California winner of $447 million Powerball lottery jackpot claims prize
The winner of the 10th largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history has finally come forward to claim their prize, more than a month after winning the $447.8 million Powerball lottery jackpot.
The winner, Jeff Lindsay, did not wish to speak with the media after claiming his prize Wednesday and declined to take a winner's photo. However, California state law requires the name of jackpot winners to be released.
Lindsay did say he was excited to have won the prize, which he opted to take as a lump ...
Jul 20, 2017, 8:11 am - Lottery News forum
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
IT'S OFFICIAL: Tipton pleads guilty to rigging computerized lottery drawings
The cyber security expert and brainpower behind a lottery rigging scandal that netted $2 million in illegal winnings from five state lotteries pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of ongoing criminal conduct charge.
For the first time in an Iowa courtroom, Eddie Tipton admitted to playing a central role in the rigging scheme after more than two years of adamant denials in the face of mounting evidence against him.
Pursuant a plea agreement, Tipton, 54, now faces spending up to 25 yea ...
Jun 29, 2017, 10:52 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
Lottery jackpot rigger's Iowa convictions dismissed
Has little practical impact on case
The Iowa Supreme Court has dismissed the conviction of an Iowa man who just last week pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related with rigging lottery computers in order to win jackpots.
The court issued a ruling Friday dismissing Eddie Tipton's conviction for tampering with lottery equipment. The ruling said the statute of limitations on one of the counts against him had expired and improper instructions given on the other count could have influe ...
Jun 23, 2017, 11:36 am - Lottery News forum
The 5 lottery jackpots Tipton and his friends stole
Eddie Tipton, the now-infamous former security chief at the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), is accused of installing software on Random Number Generators that allowed him to predict winning combinations for drawings that occurred on three dates every non-leap year Nov. 23, Dec. 29 and May 27.
So far, Tipton and his associates have been linked to winning tickets in five states between 2005 and 2011. Here are the details:
Colorado, Nov. 23, 2005: Tipton's brother Tommy Tipton, a Tex ...
Jun 20, 2017, 8:01 am - 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