PA couple claims $149M Mega Millions jackpot
By Todd Northrop
The Pennsylvania couple who bought a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket in May has finally come forward to claim the jackpot.
The ticket was sold three months ago in White Oak and is worth $149 million.
Carl Szott and his wife claimed their prize at the Pennsylvania Lottery Headquarters.
Their ticket was the first Mega Millions winner ever in the state of Pennsylvania.
Yesterday they got a check for $87 million.
It's really surreal, said Szott. We are really ...
Aug 29, 2014, 3:05 pm - Lottery News forum
WV Lottery considers online gaming options
To help combat out-of-state competition, the West Virginia Lottery is considering introducing online gaming options, including smartphone applications that would allow players to purchase Powerball and Mega Millions tickets on their phone.
Lottery director John Musgrave told members of the state Lottery Commission Tuesday that officials met with state casino executives and their technical staff last month to discuss potential online gaming options in the state. A second meeting to discuss the ...
Aug 28, 2014, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
California $26 million lottery winner claims prize
A winner has stepped forward to claim his prize after a ticket he bought at a South El Monte, California, liquor store won a $26 million jackpot earlier this month, California Lottery officials announced this week.
Miguel Angel Peraza arrived at the California Lottery s Inland Empire District Office to claim his prize, California Lottery officials said in a written statement. His city of residence was not released.
The ticket was purchased at Sam s Liquor, 9660 Garvey Ave. in South El Mont ...
Aug 28, 2014, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery finally able to advertise where the money goes
Required change in state law
Includes video report
For the first time in its 25 year history, the Kentucky Lottery is advertising where proceeds from the sale of its games are spent.
This has never happened before because, until recently, it would've been against the law.
When the state's General Assembly put together the governing legislation for the Kentucky Lottery back in 1989, a floor amendment was passed which stated, ...government programs and services shall not be mentioned i ...
Aug 27, 2014, 9:02 am - Lottery News forum
10 things you might not know about the lottery
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn decided this month not to take any more chances with Northstar Lottery Group, the company that runs the Illinois Lottery, after it fell far short of promised revenue.
Northstar's firing was one of several recent lottery-related news developments. In California, officials unveiled a program to let drivers buy lottery tickets at the gas pump. And the Los Angeles Ethics Commission backed the idea of awarding cash prizes to randomly selected voters in order to boost turnou ...
Aug 25, 2014, 7:20 am - Lottery News forum
With Northstar terminated, what will the Illinois Lottery do now?
So what's next for the Illinois Lottery?
That's the big question looming in the wake of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's politically-expedient move late last week to fire Northstar Lottery Group. Quinn made history late in 2010 when he inked a 10-year contract with Northstar to become the first-ever private manager of any state lottery in the nation. Two other states now have private lottery managers Indiana and New Jersey.
Quinn's move last week to terminate Northstar may prove too little too la ...
Aug 23, 2014, 10:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois to fire private lottery operator
The bumpy marriage between the state and the private company that operates the Illinois Lottery is ending in a divorce.
Gov. Pat Quinn's office confirmed to me today that it is ending its contract with Northstar Lottery Group LLC to operate the $2 billion-a-year lottery system, seven years earlier than scheduled.
It is not yet certain whether the separation will be voluntary by both parties, but a decision to end the contract has been made.
The governor's office has directed the lotter ...
Aug 23, 2014, 10:20 pm - Lottery News forum
$3 million lottery winnings just chicken feed to farmer
The millionaire opened his barn door and was greeted by the clucks of a thousand chickens.
Jeff LaBar walked into his chicken coop, gathered the eggs that had been laid overnight and brought them into the house to wash them by hand, one at a time, before packing them up and driving them to the few local supermarkets that are LaBar Poultry Farm's loyal customers.
Earlier that morning, the 53-year-old had gotten off his 12-hour overnight shift at the local lime plant, a second job he took aw ...
Aug 21, 2014, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $180 million
By Todd Northrop
The Mega Millions jackpot has risen to an estimated $180 million for the next drawing in the multi-state lottery game after nobody won Tuesday night.
Although the Friday night grand prize will not set any records, it continues to be the largest Mega Millions jackpot in the past 5 months. The last time the Mega Millions jackpot was this high was a $414 million jackpot won by two ticket-holders in March.
(See 2 winning Mega Millions tickets sold in Florida, Maryland to sp ...
Aug 20, 2014, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum
$160 MILLION: largest Mega Millions jackpot in 5 months
By Todd Northrop
After a couple of mega-sized jackpots early this year, the Mega Millions jackpot has stubbornly refused to explode to the humongous levels that make lottery players line up around the block.
Perhaps that might change in the next couple of weeks, as the Mega Millions grand prize has increased to $160 million for the Tuesday evening drawing after nobody matched all 5 numbers and the Mega Ball Friday night.
The lump-sum cash value of Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is $95. ...
Aug 18, 2014, 12:04 pm - Lottery News forum