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Slot machine saves German gambler as police arrive
Police said Thursday that two officers carrying out routine checks at an arcade in the western city of Bochum, Germany, late last week discovered that a man playing a slot machine faced an arrest warrant. He had been ordered to pay a 710 (US$910) fine or go to prison for 71 days after resisting police during a previous incident. Police say that as officers informed the man that he faced arrest, the slot machine started to flash and the beaming 37-year-old won a jackpot of 1,000 (about US$1 ...
Sep 29, 2014, 7:08 am - Lottery News forum

10 things you might not know about the lottery
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn decided this month not to take any more chances with Northstar Lottery Group, the company that runs the Illinois Lottery, after it fell far short of promised revenue. Northstar's firing was one of several recent lottery-related news developments. In California, officials unveiled a program to let drivers buy lottery tickets at the gas pump. And the Los Angeles Ethics Commission backed the idea of awarding cash prizes to randomly selected voters in order to boost turnou ...
Aug 25, 2014, 7:20 am - 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

Man wins lottery, loses in court
A lottery winner who claims he was deceived when his lawyer teamed up with a finance company and persuaded him to take a lump sum for his annualized jackpot narrowly lost a split decision at the state Supreme Court Monday in a case that turned on how long victims have to sue. In his suit against the finance company, John D. Flannery claimed and the Supreme Court concluded that he was given bad tax advice by attorney Glenn MacGrady and Singer Asset Finance to induce him to take a one-time paym ...
Jun 17, 2014, 7:28 am - Lottery News forum

Lucky woman buying lottery ticket narrowly escapes truck crash
Includes video report Surveillance cameras captured amazing video of a woman who barely escaped with her life when a truck crashed into a grocery store in the Park Manor, Illinois, neighborhood Friday afternoon. It happened at the Farmers Food Basket at 71st and Martin Luther King Drive. Witnesses say a Ford pickup truck hit two other vehicles in the intersection, then careened into the front of the store. The woman, who was buying lottery tickets from a vending machine near the site ...
Apr 21, 2014, 11:19 am - 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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