Iowa man nearly lost $1 million Powerball prize
By Todd Northrop
A Des Moines, Iowa, man claimed a $1 million Powerball prize Monday morning, a day after his winning ticket was nearly lost.
Pete Kemp of Des Moines said he had his winning ticket checked at a Cash Saver supermarket on Fleur Drive Sunday, but during the process of getting paperwork from the lottery terminal, the clerk accidentally threw away his ticket.
Kemp said he realized the mistake within seconds and went back into the store, where the clerk was able to retrieve hi ...
May 19, 2015, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum
NJ foursome claims $40M Powerball jackpot
By Todd Northrop
A 10-year tradition of family Friday-night pizza continues long after the children have grown up and gone on with their own lives. The parents remain loyal to the tradition and to the friendship that the four couples have cultivated through the years.
The group still meets and pools their money to buy weekly Powerball and Mega Millions tickets just as they've regularly done.
Now, those relationships have been bonded even stronger by good fortune and a $40,000,000 Powerb ...
May 14, 2015, 12:46 pm - Lottery News forum
16 N.Y. biotech workers claim $58M Mega Millions jackpot
A group of 16 workers at a Manhattan biotech company who pooled their cash to buy Mega Millions tickets have claimed a $58 million jackpot from the March 24 drawing.
The ceremonial prize check was presented to the group Thursday at the store where they bought the winning Quick Pick Millions ticket: Carlton Cards in Penn Plaza.
The lucky winners said it took a few hours of checking, double-checking, and triple-checking their tickets before they believed their fantastic fortune.
The 16 in ...
Apr 30, 2015, 4:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Alabama woman claims $80 million Powerball jackpot
An Alabama woman has claimed her prize from the winning Powerball ticket sold in North Escambia, Florida, on April 11.
Alice Dawson, 60, of Frisco City, AL, chose to receive the $80 million annuity jackpot as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $53,440,213.76.
This is a blessing in our lives and proves that anything is possible with faith in God, said Dawson. We plan on using our winnings to help our friends, family and our church.
The winning $80 million Powerball Quick Pick ticket was t ...
Apr 23, 2015, 8:16 am - Lottery News forum
Texas man charged in Iowa lottery case contests extradition
A Texas businessman accused of helping a lottery security official to try to claim a rigged $14 million jackpot is out of jail while he fights extradition to Iowa.
Robert Rhodes, 46, of Sugar Land, Texas, left a county jail after posting bond April 9, three weeks after his arrest on two counts of fraud, court records show. He's expected to contest his extradition to Iowa during a May 7 hearing and is under electronic monitoring in the meantime.
Rhodes is denying charges that he worked with ...
Apr 20, 2015, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan man multiplies winnings to $5 million
Winner says he plans on investing the money for his retirement
Adding the $1 Megaplier option to a Mega Millions play turned a $1-million prize into $5 million for a Michigan man.
David Kalanik of Milford, Michigan, stopped at the City Liquor store on West Eight Mile Road in Farmington Hills to purchase a Mega Millions easy pick with the Megaplier option, according to a news release from the Michigan Lottery.
His ticket matched the five white balls drawn April 3 10, 36, 47, 63, and 74 g ...
Apr 17, 2015, 11:20 am - Lottery News forum
BOMBSHELL: MUSL employee might have rigged Hot Lotto computerized drawing
Lottery Post has been warning of the dangers of computerized drawings for over a decade, and now prosecutors of the mystery Hot Lotto winner from Iowa are looking at the possibility that those warnings have come true.
Prosecutors believe there is evidence indicating a former information-security director for a lottery vendor in Iowa tampered with lottery equipment before buying a Hot Lotto ticket that would go on to win $14.3 million, according to court documents filed Thursday.
The trial ...
Apr 13, 2015, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum
Multi-state Lucky for Life game comes to Kentucky
Now available in 15 states plus D.C.
The Kentucky Lottery is now offering the multi-state game called Lucky for Life that has a top prize of $1,000 a day, every day, for the rest of the winner's life, or for a minimum of 20 years paid to the player's estate, in case of death.
Tickets for the game, which is structured similar to the popular, high-jackpot Powerball game, went on sale Sunday throughout Kentucky.
Lucky for Life tickets sell for $2 each, with drawings on Monday and Thursday ...
Mar 23, 2015, 7:04 pm - Lottery News forum
New York real estate broker claims $126M Mega Millions jackpot
An upstate New York county of 76,000 people has gotten its second $100 million-plus Mega Millions jackpot winner in three months.
Real estate agent Tammy Pratt of South Fallsburg in Sullivan County was introduced Wednesday as the sole winner of the $126 million Mega Millions jackpot drawn Feb. 27.
Pratt was between real estate appointments when she stopped for gas. She bought $4 worth of tickets instead of her usual $1 when she noticed the jackpot for the upcoming drawing had topped $100 m ...
Mar 20, 2015, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum
Calif. man knew he won $1M but lost the lottery ticket
By Todd Northrop
A California Lottery winner lost out on the opportunity to claim his $1 million Powerball prize after he misplaced his ticket.
The man saw news reports about himself buying the ticket in Rosemead and came forward, saying he was the winner, KABC-TV reported. But, he said, he lost his ticket.
Because Powerball rules require the winner to produce the actual winning ticket, he was ineligible to collect his winnings, California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso said.
We be ...
Mar 13, 2015, 2:32 pm - Lottery News forum