$2.5M Indiana lottery ticket found in the nick of time
Eric White didn't realize he'd left $2.5 million sitting on the desk in the office in his Indianapolis home for six months.
On Friday, he and his wife, Lori, cashed in, beating the odds by turning in the winning Hoosier Lotto ticket from the Aug. 19 drawing a week after the lottery officials said the prize wouldn't be awarded because the 180-day deadline had passed. Officials extended the deadline to Feb. 22 after saying the date had been miscalculated.
Lori White, 38, said she sent her hu ...
Feb 20, 2010, 7:53 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner has days to collect millions
Indiana lottery officials say they miscalculated the deadline to collect the winnings from a $2.5 million jackpot ticket, and are allowing more time for the winner to come forward.
The Hoosier Lottery office says the deadline for claiming the jackpot from the Aug. 19 drawing has been extended until Feb. 22.
Lottery officials had said the jackpot expired as of 5 p.m. Friday, but now say that was incorrect because the day of the drawing was mistakenly included in the 180-day limit to claim t ...
Feb 16, 2010, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
Store manager charged after winning lottery
Indiana woman pleads guilty to buying ticket from own store
An Indiana woman who won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery game will be serving probation instead of spending her winnings.
Betty Jacobi, 54, who managed the Cowboy's Gas and Convenience store in New Salisbury, bought the $20 ticket in June from her own store, a violation of lottery policy, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported.
Because Jacobi couldn't legally claim the money, prosecutors said she gave the ticket to her daughter, Jon ...
Jan 5, 2010, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum
Study: Hoosier Lottery has worst financial decline in USA
Another state with computerized drawings fares poorly
Has Indiana considered boldly changing back to real drawings?
Proceeds from Indiana's lottery were down by more than 17 percent in the past fiscal year, marking the sharpest decline in profits nationwide.
Hoosier Lottery proceeds fell by nearly $40 million. The state's profit from scratch-off tickets, Powerball and other lottery games dropped from $217 million in the 2008 fiscal year to $178 million in fiscal year that ended June 30. ...
Sep 24, 2009, 2:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Study finds wealthy counties get most benefit from Indiana Lottery profits
When you play the Hoosier Lottery, the odds are against you. But if you're poor? Then, so is the system.
An Indianapolis Star review of the Hoosier Lottery has found that while lower-income players disproportionately fund the lottery, the state transfers lottery profits disproportionately to the wealthiest counties.
It's a quirk that seems to punish the very people the state counts on to fuel a revenue source that last year topped $217 million.
It's a sad state of affairs when state po ...
Jun 8, 2009, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana woman claims $2.5 million Lotto jackpot
A Summitville couple is nearly $1 million richer after winning the Hoosier Lotto jackpot prize.
Pamela and Jay Smith won $2.5 million in the May 9 drawing. Hoosier Lottery officials made the announcement at a news conference in Muncie on Tuesday.
I hope it doesn't change a thing, Pamela Smith said in a news release. I have a very nice life. I have everything I need.
The Smiths decided to take their at the couple's home late Tuesday.
The couple have no immediate plwinnings as a lump ...
May 20, 2009, 7:10 am - Lottery News forum
Reflecting bad times, some lotteries hit losing streak
State lotteries are down on their luck as players cut back on games of chance.
From California, where sales for the past year are down 5%, to Florida, where sales slipped 7%, fewer people are gambling on scratch-off tickets and numbers games.
The economy probably has affected lottery sales the way it's affected all discretionary spending, says David Gale of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.
About half of Americans buy lottery tickets, according to a 2008 ...
Apr 14, 2009, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Auto workers collect lottery winnings
There haven't been many happy stories involving Indiana auto workers lately, but one family is an exception.
A mother and her two daughters, one retired from General Motors and two who work for Delphi in Kokomo, cashed in Monday, claiming an $11 million Hoosier Lottery prize.
It was the biggest check Jill Carver, of Kokomo, and daughters Brenda Carver and Ronette Kelley had ever received.
While Delphi has struggled, along with all of the American auto industry, Carver and Kelley have cl ...
Mar 17, 2009, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana couple wins $50,000 prize for 2nd time playing same game
An Indianapolis couple beat the odds when they claimed their second $50,000 Lucky 5 Hoosier lottery prize.
Elinor and John T. Phillips of Indianapolis claimed the prize Thursday, less than five years after Elinor Phillips won $50,000 on the same game in 2004.
Elinor Phillips said her heart fluttered when she heard the numbers for the Feb. 24 evening draw.
Phillips said she and her husband play Lucky 5 Evening regularly.
The retirees plan to use their winnings to pay down their mortga ...
Feb 27, 2009, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana convenience store sells winning $163M Powerball ticket
The Southeast Indiana community of Lawrenceburg is buzzing with news that a convenience store there sold the one winning Powerball ticket in Saturday's drawing.
The winning ticket is worth $163 million, just under $100 million if the winner takes a lump sum payment. The identity of the winner remains a mystery.
Lawrenceburg is about 20 miles west of Cincinnati.
With no winner yet to step forward, the clerks at the Circle K convenience store and gas station that sold the winning ticket a ...
Jan 20, 2009, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum