Yet Another Chinese Food Customer Wins Big By Playing Fortune Cookie Numbers

Yet Another Chinese Food Customer Wins Big By Playing Fortune Cookie Numbers

If you haven’t been winning the lottery lately, it’s time to seriously consider getting some takeout: Yet another lucky customer noshing on Chinese food won big in the lottery after playing numbers found in a fortune cookie. [More]

Convenience Store Clerk’s Mistake Delivers $10M Lottery Jackpot To Lucky Customer

Convenience Store Clerk’s Mistake Delivers $10M Lottery Jackpot To Lucky Customer

Ah, luck! That elusive phenomenon that money can’t buy and no one can ever count on to stick around. It shows up where it wants to, like in a simple mistake a convenience store worker made when selling a customer a scratch-off lottery ticket. That slip brought a $10 million jackpot to the lucky store patron’s doorstep. [More]

(Mark Turnauckas)

Here Is A Guaranteed Strategy To Win The Lottery

There was only one winner of the $425 million Powerball drawing this week, and the ticket was sold at a gas station in California’s Bay Area. As you spend that money in your head, as we inevitably all do, you might wonder how you could win the lottery. You don’t need luck. Here’s a guaranteed winning strategy. [More]

All It Takes To Win $1M Powerball Prize? Playing The Same Numbers For Decades

All It Takes To Win $1M Powerball Prize? Playing The Same Numbers For Decades

The odds of you or me winning the Powerball are pretty darn slim. But who knew that if you could only have the patience to dedicate yourself entirely to just one set of numbers, and play them constantly over two decades, that you could reap say, a $1 million Powerball prize? Here’s where we point to a guy who did just that. [More]

Landscaper Finally Collects $1M From Lottery Ticket He Found Raking Leaves A Year Ago

Landscaper Finally Collects $1M From Lottery Ticket He Found Raking Leaves A Year Ago

As the saying goes, good things come to those who rake. Well, maybe it’s “wait” but in this case either one works for a guy who found a lottery ticket worth $1 million while cleaning up leaves in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy a year ago. [More]

Cops Play Santa, Hand Out Lotto Tickets Along With Speeding Tickets

Cops Play Santa, Hand Out Lotto Tickets Along With Speeding Tickets

A speeding ticket can be awfully expensive, but police in Melbourne, FL, were giving some lead-footed motorists a chance to win enough money to pay off their citations by handing out scratch-and-win lotto tickets and speeding tickets on Christmas day. [More]

Tomorrow Someone In Florida Will Lose The Chance To Collect $16M In Lottery Winnings

Tomorrow Someone In Florida Will Lose The Chance To Collect $16M In Lottery Winnings

If you live in Florida you might want to start checking under the car seats, between the couch cushions and in the pocket of those pants you haven’t worn in awhile — there’s a $16 million Powerball jackpot sitting around just waiting for someone to claim it. But time is running out. [More]

(Lisa Brewster)

If You Can’t Find Your Winning $6.3M Lotto Ticket, Check The Lost & Found

You’ve checked your front pockets, back pockets, the nightstand, the kitchen junk drawer, even the freezer, but that pesky $6.27 million lottery ticket you know you purchased is nowhere to be found. If you happen to be the lucky Spaniard who won the lottery but then lost the ticket, you might want to head to the lost and found at your local police station. [More]

(Reuben Whitehouse)

Lottery Winner From 2006 Awarded Stolen $5 Million Prize

The lottery winner duped out of his prize by the sons of a convenience store owner will finally receive his $5 million. Back in 2006, a man in Syracuse, N.Y. won the huge prize in a scratchoff game, but the cashiers on duty, the store owner’s sons, told him that he had only won $5,000. They bought the ticket from him for even less than that, then did nothing. For six years. [More]

(Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie)

