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Maryland Lottery Pick 4 drawing generates huge payout
2,800 Maryland lottery players hit 4-4-4-4 combination by Todd Northrop Players of the Maryland Lottery's Pick 4 game hit a grand slam of sorts this weekend, and a payout record was tied in the process. Lottery officials said Saturday's 4-4-4-4 drawing in the Pick 4 game paid out $7 million, which was the state's record for daily games. The drawing took in about $458,000 in sales. Officials said 2,800 players had the winning numbers. While players fare well when Pick 4 drawings r
Feb 28, 2011, 8:51 pm - Lottery News

Illinois Pick 4 lottery winners in huge line for record payout
As the coiling line of people inside the Thompson Center collapsed in on itself Friday morning, Illinois State Police Sgt. Carlton Riley radioed for backup to help figure out how to deal with the crowd. All right, people, we got a problem now! Riley barked. I need you to pay attention and keep the line tight. Riley might have had a problem, but almost no one else did. The estimated 600 people in line were there to claim a share of what may be the highest-ever total payout for the Illinoi
Nov 15, 2010, 8:01 am - Lottery News

Porn shop lottery winner doesn't reveal himself
Michigan Lottery pays out record $268.6 million on two multi-state jackpots won a week apart By Todd Northrop So who bought the huge winning lottery ticket at the porn shop in Highland Park? Nobody is saying, not even Mike Greer, 49, of Farmington Hills, who came forward to collect the $128.6 million in Powerball winnings on behalf of Team Victory, a lottery club. I didn't buy it, Greer said today. I never play. I'm sorry. Greer acknowledged he was being intentionally vague abou
Nov 12, 2010, 5:22 pm - Lottery News

Pick 3 'triple' pays out record $2.88M to N.C. Lottery players
By Todd Northrop Triple digits paid off in a big way for North Carolina Pick 3 players in the Monday, Sept. 6 evening drawing. The 2-2-2 combination resulted in a record-setting prize payout of $2.88 million to more than 11,000 winning tickets. This record payout is the highest since the Dec. 25, 2009 drawing, which paid out more than $2.28 million to players who chose the 5-5-5 combination. Monday's drawing was the first time the 2-2-2 combination has been drawn since Pick 3 sales b
Sep 8, 2010, 3:50 pm - Lottery News

N.J. Lottery sets record for lottery ticket sales
The slumping economy seemingly hasn't stopped lottery players in New Jersey who want to cash in on their dreams. The state lottery raised more money in ticket sales in the fiscal year ending June 30 than ever before in its 40-year history a record $2.6 billion despite a recession that has seen people's discretionary spending drop in other areas. Regular customers at the 7-Eleven on Route 9 in Northfield said the state can thank them for their generosity in the last year. I haven't seen
Aug 14, 2010, 4:27 pm - Lottery News

N.C. Lottery notches record $1.42 billion in sales
Hopeful gamblers in New Hanover County spent more than $31.3 million on N.C. lottery games in the past year, about $161 per county resident or $361 per household, according to a StarNews analysis of lottery data. Residents and visitors to New Hanover County spent slightly more cash on the lottery than they did on liquor at county ABC stores between July 1, 2009, and June 30. Liquor sales in the county totaled roughly $30.5 million during that time. And New Hanover County consumers spent mo
Aug 9, 2010, 9:48 am - Lottery News

Maryland Lottery achieves 13th straight year of record sales
Despite a challenging economy and two paralyzing snow stormsthat buried large parts of the state, the Maryland Lottery tallied more than $1.706 billion in sales in Fiscal Year 2010, breaking its sales record for the 13th year in a row. The Maryland Lottery also contributed $509.7 million to the state, which is used to support important programs, including education, public safety and health and environmental programs. 2010 Fiscal Year-end highlights include: Sales of more than $1.706 b
Aug 8, 2010, 11:05 pm - Lottery News

Lottery ticket worth $12.5M sold in N.H.
The New Hampshire Lottery says someone bought a Tri-State Megabucks Plus lottery ticket worth $12.5 million. The lottery agency says the jackpot is the biggest for a single ticket in the game's 25-year history. The jackpot hit $16.4 million in January 1992, but there were two winning tickets. The winning ticket for Wednesday's drawing was sold at Top of the Hill in Dalton. The winner has the choice of receiving the prize in annual installments over 30 years or taking a lump sum payment
Aug 6, 2010, 8:58 am - Lottery News

Ohio Lottery reports record sales
The Ohio Lottery says it's on a roll, with the introduction of Powerball helping the agency post another year of record sales. Officials say the lottery enjoyed $2.48 billion in sales during the fiscal year that ended Wednesday, up from $2.42 billion in the previous fiscal year. Sales grew for the ninth straight year. The lottery says it has poured $728.6 in annual profits into a state education fund. Officials say that's the second largest profit transfer in the lottery's 36-year hi
Jul 5, 2010, 6:16 am - Lottery News

Lotto Max ticket sales on fire as lottery hits record
It's a curious pop culture phenomenon that the richer the lottery jackpot, the bigger the frenzy it creates at retail outlets. If you need proof, look no further than Canada's Lotto Max multi-province game this month. On Friday, the nine-month-old lottery is poised to award the biggest aggregate jackpot in Canadian lottery history as its top prize remains at $50 million for the fourth week in a row. (No jackpot-winning tickets were sold during the last three weeks.) But that's not all.
Jun 24, 2010, 9:01 am - Lottery News

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