Did Fla. Powerball winner pay for everyone's meal?
It may have been a case of mistaken identity or a rare form of lottery fever.
Either way, close to 200 people got treated to dinner Sunday at Buddy Freddy's in Plant City, Florida, by someone who appeared to be Gloria C. MacKenzie, the 84-year-old Zephyrhills woman who stepped forward last week to claim the largest single jackpot in American lottery history.
Whether it was MacKenzie is unknown, but that hasn't stopped speculation at the restaurant near the Thonotosassa Road exit of Interst ...
Jun 12, 2013, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery workers being sickened by moldy Sandy scratch-off tickets, employee claims
Some New Jersey Lottery employees got a little more to scratch off than they bargained for.
For six months, tens of thousands of moldy Superstorm Sandy scratch-off tickets have been sitting in a warehouse at the state lotto's headquarters in Lawrenceville sickening several workers, according an employee who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retribution.
We're all suffering from headaches, the employee said. If you go into that room, you start experiencing respiratory problems. You fe ...
May 2, 2013, 5:03 pm - Lottery News forum
EuroMillions lottery winners to build unusual home
Once you've bought your 100,000 Jaguar XKR-S, paid off Dad's mortgage and given your best friend more than 1 million, how do you start wasting spending the rest of a 45 million lottery win?
The answer for Matt and Cassey Topham, a former decorator and supermarket worker from Nottingham who scooped the EuroMillions jackpot last year, is to erect a futuristic mansion on a suburban avenue with all the trappings of a James Bond villain's lair.
The couple on Thursday submitted a planning applic ...
Apr 20, 2013, 1:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Brothers celebrate lottery win by blowing up house
Two brothers who were celebrating a $75,000 winning lottery ticket by purchasing marijuana and meth accidentally blew up their house on Friday, said Sgt. Bruce Watts of the Wichita Police Department.
The explosion sent one of the brothers a 27-year-old to the hospital, where he remains in serious but stable condition with second-degree burns on his hands, arms and chest.
The other brother was sent to jail, Watts said.
The brothers were in a house in the 100 block of North Nevada Court, ...
Feb 18, 2013, 12:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Ornery dog leads to $1M lottery win
A group of blue collar University of Utah workers will split $1 million in lottery winnings thanks to a set of keys left in a truck and an ornery little dog named Stella.
Thirteen years after playing the same set of numbers every month in the Idaho lottery, the group of 33 workers who work on heating and cooling university buildings hit pay dirt when Steve Hughes left his truck running to keep his dog Stella warm while he went inside to a gas station near Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, on Jan. 6. ...
Feb 11, 2013, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
76-year-old man trapped hunting for lottery ticket
A 76-year-old man trapped himself in an underground waste paper container in Amsterdam after he clambered in to hunt for a lottery ticket.
Police said in a statement the elderly man managed to open the container and climb in Thursday because he feared he had tossed out a lottery ticket along with other used paper.
Passers-by heard him calling for help and alerted the police who freed him with the help of firefighters.
The bad news? The man didn't find his lottery ticket.
Thanks to Or ...
Jan 3, 2013, 10:10 am - Lottery News forum
Man has Tennessee Lottery tickets delivered to his doorstep
Mike West gets weekly deliveries to his home in Erin. Wednesday morning when he opened a box he was surprised to find thousands of dollars of Tennessee Lottery scratch off tickets.
They package of tickets sat on top of several other items inside a large box that was left on his doorstep.
I thought this here must be my games, I got some X Box games, West explained.
But when he opened the plastic envelope he discovered the lottery tickets inside.
I just started seeing game after game ...
Oct 25, 2012, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
Thursday is a numerologist's dream day
What are you doing on 10-11-12?
On Thursday, some people may be marking, in some way, the fact that it is a special day, numerically speaking: It's 10-11-12.
Nice, but how significant? Those who study numbers say, well, not too much. Or perhaps it's better to say that it's as significant as you want it to be.
Significant enough to influence your wedding date? At one wedding chapel in Las Vegas, Forever Grand at the MGM Resorts, there's a special numerology package, including a chapel, a ...
Oct 10, 2012, 7:45 pm - Lottery News forum
98 Florida Lottery players share Fantasy 5 win
Perfect set of odd-numbered results drawn
If you woke up this morning and discovered you were a Florida Fantasy 5 winner, you have plenty of company.
There were 98 players last night who picked the pedestrian numbers of 1-3-5-7-9, so they'll all share from the Fantasy 5 pool. Their take? $1,995.32 each.
The Florida Lottery's Shelly Safford notes that of the 98 winners, only one was a quick pick.
Obviously, a lot of players pick those numbers, she said.
Nobody has exact stats, but ...
Aug 29, 2012, 12:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Man struck by lightning hours after buying lottery tickets
A Kansas man was struck by lightning hours after buying three Mega Millions lottery tickets, proving in real life the old saying that a gambler is more likely to be struck down from the sky than win the jackpot.
Bill Isles, 48, bought three tickets in the record $656 million lottery Thursday at a Wichita, Kan., grocery store.
On the way to his car, Isles said he commented to a friend: I've got a better chance of getting struck by lightning than winning the lottery.
Later at about 9:30 p ...
Apr 2, 2012, 1:45 pm - Lottery News forum