$600 MILLION: Biggest Powerball jackpot ever
Closing in on all-time lottery record
By Todd Northrop
Only once before has the United States or the world witnessed a lottery-buying frenzy like we are seeing this week.
That was in March, 2012, when the multi-state Mega Millions game was busy setting a record for the largest jackpot in world history.
This time it's Powerball's turn to make people stop what they're doing and line up for lottery tickets.
Powerball tickets are being bought at such a rapid pace that the Multi-State ...
May 17, 2013, 1:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Man finds $4.85 million Lotto ticket in cookie jar
Includes video report
Maybe you've heard this story before. Or dreamed it.
A man cleans out old lottery tickets from a cookie jar, and instead of throwing them away takes them to the 7-Eleven to check them out. And finds one of them is worth millions.
It gets better for Ricardo Cerezo of Geneva, Illinois. He says his family was facing eviction, and he'll use part of the winnings $4.85 million to pay off the home.
It couldn't have happened at a better time, said Cerezo, a management ...
May 17, 2013, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Almost €15 million in Ireland Lottery prize money goes unclaimed
At a time when so many are strapped for cash, the prospect of a lottery win has never been more alluring. Yet according to figures obtained from the Ireland National Lottery, 14.7 million (US$18.9 million) in lottery prize money was left uncollected last year alone.
Whether they ended up down the back of the couch or in the wash, winning tickets worth 90 million have gone unclaimed in the last five years.
Among the forfeited windfalls last year were a 350,000 Plus 1 prize, from a ticket so ...
May 15, 2013, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee to add Hot Lotto multi-state lottery game
Game will also see changes to number pool and prizes
By Todd Northrop
Starting Sunday, Tennessee Lottery players will be able to purchase tickets for Hot Lotto, a multi-state game currently played in 14 states and Washington, D.C.
Hot Lotto is a multi-state drawing-style game similar to Powerball and Mega Millions. The all-cash jackpots begin at $1 million and average between $5 million and $6 million.
Tickets cost $1 each, and a Sizzler option that triples all non-jackpot prizes cos ...
May 10, 2013, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Multi-state lottery jackpots top a combined $375 million
The jackpot for Friday's Mega Millions rolled over to $154 million, while the top prize in tonight's Powerball multi-state lottery stands at $222 million.
The numbers drawn in Tuesday night's Mega Millions lottery were 1, 6, 13, 20 and 51, and the Mega Ball was 31.
The Mega Millions jackpot has been growing since a player in Ohio won $41 million on March 12.
The Powerball jackpot has been climbing since March 30, when an Illinois player won $50 million.
If a single player wins tonigh ...
May 8, 2013, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery workers being sickened by moldy Sandy scratch-off tickets, employee claims
Some New Jersey Lottery employees got a little more to scratch off than they bargained for.
For six months, tens of thousands of moldy Superstorm Sandy scratch-off tickets have been sitting in a warehouse at the state lotto's headquarters in Lawrenceville sickening several workers, according an employee who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.
We're all suffering from headaches, the employee said. If you go into that room, you start experiencing respiratory problems. You fe ...
May 2, 2013, 5:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Online lottery plans criticized by some West Michigan lawmakers
Lounging on the couch at home playing Keno and buying lottery tickets on your iPhone or computer doesn't sit well with some West Michigan lawmakers.
I know seniors right now whose Social Security doesn't last a month because they're buying lottery tickets at the local store. If they can do it from home, their checks will be gone in less than two weeks, said State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.
A new game system called iLottery would begin offering online sales of single tickets and insta ...
Apr 17, 2013, 4:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Loopholes allow some Michigan lottery winners to stay on welfare
A Michigan agency has removed more than 500 lottery winners from certain welfare programs because of a new state law that cross-references winners with recipients of some types of aid.
But the Department of Human Services says many more welfare cases could be ended if what it calls loopholes were closed, or if laws were altered or expanded.
The Department of Human Services on Monday issued a report that covers findings from April through December 2012.
It relates to a law signed last Ap ...
Apr 16, 2013, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
$1M NJ Powerball ticket to expire May 17
You may be a millionaire and not even know it.
Worse yet, you only have until May 17 to figure it out or lose the prize, according to New Jersey Lottery officials.
In a press release Wednesday, lottery officials said a winning $1 million ticket sold in South Brunswick Township, New Jersey, from the May 16, 2012 Powerball drawing has not yet been claimed.
A $1 million ticket was sold at the Stop Shop store #818 at Summefield Boulevard and Route 522 in the Dayton section of South Brunswic ...
Apr 6, 2013, 5:01 am - Lottery News forum
$338M NJ Powerball winner pledges to pay rent for his entire block
Powerball winner Pedro Quezada is hosting a rent party for his entire block.
A close friend of the newly minted megamillionaire said Quezada promised to temporarily cover the housing costs for residents in the Passaic, N.J., neighborhood that housed his bodega.
He said he's going to pay the rent for everybody here on this block for at least a month or two months, the friend said Saturday outside Quezada's Apple Deli Grocery. He's such a good guy.
Word of Quezada's magnanimous gesture ...
Mar 31, 2013, 3:11 pm - Lottery News forum