Pennsylvania House passes bill giving Lottery odds and prize flexibility
The Pennsylvania House has voted 195-1 to send to Gov. Tom Corbett a bill that Pennsylvania Lottery officials say will give them more flexibility in setting player odds and prizes, increasing sales in the long run.
But that flexibility is paired in the bill with a new requirement that the General Assembly have final approval over any Lottery plans to add new game categories like Keno or Internet-based games.
The latter clause, added by the state Senate earlier this fall, was a response to ...
Oct 22, 2014, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum
PA couple claims $149M Mega Millions jackpot
By Todd Northrop
The Pennsylvania couple who bought a winning Mega Millions lottery ticket in May has finally come forward to claim the jackpot.
The ticket was sold three months ago in White Oak and is worth $149 million.
Carl Szott and his wife claimed their prize at the Pennsylvania Lottery Headquarters.
Their ticket was the first Mega Millions winner ever in the state of Pennsylvania.
Yesterday they got a check for $87 million.
It's really surreal, said Szott. We are really ...
Aug 29, 2014, 3:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Jury rules that estranged brothers must split $1M lottery prize
Over a year of legal bickering ended Wednesday afternoon, but it appeared neither brother feuding over a jackpot lottery ticket was ready to move on and sing Kumbaya together.
After a two-day trial in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, court, a jury decided two Mechanicsburg-area brothers, Charles Thomas Meehan and Ira Sharp, would split a $1 million lottery ticket straight down the middle.
Sharp sued Meehan, his half-brother, for half of the prize he said they won together at Johnny Joe's b ...
Jul 16, 2014, 5:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Half brothers fight over million dollar lottery ticket
Two estranged half brothers faced off on Tuesday in a Pennsylvania court in a fight over a winning million-dollar lottery ticket.
Ira Sharp claims he gave his half brother Charles Meehan $20 to buy a Hot Million instant ticket in Johnny Joe's sports bar and they agreed to split any winnings, Sharp's attorney R. Mark Thomas said in the Cumberland County Court of Pleas.
The ticket was a winner, but Meehan tried to hide it and keep all of the money, the attorney said.
The two men, who both ...
Jul 16, 2014, 5:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Wife of $1M Powerball winner charged with promoting prostitution
The Rankin, Pennsylvania, police officer who bought a $1 million Powerball ticket is named in a police complaint against his wife, Jennifer Brown, who faces charges, including promoting prostitution through an Internet site called sixtynineentertainment.com.
The allegations stem from an FBI and local investigation into Internet prostitution from late 2012 through last June.
The Powerball winner, Officer Matthew Brown, was not charged, but he was named in the police complaint.
Among ads ...
Jun 6, 2014, 2:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania has its first Mega Millions lottery winner
Winning ticket worth $149 million
Someone who bought a multi-state Mega Millions lottery ticket in Pennsylvania is millions of dollars richer.
The Pennsylvania Lottery has sold its first jackpot-winning Mega Million ticket, a $149 million prize from the Tuesday, May 20 drawing.
The winning ticket was sold at White Oak Gas Grocery on the 1100 block of Fawcett Avenue, McKeesport, Allegheny County.
The winning ticket matched all five white balls, 10, 40, 63, 64, and 69, and the Mega Bal ...
May 21, 2014, 8:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Printing error causes new Pa. Lottery ticket coupons to be issued
Pennsylvania Lottery players who tried to use some of the lottery's coupons that arrived in the mail or in the newspaper in late April or earlier this month learned that they were about as good as a losing lottery ticket.
That's because of a printing error in the coupons' bar code that makes them unreadable to retailers' lottery terminals, said Elizabeth Brassell, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Revenue, which oversees the lottery.
New coupons are being reprinted and will start a ...
May 19, 2014, 2:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery to drive profits by boosting payouts
The state House on Tuesday approved a change to the Pennsylvania Lottery that the Corbett administration says will allow it to maximize profits for senior programs by meeting consumer demand for high-payout instant tickets.
State law requires the lottery to dedicate no less than 27 percent of revenue from ticket sales to funding programs for seniors. But most of the lottery's sales growth is from scratch-off tickets, which return less money to the state than do terminal-based games such as th ...
Apr 30, 2014, 9:56 am - Lottery News forum
Man threw away $1.25 million worth of lottery tickets
A Pennsylvania man mistakenly threw $1.25 million worth of winning lottery tickets in the trash.
The guy, it goes without saying, was pretty upset.
Wouldn't you be, said Wendy Hinton, who works at Zhou Grocery on South Queen Street in York.
On March 13, 2013, she sold 25 Quinto tickets numbers 4-3-4-1-8 to one of her regular customers, a man who, at the time, lived a couple of blocks from the corner store. She remembered because he played the same numbers every day their significance, ...
Apr 13, 2014, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum
Newest Pa. lottery scratch-off sports $30 pricetag
The Pennsylvania Lottery earlier this week launched its most expensive instant lottery ticket, a $30 scratch-off that offers a top prize of $3 million.
The game, appropriately called Three Million, is already in place at many of the places that sell instant tickets. It is the state's third $20 or more instant prize game offered at 9,100 retailers statewide.
So far, local lottery players have been slow to try the new game.
I think $30 might be a little expensive for a scratch-off, said ...
Feb 2, 2014, 9:54 am - Lottery News forum