Jamaican lottery winner wears 'Scream' mask to hide identity
A lottery winner in Jamaica who seemingly wanted to remain anonymous chose quite the mask to conceal his face.
Dressed in a mask of Ghostface a character in the Scream movies with a signature white face and long, wide-opened mouth the winner, only identified as A. Campbell, collected his winnings of roughly $158,400,000 in Jamaican dollars, which equates to over $1,171,400 in U.S. currency.
Campbell, according to the Jamaica Star, became sick when he found out he won the Super Lotto in Nov ...
Feb 12, 2019, 1:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winners use wacky names to claim prizes
An older gentleman walked into Cincinnati attorney John Brinker's office a few years ago seeking some help.
He had won $656,000 through the Ohio Lottery's Rolling Cash 5 game and wanted to preserve his anonymity. Ohio allows trusts to claim lottery prizes so the identity of big winners can remain a secret.
The man needed a proper name for his trust.
Brinker looked the winner up and down and, on the spot, came up with the perfect name The Wish This Had Happened Sooner Trust.
The mon ...
Feb 6, 2019, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum
Bill to allow lottery winners to remain anonymous passes Virginia Senate
A bill that would allow lottery winners in Virginia to remain anonymous has cleared one hurdle toward becoming a law.
The bill passed in the Senate Friday morning, but still has to be approved by the House of Delegates. It passed with a 33-7 vote.
Sen. Lionell Spruill, Sr. (D-Chesapeake) helped introduced the bill, which would let winners submit a notice to the Virginia Lottery that they do not wish to have their name or personal information disclosed.
The bill would not, however, preve ...
Jan 20, 2019, 10:27 am - Lottery News forum
NY Gov Cuomo vetoes bill that would have allowed lottery jackpot winners to remain anonymous
A 500 million dollar jackpot can get you a lot of things, but anonymity isn't one of them.
Gov. Cuomo on Saturday announced he vetoed a bill that would have allowed lottery winners in New York to remain anonymous if they so desired.
Under state law, jackpot winners in most cases must agree to be identified publicly.
A bill passed earlier this year by the state Legislature would have prohibited the state Lottery from identifying any holder of a winning lottery ticket if that person provi ...
Dec 9, 2018, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum
California office pool claims $543 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot
By Todd Northrop
The California Lottery says last month's $543 million Mega Millions jackpot was won by 11 members of an office pool that played on a whim.
A Lottery statement Friday says Roland Reyes and the others showed up at its Hayward office on the east side of San Francisco Bay the day after the July 24 draw.
The members declined to say where they work, other than that it is in the financial industry and they plan to keep their jobs despite winning $47.5 million each.
It was ...
Aug 3, 2018, 2:59 pm - Lottery News forum
NY lottery winner plans to sue Gaming Commission to keep his $5M winnings a secret
An unemployed father from Norwood, New York, won $5 million from a lottery scratch off ticket he bought April 24 and he wants to keep the details of his windfall quiet.
But the New York State Lottery requires winners of $1 million and more to participate in a press conference where they receive a giant ceremonial check for their winnings. That obligation is written on the back of each ducat.
Now, the Bronx man plans to sue the state's Gaming Commission, arguing he should be allowed to rema ...
May 17, 2018, 6:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery winners increasingly opting to stay anonymous
Some people can't believe David Spillane's luck when it comes to the state lottery.
People come up to me and say congratulations. How come you win over and over? Spillane, a lawyer from Hanover, said in a recent interview.
Five times since Jan. 1, Spillane has gone to Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters in Braintree to claim a winning ticket. The total windfall to date is $6 million.
Each time, the state Lottery has distributed to the press and posted on its website the standard g ...
May 14, 2018, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Gov. signs bill allowing lottery winners to remain anonymous
By Todd Northrop
Georgia has joined a small but growing number of states that allow lottery winners to remain anonymous.
On Monday Georgia governor Nathan Deal signed a bill allowing lottery winners with prizes over $250,000 to keep their identity secret upon request.
Prior to this point, Georgia state law required disclosure of big lottery winners' names and hometown be disclosed if requested under the state's Open Records Act, but did not require them to take photographs with oversize ...
May 12, 2018, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Lawyer for trust claims $456.7 million Powerball lottery jackpot
A lawyer working for a trust claimed a $456.7 million Powerball ticket sold at a Pennsylvania convenience store, leaving state lottery officials with no details about the person or people who will get the money.
A lottery spokesman said Monday the agency had no information on whether the ticket sold at a Speedway in Manheim on March 17 was won by one person or will be split among multiple people.
The ticket was signed by the Emerald Legacy Trust and Blue Bell attorney Andrew Santana. Santa ...
Apr 30, 2018, 8:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner says she dreamed about Fantasy 5 jackpot win the night before
For a Michigan woman, her dreams really do come true.
The 56-year-old woman told lottery officials that her motivation to play Fantasy 5 on Apr. 8 came from a dream she had the night before where she won the jackpot.
I woke up Sunday morning after having a dream about winning a Fantasy 5 jackpot, said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. I got dressed, got in my car, and drove to my favorite store to buy a couple tickets.
After stopping at the Moravian Liquor Shoppe, located at ...
Apr 10, 2018, 8:39 pm - Lottery News forum