One of two winning tickets in last month's $648 million Mega Millions jackpot was sold here, at Jenny's Gift Shop in San Jose. The guy who bought it didn't realize what he had for nearly two weeks.
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January 4, 2014 Steve Tran of Northern California had a big winner sitting on top of a drawer and didn't know it. When he finally got around to checking the ticket, though, he realized his life had changed.
This one wasn't a winner: A Powerball ticket sold Wednesday in Port Washington, N.Y.
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August 8, 2013 The winners will share a $448.4 million jackpot — the third-largest in Powerball history. Now might be a good time to check in on any relatives you have in Minnesota and New Jersey.
A customer fills out a Powerball form at the Jayhawk Food Mart in Lawrence, Kan., last Nov. 23, 2012.
May 15, 2013 There's at least $360 million up for grabs, the third largest jackpot in the lottery's history. And your chance to claim the winning ticket has improved — though it's still not great: 1 in 175 million.
When Maria Carreiro found out she had won $40 million, she danced with joy. She recreated her "happy dance" for reporters, as a video posted by The Windsor Star shows.
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April 10, 2013 VIDEO: Maria Carreiro of Toronto was thrilled when she thought she had won $40,000 in a Canadian lottery. When she found out her prize was 1,000 times better, she was ecstatic. See her tell the story and dance for joy.
Urooj Khan, with his winning lottery ticket. Not long after this photo was taken, he was dead.
March 1, 2013 Urooj Khan died last July, just one day after his $425,000 check from the Illinois lottery was cut. It wasn't until much later that it was determined there had been a lethal amount of cyanide in his blood. His remains, though, are too decomposed to detect any remaining poison.
January 18, 2013 Urooj Khan died one day after his $425,000 Illinois Lottery check was cut. It wasn't until much later, though, that authorities determined there was a lethal level of cyanide in his blood. Now, they're doing a full autopsy. And police are investigating his death.
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