Auto shop owner finds winning $2.9M lottery ticket in his truck
A Long Island auto body shop owner just found out that he has been driving around with nearly $3 million in his truck.
Jerry Ritieni bought $20 worth of lottery tickets July 19, but instead of putting them in his pocket as he normally does, he shoved them into the center console and forgot all about them.
A month later, he was fishing around in his truck to find the keys to his Vermont home and found the Lotto tickets collecting dust.
He brought them into his office at Extreme Auto Body ...
Sep 5, 2014, 2:29 pm - Lottery News forum
NY senator in quest to print ads on lottery tickets
A bill from New York state Sen. Diane Savino allowing for ads to be placed on lottery tickets and terminals has passed the Senate, and Ms. Savino said it could raise hundreds of millions of dollars for education without increasing taxes.
The bill would allow for ads to be placed on Lotto tickets and Quick Draw terminals.
Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn) said that around 137 million tickets were sold in New York alone for the recent $654 million Powerball lottery.
Imagine if all thos ...
Jun 20, 2014, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
New multi-state lottery game coming to NY, NJ
NY Sweet Million being canceled to make room
By Todd Northrop
The New York Gaming Commission on Tuesday agreed to roll out a new multi-state lottery game on June 13 that would pay the top winner $1,000 a day for life.
The lotto game is called Cash For Life and it will replace the under performing Sweet Million jackpot game.
Commission members voted to bring in the new lottery offering at a meeting on Tuesday in New York City. The new game would include New Jersey players, and other s ...
May 28, 2014, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
NY hospital orderly wins $20 million lottery jackpot
Sweet dreams are made of this a $20 million lottery ticket.
Long Island, New York, hospital worker Cameron Finney was so stunned over winning the Mega Millions jackpot he slept with the ticket under his pillow for two days.
Then he realized there was a better place for it.
I went to the bank to put it in a safety deposit box after I slept with it for two days, Finney, 48, said after coming forward to claim the prize Thursday.
The married Southampton father's life was forever changed ...
May 16, 2014, 8:16 am - Lottery News forum
NY insomniac wins $7.5 million lottery prize
A Staten Island, New York, man won millions of dollars, thanks to a bout of insomnia.
Salvatore Gandolfo, 55, of Arden Heights couldn't sleep on April 1, so he got up and bought a scratch-off ticket that won him $7.5 million, he said on Tuesday.
That night, I was thinking about someone from my past, someone who is no longer here, said Gandolfo, a former NYC Department of Finance worker.
It was about 3 or 4 in the morning. I couldn't sleep. I woke up and ate breakfast. I put on my clot ...
May 9, 2014, 5:36 pm - Lottery News forum
$20M Mega Millions winner didn't believe lottery scanner
A lottery player scanned his tickets at a Shirley, New York, convenience store called JackSpot! and when the screen flashed BIG WINNER, he told the cashier, The machine is broken.
But it wasn't he was holding the $20-million Mega Millions ticket, the mystery jackpot winner sought by the New York State Lottery since the March 25 drawing, said convenience store co-owner Howie Frank and cashier Laura Marckesano.
He's not catching what I'm saying, said Marckesano, who scanned the ticket twic ...
Apr 4, 2014, 4:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Sick of traffic, man stops and buys lottery tickets... and wins $5 million
Thank goodness for bad traffic.
A Long Island, New York, electrician got sick of waiting in a traffic jam, so he pulled over at a gift shop to buy scratch-off tickets and won $5 million.
Thomas Mainella, 62, was driving home from work in December when he hit a road detour in Plainview. Rather than suffer though the bumper-to-bumper headache, he pulled over at Sunny's Cards and Gifts to pass the time, he said.
He bought six Get Set for Life scratch-offs, sat down and started to play, he ...
Mar 12, 2014, 8:17 am - Lottery News forum
Bronx woman hits $2M Powerball prize with fortune cookie numbers
So you thought the lucky numbers inside those Chinese fortune cookies were a joke?
Don't tell that to Emma Duvoll, 75, of the Bronx, New York.
Duvoll played the lucky numbers from inside a fortune cookie on a Powerball ticket for the Feb. 1 drawing with a $193 million jackpot.
When she matched five numbers, Duvoll won $2 million, the New York Lottery said Thursday.
I was surprised, but pleased, Duvoll told lottery officials.
She purchased the winning ticket at the Hannaford marke ...
Mar 6, 2014, 4:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Store clerk's mistake helps N.Y. man win $10 million
On Saturday, Jan. 18, 53-year-old Jerry Kajfasz went to the Depew One Stop on Broadway, his normal day-off haunt, where he bought some cigars and his favorite scratch-off New York Lottery tickets.
Nothing unusual there.
But the clerk mistakenly started to hand Kajfasz a $20 Win for Life Spectacular ticket. Kajfasz corrected the clerk, got the tickets he wanted and left the store.
That mistake set up a series of events that led Kajfasz, his wife, Anne, and their two children, Jackie and ...
Feb 27, 2014, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
NY's Lotto no match for Powerball, Mega Millions
Lotto is still losing its mojo.
New York's venerable twice-weekly Lotto drawing continues its long-term decline in an age of multi-state mega jackpots. Even as overall lottery revenues grew, receipts from Lotto dropped from $137.5 million in 2005 to a projected $44 million for the state fiscal year ending March 31, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent budget proposal.
Lotto is simply less alluring than the six-figure jackpots of Powerball and Mega Millions, which are sold around the nat ...
Feb 3, 2014, 3:16 pm - Lottery News forum