Lottery ticket sold in Pennsylvania wins $516 million Mega Millions jackpot
Updated annuity and cash jackpot final tallies, and location winning ticket was sold
By Todd Northrop
After a run of 26 drawings without a jackpot winner, the 27th drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions game produced a single $516 million winner last night when one lottery ticket sold in Pennsylvania matched all five numbers plus the Mega Ball.
The winner will now have to choose between being paid $516 million in 30 annually-increasing payments over 29 years or the lump-sum cash value ...
May 22, 2021, 9:16 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania man arrested after using scissors and glue to make winning lottery tickets
The cut-and-paste con was caught
By Kate Northrop
Police arrested and jailed a Pennsylvania man on Tuesday after he was caught altering scratch-off lottery tickets to look like winners using scissors and a glue stick.
Craig Marshall Stout, 45, of Jeannette tried cashing in his DIY lottery tickets at a 7-Eleven convenience store on Fosterville Road in Hempfield but failed to get away with it this time.
His cut-and-paste methods had initially worked. Stout brought in three other fake t ...
Apr 7, 2021, 9:01 pm - Lottery News forum
PA man ordered to give former girlfriend half of $100,000 lottery prize
He broke up with her a week after winning
By Kate Northrop
A Pennsylvania Superior Court panel ruled on Friday that a man who split from his long-time girlfriend one week after winning $100,000 from a scratch-off lottery ticket must give her half the winnings.
During a period of attempted reconciliation in February 2018, Jeffrey Jones and Ruthann Colachino were ecstatic to win a $100,000 prize from the Bingo Squared scratch-off game.
The money used to buy the winning ticket came from ...
Oct 12, 2020, 12:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania woman wins $1 million from scratch-off ticket following husband's recent death
Life-changing win comes as a comfort in difficult times
By Kate Northrop
After a Pennsylvania woman suffered the tragic loss of her husband, her life took another unexpected turn when she won $1 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket.
Charity Stivason's husband, Travis, suddenly passed away from a brain aneurysm on October 29 at only 47 years old. Her big lottery win a few months later would not replace her loss, but did provide some rare comfort to her life.
Stivason of Leechburg ...
May 20, 2020, 9:47 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. store clerk accused of stealing over $17K worth of lottery tickets
Police in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, say a woman stole more than $17,000 worth of lottery tickets from a Sheetz store where she worked.
According to a criminal complaint, 37-year-old Cheryl Delawder was confronted by her manager after she was seen on video taking tickets from the lottery machines.
Police say during an interview, Delawder admitted to police to stealing the tickets and cashing them out at different locations. According to the complaint, Delawder told police she had been steal ...
Feb 27, 2020, 5:00 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Lottery blames growth of skill games, lack of big jackpots for drop in profits
The growing proliferation of so-called skill games at Pennsylvania Lottery retailers are having an impact on the lottery's ability to generate revenue to pay for programs for senior citizens, a lottery official told state lawmakers on Tuesday.
Lottery executive director Drew Svitko told lawmakers skill games could lead to a $200 million decline in scratch-off ticket sales this year. That is a bigger loss than the $115 million hit last year.
Svitko attributed the higher projection to the ri ...
Feb 18, 2020, 7:06 pm - Lottery News forum
State auditor general to audit Pennsylvania Lottery, with special focus on high-frequency winners
State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced a new performance audit of the Pennsylvania Lottery Wednesday, with a special emphasis on studying the state-run gaming franchise's protections against being ripped off by players or retailers who are intentionally gaming the system.
Last fiscal year, Pennsylvania Lottery players bought $4.5 billion in game tickets and claimed more than $2.9 billion in prizes, DePasquale said in announcing the new review at the state Capitol. Seniors, lottery ...
Dec 4, 2019, 3:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery player wins $150,000 in New Jersey, $100,000 in Pennsylvania
A New Jersey man is a two-state lottery winner after winning $150,000 in his home state and $100,000 in Pennsylvania.
The winner, identified as Thomas A. of Pitman, told New Jersey Lottery officials it was just luck that he decided to buy a High Card Poker scratch-off ticket with a spare $5 he had left over from buying some more expensive lottery tickets.
Thomas ended up scratching off a $150,000 winner.
The player said the jackpot wasn't his first brush with lottery luck he previously ...
Nov 15, 2019, 2:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. spends $1.3M to date on search for lottery partner amid fierce competition for $1B contract
The hunt for a company to service the Pennsylvania Lottery's games and gaming system for the next decade has proven to be a contentious and costly venture.
Two companies are vying for 10-year lottery servicing contracts that would pay close to $1 billion or more over the life of the deal (the contracts could be extended for two to four years). It's one of the commonwealth's most lucrative long-term contracts.
The firms have engaged in a heated battle over the past year and a half as this i ...
Oct 22, 2019, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum
The local TV star who rigged the lottery
Shortly after 7pm on April 24th, 1980, millions of Pennsylvanians watched intently as a third and final ping-pong ball shot up the tube of a machine on live television.
And there you have it, exclaimed the station's beloved announcer, Nick Perry. Today's Pennsylvania lottery daily number: 6-6-6!
As the cheesy music faded and the lights dimmed, Perry implored lucky ticket holders at home to claim their prizes: If you've got it, come and get it!
What the public didn't know was that Per ...
Oct 18, 2019, 12:12 pm - Lottery News forum