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
Iowa and Minnesota lotteries kick off new multi-state game
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
The Minnesota and Iowa state lotteries have unveiled a new two-state game in which players win the prize by matching all of the numbers or none of them.
In the new game, called All or Nothing, players choose 12 numbers from a pool of 24. There are 10 different ways to win prizes by matching various numbers, but the top prize of $100,000 is won by matching either all the numbers drawn or none of them.
Tickets cost $1 each, and drawings are held t ...
Jan 28, 2014, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery chief named NASPL president
Gary Grief will serve one-year term with North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries
The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) has elected Gary Grief as president of the organization at the 2013 NASPL Annual Conference and Trade Show in Providence, Rhode Island. Grief is the executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission.
I am pleased to have Gary Grief serve as the new NASPL president, said David Gale, executive director of NASPL. His e ...
Oct 10, 2013, 3:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio man wins lottery, beaten and robbed at local bar
Includes video report
An Ohio man is in the hospital recovering, after he says he was brutally beaten and robbed.
The 57 year-old is now fighting back and wants the men behind the crime to be arrested and put behind bars.
David Williams is in fair condition at Grant Medical Center.
He says he recently won some money from a local bar, and when he went to pick it up, a guy asked him for a ride home. That's when he was beaten.
I thought the guy was going to kill me. I truly thought ...
Oct 7, 2013, 11:13 am - Lottery News forum
'Lucky 7' canceled: ABC series pulled after two episodes
Lucky 7's luck has run out, and it is about to endure a lot of jokes about its unfortunate title.
ABC has axed the freshman drama after just two episodes, making it the first cancellation of the 2013-14 season.
ABC knows one thing that's working. Starting Oct. 8, the network will plug repeats of Scandal into Tuesday's 10 p.m. hour. The Shonda Rhimes drama hit series highs in its season-three premiere, jumping a whopping 71 percent from last fall.
The writing was on the wall for Lucky 7 ...
Oct 4, 2013, 8:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon radio station behind mystery cash prizes in grocery stores
People thought it was a local lotto winner
The mystery surrounding a series of $100 bills recently tucked into items at grocery stores in Oregon has been solved. Turns out, the good deeds were the work of a Portland radio station trying to drum up publicity and spread some good fortune.
Despite speculation that the mystery donor was an unidentified local lottery winner, on Wednesday, The New 98.7 The Bull (KUPL) announced that it was responsible for mysterious windfalls occurring around Or ...
Sep 27, 2013, 11:54 am - Lottery News forum
Man accused of murder over lost lottery ticket
Bruce Butler, a General Motors retiree who played the lottery for 40 years, didn't gun down a Southfield liquor store employee because he was angry he'd left a winning ticket on the counter months earlier, his attorney says.
If Butler had won a $1 million prize, he would have known better than to try to cash it at a liquor store, attorney Joe Niskar said in his opening statement Friday.
But while Niskar contends police got the wrong man, prosecutors say they have evidence to prove Butler, ...
Sep 24, 2013, 11:45 am - Lottery News forum
When love and lotto don't mix
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Imagine winning lotto. If you're happily married you'll be sharing your windfall with your spouse without a second thought and if you're not so happily married, and you've separated, the money's all yours, right?
It turns out things are not that simple and the Family Court could award a substantial amount to your ex. Believe it or not, there are quite a few cases involving lost love and lotto.
Damien Carrick: Today on the Law Report, law students who ...
Sep 18, 2013, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
Convicted murderer Dee Dee Moore denies killing lotto winner
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Dee Dee Moore, the woman who was convicted of murdering Florida lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare, said in an interview from prison that she was not guilty and blamed her legal team for her guilty verdict.
I would never harm another human being, Moore said. I would never hurt nobody! I like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and Disney!
Moore, 41, sat down for an interview in a cell block cafeteria at the Lowell Correctional Institute in Ocala, Fla., where she is serv ...
Sep 10, 2013, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum
New England's 'Lucky for Life' game to gain second lifetime prize
Lucky for Life, the multi-state draw game that offers lottery players throughout New England the opportunity to win up to $1,000 a day, every day, for their entire life, is going to get a lot more lively with the addition of another lifetime prize to its robust prize offerings.
Beginning with the September 19, 2013 drawing, Lucky for Life's second-tier prize will be elevated to a $25,000 a year for life payout, making it the only game in the country that offers two lifetime prizes. This new p ...
Sep 5, 2013, 4:57 pm - Lottery News forum