Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Over $100M as Drawings Near

Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 01:11 PM

By Michael Mullins

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The Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots both exceed $100 million as the weekend drawing approach.

Friday night's Mega Millions drawing has an estimated jackpot of $149 million on Wednesday night with an $80 million cash option before state and federal taxes are imposed on the winner, while Saturday's Powerball jackpot was $130 million, with a cash option of $73.5 million before taxes.

Mega Million's last drawing on Tuesday saw one New York State resident winning a $1 million prize having matched the first five numbers, which were 20 – 30 – 32 – 42 – 71, but missed Mega Ball number of 15.

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Thus far this year there have been 10 Powerball jackpot winners amounting to nearly $2.5 billion being awarded in prizes, according to Powerball.com.

The largest of all wins was in Florida in May, when 84-year-old mother of four, Gloria Mackenzie won a $590 million Powerball.

Mackenzie bought the ticket on May 18 after she had reportedly stepped in front of another woman, 34-year-old Mindy Crandell, who was also online to purchase Powerball tickets.

According to lottery officials, the octogenarian Powerball winner elected to receive a lump sum cash payout of $370.8 million, before taxes, as opposed to 30 annual payments of $19 million.

Another Powerball Jackpot winner who made headlines this year was New Jersey resident Pedro Quezada, who in March won $338 million.

The 44-year-old Dominican Republic native, who at the time of his win owed about $29,000 in unpaid child support, is now being sued by his ex-girlfriend, Ines Sanchez, for a share of the jackpot.

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Quezada and Sanchez shared ownership of a grocery store and lived together for the past 10 years until she moved out of the home Quezada recently purchased in Clifton, N.J. She has a pending domestic violence charge against Quezada and is the mother of one of his children.

Earlier this week, Sanchez's attorney Michael DeMarco told New Jersey Superior Court Chancery Judge Margaret Mary McVeigh that $57 million of the winnings was sent to the Dominican Republic, $5 million was given away, $300,000 was spent on the new home and $20 million can’t be located.

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