I scratched the ticket, then I kept on saying, ‘I hit a million!’ over and over again. I jumped two feet in the air, then ran back into the store and tipped the clerk $100.46-year-old Urooj Khan • Discussing his initial joy after winning $1 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket. The joy turned into something sad and dark recently, after Khan was found to be fatally poisoned just a day after receiving his check. While coroners described his death as natural causes initially, investigators took a closer look at the request of a relative. “They had concerns that it was deemed a natural cause of death and wanted us to look harder,” said Cook County, Illinois, Medical Examiner Stephen Cina. “And we did.” After an investigation, they found that Khan had died of cyanide poisoning. The office may exhume his body as a result of the ne findings, which is now being reclassified as a homicide.
» A big winner, a single ticket: While a single Powerball winner — for a jackpot that’s the third-largest in Powerball history and seventh-largest in U.S. history — is likely to come forward, a number of smaller winners (eight tickets in total) walked away with $1 million in winnings after correctly guessing five of the numbers. Another winner scored a power play to win $2 million.
I never expected, based on that story, that this is the actual winner. We really won’t believe anybody till they walk in with a ticket and the ticket is valid — and they have identification.Maryland Lottery spokeswoman Carole Everett • Throwing skepticism at a New York Post story that claims a Baltimore McDonald’s employee bought a winning ticket in last week’s massive Mega Millions jackpot — but that her co-workers are upset with the woman, saying that the ticket was bought as part of a pool, but she refuses to share. Mirlande Wilson, when getting interviewed, didn’t present a winning ticket to the state lottery, nor has she shown off the ticket, leading Maryland Lottery officials to (at least for now) dismiss her story — though they admit that a winning ticket was bought in Maryland. If she did win, think her co-workers have a claim?
» However, you’d still have to buy those tickets: If you were able to buy every ticket combination and fill it out, it’d take you 28 years to fill them out, and you’d exhaust the nation’s supply of lottery paper and ink in the process. So, to put it simply: Even if you’re Mark Zuckerberg and you can afford to make such an investment, it’ll take too long to actually fill out the tickets to win. And that total could be cut further, even, if someone else wins.
» Trying to win it? Your odds are 1 in 175,223,510. (We like your odds, though.) This is the fifth-largest Powerball jackpot ever; the largest went for $365 million in 2006. 44 states take part in Powerball, and most of them chill with its brother from another mother, Mega Millions, too.
Let’s say you had a winning lottery ticket. What would you do with it? Would you turn it in as soon as possible, knowing that you’d have to deal with the glow of the spotlight? Would you sit on it? Or would you go in on the last day to accept your prize, creating an unusual situation that draws as much, if not more attention, than accepting the prize in the first place would have? If you’re North Carolina resident Raleigh Hill, you choose the latter. Hill, even though he knew he had the winning lottery ticket, waited a few weeks to even tell his wife Erin, then proceded to procrastinate on the ticket to the point where he lost the thing in a shoebox. Finally – finally – he came forward a day before it expired. Hey, if you don’t want the $680,000 after taxes, we’ll take it, Raleigh. source
» And the kicker: When her husband Josh found out from the reporter that she had won, he had this to say: ”That’s awesome! I won’t have to pay child support!” He’ll get more than that, maybe.