Couple wins $3M jackpot 27 years after wife's numbers last came up
He's finally forgiven, because last time he forgot to buy tickets
In February 1986, Robert and Jeanne Gagnon had the winning Megabucks lottery numbers for the weekly drawing.
Not that it mattered.
I had all the numbers, Jeanne Gagnon said Wednesday. But my husband forgot to pick up a ticket that day.
And I've been hearing about it ever since, her husband, Robert Gagnon, said, shaking his head.
Now it appears all is forgiven. Two weeks ago, the retired couple learned they held t ...
Mar 7, 2014, 8:56 am - 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
Record Powerball winner offers $2M to fix Maine high school's roof
The 84-year-old Florida resident who scored the largest undivided American lottery jackpot ever wants to donate $2 million to fix the roof of a Maine high school in her hometown.
Gloria MacKenzie, who took home a $590.5 million Powerball jackpot in June, has kept a low profile since she turned in her winning ticket. But the superintendent of schools in East Millinocket, Maine, says Mackenzie has offered to write a hefty check to repair the roof of the town's high school, where her daughter te ...
Jul 26, 2013, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
New Tri-State lottery game debuting Sunday
By Todd Northrop
A new pick 5-style lottery game called Gimme 5 goes on sale Sunday in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont the states that collectively are known as 'Tri-State'.
The first drawing for the new Gimme 5 game will be held Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
The Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine Lotteries are once again joining together to offer our players a new draw game, said Greg Smith, Executive Director of the Vermont Lottery. Tri-State Gimme 5 is a fresh, easy-to-play game that car ...
May 9, 2013, 12:52 pm - Lottery News forum
That was fast: No more 'Kwikies' for Maine Lottery
The odds have dropped to zero for scratch tickets becoming Kwikies.
The Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations announced in a Monday press release that it no longer plans to brand the state's scratch tickets as Kwikies.
The Maine State Lottery is sensitive to the concerns of retailers and consumers alike, said Gerry Reid, director of Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations. We recently tested a new brand name for our instant ticket games, and the initial ...
Mar 19, 2013, 4:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Maine lottery scratch tickets may get new controversial name
The Maine State Lottery may soon give a name to its scratch tickets for the first time, but the name isn't sitting well with everyone.
A few weeks ago, the Maine State Lottery sent a pamphlet out to its 1,300 retailers, saying it plans to name the tickets Kwikies.
I thought that's going to be real uncomfortable for my girls behind the register to have guys come in and say 'Hey, give me a Kwikie,' said David Welch, owner of Village Market in Fairfield.
In slang terms, a quickie is a sh ...
Mar 18, 2013, 7:59 am - Lottery News forum
Maine man sees $2M lottery win as ticket to new job
The story goes that when James Lovell picked up his wife from work last week he asked her if she wanted to kiss a millionaire.
Lovell's wife, a school social worker obliged when he found out he'd won $2 million in Powerball. Then she told him they couldn't kiss any more in the schoolyard.
The 59-year-old unemployed truck driver from Clinton, Maine, believes that his exposure from winning $2 million could be his ticket to a new job, according to the Maine State Lottery, which also made the ...
Mar 5, 2013, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Maine couple claims $8.2M Tri-State Megabucks jackpot
Includes video report
Nobody was more surprised than Linda Von Oesen to find she'd won $8,190,000 in the September 26th Megabucks Plus drawing.
She was sleeping with her husband Bob in their camper, parked in a Walmart parking lot, when one of her daughters called to see if she'd bought a ticket.
So she says, 'check your ticket'. I said, 'oh, alright', explained Linda Von Oesen. So here we are in a camper, pitch dark and so I says, 'I got to find it, just give me the numbers.' And so I ...
Oct 12, 2012, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
New England states start new lottery game Thursday
Updated Mar. 13, 2012, 11:12 am: New game replaces Weekly Grand Extra.
By Todd Northrop
For the first time ever, the six New England states will jointly run a multi-state lottery game, starting this week.
The new Lucky for Life regional draw game begins this Thursday, March 15 for the six following states: Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massechusetts, and Rhode Island. Ticket sales for the new game started Sunday.
For Connecticut, the new Lucky for Life replaces a simila ...
Mar 13, 2012, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Tri-State lottery players get extra chance to win Pick 4
Players of the Tri-State Pick 4 lottery had two chances to win this week when a ball left in the drawing machine led to two sets of winning numbers.
Lottery officials said they discovered that a ball was inadvertently left in the chute of the drawing machine before Tuesday's evening winning numbers were drawn, so the number wasn't included in the drawing.
Officials decided to hold another drawing Wednesday and pay out on both sets of Pick 4 numbers for the Tuesday evening draw.
The two ...
Aug 3, 2011, 5:43 pm - Lottery News forum