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Georgia man wins $1M on forgotten lottery ticket

October 30, 2014, 9:03 am ET

A Savannah, Georgia, resident realized this week that it was no trick when he found a forgotten lottery ticket that led to a major treat: a $1 million prize.

David Bramble, 42, matched the first five numbers from the July 9 Powerball drawing, winning a $1 million prize.

Georgia Lottery representatives presented Bramble with an oversized check Wednesday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Savannah.

His lucky lottery ticket went unnoticed for three months.

"I had these tickets that were sitting in my car," said Bramble, who claimed his prize Oct. 21.


10 Pennsylvania co-workers share $2 million Powerball prize

October 29, 2014, 12:36 pm ET

Maybe there was a glare on the machine, and maybe Stacia Thomas just didn't think it possible.

The Red Lion woman scanned her ticket and stared at the prize line on the Pennsylvania Lottery machine. She thought it listed $2,000, so she asked a clerk at the Sunoco A-Plus Market to read the amount for her.

$2 million. Yes, that really happens.

"'Oh, my God, I gotta go tell the girls!'" Thomas recalled yelling before rushing back across the street to the office at Industrial Distribution Group to tell her nine coworkers they'd finally struck it big.

New Jersey Lottery

NJ lottery winners dodge a tax bullet

October 28, 2014, 10:39 am ET

A proposed extra tax on New Jerseyans' lottery winnings stalled today after it became clear it was unlikely to be approved by a key state Senate panel.

"It didn't have the votes," said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen).

The bill (S1767) would impose an additional 0.5 percent tax on lottery winnings of more than $600.

The money would be used to fund after school programs run by non-profit groups in municipalities where at least 40 percent of the school district's students are "at risk."

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Michigan Lottery

800+ Michigan Lottery winners kicked off public assistance in 2013

October 25, 2014, 1:41 pm ET

More than 7,200 Michigan Lottery winners were living in households that received public assistance of some kind in 2013, and the state was able to close about 11 percent of those cases as a result.

Massachusetts Lottery

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.

Euro Millions

EuroMillions jackpot at record levels, capped at €190 million

October 23, 2014, 9:46 am ET

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.

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.

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.

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