Players vent frustrations as New York Lottery claim centers struggle to keep up
Limited options mean longer wait times for New Yorkers
By Kate Northrop
Players in New York City, and New York in general, have very limited options for claiming winnings since the pandemic hit, but players are increasingly growing more frustrated as wait times pile up with little relief in sight.
With no open lottery service centers in New York City, players who want to claim winnings above $600 in-person have no choice but to travel upstate. Even then, the next available appointment c ...
Sep 12, 2020, 5:42 pm - Lottery News forum
New York Lottery joins Multi-State Lottery Association
The Board of Directors of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) has approved the New York Lottery's request for membership, with transitioning activities having started this week.
The Multi-State Lottery Association was built by jurisdictional lotteries working together, said May Scheve Reardon, MUSL Board President and Missouri Lottery Executive Director. We look forward to continuing that spirit of collaboration with the New York Lottery as we further our mission of helping member lot ...
Jul 3, 2019, 3:40 pm - Lottery News forum
New York lottery winner quits job to go riding with Bible-thumping bikers
He's heaven on wheels.
A Brooklyn, New York, superintendent won a $7 million lottery jackpot and promptly quit his job to take a cross-country motorcycle trip spreading the word of God, he said Friday.
Rafael Gomez, 65, and a group of Bible lovin' biker pals plan to head to Florida and Vegas on the bikes now that he never has to work again, he said.
The boss said, 'You're not gonna leave me right, Raf?' And I said, 'Boss, consider this my resignation,' said Gomez, who lives in Bushwick ...
Jun 15, 2019, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
New York Lottery first in U.S. to crack the $10 billion mark in sales
The New York Lottery had a pretty good year.
The state's traditional lottery and video lottery gaming operations became the first in the nation to top the $10 billion mark in combined sales and net win, which is the earnings after winners are paid.
The New York Lottery, the largest and most profitable in the country, recorded $8.2 billion in sales for the state fiscal year that ended March 31, 2019, the New York Gaming Commission announced in a news release this week. That includes sales f ...
May 15, 2019, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Sports betting at Yankee Stadium? It could happen under New York legislation
A sponsor of sports betting legislation in New York said the bill likely would allow for in-person wagering at places like Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden.
Assemblyman Gary Pretlow said Friday the legislation he announced this week is being tweaked and will have that provision unless he receives strong opposition.
That is one of the changes, that we would open it up to have affiliates such as Madison Square Garden, which has expressed an interest in doing this, the Westchester Co ...
Mar 4, 2019, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
The daily lottery was originally a Harlem game — then the government wanted in
By Bridgett M. Davis
In the early 1920s, Casper Holstein, a black man from the Danish West Indies who worked as a porter for a Fifth Avenue store, liked to study the Clearing House totals published in a year's worth of newspapers he'd saved. The Clearing House was an operation that managed the exchanges of money among New York City banks on a daily basis. It occurred to Holstein that the numbers printed were different every day.
Until then, lottery games existed, but the winning numbers we ...
Mar 1, 2019, 8:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Long Island co-workers claim $437 million Mega Millions jackpot
A group of Long Island area co-workers have claimed the $437 million Mega Millions jackpot for the January 1 drawing, the largest jackpot in New York Lottery history.
The 23-member group has claimed the prize through the New Life 2019, LLC, opting to take the lump sum payment totaling $262,213,914.
They will receive a net check of $176,155,308 after required state and federal withholding.
They have also chosen to remain anonymous.
Representatives of New Life 2019, LLC, said they play ...
Feb 20, 2019, 7:21 am - Lottery News forum
Multi-state Cash4Life may become daily lottery game
Lottery players in nine states may soon have a chance to play the game Cash4Life on daily basis.
The move from a twice-per-week to daily drawings was approved Monday by members of the the New York State Gaming Commission. If approved by the other eight states that offer the game, Cash4Life could adopt a daily drawing schedule starting on July 1.
New York started Cash4Life with New Jersey in 2014. Since then, seven other states have joined: Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, ...
Jan 29, 2019, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
Brooklyn truck driver quits job, comes forward as $298M Powerball winner
A truck driver from Brooklyn has come forward as the winner of the second-largest Powerball jackpot in New York Lottery history.
David Johnson, 56, won the Dec. 26 drawing for the $298.3 million jackpot and has already quit his job to start enjoying an early retirement.
He opted to take a single lump sum payment of $180,227,550 which equals $114,091,248 after taxes. Johnson received his winnings on Friday at Resorts World Casino in Queens.
Johnson worked across the street from Arnold's ...
Jan 25, 2019, 9:08 pm - Lottery News forum
NY Gov Cuomo vetoes bill that would have allowed lottery jackpot winners to remain anonymous
A 500 million dollar jackpot can get you a lot of things, but anonymity isn't one of them.
Gov. Cuomo on Saturday announced he vetoed a bill that would have allowed lottery winners in New York to remain anonymous if they so desired.
Under state law, jackpot winners in most cases must agree to be identified publicly.
A bill passed earlier this year by the state Legislature would have prohibited the state Lottery from identifying any holder of a winning lottery ticket if that person provi ...
Dec 9, 2018, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum