Postal agents intercept, destroy fake lottery checks
Includes video report
Instead of sending foreign lottery letters and checks directly to you from Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica or Mexico, more and more, scammers are sending big batches of letters in a box, to middlemen in the United States.
Each letter is stuffed in a pre-addressed envelope and many envelopes are stamped with American postage. The return addresses are typically just a private mailing center in an American city. The person who picks up the box may hand it off to yet another ...
Mar 4, 2014, 1:14 pm - Lottery News forum
New Georgia Lottery game starts Sunday
'All or Nothing' to be drawn four times daily
By Todd Northrop
A popular new lottery game format is now finding its way to Georgia.
Starting Sunday, Georgia lottery players will be able to buy tickets for the latest Georgia Lottery game called All or Nothing.
In the new game, players choose 12 numbers from a total pool of 24 numbers, and they can win the top prize by matching either all or none of the 12 numbers drawn to the numbers on their game ticket.
The top prize is $250,000. ...
Feb 28, 2014, 4:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery winner won't retire
You've just won the Oregon Lottery Win for Life game, so how do you celebrate?
By dining at Marco Polo Global Restaurant, of course.
That's what Shamus Harmon did last week after claiming his Win for Life prize at Oregon Lottery headquarters.
I am one of the most boring lotto winners, I'm sure, he said.
Or one of the smartest.
Harmon, a 34-year-old safety trainer who lives in Salem, said his first plan for the windfall is to pay off his mortgage within five years.
He will rece ...
Feb 25, 2014, 7:00 pm - Lottery News forum
How lottery tickets are helping states' budgets
The scores of losing players in this week's $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich. Their ticket purchases also helped fund a small but increasingly important part of their states' budgets.
Changes in the nationwide Powerball and Mega Millions games have led to some of the world's largest jackpots in the last two years, boosting player interest and sales. Fueled by the growth of those games and the steady expansion of other offerings, many sta ...
Feb 24, 2014, 7:08 am - Lottery News forum
Man wins $200,000 playing Pick 4
Wiley Tuley is a lucky, lucky man.
The retired electronics technician from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, won $200,000 in Thursday's evening drawing of the Iowa Lottery's Pick 4 game.
Tuley actually won the game multiple times in the single drawing, which was why his prize was so large. He bought 14 tickets, with three plays per ticket. He played different combinations of the same four numbers 1, 9, 4, 3, his birth year for each of the plays. Those four numbers were all winners, which means he won a ...
Feb 21, 2014, 9:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery hopefuls line up for chance to win $400M Powerball jackpot
Includes audio report
Tonight's Powerball drawing carries an estimated $400 million jackpot, one of the largest in U.S. lottery history.
It's rolled over 15 times since December and will be the fourth-biggest Powerball jackpot and sixth-highest lottery prize of all time.
At A A Market in Hell's Kitchen, cashier Ali Muhammed is preparing for customers to line up.
Everybody comes, said Muhammed. They play extra. Some people play for $100, $200.
Changes in the ways big multistate l ...
Feb 19, 2014, 7:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia's new $30 lottery tickets selling 'like crazy'
Lottery players are lining up to lay down some serious scratch in Georgia and Tennessee, which recently joined a number of states offering instant tickets that cost more than $25 apiece.
People are buying them like crazy, Tessa Mize, a clerk at the Mega Star gas station in Rossville on Chickamauga Avenue, said of the $30 scratch-off ticket that the Georgia Lottery introduced last week. It has a $10 million grand prize.
Meanwhile, Tennessee Lottery officials are happy with sales of a $25 i ...
Feb 5, 2014, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum
6 South Floridians become lottery millionaires in January
By Nick Sortal
Six of our fellow South Floridians got lucky in January they all became millionaires playing the lottery.
And that's twice as many big wins as we usually have. Last year about 2.5 winners a month came from Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade counties.
January's newly minted millionaires were: a $12 million Lotto winner in Tamarac, a $3 million scratch-off winner in Miami Beach, a $2 million Mega Money winner in Miami and a $1 million scratch-off winner in Greenacres. Two ot ...
Jan 31, 2014, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa and Minnesota lotteries kick off new multi-state game
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
The Minnesota and Iowa state lotteries have unveiled a new two-state game in which players win the prize by matching all of the numbers or none of them.
In the new game, called All or Nothing, players choose 12 numbers from a pool of 24. There are 10 different ways to win prizes by matching various numbers, but the top prize of $100,000 is won by matching either all the numbers drawn or none of them.
Tickets cost $1 each, and drawings are held t ...
Jan 28, 2014, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery celebrates 10 years, unveils new logo
By Todd Northrop
The Tennessee Lottery celebrated 10 years in business in the Volunteer State by unveiling a new logo and announcing another record quarter.
The Lottery to-date has raised a total of more than $2.91 billion for education-related programs.
The corporation celebrated this milestone anniversary Tuesday with a short program at the Lottery's headquarters in Nashville.
During the program a new logo was unveiled and retailer partners with a Board Resolution were honored, and ...
Jan 22, 2014, 12:05 pm - Lottery News forum