Florida lawmakers move to allow lottery sales as gas pumps, ATMs
Florida legislators are moving forward with a bill that would allow lottery tickets to be sold anywhere you can swipe a credit card, including gas pumps and ATMs.
Under this bill, you could get your Powerball, Mega Millions and Florida Lotto tickets at the gas pump, said the bill's sponsor, State Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo). It will generate new money for education without expenditure of taxpayer dollars.
As expected, any attempted change in lottery laws brings out the anti-gamblin ...
Nov 18, 2015, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lawmakers seek to automate lottery ticket sales
The Florida Lottery and education in the state go hand in hand, with the department contributing more than $28 billion to education trust funds since 1988. Lawmakers think they can get that number to up with a bill that would make it easier for consumers to buy a ticket.
The idea for automated lottery terminals comes from a state study where it has been noted for two years in a row that ticket automation could increase revenues.
The Florida Lottery is coming off a record-breaking month. Mo ...
Nov 10, 2015, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scam victim lost life savings
A Jacksonville, Florida, man said he thought he was helping another man retrieve thousands in lottery winnings, but instead that man took $32,000 of the victim's money and left.
Now I can't trust anybody. I can't trust nobody now, the victim said. This changes my way of life.
The victim, who is not being named, said he now wants to make sure no one else falls victim to the same scam he did.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released a picture of the suspect that was captured in a Home ...
Nov 7, 2015, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum
UPDATE: $15 million winning Florida Lotto ticket expires tonight
By Todd Northrop
For one person who bought a winning Florida Lotto ticket in April, there are just hours to go before that piece of paper becomes worthless.
The current value of that lottery ticket? $15 million. As of late Friday it was still unclaimed, and if the ticket-holder does not turn in the winning ticket by midnight tonight, their dreams will just be dreams.
The ticket was purchased April 22 at The Beer and Liquor Store on Morrison Avenue, just east of Military Trail in western ...
Oct 19, 2015, 11:05 am - Lottery News forum
Florida man wins $10M lotto jackpot with fortune cookie numbers
A Florida man who won a $10 million lottery jackpot claims the lucky numbers came from a fortune cookie.
Richard Davis, 66, of Boca Raton, said he only occasionally plays the lottery, using the same five sets of numbers one for each time he visited the eatery that came from fortune cookies he received from a North Carolina restaurant, he told the Florida Lottery.
Out of the five tickets he bought recently, he learned one was the winner of the Florida Lotto game jackpot at a Publix grocery ...
Sep 17, 2015, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
Bill would allow Florida Lottery tickets to be sold online
Capitalizing on a recent change in federal law, legislation has been filed to allow the Florida Lottery to sell tickets online.
The bill, SB 270 by Sen. Gwen Margolis (D-Miami Beach), is aimed at broadening the Lottery's revenue base to include out-of-state customers and occasional players who might be enticed to play more frequently if online tickets were an option. Last year, the Lottery posted a record $5.5 billion in sales.
Several states have have already taken advantage of the federa ...
Sep 16, 2015, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery chief resigning amid controversy
Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell is stepping down with the announcement coming days after reports surfaced that she spent more than $30,000 on travel last year.
On Friday, Governor Rick Scott tapped Florida Lottery sales veteran Tom Delacenserie to take over as interim secretary of the agency. Politico reported earlier this week that taxpayers last year spent more than $30,000 on travel for O'Connell, whose annual salary is $141,000, on trips to places including Las Vegas, Boston a ...
Sep 2, 2015, 7:25 am - Lottery News forum
Florida man says lottery refuses to pay winning ticket
Includes video report
A Brevard County, Florida, man said he had a winning lottery ticket only to have the state deny him his winnings.
Robert Klosterman said he is owed $1,000 for a scratch-off ticket he bought in June at a Shell gas station on Fay Boulevard in Cocoa.
Klosterman, 68, said he thought June 2 was a lucky day for him, but that it turned out otherwise.
I don't want to call them idiots, but they are. They are bureaucrats, Klosterman said.
Klosterman said when he tried ...
Aug 18, 2015, 9:58 am - Lottery News forum
Florida couple duped by lottery scammers
The Collier County Sheriff's Office is warning residents about a popular lottery scam.
An elderly Golden Gate, Florida, couple told deputies they were swindled out of a large amount of cash Thursday by two people who promised to share lottery winnings with them.
A 76-year-old man and his 92-year-old wife said they were at the Grand Buffet restaurant on US-41 in East Naples when two men approached them. The men claimed to have won $500,000 in the lottery.
The men said they couldn't cash ...
Aug 16, 2015, 11:29 am - Lottery News forum
Police official tried to cash in stolen lottery ticket
The chairman of a Connecticut police commission has resigned after being charged in Florida with trying to cash in a winning $520,000 lottery ticket that was reported stolen by his niece.
Michael Royston, 49, was freed on bond after his arrest last Thursday at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, and on Friday night, he sent a terse resignation email to Windsor Locks Town Clerk William Hamel, saying only: Effective immediately I am resigning my position as police commissioner.
Aug 10, 2015, 7:38 pm - Lottery News forum