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North Carolina Lottery

N.C. man wins $4M lottery, joins friend in 'the millionaires' club'

December 16, 2014, 10:09 am ET

A lumber yard supervisor from Rutherfordton, North Carolina, is the first player in the state to win $4 million instantly playing the $200 Million Blowout game.

With his win, Henry Smith became the third Rutherford County player to scratch off a seven-figure lottery prize.

Rodger Keith Melton, of Spindale, won $2.6 million in 2013. Dan Royal, of Forest City, won $5.2 million in 2013 and happens to be a friend of Smith's, according to a news release from the North Carolina Lottery Education Lottery.

"I didn't believe my eyes," Smith said. "I never would have tried a $20 ticket if it wasn't for Dan. He came over the day I won, looked at my ticket, and said 'Yup. Welcome to the millionaires' club.'"

Texas Lottery

Players seek $250 million from Texas Lottery contractor

December 16, 2014, 9:36 am ET

More than 500 players of a lottery scratch-off card filed suit against the game's developer seeking about $250 million in contested prize money.

Confusion over the rules led many to believe they had winning tickets, but those tickets were not honored by the state. The suit contends that the lottery's contractor, GTECH Corporation, owes prize money to the players because they wrote the rules and programmed the scanners to identify the winners.

GTECH Corporation spokeswoman Angela Wiczek said "we believe that the suit has no merit and we'll defend our actions."

Ireland National Lottery

New Ireland Lottery operator expected to raise prices

December 16, 2014, 9:00 am ET

Ireland's National Lottery is expected to raise ticket prices next year as part of a shake-up of the business aimed at halting several years of declining sales.

The new operator, Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), is under pressure to recoup its €405 million outlay for the licence and is known to have set ambitious growth targets for its 20-year tenure in charge.

While higher ticket prices would, in theory, generate bigger jackpots and potentially more publicity around its weekly draws, the move could alienate recession-weary Irish lottery players, who are still feeling the after-affects of the financial crisis.

Arizona Lottery

101-year-old wins $50,000 Arizona Lottery prize

December 16, 2014, 8:02 am ET

Christmas came a few weeks early for 101-year-old Lily Camacho, who won the grand prize of $50,000 in the Arizona Lottery's Money Tree game.

Monopoly Millionaires' Club

States pull the plug on Monopoly Millionaires' Club

December 12, 2014, 8:20 pm ET

The states involved in the Monopoly Millionaires' Club lottery game have decided to halt tickets sales for the game as of Dec. 26.

Monopoly Millionaires' Club

Texas Lottery suspends sales of Monopoly Millionaires' Club game

December 11, 2014, 4:09 pm ET

The Texas Lottery announced today that it will suspend sales of the multi-state Monopoly Millionaires' Club game following the drawing on Friday, Dec. 12.

Illinois Lottery

Illinois Lottery cuts ties with private manager

December 10, 2014, 9:11 pm ET

The split between the Illinois Lottery and its private manager, Northstar Lottery Group, is now official after three years of acrimony over lower-than-expected revenues.

Florida Lottery

Florida Lottery winner outed as sexual predator

December 10, 2014, 5:24 pm ET

?At the Florida Lottery headquarters, Timothy Poole, 43, posed for a photo with an oversized check after claiming his $3 million Scratch-Off prize. But when the image hit the Internet, others recognized the 450-pound man as a registered sexual predator.

New Mexico Lottery

New Mexico Lottery testing lottery ticket ads

December 9, 2014, 12:19 pm ET

If you've ever played the lottery, you know how important that little piece of paper can be. It's why the New Mexico Lottery is putting a little something extra on their lottery tickets: Advertisements.

Minnesota Lottery

New fight looms over MN lottery online sales

December 9, 2014, 8:55 am ET

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is braced for a repeat struggle over the Minnesota Lottery and said Tuesday that its director faces a challenge in trying to preserve online ticket sales that many lawmakers want to outlaw.

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