formed after $1 million Iowa Lottery prize goes unclaimed

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Lottery released a plan for a new giveaway, funded by the money from an unclaimed prize in Nevada.

“A $1 million prize was won in the Powerball drawing on April 11, 2018 at a Casey’s store in Nevada,” Iowa Lottery CEO Matt Strawn said.

This is the first time in Iowa Lottery history that a $1 million prize has not been claimed.… Read the rest

Powerball winner-turned lawmaker opposes anonymity for lottery prizewinners

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A Powerball jackpot winner from Bondurant, Iowa, who was elected to the state legislature says he would oppose efforts to let lottery winners stay anonymous.

At least nine states allow major lottery jackpot winners to stay anonymous, and some other states allow a form of anonymity by claiming prizes through a private legal entity.… Read the rest

Florida’s biggest Powerball winner sues her own son after winnings squandered

Gloria C. Mackenzie became the largest sole lottery winner in U.S. history in mid-2013 when the then 84-year-old took home about $278 million after taxes on a $590 million Powerball ticket she bought at a Zephyrhills Publix supermarket.

Five years later she sued her son Scott Mackenzie, who was her caretaker and the one who had “total control” over millions of dollars in winnings, saying he and his investment manager each lived off the money while poorly investing the proceeds, according to her lawsuit filed by attorney Gregory Anderson.… Read the rest

Oklahoma couple surprises clerk with portion of lottery winnings

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OKLAHOMA CITY — What would you do if you hit it big with the lottery?

Many people often dream about paying off debt, going on vacation or helping others if they suddenly struck it rich.

Now, an Oklahoma couple is putting their money where their mouths are.

Officials with the Oklahoma Lottery say that a couple recently won a $50,000 Powerball drawing when they purchased a misprinted ticket that someone else didn’t want.… Read the rest