Pennsylvania lottery winners to be taxed for the first time
New Penn. Gov. Tom Wolf proposes historic tax increases
By Todd Northrop
Tucked into the depths of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's first budget plan is a proposal to tax lottery winnings over $600.
The newly-elected Democrat Governor's spokesman says that California and Pennsylvania are the only states with income taxes that exempt lottery proceeds. Some states have no income taxes, and those states also do not tax lottery winners.
We have a massive budget deficit that we need to c ...
May 12, 2015, 10:55 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery adds multi-state Cash4Life game
Third state to offer game; Virginia starting in May
By Todd Northrop
Ticket sales are underway for the new Pennsylvania Lottery Cash4Life game, a multi-state game offering a top prize of $1,000 a day for life and a second prize of $1,000 a week for life.
In Pennsylvania, the first ticket was sold over the counter at 5:23 a.m. at Fast Fill, 24 Blakeslee Blvd., Lehighton, Carbon County. A few seconds later, the first ticket generated by a self-service terminal was sold at Wawa, 8220 W. Ba ...
Apr 9, 2015, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket in get-well card wins man $7 million
A Pennsylvania man is feeling very well, thank you, after he won a $7 million lottery prize from a ticket that was enclosed in a get-well card from his father.
I don't play the lottery at all, but my father is a retired hospital administrator-turned-avid Lottery player, Joseph Amorese of Easton, Pennsylvania, said, according to the New York Lottery.
Amorese's father sent the $7 Million Golden Ticket scratch card inside a greeting card, while Amorese recovered at home from surgery.
I s ...
Mar 27, 2015, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum
Three tickets to split massive $564 million Powerball jackpot
Final jackpot total of $564.1 million is fifth-largest ever in USA
By Todd Northrop
Three Powerball lottery tickets sold in North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Texas matched all the winning numbers Wednesday night to share a $564.1 million jackpot.
The winning numbers in the Wed., Feb. 11, 2015, drawing were 11, 13, 25, 39, and 54, with Powerball number 19. The Power Play number was 3.
The $564.1 million Powerball jackpot, which is the fifth-largest of any lottery game in history, start ...
Feb 12, 2015, 1:11 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Lottery drawings go on Thursday despite machine malfunctions
Includes video report
Technical difficulties wreaked havoc with Thursday evening's Pennsylvania Lottery drawings, forcing the Pick 4 and Pick 5 drawings to occur after the telecast ended.
No one knows exactly what went wrong. We don't have the information right now. The folks who design the machines are coming down to make sure everything runs smoothly tonight, said lottery spokeswoman Lauren Bottaro.
What viewers saw signifying a problem, which Bottaro said is in accordance with lotte ...
Jan 31, 2015, 3:52 pm - Lottery News forum
10 Pennsylvania co-workers share $2 million Powerball prize
Maybe there was a glare on the machine, and maybe Stacia Thomas just didn't think it possible.
The Red Lion woman scanned her ticket and stared at the prize line on the Pennsylvania Lottery machine. She thought it listed $2,000, so she asked a clerk at the Sunoco A-Plus Market to read the amount for her.
$2 million. Yes, that really happens.
'Oh, my God, I gotta go tell the girls!' Thomas recalled yelling before rushing back across the street to the office at Industrial Distribution Gr ...
Oct 29, 2014, 12:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania House passes bill giving Lottery odds and prize flexibility
The Pennsylvania House has voted 195-1 to send to Gov. Tom Corbett a bill that Pennsylvania Lottery officials say will give them more flexibility in setting player odds and prizes, increasing sales in the long run.
But that flexibility is paired in the bill with a new requirement that the General Assembly have final approval over any Lottery plans to add new game categories like Keno or Internet-based games.
The latter clause, added by the state Senate earlier this fall, was a response to ...
Oct 22, 2014, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum
Casinos no death knell for lotteries
Casino opponents are forecasting a doomsday for the Massachusetts State Lottery if casinos are allowed to open in the state, but their predictions are not supported by the results in other large states that have introduced casinos into mature lottery markets, according to specialists and local media analysis.
Citing a study written by a Massachusetts lawmaker in 2008, casino opponents issued a news release Oct. 8 predicting that lottery revenue would plummet by more than 20 percent, leading t ...
Oct 22, 2014, 7:36 am - Lottery News forum
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
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