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Record China Lottery winner collects prize in disguise
The Chinese lottery player who won the highest sports lottery, 82.34 million yuan (US $11.76 million), in China's lottery history collected his prize on Sunday under police guard. On Sunday morning, the lottery winner, who calls himself Lao Yang, arrived alone at the lottery center in Chongqing, the country's largest municipality, disguised in a mask, wig, hat and sunglasses. The lottery center took additional measures to ensure his security. Staff members opened a secret passage for him a ...
May 6, 2008, 9:32 am - Lottery News forum

Britain's biggest lottery winner says jackpot ruined her life
Emerging from a cramped flat in the run-down Scottish town of East Kilbride, the dowdy middle-aged woman does not look out of place. Clutching a handful of plastic carrier bags, she struggles down the street alongside the school-run moms and Asbo kids on their way to the chip shop. The weather has turned her recently permed hair into a shapeless frizz and her lackluster skin is devoid of make-up. Dressed in old jeans and a baggy top, another empty day unfolds. Her look is not one whic ...
Oct 25, 2007, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum

Seven tickets to split record Jersey Cash 5 lottery jackpot
New Jersey Lottery officials say there are seven winning tickets sold for the record Jersey Cash 5 jackpot worth nearly $2 million. Two of the tickets were sold in Atlantic County. The others were purchased in Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Monmouth and Union counties. The numbers in Tuesday night's drawing were 4, 5, 17, 18 and 21. The total jackpot was $1,964,438. Each winning ticket is worth $280,634. Jersey Cash 5's average jackpot is $300,000. Lottery officials say sales fr ...
Oct 25, 2007, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum

New $20 Mass. Lottery scratch game off to a record start
The Massachusetts State Lottery rolled the dice when it launched its first ever $20 instant ticket, the most expensive new product in its history. A week after its big rollout, the gamble already appears to be paying off, with sales of the Billion Dollar Blockbuster off to one of the fastest starts of any ticket in Lottery history. Nearly 2 million tickets have been sold so far, ringing up more than $40 million in sales. That edges two other tickets that in recent years got off to fast sta ...
Oct 4, 2007, 4:23 pm - Lottery News forum

Record powerball lottery winner reflects on sad life
In his darkest moments, Jack Whittaker has sometimes wondered if winning the nearly $315 million Powerball game was really worth it. The jackpot that was the stuff of dreams turned into a nightmare: His wife left him and his drug-addicted granddaughter his protege and heir died. He endured constant requests for money. Almost five years later, Whittaker is left with things money can't cure: His daughter's cancer, a long list of indiscretions documented in newspapers and court records, a ...
Sep 14, 2007, 12:45 pm - Lottery News forum

Briton claims UK's biggest lottery win
Someone in Britain is a lot richer on Tuesday after claiming the country's biggest ever lottery win 35,425,411.80 pounds (US$71 million). The winner matched all five main numbers and both lucky star numbers, 23, 40, 42, 43, 49, plus 2 and 6, to claim the entire Euro Millions jackpot from the August 10 draw. Camelot, which operates the British arm of the trans-European lottery, said the lucky ticket holder had now come forward and the prize had been paid out. It is the largest jackpot ...
Aug 14, 2007, 10:58 am - Lottery News forum

Maryland Lottery revenues hit record $1.5 billion
The Maryland Lottery's sales for the past fiscal year topped $1.5 billion, a record high, marking the lottery's 10th consecutive year of sales growth, lottery officials reported yesterday. From July 1, 2006, through June 30, prizes paid to players totaled a record $919 million, an increase of more than $16.5 million over the previous fiscal year. And retailers earned more than $112 million in commissions, an increase of $9.4 million. The lottery will contribute more than $494 million in reven ...
Aug 9, 2007, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum

Record Irish Lottery win offers escape from hard life
The Cinderella-style magic of the Irish National Lottery was never more evident than on Cork's Bridevalley estate yesterday. The huge 16 million (US $22.1 million) Lotto jackpot won by Paul and Helen Cunningham and the dream lifestyle it can now offer them stood in stark contrast to the everyday challenges facing people in this most tight-knit of northside communities. Bridevalley is a proud area where everyone knows and watches out for everyone else and locals are deeply protectiv ...
Jul 30, 2007, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum

Kentucky Lottery has record revenues
The Kentucky Lottery Corp. had a record $744 million in revenues, or total ticket sales, in the fiscal year ending June 30, according to year-end figures. The brisk sale of tickets for interactive, scratch-off games offset a decline in tickets sold for online, or computerized, games, including Powerball, Pick 3 and Pick 4. Those sales suffered, in part, because there was only one large Powerball jackpot, which was hit at $254 million last January. Some tickets for the interactive games se ...
Jul 30, 2007, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum

Vermont Lottery announces largest Megabucks jackpot in 14 years
The Megabucks prize for Wednesday's draw has surpassed recent record levels, with a current (annuitized) jackpot of $8,900.000. The last time the Megabucks jackpot exceeded $8.9 million was 14 years ago in July of 1993. Between December 2006 and January 2007, Vermont had three Megabucks winners in a row, winning jackpots of $500,000, $950,000 and $4.5 million. To date, there have been 75 winning Megabucks jackpot tickets sold in Vermont since the game began in 1985. The highest jackpot t ...
Jul 30, 2007, 8:08 am - Lottery News forum