N.C. man wins $4M lottery, joins friend in 'the millionaires' club'
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 ...
Dec 16, 2014, 10:09 am - Lottery News forum
Players seek $250 million from Texas Lottery contractor
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 sai ...
Dec 16, 2014, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
New Ireland Lottery operator expected to raise prices
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 m ...
Dec 16, 2014, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
101-year-old wins $50,000 Arizona Lottery prize
Christmas came a few weeks early for 101-year-old Lily Camacho, who lives in the central Arizona mining town of Kearny. On Tuesday, she won the grand prize of $50,000 in the Arizona Lottery's Money Tree game.
That's probably a good thing because she has 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.
Fortunately, she also has a 78-year-old son who buys her the occasional scratch-off ticket.
Not that any of them ever paid off u ...
Dec 16, 2014, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
States pull the plug on Monopoly Millionaires' Club
Last drawing on Dec. 26
By Todd Northrop
The states involved in the Monopoly Millionaires' Club lottery game have decided to halt ticket sales for the game as of Dec. 26.
Twenty-two states plus the District of Columbia current offer the multi-state lottery game, which started just two months ago.
The decision means players in the participating states can buy tickets for the game until Dec. 26. Three more drawings will be held, including those scheduled for Dec. 12, Dec. 19, and Dec. ...
Dec 12, 2014, 8:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery suspends sales of Monopoly Millionaires' Club game
Low sales to blame
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.
Texas is one of 23 states participating in the game that was launched on Oct. 19.
Sales for the game have not met the lottery industry's projections and have continued to decline nationally since its introduction. After careful review, the Texas Lottery has decided to suspend sales of the game because of the prize l ...
Dec 11, 2014, 4:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery cuts ties with private manager
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.
The termination agreement, signed Tuesday by Gov. Pat Quinn, comes a little more than three months after he directed lottery officials to sever ties with the company after it fell short of promised revenues for the third consecutive year.
At the time, the company had posted record profits to the state, but those figures st ...
Dec 10, 2014, 9:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery winner outed as sexual predator
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.
In 2001, The Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested Poole on charges of sexual battery on a 9-year-old boy, records show. Before that, he was arrested in 1991 for stealing almost $20,000 in food stamps from Safeco Inc. of Ocala, where he worke ...
Dec 10, 2014, 5:24 pm - Lottery News forum
New fight looms over MN lottery online sales
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.
Dayton expressed little doubt that the Legislature will again attempt to bar most virtual ticket sales and acknowledged that the veto he used to short-circuit their push last spring might not hold up.
At the urging of Lottery Director Ed Van Petten, Dayton struck down the prop ...
Dec 9, 2014, 8:55 am - Lottery News forum
NJ lottery winners still receiving welfare, food stamps, audit says
An audit sniffing out fraud in New Jersey's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program detected 66 lottery winners who were perhaps too lucky. They were all welfare and food stamps beneficiaries who had each won more than $10,000, including one person who had been collecting $1,000 a week from the Win for Life scratch-off game prior to 2009.
Ten other winners netted more than $100,000 in lottery proceeds from 2011 to 2013. All of them were still collecting food stamps this year, according to t ...
Dec 6, 2014, 2:52 pm - Lottery News forum