Ohio Lottery investigating frequent winners
The top lottery winners in Ohio have claimed hundreds of large prizes over the past decades, some in such short spans of time that it seemingly defies the odds and has prompted investigations by the Ohio Lottery.
State lottery investigators track multiple-winners to look for retailers who are either stealing prizes for themselves or store employees turning in tickets for others wanting to avoid paying off debts.
A local newspaper examined every prize claim of $600 or more going back to the ...
Sep 15, 2014, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum
More people playing, winning in SC Lottery
The South Carolina Education Lottery announced Monday it set records for ticket sales and the amount of money raised for education in the last fiscal year. It also set records for the amount of prize money paid out and the commissions paid to lottery retailers.
Lottery revenue was more than $1.26 billion for the year. Ticket sales grew by $66 million, which meant the amount that got deposited into the lottery's education account was $323.4 million, or $23 million more than the previous year.
Aug 5, 2014, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin man's two winning lotto tickets said to be "misprints"
Includes video report
Ivory Mitchell thought he had two $1,000 dollar winning crossword scratch tickets back on July 20th.
When he tried to cash them in, he was told there was an error and that the tickets were misprints.
He thinks the Wisconsin Lottery should pay up for a mistake they made.
He was told to fill out a claim form and that he would have to wait 30 days to hear if they would honor the tickets.
CBS 58 asked the Wisconsin Lottery about this and they sent this statement: ...
Jul 29, 2014, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery ad campaign starts with rodeo
With the launch of the Wyoming Lottery just over a month away, officials will begin a statewide advertising campaign and training the retailers who will be selling the tickets.
The Wyoming Lottery Commission heard reports Wednesday from staff on last-minute details leading to the first Powerball and Mega Millions ticket sales on Aug. 24. It is Wyoming's first foray into the lottery frenzy that has become a fixture in most other states.
Wyoming Lottery CEO Jon Clontz said he expects more th ...
Jul 17, 2014, 11:29 am - Lottery News forum
New keno game boosts sales for Kentucky Lottery
The Kentucky Lottery's new keno game hasn't attracted as many retailers as projected, but sales have exceeded expectations since it launched late last year.
Kentucky Lottery Chief Financial Officer Howard Kline told The State Journal that the bingo-style game, which has drawings every five minutes, sold $28.5 million in wagers as of June 21. He says that's about $500,000 more than estimated.
Kline said that came despite having only 272 Keno-only retailers sign on to offer the game by the e ...
Jul 8, 2014, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lottery kicks off campaign to protect customers from dishonest clerks
Players reminded to sign tickets immediately
The Florida Lottery has launched a new campaign after some store owners were claiming big prizes time and time again despite the small odds.
The lottery has posted videos online and will soon display posters at retail locations urging players to sign their tickets.
They hope this will help prevent store employees from stealing their winning tickets.
When it comes to winning scratch-off lottery games, people who own or work at convenience s ...
Jun 18, 2014, 4:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania has its first Mega Millions lottery winner
Winning ticket worth $149 million
Someone who bought a multi-state Mega Millions lottery ticket in Pennsylvania is millions of dollars richer.
The Pennsylvania Lottery has sold its first jackpot-winning Mega Million ticket, a $149 million prize from the Tuesday, May 20 drawing.
The winning ticket was sold at White Oak Gas Grocery on the 1100 block of Fawcett Avenue, McKeesport, Allegheny County.
The winning ticket matched all five white balls, 10, 40, 63, 64, and 69, and the Mega Bal ...
May 21, 2014, 8:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Printing error causes new Pa. Lottery ticket coupons to be issued
Pennsylvania Lottery players who tried to use some of the lottery's coupons that arrived in the mail or in the newspaper in late April or earlier this month learned that they were about as good as a losing lottery ticket.
That's because of a printing error in the coupons' bar code that makes them unreadable to retailers' lottery terminals, said Elizabeth Brassell, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Revenue, which oversees the lottery.
New coupons are being reprinted and will start a ...
May 19, 2014, 2:17 pm - Lottery News forum
11 more retailers suspended by Florida Lottery
Includes video report
The Florida Lottery, suspecting fraud, has suspended sales at 11 more stores, bringing the total to 14 since a Palm Beach Post investigation revealed startling patterns of winners.
Two of the stores were owned by winners profiled in The Post's investigation.
Amit and Nita Thakker have owned or operated various stores in and around Gainesville for years. Since 2005, they've cashed in 226 big lottery prizes worth more than $560,000.
Lottery officials seized equipm ...
May 17, 2014, 2:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery to begin accepting retailer applications
Lottery ticket sales expected to begin in August
Starting May 21, the Wyoming Lottery Corp. will begin accepting applications from Wyoming retail business owners who want to sell Powerball and Mega Millions tickets at their retail locations.
Properly completed and vetted applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Beginning May 21, Wyoming retail business owners can either fill out and submit an application online at www.wyolotto.com, download and print a retail ...
May 13, 2014, 5:25 pm - Lottery News forum