State lotteries exceed expectations in 2020
Despite hardships, lotteries are breaking sales records
By Kate Northrop
In previous months defined by economic hardship brought on by the global pandemic, the lottery industry has proven to be a beacon of light, with some state lotteries defying expectations and exhibiting record sales.
The Texas Lottery, which has made headlines recently for its internationally-ranking Lotto Texas jackpot (now standing at $45.5 million), is also exceeding expectations with its 10th-consecutive record- ...
Sep 25, 2020, 4:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Arizona couple steps forward to claim $410 million Mega Millions jackpot
Husband and wife receive the largest payout to any Arizona Lottery player in history
By Kate Northrop
After it was announced that a lone winner from Arizona won big over a week ago, a couple from a residential area in Phoenix came forward on Thursday to claim the $410 million Mega Millions jackpot prize. It's the largest payout to any Arizona Lottery player ever and the 11th largest Mega Millions jackpot in history.
The Glendale husband and wife, 70 and 63 years-old respectively, matche ...
Jun 19, 2020, 3:54 pm - Lottery News forum
One Arizona lottery ticket wins $410 million Mega Millions jackpot
It's the first Mega Millions jackpot win for an Arizona player
By Todd Northrop
A single ticket sold in Arizona matched the winning numbers from Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing and is worth an estimated $410 million.
The lump-sum cash value of the jackpot is a staggering $316.8 million up from the estimate of $308.2 million that was established on Saturday. The winner has 180 days from the draw date to claim the prize.
We may never know who won the big prize because last year A ...
Jun 10, 2020, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
Man exploits Arizona Lottery vending machine flaw, gets $55K worth of free tickets
A man is accused of exploiting a flaw in the Arizona Lottery vending machines to get over $55,000 worth of lottery tickets.
Earlier this week, the Arizona Attorney general's Office filed charges against Everado Najera-Nava, 40, for computer tampering and fraud.
Investigators say that Nava exploited a flaw in Arizona Lottery vending machines that gave him $54,699 worth of lottery tickets without paying for them. Police say Nava would enter his debit card into the machine to start the transa ...
Mar 15, 2020, 11:09 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner never showed up to claim $14.6 million jackpot in Arizona
A lottery player sitting on a $14.6 million jackpot had until the end of Monday to come forward in Arizona or lose it all, officials said. The winner never showed up.
Monday's 5 p.m. deadline came and went and officials still don't know who purchased the ticket, they said.
It's hard to see that not get claimed, Arizona lottery spokeswoman Jacqueline Keidel Martinez said Monday evening.
The ticket holder nailed all six numbers of an in-state game, The Pick, on June 5 setting a 180-day c ...
Dec 3, 2019, 8:17 am - Lottery News forum
Unclaimed $14.6 million Arizona Lottery ticket expires Monday
If you played the Arizona Lottery this past summer, look around the house for lottery tickets you might have missed; you might be sitting on $14.6 million.
The Arizona Lottery said the multimillion dollar The Pick jackpot has still not been claimed since the June 5 drawing. The winning numbers drawn that evening were 4, 14, 22, 24, 28, and 43.
The winning ticket was sold at the Circle K at Litchfield Road and Van Buren Street in Goodyear.
If the ticket is yours, don't delay one moment ...
Nov 30, 2019, 9:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Arizona becomes latest state to shield lottery winners' names
Arizona joined a growing number of states allowing winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous Wednesday after Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation letting winners of jackpots of $100,000 or more request that their names not be made public.
The move comes as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups' wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair.
Four years ago, just five states allowed anonymous winners, but the number has now g ...
Apr 18, 2019, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
Growing number of states move to shield lottery winners
A growing number of states are moving to allow the winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups' wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair.
Arizona could be the next state to join at least nine others with laws that let winners keep their names secret under a proposal headed to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. Four years ago, just five states allowed anonymous winners, and a handful of others allowe ...
Apr 14, 2019, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum
MUSL issues report about computerized drawing failures in Arizona
One machine was broken, the other generated 'apparently valid results'
By Todd Northrop
The Arizona Lottery released the report last month from the Multi-State Lottery Association's (MUSL) investigation of a computerized drawing malfunction that caused the same winning numbers to be generated in successive drawings.
When lottery drawings are discussed or envisioned by members of the public, one imagines a spinning drum of numbered balls from which the lucky winning numbers are drawn. I ...
Apr 11, 2018, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona Lottery pulls second computerized drawing machine over duplicate numbers
Lottery will TEMPORARILY switch to real ball drawings while new computerized drawing machines are prepared
By Todd Northrop
The Arizona Lottery has taken a second computerized lottery drawing machine out of operation because it repeatedly chose duplicate numbers.
Just last month the Arizona Lottery took its first computerized drawing machine out of service for the same problem. (See Arizona Lottery computerized drawing machine generated identical winning numbers, Lottery Post, Oct. 6, 2 ...
Nov 23, 2017, 12:37 pm - Lottery News forum