$50M Ontario lottery winners face scrutiny
An Ontario, Canada, couple who won a $50 million Lotto Max jackpot last week said they expected to have trouble collecting their winnings.
Jo Ann and Gaetan Champagne have received a barrage of questions from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission: Did you buy the Lotto Max ticket? How did you come up with the numbers? Where did you get the ticket from?
The Champagnes said they aren't fazed. We know the rules, said Jo Ann.
I remember leaving the convenience store and we both looked ...
Jan 6, 2012, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
$50M Lotto winner a no-show for celebration
It can be hard to tell who is more impacted by a $50 million lottery ticket.
Richard McMullen, the 54-year old Tallahassee resident and jackpot winner, has stayed out of the public eye since the lottery results were announced last week. Florida Lottery officials said he has requested minimal media coverage.
The Circle K where he bought the multi-million-dollar ticket, on the other hand, hasn't stopped buzzing with attention and customers hoping for lightning to strike a second time.
Jan 6, 2012, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
Retailer perspective: Selling a $254M lottery ticket
At first, Ranjit Singh didn't recognize the name of the customer who bought the quarter-of-a-billion-dollar-winning Powerball ticket across the counter of his gas station on Nov. 1. But then when he saw the man on television, he remembered. All of the employees of the BP on McGee Avenue in Stamford recognized him. He lived in the condos you could see from the station. He came in almost every workday and bought a cup of coffee on his way to work. Mr. Singh is pretty sure he remembers now, he told ...
Dec 12, 2011, 3:03 pm - Lottery News forum
Prize money awarded to rightful lottery ticket holder
The Tennessee Lottery on Tuesday presented a $200,000 Powerball prize to a Sumner County man whose winning ticket was allegedly stolen by two convenience store clerks earlier this year.
The clerks were arrested and their case is pending in the Sumner County court system.
I am so thankful for the work that has gone into getting this prize to me, said Roy Chase, a retired employee of the Ford Glass Plant. This is a blessing for me and my family.
Police said Chase took the winning Powerb ...
Nov 23, 2011, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery tries to recover $12.5M insider win
Chung family created 'spider web' of properties, bank accounts
More than seven years after a Toronto-area woman cashed in a stolen $12.5 million Lotto Super 7 ticket, Ontario's lottery corporation is trying to recoup the money, but the lengthy wait may have cost the Crown agency.
CBC News has learned that the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) filed a lawsuit in March against the woman who claimed the ticket, Kathleen Chung, and her family and associated companies for deliberatel ...
Nov 15, 2011, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Penn. newsstand sells $4.2M winning lottery ticket
Ann Marie Bossard couldn't speak.
She had just scanned one of her regular customer's lottery tickets, and the number that came up was the largest she'd ever seen for a payout at Anthracite Newsstand in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania: More than $4.2 million.
I was putting tickets in, they said 'no winner,' 'no winner.' This came out, it said 'winner.' I couldn't say anything, she said Tuesday.
Bossard said the customer buys tickets twice a week for different games. He bought the Match 6 lot ...
Oct 27, 2011, 7:00 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery game was sure-thing for a few groups
Massachusetts Lottery officials this summer said they were surprised to learn that a handful of high-stakes gamblers had taken over one of their $2 games, with just three groups of bettors accounting for most of the winning tickets statewide at certain times. The lottery disciplined two sales agents who allowed the high-rollers to run the ticket machines themselves and announced new rules to limit the dominance of sophisticated bettors.
But the Globe has found that lottery managers for years ...
Oct 16, 2011, 3:10 pm - Lottery News forum
West Virginia Lottery rule change raises safety issue
Limited video lottery retailers and machine distributors raised concerns Wednesday that a proposed West Virginia Lottery Commission rule change could put their employees at greater risk of being robbed.
The commission is attempting to clarify state Lottery law regarding how video lottery retailers bar and club owners and machine distributors are to split their share of video lottery profits.
As drafted, the rule change would clarify that, under state law, payments between distributors and ...
Sep 29, 2011, 10:09 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. lawmakers float ideas to improve lottery revenues
Tennessee state Senate minority leader is calling on fellow lawmakers to find ways to increase lottery revenues instead of cutting back on the scholarship program, while Gov. Bill Haslam has assigned his staff to consider a broad range of options for stabilizing the game's finances.
Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, said in a letter released Wednesday that while the Tennessee Higher Education Commission estimates that the lottery will deplete its sizable reserves by 2024, it also says annual losses could ...
Sep 29, 2011, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. lottery and electronic sweepstakes on collision course
South Carolina retailers who offer electronic sweepstakes to customers are feeling jittery.
That's according to one member of the S.C. Education Lottery Oversight Committee , a panel made up of state legislators and members of the public.
The question is, are electronic sweepstakes legal in South Carolina? said Alexander Shadwick, after Tuesday's meeting.
They don't know if the games are legal or illegal, so the courts have to decide, he said.
But it scares all the retailers.
Sep 29, 2011, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum