Millions in lottery winnings go unclaimed each year
It is hard for some to believe, but even as some Americans dream of hitting it big in the Lotto, Powerball, and Mega Millions jackpots, for some it might have happened and whizzed by unnoticed.
Happens all the time, says Illinois Lottery chief Michael Jones. People misinterpret whether they won or lost. People misplace tickets all the time.
Jones said the lottery estimates about one percent of all lottery prizes go unclaimed. And, considering the Illinois games raked in about $3 billion ...
Jan 15, 2013, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Beware of sharks swimming in your office lottery pool
Linda Sebastian enjoys her job , but she knows exactly what would happen if the members of her office lottery pool hit their numbers and won Wednesday's record $500 million Powerball jackpot.
My group, we'd wipe our whole floor out, she laughed. There'd be nobody left in the office.
Even her boss is a member of the pool. I tease him all the time, she said. I say, 'I'll meet you at the lottery headquarters.'
But if you join an office lottery pool, you may want to consult a lawyer firs ...
Nov 28, 2012, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
Trial begins for man linked to double-murder by lottery tickets
A Chicago man accused of fatally shooting a cashier and customer inside a Southwest Side convenience store in 2005 almost got away with it, but a trail that started with lottery tickets he'd purchased moments before the killings ultimately led police to him, prosecutors said Tuesday as the man's double-murder trial got underway.
Timothy Fountain, 42, is charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the August 2005 shooting deaths of clerk Graciela Rodriguez, 37, and Nicholas Guerrero, ...
Oct 24, 2012, 7:35 am - Lottery News forum
Thursday is a numerologist's dream day
What are you doing on 10-11-12?
On Thursday, some people may be marking, in some way, the fact that it is a special day, numerically speaking: It's 10-11-12.
Nice, but how significant? Those who study numbers say, well, not too much. Or perhaps it's better to say that it's as significant as you want it to be.
Significant enough to influence your wedding date? At one wedding chapel in Las Vegas, Forever Grand at the MGM Resorts, there's a special numerology package, including a chapel, a ...
Oct 10, 2012, 7:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner indicted on 31 counts
Days after a Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, woman sought permission to subpoena Frederick Rick McMenimen's bank records, the former Exeter financial adviser sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, court records show.
The bankruptcy claim essentially halted Susan Wagstaff's lawsuit seeking to recoup $900,000 that she claims McMenimen took from her under the ruse that he was investing the money.
It also stopped legal action connected to another $1.5 million civil judgment against McMenimen fo ...
Oct 10, 2012, 7:32 am - Lottery News forum
Lotteries a threat to federal Web poker bill?
In the battle for online gambling in cyberspace, Nevada casinos and multiple state lotteries could be close to a showdown one that will shape the U.S. gaming industry forever.
The lottery, referred to as the most popular form of gambling in the world by Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones, just months ago broke ground on the Web. Jones, who was speaking on a panel at G2E held Monday in Las Vegas, has so far seen about 100,000 people in his state use the Internet to buy tickets.
Oct 3, 2012, 10:16 am - Lottery News forum
Lotto winners get torch-carrying teen new prosthetic leg
A 13-year-old who lost a leg to cancer will get a new life-changing prosthetic limb from Britain's biggest-ever lottery jackpot winners.
Heartrendingly Kieran Maxwell had to be helped from the ground after he fell carrying the Olympic torch last month in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, because of his current heavy artificial leg.
But now he will be able to walk, run and climb just like his friends, his emotional mother Nicola said today, thanks to Euromillionaires Colin and Chris Weir.
Aug 1, 2012, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
Cuban lottery system turns common words into numbers
If you dream about a big fish, and then see a man on a bicycle when you walk outside to get the paper, be sure to play the lottery numbers 1-0-5-2.
That's La Charada, a system of associating everyday objects with numbers that has taken root in South Florida.
It's a Cuban tradition, said 68-year-old Juan Campos as he bought a Play 4 ticket on Wednesday at Navarro Discount Pharmacy in Pembroke Pines.
Pescada grande, he explained, is 10. Bicicleta is 52.
The tradition goes back to the ...
Jun 2, 2012, 1:18 am - Lottery News forum
Court settles estate of Vancouver man who ran lottery ticket reselling firm
Almost four years after his death, the $20 million estate of Vancouver businessman Randy Thiemer has finally been wrapped up in court.
Thiemer started a company named Can Win, which resold Canadian lottery tickets to foreigners.
He got the idea after seeing an ad in a Vancouver newspaper offering Irish Sweepstakes tickets.
It started at his kitchen table and progressed to a $100-million-a-year business, recalled Vito Nardulli, who worked for almost 25 years for Thiemer and was former v ...
May 7, 2012, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum
States up the online ante
The director of the New York State lottery said a few months ago he had cleared hurdles in his quest to sell lottery tickets over the Internet, but now that plan is stalling.
When the U.S. Justice Department in December narrowed its interpretation of the 50-year-old Wire Act, saying it banned only sports betting and not other forms of online gambling, the decision sparked hope in state capitals that lotteries could start selling tickets online and lead a charge into online gambling.
But th ...
Apr 30, 2012, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum