San Francisco man defies odds; claims 2nd lottery jackpot
A lucky San Francisco man recently became a multi-millionaire after winning a top prize from a California Lottery ticket for the second time in a little over a year.
Frank Derfield, 53, is crediting stupid luck for winning $5 million from a Scratchers ticket he bought in September, just 14 months after he had already won $100,000 from a different winning ticket, according to lottery officials.
On Sept. 13, Derfield purchased a few 100X the Money Scratchers tickets at WC Liquor and Grocerie ...
Nov 1, 2016, 7:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Investigators claim Calif. Lottery paying out jackpots it shouldn't to avoid bad press
Includes video report
Two California Lottery insiders claim the lottery sometimes chooses image over integrity.
CBS2's David Goldstein previously reported on a man who collected a nearly $2 million Powerball check, even though he said he lost the ticket.
And the chief Lottery investigator said in her report he couldn't provide substantial proof that he was the winner, which is required by law.
Insiders say it's not the first time that people have been paid when investigators say they ...
Oct 30, 2016, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
California man credits Virgin Mary with $1.2M lottery win
An 86-year-old California man said the Virgin Mary may have had something to do with his $696,000 California Lottery payout.
Daniel Mendez of San Jose told California Lottery officials he has been watering the flowers his wife planted around the Virgin Mary statue at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church every four or five days since last year, and he always follows up the tradition by purchasing $4 worth of lottery scratch-off tickets.
Mendez's routine paid off recently when one of his two S ...
Sep 8, 2016, 7:22 pm - Lottery News forum
California co-winners of $1.6B Powerball jackpot finally come forward
Six months after someone in California was announced a co-winner in the historic $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot, the mystery buyer has finally been revealed and it's a couple who were laying low on purpose, lottery officials said.
Newly minted millionaires Marvin and Mae Acosta said in a statement Tuesday that they were thankful for the rare gift that has been placed in our care after hitting all of the numbers.
The couple have taken home their share a cash option of $327.8 before taxes fr ...
Jul 19, 2016, 4:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Birthday Fantasy 5 win for Californian
A San Diego resident kicked off his birthday by winning over a half-million dollars in the Fantasy 5 lottery, and had to step outside of a dinner gathering to double-check his ticket in disbelief.
Sean Zanderson from Encinitas realized he won when his ticket matched five numbers out of 36 for the May 1 Fantasy Five drawing, winning $543,579. California Lottery officials say this is the largest Fantasy 5 prize that any lottery players have won this year in California.
I was out with my gir ...
May 19, 2016, 11:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Twin sisters split $6 million California Lottery prize
Twin sisters from California are now millionaires after winning $6 million in a scratch-off lotto ticket.
The fraternal twin sisters, who are in their early 40s, will not be splitting the money exactly in half, however.
We had a longstanding rule and Laura established it because she's so unlucky that whoever buys the ticket gets 60 percent and the other gets 40 percent, Lisa Toton said, referring to her twin, Laura Poorman.
Toton, who, like her sister lives in San Ramon, California, pu ...
Feb 23, 2016, 4:59 pm - Lottery News forum
With $63M jackpot expiring today, Calif. Lottery sued by owner of damaged ticket
A man who claims he purchased the winning $63 million SuperLotto Plus ticket purchased in Chatsworth has taken legal action to be declared the winner as lottery officials continue their search for a last-minute winner.
The winning ticket for the Aug. 8 drawing was sold at the 7-Eleven store located at 20871 Lassen Street and whoever bought that ticket has 180 days to claim their prize, Lottery Post reported.
The ticket matched all of the winning numbers: 1, 16, 30, 33, and 46, with Mega nu ...
Feb 4, 2016, 2:16 pm - Lottery News forum
$63 million California Lottery jackpot expires Thursday
Like a magical horse-drawn carriage that transforms into a pumpkin at midnight, someone's winning $63-million lottery ticket is about to turn into a worthless scrap of paper, according to California Lottery officials.
A winning SuperLotto Plus ticket purchased at a Chatsworth convenience store in August has yet to be redeemed at a California Lottery office, even though a deadline is fast approaching.
If the lucky winner fails to show up at a lottery office by 5 p.m. Thursday, they will for ...
Feb 3, 2016, 8:53 am - Lottery News forum
California Lottery officials seized surveillance footage from store that sold Powerball ticket
Whoever bought the winning Powerball ticket from a Chino Hills, California, 7-Eleven remains a mystery, even to the store's owner.
Balbir Atwal, who made national news last week when the public learned that his store had sold one of the jackpot-winning tickets, said he has no idea who the winner is.
And he can't even look it up. Lottery officials seized the store's security camera footage and other materials that could contain clues about the winner's identity. California Lottery spokesman ...
Jan 20, 2016, 6:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery officials say identifying winners a must
States wrestle with winners' privacy vs. integrity of games
In the California lottery handbook for winners, officials offer a few suggestions to newly minted millionaires. Change your number. Stop answering your phone. And find a reputable financial adviser.
That's because along with the money comes 15 minutes of fame as the names of winners are required to be made public in California and many other states.
All eyes are on the Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills, where one of three ticke ...
Jan 19, 2016, 12:24 pm - Lottery News forum