Florida grandmother says state agency's mistake cost her lottery winnings
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Bobbi Segel said she can still remember the feeling she had scratching off the winning lottery ticket.
According to my children, I sounded like a teenager in high school squealing at her prom date, Segel said.
Segel said she was hoping to use $1,000 she won on an upcoming family trip she had already planned.
I thought, 'Woo hoo! Vacation! Party! Key West, Segel said. That was all that was going through my mind at the time of winning that lottery.
She also ...
Jul 9, 2019, 11:49 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Gov. vetoes bill to require warnings on lottery tickets
A bill that would have required warnings on all Florida Lottery tickets will not become a law.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed the bill Friday.
(See Florida lawmakers want to slap addiction warning notices on every lottery ticket, Lottery Post, May 2, 2019.)
In a memo that accompanied the veto, DeSantis explained that Florida Lottery revenue goes to public education and that an agency analysis showed the bill could lead to a minimum $79.4 million reduction in education funding.
Jun 28, 2019, 10:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery issues last-minute challenge to 'addictive' warning labels on tickets
The Florida Lottery wants another look at the potential impact on education funding from legislation that would require slapping gambling-addiction warning labels on the front of tickets and ads.
Gov. Ron DeSantis is getting closer to deciding whether to approve the bill (HB 629), which passed the House and Senate in early May.
An initial projection about the bill's impact on education funding was made in March. But, appearing this week before state economists, Florida Lottery Director of ...
Jun 13, 2019, 9:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery winner of $1M among suspects rounded up in major drug bust
Just days before Mother's Day in 2018, a pregnant woman in Volusia County went to Tallahassee to smile for the Florida Lottery cameras.
That woman, Karlee Harbst, had won $1 million in the $5,000,000 Gold Rush Doubler game.
She was on what gamblers call a roll she had won $100 in the same scratch-off game just a week before.
The wins capped a troubled past for the Florida woman who had already racked up a number of drug possession arrests, petit theft, contempt of court and driving with ...
May 20, 2019, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum
World Lottery Association president urges veto of warning labels
Florida's first lottery secretary called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto legislation placing warning labels on tickets.
Rebecca Paul Hargrove, now president of the World Lottery Association, said Florida could set an unfortunate precedent. Should the bill (HB 629) become law, it could hurt lottery-funded programs nationwide.
The instant scratch-off games have been around for over 45 years, and sales of these games continue to grow every year, Hargrove wrote in a letter to DeSantis, but more ...
May 20, 2019, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lawmakers want to slap addiction warning notices on every lottery ticket
Yet alcohol is warning-free?
Booze and beer don't carry similar cautions, but some Republican lawmakers want people playing the state lottery to be warned that the games may be addictive.
With the 2019 legislative session in its final days, the Senate is considering a proposal that would require all lottery tickets to include a warning, which also would be part of any advertisements for the state-sponsored games.
The bill would require the tickets and promotions to include the words: Wa ...
May 2, 2019, 8:53 am - Lottery News forum
Florida's biggest Powerball winner sues her own son after winnings squandered
Gloria C. Mackenzie became the largest sole lottery winner in U.S. history in mid-2013 when the then 84-year-old took home about $278 million after taxes on a $590 million Powerball ticket she bought at a Zephyrhills Publix supermarket.
Five years later she sued her son Scott Mackenzie, who was her caretaker and the one who had total control over millions of dollars in winnings, saying he and his investment manager each lived off the money while poorly investing the proceeds, according to her ...
Apr 11, 2019, 4:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery will go offline for systems upgrade on April 15
Florida Lottery officials say they don't anticipate problems as a multimillion-dollar upgrade of a vending system goes into place this month.
But rather than press their luck, players are urged to buy earlier than normal as the new system is expected to require the main office to go offline for several hours April 15.
The vast majority of the upgrade will occur overnight on the 15th, causing minimal inconvenience, lottery spokeswoman Keri Nucatola said. Still, we are encouraging our frequ ...
Apr 1, 2019, 4:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida man claims $15.5M Lotto jackpot
An Estero man is taking home millions in Florida Lotto winnings, according to the Florida Lottery.
Niranjan Patel, 41, claimed the $15.5 million jackpot from the drawing held Feb. 6 at the Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee, a press release states.
Patel chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $10,539,204.33, according to the release.
The jackpot-winning Florida Lotto Quick Pick ticket was purchased from a Publix at 2465 Glades Circle in Weston, Florid ...
Feb 19, 2019, 7:03 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lottery to roll out new game
By Todd Northrop
The Florida Lottery is launching a new draw game called Jackpot Triple Play with Combo next week.
The new game, which goes on sale Jan. 30, will replace Lucky Money, which ends Jan. 29.
Jackpot Triple Play is unique in that for $1 players get a triple chance to win the jackpot, as each ticket has three sets of numbers to match with the winning numbers drawn. In other states similar games are typically offered for $2 per play.
The game's jackpot rolls over and down to ...
Jan 23, 2019, 12:28 pm - Lottery News forum