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Powerball winner who demands anonymity to get money

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A New Hampshire woman who won a $559.7 million Powerball jackpot is likely to get the money soon as her demand to remain anonymous makes its way through the courts.

Judge Charles Temple heard arguments Tuesday from lawyers for the woman and the state. He didn’t indicate when he would rule.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe, is asking the judge to allow her to remain anonymous despite signing the ticket following the Jan. 6 drawing. She later learned that she could have shielded her identity by writing the name of a trust.

New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre says the woman should be able to claim her winnings as the dispute plays out and that they have been in discussion about transferring money.

Her lawyers indicated a trust has been set up.

$450 million Mega Millions winning ticket sold in Florida

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The winning ticket in the latest Mega Millions drawing was sold in Florida.

One ticket matched all six numbers in Friday night’s drawing and will claim a $450 million grand prize. The Florida Lottery says the winning ticket was bought at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Port Richey.

The winning numbers to claim the nation’s 10th-largest jackpot were 28-30-39-59-70-10.

Lottery officials also increased the jackpot of Powerball, the other national lottery game, to $570 million. That drawing is Saturday night.

The jackpots refer to the annuity options for both games, in which payments are made over 29 years. Most winners opt for cash options, which would be $281 million for Mega Millions and $358.5 million for Powerball.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302.5 million. Powerball odds are one in 292.2 million.

State lottery officials hope people find luck in Powerball, Mega Millions

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West Virginians have previously been lucky playing the Powerball and Mega Millions lottery games, and West Virginia Lottery officials hope 2018 will start with a Mountaineer winning big.

For the second time ever, each game has grand prizes worth more $300 million. Mega Millions has a jackpot of $361 million — the eighth-largest top prize in the game’s history — and Powerball’s top prize is $440 million, the ninth-largest jackpot since the game’s start in 1992.

Mega Millions’ winning numbers were 1, 42, 47, 64, 70 and 22 with a 4x multiplier.

West Virginia Lottery spokesman Randy Burnside said Mega Millions will offer bigger jackpots after a ticket price increase from $1 to $2.

“People want those bigger jackpots, that life-changing money,” he said. “Years and years and sales data show that more and more people don’t play now unless those jackpots are at a really high amount.

Burnside added with the jackpots are between $250 million and $300 million is when increases in sales occur. He also said there are other prize options if one does not win the top prize.

“If you match five numbers, you’ve won a million dollars,” he said. “If you match four plus the Powerball, you’ve won $50,000.”

Eight West Virginians have won the Powerball jackpot, with the last winner happening in 2010. According to Burnside, more than 30 people have won prizes of at least $1 million in the Powerball and Mega Millions games.

The Powerball drawing is set for Wednesday at 10:59 p.m.

The Powerball grand prize is $440 million, while Megamillion’s jackpot is $343 million

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The winning Powerball numbers were not drawn Saturday, increasing the top prize to $440 million.

The drawn numbers were 28, 36, 41, 51, 58 and a Powerball of 24 with a Powerplay of two.

The jackpot has a $278.3 million cash value. There is a 1 in 292.2 million chance of winning the grand prize.

The next drawing will be Wednesday at 10:59 p.m.

Mega Millions is scheduled to hold its first drawing of 2018 on Tuesday at 11 p.m. with a jackpot of $343 million.

The prize has a cash value of $215 million.

According to Mega Millions, it would be the eighth-largest jackpot won in the game’s history if the winning numbers are drawn.

There were no winners in Friday’s drawing.

There is a 1 in 259 million chance of winning the Mega Millions jackpot.

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