Frequent lottery wins by retailers investigated
In this 2-part video report, MSNBC revealed the findings of their investigation, in which the most frequent lottery winners were almost always retailers.
To view the report, please click on Part 1 of the report below. When Part 1 has finished playing, continue by clicking Part 2 of the report.
Oct 2, 2009, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
Young lottery winner stakes hopes on Wrestling show
The youngest Powerball winner ever has packed up his millions and moved to Tampa Bay, fulfilling his dream of working in the wrestling business with a wild new TV show.
Combine beautiful women, professional wrestling, and part of a $17 million lottery payout, then stir and you get the new TV show Wrestlicious .
MAD TV + the WWE + Baywatch + Dave Chappelle = Wrestlicious, explained Powerball winner Jay Vargas, who's helping finance the show with his lottery loot.
Videos of the show post ...
Sep 18, 2009, 8:28 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery vending machines rolled out across Florida
Scratch-off Florida Lottery tickets are one of the quickest, easiest ways for gamblers to take a chance at riches and, for the most part, come up empty.
But sometimes demand can create lottery bottlenecks at places such as your neighborhood Publix customer service counter.
That's why state leaders are making the instant gratification of scratch-off tickets even more instant installing 1,000 ticket vending machines at lottery retailers across Florida, primarily supermarkets.
''It helps b ...
Sep 8, 2009, 9:08 am - Lottery News forum
Live drawing fluke puts Maryland lottery machine maker in spotlight
When it comes to Florida Lottery games, the Ping-Pong balls get all the attention.
They carry the numbers that determine if players of games such as Lotto, Fantasy 5 and Cash 3 are winners.
Few people pay attention to the machines used to select the balls. At least, not until something goes wrong, as happened last week when a Lotto ball was selected... and then fell back into the machine's mixing chamber.
In an instant, the machine, manufactured by Garron Lottery Products in Baltimore, ...
Aug 29, 2009, 12:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida's newest lottery millionaire
33-year-old Dawna McAlpin doesn't seem phased by all the media attention she's receiving. In fact, she still has a hard time believing she's a millionaire.
It's still unbelievable. There's nothing you can say to describe it.
Florida Lottery officials presented McAlpin with her lotto winnings Wednesday morning at the Handi Mart Convenience store in Grand Ridge.
McAlpin bought the winning ticket there last week. She s also the store manager. She says she never thought she would win.
Aug 26, 2009, 11:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Mishap leads to lottery jackpot for Florida couple
Publix employee buys mistake worth millions
When the ticket printer at the Publix on Gladiolus Drive in south Fort Myers accidentally popped out two Florida Lotto tickets instead of just the one a customer ordered a few weeks ago, no one could have predicted the mechanical error would turn out to be a windfall.
The customer was offered the extra ticket free of charge as is the store's policy but the woman refused to take it. So the Publix clerk who sold the ticket offered the extra to a fe ...
Aug 11, 2009, 8:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery heartbreak: Florida man says he lost $500,000 ticket
Florida Lottery security officials have opened an investigation into the case of a 69-year-old Wellington man who lost a scratch-off ticket worth $500,000.
But it's too early to tell if Louis Tolentino will get the money.
They have begun an investigation, but there's nothing conclusive at this time, said Laurie Wright, spokeswoman for The Florida Lottery.
Tolentino is behind on his mortgage. His maintenance payments are past due. Medical bills are mounting.
His $500,000 scratch-off ...
Aug 3, 2009, 3:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida man wins third big lottery prize
Luck has struck for the third time for a central Florida man.
James Bush of South Daytona is one of three $1 million winners to claim their Firecracker Millionaire Raffle prize so far from the Florida Lottery. He bought the ticket in Port Orange.
But this isn't the first time the 50-year-old has claimed a winning ticket.
On his way to Florida Lottery headquarters, he bought a Billion Dollar Blockbuster scratch-off ticket and won $1,000. And in 2007, he won $500,000 in the Gold Rush scra ...
Jul 8, 2009, 4:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery Raffle drawing crowns 7 new millionaires
750,000 Florida Lottery raffle tickets had a shot at winning $1 million, and seven of those are officially chosen as the big winners.
Lottery players anxiously waiting to see if they are now among the wealthy can check their tickets at Lottery Post's Florida Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results/fl).
With only 750,000 tickets available for the Firecracker Millionaire Raffle, Florida lottery ticket buyers had a better chance of winning a million dollars than with any other game ...
Jul 5, 2009, 12:30 am - Lottery News forum
Fla. Lottery to try vending machines... again
Construction worker Anthony Carey usually gets $50 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets once a week at the convenience store where he gasses up, but he says that'll probably change when Florida reintroduces vending machines later this year in supermarkets.
The first of 1,000 machines should begin showing up in mid-August and all should all be in place by the end of November.
Instead of just getting them when I'm putting in gas, I would be able to buy them basically anywhere, Carey said wh ...
Jun 5, 2009, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum