$300K win brings Atlanta foster mom sunshine
For 21 years an Atlanta foster mother has cared for children she's considered her own. On the eve of her 72nd birthday, the Georgia Lottery will be taking care of her.
Bonnie Gunter, who celebrates her birthday June 25, has won a $300,000 top prize playing the instant game Lotta Bucks.
Gunter's husband, Rene Jimenez, purchased the ticket and gave it to her.
I started crying, she said. I just feel overwhelmed, and I'm very grateful.
Gunter has three foster children, four adopted chi ...
Jun 27, 2011, 1:19 pm - Lottery News forum
S.C. man almost threw away winning lottery ticket
A Rock Hill, South Carolina, man was about to throw away a lottery ticket when he noticed he missed a spot. When he scratched off the spot he uncovered a 7 to win $200,000.
Or was it a 1? He couldn't tell.
He held the ticket up to the bathroom light to see. It looked like a 7. He went outside and in the sunlight it still looked like a 7. He drove to Bob's Food Mart in Rock Hill, where he purchased the Stacks of Cash ticket, for their opinion. He left satisfied he won $200,000.
He told h ...
Jun 21, 2011, 10:32 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio lottery winner to help charities, friends
Includes video report
An Ohio man won $5 million in the Ohio Lottery Tuesday, but even though he's dependent on kidney dialysis, he says he plans on helping friends and charities with financial gifts.
Phillip Withem, of Logan, won the second chance drawing called the Top Prized Drawing.
In 2006, Withem turned a $20 instant lottery ticket into $2,500. Then, he won another drawing out of 86 entrants. He said the fact that he is now a millionaire hasn't sunk in yet.
It's not going to s ...
Jun 16, 2011, 9:55 am - Lottery News forum
New Hampshire repeals taxes on lottery prizes
Lottery commission celebrates with Tax Repeal Tea Party
Starting Monday, New Hampshire residents no longer have to pay taxes on their lottery winnings.
The state imposed a 10 percent tax on gambling winnings over $600 in 2009, but the tax was repealed by the current Legislature under a bill going effect Monday.
Gov. John Lynch last week signed into law the bill repealing the tax, which officials said hurt the racetrack and battered lottery sales after the state enacted it two years ago ...
May 22, 2011, 10:52 pm - Lottery News forum
US Marine wins $1 million lottery jackpot
A United States Marine from Yuma, Arizona, has won $1 million in the Arizona Lottery's $100 Million Cash Spectacular Scratchers game.
It was an honor to award this prize to an active-duty Marine, a man committed to serving America as a member of our Armed Forces, said Jeff Hatch-Miller, executive director of the Arizona Lottery. We were all thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate this winner, and to know this win will positively impact his life.
According to lottery officials, the ...
May 19, 2011, 6:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida man wins lottery twice in 6 months
Lightning struck twice for a Panama City Beach, Florida, man.
Jody Massengale won $3 million in November, playing a Florida Lottery scratch off game. Last week he did it again, winning $10 million on another scratch off ticket. This time, Massengale purchased his winning ticket at the Express Lane, located at 8302 Thomas Drive, in Panama City Beach. He bought his previous winner at a gas station on North Lagoon Drive.
David Haas, who works at the Express Lane, might be selling a lot more s ...
May 12, 2011, 7:29 am - Lottery News forum
Multi-state lottery game comes to Arkansas
After a false start, Decades of Dollars finally lands in fourth state
By Todd Northrop
In January, a new multi-state lottery game called Decades for Dollars was introduced, and was intended to be offered in the state of Arkansas, but legislative obstacles stopped the plan dead in its tracks at the time.
Now those issues have been cleared, and Decades of Dollars has landed in the state three months after the game's first drawing.
Starting Tuesday, May 3, tickets for Decades of Dollars ...
May 2, 2011, 8:10 pm - Lottery News forum
GREAT DAD: Gives $400K lottery ticket to daughter
A Savannah, Georgia, dad can expect more than a tie for Father's Day after giving his daughter a winning lottery ticket worth $400,000.
Aisha Prater, 32, was shocked when her father handed her the winning ticket Friday.
He gave me a call and said to come home as soon as possible, said Prater, also a Savannah resident. It was a surprise.
The top prize in the 20X The Money scratch-off game was purchased at Country Convenience #1, 12403 White Bluff Road, Savannah.
According to Prater, ...
Apr 29, 2011, 4:40 pm - Lottery News forum
True to promise, pals share $1 million lottery jackpot
Eula Webb, 75, wanted to get some milk from the store, so she asked her friend Sam Cricci, 80, if he wanted to come along and buy some milk, too.
I wanted to keep him active, she said.
They went to the Associated Supermarket on Fulton Street, got their milk, bought a couple of lottery tickets one for Webb, one for Cricci from a machine, and went home.
Webb scratched her Empire State Millionaire ticket and got nothing. Cricci scratched his ticket and won the jackpot: $1 million.
Apr 25, 2011, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery partners with grocery chain on vending machines
An Ohio-based grocery store chain has signed a contract with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to sell lottery tickets through vending machines.
Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue signed the agreement April 11 after the House Rules Committee declined to recommend passage of a Senate-approved bill that would bar the lottery from using the machines.
The Arkansas lottery began selling tickets through the machines on Feb. 3 at a Love's Travel Stop in North Little Rock, and the machines have si ...
Apr 25, 2011, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum