Florida's biggest Powerball winner sues her own son after winnings squandered
Gloria C. Mackenzie became the largest sole lottery winner in U.S. history in mid-2013 when the then 84-year-old took home about $278 million after taxes on a $590 million Powerball ticket she bought at a Zephyrhills Publix supermarket.
Five years later she sued her son Scott Mackenzie, who was her caretaker and the one who had total control over millions of dollars in winnings, saying he and his investment manager each lived off the money while poorly investing the proceeds, according to her ...
Apr 11, 2019, 4:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery will go offline for systems upgrade on April 15
Florida Lottery officials say they don't anticipate problems as a multimillion-dollar upgrade of a vending system goes into place this month.
But rather than press their luck, players are urged to buy earlier than normal as the new system is expected to require the main office to go offline for several hours April 15.
The vast majority of the upgrade will occur overnight on the 15th, causing minimal inconvenience, lottery spokeswoman Keri Nucatola said. Still, we are encouraging our frequ ...
Apr 1, 2019, 4:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida man claims $15.5M Lotto jackpot
An Estero man is taking home millions in Florida Lotto winnings, according to the Florida Lottery.
Niranjan Patel, 41, claimed the $15.5 million jackpot from the drawing held Feb. 6 at the Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee, a press release states.
Patel chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $10,539,204.33, according to the release.
The jackpot-winning Florida Lotto Quick Pick ticket was purchased from a Publix at 2465 Glades Circle in Weston, Florid ...
Feb 19, 2019, 7:03 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lottery to roll out new game
By Todd Northrop
The Florida Lottery is launching a new draw game called Jackpot Triple Play with Combo next week.
The new game, which goes on sale Jan. 30, will replace Lucky Money, which ends Jan. 29.
Jackpot Triple Play is unique in that for $1 players get a triple chance to win the jackpot, as each ticket has three sets of numbers to match with the winning numbers drawn. In other states similar games are typically offered for $2 per play.
The game's jackpot rolls over and down to ...
Jan 23, 2019, 12:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida man putting $14.5 million lottery win toward education in India
A Tampa man is a millionaire after he struck the Florida Lottery's $14.5 million dollar jackpot, and he plans to use his windfall to help less fortunate children in his home country of India.
Krishna Barri said he doesn't play the lottery that often but sometimes he will buy a handful of tickets.
For the drawing on December 1, he played 10 tickets at the Zephyrhills Publix Liquor Store and hit the jackpot.
21-30-39-44-45-46. I won't forget those numbers anymore, said Barri.
Barri s ...
Dec 11, 2018, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
Bermuda officials staying quiet on sale of Florida lottery tickets
The Bermuda Governor's office has stonewalled questions about whether it knew the sale of American lottery tickets in Bermuda was branded a potential breach of numerous laws in the United States by a top American gambling lawyer.
Lottery Post reported last month that a legal opinion on the sale of the Florida Lottery Powerball and Mega Millions tickets at Paradise Games on Court Street was obtained by the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission as it probed the island's gambling industry in 2016.
Jul 31, 2018, 8:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Man busts through store roof, steals lottery tickets
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
A thief hoping to steal his way to some good luck busted through the roof of a grocery store and took hundreds of dollars worth of lottery tickets on Wednesday.
Ironically, unlucky for him, it was all caught on camera.
Surveillance footage captured a fairly clear image of the suspect's face, and after about a day on the run, Kevin Croft, 30, was arrested for the crime by Florida detectives.
Croft was booked into the Lee County Jail and faces ...
Jul 20, 2018, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
Fake Instagram account offers phony Florida Lottery giveaways
Includes video report
The Florida Lottery is warning players about social media scams and fake accounts offering money and other prizes.
Florida resident Jason Farmer received a message from what he thought was the Florida Lottery Instagram account.
Next thing they're telling me 'well we have this promotion that we're giving way $500,000 and a new truck.' So at that very moment I really thought it was likely a scam, Farmer said.
It was just an account with a similar name and similar ...
Jul 3, 2018, 8:38 am - Lottery News forum
Are Florida lottery tickets being sold illegally in Bermuda?
The Bermuda Government was advised more than two years ago that the sale of American lottery tickets on the island appeared to breach numerous laws in the United States, including some designed to stop money-laundering.
A legal opinion was sought by the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission on the issue from a leading gaming lawyer in Las Vegas, who identified a series of potential violations of federal and state laws.
His evaluation is understood to have been shared by the commission with at l ...
Jun 20, 2018, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
Teen claims $15 million top prize on Florida Lottery scratch off game
A 19-year-old Bonita Springs man has claimed a $15 million top prize in the new Florida 100X The Cash Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee.
Quinn Kofler purchased his winning ticket from 7-Eleven on Bonita Beach Road Southeast in Bonita Springs. He chose to receive his winnings as a one-time, lump-sum payment of $11,175,000.00.
The retailer will receive a $30,000 bonus commission for selling the winning Scratch-Off ticket.
The new $30 game, Florida 100X The Ca ...
Apr 19, 2018, 9:43 am - Lottery News forum