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The scores of losing players in last week's $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich. Their ticket purchases also helped fund a small but increasingly important part of their states' budgets. (Credit: THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

D.C. Seeks to Combine Lottery Contracts

The District of Columbia’s chief financial officer has proposed combining the city’s two long-troubled lottery contracts.

03/13/2014

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Powerball Jackpot: 5 Things to Know

Wednesday’s Powerball drawing carries an estimated $400 million jackpot. Here are five things you should know about Powerball payouts and your odds of winning.

02/19/2014

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Lottery Winners Urged to Avoid Big Purchases

Jackpots like Wednesday’s anticipated $400 million-plus Powerball can grant a lot of wishes.

02/18/2014

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Powerball Estimated Jackpot Surges to $400 Million

Lottery officials say there was no jackpot winner in Saturday’s Powerball drawing, adding the current estimated jackpot has jumped to $400 million or $227.8 million in cash value.

02/16/2014

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$1 Million Lottery Ticket Sold in Montgomery County

A $1 million lottery ticket was sold in Montgomery County, lottery officials say.

01/05/2014

A sign advertising the $636 Million Mega Millions lottery jackpot hangs in a convenience store window on December 17, 2013. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Winning Mega Millions Tickets Purchased in California, Georgia

The numbers for the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot were drawn Tuesday night. Now, the country waits to see if there’s a winner of the second largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

12/17/2013

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Mega Millions Jackpot Soars to $636 Million

The Mega Millions jackpot soared to an estimated $636 million on Tuesday, making it the second largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

12/17/2013

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Why People Think They Can Win The Lottery

What drives people to play the lottery, and what makes them think their $1 investment— among the many, many millions — will bring staggering wealth?

12/17/2013

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Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs to $586 Million

The Mega Millions jackpot soared to $586 million on Monday amid a frenzy of ticket purchases, a jump that pushed the prize closer to the $656 million U.S. record set last year.

12/16/2013

Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches Record High Of $540 Million

Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs as Nobody Wins $425M

One of the largest jackpots in U.S. lottery history climbed even higher Saturday after no ticket matched all six numbers to win the $425 million top Mega Millions prize.

12/15/2013

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