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
Florida lottery player claims $182.1M Powerball jackpot
A 69-year-old Kissimmee woman arrived in Tallahassee Thursday to claim the $182.1 million jackpot from the Feb. 26 Powerball drawing.
Ines Carvajal claimed the prize in the name of the Carvajal Family Group, and opted to take a lump-sum payment of $91,187,716.61, before taxes.
Her jackpot is the second-largest lottery prize ever won in Florida, behind the $189 million jackpot won in October 2009 by Dr. William A. Steele of Orlando.
Carvajal bought the winning Quick Pick ticket at the Pu ...
Mar 4, 2011, 9:05 am - Lottery News forum
Christmastime battle over lottery jackpot
A lottery lawsuit is all the talk in The Villages. A group of friends hit the Florida Lotto jackpot, but one single dollar has led to a fight over $16 million.
It's known as Florida's friendliest neighborhood, but there's scandal at the Hacienda Hills Country Club.
Yeah, yeah. Everybody knows, golfer Otto Strunck told local media.
Eight employees and players are in a tug of war. The controversy is over a Florida lotto ticket, a winning ticket worth $16 million.
It'd be an awful sha ...
Dec 24, 2010, 9:04 am - Lottery News forum
Florida shopkeeper accused of taking tourist's lottery winnings
Naji Farah thought it was his lucky day: a $5,000 lottery prize.
The only problem, police say, the lottery ticket wasn't his.
The Miami Beach market owner is accused of scamming the rightful owner, telling the man the ticket was worth $600 and pocketing the rest.
Police arrested Farah, 45, this week on a charge of felony grand theft. And Florida lottery officials have suspended his store's license while the criminal charges are pending.
Miami Beach police say Farah took advantage of ...
Dec 10, 2010, 7:11 am - Lottery News forum