Ohio Lottery officials exploring other ways to pay winning-ticket holders
Ohio Lottery officials are considering new options to pay some winners because retailers now have less cash on hand to give out to those holding winning tickets.
Lottery winners one day might receive payment cards or have their winnings electronically transferred to an account, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported.
Retailers can redeem winning tickets of up to $599, but Greg Bowers, Ohio Lottery finance director, said some retailers don't have enough cash on hand to pay out the prizes b ...
Jun 22, 2015, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum
New mobile app finds nearest lottery retailers
'Lottery Places' supported on all major mobile devices
For the first time lottery players have a simple way to find a store to buy lottery tickets no matter where they are.
Lottery Places, a new mobile app available on iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone, finds your current location and instantly displays the nearest lottery retailers.
As the on-screen map is panned and zoomed with common gestures, additional lottery retailers are found and displayed in real-time. Touching a retailer rev ...
Jun 17, 2015, 6:58 am - Lottery News forum
NY lottery retailer won 16 times in 2 years
A Bronx businessman who has won more big lottery prizes than any other New Yorker doesn't have to go far to buy tickets he owns a store that sells them.
Armand Paganelli scored an astounding 16 winning tickets in 2013 and 2014, amassing a tidy $625,000 in jackpots. One was $250,000; the others were $25,000 apiece.
The winning ducats were all bought at the drugstore Paganelli owns with his brothers Mt. Carmel Pharmacy on East 187th Street.
The Ossining resident has won more $10,000-plus ...
Jun 7, 2015, 8:37 am - Lottery News forum
California man wins $1 million an hour after depositing $25,000 lottery winnings
A streak of good luck made a Huntington Beach, California, man an instant millionaire immediately after he deposited a separate $25,000 payment from the California Lottery on Friday.
In April, retired postal worker Oscar Sosa purchased a $20 Ultimate Riches scratch-off ticket, where he won $25,000. He received a check on Friday from the lottery office, which he quickly deposited in a bank account.
An hour later, Sosa took $200 of that money and bought several 50X The Cash scratch tickets f ...
May 20, 2015, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
NJ foursome claims $40M Powerball jackpot
By Todd Northrop
A 10-year tradition of family Friday-night pizza continues long after the children have grown up and gone on with their own lives. The parents remain loyal to the tradition and to the friendship that the four couples have cultivated through the years.
The group still meets and pools their money to buy weekly Powerball and Mega Millions tickets just as they've regularly done.
Now, those relationships have been bonded even stronger by good fortune and a $40,000,000 Powerb ...
May 14, 2015, 12:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Final share of $564 million Powerball jackpot claimed in Texas
$127 million paid out to Austin trust to avoid publicity
By Todd Northrop
The Powerball jackpot-winning ticket sold in Texas for the historic Feb. 11 drawing has been claimed.
TL Management Trust, Andrew Weber, Trustee of Austin claimed the $127,046,150.05 Cash Value Option prize from the $564.1 million jackpot at Texas Lottery headquarters in Austin Friday. The claimant requested minimal publicity.
The ticket was purchased at the Appletree Food Mart, located at 893 E. Princeton Driv ...
Mar 7, 2015, 9:37 am - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery investigating retailer lottery ticket 'discounting' practices
Some people seem to have all the luck. And in New Jersey, some of the luckiest people are retailers who sell lottery tickets.
Or so it appears from the New Jersey Lottery's list of winners.
An Asbury Park Press review of Lottery claims submitted since 2009 found that half of the 20 most frequent prizewinners are either licensed lottery retailers or family members of store operators.
As a group, those 10 people collected 840 prizes totaling almost $1.8 million, the Press found. About 70 ...
Dec 6, 2014, 11:30 am - Lottery News forum
First NJ Lottery Cash4Life top prize winners celebrate their win at retailer
New Jersey's first Cash4Life Top Prize winners, Joseph Ianiro and John Opaluch from Hasbrouck Heights, celebrated their win from the Nov. 13 drawing at the retail location from which the winning ticket was purchased.
The retail store owners, Anthony Bernice and Guy Bernice, became licensed lottery retailers in Feb. of 2013. They have been doing business under the store name of Heights Corner Store, located on 183 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights in Bergen County, which was previously reported as ...
Dec 4, 2014, 10:04 am - Lottery News forum
Audit: Stores buying Michigan lottery tickets from players
Some Michigan stores that sell lottery tickets are hitting the jackpot by buying winning tickets from desperate players at a discount, according to auditors who are urging a crackdown on the illegal practice.
Lottery players who owe back taxes or other debts don't want the state to learn their identity. So they're probably selling winning tickets back to retailers for less than what they're worth, the audit found.
An audit released Tuesday said 37 store owners turned in winning tickets wor ...
Nov 18, 2014, 10:13 pm - Lottery News forum
California lottery retailers investigated for massive prize claims
Are California Lottery retailers beating the odds, or is there something more going on?
A local media investigation found some store owners cashing in winning lottery tickets at surprising rates.
It's one of the winningest lottery stores in the Bay Area: Dolce Espresso in San Jose has reported 212 winning tickets worth $600 or more in the past decade. The luckiest winner is owner Minh Nguyen. He's claimed 87 of them.
At the Jelly Donut in Daly City, owner Frank Huynh claimed 15 winning ...
Oct 31, 2014, 1:13 pm - Lottery News forum