The Powerball jackpot is over a BILLION now, because no one’s won since November 4th. But plenty of people have matched the five REGULAR numbers without the getting the Powerball . . . which wins you a sweet $1 million.
In fact, the Powerball has made 67 people MILLIONAIRES since the last time someone won the jackpot . . . including 28 on Saturday. So hey, even if you don’t win a billion tomorrow, maybe you’ll JUST miss and get a million-dollar consolation prize.
Remember the Nicolas Cage movie “It Could Happen To You”, where he wins the lottery and shares the money with a waitress he just met? This is like the opposite . . .
A woman in southwestern China named Yuan Li separated from her husband last year, after she caught him cheating on her with an ex-girlfriend. (We don’t know how old she is, but she looks like she’s in her early 40’s.)
Then without talking to her about it, he filed for divorce in February, and demanded she sign the forms immediately. Which she did, because they were about $40,000 in debt, and he offered to take on all of it.
But what she didn’t know was that he’d just hit the LOTTERY for $725,000. And he waited until the day after their divorce went through to cash in the ticket. She only found out about it when a friend called to congratulate her.
Her husband claims the fact that he waited until after the divorce was just a coincidence, and he wasn’t trying to hide the money from her.
But she ended up suing him, and a judge just ordered him to give her $180,000 from his winnings. It’s not clear if he still has to cover all the debt too.
(South China Morning Post / Independent)
Earlier this month, 45-year-old Eric Hale of Bend, Oregon checked the numbers on a Powerball ticket he bought, and realized he’d won a MILLION BUCKS. And that actually presented him with a PROBLEM.
Because back when he was a kid, Eric promised his brother Quinn that if he ever won the lottery, he’d split it with him.
Now, obviously they were kids, and I don’t think most people would blame him if he pretended to FORGET about it. There’s gotta be some kind of statute of limitations on an offer like that.
But instead, Eric immediately called his brother, told him he won . . . and said he was KEEPING his promise.
They got their money this past Thursday, and each took home about $335,000 after taxes.
(KTVZ / WPTV)