N.C. woman plays lottery for first time, wins $100K
North Carolina Education Lottery officials say a Greensboro woman played the lottery for the first time and won big.
Jamiela Hardick told officials she wanted to try her luck Monday with two lottery tickets. She won $5 on one and $100,000 on the other.
She said she bought a $5 Crossword 10K ticket and a $5 Mega Bucks ticket at the Sheetz on West Wendover Avenue in Greensboro. She won her $5 back on the Crossword 10K ticket and the top prize of the Mega Bucks game.
After taxes were withh ...
Sep 19, 2014, 3:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Governor revamps Missouri Lottery Commission
Gov. Jay Nixon replaced most of the members of the Missouri Lottery Commission on Thursday as he released a report recommending the agency review its policies on prizes and advertising in a quest to route more money to education.
The shake-up in oversight at the Missouri Lottery comes after it posted record sales during the past budget year yet transferred less money to education than it had in the previous year.
Nixon in July had directed his state budget office to review the lottery's op ...
Sep 19, 2014, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Scotland decision could ride on a lucky lottery ticket
If Scotland votes to separate from the United Kingdom on Thursday, could nationalists have a lucky lottery ticket to thank?
Three years ago, Colin Weir, a former television cameraman, and his wife, Christine, a former psychiatric nurse, were enjoying a night watching CSI on the TV. Before going to bed, Christine decided to check their lottery ticket numbers. She checked, and then checked again: the couple from the seaside Scottish town of Largs had just won the 161 million (US$261 million) Eu ...
Sep 16, 2014, 5:05 pm - Lottery News forum
36 SC stores suspended from lottery sales
Lottery officials in South Carolina say three dozen stores have been suspended from selling tickets because of their involvement in the operation of illegal gambling machines.
Holli Armstrong with the South Carolina Education Lottery told local media that the stores are being suspended for six months because of the illegal machines.
Armstrong says the stores have received a letter about the suspension.
The stores' contracts with the lottery include a provision for a non-appealable six-m ...
Sep 16, 2014, 12:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery investigating frequent winners
The top lottery winners in Ohio have claimed hundreds of large prizes over the past decades, some in such short spans of time that it seemingly defies the odds and has prompted investigations by the Ohio Lottery.
State lottery investigators track multiple-winners to look for retailers who are either stealing prizes for themselves or store employees turning in tickets for others wanting to avoid paying off debts.
A local newspaper examined every prize claim of $600 or more going back to the ...
Sep 15, 2014, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery cracks down on 'shadow winners'
The Georgia Lottery is launching a full-scale effort to crack down on so-called shadow winners people who take a percentage of the prize to stand in for the real winner.
Anyone with a winning ticket over $600 must show the Georgia Lottery proof of ID to collect their money. Before that cash is handed out, though, the Georgia Lottery checks to see whether the winner owes any back taxes or court-ordered judgments such as child support or educational loans.
If that's you, a shadow winner can ...
Sep 12, 2014, 9:30 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ Cash 5 game to get larger starting jackpot
By Todd Northrop
Starting Sunday, Jersey Cash 5 players will see game changes that will result in larger estimated starting jackpots, more opportunities to win bigger jackpots, and increases in the average match-3 prize paid all for the same $1 ticket price.
In response to player demand for bigger jackpots, the New Jersey Lottery raised the Jersey Cash 5 estimated minimum jackpot from $50,000 to $75,000. Match-3 average prize paid will increase from $11 to $15.
To support the increase i ...
Sep 11, 2014, 1:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Couple brings lottery ticket on vacation not realizing it's a winner
A Dublin, Ireland, couple went on vacation with a wining lottery ticket and were oblivious to the fact that they'd won 250,000 (US$323,000).
The lucky winners checked the ticket yesterday after they came back from a trip in the sun.
They discovered they'd won the top prize in the Lotto Plus 2 draw on Saturday, August 16, and collected their quarter of a million euro check at Ireland's National Lottery offices today.
That ticket survived Barcelona, the pick-pocketing capital of the worl ...
Sep 11, 2014, 1:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Minnesota couple claim $11.7M Hot Lotto jackpot
Generous couple gives store clerk college money
Rhonda Meath waits tables for a living. Her husband, Joe, is a retired turbine operator who still does some snowplowing at a nearby gas station. They live on a quiet 10 acres in northern Anoka County.
None of that is likely to change, the Bethel couple say, now that they're $11.71 million richer, thanks to a winning lottery ticket Joe bought at that gas station.
As the Meaths drove to Minnesota Lottery headquarters in Rosevilleon Monday mo ...
Sep 9, 2014, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Auto shop owner finds winning $2.9M lottery ticket in his truck
A Long Island auto body shop owner just found out that he has been driving around with nearly $3 million in his truck.
Jerry Ritieni bought $20 worth of lottery tickets July 19, but instead of putting them in his pocket as he normally does, he shoved them into the center console and forgot all about them.
A month later, he was fishing around in his truck to find the keys to his Vermont home and found the Lotto tickets collecting dust.
He brought them into his office at Extreme Auto Body ...
Sep 5, 2014, 2:29 pm - Lottery News forum