Woman denied $43 million jackpot, offered steak dinner instead
It was a selfie she thought was worth nearly $43 million.
Katrina Bookman hit the jackpot on a slot machine in late August at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, Queens. She even took an excited self-portrait with the machine displaying her winnings: $42,949,672. It would have been the largest slot machine jackpot in US history.
I can't even describe the feeling. It's like my whole body just got numb, Bookman said.
But when she came back the next day to find out the exact size of her jack ...
Nov 3, 2016, 12:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Man buys wrong lottery ticket, wins $169 million
Her husband didn't listen and it paid off to the tune of $169 million.
Mega Millions winner Nancy Viola asked her husband, Vito Viola an NYPD sergeant to buy Powerball tickets from the 2520 Foodmart in the Willowbrook section of Staten Island on Jan. 8. She had the Powerball fever that was gripping the country.
Because the jackpot was $900 million, she said. It was big. It was all everybody was talking about. He didn't listen.
Instead, her husband used a leftover dollar to buy a Quick ...
Jul 1, 2016, 6:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan man wins $1 million on mistake lottery ticket
A simple mistake turned out to be very lucky for a Niles man who won a $1 million Mega Millions prize from the Michigan Lottery.
Richard Hopper Sr., 69, matched the five white balls drawn 18, 41, 50, 68, and 70 in Friday's drawing to win the $1 million prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Sunrise Sunset Party Store, located at 1009 Huntly Road in Niles.
When I stopped to buy my Mega Millions ticket, the clerk said he had accidentally printed an easy pick for another player who didn' ...
Jun 2, 2016, 3:03 pm - Lottery News forum
French lottery 'winner' went on huge spending spree only to realize she had wrong number
A Frenchwoman who went on a huge spending spree after winning the Euro Millions lottery was ordered to pay the huge tab back after belatedly discovering that she had got the wrong the number.
The 46-year-old, whose identity was not disclosed in the French media, believed she had won a massive jackpot. Within hours, and over the course of three weeks in February and March 2014, she issued a series of checks spending on perfumes, jewellery, clothes and ornaments to celebrate her good fortune.
Mar 9, 2016, 8:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Va. grocery store worker's lottery ticket mistake turns into $7 million grand prize
A Virginia grocery store employee's mistake during Powerball jackpot fever earlier this month ended up turning into a $7 million windfall.
Michael Donnelly was ringing up Powerball tickets for customers at the Harris Teeter store in Falls Church. But for one transaction, he accidentally punched the wrong button on the lottery terminal and printed a Cash4Life ticket that the customer didn't want.
Donnelly ended up buying the mistake ticket for the January 7th drawing and it turned out to be ...
Feb 1, 2016, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
NJ restaurant workers mistakenly think they hit Powerball
Includes video report
Workers at one New Jersey restaurant cried tears of joy and shouted one even quit his job after they matched winning Powerball numbers with a lottery ticket they'd purchased for an office pool.
Unfortunately for them, they didn't realize they had read off the wrong day's winning numbers.
Video from Grissini's Restaurant in Englewood Cliffs shows servers, cooks and bartenders celebrating after reading off Wednesday's winning numbers with one of the tickets they boug ...
Jan 13, 2016, 6:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Keno players cash in on lottery glitch in Delaware
The luck has run out for some lottery winners in Delaware after state officials realized that a glitch meant the exact same winning numbers were drawn for six Keno games.
Sam Patel, owner of the Convenient Store in Wilmington, Delaware, says last week's glitch with the Keno Lottery game had business booming. He didn't realize something was wrong until a customer hit it big.
She was screaming again, 'Oh my God, oh my God. The same numbers are coming out again. Well, at that point she got m ...
Dec 24, 2015, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. Lottery to honor two winning sets of Pick 3 numbers
The South Carolina Education Lottery says it will honor two sets of winning numbers for Friday night's Pick 3 drawing.
During the broadcast of the lottery drawing at 6:59 p.m. on December 18, the numbers 6-2-0 were announced, and those numbers were put up on the screen. However, a short time later, the lottery's independent auditor released the numbers as 9-2-0, and those results were put on the lottery's website and distributed to the public.
The lottery now says the 6-2-0 were incorrectl ...
Dec 22, 2015, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
Faulty $50 Wisonsin lottery ticket causing a flap
Celeste Davis is haunted by a scratch-off lottery ticket.
I played Joker's Wild, and now the joke is on me, she sighed.
The Milwaukee woman spent $5 on a ticket that appears to be a $50 winner. So we're not talking about a lot of money here.
But the ticket never paid out, despite extraordinary efforts by Wisconsin Lottery staff to validate it.
It's just a mystery. We tried to re-create her ticket so we could pay her, lottery communications director Stephanie Marquis said.
We be ...
Dec 4, 2015, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Mistake lottery ticket wins California man $380K
He was already known as a regular customer at the 7-Eleven on West Olive Avenue in Burbank, but now Pat Tucker is one happy customer after clerk Manjit Singh accidentally sold him a winning Powerball ticket last week worth $380,774.
Singh routinely sees Tucker while working at the 7-Eleven, where Tucker will typically purchase two Mega Millions tickets, twice per week.
But last week, Singh accidentally sold him a $2 Powerball ticket, and when he realized he hit the wrong button, Singh offe ...
Oct 30, 2015, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum