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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis couple has come forward with the winning $96.5 million ticket in the March 22nd drawing of the multistate Powerball game.
The Missouri Lottery on Friday identified John and Susan Brands, of St. Charles, as the jackpot winners.
The windfall has already changed life for the lucky couple, who are both 49 years old. John Brands, originally from Portageville, Missouri has quit his job as a civil engineer and is thinking of buying some farmland.
Susan Brands — a native of Wichita, Kansas — says they're making plans to visit New Zealand, buy new cars, and take time to learn new skills.
The winning numbers in the March 22nd drawing were 13, 28, 31, 55, 58, Powerball 15.
A lucky lottery player in California is the newest Powerball millionaire. Lottery officials say one ticket, sold at a Chevron station near San Jose, is the sole winner in Wednesdat night's $425 million Powerball drawing.
The winning numbers drawn were: 1, 17, 35, 49, 54 with a Powerball of 34.
There were no million-dollar winners in Missouri. Lottery officials report that two people in Missouri matched four white balls and the Powerball. One of them used the Power-play to triple the $10,000 prize.
Another big Powerball jackpot is up for grabs this week.
Lottery officials said no one matched all six numbers for Saturday's $330.8 million drawing. So the prize for Wednesday's drawing is expected to be the fourth-biggest Powerball jackpot and sixth-highest lottery prize of all time. The estimated jackpot: at least $400 million. That's just over $227 million for a single winner who opts for a lump sum.
Powerball jackpots have set several new records since January 2012, when ticket prices rose to $2 and starting prizes were raised to $40 million.
This pot has been growing since December.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Lottery has provided a larger-than-usual payment to public education because of stronger-than-usual sales.
The Lottery transferred $29.2 million to a state education fund Friday. That's the third largest monthly transfer in the Lottery's 28-year history.
Lottery officials cited strong Mega Millions sales in December for a $648 million jackpot. The Lottery also set a weekly record for distributed Scratchers tickets in December.
About one-quarter of every dollar of Lottery sales goes to public education programs. Slightly less than two-thirds of the proceeds go toward prizes.
The Missouri Lottery's largest monthly transfer to education was $30.4 million in April 2012, followed by $30.3 million in June 2013. In both instances, there were large jackpots in nationwide lottery games and strong sales for Missouri Scratchers tickets.
PLATTE WOODS, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Lottery says a Powerball ticket worth $71.5 million was sold at a Kansas City-area convenience store.
Lottery officials said Friday a ticket sold at the Autobahn BP store in Platte Woods matched all six numbers drawn Christmas night. The store will get a $50,000 bonus for selling the prize. And the winner can either collect the full jackpot in 30 annuity payments, or take the one-lump payment of $39.8 million before taxes.
Lottery spokeswoman Susan Goedde says the winner will be announced in the next few days through a news release or news conference.
The winning numbers are 23, 28, 38, 39, 56 and the Powerball number is 32.
The Mega Millions jackpot has jumped to $636 million dollars.
The cash option for the jackpot is around $341 million. The near record-setting jackpot was helped in large part due to a change in the way Mega Millions is played.
Players now choose five numbers from 1-75 and one number from 1-15. That change raised the odds from 1 in 176 million to the current odds of 1 in 259 million.
Those long odds are not slowing down ticket sales. Officials say it is still possible that tonight's jackpot could be raised again.
There were no million dollar winners in Missouri or Illinois from Wednesday's Powerball drawing.
One winning ticket was sold in South Carolina. That ticket is worth an estimated $400 million.
Lottery officials report the top prize won in Missouri was $10,000 for one lucky player who matched four white balls and the Powerball. There were nine such $10,000 winners in Illinois.
The Powerball numbers for Wednesday, Sept. 18: 07 - 10 - 22 - 32 - 35 and the Powerball was 19.
The jackpot for the next drawing on Saturday, Sept. 21 is expected to be $40 million.