Georgia Lottery sets sales record with $3.4 billion sales
The Georgia lottery took in a record $3.4 billion dollars during the last fiscal year a $244 million jump from the previous year.
Officials say more than $850 million was transferred to the education fund, which pays for HOPE scholarships and pre-kindergarten classes. That brings the total funds raised to nine-point-three billion since the lottery began in 1993.
State officials were concerned a few years ago that lottery sales wouldn't meet the growing demand for pre-kindergarten class ...
Jul 18, 2007, 12:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Kansas Lottery sets sales record
The Kansas Lottery hits the jackpot itself record sales are recorded for the fiscal year ended June 30th.
Lottery officials report sales of nearly $241 million. That's up two percent from the previous year, which also showed record sales. Some $71 million will go into state coffers, the highest transfer in a single year since Lottery sales began in 1987.
Kansas Lottery director Ed Van Petten cited the success of the lottery's first $20 scratch ticket and Kansas-themed tickets promoting b ...
Jul 11, 2007, 1:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Jack's back: Judge orders record lottery winner to pay settlement
The winner of a $315 million lottery jackpot has been ordered to honor a settlement he reached with a racetrack worker who accused him of assaulting her.
A judge issued a summary judgment Wednesday against Jack Whittaker in a breach of contract lawsuit filed in February by Rhonda L. Lilly.
Lilly, who was a floor attendant at Tri-State Racetrack Gaming Center in Nitro, had agreed to an undisclosed settlement from Whittaker in exchange for dismissing a personal injury claim against him, th ...
Jun 1, 2007, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Expensive Michigan Lottery tickets sell-out quickly
Pundits who doubted the public's desire for $50 lottery tickets are silenced
Tickets to the Michigan Lottery's most expensive game sold out Wednesday after less than three days on sale.
The lottery's Super Raffle game includes 250,000 tickets sold at $50 each.
Tickets went on sale Monday. Winning tickets are scheduled to be drawn June 18.
Michigan Lottery commissioner Gary Peters said the public was responding to the game's relatively good odds, compared to other lottery games.
May 10, 2007, 3:27 pm - Lottery News forum
S. Jersey couple claims $87 million share of jackpot
A Cape May County, New Jersey, couple who won half of a record $390 million lottery jackpot claimed their prize yesterday, almost two weeks after the drawing.
Elaine and Harold Barry Messner hid their secret until yesterday and appeared to have carefully planned for the moment.
But there would be no giant check and smiling for cameras for the Messners. They would entertain no questions about just how delicious it must feel to win that many millions or exactly how they planned to spend th ...
Mar 20, 2007, 1:57 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ couple claims other half of record lottery jackpot
A New Jersey couple claimed half of the record $390 million Mega Millions jackpot Monday and said they are retired effective immediately.
Elaine and Harold Messner chose the cash option for the prize from the March 6 drawing in the multi-state game. They will receive $116,557,083 before the 25 percent federal withholding tax.
We feel very fortunate and blessed, Harold Messner, 57, a general contractor who bought the winning ticket. This is that early retirement we've always dreamed of ...
Mar 20, 2007, 12:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Trucker Claims Half of Record $390 Million Lottery Jackpot
A truck driver from northwest Georgia came forward Wednesday afternoon to claim half of the record $390 million Mega Millions jackpot, the richest lottery prize in U.S. history.
Ed Nabors of Rocky Face, about 90 miles north of Atlanta, was the first person to step forward and claim part of the jackpot from Tuesday night's drawing.
Nabors told reporters gathered at Atlanta lottery headquarters that he is still numb.
He bought the ticket at Favorite Market in Dalton.
Because he took ...
Mar 7, 2007, 10:05 pm - Lottery News forum
At least 2 lottery winners will split record $370 million jackpot
California system problem delays reporting of matching ticket data from that state
Ohio Lottery spokeswoman Mardele Cohen says New Jersey and Georgia told the state they sold one winning ticket each for the U.S. record $370 million jackpot.
She says the other states call in their results because Ohio balances the books in the 12-state game.
Because of a system problem, results from California are not yet in.
Meanwhile, Ohio Lottery officials will be reviewing the system today to find ...
Mar 7, 2007, 7:58 am - Lottery News forum
$370 MILLION: Mega Millions sets all-time lottery jackpot record
The Mega Millions Jackpot has broken an all-time, worldwide record. It now stands at $370 million and tickets are selling at an amazing rate.
New Jersey officials report Mega Millions tickets are selling in that state at a rate of 700,000 tickets per hour, and that won't even match what they expect during rush hour. Officials say early evening is when they sell the most tickets, and that's when they expect to hit 1.2 million ticket sales per hour. Sales close at all locations at 10:45 pm.
Mar 6, 2007, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Long odds don't bother 'Mega' fans
Charles Millard wasn't under any illusion.
My chance is a zillion to one, the 60-year-old Johnson City man said on Monday as he bought a ticket for tonight's historic $355 million Mega Millions drawing.
Still, across the Greater Binghamton region, players such as Millard lined up Monday at convenience stores and newsstands for a chance to win the largest pot in New York Lottery history, even though they acknowledged their odds were as long as Binghamton being named the sunshine capital o ...
Mar 6, 2007, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum