Mass. Lottery proposes changes to Megabucks game
Game will get new name, longer odds, bigger jackpots
For devotees of Megabucks, the odds of winning may soon be getting longer under a proposal to update the 27-year-old jackpot game.
Though it will be harder to win the twice-weekly drawing, with odds falling from approximately 1 in 5 million to 1 in 13 million, there's an upside, says a lottery official. The game will be getting richer, meaning bigger jackpots.
A lot of the things that are going to change will be more user-friendly, s ...
Mar 30, 2009, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Many states' lottery sales are rising in recession
Even in these tough economic times, many people are feeling lucky.
More than half of all states with lotteries have reported rising sales over the past six months, and some researchers say financial insecurity might be driving people to risk more of their money than usual on $1 and $5 instant scratch-offs and other daily games in hopes of a big payoff.
Someday somebody is going to win and I hope it is me, said Albert Atwood of Nashville, who spends $100 weekly playing the Pick 5 and Lotto ...
Jan 12, 2009, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery expecting sales to decline by $200M
With the economy struggling and people pinching pennies, the Massachusetts State Lottery has increased its estimate of an expected decline in ticket sales.
While the agency had said in October that it expected a 1.5 percent drop, or about $75 million, in sales, compared with the previous year, it now says it expects the drop to be 4 percent, or about $200 million.
Mark Cavanagh, the lottery's executive director, emphasized that fiscal 2008, which ended in July, was a record year for the Lo ...
Dec 5, 2008, 3:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery scratch games still being sold after jackpots are gone
Feeling lucky today?
Then don't buy a $20 scratch-off ticket for the New Jersey Lottery's $1,000,000 Explosion game.
Your chances of winning the $1 million top prize are Z-E-R-O.
The six top prizes were awarded months ago, but the $20 tickets are still on sale. The best prize available today is $10,000.
State lotteries are coming under renewed criticism for selling scratch-off tickets after the top prizes have been given away. The latest challenge comes from a professor who says ...
Jun 30, 2008, 1:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery doubles up on drawings
Today the Massachusetts State Lottery adds a second daily drawing of the Numbers game in a move that's projected to generate $7 million annually for cities and towns.
Starting today, June 9, the midday draw will take place at 12:55 p.m., in addition to the established nightly draw at about 7 p.m.
Lottery spokesman Dan Rosenfeld said players have asked for two drawings to increase their chances to make money.
The lottery projects the extra drawing will generate $27 million in sales, incl ...
Jun 9, 2008, 8:04 am - Lottery News forum
Councilor seeks city-only lottery game
In the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, a council member is suggesting that the city launch its own lottery game to raise money for cash-strapped public schools.
District 1 Councilor Joffrey Smith is asking the city manager to file special legislation that would authorize the State Lottery Commission to create scratch ticket game that would be sold only in Worcester. Smith says proceeds from the game would do directly to public schools in the state's second-largest city.
Smith says he has ...
May 9, 2008, 11:59 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. lottery store is success story
From the outside, it's just another Mobil station on Route 28: a brick building squatting on asphalt with a quartet of gasoline islands out front.
Inside is another story. Where shelves of chips and candy bars might have been, customers lean against narrow granite counters, holding scratch tickets by the handful, or lounge at one of the high-topped round tables, filling out blank Keno slips. There is no music, just the unceasing patter of five Lottery machines printing Mass Cash and MegaBucks ...
Apr 23, 2008, 1:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. lottery winner dies in house fire
A New Bedford, Massachusetts, man who lived a modest life even after winning a $5 million lottery jackpot has died in a fire.
Authorities say 85-year-old John Gonsalves Sr. died Thursday after being overcome by smoke in his home. The fire was determined to be accidental, most likely caused by smoking materials.
Gonsalves won a $5.1 million Megabucks jackpot in 1994, yet he didn't let the fortune change his life.
His son, John Junior, says his father enjoyed the freedom the money gave hi ...
Mar 25, 2008, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum
'Most dangerous' sex offender wins $10M lottery jackpot
A convicted Level 3 sex offender has won $10 million in the Massachusetts State Lottery.
The Worcester Gazette Telegram reports 56-year-old Daniel Snay, of Uxbridge, could now face charges because he failed to notify authorities that he had moved, according to Connecticut State Police.
I'm flabbergasted, Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance told the Telegram. His whereabouts, until you told me about this, have been unknown to us. But I guess you could say he's very fortunate.
Feb 10, 2008, 9:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Judge rules thief keeps lottery jackpot
The Massachusetts bank robber accused of violating his probation by scratching and winning a $1 million lottery ticket will keep his windfall and will not face jail time as a result of a court hearing this morning in Barnstable.
Appearing in Barnstable Superior Court, Timothy Elliott, 55, was found in violation of his probation for buying the $800 Million Spectacular scratch ticket at the Hyannis Stop Shop on Independence Drive on Nov. 23.
He was today ordered to pay $65 a month to mo ...
Jan 18, 2008, 7:24 pm - Lottery News forum