Mass. Lottery to target younger players
State Lottery officials are wagering a new advertising campaign will persuade young adults to take a chance on the Numbers Game, a contest with an aging player population.
The state Lottery Commission last week extended its contract with advertising firm Hill Holliday of Boston for one year at $10 million, Executive Director Joseph Sullivan said.
Part of the strategy will be to focus advertising in a place where Lottery officials believe they can reach more people in their 30s and 40s th ...
Jul 7, 2006, 6:50 am - Lottery News forum
Clash over $1 million lottery ticket outlives buyer
What are the odds that a man could throw away a $1 million scratch ticket, lose his father and then his own life all in four months' time?
The regulars who play their lottery tickets here at the White Hen Pantry grocery now shrug away the misfortune that started at the counter last October for one of their own, Kevin Donovan, as if bowing to the vagaries of luck they gamble against each day.
But Donovan's run of bad luck has outlived him.
Last fall, he filed a claim against the elder ...
Jun 19, 2006, 7:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery licenses regained
The Massachusetts Lottery Commission has reinstated operating licenses for seven of the 11 bars or clubs that were suspended last month after poker slot machines were confiscated May 3 in state police raids.
In all, 38 poker video slot machines were seized by state police, along with $10,000 in cash, in the coordinated raids on 15 bars or clubs here, in Springfield and Chicopee. Although no criminal charges have been filed, the Lottery Commission quickly issued the suspensions.
Lottery sp ...
Jun 15, 2006, 1:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Family sues lottery ticket finder
Winner picked ticket out of the trash, family rejected offer of one-third of jackpot
The heirs of a Blackstone man who tossed away a $1 million scratch ticket are suing the man who picked it out of the garbage, alleging he stole it.
Daniel Donovan, the executor of his father Kevin Donovan's estate, filed suit May 26 against Edward St. John, who found the ticket, and Joseph Sullivan, the executive director of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission.
The lawsuit, filed in Worcester Sup ...
Jun 14, 2006, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum
Record Mass. Lottery sales, despite high fuel prices
Bob Hurtubise mused Thursday about what he would do if he hit it big on a Lottery game.
The Ashburnham, Massachusetts, resident would buy a nice house and secure savings for his kids, he said.
I'll play a quick pick on big number games, Hurtubise said. But I'll just play one. If you're doing any more than that, you're just making donations.
Now that gas prices have reached nearly $3 per gallon, he guessed more people will hold onto their cash for other expenses.
That money's ...
Jun 12, 2006, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. lottery player hits biggest Cash WindFall jackpot
What a difference a day and six numbers makes.
On June 5, Revere resident Hector Diaz bought a Cash Windfall lottery ticket and less than 24 hours later he went in to claim his $1.46 million (minus taxes) winnings.
Diaz, who told lottery officials he did not want to speak with the media, purchased his ticket at Quick Mart, which is located at 22 Broadway in Revere.
Afonso Fonseca, who owns Quick Mart, said Diaz showed up at the store with the winning ticket.
He told me he won an ...
Jun 12, 2006, 6:58 am - Lottery News forum
4 Massachusetts lottery licenses suspended
A top official with the Massachusetts Lottery Commission said yesterday that it has indefinitely suspended lottery licenses for four establishments where video slot machines were seized last week by state police investigating possible illegal gambling.
The suspensions were issued yesterday, said Beth A. Bresnahan, director of communications for the state Lottery Commission. We take this seriously, said Bresnahan.
Massachusetts State Police reported on Thursday that 38 machines were seiz ...
May 10, 2006, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. House to Lift Lottery Aid Cap
Massachusetts State Representative Daniel E. Bosley (D-North Adams) today announced that the upcoming House Ways Means budget will lift the cap on Lottery aid and send the highest levels of local aid to cities and towns in the Commonwealth's history.
The proposed total spending represents $920 million, an increase of $158 million over the current fiscal year expenditure and $260 million over Fiscal Year 2005.
Local aid is one of the most worthwhile investments the House makes each yea ...
Mar 30, 2006, 3:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts store owner wins $1 million
Sometimes it pays to break a New Year's resolution.
After years of buying lottery tickets in the store he managed, Greg Lambert resolved this year it just wasn't worth it anymore. Last week, though, he caved and bought a $10 million Texas Hold 'Em ticket.
Something just told me to buy a ticket, so I did, he said.
The $10 ticket was a $1 million winner.
I bought it, scratched it, looked again, and looked again, and looked again ... said the 38-year-old Wayland resident.
Mar 2, 2006, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery dispute takes bizarre turn
In October Kevin Donovan became the talk of the town when he claimed to have thrown away a winning $1 million lottery ticket that another man found in the trash.
Now, while embroiled with the Massachusetts Lottery Commission in a battle to reclaim the ticket from the man who found it, Donovan has suffered the ultimate loss.
Just 49 years old, Donovan suffered a fatal heart attack while traveling in Hyannis on Tuesday, according toKate Donovan, his ex-wife. The couple had been divorced sin ...
Feb 4, 2006, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum