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New Mexico Lottery

N.M. man had jackpot-winning lottery ticket in car for 2 months

July 22, 2014, 11:02 am ET

For almost two months, Dennis Romero of Albuquerque, New Mexico, drove around town with a lottery ticket worth $385,000 in the backseat of his car. 

On Friday afternoon, Romero discovered his good fortune.  Realizing he had unchecked tickets from May, he pulled into a store parking lot, grabbed the tickets and scanned them himself using a countertop ticket checker.

"When it said, 'Claim at lottery,' I knew I had won something big," Romero said.

On his quick-pick ticket for the May 29 Roadrunner Cash drawing, Romero matched the winning numbers of 4, 10 12, 31 and 32 to land the night's jackpot of $385,000.  His ticket included two other plays that paid $1 each. 

Missouri Lottery

Seeing sales slowing, Missouri Lottery officials seek new customers

July 22, 2014, 7:13 am ET

For many years, as state revenue has fluctuated and stagnated, the Missouri Lottery has been a welcome outlier, a dependable, sometimes surging revenue stream that rarely failed to post record profits.

From 2001-2008, the lottery doubled its sales, to just shy of $1 billion, and its contribution to state education funding (where its profit is directed) reached $265 million.

Since then though, the pace has slowed. While sales have continued to tick upward, gone are the years of double-digit growth, when the introduction of new games and prizes seemed to consistently push the lottery to new heights.

Massachusetts Lottery

Some lottery winning streaks have defied belief

July 20, 2014, 3:02 pm ET

The Brudnicks may be one of the luckiest families in Massachusetts.

In just the last couple of years, Chelsea insurance agent Robert Brudnick has cashed in 140 winning Massachusetts lottery tickets worth at least $1,000 each. His 25-year-old daughter Ashley has racked up another 100 wins. And his 23-year-old son Nathan, has turned in 99 more. The total take: More than $440,000, mostly from scratch tickets.

But state lottery officials and statisticians say they doubt any family could be that fortunate. The odds of winning at least $1,000 from one of the lottery's most popular $5 scratch ticket games is 1 in 5,300. Now imagine beating those kind of odds every other day, on average, for two straight years.

Insider Buzz

Would you quit your job if you won the lottery?

July 18, 2014, 9:02 am ET

Rich enough to quit, but would you? Most people would keep working, even if those lottery balls lined up in their favor, says a Harris Poll survey released today.

Mega Millions

New Mexico man claims 15 prizes in Mega Millions draw worth $60,000

July 17, 2014, 2:27 pm ET

An Albuquerque, New Mexico, man came to New Mexico Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim 15 prizes totaling $60,000 from the July 8 Mega Millions drawing.

Wyoming Lottery

Wyoming Lottery ad campaign starts with rodeo

July 17, 2014, 11:29 am ET

With the launch of the Wyoming Lottery just over a month away, officials will begin a statewide advertising campaign and training the retailers who will be selling the tickets.

Pennsylvania Lottery

Jury rules that estranged brothers must split $1M lottery prize

July 16, 2014, 5:34 pm ET

After a two-day trial in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, court, a jury decided two Mechanicsburg-area brothers, Charles Thomas Meehan and Ira Sharp, would split a $1 million lottery ticket straight down the middle.

Pennsylvania Lottery

Half brothers fight over million dollar lottery ticket

July 16, 2014, 5:30 pm ET

Two estranged half brothers faced off on Tuesday in a Pennsylvania court in a fight over a winning million-dollar lottery ticket.

Euro Millions

Judge rules boss must give waiter half of $1.7M lottery jackpot for predicting win

July 15, 2014, 9:29 pm ET

In a legal ruling no one could have predicted, a judge in England has ordered a lottery winner to split his jackpot with the waiter who predicted the win.

Scam Alert

Alabama man loses $80,000 in foreign lottery scam

July 15, 2014, 8:01 am ET

An Alabama man fell victim to one of the most successful scams in the country that is destroying the lives of thousands of people.

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