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New York Lottery first in U.S. to crack the $10 billion mark in sales
The New York Lottery had a pretty good year. The state's traditional lottery and video lottery gaming operations became the first in the nation to top the $10 billion mark in combined sales and net win, which is the earnings after winners are paid. The New York Lottery, the largest and most profitable in the country, recorded $8.2 billion in sales for the state fiscal year that ended March 31, 2019, the New York Gaming Commission announced in a news release this week. That includes sales f
May 15, 2019, 7:54 am - Lottery News

Irish family celebrate after record €175 million lottery win
A family from a village outside Dublin, Ireland, has claimed a 175 million (US$198.7 million) EuroMillions jackpot after stashing the winning ticket in an Argos catalog under a mattress. The family spent the day digesting and celebrating the news that it had won Ireland's biggest-ever jackpot. This is unbelievable. It will take us some time to get our heads around this win and to organise ourselves, said a spokesperson for the family, which has not been named. We are a very close fami
Feb 21, 2019, 8:24 am - Lottery News

Mom wins largest individual Powerball in Australian lottery history
A mom from Sydney won Australia's biggest individual prize in history on Thursday, cashing out with more than AU$107 million (US$76.7 million). The Lott, Australia's official lotteries website, said in a statement that the 40-something winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, wasn't sure what was going on when officials called to tell her the big news. In fact, the winner initially thought she had won $107,000. Oh my god, $107,000! That's amazing! Then came the news that her winning we
Jan 19, 2019, 11:36 am - Lottery News

Texas Lottery generated more than $100 million in one week from scratch-off ticket sales
The Texas Lottery has, for the first time in its history, sold more than $100 million in scratch ticket sales in just one week. From Dec. 23, 2018 to Dec. 29, 2018, scratch ticket sales totaled $100,776,586, shattering the old record of $99,679,358 achieved in March of 2018. This is a very special time for the Texas Lottery as we continue to experience unprecedented growth and we are especially thrilled to celebrate this tremendous record week of scratch ticket sales, said Gary Grief, execut
Jan 7, 2019, 8:51 am - Lottery News

Kentucky Lottery reports highest monthly sales in state history
The near-world record Mega Millions jackpot run in tandem with a Powerball jackpot run that rose to more than $680 million led to the most successful sales month in the nearly 30-year history of the Kentucky Lottery. Overall sales for the month were $115.5 million, which is $33.2 million (or 40.3%) more than budgeted. This shatters the previous record sales month from January 2016, when a world-record Powerball jackpot of $1.6 billion led to sales of $105.1 million. This in turn led to $34
Nov 12, 2018, 9:13 am - Lottery News

$1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot won by 1 ticket sold in South Carolina
The first lottery billionaire By Todd Northrop What was billed as the largest lottery jackpot the world has ever seen has been won Tuesday night by a single lottery ticket sold in South Carolina. It turns out the final number was just a bit shy of the record: $1.537 billion. The public has been electrified this week by the meteoric Mega Millions lottery jackpot, first hitting $1 billion Friday, and then rising to $1.6 billion for Tuesday night's historic drawing. The winner of the
Oct 24, 2018, 7:44 am - Lottery News

Mega Millions sets world record with $1.6 billion lottery jackpot for Tuesday drawing
Jackpot surpasses previous mark held by January 2016 Powerball drawing It's anybody's guess how high it will get By Todd Northrop A Mega Millions jackpot roll that had already made history has now reached a new world record for the biggest lottery jackpot ever. After lottery officials worked into the early hours of the morning processing the hundreds of millions of lottery tickets sold for the Friday drawing, it was determined that there was no jackpot winner, propelling the new Mega
Oct 20, 2018, 6:57 am - Lottery News

Russian retiree wins country's biggest lottery jackpot ever
By Todd Northrop Russia's state-run lottery company Stoloto says a retiree has won more than half a billion rubles (US$8.5 million), the country's largest-ever jackpot. Natalia Vlassova, a 63-year-old retiree from the region of Voronezh, claimed the record jackpot worth 506,000,000 rubles along with her daughter Catherine this week at lottery headquarters. Natalia bought her ticket from a local post office but waited a week to check the numbers, thinking it was a losing ticket. When
Nov 20, 2017, 8:40 am - Lottery News

South Dakota woman claims record Dakota Cash lottery jackpot
Lynda Blesi's patience was a virtue as her years of buying Dakota Cash lottery tickets paid off in a big way. Blesi is now the Dakota Cash game's top winner after claiming her $614,181 jackpot Tuesday. The $614,181 prize is the largest in the game's history since its launch in 1994. Blesi, who is retired and lives in Sioux Falls with her husband, Pete, followed her usual routine to win the record-breaking jackpot. She purchased the ticket at the Hy-Vee Gas on Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls w
Sep 20, 2017, 8:23 am - Lottery News

Mass. Lottery reports record profits of $1 billion
Although lottery sales in Massachusetts dipped 2.7 percent to $5.093 billion, the amount of money flowing to the state's cities and towns reached record heights, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission. Net profit, which is distributed to the state's cities and towns, was up 4.6 percent to $1.035 billion the commission's first net profit over $1 billion in its 45-year history. This is a proud moment for the Lottery, said state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. During uncertain t
Aug 1, 2017, 8:09 am - Lottery News