N.Y. bartender bought $7M lottery ticket on a whim
He'll drink to that!
A Bronx bartender won $7 million from a scratch-off ticket he bought while killing time at a laundromat and now plans to spend big bucks on fishing gear, he said Tuesday.
This is otherworldly. I never saw it coming, said Michael Moriarty adding the astonishing news brought him to his knees.
A lot of people say this is karma, but I'm nothing special. I just do the best I can, he added.
The 56-year-old cocktail shaker who has worked at Tavern on the Green and Uni ...
May 17, 2017, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Army soldier wins $5 million lottery jackpot
An Army soldier based in Fort Drum has won a $5 million New York Lottery jackpot.
The state lottery announced Tuesday that 36 year old Jesse Vonderhorst bought the winning scratch-off ticket at the Sunoco on Factory Street in Watertown.
Lottery officials said there will be no formal check presentation because Vonderhorst is deploying from Fort Drum on Wednesday. They didn't know where he was going.
Fort Drum denied that Vonderhorst was being deployed. Officials said he was taking part i ...
May 10, 2017, 8:04 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma governor approves increased lottery payouts
Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation Tuesday that could lead to higher Oklahoma Lottery prize amounts and higher revenue to education.
Lottery officials believe the law will spur more purchases of instant-win scratcher tickets, which in turn will boost funding for public schools, CareerTech institutions, colleges and universities.
House Bill 1837 doesn't affect the multi-state lottery games like Powerball, but people who buy scratch-off tickets should see a change in July.
The Oklahoma L ...
May 3, 2017, 3:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Long Island friends win $8.3M lottery jackpot
Two friends from Lido Beach, New York, won $8.3 million in the Lotto drawing on March 18, the New York State Gaming Commission announced Wednesday.
Longtime friends Randi Bernstein, 63, and Elizabeth Kelly, 56, both of Lido Beach in Nassau County, New York, collected $8.3 million in winnings. The friends who plan to share the profits matched all six numbers of the Lotto drawing on March 18.
Bernstein, an Avon rep and mother of two, said she's going to use the money to pay for some of the p ...
Apr 27, 2017, 9:53 am - Lottery News forum
Are lawmakers selling the Texas Lottery short?
Scratch-off lottery tickets are big business in Texas.
They raise billions for state coffers and are so popular that as many as 95 new scratch-off games are introduced here each year, making up a sizable chunk of overall Texas Lottery sales, officials say.
But lottery officials are worried they will have to cut back on the variety of scratch-offs offered and on the advertising that promotes the games now that Texas budget writers are considering cutting as much as $18 million from the agen ...
Apr 13, 2017, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland man wins lottery twice at same convenience store
A Silver Spring, Maryland, man won a state lottery game twice at the same convenience store a rare occurrence, lottery officials said.
Jorge Matamoras, a 39-year-old who works in construction, won $5,000 in March on a scratch-off game called 20X The Cash. Then a few weeks later, he won again only more.
The second time, he won $50,000 in the same game.
Both times, officials said, he bought his winning tickets at the 29 Convenience Mart in Silver Spring.
Matamoras described winning twi ...
Apr 12, 2017, 11:08 am - Lottery News forum
Duo facing felony charges in lottery theft scheme
Two Indiana women are facing multiple felony theft charges for their alleged roles in a lottery theft scheme at a convenience store.
Melinda C. Lanning, 42, and Reagan S. Richardson, 19, both of Connersville, Indiana, were each charged in late March by special prosecutor Andrew Bryson of Union County with two counts of Level 6 felony theft, stemming from an investigation by both the Connersville Police Department and the State Lottery Commission of Indiana into the duo allegedly stealing thou ...
Apr 11, 2017, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan nurse claims $4 million lottery prize
A nurse from the Detroit area is looking forward to cutting back her hours after winning $4 million on a Michigan lottery instant game.
The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous bought the winning ticket at the Sunoco gas station, located at 48990 Hayes Road in Macomb.
I scratched the ticket in the store and I was floored, said the player. I screamed a few choice words that got the clerk's attention and she asked what I'd won. She didn't believe me until she looked at the ticket her ...
Apr 11, 2017, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner gets 21 years for financing drug trafficking operation
Ronnie Music Jr., a Waycross, Georgia man who sank part of $3 million in lottery winnings into methamphetamine trafficking, will spend the next 21 years in prison on drug conspiracy and firearms charges.
Last July, the 46-year-old Music admitted his involvement in multi-state drug trafficking, including a ring being run from a Georgia prison that he fronted with lottery winnings. He also pleaded guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.
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Apr 4, 2017, 5:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Man having 'worst day' wins $2 million in Michigan Lottery
A Saginaw County man was not having a good day, but winning $2 million in a Michigan Lottery scratch-off game can change that around pretty fast.
I was having the absolute worst day of my life, said the 49-year-old player, who chose to remain anonymous. I was stressed from work and it seemed like everything that could go wrong was going wrong.
I stopped to buy a soda and had a winning $10 ticket to turn in. I put another $10 with it and told the clerk to pick out a $20 ticket for me.
Mar 29, 2017, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum