States look for winning formulas to spur lottery sales
Buy a scratch lottery ticket in Georgia, and you can win music downloads or a seat at an Atlanta Falcons game. In New York, one of the top sellers is an all-black ticket as sleek as an Armani suit. And in Texas, where they brag that everything is bigger, a single ticket goes for $50.
With state budgets in crisis and lottery-financed programs like prekindergarten being considered for cuts, the pressure is on to make lottery tickets more attractive to casual scratchers and people who may have n ...
Dec 23, 2010, 7:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia man's second big lottery win is for $1M
A Metter, Georgia, man was grabbing his morning cup of joe when he was jolted by more than the java. Andrew Jones, 63, won a $1 million prize playing the Georgia Lottery instant game Maximum Green.
This is the second big win for Jones, who won $500,000 playing the instant game Jumbo Jumbo Bucks in March 2008.
Jones purchased both of his lucky top prize tickets at Jet Food Store #0035, 309 W. Broad St., Metter.
With all the excitement, the grandfather of four says he is remaining calm. J ...
Oct 27, 2010, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum
$116M Georgia Powerball winner claims prize
A 46-year-old advertising executive from Mableton, Georgia, has stepped forward with the $116 million Powerball ticket.
Gerald L. Render chose the cash option so he'll only be getting $63 million before taxes.
Render claimed the prize Friday afternoon, two weeks after buying the winning Quik Pik jackpot ticket at Heby's Shell, on Floyd Road in Mableton.
The advertising executive had been showing up for work as usual at the Marietta-based Upscale Magazine. It's a publication of Bronner B ...
Oct 9, 2010, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum
Refreshingly candid: Ga. Lottery chief discusses future game plans
Georgia Lottery chief Margaret DeFrancisco tries to stay ahead of the pack.
In the lottery's sprawling downtown offices, DeFrancisco wheels around on a kid's scooter with a bell on the handlebars so she can avoid close calls with the walking crowd. And with the pressure mounting as demand for lottery revenue for HOPE scholarships and pre-k outstrips its growth, she's searching for new sources of money.
Down the road, DeFrancisco said, don't be surprised if interactive lottery games appear ...
Jul 20, 2010, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery profits up in 2010
Another good year for the Georgia Lottery meant more money for the state's pre-kindergarten and HOPE college scholarship programs, but it isn't enough to keep state officials from worrying about HOPE's future.
The Georgia Lottery Corp. announced Wednesday that profits increased again during the 2010 fiscal year providing a dozen consecutive years of growth.
As a result, the lottery increased its payments to the popular pre-k and HOPE programs. During the 2010 fiscal year, which ended June ...
Jul 14, 2010, 9:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery schedules Cash 4 bonus drawing after error detected
During a review of the Monday, June 7, Cash 4 evening drawing, Georgia Lottery officials determined that an equipment malfunction occurred with a ball machine. One of the balls ejected back into the chute from the mixing chamber before the winning number fell.
As a result, the Georgia Lottery will hold a bonus Cash 4 drawing on Monday, July 5, giving players an extra chance to win.
We are very serious about the security and integrity of our games, said Georgia Lottery President and CEO Ma ...
Jun 14, 2010, 4:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia man wins lottery -- again
For John Hogan, lightning struck twice.
The 67-year-old from Griffin won the Fantasy 5 jackpot for the second time June 7. After matching all five numbers, Hogan won $61,122.
In February 2000, he won a Fantasy 5 jackpot of $75,270. With the February winnings, Hogan said he bought a new truck, installed a new roof on his home and took a vacation.
With this month's winnings, Hogan said he is not sure how he will spend it.
Hogan purchased the ticket at the S M Grocery on Fayetteville Ro ...
Jun 11, 2010, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia lottery players tout big scratch-off wins
Two retirees and a teen are among a handful of recent big Georgia lottery winners.
Lawrence Brooks, 57, is the biggest winner of the bunch.
Brooks, 57, of Columbus, won $500,000 from playing the Atlanta Falcons instant game Touchdown.
Happy is how the grandfather of 12 expresses how he feels about the win. He purchased the winning ticket Sunday at Ray's Food Mart in Columbus.
The Falcons fan missed most of the game because of the win.
I got home, scratched it and went back to th ...
Dec 11, 2009, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia man with flood damaged home wins lottery
A quarter-million dollar Georgia Lottery prize will help one Mableton family rebuild their lives following the metro Atlanta area's historic flooding last month.
Michael Sussmann, 38, won $250,000 playing the instant game Millionaire Jumbo Bucks.
I'm feeling much better, said a visibly overjoyed Sussmann. I don't think it has sunk in. I'm still in awe.
Sussmann and his wife, Cassie, together have three children, ages 11, 10 and eight. The couple, whose home received tremendous water d ...
Oct 26, 2009, 12:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Waffle House waitress tastes lottery success
Mother of two wants to open her own restaurant
An Austell, Georgia, Waffle House waitress, who won the half-million dollar top prize in the $500,000 Monopoly instant game, is considering opening a restaurant with her winnings.
Autumn Laney, 26 and a mother of two, purchased her winning ticket while making a stop at Quick Pick Food Store on Six Flags Drive.
Before leaving, she scratched the ticket in her car.
I had to put on my glasses, and I cried when I saw all of those zeros, she ...
Jul 31, 2009, 12:42 pm - Lottery News forum