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Alabama reporter documents experience buying Mississippi lottery tickets
It was a historic day in Mississippi Thursday. It became the 45th state to start selling lottery tickets. But in true Mississippi style, things didn't quite go to plan. Some people might say it was a little cattywampus. I was expecting palpable excitement and restless hope, as people lined up outside of gas station doors in the hope of winning the jackpot of $40 million and finally fulfilling their lifelong dream of moving to Alabama. But I didn't see any of that. What's going on? I wonder
Feb 2, 2020, 9:03 am - Lottery News

NJ Lottery kicks off 50th anniversary with mall event
By Todd Northrop The New Jersey Lottery, one of the largest lotteries and the third-oldest in the United States, kicked off a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary Thursday with a heavily-attended event at a mall in central New Jersey. Contests, sports stars, giveaways, food, and photos we on tap Thursday at the Bridgewater Commons Mall in Bridgewater, New Jersey, all courtesy of the New Jersey Lottery. The biggest attraction was the giant CA$HNADO machine a life-size prize glob
Jan 10, 2020, 12:17 pm - Lottery News

One of the UK's first lottery millionaires reveals how she's lived off her $3.5 million win
UK National Lottery celebrates 25 years Includes video report Next week will mark a quarter of a century since the first National Lottery draw and to mark it, we have tracked down one of the first batch of millionaires it created. The first draw was broadcast live on the BBC on 19 November 1994, with it hosted by TV favourites Noel Edmonds and Anthea Turner. The first number drawn? 30. Followed by 3, 5, 44, 14 and 22 long before the relatively recent addition of numbers 50 to 59.
Jan 8, 2020, 8:07 am - Lottery News

Lottery millionaires' 'dreams came true' after learning son is cancer free
It is just like all of our lifelong dreams came true. That was the joyful expression of a UK couple who won a 2 million (US$2.6 million) lottery jackpot three days before finding out that their teenage son was clear of cancer. John and Allison McDonald have described how their their Lucky Dip ticket matched all six numbers to scoop the Lotto jackpot on Wednesday, December 18. Three days later, Mr. and Mrs. McDonald, from Stockton on Tees, were given the news that their 15-year-old son
Jan 3, 2020, 9:52 am - Lottery News

Here's how much the average person spends on the lottery in every state
Millions of Americans willingly spend their hard-earned money for a chance at an early retirement, lifelong financial security, and the extravagant lifestyle that a single lucky lottery ticket could provide. Americans spent a staggering $71.8 billion on lottery tickets in 2017 or about $285 per adult. Of course, lottery ticket spending is not the same across all states, and in some parts of the country, Americans appear much more willing to spend in the hopes of hitting the jackpot. Usin
Nov 20, 2019, 4:54 pm - Lottery News

British pro gambler took aim at $25.8M CT Lotto jackpot, buying hundreds of thousands of tickets
Lottery officials monitored everything as it happened Good afternoon, Pete. Just letting you know that we have been monitoring the sales of an individual who is spending an enormous amount of money on the lotto game. That's what Mark Walerysiak, the security director at the Connecticut Lottery Corp. (CLC), wrote in an email on Oct. 28 to Peter Hsieh, the gaming division director for the state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP). The email was the beginning of an intriguing yarn ab
Nov 8, 2019, 2:36 pm - Lottery News

New Jersey Lottery celebrates 50-year anniversary
New Jersey is celebrating the Golden Anniversary of voters approving the establishment of a State Lottery, which at the time made New Jersey only the third U.S. state to pass a legal lottery. As part of the 1969 General Election, the measure was wholeheartedly welcomed by an astonishing 81.5% voter approval, making it one of the largest favorable public responses in New Jersey legislative history. The goal was to establish a state lottery similar to those conducted in neighboring states a
Nov 1, 2019, 12:33 pm - Lottery News

Customer tips bartender with Powerball lottery ticket — and it wins $50,000
A bartender in Missouri received the tip of a lifetime when a customer gave her a Powerball ticket that ended up winning $50,000. Taylor Russey, 33, told reporters Wednesday that a regular patron gave out Powerball tickets as part of his tip on Oct. 18 for her good service that evening at Bleacher's Bar in O'Fallon. He does this every now and then, and when he does, he still tips regularly, Russey said of the generous gentleman who has asked to remain anonymous. It's just something nice h
Oct 30, 2019, 4:00 pm - Lottery News

The local TV star who rigged the lottery
Shortly after 7pm on April 24th, 1980, millions of Pennsylvanians watched intently as a third and final ping-pong ball shot up the tube of a machine on live television. And there you have it, exclaimed the station's beloved announcer, Nick Perry. Today's Pennsylvania lottery daily number: 6-6-6! As the cheesy music faded and the lights dimmed, Perry implored lucky ticket holders at home to claim their prizes: If you've got it, come and get it! What the public didn't know was that Per
Oct 18, 2019, 12:12 pm - Lottery News

'You assume all the money noise stops when you finally have it'
What would you do if you suddenly came into a large amount of money? Would you upgrade your home and invest the rest, putting just a little aside to build a shelter for orphaned orang-utans, just as you once said you would? Actually, you're far more likely to drive a succession of sports cars into swimming pools a visual representation of the proverbial car crash your life is likely to become as you fritter away your cash bonanza. A study at Vanderbilt University in the US found that lottery
Oct 14, 2019, 9:19 am - Lottery News