Tennessee Lottery chief retrofits Powerball billboard to 'Billion'
With the record Powerball Jackpot climbing into the billions, Rebecca Hargrove, President and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery, decided to tackle the issue of the billboard's inability to display an amount that great.
Yesterday, with the help of a bucket truck and an outdoor crew, Hargrove changed 'Million' to 'Billion' to reflect the world-record jackpot that is now an astounding $1.5 billion.
The Powerball jackpot has continued to increase from its initial Sunday morning estimate of $1.3 bil ...
Jan 13, 2016, 11:01 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee woman charged with stealing ex-husband's $50,000 lottery prize
McMinnville, Tennessee, police have arrested a woman accused of stealing an unsigned $50,000 lottery ticket and then cashing it in herself.
Imagine winning a $50,000 lottery jackpot only to see someone else cash it in? That's what happened to one mid-state man.
Kimberly Milstead had the winning ticket. She signed it, and went to the Tennessee Lottery Commission to collect, but surveillance video showed that she didn't purchase the ticket.
This should have been me right here, said Jeff ...
Dec 18, 2015, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum
$144M Powerball jackpot won in Tennessee claimed by trust
By Todd Northrop
The second largest prize and fourth Powerball jackpot won in Tennessee was claimed today at the Tennessee Lottery's Nashville headquarters.
The $144.1 million ticket, purchased at Hobson Tobacco and Beer, 2216 Hobson Pike in Antioch, was claimed by the Avondale Revocable Trust.
Winners of big jackpots sometimes use trusts as a way to avoid having their names appear in the media. (See More lottery winners using trusts to accept prizes anonymously, Lottery Post, Nov. 29, ...
Dec 3, 2015, 4:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Player in Tennessee wins first Powerball jackpot since game changed in Oct.
Update: Location where winning ticket was purchased is now identified
By Todd Northrop
A Tennessee Lottery player who purchased a ticket in Antioch has won the first Powerball jackpot since the game was changed in October.
The lucky ticket-holder won a jackpot of $144.1 million in the drawing held Wednesday, November 4. Of course, no information is known about the winner until the prize is claimed.
The Powerball winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were 2, 12, 17, 20, and 65, with P ...
Nov 5, 2015, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery joins multi-state Cash4Life game Sunday
By Todd Northrop
Starting Sunday, Nov. 1, lottery players in Tennessee can participate in a growing multi-state game offering a top prize of $1000 per day for the rest of your life.
Cash4Life was started in 2014 as a two-state game, played in New Jersey and New York, and has been slowly expanding into other states. Tennessee will be the fifth state to participate.
Playing Cash4Life is just like playing other typical lotto games: players select 5 numbers from a field of 1 to 60, and 1 Ca ...
Oct 30, 2015, 10:28 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland Lottery to join Cash4Life game in early 2016
Includes audio report
Maryland gambling officials issued their approval Thursday for the state to join the multi-state Cash4Life game starting in early 2016.
Cash4Life, which started in 2014 as a two-state game played in New Jersey and New York, has been popular with players and is steadily adding new member states. In addition to the original two states, the game currently is offered in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Our expectation is to join them probably in January or February, said Go ...
Aug 28, 2015, 8:35 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery to launch new game after AG gives OK
The Texas Lottery Commission is moving forward with next year's launch of an unusual new game after getting a favorable ruling on its legality from Attorney General Greg Abbott.
The game, Texas Triple Chance, combines elements of traditional lottery games and scratch-off games.
Players pay $2 for three sets of seven numbers chosen from the range of 1-55. Each day, a set of 10 is drawn by the game. If a player's set matches the drawn set, he or she wins $100,000 (if six numbers match, the p ...
Aug 12, 2014, 11:45 am - Lottery News forum
Woman sues TN Lottery over 'toxic' workplace, harassment
A former employee is suing the Tennessee Lottery in federal court, saying supervisors constantly sexually harassed her and then had her fired for complaining.
Former District Manager Denise Armstrong filed the suit Wednesday in federal court in Nashville, seeking her job back, back pay and an injunction against further harassment. In her suit, she names several supervisors, including current Executive Vice President of Sales Sidney Chambers, as creating a work environment hostile to women bec ...
Jul 5, 2014, 2:21 pm - Lottery News forum
$259 million Powerball winner took poverty vow
A man with a winning $259.8 million Powerball ticket claimed what officials are calling the largest jackpot ever won in Tennessee and says he plans to use most of the money to support the performing arts.
Roy Cockrum, of Knoxville, appeared Thursday at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters in Nashville to claim the prize. He plans to accept a lump sum payment of $115 million.
Cockrum, 58, bought the ticket at a Kroger store in Knoxville on June 11.
Cockrum said in a statement that when he ...
Jul 3, 2014, 10:58 pm - Lottery News forum
One winner in $260 million Powerball jackpot
One person in Tennessee is $259.8 million richer after picking the winning numbers in the Wednesday Powerball lottery drawing.
The winning numbers drawn for the multi-state lottery's jackpot are 14, 18, 25, 33, and 49, with Powerball number 23. The Tennessee lottery website said the winning ticket was sold in Knoxville.
If the winner chooses the cash payout, it would be worth $153.5 million.
The odds of winning the jackpot are 1 in 175,223,510. The Powerball jackpot has been climbing si ...
Jun 12, 2014, 7:40 am - Lottery News forum