Lotto winner shot by deputies wins settlement
Includes video report
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office will pay a $3.2 million settlement to a Florida Lottery winner who was shot in his own back yard.
Deputies said they thought Robert Swofford Jr. was a burglar when they opened fire on him in April 2006.
Swofford, who won $60 million in the Florida Lotto, was shot four times.
He filed a lawsuit in 2007, claiming the sheriff's office failed to properly train its deputies.
Lawyers decided to settle the lawsuit last week.
Sep 1, 2011, 7:46 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery to update branding, Web site
The Florida Lottery is not aging gracefully.
Voters enthusiastically approved state-run gambling 25 years ago, but the Lottery is struggling to keep up with today's demands.
Sales are lagging. Its approach to online media is sluggish. And other forms of gambling, such as Indian-run casinos and Internet cafes, are luring customers away from lucky numbers and scratch-offs.
State officials are well aware of the shortcomings.
Gov. Rick Scott's choice to lead the agency is a branding expe ...
Aug 1, 2011, 6:56 am - Lottery News forum
Millions in lottery jackpots expire every year
If you are the ticket holder for the winning Massachusetts Mega Millions consolation prize with the numbers: 2, 7, 10, 16 and 29, we have some bad news for you. You have just missed your chance to claim $250,000. The jackpot expired Wednesday.
In six more days, on Aug. 3, a $900,000 jackpot is in danger of becoming little more than wishful thinking for some unlucky winner in Florida.
ABC News have found at least six other jackpots ranging from $10,000 (two in Arizona expiring Aug. 8 and Au ...
Jul 29, 2011, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum
Fla. man wins $35M lottery jackpot with computer software
Perseverance pays off for long-time Lotto player
When Paul Hemphill picked the winning lottery numbers in 1995, he made just one mistake: He never bought a ticket.
He didn't make that mistake twice. Two months ago, the 66-year-old retiree strolled into Hollywood Food Mart, plunked down $2 and walked away.
Two days later, he was a multi-millionaire.
The winner of the May 28 jackpot worth a hefty $35 million asked for the cash up front. After taxes, he pocketed more than $20 million.
Jul 19, 2011, 11:50 am - Lottery News forum
Florida man wins lottery twice in 6 months
Lightning struck twice for a Panama City Beach, Florida, man.
Jody Massengale won $3 million in November, playing a Florida Lottery scratch off game. Last week he did it again, winning $10 million on another scratch off ticket. This time, Massengale purchased his winning ticket at the Express Lane, located at 8302 Thomas Drive, in Panama City Beach. He bought his previous winner at a gas station on North Lagoon Drive.
David Haas, who works at the Express Lane, might be selling a lot more s ...
May 12, 2011, 7:29 am - Lottery News forum
Florida woman mistaken for lottery winner
Similar name to real winner leads to many phone calls, text messages
A Port St. Lucie woman said she is being mistaken for a Florida Lottery scratch-off game winner because they share a similar name.
Tammy Henry Jordan said her phone has been ringing off the hook, and her text messages are piling up.
Jordan said it seems people are confusing her with a Jupiter woman named Tammy Henry, who recently won $2 million.
My name is Tammy Henry Jordan, Jordan told WPBF 25 News. Her name is T ...
May 6, 2011, 1:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery draws raffle winning numbers
State tries different raffle cost, prize format
By Todd Northrop
This afternoon the Florida Lottery conducted its eighth raffle drawing, but its first using a new lower-cost and lower top prize format.
The top prize in Lucky 7 Raffle is $700,000, but hundreds of other players will win prizes ranging from $70 to the top $700,000 prize.
The complete list of winning numbers for Lucky 7 Raffle can be found at Lottery Post's Florida Lottery Results page.
Tickets for the raffle went on ...
May 5, 2011, 3:35 pm - Lottery News forum
47 people pick winning Fantasy 5 numbers
Rare consecutive sequence drawn Monday
The Florida Lottery set a new record with 47 top prize winners in the Fantasy 5 game.
Lottery officials say each ticket matching all five numbers drawn Monday night is worth $4,581.74. The winning numbers were 14-15-16-17-18.
This is the most number of Fantasy 5 winners since 2001 when the Fantasy 5 matrix was changed from 26 to 36 numbers, making it more difficult to win. In 2005, 40 tickets matched all five numbers, which is the previous record u ...
Mar 22, 2011, 11:34 am - Lottery News forum
Florida man wins lottery, must visit mom
When Johan Fourie's mom asked him on Sunday when he was going to come visit her, his answer was as funny as it was seemingly unrealistic.
When I win the lottery, Fourie said.
Moments later, Fourie checked his Florida Lotto ticket and saw that he had actually won the $4 million jackpot.
I had no idea I would be calling her back later that day to tell her I was on my way! he said Wednesday.
For 12 years, the 62-year-old Hollywood man had played the same numbers 9, 10, 23, 24, 37, 38 ...
Mar 17, 2011, 8:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida lawmakers pushing for more, bigger casinos
Seminoles and pari-mutuels say they'll fight plan
Two state senators announced Friday that they have filed legislation that would allow five Las Vegas-style casino hotels in Florida, spaced across the state.
Dennis Jones, R-Seminole, and Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, announced the news via a release Friday. Jones is chair and Sachs is vice chair of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee, which gambling falls under.
The legislation would authorize what Jones calls one destination resor ...
Mar 7, 2011, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum