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Cubs fan wins $1 million in lottery while watching game

October 21, 2016, 12:46 pm ET

The Cubs haven't clinched a berth in the World Series yet — but one southwest suburban fan has already gotten lucky.

Rick Kempke, 56, was at home watching a Cubs game when he scratched a $300,000,000 Cash Spectacular ticket and won $1 million, according to the Illinois Lottery.

"I can't believe it! I'm a huge Cubs fan and now that I won the lottery, I might buy a ticket for tomorrow night's game!" Kempke said.

Kempe, who has lived in Lockport all his life, bought the winning ticket at Speedway at 314 S. State St. in the southwest suburb, according to the lottery. He opted to receive his winnings as a one-time payment of $600,000.

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Charges dismissed against mother in lottery ticket scheme

October 18, 2016, 2:31 pm ET

Charges have been dismissed against one of three people charged with fraudulently claiming a lottery ticket prize.

District Judge David Lester on Monday dismissed a charge of aiding and abetting theft of a lottery ticket or share against Sally Bosler. His ruling came after an oral motion from the state requesting the dismissal because, prosecutors said, insufficient evidence now exists to convict Bosler.

Bosler, 42, her daughter Ashley Bosler and Ashley Bosler's boyfriend, Johnny Long Jr., all of Sioux Rapids, Iowa, were arrested July 27. Long had attempted to claim...

Mega Millions

Georgia Lottery looking for $7.5M Mega Millions winner

October 18, 2016, 11:41 am ET

Georgia Lottery officials are trying to solve the case of the missing millionaire. Half of a $15 million jackpot won in Georgia remains unclaimed.

The outstanding ticket, worth approximately $7.5 million, is one of two that split the July 22 Mega Millions jackpot prize.

Kroger #0634, located at 8876 Dallas Acworth Highway in Dallas, sold the lucky ticket. The second ticket that shared the jackpot prize was purchased in Virginia.

Georgia winners have 180 days from the draw date to claim Mega Millions prizes.

Georgia Lottery players have a chance to win big this week with Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot at $20 million and Wednesday's Powerball jackpot at $136 million.

The Big Game

Judge rules NJ couple's lottery annuity payments can't be taxed retroactively

October 14, 2016, 9:33 am ET

A New Jersey Tax Court judge has sided with a couple who won $46 million in the state lottery in 2000 and elected to have their winnings distributed in annual installments as a multiyear annuity payment, holding that the state did not have the right to retroactively tax their winnings after passing a new statute.

Virginia Lottery

Virginia man tossed winning $10 million lottery ticket on floor

October 14, 2016, 9:24 am ET

If he'd known he just purchased a lottery ticket worth $10 million, this Virginia man would probably not have casually tossed it on the floor of his car.


Australian family win $4m beach house lottery after spending $200 on tickets

October 13, 2016, 7:30 pm ET

One lucky Australian family has won an oceanfront house worth nearly $4 million after spending $200 on lottery raffle tickets.

Insider Buzz

Judge: winner's lawsuit in lottery-fixing case can continue

October 13, 2016, 7:01 pm ET

The winner of a $9 million state lottery jackpot can continue a lawsuit that contends he would have won millions more if the prior drawing had not been rigged by a rogue insider, an Iowa judge has ruled.

Indiana Lottery

Chase led to bean field, arrest in lottery ticket case

October 11, 2016, 6:58 pm ET

The arrest of an Indiana woman accused of stealing scratch-off lottery tickets from local stores came only after she led a police officer on a car chase that ended in a bean field.

Pennsylvania Lottery

Couple finds winning lottery ticket, tracks down rightful owner

October 10, 2016, 9:21 pm ET

Doing the right thing can pay off in more ways that you can imagine. One man in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, says he is living proof of that.


Mississippi voters approved a lottery 24 years ago, so where is it?

October 9, 2016, 8:05 am ET

Mississippi voters approved a state lottery back in 1992, but the Legislature never followed up and has voted down all of the dozens of bills introduced to legalize the lottery. Meanwhile, every time a Powerball jackpot grows to life-altering levels, Mississippians pour across the state line to buy tickets.

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