$699.8 million Powerball lottery jackpot won by single ticket sold in California
By Todd Northrop
One Powerball lottery ticket sold in California won the seventh-largest lottery prize in U.S. history on Monday night.
The lucky numbers for the $699.8 million jackpot were 12, 22, 54, 66, and 69, with Powerball number 15. The Power Play multiplier was 2. The top prize was adjusted upwards from the initial estimate of $685 million after all proceeds were counted Monday night.
The lump sum payout for the single winning ticket is a jaw-dropping $496 million.
The winnin ...
Oct 5, 2021, 6:21 am - Lottery News forum
Wait times for lottery prize payouts doubled in California
Lottery anticipates return to normal claims operations later this year
By Kate Northrop
Lottery players are continuing to win big in California but are having to wait twice the amount of time it normally takes to receive their check, with some waiting more than three months.
Since late June, lottery prize payouts have slowed to a crawl in California as the Lottery adjusts its operations during the ongoing pandemic.
Normally, the processing time for claims is four to six weeks, ...
Aug 12, 2021, 12:31 pm - Lottery News forum
California woman destroys $26 million lottery ticket in the laundry
Clean clothes but a multi-million dollar mistake
By Kate Northrop
An unnamed woman who bought a California Lottery SuperLotto Plus ticket worth a whopping $26 million almost six months ago admitted that she accidentally laundered it immediately after buying it and stuffing it in her pocket.
The woman purchased the ticket at the ARCO am/pm convenience store on East Imperial Highway in Norwalk for a SuperLotto Plus drawing that took place on Nov. 14, 2020 before entirely ruining her chanc ...
May 17, 2021, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Calif. man who spent $60K on lottery tickets wins $6 million jackpot
Dedicated player finally gets a return on his investment after 30 years
By Kate Northrop
A California resident's persistence has finally paid off, and it only took 30 years of commitment and dedication. The devoted player's tenacity landed him a $6 million jackpot after he had collectively spent around $60,000 on lottery tickets.
Like any fan of the lottery, Jerry Murray of Newcastle has always dreamed of winning a huge prize. After spending about $60,000 on lottery tickets in the past ...
Oct 13, 2020, 3:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Former NBA player credits homeless man's good will for $300,000 lottery prize
Basketball star says homeless man predicted his lucky win
By Kate Northrop
On May 12, Gilbert Arenas rushed out of the house to play his lucky numbers at his favorite gas station before it closed for the day. Along the way, a mix of good will, misfortune and luck brought him a Mega Millions 2nd prize of $309,694.
Arenas recounted his good fortune in an Instagram post.
Soon after leaving his home, Arenas realized his car did not have enough gas to get him to the station. He also forgo ...
May 19, 2020, 1:12 pm - Lottery News forum
California lottery closes office after Sacramento employee tests positive for coronavirus
The California Lottery has closed its Sacramento office to employees after one of them tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a staff email the lottery sent on Friday night.
The email said an employee of the district was tested earlier this month and received a positive test result for COVID-19 on Friday.
The employee has not been to the Sacramento district office since the first week of March, according to the email.
The Lottery closed all nine of its district offices to the ...
Mar 29, 2020, 7:45 pm - Lottery News forum
California lottery shorted schools by $36 million, auditor says
The California lottery skimped on giving $36 million in revenue to fund public education and spent $720,000 on food and travel expenses without considering cheaper options, the state auditor said in a report made public Tuesday.
Sales from scratch and lotto tickets have funded public schools and colleges in California since 1985. But the lottery should have accounted for an increase in profits during the fiscal year that ended in June 2018 by turning over an additional $36 million to finance ...
Feb 27, 2020, 4:35 am - Lottery News forum
California man pleads guilty to Latina grandmothers lottery scam
A Los Angeles man pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge for targeting Latina grandmothers in Long Beach and throughout Southern California in a scam involving a fake winning lottery ticket.
Tito Lozada, 50, faces sentencing May 11 on a single count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
Two of three additional defendants previously pleaded guilty to the same charge and are awaiting sentencing in Los Angeles federal court.
Feb 25, 2020, 1:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Thief yanks entire lottery ticket displays from two California businesses
Includes video report
A lightning quick lottery ticket thief tried his luck twice, yanking California Lottery Scratchers display cases from counters in bold heists that were caught on camera at two San Gabriel Valley businesses.
The crimes were reported Jan. 22 at Smoke Rings 4 and Daily Donut in San Dimas. Store security video shows the man, dressed in athletic wear, grab the Scratchers displays in a bear hug before sprinting away, leaving a flurry of lottery tickets in his wake.
Feb 20, 2020, 11:31 am - Lottery News forum
California Lottery under fire for giving away $212,500 in Scratchers on 'Ellen'
Comedian Ellen DeGeneres drew wild cheers from the studio audience of her television talk show in December when she announced each person in attendance would receive a $500 bundle of Scratchers tickets from the California State Lottery.
Lottery officials saw it as a publicity boon, but a whistleblower complaint filed by some lottery employees argues the agency's giveaway of the tickets which have a combined face value of $212,500 should be investigated as a misuse of funds, according to docum ...
Feb 6, 2020, 5:32 pm - Lottery News forum