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
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 Mexico Lottery testing lottery ticket ads
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.
Representatives with the New Mexico Lottery say they launched a pilot program to see how they fare when it comes to offering ad space on game tickets.
We want to understand how our systems perform, how our employees perform and then how successful those advertisements might be for the comp ...
Dec 9, 2014, 12:19 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
Hoosier Lottery adds Sunday midday drawings
Indiana's Hoosier Lottery will add consistency to certain daily draw games beginning Dec. 7 with the addition of Sunday midday drawings for its Daily 3, Daily 4 and Quick Draw games.
Currently, midday drawings for all three games are conducted Monday through Saturday. The Sunday drawing schedule will match the existing schedule for Monday through Saturday drawings.
The cut-off for ticket purchase will be 1:10 p.m. Eastern and the drawing will occur at or about 1:20 p.m.
Daily 3, with a ...
Dec 6, 2014, 1:43 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery investigating retailer lottery ticket 'discounting' practices
Some people seem to have all the luck. And in New Jersey, some of the luckiest people are retailers who sell lottery tickets.
Or so it appears from the New Jersey Lottery's list of winners.
An Asbury Park Press review of Lottery claims submitted since 2009 found that half of the 20 most frequent prizewinners are either licensed lottery retailers or family members of store operators.
As a group, those 10 people collected 840 prizes totaling almost $1.8 million, the Press found. About 70 ...
Dec 6, 2014, 11:30 am - Lottery News forum
NY lottery millionaire inspired by a dream
For Edwina Silvera, one dream led to another.
On Oct. 14, the 49-year-old West Haverstraw, New York, resident dreamed of her late father, who told her something special, a message she wanted to keep private, which inspired her to buy a scratch-off game that night.
Against long odds, Silvera landed the lucky $2,500 A Week for Life ticket and won the top prize of $2.5 million.
Normally I buy the $2 ticket and I decided why not splurge? So I did. And I'm glad that I did, Silvera told New ...
Nov 24, 2014, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
N.Y. doorman who won lottery loses battle with cancer
A Park Avenue doorman who catapulted to fame after winning a $5 million jackpot has lost his battle with cancer.
(See Doorman who won $5 million lottery pot is battling lung cancer, Lottery Post, Aug. 13, 2013.)
Richie Randazzo died Friday, six years after a lucky scratch-off ticket transformed him from porter to folk hero. He was 50.
But the Brooklyn native's family says the moolah never changed him.
He loved being a neighborhood guy, and that's what he was, said brother Frank Rand ...
Nov 17, 2014, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Indiana store clerk in trouble for buying lottery ticket
Four months after buying a Hoosier Lottery scratch-off ticket that won him $900, a Winchester, Indiana, man's luck appears to have run out.
Authorities say Mickey L. Stone, 36, 501 E. Fourth St., violated state law by buying that winning ticket at the Winchester liquor store where he was employed.
Stone was charged this week with unlawful purchase of a lottery ticket by an employee, a misdemeanor carrying a maximum one-year jail term.
According to a report filed by Michael Bare, an inve ...
Oct 31, 2014, 11:44 pm - Lottery News forum
California lottery retailers investigated for massive prize claims
Are California Lottery retailers beating the odds, or is there something more going on?
A local media investigation found some store owners cashing in winning lottery tickets at surprising rates.
It's one of the winningest lottery stores in the Bay Area: Dolce Espresso in San Jose has reported 212 winning tickets worth $600 or more in the past decade. The luckiest winner is owner Minh Nguyen. He's claimed 87 of them.
At the Jelly Donut in Daly City, owner Frank Huynh claimed 15 winning ...
Oct 31, 2014, 1:13 pm - Lottery News forum