Mass. Lottery ends some scratch ticket games before grand prizes paid out
Includes video report
It's an enticing gamble: a few bucks for a chance to win $1 million, $4 million, or more. But all of those big, bright prize amounts we see stamped on scratch tickets won't necessarily be given away.
Lottery players at Kiki's Kwik Mart in Brighton, Massachusetts, did not receive this news well. It's not really fair is it, replied one frequent player. And another told us it's a little unfair they can pull the million and not put it back into the game that people have s ...
Nov 29, 2017, 9:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery terminal that sold biggest winning ticket to go on tour
By Todd Northrop
The Massachusetts Lottery terminal that sold the largest winning lottery ticket ever claimed by a single winner is now on display.
Lottery officials are housing the now-famous terminal at the agency's Braintree headquarters.
In August, a $758.7 million Powerball jackpot the second-largest lottery jackpot in world history was won by a single lottery ticket sold in the state of Massachusetts.
The next morning, Mavis Wanczyk, who purchased the ticket at Pride Station in ...
Nov 1, 2017, 8:34 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner guilty of attempted shoplifting
A Tewksbury, Massachusetts, woman was found guilty Wednesday of attempting to steal $80 worth of lipstick from a Kohl's department store two months after winning $1 million on a scratch ticket.
Judge Robert Stephen ordered Yokatia Rodriguez, 40, to pay a $2,000 fine and serve 30 days in Rockingham County Jail if she is not on good behavior for the next year. Half of the fine and all of the jail sentence will be dismissed if she doesn't get arrested again, he explained.
According to court d ...
Oct 12, 2017, 10:34 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery retailers fight online sales bill
The Massachusetts Lottery says it could stop being successful unless a bill allowing online ticket sales becomes law, while retailers say their future success hinges on the bill not becoming law. Now the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection will weigh the benefits and drawbacks of an online lottery.
The Lottery is seeking authority from the Legislature to offer its current products scratch tickets, draw games, Keno and more to customers over the Internet, arguing that the Lottery's survival ...
Sep 20, 2017, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
Scammers using social media accounts claiming to be lottery winner Mavis Wanczyk
Police are again warning people about multiple fake social media accounts created by scammers pretending to be the city's Powerball winner.
Don't fall for this scam. Don't give personal information, Michael Wilk, Chicopee Police public information officer, posted on the department's social media accounts.
In a brief search Wilk said he found more than 30 fake Instagram accounts as well as a handful of Twitter accounts and Facebook accounts. Nearly all of the accounts are using some versio ...
Aug 31, 2017, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts woman wastes no time claiming $758.7 million Powerball lottery jackpot
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
Some lottery winners spend months hiring financial experts and planning how to best claim their lottery jackpot, but not so with the winner of the largest lottery jackpot ever claimed by a single ticket.
Upon learning that she held the winning ticket, 53-year-old Mavis Wanczyk just walked into Massachusetts Lottery headquarters the morning after the drawing and handed over the ticket for validation of her prize. Her half-billion-dollar lump-sum cas ...
Aug 24, 2017, 2:21 pm - Lottery News forum
One Massachusetts lottery ticket wins $758.7 million Powerball jackpot
Largest lottery jackpot ever awarded to a single winner
By Todd Northrop
A single winning Powerball lottery ticket matching all six numbers was sold in Massachusetts and will claim a $758.7 million jackpot the largest ever awarded to a single winning ticket.
If the winner chooses the lump-sum cash value, they will receive a one-time cash payment of $480.5 million. That's nearly a half-billion dollars in cash, minus taxes of course.
The Jackpot Analysis page at USA Mega shows the init ...
Aug 24, 2017, 1:09 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts has more repeat lottery winners than any other state
Over the last six years, four members of the Jaafar family of Watertown have cashed in more than 7,000 winning lottery tickets and collected a cool $11 million.
Statistics suggest it's nearly impossible to win the lottery that frequently. But Massachusetts has more repeat lottery winners than any other state, people who redeem so many winning tickets that they raise questions about the integrity and oversight of the $5 billion state lottery, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of nearly ...
Aug 3, 2017, 7:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery reports record profits of $1 billion
Although lottery sales in Massachusetts dipped 2.7 percent to $5.093 billion, the amount of money flowing to the state's cities and towns reached record heights, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission.
Net profit, which is distributed to the state's cities and towns, was up 4.6 percent to $1.035 billion the commission's first net profit over $1 billion in its 45-year history.
This is a proud moment for the Lottery, said state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. During uncertain t ...
Aug 1, 2017, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery battling to stay viable against online gambling
As a Massachusetts commission looking into online gaming and online gambling presses ahead in its study of ways to regulate and possibly make money from the developing industries, the state's lottery is concerned that it could be left behind.
The Lottery is seeking authority from the Legislature to offer its current products scratch tickets, draw games, Keno and more to customers over the Internet, arguing that its survival and the hundreds of millions of dollars it returns as local aid are o ...
Mar 29, 2017, 10:09 am - Lottery News forum