Maine moves to disqualify lottery winners from receiving food stamps
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday announced a new rule to ban food stamps for major lottery and gambling winners.
The new rule allows for the immediate termination of benefits when a welfare recipient collects winnings of $5,000 or more in one calendar month, the department announced in a press release. The prize will continue to count as an asset that could disqualify a person from welfare under the asset limits recently adopted by the LePage administration.
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Oct 25, 2016, 10:08 am - Lottery News forum
Couple finds winning lottery ticket, tracks down rightful owner
Doing the right thing can pay off in more ways that you can imagine. One man in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, says he is living proof of that.
That man and his wife found a winning lottery ticket in Saint Clair and returned it to its rightful owner. Then, in a way, the man hit the jackpot.
After the couple found the winning ticket in April, they went through a long process to track the rightful owner down and return it.
But since returning it, they have been quite the lucky couple. T ...
Oct 10, 2016, 9:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Some NC lottery players win so often, their good fortune defies logic
The North Carolina lottery wants you to believe we all have the same chance to win.
But some players are winning so often, and so big, that their good fortune defies logic.
Almost certainly, experts say, some are more than lucky. They are likely gaming the system. And the losers are the state's taxpayers, single parents and those who play by the rules.
An investigation found players who beat staggering odds so consistently that statisticians said chances of being that lucky were less th ...
Oct 1, 2016, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum
How NC lottery ticket swappers avoid taxes, scrutiny
Reselling winning lottery tickets known as ticket discounting can be profitable for both parties.
Buyers claim prizes and sellers go undetected by the government. Some sellers owe back taxes or child support, money automatically withheld from lottery winnings. Others may simply want to remain anonymous.
Here's a look at how the practice works:
In Florida, a man told investigators that he teamed up with several retailers who bought tickets from customers. He cashed the tickets, clearing ...
Oct 1, 2016, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
These poker-playing robots can bluff better than humans
When it comes to understanding intelligence, the greatest challenge out there is not a Rubik's Cube, or chess, or even Go. These games are difficult in the sense that there are often many options, but they are still transparent: nothing is hidden; every bit of information is in front of you. The main obstacle is converting this perfect information into a strategy. There is a fixed set of rules out there, and if a computer can find them, it will achieve the optimal result in every game.
When G ...
Oct 1, 2016, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
How a retired NC potter won the lottery 111 times
One of the most prolific winners in North Carolina lottery history wants you to know two things: he doesn't cheat and he understands the games better than anyone.
Through late last year, no one had more big wins than retired potter Phil Morgan, who won 111 times and collected more than $500,000, an Observer data analysis found.
But that record comes with an asterisk. Most wins were for the Pick 4 game. If you play the same number combination multiple times on one drawing, and it hits, each ...
Sep 29, 2016, 5:02 pm - Lottery News forum
New survey destroys myth that poor Americans buy most lottery tickets
Half of all Americans play the lottery
New Gallup survey results have again debunked the popular myth created by anti-lottery crusaders that low-income Americans buy a disproportionate number of lottery tickets.
Roughly half of Americans say they have bought a state lottery ticket within the last year, similar to the figures recorded in 2003 and 2007, but down considerably from the 57% who said they played the state lottery in 1996 and 1999. This trend has occurred even as the number of st ...
Jul 25, 2016, 2:07 pm - Lottery News forum
New logo for Iowa Lottery
The Iowa Lottery unveiled a new logo Monday to celebrate more than 40 years in business.
The Iowa Lottery introduced its fourth logo, which will maintain the shooting star that has been central to the lottery's identity since it began in 1985.
You might know the current Iowa Lottery logo as a circular symbol made up of red, yellow and orange. The new look will illustrate a streamlined look using white and blue.
This new look for the lottery has a punch to it, said Iowa Lottery CEO Terr ...
Jun 21, 2016, 12:56 pm - Lottery News forum
Would you quit your job if you won the lottery? Many say no
Up to 80% of people would keep working after a big win
Even a seven-figure payday wouldn't keep many Americans from showing up to work.
Anywhere from half to 80% of workers in America say that they'd keep working even if they won the lottery, according to a survey of 1,000 adults released Tuesday by cloud computing company Adobe Systems Inc., as well as surveys from both Gallup (2013) and CareerBuilder (2014).
These high percentages of people who plan to keep working have remained relat ...
May 24, 2016, 6:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Millions in prize money never claimed by NJ lottery players
While the New Jersey Lottery pays out well over $1.8 billion in prize money each year, players lose out on tens of millions more when they fail to claim their winnings.
In just the past eight years, about $317.7 million in payouts have been forfeited by players who fail to cash in their ticket within a year as lottery rules require.
While lottery players are more diligent in some years than others, there's been at least $33.9 million forfeited every year since 2008.
Winners have a year ...
May 23, 2016, 9:14 am - Lottery News forum