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
Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky lotteries to cancel Decades of Dollars
Making room for upcoming national Monopoly game
By Todd Northrop
There are just twenty remaining chances to play and win the multi-state Decades of Dollars game in Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky.
The first drawing of Decades of Dollars was on Feb. 3, 2011, in the states of Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia. Arkansas later joined the game starting with the drawing on May 5, 2011.
Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky will not be participating in any drawings after October 16, 2014. After tha ...
Aug 8, 2014, 1:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Husband plays late wife's 5 special numbers and wins lottery
A Chatsworth, Georgia, man claimed a lottery jackpot from the Georgia Lottery after playing his late wife's special numbers.
David Greeson, 51, was one of three players to win a $77,921 jackpot prize from the Feb. 25 Fantasy 5 drawing, matching all five winning numbers.
The winning numbers from the drawing were 5, 7, 11, 23, and 31.
David Greeson knows those numbers by heart. Not because they won him $78,000, but because they remind him of his late wife.
Her birthday was 11/23/57 an ...
Mar 14, 2014, 3:02 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia man finds $1M lottery ticket while cleaning his room
By Todd Northrop
A Georgia man was tidying his room and came across a month-old lottery ticket that was gathering dust and turned out to be worth $1 million.
Gregory Jarrett, 26, of the Atlanta suburb of Decatur, had matched five numbers in the Powerball drawing of Jan. 15, but had apparently forgotten about it.
After he checked the numbers, I called for my mom, and I walked toward her, shaking, he said in a statement released by the Georgia Lottery. She verified it, and at that point w ...
Mar 2, 2014, 2:37 pm - Lottery News forum
New Georgia Lottery game starts Sunday
'All or Nothing' to be drawn four times daily
By Todd Northrop
A popular new lottery game format is now finding its way to Georgia.
Starting Sunday, Georgia lottery players will be able to buy tickets for the latest Georgia Lottery game called All or Nothing.
In the new game, players choose 12 numbers from a total pool of 24 numbers, and they can win the top prize by matching either all or none of the 12 numbers drawn to the numbers on their game ticket.
The top prize is $250,000. ...
Feb 28, 2014, 4:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia's new $30 lottery tickets selling 'like crazy'
Lottery players are lining up to lay down some serious scratch in Georgia and Tennessee, which recently joined a number of states offering instant tickets that cost more than $25 apiece.
People are buying them like crazy, Tessa Mize, a clerk at the Mega Star gas station in Rossville on Chickamauga Avenue, said of the $30 scratch-off ticket that the Georgia Lottery introduced last week. It has a $10 million grand prize.
Meanwhile, Tennessee Lottery officials are happy with sales of a $25 i ...
Feb 5, 2014, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum
$25K Ga. lottery ticket disputed, money could go to child support
Winnings from a Georgia Lottery ticket are under dispute as two people and state child support officials have laid claim to the $25,000 prize.
Through the state Attorney General's Office, Georgia Lottery Corp. officials have asked a Fulton County Superior Court judge to make a decision.
In October 2013, Angel R. Tamayo Jr. presented a winning Loteria ticket to lottery officials only to be informed that he owed more than $17,250 the after-tax amount of the cash prize in child support back p ...
Jan 24, 2014, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Mega Millions jackpot winner comes forward
Includes video report
It's the most wonderful time of the year for Ira Curry. The Stone Mountain woman purchased one of two winning jackpot tickets in Tuesday's $648 million Mega Millions drawing.
She claimed her prize Wednesday morning at Georgia Lottery headquarters.
It's unreal, said Curry, 56. It's like I'm still dreaming.
Curry purchased her lucky ticket at Gateway Newstand, 3500 Lenox Road, Atlanta. A second jackpot ticket was sold in California.
Curry selected the cash op ...
Dec 18, 2013, 5:45 pm - Lottery News forum
$636 Million Mega Millions jackpot split by 2 tickets
Winners in California, Georgia
Includes video report
Winning tickets for an estimated $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, the second biggest in U.S. lottery history, were sold in San Jose, California and Atlanta, Georgia, lottery officials said late on Tuesday evening.
There was no immediate word about who the winners were, but one winning ticket was bought at a retail location whose name was given as Jennifer's Gift Shop on Tully Road in San Jose, according to Alex Traverso, a lottery ...
Dec 18, 2013, 7:18 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery tickets accidentally shipped to man's house
A metro Atlanta man opened up a box with a gift he ordered on the Internet to find a treasure of scratch-off lottery tickets.
Darryl Bufford told a local reporter that a UPS box arrived this week with a gift he bought from Macy's.
Bufford set the package aside for a few days and opened it when he noticed some of the tape had been pulled loose.
Inside Bufford found eight stacks of unopened scratch-off lottery tickets.
My first thought was, 'Merry Christmas, Bufford said.
The Georg ...
Dec 8, 2013, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum