Fla. senator proposes online Florida Lottery sales, again
Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, wants to make Florida Lottery tickets just a click or two away.
Margolis has reintroduced a proposal (SB 98) for the 2014 session that would allow the Florida Lottery to create a program so anyone 18 or older could purchase lottery tickets online.
The Florida Lottery doesn't offer tickets by mail, fax, or via the Internet, requiring tickets to be purchased from among 13,000 authorized retailers.
The proposal comes as a legislative study is underway on the fu ...
Aug 21, 2013, 10:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lotto reaches its largest jackpot in 12 years
The jackpot in this weekend's Florida Lotto game is reaching its highest level in 12 years.
Lottery officials reported Friday that the jackpot for the Saturday drawing had reached $54 million. That's the highest total since September 2001.
The jackpot has reached that total because no one has been able to match all six numbers since the April 24 drawing.
Florida Lotto is the state's flagship lottery game that has been around since 1988. But it has been eclipsed in popularity in recent y ...
Aug 17, 2013, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
Longest jackpot run ever for Florida Lotto
Tonight's jackpot is $50 million
Yes, you haven't won the Florida Lotto this time around, but here's the silver lining: Everyone else has been throwing away losing tickets, too.
The Florida Lotto has gone 31 straight drawings without anyone picking the correct six numbers, and that's the longest drought since the game began 25 years ago.
No one has hit since April 20.
It didn't help that the numbers drawn Wednesday night were 29-33-46-48-49-53. Anything above 31 is picked less often ...
Aug 10, 2013, 1:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Record Florida Powerball winner buys $1.175 million home
The gold Ford Focus has disappeared from the dirt driveway. Also gone is the neighbor kid's congratulatory crayon drawing of palm trees, taped to the door of the tiny gray duplex where Gloria MacKenzie lived until she won $590.5 million, the largest single jackpot in American lottery history.
Records show that MacKenzie, 84, traded her former rental unit in for a 6,322-square-foot, five-bedroom home in Glen Kernan Country Club, a gated golf course community in southeast Jacksonville. The pric ...
Jul 20, 2013, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum
Fla. Lottery sales top $5 billion for first time
The Florida Lottery topped $5 billion in sales for the first time during the fiscal year that ended June 30, the department announced Monday.
A record $1.41 billion is expected to go into the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund, the Lottery reported
Both amounts top the previous highs reached the year before, when sales were $4.45 billion and education transfers were $1.31 billion.
In two fiscal years, the Florida Lottery has increased sales by $1 billion. That's the fastest pace to one ...
Jul 9, 2013, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Mystery woman who paid $2,600 tab for strangers was not Powerball winner
After 180 diners at a Florida restaurant received a free meal from a stranger on Sunday night, locals (and soon, the Internet) were buzzing that the generous benefactor was the 84-year-old woman who recently won the largest Powerball jackpot in history.
While the woman who picked up the nearly $2,600 tab at Buddy Freddy's in Plant City resembled lottery winner Gloria C. MacKenzie of nearby Zephyrhills, Fla., it turned out to simply be an anonymous kind soul helping the lucky diners hit their ...
Jun 14, 2013, 6:45 pm - Lottery News forum
$590M Powerball winner still shops at Walmart
Shopping at Walmart and toting takeout from a local diner, it doesn't seem like life has changed that much for Gloria Mackenzie the 84-year-old great-grandmother who won a record $590.5 million Powerball lottery jackpot.
Although she could be shopping in Chanel, Gloria who is the biggest single lottery Powerball winner in U.S. history instead joined her son Scott, 57, and his boyfriend Jerry Cruz, 65, for dinner at a crab shack near their Florida home.
Gloria who is sharing her fortune wit ...
Jun 13, 2013, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum
Did Fla. Powerball winner pay for everyone's meal?
It may have been a case of mistaken identity or a rare form of lottery fever.
Either way, close to 200 people got treated to dinner Sunday at Buddy Freddy's in Plant City, Florida, by someone who appeared to be Gloria C. MacKenzie, the 84-year-old Zephyrhills woman who stepped forward last week to claim the largest single jackpot in American lottery history.
Whether it was MacKenzie is unknown, but that hasn't stopped speculation at the restaurant near the Thonotosassa Road exit of Interst ...
Jun 12, 2013, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Woman who let Powerball winner go ahead of her has no regrets
When Gloria C. Mackenzie claimed her $590.5 million Powerball jackpot, she released a statement revealing that another woman was kind enough to allow her to cut in line when she purchased the winning ticket.
That woman, Mindy Crandell, 34, is not upset that her charitable gesture likely cost her an enormous fortune and says things are meant to be for a reason.
Crandell, of Zephyrhills, Fla., was in line to purchase lottery tickets in Publix on May 18 while tending to one of her two daught ...
Jun 6, 2013, 2:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Winner of record $590.5 million Powerball lottery jackpot announced
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
At a press conference today, the Florida Lottery announced that the $590.5 million jackpot from the Powerball drawing held on May 18 was claimed by Gloria C. MacKenzie, 84, of Zephyrhills, Florida.
MacKenzie chose to receive her winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $370,896,780.84.
She did not speak to a crowd of reporters outside lottery headquarters, leaving quickly in a silver Ford Focus with her son, Scott Mackenzie, and ...
Jun 5, 2013, 4:13 pm - Lottery News forum