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Philly Transit Workers Split $172 Million Lotto Win

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Trains and subways might zip along a little faster in Philadelphia this week after a group of 48 transit workers hit a $172 million Powerball lottery jackpot.

The workers, who will get about $3 million apiece, are choosing to remain anonymous, but range in rank from senior managers in the purchasing department to "a favorite janitor," according to Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) spokesman Richard Maloney.

"They have all asked to be anonymous on this. When you get a windfall, it's easy to be joyous for a second, and then, you know, you don't want everybody in the world to know," Maloney said.

The workers range in experience with the company, from just under a year to close to 40 years service, and all work in the headquarters in Philadelphia. The "floating pool" the workers took part in has been going on for years, with certain members joining in or sitting a week out depending on personal choice, Maloney said.

This week, for the $172 million Powerball, workers each put in $5 to buy 120 tickets.

The winning ticket was sold three blocks down from SEPTA headquarters at the News Stand at the Gallery, 9th and Market streets in Center City.

"We're excited to have sold this jackpot-winning Powerball ticket in Pennsylvania, and this will be the second Powerball jackpot we get to award in just five months," Pennsylvania Lottery Executive Director Todd Rucci said. "Today also marks the 23rd anniversary of the April 26, 1989, Super 7 drawing that awarded $115.5 million to 14 winning tickets and still holds the record as the largest jackpot awarded by the Lottery."

Maloney said that despite winning it big this week, no employees had tendered their resignation or booked trips to Hawaii yet.

"Not so far. While it's a lot of money for anybody, for a young person who still has a career, to continue working, it's a nice cushion. If they're nearing retirement, it's a nice nest egg," Maloney said.

Many of the winners worked on the 11th floor, in purchasing, he noted, and are well-versed in managing finances.

Colleagues of the workers told ABC News affiliate WPVI that their peers were excited.

"You go up there, you feel the vibe. It's just so great just to walk up on the floor, just to hear somebody that close to you won," SEPTA employee Cynthia Griffin said.

The Pennsylvania Lottery said that no winners had officially come forward yet.

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Laid-off Worker Wins $4M Lotto Prize

N.C. Education Lottery(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Camelia McClain, 39, of Raleigh, N.C. may have thought she hit rock bottom when she lost her job last week, but two days later she won the state’s top $4 million lottery prize.

The single mother of three won the first $4 million top prize in the new Cash Blowout lottery game on Thursday. She bought the two $20 tickets two days after learning she was losing her job as a receptionist, a post she had held for 22 years.  She said she had bought lottery tickets before, but decided to “press my luck” after she lost her job.

McClain said she did not scratch the tickets immediately, but brought them home and prepared dinner for her children first.

“I scratched the first ticket and didn’t get anything,” she said. When she scratched the second ticket, she had to ask her children, parents and nephew who were in the home to confirm what she couldn’t believe.

“I had everyone look at that one ticket to look at what it said,” she said.

McClain said she doesn’t want the “unbelievable” win to change her.

The Cash Blowout lottery game, which the North Carolina Education Lottery launched Jan. 10, has three $4 million and seven $1 million prizes. McClain collected her winnings on Friday, choosing to claim the prize in annuity payments of $200,000 over a 20 year period. After taxes were withheld, she received her first check for $136,006 on Friday, the lottery organization said.

McClain said she is still filling out job applications.

“All I know is work so that’s what I’m going to continue to do,” she said.

When asked what she will do with her winnings, McClain said her family would play a role in the decision.

“We sort of talked about it on Sunday but we’re going to talk again this Sunday,” she told ABC News. “It’s not just something you can jump into and say, ‘We’re going to do this.’”

McClain said she has her own children, a sister, nephews and her parents to consider.

“We want to make sure everyone is comfortable,” she said.

To date, the North Carolina Education Lottery said it has raised more than $2.2 billion for education initiatives statewide.

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Lotto Jackpot Deadline Passes as Crime Probe Starts

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- As the deadline to claim a $16 million Hot Lotto jackpot passed without a winner Friday, the Iowa attorney general's office launched a criminal investigation into the only person who tried to claim the prize.

"We wanted to pay the prize, we were more than prepared to pay the prize," lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer said. "But we didn't think it was a responsible thing to do."

The jackpot disappeared as the clocked ticked past 4 p.m. ET, reverting to the Iowa state treasury. And instead of a celebration, the state began an investigation.

