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Lottery News for July, 2013
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Pa. woman claims winning $131.5M Powerball ticket. 7:42 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 alive. 7:11 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 drawing. 12:16 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
Friday, July 26, 2013
Couple rescues lottery ticket from trash, wins $1M. 3:40 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 Canada. 12:48 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 win. 11:57 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 roof. 11:00 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 win. 10:30 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 games. 9:48 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 talent. 8:51 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.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Maryland Powerball winner laughing all the way to the bank. 1:12 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
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Australian woman accidentally buys duplicate lottery ticket and wins twice. 6:06 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 ticket. 5:09 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 lawmaker. 4:16 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 home. 7:12 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 odds. 6:06 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 sales. 7:27 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.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Former Arkansas Lottery official admits stealing tickets. 7:26 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 Lotto. 1:58 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 Lottery. 10:07 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 factory. 8:27 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 time. 7:51 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 date. 7:33 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 diversity. 8:55 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 unclaimed. 8:03 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
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Maryland Lottery's 40th anniversary exhibit has couple recounting fond memories. 5:18 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 claims. 10:48 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 board. 10:03 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 week. 9:36 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.