(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]

Lying To Customer About A Winning £1M Lottery Ticket To Claim Winnings Himself Earns Man Deportation In UK

Lying To Customer About A Winning £1M Lottery Ticket To Claim Winnings Himself Earns Man Deportation In UK

What is this world coming to if you can’t trust a shop worker to tell you the truth about your lottery ticket? A 78-year-old British woman brought her EuroMillions ticket to the shop where she had purchased it, and asked the employee to scan it for her to find out if she’d won big. She had, but instead of giving her the good news, cops say he straight up lied and said it was a dud. [More]

Probation For Lottery Winner Who Continued To Collect Food Stamps

Probation For Lottery Winner Who Continued To Collect Food Stamps

Remember the Michigan woman who was charged with fraud because she continued to collect welfare and food stamps even after she won the lottery? Well, a decision has been reached in the case and she has been sentenced to six months’ probation. [More]

Judge: Return $1 Million Lottery Ticket Found In Trash To Original Owner

Judge: Return $1 Million Lottery Ticket Found In Trash To Original Owner

If you found a million dollars sitting in a convenience store trash can, would you take it? In that case, it’s probably better to call the police. But when an Arkansas woman scanned her lottery ticket and learned it was a loser, she tossed it in the garbage. Another customer who likes to check discarded tickets for small winnings found the ticket and learned that it was worth one million dollars. [More]

Lucky Woman Defies Odds, Wins $1 Million Powerball Lottery Twice In One Day

Lucky Woman Defies Odds, Wins $1 Million Powerball Lottery Twice In One Day

Try as you might, you can’t seem to win one dang lottery, much less win two in one day. Sure, life isn’t fair — unless you’re the woman who happened to have two Powerball tickets with winning numbers on the same day. Share the wealth, lady! [More]

Michigan Lottery Winner Charged With Welfare Fraud

Michigan Lottery Winner Charged With Welfare Fraud

There’s been another development in the saga of the Michigan woman who won $1 million in the lottery but continued to collect food stamps. The state’s attorney general announced today that the woman had been charged with welfare fraud. [More]

Even Knowing The Winningest Lottery Numbers Won't Help You Score The Mega Millions

Even Knowing The Winningest Lottery Numbers Won't Help You Score The Mega Millions

Sure, there are numbers that have been drawn a few times in the Mega Millions lottery, and it’s fun to know what they are and dream about the dollar sign-shaped pool you’d put in your yard, but odds are, you’re probably not going to win. But hey, dare to dream, and trying out some common numbers can’t hurt. [More]

So You Won A Bajillion Dollars In The Lottery — Now What?

Sure, only like, one in a zillion of you might need this information — but what exactly do you do when you win the mega jackpot lottery? Before you run off with your millions of dollars to fill a pool with gold coins so as to swim through it, Scrooge McDuck style, there are some very important things to consider. Why not prepare yourself for your future filthy rich state? [More]

No More Food Stamps For $1 Million Michigan Lottery Winner

No More Food Stamps For $1 Million Michigan Lottery Winner

Remember that story about the woman in Michigan who won $1 million in the lottery but also managed to keep receiving $200/month in food assistance? Apparently people at the Michigan Dept. of Human Services also read the news, because they’ve now cut off her benefits. [More]

Michigan Woman Who Won $1 Million In Lottery Stays On Food Stamps

Michigan Woman Who Won $1 Million In Lottery Stays On Food Stamps

It’s not unheard of for recent Michigan lottery winners to consider themselves so hard up that they subsist on food stamps. Following last year’s revelation that a Michigan man who won $2 million in the state lottery remained on welfare, now there are reports that a woman who snagged $1 million in winnings is doing the same. [More]

If You Really Need To Win The Lottery, You Probably Shouldn't Play

You don’t need to be a financial genius to realize that lottery tickets are a poor investment. Players plunk down a little bit of money in exchange for short-lived, long shot dreams of wealth. While indulging the urge to buy a ticket won’t kill most budgets, the regular, compulsive act of gambling needed funds on all-but-unwinnable bets is something different. [More]