"We opened a criminal investigation to learn more," said Geoff Greenwood, a spokesman for the attorney general's office. "We have some questions about the circumstances of this ticket, and we're trying to determine who purchased it and how it was presented."

Officials had set the deadline hoping to award the prize to the sole claimant, Crawford Shaw, a New York-based attorney who signed the winning ticket. But Shaw refused to disclose how he got the ticket or who his client was.

Shaw said that the ticket and winnings belonged to the Hexham Family Trust, but misspelled the name on the ticket, writing "Hexam." Shaw said he could not disclose who his client was and only confirmed that the trust he represented was based in Belize.

The investigation will try to determine how Shaw became the owner of the winning lottery ticket, purchased in Des Moines, Iowa, in December 2010. The lottery has obtained a surveillance video of the man who purchased the ticket at a Des Moines, Iowa, convenience store, but would not release details about the video.

Iowa Lottery officials drew the winning numbers for the jackpot in December 2010, but the prize went unclaimed for close to a year despite heavy advertising by the lottery for the winner to come forward. With two hours to go until the prize would be forfeited in December 2011, two Iowa attorneys presented the winning ticket, signed by Shaw, at the lottery headquarters.

They also did not provide any explanation of how Shaw obtained the ticket.  

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Powerball Lottery Doubles Ticket Prices

William Thomas Cain/Getty Images(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Effective January 15, tickets to play the lottery game Powerball will double in price from $1 to $2.

The Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the game, is betting consumers will be willing to pay more in exchange for bigger jackpots -- which will now start at $40 million -- and, in the case of some games at least, better odds.

The odds of hitting the top prize are currently 1 in 175.2 million.

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$206M Mega Millions Jackpot Sold in Long Island Grocery Store

Tim Boyle/Bloomberg News(NEW YORK) -- At least one lottery player in New York is looking forward to a New Year that will be $206 million richer after one winning ticket matched all six numbers in Tuesday night’s Mega Millions drawing.

The winning ticket was purchased at a King Kullen grocery store in Middle Island, Long Island, a spokesperson for the store confirmed to ABC New on Wednesday.

“There was a lottery representative here this morning when we opened the store,” Lisa Korpi, the store’s head bookkeeper, said. “They said we had sold the winning ticket and gave us their card and said if the person came in who purchased the winning ticket to please give them that information.”

“We are hearing that it was possibly sold on Monday,” she said.

One day after the drawing, exactly who the winner is remains a mystery.

New York Lottery officials said the $206 million jackpot makes it the largest ever for a winning ticket purchased on Long Island.

If the winner goes for the cash option, he or she could take home $151.9 million after taxes.

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North Carolina Family Wins Lottery Three Times

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Most people only dream of winning the lottery, but a North Carolina mother and daughter not only beat the odds -- they did it three times.

Kimberly McCauley of Charlotte, N.C., won $100,000 in North Carolina's new scratcher game called "10X the Money," last week.

McCauley said she never imagined she'd win anything. After all, her mother Amy McCauley is a two-time lottery winner.

"I figured my mom was hogging all the luck. This is so overwhelming, but it's a good kind of overwhelming," Kimberly told lottery officials.

The elder McCauley won $15.5 million in the New York State Lottery in 1991 and just collected her final 20 year annuity check.

Her lucky streak continued four years ago, when she won $161,172 in the North Carolina Education Lottery by matching all five numbers to her ticket. Since then, she has gone on to collect two $1,000 prizes from the state's lottery and even appeared in an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show discussing her windfall.

Kimberly brought her mom -- by now a seasoned veteran -- with her to the North Carolina Education Lottery's office in Raleigh last Monday to claim her prize.

Kimberly, whose winnings are worth $68,001 after taxes, said she plans to spend the money to pay off her student loans and purchase a Mini Cooper.

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$312 Million Up for Grabs in Friday's Mega Millions Drawing

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lottery players looking to hit it big will have a chance to do so Friday when $312 million goes up for grabs in the drawing for the Mega Millions jackpot.

The previous drawing for $244 million on Tuesday failed to produce a winner, giving millionaire hopefuls in 41 states, Washington, D.C and the U.S. Virgin Islands another chance to snatch the big prize.

The top prize has been growing twice a week since Feb. 1, when the Bolke family of Illinois and a Michigan group of postal workers split a $93 million jackpot.

Friday's drawing will be held at 11 p.m. EST.

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