$400 MILLION: Massive Mega Millions lottery jackpot set for Friday
5th-largest US jackpot of all time
By Todd Northrop
The changes made in October have put the Mega back into Mega Millions.
Ever since the United States lotteries tweaked the rules to the multi-state Mega Millions game starting Oct. 22, its jackpot has been on a quick ascendency and has now become the 5th-largest US jackpot of all time.
When no player matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball Tuesday night, the jackpot estimate for Friday night's Mega Millions drawing was raised to ...
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Alabama legislator lobbies for state lottery
Faces mountain of resistance
The Democrat leader in the Alabama House is calling for the Legislature to use its election-year session to approve a state lottery.
Republican leaders say Rep. Craig Ford is carrying a losing ticket for 2014.
Ford, D-Gasden, said a state lottery could produce $250 million annually for education purposes and keep money at home that is now going to lotteries in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.
That is why I plan to propose a lottery bill during the 2014 le ...
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Pennsylvania Senate may work privatization deal
But solution may not come until 2014
There is broad support among Senate Republicans to give the governor authority for a private company to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery and legalize electronic games such as keno to boost state revenue, the Senate majority leader said on Monday.
But quick action in the Legislature appears unlikely, said Sen. Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware County. He didn't rule out a vote on Tuesday but noted long odds against that happening. Many senators want further vet ...
Yesterday, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum
EuroMillions jackpot makes poor woman one of Ireland's richest
From struggling on 70 a week in jobseeker's allowance, Margaret Loughrey is now officially one of Ireland's richest women.
But she says she will stay in her hometown despite scooping a whopping 26.9 million (US$44 million) from the EuroMillions jackpot.
Margaret, or Mags as she is known to her friends, from Strabane, Co Tyrone, struck gold after hitting five numbers and two lucky stars in the November 26th Euro Millions drawing.
The unemployed and single 48-year-old broke her silence ye ...
Dec 9, 2013, 10:01 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery tickets accidentally shipped to man's house
A metro Atlanta man opened up a box with a gift he ordered on the Internet to find a treasure of scratch-off lottery tickets.
Darryl Bufford told a local reporter that a UPS box arrived this week with a gift he bought from Macy's.
Bufford set the package aside for a few days and opened it when he noticed some of the tape had been pulled loose.
Inside Bufford found eight stacks of unopened scratch-off lottery tickets.
My first thought was, 'Merry Christmas, Bufford said.
The Georg ...
Dec 8, 2013, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. lawmaker wants to give lottery winners right to remain anonymous
A Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, lawmaker unveiled legislation Friday that would allow lottery winners to keep their identities hidden from the public.
State Rep. Ted Harhai, D-58, Monessen, said he believes the proposal would help lottery winners avoid the pitfalls that have plagued many past prize winners, from alleged murder attempts to thefts and scams.
I think providing this option is necessary, Harhai said in a statement. In particular, multi-state lottery jackpots can reach int ...
Dec 8, 2013, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
$344 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot skyrockets
10th-largest US jackpot of all time
By Todd Northrop
This holiday season someone will be able to afford gifts unlike any they have ever given before, as the multi-state Mega Millions lottery jackpot is soaring to historic levels.
After nobody won Friday night's grand prize, the Mega Millions jackpot grew to an estimated $344 million the largest since the record-setting $656 million jackpot set on March 30, 2012, and the 10th-largest United States lottery jackpot of all time (see full li ...
Dec 7, 2013, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum
$297 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot raised again before tonight's drawing
By Todd Northrop
Across the United States, tickets for tonight's Mega Millions multi-state lottery drawing are being sold at a higher-than-expected rate, prompting the state lotteries to raise the official jackpot estimate to $297 million.
The lump-sum cash value of the Friday, December 6 jackpot is now $158.9 million.
As a result of the updated jackpot estimate, tonight's Mega Millions jackpot now stands as the 21st largest United States lottery jackpot of all time, and the 8th-largest ...
Dec 6, 2013, 5:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery tracks down $50 million winner who lost ticket
Credit card purchase key to tracking down winner
An unbelievable set of circumstances have come together for Kathryn Jones, who won $50 million from an unclaimed Lotto Max prize drawn a year ago a win for which she lost the ticket and never checked the numbers.
The Hamilton woman had absolutely no clue she could be a winner when Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation officials showed up at her door a while back wanting to talk to her, she said Tuesday at a news conference at the OLG headqu ...
Dec 5, 2013, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery rolls out online ticket sales
Some retailers worried
As he stood in line for lottery tickets Wednesday at C-Mini Mart #3 on Poole Road, David Auther said store patrons and workers know him by his lucky Pick 3 number.
Hey Warren, what's my number? he asked store owner Warren Liles, who stood behind the counter.
315, Liles replied.
Auther, who plays the lottery every day, said he won't be logging onto a computer to buy tickets as the N.C. Education Lottery launches an online subscription service Thursday. He enjo ...
Dec 5, 2013, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum