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
$250,000 winning lottery ticket sold in Massachusetts expires
Massachusetts Lottery officials announced yesterday a $250,000 Mega Millions ticket sold at a market in Revere won't be honored because the winner waited too long to claim the prize if he ever even realizes he won.
Meanwhile, callers to the Herald yesterday claimed that a Lowell adult bookstore owner was the mystery millionaire from a winning Jubilee 25 scratch ticket that has gone unredeemed.
The Herald reported yesterday that Lottery officials had launched an all-out search to discover ...
Dec 13, 2007, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Will robber get to keep lottery jackpot?
The winner of a $1 million lottery scratch ticket may not be so lucky after all: He's a convicted bank robber who isn't supposed to gamble.
Timothy Elliott faces a Dec. 7 court hearing over whether he violated his probation when he bought the $10 ticket for the $800 Million Spectacular game at a supermarket in Hyannis.
Elliott was placed on five years' probation after pleading guilty in October 2006 to unarmed robbery for a January 2006 heist at a bank on Cape Cod. Under terms of his pro ...
Nov 29, 2007, 6:23 am - Lottery News forum
Auditor rejects GOP plea to examine lottery
The state auditor rejected a request from a Senate Republican to audit the Massachusetts Lottery.
Auditor Joe DeNucci says the lottery already gets reviewed by accounting firm KPMG and that he may conduct an audit of the lottery next year.
Senator Richard Tisei of Wakefield made the request, arguing that lawmakers need a better sense of the lottery's fiscal health.
Tisei says he's hearing contradictory messages about how much money is being taken in and how much can be raised. Money fro ...
Oct 31, 2007, 11:06 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery plans big expansion of keno-style game
The Massachusetts state lottery, which fell short of revenue projections last year, is dramatically expanding a keno-style game in a move it estimates could bring in an additional $160 million annually, officials said.
The Daily Race Game, in which players can win up to $900 on a $1 bet, will expand from 200 to 1,500 locations across the state, and the graphics will change from cars to horses. Lottery commissioners on Wednesday approved the changes, which should be complete by next spring.
Oct 10, 2007, 7:45 pm - Lottery News forum
New $20 Mass. Lottery scratch game off to a record start
The Massachusetts State Lottery rolled the dice when it launched its first ever $20 instant ticket, the most expensive new product in its history.
A week after its big rollout, the gamble already appears to be paying off, with sales of the Billion Dollar Blockbuster off to one of the fastest starts of any ticket in Lottery history.
Nearly 2 million tickets have been sold so far, ringing up more than $40 million in sales. That edges two other tickets that in recent years got off to fast sta ...
Oct 4, 2007, 4:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Gov. promises to protect lottery revenue
Seeking to nullify a major complaint about expanded gaming, Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick is pledging to protect state Lottery revenues from being ravaged by casinos.
As part of his proposal to establish three casino resorts, including one in Western Massachusetts, Patrick said he will hold harmless the state Lottery, a major source of state aid to cities and towns.
The governor said he would cover any loss in lottery revenues with money from a proposed annual 27 percent tax ...
Sep 26, 2007, 10:52 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts lottery causes may have historical precidence
After predicting this week that three modest-sized resort casinos would generate between $400 million and $450 million in tax revenues, Massachusetts Governor Patrick said, We will dedicate that revenue to improving transportation and to reducing property taxes . . . by investing casino tax revenue in refurbishing and expanding our transportation systems, we accelerate the growth of economic opportunities in every region, we ensure the safety of our roadways and bridges, and we address effect ...
Sep 22, 2007, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum