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A reporter won the lottery and quit her job, live on air — only to find the payout was about $5,500
Includes video report A Spanish television reporter appeared to celebrate and quit her job on live television after realizing she had a winning El Gordo lottery ticket. It was a decision for which she would later apologize. On Sunday, Valencia community journalist Natalia Escudero was covering Spain's annual Christmas lottery, called El Gordo (The Fat One), when she found out that she was also a winner. The state-run lottery is the world's richest draw, boasting 2.24 billion euros (a
Dec 26, 2019, 8:31 pm - Lottery News

Florida Lottery admits error, winner collects two years later
Includes video report A Florida man finally has his lottery prize after a local media investigation exposed a state error. I can't believe I have the money, Joel Strickland of Winter Haven said. When Strickland won $1,000 in the lottery in 2017, state officials seized the money, saying he owed the state $5,300 to settle an old unemployment fraud claim. Strickland insisted there was an error and that he didn't owe anything, but the state's case was closed. Officials not only took his
Aug 26, 2019, 9:08 pm - Lottery News

Wyoming Lottery to release salaries
The Wyoming Lottery board voted 8-1 at a special meeting Monday to release salary information for board members and employees. Lottery CEO Jon Clontz said he will distribute the salary information Tuesday. After the salary issue was decided, the board passed a provisional budget for the upcoming fiscal year with $27 million in projected revenues but didn't have copies of the projections for the public to view. Since April, local media and lotto officials have disagreed on whether the sa
Jun 16, 2015, 12:47 pm - Lottery News

Wyoming Lottery refuses to release individual salaries
The Wyoming Lottery Corp. wants to keep its salaries and benefits secret from the public, with officials saying disclosure will hurt the new organization from a competitive standpoint. The Casper Star-Tribune sent a records request to the lottery, asking for compensation of executives and board members. CEO Jon Clontz denied the request May 8. The lottery and newspaper disagree in the interpretation of the 2013 law that created the organization. Lottery officials argue it is a private c
May 18, 2015, 7:13 am - Lottery News

Colorado newspaper prints wrong lottery results; couple thought they won
It pays to doublecheck those lottery numbers if you want to avoid heartache. A couple from Pueblo, Colo., found that out after they checked their tickets' numbers in the local newspaper. At first, Jim and Dorothy Sprague say, they experienced a lot of joy on Sunday morning when they looked in the Pueblo Chieftain to find that their numbers were winners. I woke up and found out we were millionaires, Jim Sprague told NBC station KOAA. In his excitement, Sprague called his children to tel
Apr 12, 2011, 9:53 pm - Lottery News

N.C. lawmaker critical of Gov's move to take lottery funds from schools
North Carolina State Representative Carolyn Justice says the governor's decision to take lottery funds has left some school districts in distress. The $50 million in the Education Lottery Reserve Fund was supposed to pay for school construction costs, some for this school year. The Pender County Republican says that's going to hurt local school districts. If those counties already issued bonds planning on that money to pay their debt, they're in trouble right now. And this hasn't even
Mar 23, 2009, 3:03 pm - Lottery News

CBS publishes second hatchet job on lottery
News outfit intent on slamming lotteries CBS News, currently the lowest-rated broadcast network of the big three , today ran its second story in the past month attempting to dig dirt on lotteries in America. In its latest diatribe, CBS News alleges one of the oldest, most widely-spread lottery myths that lotteries prey on the poor and destitute. The problem is, the myth has been disproved time and again by long-term studies, using scientific means. (See Study proves lottery not '
Oct 8, 2007, 12:19 am - Lottery News

Newspaper photo reveals lottery winner's personal information
Lottery Post Exclusive by Todd Northrop Maine's Morning Sentinel newspaper appears to have revealed a lottery winner's address and social security number in a published photo. In a story that ran in the February 27 edition of the Sentinel, Newport resident Venison Turner Jr. was pictured together with his son, holding a copy of a winning ticket worth $300,000 and the paperwork filed with the Maine Lottery. The man's personal information is clearly visible. In the Sunday, March 11 edit
Mar 14, 2007, 1:28 pm - Lottery News

Newspaper apologizes for lottery results error
Editor's Note: The man should have gotten his lottery results from Lottery Post's Quebec Lottery Results page. Newspapers often post erroneous results, and mistakes and apologies cannot be re-printed until the next day. A Quebec man recently threatened to sue the Montreal Gazette after the paper's error made him think he'd won a huge lottery jackpot when he hadn't. Today the paper ran a Note to Readers on A2 from its publisher, Alan Allnutt. He apologizes for the mistake which he
Aug 23, 2006, 2:27 pm - Lottery News

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