Florida woman hits for $10M on lottery scratch-off
A Coral Springs, Florida, woman has claimed a $10 million lottery win the largest haul of the year so far in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Tara Tuttle, 35, of Coral Springs, claimed the $10 million top prize in the Billion Dollar Blockbuster Scratch-off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Her ticket cost $20.
Despite the high cost of scratch tickets like the one claimed by Tuttle, Lottery officials note that scratch-off payback is about 70 percent compared to 50 percent ...
Sep 17, 2012, 12:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery player says scanner not accurate
One man's faith in the reliability of Florida's lottery system has been shaken after an odd incident.
It was around 8:30 p.m. the evening after a drawing. Robert Campisi, 48, a retired business owner and electrical contractor, was in the Exxon at 7624 Front Beach Road.
Campisi said he was engaged in an activity that is all too familiar to him. And like most of the time, as he scanned the Powerball and Quick Pick lottery tickets at the external scanner, an all too familiar message appeared ...
Sep 16, 2012, 3:04 pm - Lottery News forum
98 Florida Lottery players share Fantasy 5 win
Perfect set of odd-numbered results drawn
If you woke up this morning and discovered you were a Florida Fantasy 5 winner, you have plenty of company.
There were 98 players last night who picked the pedestrian numbers of 1-3-5-7-9, so they'll all share from the Fantasy 5 pool. Their take? $1,995.32 each.
The Florida Lottery's Shelly Safford notes that of the 98 winners, only one was a quick pick.
Obviously, a lot of players pick those numbers, she said.
Nobody has exact stats, but ...
Aug 29, 2012, 12:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Four $1M Powerball tickets sold in same county, at same chain
The odds of winning at least $1 million by matching the first five numbers in a Powerball drawing are 1 in 5.15 million. Four people beat those odds in Florida this week.
In the same county. Buying from the same grocery chain.
Four tickets bought from a Publix store in separate cities in South Florida's Broward County matched the first five numbers drawn on Wednesday night, said David Bishop, Florida Lottery deputy secretary.
Each missed the Powerball digit, but still won a prize of at ...
Jun 18, 2012, 6:47 am - Lottery News forum
Florida woman cashes $21M Lotto ticket
Aleyda Montes de Oca, 54, of Key Largo, claimed the $21 million Florida Lotto jackpot the biggest haul of the year so far from the drawing held on April 28.
The $21 million Lotto jackpot is a bit of a rarity nowadays. Seven of the eight other winners so far this year have been under $10 million, and the eighth was only $12 million. Since Powerball came along, the jackpots aren't zooming up there as fast.
She bought her ticket at Tropical Supermarket, 28945 South Dixie Highway in Homestead. ...
Jun 6, 2012, 7:29 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery's repeat winners don't always come out ahead
Thirteen players cashed at least 20 tickets paying more than $600 in 2011
Most people who play the lottery won't win more than a few bucks. But there are people in South Florida who win big money almost every week.
A Plantation woman has won at least $600 more than 240 times in the past 19 years, according to a Sun Sentinel analysis of individual Florida Lottery winnings dating to 1993. A Hollywood man won $5,000 at least 52 times last year. The winningest player for 2011, a resident of Pa ...
May 14, 2012, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Judge rules man has no right to ex-girlfriend's lottery winnings
A Seminole County, Florida, man who sued his ex-girlfriend for half of her $1 million Florida Lottery winnings went away empty-handed Tuesday, her attorney said.
After 1 days of testimony, Circuit Judge Alan Dickey ruled in favor of defendant Lynn Anne Poirier in what's known as a directed verdict meaning the plaintiff's case was deemed legally insufficient.
Howard Browning, who is unemployed, and Poirier, a Seminole County special-education teacher for more than three decades, had lived t ...
Feb 8, 2012, 10:57 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery education spending investigated
Lottery money still invested in education, but targeted differently than it used to be
Florida Lottery education dollars that used to go mainly to K-12 education are now being spread into several different educational initiatives, raising the ire of local Superintendents, but pleasing those who feel that education spending should be more diverse.
Nearby 4 billion dollars was spent on the Florida Lottery last year. It's money lawmakers promised would go to education. But according to infor ...
Feb 7, 2012, 10:04 am - Lottery News forum
$50M Lotto winner a no-show for celebration
It can be hard to tell who is more impacted by a $50 million lottery ticket.
Richard McMullen, the 54-year old Tallahassee resident and jackpot winner, has stayed out of the public eye since the lottery results were announced last week. Florida Lottery officials said he has requested minimal media coverage.
The Circle K where he bought the multi-million-dollar ticket, on the other hand, hasn't stopped buzzing with attention and customers hoping for lightning to strike a second time.
Jan 6, 2012, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
State lotteries get creative to drive higher sales
The Arizona Lottery has spent four years ramping up efforts to get players to part with a dollar.
It raised its average jackpot by 8 percent and introduced pricier scratch-off games that cost from $5 to $20 but yield bigger winnings, up to $1 million. The tickets now come in brighter colors on thicker paper, and more of them get displayed in bigger cases to catch the eyes of would-be winners lining up at grocery and convenience stores. The lottery also increased its advertising budget by roug ...
Dec 12, 2011, 8:05 am - Lottery News forum