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Connecticut Lottery sets sales record
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. says it set a record during the last fiscal year with $998.5 million in sales. The state received $283 million of that for its General fund, about $4.5 million more than expected. The Lottery says sales were up by 4.3 percent or $41.5 million over the 2007 fiscal year, and contributions to the state rose by 1.4 percent, or $4 million. Scratch ticket sales showed the largest gain, up $24 million from fiscal 2007.
Jul 15, 2008, 10:11 pm - Lottery News

Maryland lottery sales exceed $1.6 billion
The Maryland Lottery said it has achieved its 11th straight year of record sales, topping $1.673 billion and surpassing state estimates for the fiscal year. The lottery also exceeded its revenue target, raising $529 million in total revenue for the State of Maryland for Fiscal Year 2008. Records were set in every major category, including total sales, prizes paid to players, commissions earned by lottery retailers and revenues returned to the state to help support vital state-funded programs
Jul 15, 2008, 8:24 pm - Lottery News

Georgia Lottery had record sales
A struggling economy hasn't kept Georgians from buying lottery tickets. The Georgia Lottery announced Tuesday that sales for fiscal 2008, which ended June 30, were just under $3.52 billion, a record in the 15-year history of the games. That's more than $97.6 million ahead of last year's record sales. The Georgia Lottery transferred $858 million of that to the state for education programs, surpassing last year's record transfer by more than $4.8 million. Lottery proceeds pay for t
Jul 15, 2008, 7:48 pm - Lottery News

Man throws away winning lottery ticket, but still collects
Lottery waits until 1-year claim deadline expires before awarding Sometimes Lady Luck is slow-footed. Degli Martinez, 55, of Queens, New York, claimed the biggest single Lotto jackpot in state history on Wednesday, a $65 million prize that took over a year and a police probe before he was allowed to have it. It was a lot of pain waiting, said the 55-year-old Paraguayan immigrant at a lower Manhattan press conference. You never know whether you're going to get the money. A maint
Jul 10, 2008, 8:53 pm - Lottery News

Record China Lottery winner collects prize in disguise
The Chinese lottery player who won the highest sports lottery, 82.34 million yuan (US $11.76 million), in China's lottery history collected his prize on Sunday under police guard. On Sunday morning, the lottery winner, who calls himself Lao Yang, arrived alone at the lottery center in Chongqing, the country's largest municipality, disguised in a mask, wig, hat and sunglasses. The lottery center took additional measures to ensure his security. Staff members opened a secret passage for him a
May 6, 2008, 9:32 am - Lottery News

Britain's biggest lottery winner says jackpot ruined her life
Emerging from a cramped flat in the run-down Scottish town of East Kilbride, the dowdy middle-aged woman does not look out of place. Clutching a handful of plastic carrier bags, she struggles down the street alongside the school-run moms and Asbo kids on their way to the chip shop. The weather has turned her recently permed hair into a shapeless frizz and her lackluster skin is devoid of make-up. Dressed in old jeans and a baggy top, another empty day unfolds. Her look is not one whic
Oct 25, 2007, 10:21 am - Lottery News

Seven tickets to split record Jersey Cash 5 lottery jackpot
New Jersey Lottery officials say there are seven winning tickets sold for the record Jersey Cash 5 jackpot worth nearly $2 million. Two of the tickets were sold in Atlantic County. The others were purchased in Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Monmouth and Union counties. The numbers in Tuesday night's drawing were 4, 5, 17, 18 and 21. The total jackpot was $1,964,438. Each winning ticket is worth $280,634. Jersey Cash 5's average jackpot is $300,000. Lottery officials say sales fr
Oct 25, 2007, 7:39 am - Lottery News

New $20 Mass. Lottery scratch game off to a record start
The Massachusetts State Lottery rolled the dice when it launched its first ever $20 instant ticket, the most expensive new product in its history. A week after its big rollout, the gamble already appears to be paying off, with sales of the Billion Dollar Blockbuster off to one of the fastest starts of any ticket in Lottery history. Nearly 2 million tickets have been sold so far, ringing up more than $40 million in sales. That edges two other tickets that in recent years got off to fast sta
Oct 4, 2007, 4:23 pm - Lottery News

Record powerball lottery winner reflects on sad life
In his darkest moments, Jack Whittaker has sometimes wondered if winning the nearly $315 million Powerball game was really worth it. The jackpot that was the stuff of dreams turned into a nightmare: His wife left him and his drug-addicted granddaughter his protege and heir died. He endured constant requests for money. Almost five years later, Whittaker is left with things money can't cure: His daughter's cancer, a long list of indiscretions documented in newspapers and court records, a
Sep 14, 2007, 12:45 pm - Lottery News

Briton claims UK's biggest lottery win
Someone in Britain is a lot richer on Tuesday after claiming the country's biggest ever lottery win 35,425,411.80 pounds (US$71 million). The winner matched all five main numbers and both lucky star numbers, 23, 40, 42, 43, 49, plus 2 and 6, to claim the entire Euro Millions jackpot from the August 10 draw. Camelot, which operates the British arm of the trans-European lottery, said the lucky ticket holder had now come forward and the prize had been paid out. It is the largest jackpot
Aug 14, 2007, 10:58 am - Lottery News