For the ultimate in suspense, look back to last month when the Mega Millions lottery jackpot reached $656 million. That would have been the ultimate door prize. Across the land, coworkers pooled their $1 bills to form lottery consortiums, with hopes of becoming instant retirees. The chance at vast riches drove 100 million people to buy Mega Millions tickets. That’s about half of the country’s adult population. So, what if a lottery ticket was free just for showing up at an election? Turnout would be astronomical, right?
Created by the Minneapolis ad agency Olson, the lottery spots emphasize, in song and banter, the organization's $2 billion contribution to the state treasury since the first lottery ticket was sold in 1990.
Lottery officials say someone who played the Powerball in Rhode Island has won the $336.4 million jackpot. The new multimillionaire has not stepped forward and the lottery has not said where the winning ticket was sold. To win, the player had to match all of Saturday's five numbers, 1-10-37-52-57, and Powerball number 11.
The U.S. Justice Department now says states may use the Internet to sell lottery tickets to their own residents. The agency has argued before that direct lottery ticket sales would violate federal law.
The head of a Minnesota state office that helps direct how lottery proceeds are spent for special environmental and natural resources projects was fired last week, prompting questions about the legality of the firing and accusations that House Republicans orchestrated it for political purposes.
Just this week, Thomas and Kathleen Morris were meeting with a financial adviser to discuss their retirement prospects. With the stock market taking a beating, things weren't looking so good. But by Friday, the Burnsville couple were Minnesota's newest multimillionaires, having come forward as the winner of a Powerball jackpot worth nearly $229 million.
Someone won a $228.9 million jackpot Wednesday from a Powerball lottery ticket bought at a Dakota County store. When the Minnesota State Lottery office closed Thursday, the winner had yet to claim the prize.
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