Maine lottery sales drop during coronavirus pandemic
Fewer people are going outside because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, which is impacting the number of lottery tickets people are buying.
Maine lottery sales are down more than $1 million since January.
It's not terribly surprising, said the director of communications for the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Kyle Hadyniak
The Maine State Lottery has never seen a decline like this.
We recognize that there are a list of factors in play that would prev ...
Apr 17, 2020, 11:53 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery millionaire still lives in a trailer in Maine
It's not an extravagant life, certainly, but it makes him happy.
So when he recently won big playing the Maine State Lottery not just once, but twice, for a total of $1.1 million within a single four-month period he didn't see much sense in changing things up, even after the money started rolling in.
The rolls of lottery winners might be filled with tales of lives altered following sudden riches, but Bobby Stuart's has remained exceedingly constant.
Ain't nothing really different, he s ...
Sep 27, 2019, 8:44 am - Lottery News forum
Maine man wins 2nd large lottery prize in as many years
Peter Alley is a little overwhelmed after winning $500,000 in the Maine State Lottery last month, his second large lottery payout in less than two years.
The Bar Harbor resident received a check for $355,000 after taxes were withheld, Maine State Lottery spokeswoman Angie Helton said.
Alley purchased the winning ticket, for the $20 instant scratch-off game $500,000 Payout, at a Portland convenience store.
The odds of winning the maximum award of $500,000 are 137,143 to 1, according to t ...
Jul 15, 2019, 12:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner hands out winning tickets at favorite restaurant
A Maine man who won the lottery twice in recent months shared his winnings with employees and diners of a local restaurant he patronized nearly daily for more than a decade.
Hal, who asked that his last name not be used, won a $2 million jackpot from the Maine lottery in April in a drawing among people who submitted their losing tickets.
I was there in the audience with my son and my daughter, said Hal, a widowed father of five from central Maine. I said, 'Lord if you want me to win this ...
Aug 3, 2017, 6:40 am - Lottery News forum
Maine loses Powerball, Mega Millions during state closure
After Saturday night, Maine residents will not be able to purchase some multi-state lottery games, such as Powerball and Mega Millions, until the state shutdown ends, state officials announced Saturday.
At convenience stores in Portland on Saturday, a bright red screen flashed with Breaking News near cash registers, letting customers know that they had until 9:30 p.m. to purchase Hot Lotto tickets and 9:50 p.m. to buy Powerball tickets. Mega Millions and Lucky for Life stopped being sold on F ...
Jul 2, 2017, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
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.
A l ...
Oct 25, 2016, 10:08 am - Lottery News forum
Maine gives names of Hot Lotto winners to Iowa team looking into rigging scheme
The names of Mainers who won cash prizes in the Hot Lotto game between 2010 and 2014 have been forwarded to Iowa officials investigating a burgeoning jackpot fixing case that may have affected winnings in at least five states.
Officials with the Maine State Lottery said Hot Lotto winners and prize amounts were shared with the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations. To date, investigators have not discovered any link between Maine Hot Lotto winners and Eddie Tipton, a former security offic ...
Dec 23, 2015, 2:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Some on welfare bet big on Maine lottery in pursuit of life-changing win
Murky state rules mean those who do collect larger prizes may not even lose their public benefits
Maine residents on public assistance have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on lottery tickets, according to an estimate based on the $22.4 million in large prizes they collected between 2010 and 2014, including eight jackpots worth at least $500,000 each.
Yet state rules are so murky that the winnings do not necessarily disqualify anyone from continuing to receive food stamps and other be ...
Dec 16, 2015, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
Maine Lottery won't be adding Keno
Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Tuesday that his administration is backing off its plan to expand the Maine State Lottery to include the gambling game Keno at as many as 300 locations.
In remarks to reporters during a maple syrup season ceremony at the Blaine House, LePage said he personally doesn't like gambling and supported the Keno proposal only because he thought Democrats wanted the lottery expansion.
If they don't want it, then we'll kill it, he said. In fact, I told them to go kill it ...
Mar 11, 2015, 10:14 am - Lottery News forum
Couple wins $3M jackpot 27 years after wife's numbers last came up
He's finally forgiven, because last time he forgot to buy tickets
In February 1986, Robert and Jeanne Gagnon had the winning Megabucks lottery numbers for the weekly drawing.
Not that it mattered.
I had all the numbers, Jeanne Gagnon said Wednesday. But my husband forgot to pick up a ticket that day.
And I've been hearing about it ever since, her husband, Robert Gagnon, said, shaking his head.
Now it appears all is forgiven. Two weeks ago, the retired couple learned they held t ...
Mar 7, 2014, 8:56 am - Lottery News forum