One million dollars in a time of need for New Jersey couple
A New Jersey couple won a $1 million lottery prize just when they needed it most.
Jackie and Rande from Long Branch are the winners of the March 31st Mega Millions $1,000,000 second-tier prize. The couple, who have been married for nearly 17 years, have faced some difficult challenges over the years. The worst of which was when their daughter lost her battle with Lupus, leaving them with three young grandchildren to raise.
Their luck finally turned around on Friday, March 31st when their M ...
Jul 12, 2017, 9:25 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois lost $4 million by halting Powerball, Mega Millions sales
llinois lost nearly $4 million by shutting down Powerball and Mega Millions ticket sales because of the state budget impasse, a lottery official said Friday.
Lottery chief of staff Jayme Odom said the state lost about $2.4 million in revenue from Powerball and $1.5 million from Mega Millions during the ticket-sales hiatus. She said it's unclear whether sales have recovered since they were reintroduced Thursday night.
Late last month, the lottery announced it would halt sales of Powerball a ...
Jul 10, 2017, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery resumes selling Mega Millions, Powerball tickets
By Todd Northrop
The Illinois Lottery has resumed sales of Mega Millions and Powerball tickets now that the state's budget stalemate has concluded, lottery officials said.
The state stopped sales late last month of the popular Powerball and Mega Millions games due to its inability to contribute to the prize pool without a budget in place.
Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith announced Thursday night that sales have resumed.
The Illinois Lottery is pleased to announce that sal ...
Jul 7, 2017, 10:42 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
Illinois Lottery to again delay large payouts due to budget woes
Powerball and Mega Millions going bye-bye too
Illinois Lottery players should prepare for a bit of deja vu with a twist if Illinois leaders don't pass a budget by Friday night.
Not only will the popular Powerball and Mega Millions tickets be off the shelf, but also any big winners of any of the other draw or instant games will have to wait to collect their cash.
The Illinois Lottery announced Tuesday that, without a budget or any special legislation, it won't be able to pay anyone winni ...
Jun 27, 2017, 7:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois lottery players may lose Powerball and Mega Millions at the end of June
Legislation's refusal to deliver balanced budget threatens to cut off popular multi-state games
The association that runs the popular Powerball lottery and Mega Millions games will drop Illinois at the end of June without a budget agreement.
Concern over the state of Illinois' fiscal condition prompted that decision by the Multi-State Lottery Association, according to internal Illinois Lottery communications.
Illinois Lottery spokesman Jason Schaumburg on Thursday morning confirmed that ...
Jun 15, 2017, 3:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions lottery ticket worth $61 million sold in California
By Todd Northrop
The winning ticket for Friday night's Mega Millions drawing was sold in Laguna Hills, California.
The ticket matching all six winning numbers was purchased at a 7-Eleven located at 27001 Moulton Parkway, according to a news release Saturday from the California Lottery.
The winner, who has not yet come forward, will have the choice of taking the annual payments over 29 years, accumulating to $61 million, or taking a lump sum cash payout of $37.3 million.
The winning n ...
May 1, 2017, 8:58 am - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions lottery tickets double to $2 starting in October
Game matrix also changed to increase jackpots
Five years after Powerball lottery ticket prices were increased to $2, the multi-state Mega Millions game is following suit.
Mega Millions lottery tickets will increase from $1 to $2 later this year, and the odds of winning the jackpot will decrease, according to a measure adopted Monday by New York's lottery regulator.
The move is meant to boost headline-grabbing jackpots for the multi-state lottery game, which is offered in more than 40 st ...
Apr 25, 2017, 8:37 am - Lottery News forum
71-year-old Texas construction worker claims $177 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot
Ticket was purchased in Arkansas and is the state's largest-ever jackpot winner
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
A couple from Abernathy, Texas, Monday claimed a $177 million jackpot in Arkansas from the March 31 Mega Millions drawing.
Eliberto and Anita Cantu claimed the prize Monday during a press conference in Arkansas.
They chose to take the prize as a lump sum so the amount was $72,901,274. The State of Arkansas said it took $7,504,543 in taxes.
Their son, Rodrigo Ca ...
Apr 19, 2017, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum
California man claims $191M Mega Millions jackpot
A California man won $191 million dollars off a Mega Millions lottery ticket he bought in Primm, officials with California Lottery announced Friday.
Jack Freney bought the ticket at Primm Valley Lotto, a lottery retailer located at 31900 S. Las Vegas Blvd., which is a few feet west of the Nevada-California stateline and technically in California.
This will allow me to correct all the wrong that I have incurred in my lifetime, Freney told California Lottery officials.
The jackpot was dr ...
Feb 18, 2017, 10:47 am - Lottery News forum