Winning The Powerball Is Easy — Just Buy Your Ticket From A Lucky Store

Before you get all up in arms and say there’s no such thing as an easy Powerball win [insert grumbling here] — I know. But there are stores that have come to be known as lucky, simply because they happened to sell the winning ticket and thereby get to claim a bit of the winner’s shine when all is said and done. Now perhaps if you consistently only visited those establishments… one can only hope. [More]

(Reuben Whitehouse)

Man Sentenced To 8.3 To 25 Years For Scamming Customer Out Of $5 Million Lottery Ticket

At the time he won a $5 million lottery jackpot on a scratchoff ticket, a Syracuse, N.Y. man says that he was buying a lot of lottery tickets and also using crack. He claims that the store owner’s sons took the ticket and held on to it for six years. Now one of the sons has been convicted and sentenced to 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison for criminal possession of stolen property. [More]

(Lisa Brewster)

Woman Accidentally Buys Two Lottery Tickets And Wins… Twice

For all the times to be forgetful, an Australian woman lucked out in that the thing she forgot was that she’d already bout a ticket to the lottery, and bought another one. That absent-mindedness paid off — she won twice, for a total of $835,149.68. This is much better than forgetting to buy any tickets and just sitting at home knowing you’d have won if you’d only remembered to play. [More]

(WGN)

Man Stuffed $4 Million Lottery Ticket In Cookie Jar, Forgot About It For 3 Months

I have a secret fear that I will win a huge lottery prize, but never know it because I had stuffed the ticket in a coat pocket or a drawer. I deal with this fear by not buying lottery tickets. But this actually happened to a man who lives near Chicago. He says that he had stuffed old lottery tickets in a cookie jar, then took them to the store to see whether they had maybe won a couple of bucks for hitting a few numbers. They had: one ticket won $3. Yay, he could almost buy a gallon of gas! Then another ticket in the pile won more than $4 million. [More]

(Lisa Brewster)

Share The Wealth, Eh?: Virginia Man Wins $500K Lotto Jackpot For Third Time

You know what they say: You can’t win if you don’t play. Although we’re not sure who “they” are, the saying might want to be changed to: If you’re a certain guy in Virginia, when you play the lotto, you’re probably going to win. He’s just cashed in a $500,000 jackpot, his third of at least that amount, if not more. [More]

(Lisa Brewster)

Man Wins $338M Powerball Jackpot, Promises To Pay Everyone’s Rent In His Neighborhood

When you list the things you’ll buy and the places you’ll go when you finally strike it rich with a ginormous lottery win, is “paying all my neighbors’ rent” on there? It was for a New Jersey man who just won the $338 million Powerball jackpot last week. At least, he’s promised to cover housing costs for his neighbors for a little while. [More]

Ask Tax Dad: Should I Hire A Tax Preparer? What If I Win The Lottery?

Ask Tax Dad: Should I Hire A Tax Preparer? What If I Win The Lottery?

Usually, our staff Certified Tax Cat handles questions about taxes, but he got into some really bad ‘nip and is taking the year off. Filling in for him is Laura’s dad, a retired accountant and real live independent tax preparer. Exclusively on Consumerist, Tax Dad answers your questions. [More]

(Mark Turnauckas)

Even If You Don’t Win The Powerball Jackpot, Check Your Ticket For Second Place

Let’s face it: You’re probably not going to win tonight’s $550 million Powerball jackpot (and if you do, check out these tips and email me your phone number). But you could be one of the lottery’s lesser winners. You’ll never know it if you throw your ticket on the ground and stomp on it like a sore loser, never to check out those numbers again. [More]

(Reuben Whitehouse)

Cashier Allegedly Scammed Lottery Winner Out Of $5 Million Ticket, Waited 6 Years To Cash It In

A maintenance worker in Syracuse, N.Y. claims that he won $5 million on an instant lottery ticket. He took it back to the store where he had purchased it, and the store owner’s son told him that he had only won $5,000. The man offered him for $4,000 in cash for the ticket. The store owner’s two sons sat on the ticket for six years, then turned it in to the state lottery. The lottery sensed that something was not right here. [More]