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Lottery News for July, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pa. woman claims winning $131.5M Powerball ticket7:42 pm - A woman has claimed the winning ticket in a $131.5 million Powerball drawing that she bought at a Philadelphia beer store last month.
Deal to let British firm run Pa. lottery still alive7:11 pm - The Corbett administration's deal with a British firm to run the Pennsylvania Lottery will remain alive -- at least for another month.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Error prompts second Kentucky Pick 4 midday drawing12:16 pm - Kentucky Lottery players who bought Pick 4 tickets for Monday's midday drawing have an extra chance to win, thanks to an error that occurred during the drawing.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

$235 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot soars8:54 am - There was no jackpot winner in the Saturday night drawing of the multi-state Powerball lottery game, causing the grand prize to increase to an estimated $235 million for Wednesday's drawing.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Couple rescues lottery ticket from trash, wins $1M3:40 pm - A Massachusetts couple has won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket they dug out of the trash after inadvertently throwing it away.
Inquiry in Iowa Lottery mystery touches Canada12:48 pm - Investigators seeking to unravel an attempted multimillion-dollar Iowa Lottery jackpot scheme have been in contact with Canadian authorities and are looking into people who may have been involved, an agent said Thursday.
Man credits fortune cookie for $1M lottery win11:57 am - A Massachusetts man took a fortune cookie's message to heart and ended up winning $1 million.
Record Powerball winner offers $2M to fix Maine high school's roof11:00 am - The 84-year-old Florida resident who scored the largest undivided American lottery jackpot ever wants to donate $2 million to fix the roof of a Maine high school in her hometown.
Struggling UK family facing a bright future after lottery win10:30 am - A young family on the verge of losing everything have scooped a £5.8 million (US$8.9 million) lottery fortune.
Wisconsin lottery auditors don't like branded scratch games9:48 am - Wisconsin state auditors issued a report recommending the Wisconsin Lottery stop offering games which involve license fees, such as the new Packers game set to go on sale Friday.
Want to be on TV? Hoosier Lottery searches for on-air draw talent8:51 am - The Hoosier Lottery and FOX59 in Indianapolis are conducting a statewide talent search to cast on-air draw talent for soon-to-be on the air Daily 3 and Daily 4 live TV drawings.
Colorado Lottery chief to leave at year's end8:18 am - Colorado Lottery Director Abel Tapia will retire at the end of the year after serving more than 3 years in the role.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Maryland Powerball winner laughing all the way to the bank1:12 pm - An elated Maryland Powerball winner even has the cameraman laughing with her as she celebrated her win from behind her giant $1 million check.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

NJ Mega Millions lottery winners claim $30M prize12:10 pm - The anxiously awaited New Jersey Lottery winners from the May 31 Mega Millions drawing have come forward to validate their ticket and claim their prize at Lottery Headquarters.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Australian woman accidentally buys duplicate lottery ticket and wins twice6:06 pm - A Melbourne, Australia, woman's forgetfulness has paid off to the tune of $835,149.68 (US$776,334) after she accidentally bought two entries in Saturday night's TattsLotto draw and won two division-one prizes.
NY man gets maximum sentence for stolen $5M lottery ticket5:09 pm - A former auto dealership manager convicted of possessing an apartment complex maintenance worker's winning $5 million New York lottery ticket was sentenced Tuesday to up to 25 years in prison by a judge who cited his "rapacious greed."
State auditor should examine Colorado Lottery, says lawmaker4:16 pm - A state senator Monday called for the state auditor to examine the Colorado Lottery's "grossly unacceptable" performance and "systemic pattern of distracted management."

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Record Florida Powerball winner buys $1.175 million home7:12 am - Records show that the USA's single-biggest lottery winner has traded her former rental unit in for a 6,322-square-foot, five-bedroom home in Glen Kernan Country Club, a gated golf course community in southeast Jacksonville.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mega Millions lottery game's redesign aims at bigger jackpots, better overall odds6:06 pm - The Mega Millions multi-state lottery game is being redesigned to offer bigger starting jackpots and better overall odds beginning Oct. 22.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Wyoming lottery to reap estimated $20 million in first year of ticket sales7:27 pm - The Wyoming Lottery Board estimates it will get $20 million from ticket sales in the first year of the state's legal games of chance, which are now targeted to start February 2014.
California Lottery director resigns5:12 pm - After less than two years on the job, the head of the California State Lottery has resigned his post.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Former Arkansas Lottery official admits stealing tickets7:26 am - A former Arkansas Lottery security official pleaded guilty Friday to a long-running scheme in which he's accused of stealing and cashing nearly a half-million dollars' worth of scratch-off tickets.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Price and prize changes coming this Sunday for Illinois Lotto1:58 pm - Citing the success of the multi-state lottery games like Powerball and Mega Millions offering jackpots in excess of $100 million every other month, the Illinois Lottery has decided to revamp one of its original games, Lotto, in order to give lottery players a chance at potentially bigger jackpots and better overall odds.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tenn. lottery chief offers advice to fledgling Wyoming Lottery10:07 am - The Wyoming Lottery Board received some much-needed advice -- and a stern warning -- from someone who has helped shepherd other states through the the complicated process of launching state-sponsored games of chance.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Lottery winner who blew $14.5M happy to be working in cookie factory8:27 am - English lottery winner Michael Carroll says he's "happier because I'm back to reality again" after winning and then blowing through £9.7 million (US$14.5 million) in less than 10 years.
Fla. Lottery sales top $5 billion for first time7:51 am - The Florida Lottery topped $5 billion in sales for the first time during the fiscal year that ended June 30, the department announced Monday.
Wyoming lottery board sets January 2014 as target start date7:33 am - The nine-member Wyoming Lottery Board, meeting on Monday for the first time, set its sights on a January 2014 launch date for its games of chance.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Mass. Lottery bases advertising hire on diversity8:55 am - The Massachusetts Lottery's lucrative advertising contract, the source of the political downfall of former state Treasurer Tim Cahill, is again under fire after a marketing firm led by a prominent Boston businesswoman lost the bid under the state's diversity program.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

5 Powerball, Mega Millions jackpots still unclaimed8:03 am - Somewhere out there are five tickets that recently won five major jackpots, including one in Philadelphia and another in South Jersey.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Man overcomes gambling addiction, wins lottery8:47 am - A Pennsylvania man won a $20.8 million jackpot 20 years ago, but almost didn't claim it at the time because of his gambling addiction.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day8:00 am - Have a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Maryland Lottery's 40th anniversary exhibit has couple recounting fond memories5:18 pm - A couple who participated in the Maryland Lottery's Millionaire Party in 1973 relived their memorable moment recently when they visited the Lottery's 40th Anniversary exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
Moldy Sandy-damaged NJ Lottery tickets leads to workers' comp claims10:48 am - Two New Jersey Lottery employees allegedly sickened by moldy Superstorm Sandy-damaged scratch-off tickets are looking to be compensated for some unlucky circumstances.
Wyoming Gov. announces 9-member lottery board10:03 am - Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead on Monday announced the nine newly appointed members of the board of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation, who will hold an organizational meeting in Casper next week.
Bid to privatize Pa. Lottery's management extended by a week9:36 am - The British firm that is seeking to take over management of the Pennsylvania Lottery's management for the next 20 to 30 years has agreed to extend its bid's expiration date by a week.