Scotland decision could ride on a lucky lottery ticket
If Scotland votes to separate from the United Kingdom on Thursday, could nationalists have a lucky lottery ticket to thank?
Three years ago, Colin Weir, a former television cameraman, and his wife, Christine, a former psychiatric nurse, were enjoying a night watching CSI on the TV. Before going to bed, Christine decided to check their lottery ticket numbers. She checked, and then checked again: the couple from the seaside Scottish town of Largs had just won the 161 million (US$261 million) Eu ...
Sep 16, 2014, 5:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery investigating frequent winners
The top lottery winners in Ohio have claimed hundreds of large prizes over the past decades, some in such short spans of time that it seemingly defies the odds and has prompted investigations by the Ohio Lottery.
State lottery investigators track multiple-winners to look for retailers who are either stealing prizes for themselves or store employees turning in tickets for others wanting to avoid paying off debts.
A local newspaper examined every prize claim of $600 or more going back to the ...
Sep 15, 2014, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery cracks down on 'shadow winners'
The Georgia Lottery is launching a full-scale effort to crack down on so-called shadow winners people who take a percentage of the prize to stand in for the real winner.
Anyone with a winning ticket over $600 must show the Georgia Lottery proof of ID to collect their money. Before that cash is handed out, though, the Georgia Lottery checks to see whether the winner owes any back taxes or court-ordered judgments such as child support or educational loans.
If that's you, a shadow winner can ...
Sep 12, 2014, 9:30 pm - Lottery News forum
10 things you might not know about the lottery
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn decided this month not to take any more chances with Northstar Lottery Group, the company that runs the Illinois Lottery, after it fell far short of promised revenue.
Northstar's firing was one of several recent lottery-related news developments. In California, officials unveiled a program to let drivers buy lottery tickets at the gas pump. And the Los Angeles Ethics Commission backed the idea of awarding cash prizes to randomly selected voters in order to boost turnou ...
Aug 25, 2014, 7:20 am - Lottery News forum
Cottage industry helps lottery winners dodge taxes
With few rules or law enforcement to stop it, a cottage industry has popped up to help lottery winners avoid taxes, child support, and other debts, potentially costing the state and federal governments millions in lost revenue.
Enterprising merchants risking charges of aiding tax evasion are openly hawking losing lottery tickets on Craigslist and eBay to help winners offset the profits with phony gambling losses.
If you need the losers to write off for taxes, read one ad, since removed, f ...
Aug 7, 2014, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum
Seeing sales slowing, Missouri Lottery officials seek new customers
For many years, as state revenue has fluctuated and stagnated, the Missouri Lottery has been a welcome outlier, a dependable, sometimes surging revenue stream that rarely failed to post record profits.
From 2001-2008, the lottery doubled its sales, to just shy of $1 billion, and its contribution to state education funding (where its profit is directed) reached $265 million.
Since then though, the pace has slowed. While sales have continued to tick upward, gone are the years of double-digit ...
Jul 22, 2014, 7:13 am - Lottery News forum
Some lottery winning streaks have defied belief
The Brudnicks may be one of the luckiest families in Massachusetts.
In just the last couple of years, Chelsea insurance agent Robert Brudnick has cashed in 140 winning Massachusetts lottery tickets worth at least $1,000 each. His 25-year-old daughter Ashley has racked up another 100 wins. And his 23-year-old son Nathan, has turned in 99 more. The total take: More than $440,000, mostly from scratch tickets.
But state lottery officials and statisticians say they doubt any family could be tha ...
Jul 20, 2014, 3:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Would you quit your job if you won the lottery?
Survey results may surprise you
Lottery tickets clenched in hands. Eyes trained on the numbered lottery balls in motion like popcorn popping. Mind solely fixed on this thought:
If I win this one, I'll be rich enough to quit my job.
Rich enough to quit, but would you? Most people would keep working, even if those lottery balls lined up in their favor, says a Harris Poll survey released today. Just over half 51 percent of workers said they would continue to work, even if they didn't nee ...
Jul 18, 2014, 9:02 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery mystery yields clues to $7.5 million prize
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By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
Third of three parts
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Ever notice that instant lottery tickets are consecutively numbered? Ever wonder if those numbers could help in a hunt for riches?
They theoretically can, at least in Texas.
They helped us create a list, predicting the whereabouts of a missing $7.5 million ticket.
A $50 scratch-off game called $7,500,000 Fortune started out with three top prizes among a ...
Jul 3, 2014, 8:16 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery legend Joan Ginther known as bigtime ticket buyer
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By Peter Micha, Philly.com
People confirm what statistics suggest: Lottery legend Joan Ginther bought thousands of high-priced scratch-off tickets on her way to winning millions of dollars four times.
A store clerk named Victoria said she sold Ginther countless tickets, entire rolls of $50 scratch-offs at a time, according to a report by Houston TV station KPRC.
And that was at just one of eight stores in and around Ginther's home ...
Jul 2, 2014, 3:59 pm - Lottery News forum