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Investigation: Illinois Lottery didn't award 40% of scratch-off grand prizes

December 9, 2016, 1:50 pm ET

It was called The Good Life and offered the biggest grand prize of any instant game the Illinois Lottery had ever produced.

Two lucky winners could scratch their way to $46 million each, paid in periodic installments. At $30, tickets weren't cheap, but millions were sold. Then the game ended before the lottery sold most of the tickets that were printed, with neither top prize awarded.

The same thing happened with another instant game, called Birthday Surprise. Two large grand prizes offered. Neither awarded.

And with another version of The Good Life. Three large grand prizes offered. None awarded.

Illinois Lottery

Custodian wins $2M scratch-off lottery ticket

December 8, 2016, 8:46 am ET

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A high school janitor won 2 million dollars from a scratch-off ticket bought in Gurnee, Illinois.

Dave Martinez stopped at a local gas station Nov. 19 where he bought the winning lottery ticket.

"I started scratching off on the dining room table and thought it was just a hundred thousand at first and then I looked at it again and it said a hundred thousand times twenty and was just mind-boggling," Martinez said.

Minnesota Lottery

Minnesota father, son both win $100K in same lottery drawing

December 8, 2016, 8:23 am ET

A father and son from Halstad in northwestern Minnesota both won the $100,000 top prize in the Dec. 2 All or Nothing drawing.

Pedro Ruiz Jr. was on his way to dinner Dec. 2 when his father, Pedro Ruiz Sr., called asking him to purchase All or Nothing tickets for the weekend drawings. Ruiz bought his father's ticket in Gary and later decided to buy his own ticket in Mahnomen.  Ruiz Jr. played the opposite numbers that were on his father's ticket. 
To win the $100,000 top prize a ticket must either match all of the 12 winning numbers or none of the winning numbers. 

North Carolina Lottery

Study: N.C. Lottery scammers have cheated state out of $7 million

December 7, 2016, 3:55 pm ET

Lottery scammers have cheated North Carolina out of an estimated $7 million in back taxes and delinquent child support since 2009, a non-partisan arm of the General Assembly said.


Mistake lottery ticket wins NJ man $1 million

December 7, 2016, 12:08 pm ET

A New Jersey man has won a multi-state Cash4Life prize worth $1 million because of a lottery ticket that was sold to him accidentally.

Lucky for Life

Wyoming Lottery adds multi-state Lucky for Life game

December 5, 2016, 6:12 pm ET

WyoLotto officials on Monday celebrated the launch of the Lucky for Life game.

North Carolina Lottery

Play at the Pump slow to take off in NC

December 3, 2016, 9:16 pm ET

Despite the convenience, Play at the Pump has been slow to take off in North Carolina.

Jack Whittaker

Infamous lottery winner's house burns

December 2, 2016, 12:10 pm ET

Firefighters from all over Bland County converged on Deer Run Estates in Rocky Gap, West Virginia, on Friday morning to battle a blaze at lottery winner Jack Whittaker's house.


Alabama gambling council hears from state lottery executives

December 2, 2016, 10:48 am ET

Louisiana Lottery President Rose Hudson and New Hampshire Lottery Executive Director Charlie McIntyre spoke to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's advisory council on gaming yesterday.


20 co-workers to split $421M Powerball jackpot

November 29, 2016, 2:13 pm ET

A group of 20 co-workers are the winners of Saturday's $421 million Powerball jackpot on a ticket sold in Tennessee.

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