Florida Lottery's repeat winners don't always come out ahead
Thirteen players cashed at least 20 tickets paying more than $600 in 2011
Most people who play the lottery won't win more than a few bucks. But there are people in South Florida who win big money almost every week.
A Plantation woman has won at least $600 more than 240 times in the past 19 years, according to a Sun Sentinel analysis of individual Florida Lottery winnings dating to 1993. A Hollywood man won $5,000 at least 52 times last year. The winningest player for 2011, a resident of Pa ...
May 14, 2012, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery kicks off Green Ball promo Monday
Increases Pick 3 prizes by 20%
By Todd Northrop
The Texas Lottery Monday is bringing back the Pick 3 Green Ball promotion, which gives Pick 3 players a chance to increase their prizes by approximately 20 percent.
Pick 3 has consistently been one of our most popular drawing games, and we believe this promotion will only increase the excitement around this game, said Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director Gary Grief.
The promotion begins Monday, April 4 and runs through Saturday, ...
Mar 31, 2011, 7:44 pm - Lottery News forum
S.C. Lottery to pay 2 sets of winning numbers after mistake
The South Carolina lottery will pay for two separate sets of winning numbers for a Tuesday Pick 3 drawing after a graphic mistakenly listed the wrong numbers.
Lottery officials said in a news release that the numbers 2-2-6 were picked for Tuesday's midday Pick 3 game. But a graphic listing the winning numbers before the evening drawing had the numbers as 2-2-1.
Executive Director Paula Harper Bethea says the lottery tries to be as transparent as possible and honors its mistakes.
Feb 16, 2011, 10:55 pm - Lottery News forum
Pick 3 'triple' pays out record $2.88M to N.C. Lottery players
By Todd Northrop
Triple digits paid off in a big way for North Carolina Pick 3 players in the Monday, Sept. 6 evening drawing.
The 2-2-2 combination resulted in a record-setting prize payout of $2.88 million to more than 11,000 winning tickets.
This record payout is the highest since the Dec. 25, 2009 drawing, which paid out more than $2.28 million to players who chose the 5-5-5 combination.
Monday's drawing was the first time the 2-2-2 combination has been drawn since Pick 3 sales b ...
Sep 8, 2010, 3:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery uses other states' lotto numbers, headquarters flooded
The Tennessee Lottery closed its Nashville headquarters office Monday, due to flooding conditions.
According to the lottery's Disaster Recover Plan, when the lottery is unable to draw its own numbers, it will substitute other states' winning numbers as its own.
For Monday, May 3, the Lottery used the numbers drawn by other lotteries on the following schedule:
Midday drawings for Cash 3 and Cash 4 used the numbers drawn for those same games by the Kentucky Lottery. Evening drawings for ...
May 4, 2010, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery begins Cash 3 game
A new way to play the lottery in Arkansas debuted yesterday.
Lottery retailers can now sell tickets for Cash 3, a game that allows players to pick three numbers in hopes of matching them to numbers selected by a random number generator at the lottery's headquarters in Little Rock.
The game is the lottery's first in-state draw game. The multi-state Powerball game, which holds drawings in Orlando, Fla., launched in Arkansas on Oct. 31.
A second in-state draw game, Cash 4, is expected to l ...
Dec 15, 2009, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum
3 little numbers equal 1 big win for the N.C. lottery
Three numbers are providing a hobby for lottery players and a big win for the North Carolina state lottery.
The lottery's Pick 3 game, in which players buy chances at matching a three-digit number, offers the lowest payouts of any of the lottery's drawing games. The maximum win is $500. But the game has been a popular draw for players, who spent more than $200 million on those 50-cent and $1 tickets last year.
Lotteries in most states recently reported a downturn in revenue, though North C ...
Oct 13, 2009, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
States sell out 9s in Wed. lottery draws
Lottery players around the United States hoping to win big by betting on all nines may have come up empty when they got to the lottery terminal.
Several states reported that Pick 4 combinations 9-9-9-9 and 9-9-0-9, as well as Pick 3 combination 9-9-9, sold out due to heavy buying.
The reason? Today's unique date numbers of 9/9/09 (September 9, 2009).
Lottery officials say people who play daily lotto games such as Pick 3 and Pick 4 tend to make their number choices based on special numbe ...
Sep 9, 2009, 11:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Maryland Lottery's Green Ball promotion adds bonus drawings
The Maryland Lottery's Green Ball Double Draw promotion was triggered three times this past weekend, paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra prize money to players of the Pick 3 game.
The green ball appeared during Saturday's midday drawing and during both the midday and evening drawing on Sunday, paying out an additional $310,595 in winnings for Pick 3 players.
Since the promotion's start on July 20, seven green balls have been drawn, resulting in $730,800 in additional Pick ...
Aug 4, 2009, 4:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery facts and trivia as it turns 35 years old
Thirty-five years ago this summer, the newly created Ohio Lottery held its first-ever drawing, a public spectacle at Parmatown Mall that drew more than 1,000 people.
Comedian Don Rickles had originally been invited to emcee the drawing of the new Buckeye 300 weekly game, but the public had to settle for Miss Ohio World 1974 and local TV stars Big Chuck and Hoolihan.
Since then, the Ohio Lottery has turned hundreds of people into millionaires and transferred about $16 billion to Ohio's publ ...
Jun 18, 2009, 12:01 pm - Lottery News forum