$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
Georgia Lottery schedules Cash 4 bonus drawing
Makes up for mechnical error Wednesday
During a review of the Wednesday, Oct. 16 Cash 4 midday drawing, Georgia Lottery officials determined that a technical malfunction occurred with a ball machine. During the routine post-drawing process, a mechanical issue was identified in one of the draw machines, which negated the proper mixing of a ball set.
As a result of the malfunction, the Georgia Lottery will hold a bonus Cash 4 drawing, giving players an extra chance to win. The bonus drawing ...
Oct 18, 2013, 2:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Numbers from Afghanistan net $371K lottery win
A Douglasville, Georgia, woman has won a $371,516 Georgia Lottery prize with numbers she received from her husband working in Afghanistan.
Carol Hicks, 37, won the prize as one of two players to match all five winning numbers in the April 2 Fantasy 5 drawing.
My husband called me from Afghanistan, and he asked me to play these numbers, Hicks said.
Winning numbers from the drawing were: 1-6-10-17-39.
RaceTrac #0439, 5897 Fairburn Road in Douglasville, sold the winning ticket. The sec ...
Apr 9, 2013, 3:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Three friends honor long-time pact to split lottery winnings
All for one, and $1 million for all.
Three long-time chums who made a pact to split the pot if one of them ever won the lottery got their payday last week, Georgia Lottery officials announced on Thursday.
And to top it all, the threesome's windfall was foretold by an after-dinner treat.
James Scoles, 56, was cracking a fortune cookie in his town of North Pole, Alaska, on March 15, the same day his buddy Kenneth Wilson bought a lottery ticket at a grocery in Twiggs County, Ga.
His for ...
Mar 23, 2013, 9:02 am - Lottery News forum
Ex-Georgia Lottery president got big bonuses
A state law designed to curb bonuses to Georgia Lottery executives didn't stop the organization from handing out huge incentive payouts and raises to top staffers.
The lottery funds the HOPE scholarship and pre-kindergarten classes, but ticket sales have struggled to keep up with growth in the programs. When lawmakers approved legislation in 2011 to prevent the programs from going broke, part of the deal was a severe curtailing of lottery staff bonuses.
But more than $260,000 worth of ince ...
Jan 27, 2013, 5:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia construction worker collects $50M Mega Millions win
By Todd Northrop
A 55-year-old Thomasville construction worker is getting ready to build a new life after winning a $50 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot.
Honey, we won the lotto! That's what Zippy Vonier, 55, announced to his wife Wednesday morning after discovering that he won $50 million.
My wife was brushing her teeth, and I told her to come in and sit down, said Vonier, a Thomasville resident. She was just kind of shocked.
Vonier won by matching all of the winning numbers ...
Dec 2, 2012, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery hires new president
Despite controversy over the governor's role in the choice, the Georgia Lottery board handed state budget director Debbie Dlugolenski Alford a new job Thursday as the lottery's new president and CEO.
Board members took the unanimous vote on Alford's appointment, despite criticism they scuttled their own search because Gov. Nathan Deal wanted Alford to get the job. Though Alford has held several high-profile jobs in state government, she is the state's first lottery director without prior expe ...
Oct 26, 2012, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia man finds $1M lottery ticket in his truck
A Clayton County, Georgia, man who won $1 million in August didn't realize he was rich until he found a forgotten Powerball ticket in his truck.
Ramon Rodriguez, of Rex, found the forgotten ticket tucked into the console of his truck and turned it in Wednesday.
He matched five of six numbers from the Aug. 8 Powerball drawing, winning a $1 million prize.
Rodriguez, 54, said It's been in my truck for two months.
I went to the computer and looked at the numbers, Rodriguez said. I said ...
Oct 14, 2012, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery board member resigns citing pressure to hire new director
A member of the Georgia Lottery Board resigned last week because she thought the panel was feeling pressured to hire the governor's budget director to run one of the country's most successful lotteries.
Frances Rogers, who has served on the board since late 2010, said she hung up the phone in the middle of a conference call to discuss a new lottery president last week and immediately resigned.
There were things that were said and I decided I was not going to be able to be part of the proc ...
Oct 12, 2012, 7:11 am - Lottery News forum