Idaho Lottery-winner secrecy bill headed to House floor
A proposal to provide more confidentiality for lottery winners got pushback Wednesday from the Idaho State Lottery Commission, but was ultimately approved by a legislative panel.
This idea came to me from one of my constituents: an elderly lady who was a lottery winner but was quickly harassed by phone calls and people showing up at her door, trying to separate her from her winnings, said Rep. Lynn Luker (R-Boise). If we approve this, Idaho would join six other states that offer some form of ...
Feb 15, 2017, 6:29 pm - Lottery News forum
$83M Mega Millions jackpot claimed in Georgia
Winners' identities cloaked by legal entity
By Todd Northrop
It took some time, but the winners of an $83 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot have stepped up and claimed their prize using a legal framework to avoid revealing their identities.
In November, the Mega Millions lottery announced that a winning ticket had been bought from Georgia. To be exact, the ticket was purchased from the White Water Chevron at 334 Cobb Parkway in Marietta.
Two months later, the winners have come fo ...
Jan 24, 2017, 7:22 pm - Lottery News forum
$49M Texas Mega Millions jackpot claimed by trust
By Todd Northrop
The $49 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot won in Texas this past October was claimed this week by a trust, effectively keeping the real winner anonymous.
The trust is humorously titled, It Will Buy Me a Boat Revocable Trust Dated November 16, 2016 . Garon R. Horton, an attorney from the Horton Law Firm in Rockwall, is the Trustee.
The winning Mega Millions numbers drawn on Oct. 11, 2016, were 36, 39, 42, 45, and 48, with Mega Ball number 3.
The claimant selected ...
Nov 18, 2016, 3:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois couple claim $134 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot
By Todd Northrop
The lottery has made our dreams come true!
That's what the Illinois winner and his wife exclaimed Tuesday when they claimed a $134 million jackpot from the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game.
The winning couple, who claimed the prize in the name of the Elaine Francis Trust, beat the 1-in-259 million odds with a Quick Pick ticket in the Friday, September 16 Mega Millions drawing.
The winning numbers drawn that evening were 13, 21, 28, 34, and 40, with Mega Ball ...
Oct 25, 2016, 1:46 pm - Lottery News forum
S.C. woman claims biggest Pick 4 payout in state's history
A Florence, South Carolina, woman cashed in on the largest Pick 4 payout to a single person in S.C. lottery history.
According to lottery officials, the winning tickets were worth a combined $304,000.
The winning combination was her mom's birth date, 1-1-4-3, drawn the evening of September 17.
She played those numbers 30 times. Ten times she played her numbers straight, betting $5 each time to win $250,000. Twenty times she played her numbers straight/box, betting $1 each time to win $5 ...
Sep 23, 2016, 8:07 pm - Lottery News forum
NH family claims $487 million Powerball jackpot, wants 'to do great things'
Lawyers for a New Hampshire family claimed a $487 million Powerball jackpot on their behalf Monday, saying the winners wished to remain anonymous but would do great things with their newfound wealth.
Attorneys for the family's new trust claimed the prize at a news conference after weeks of suspense about the identity of the winner of the nation's eighth-largest lottery jackpot. The winning ticket for the July 30 drawing was sold at a Hannaford supermarket in Raymond, a town of about 10,000 re ...
Sep 12, 2016, 3:22 pm - Lottery News forum
WV Lottery officials oppose jackpot anonymity bill
The times of the big lottery check presentations may soon come to an end in West Virginia.
Winners of big jackpots would no longer have to make required public appearances to claim those prizes if a bill that's moving at the State Capitol becomes law.
The West Virginia Lottery is opposing the bill because of what John Myers, acting director of the Lottery, called an expectation of transparency among players.
They want to know that, when we tell them that there's a grand prize winner, t ...
Mar 2, 2016, 9:46 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery officials say identifying winners a must
States wrestle with winners' privacy vs. integrity of games
In the California lottery handbook for winners, officials offer a few suggestions to newly minted millionaires. Change your number. Stop answering your phone. And find a reputable financial adviser.
That's because along with the money comes 15 minutes of fame as the names of winners are required to be made public in California and many other states.
All eyes are on the Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills, where one of three ticke ...
Jan 19, 2016, 12:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery veterans question Tennessee family's behavior before claiming Powerball winnings
California and Florida winners should learn from mistakes made by Tennessee winners
Godspeed, John and Lisa Robinson of Munford, Tenn.
The 50-somethings may have been Average Joes a day ago, but not after Friday morning when they revealed themselves on national television as big time winners in this week's record-breaking lottery.
The Robinsons' decision to fly to New York City to appear on NBC's Today show several hours before claiming their stake in the Powerball jackpot left some lo ...
Jan 16, 2016, 2:58 pm - Lottery News forum
$50 million Lotto Max winners finally revealed after 2-year fight to remain anonymous
The winners of the $50 million Canada Lotto Max ticket, sold in Langley, British Columbia, in March, 2014, say they will be continuing with their lives, like normal.
Friedrich Mayrhofer, 67, his wife, Annand, and his son, Eric, have been named as the claimants of the prize only the second $50 million jackpot in B.C. history.
The family tried to stay anonymous and claim the prize, but that's against British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) rules.
The winning ticket was presented to of ...
Dec 18, 2015, 6:24 pm - Lottery News forum