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Georgia Trucker Claims Half of Record $390 Million Lottery Jackpot
A truck driver from northwest Georgia came forward Wednesday afternoon to claim half of the record $390 million Mega Millions jackpot, the richest lottery prize in U.S. history. Ed Nabors of Rocky Face, about 90 miles north of Atlanta, was the first person to step forward and claim part of the jackpot from Tuesday night's drawing. Nabors told reporters gathered at Atlanta lottery headquarters that he is still numb. He bought the ticket at Favorite Market in Dalton. Because he took
Mar 7, 2007, 10:05 pm - Lottery News

At least 2 lottery winners will split record $370 million jackpot
California system problem delays reporting of matching ticket data from that state Ohio Lottery spokeswoman Mardele Cohen says New Jersey and Georgia told the state they sold one winning ticket each for the U.S. record $370 million jackpot. She says the other states call in their results because Ohio balances the books in the 12-state game. Because of a system problem, results from California are not yet in. Meanwhile, Ohio Lottery officials will be reviewing the system today to find
Mar 7, 2007, 7:58 am - Lottery News

$370 MILLION: Mega Millions sets all-time lottery jackpot record
The Mega Millions Jackpot has broken an all-time, worldwide record. It now stands at $370 million and tickets are selling at an amazing rate. New Jersey officials report Mega Millions tickets are selling in that state at a rate of 700,000 tickets per hour, and that won't even match what they expect during rush hour. Officials say early evening is when they sell the most tickets, and that's when they expect to hit 1.2 million ticket sales per hour. Sales close at all locations at 10:45 pm.
Mar 6, 2007, 12:21 pm - Lottery News

Long odds don't bother 'Mega' fans
Charles Millard wasn't under any illusion. My chance is a zillion to one, the 60-year-old Johnson City man said on Monday as he bought a ticket for tonight's historic $355 million Mega Millions drawing. Still, across the Greater Binghamton region, players such as Millard lined up Monday at convenience stores and newsstands for a chance to win the largest pot in New York Lottery history, even though they acknowledged their odds were as long as Binghamton being named the sunshine capital o
Mar 6, 2007, 7:54 am - Lottery News

$355 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot increased
Historic drawing to be held in Times Square, New York City The estimated jackpot of the March 6, 2007 Mega Millions drawing was raised from $340 million to $355 million on Monday because of heavier than expected sales in all Mega Millions states. New York City's Times Square will provide the setting for the historic Mega Millions lottery drawing on Tuesday night. The massive $355 million estimated jackpot for Tuesday's drawing is the largest in the game's history. Lottery officials i
Mar 5, 2007, 1:32 pm - Lottery News

$340 MILLION: Biggest Mega Millions lottery jackpot ever
The $340 million jackpot for Tuesday's Mega Millions lottery drawing will be the largest since The Big Game became Mega Millions in May of 2002. If The Big Game's jackpots are included, the Tuesday Mega Millions jackpot is the second-largest ever to The Big Game's record of $363 Million, set in May of 2000. The only other lottery jackpots that are comparable to Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot are Powerball's $340 million jackpot on October 19, 2005 and the $365 million jackpot on February
Mar 3, 2007, 10:37 am - Lottery News

Georgia Lottery sales hit record $1.56 billion
The Georgia Lottery Corp., which finances the HOPE Scholarship program, Thursday announced record sales for the first half of fiscal year 2007. Lottery President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco said the six-month numbers were $28.4 million ahead of the same period last year, which was a record at the time. The fiscal year began July 1. Sales for the first half of fiscal year 2007 totaled $1.56 billion, with $400 million going to education more than $4.1 million ahead of last year. The rest
Jan 19, 2007, 1:21 pm - Lottery News

N.J. Lottery breaks weekly sales record
The New Jersey Lottery today announced that it had a record-breaking week for instant-ticket sales at the end of 2006. Lottery officials said $28,563,561 worth of 'scratch-off' tickets were sold from December 21-27. The previous record for one week of sales was $26.9 million December 22 thorugh 28, 2005. Total lottery sales for fiscal 2006 was also a record $2.4 billion.
Jan 5, 2007, 3:55 pm - Lottery News

Male nurse wins record German lottery jackpot
The biggest jackpot in the history of Germany's national lottery went to a male nurse. A 41-year-old male hospital nurse who is the father of three children, organizers said Tuesday, three days after the winning number was drawn. The man had phoned the West Lotto company from the hospital in the western Westphalia region during the morning, but asked that his name not be published. In the city of Muenster, West Lotto spokesman Elmar Bamfaste said the winner of the 37.7 million euro (US$47
Oct 12, 2006, 4:24 pm - Lottery News

Texas Lottery hits new sales record
Scratch-offs are biggest chunk of $3.77 billion, as Lotto Texas' popularity drops Officials with the Texas Lottery Commission took a gamble on scratch-off games a few years ago and, according to the latest figures, the bet's paid off: The agency's overall ticket sales rose to $3.77 billion in fiscal 2006, the highest total in the agency's history, with most of the increase coming from the games that provide immediate gratification. The big growth is in the scratch-offs, said Robert Heith
Sep 27, 2006, 11:37 am - Lottery News