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Massachusetts man is lucky for two lifetimes

October 24, 2014, 10:29 pm ET

Luck struck twice for a Norwood, Massachusetts, man who found out his lottery ticket had the winning numbers in this week's Lucky For Life drawing — then realized, minutes later, that he had another ticket with the same number.

Kenneth J. Stokes received a call from a Massachusetts State Lottery representative Monday notifying him that his Lucky for Life season ticket had won him a prize of $25,000 a year for life, according to a statement by the lottery.

After the call, Stokes realized that he had another Lucky for Life season ticket that his family had bought him — which, as it turned out, had the same lucky numbers, which were based on several family birthdays.

Euro Millions

EuroMillions jackpot at record levels, capped at €190 million

October 23, 2014, 9:46 am ET

By Todd Northrop

For players of Europe's EuroMillions multi-country lottery game, Friday's drawing is the start of a special capped drawing feature that could inflate the second prize level to extraordinary levels.

The €190 million (US$240.4 million) jackpot is the accumulation of 6 draws without a top prize winner since the October 3 "super draw" of €100 million.

Once the Euro Millions jackpot reaches the €190 million point, it becomes the first of up to two capped drawings.  All of the money that normally would have been placed into the jackpot above the €190 million level rolls down into the second prizes.

Pennsylvania Lottery

Pennsylvania House passes bill giving Lottery odds and prize flexibility

October 22, 2014, 8:09 am ET

The Pennsylvania House has voted 195-1 to send to Gov. Tom Corbett a bill that Pennsylvania Lottery officials say will give them more flexibility in setting player odds and prizes, increasing sales in the long run.

But that flexibility is paired in the bill with a new requirement that the General Assembly have final approval over any Lottery plans to add new game categories like Keno or Internet-based games.

The latter clause, added by the state Senate earlier this fall, was a response to concerns that adding either type of new game would dramatically increase the number of daily Lottery drawings, and outlets for game play.

Massachusetts Lottery

Casinos no death knell for lotteries

October 22, 2014, 7:36 am ET

Casino opponents are forecasting a doomsday for the Massachusetts State Lottery if casinos are allowed to open in the state, but their predictions are not supported by the results in other large states that have introduced casinos into mature lottery markets, according to specialists and local media analysis.

Insider Buzz

New multi-state lottery game launches Sunday

October 17, 2014, 11:12 am ET

A new mutli-state lottery game featuring more but smaller jackpots will debut this weekend in some U.S. states.


Oregon man keeps childhood promise, splits $1M Powerball with brother

October 15, 2014, 2:27 pm ET

A Bend, Oregon, man who won $1 million with a Powerball ticket last month decided to share the wealth in a gesture of brotherly love.


Chinese lottery winner claims jackpot in bear costume

October 14, 2014, 7:08 pm ET

To pick up his giant check worth 520 million yuan (US$84.8 million) in lottery winnings, a Shanxi man disguised himself in a silly cartoon bear costume yesterday morning, providing perhaps the most delightful-looking press conference of the year.

South Carolina Lottery

S.C. Lottery to honor 2 sets of Pick 3 numbers

October 12, 2014, 6:26 pm ET

The South Carolina Lottery says it will honor two sets of Evening Pick 3 numbers for Tuesday night's drawing.

Massachusetts Lottery

Three Mass. Lottery games get new drawing schedules

October 12, 2014, 4:04 pm ET

The Massachusetts State Lottery has announced that there will be new drawing times for The Numbers Game, Mass Cash and Keno games.

Hot Lotto

Iowa Lottery still hunting mystery Hot Lotto winner [video]

October 10, 2014, 8:06 pm ET

Iowa investigators are asking the public for help in identifying the person who bought a lottery ticket worth $14.3 million that spawned a bizarre, two-year fraud investigation.

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