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How a retired NC potter won the lottery 111 times

September 29, 2016, 5:02 pm ET

One of the most prolific winners in North Carolina lottery history wants you to know two things: he doesn't cheat and he understands the games better than anyone.

Through late last year, no one had more big wins than retired potter Phil Morgan, who won 111 times and collected more than $500,000, an Observer data analysis found.

But that record comes with an asterisk. Most wins were for the Pick 4 game. If you play the same number combination multiple times on one drawing, and it hits, each ticket is counted as a winner.

The odds are 1 in 10,000 for picking the numbers in the exact order. Between August and October 2011, Morgan did that 73 times for $365,000.


New Zealand man wins $1M lottery after someone cut him in line

September 29, 2016, 9:34 am ET

A patient New Zealand Lotto player bagged a cool $1 million, all thanks to a pushy patron who decided to cut him in line.

The Tauranga winner of last week's $1 million Wednesday Lotto draw has put his win down to "good karma".

The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought his lucky ticket from Pak N Save Papamoa on his way home from work.

"I was waiting in line at the Lotto shop and another customer nipped in front of me," explained the winner in a written statement from Lotto New Zealand.

"I wasn't in any hurry, so I just let them go ahead and didn't say anything. I guess good karma pays off — if that hadn't happened, they might have had the winning ticket not me."

Western Canada Lottery Corporation

$38,194 winning lottery ticket spent months forgotten in a drawer

September 29, 2016, 9:29 am ET

A Canadian lottery winner said his $38,194 winning ticket almost went unclaimed after he forgot about it for months.

Maximo Ramos of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, said he won $38,194 in the Western 649 drawing, but he was unaware of his win for several months while the ticket languished forgotten in a drawer.

Ramos said he recently rediscovered the ticket and decided to use the self-checking kiosk at a Shoppers Drug Mart store, where he discovered his jackpot.

"I was so surprised and instantly happy!" Ramos said.

He said he plans to use his winnings to pay bills and visit family in the Philippines.

Pennsylvania Lottery

Pennsylvania Lottery proceeds being misused by Gov.

September 28, 2016, 12:07 pm ET

The Pennsylvania Lottery advertises it "benefits older Pennsylvanians, every day," but billions of lottery dollars have been diverted, an investigation found.

Lucky for Life

Winning NC lottery ticket set to expire

September 27, 2016, 10:23 pm ET

A winning lottery ticket purchased in North Carolina worth $25,000 a year for life is set to expire next week.

Vermont Lottery

Vermont Lottery Director resigns

September 27, 2016, 10:48 am ET

The Vermont Lottery Commission (VLC) announced today the resignation of Executive Director, Greg Smith, effective October 14th.

Ohio Lottery

Report: Ohio Lottery should make changes to organization

September 26, 2016, 8:51 pm ET

If Ohio follows the recommendations of a study of the state lottery, changes could be coming, including adding electronic table poker, online gaming, and a greater variety of instant tickets.

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

Ontario Lottery scraps privatization plan

September 26, 2016, 8:38 pm ET

The Canadian province of Ontario has scrapped plans to privatize its state-run lottery business.

South Carolina Lottery

S.C. woman claims biggest Pick 4 payout in state's history

September 23, 2016, 8:07 pm ET

A Florence, South Carolina, woman cashed in on the largest Pick 4 payout to a single person in S.C. lottery history.

North Carolina Lottery

N.C. school custodian cleans up with $1 million lottery win

September 23, 2016, 7:59 pm ET

For Michael Owenby of Candler, North Carolina, a decision to quench his thirst turned into a $1 million lottery win.

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