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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
This story has been removed at the author's request. By Peter Mucha, Philly.com Third of three parts See Part 1 and Part 2 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
This story has been removed at the author's request. 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

How lottery legend Joan Ginther used odds, Uncle Sam to win millions
This story has been removed at the author's request. By Peter Mucha, Philly.com Second of three parts See Part 1 Joan Ginther wasn't necessarily lottery loco. Maybe it wasn't a case of dumb luck, but smart luck. She may have purchased at least 80,000 pricey tickets worth $2 million or more, according to expert analysis of 28 instant prizes she won, including three totalling $15 million. If she also was the source of two dozen lesser wins by her friend Anna Morales, Ginther mig ...
Jul 2, 2014, 10:07 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery's 'luckiest woman' bet flabbergasting sums on scratch-offs
This story has been removed at the author's request. By Peter Mucha, Philly.com First of three parts For years, people who dream of beating the lottery have puzzled over the amazing case of Joan Ginther, who made headlines around the world by scratching off 10MILL on a $50 instant ticket in June 2010 to win her fourth multimillion-dollar prize. Skeptics wondered if she cheated or had an ingenious system for pinpointing winners. After all, Ginther received a Ph.D. from Stanford and ...
Jul 2, 2014, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum

How to win the lottery (happily)
If you have won the lottery, or if you plan to do so, please keep reading this column. The information is vital not just to your happiness but also to the progress of social science. You have a chance to dispel the notion of the curse of the lottery, which is blamed whenever a big winner ends up divorced, depressed, destitute or dead. Journalists like to explain that the curse is no mere legend the futility of winning the jackpot has been demonstrated by actual scientists with jobs at accredi ...
May 27, 2014, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum

Postal agents intercept, destroy fake lottery checks
Includes video report Instead of sending foreign lottery letters and checks directly to you from Canada, Jamaica, Costa Rica or Mexico, more and more, scammers are sending big batches of letters in a box, to middlemen in the United States. Each letter is stuffed in a pre-addressed envelope and many envelopes are stamped with American postage. The return addresses are typically just a private mailing center in an American city. The person who picks up the box may hand it off to yet another ...
Mar 4, 2014, 1:14 pm - Lottery News forum

How lottery tickets are helping states' budgets
The scores of losing players in this week's $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich. Their ticket purchases also helped fund a small but increasingly important part of their states' budgets. Changes in the nationwide Powerball and Mega Millions games have led to some of the world's largest jackpots in the last two years, boosting player interest and sales. Fueled by the growth of those games and the steady expansion of other offerings, many sta ...
Feb 24, 2014, 7:08 am - Lottery News forum

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