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powerball jackpot winnersWith no winners in Saturday night’s record $949.8 million Powerball drawing, the next jackpot could reach an estimated $1.3 billion, lottery officials said early Sunday.

The winning numbers were 16, 19, 32, 34, 57, and a Powerball of 13. To win the jackpot, all six numbers must be correct. The first five can be in any order, but the sixth must be the Powerball number.

Despite the fact that no one won the “jackpot” there were winners!

According to Lottery officials 25 players won a $1 million prize and three others won a $2 million prize.

Florida Lottery Winners

Alex and Rhoda Toth hit the $13 million jackpot in Florida in 1990. Within 15 years they were destitute.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the couple declared bankruptcy and were eventually accused of tax evasion by the IRS.

Alex passed away before his case went to trial and Rhoda eventually served two years in prison.

Teen mom Callie Rogers

Callie Rogers was just 16 years old when she won £1.9 million in the U.K.’s lottery (about $3 million) in 2003 — too young to know how to manage her money or where it would lead her, according to Gawker.

Rogers had two children then blew the rest on partying, vacations, and gifts for her friends.

Now Rogers works as a cleaning woman and is reportedly facing bankruptcy.

Barry Shell from Ontario

Barry Shell won $4 million Canadian dollars in the Ontario lottery in 2009 after he used the last of his cash to buy a ticket.

But there was a warrant out for his arrest on charges of theft and possessing stolen property, and police figured out where he was after seeing a photo of him with his prize. He gave his winnings to a relative.

Luke Pittard Blows Winnings

Welsh-born Luke Pittard won a £1.3 million jackpot ($1.9 million) in 2006, but spent it all on a trip to the Canary Islands, a wedding, and a house.

A year-and-a-half later, Pittard was forced to take a job at McDonald’s flipping burgers.

He says he’s happy, and his leftover winnings collect interest.

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Lottery Facts

  • Those making less than $10,000 a year spend $597 on the lottery meanwhile the average US household spends $162. States not only know this; they actually target the poor with lottery ads.
  • In 2005, a fortune cookie company correctly foretold lottery numbers, resulting in 110 winners and an investigation.
  • A convenience store employee and his father stole a 5 million dollar lottery ticket, told the winner it was only worth $5,000, only paid him $4,000 and then pushed him out the door and locked it.
  • A woman won $1.3 million lottery. She hid it from her husband and immediately divorced him to avoid giving him half. He found out and sued. Due a Family Code statute that penalizes spouses for falsifying data about their property during divorce, judge ordered her to give him 100% of the winnings.
  • Woman who had won a lottery, filed for divorce in hurry and at the end lost all of her lottery money to her ex husband as a result of violating disclosure laws (he sued her after he learned about the money).

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