Florida couple wins big
Rory Morris and Gabriella Smarandache's lives changed with a simple scratch of the penny Thursday.Each rake of the coin turned a single lottery ticket into a million-dollar prize and the young area couple into disbelieving winners.Sitting in Smarandache's 2003 Grand Am, Morris, an Englewood resident, wiped away the silver coding to the Florida Lottery's $1,000,000 Cash Spectacular scratch-off ticket he had just purchased at the North Port Shell station.Scratching off a picture of a money bag i ...
Oct 1, 2003, 3:44 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lotto jackpot rolls over to $9 million
No ticket matched all six Florida Lotto numbers, causing the current jackpot to roll over to $9 million, lottery officials said Sunday.A total of 63 tickets matched five numbers to win $6,499; 4,585 tickets matched four numbers for $72.50; and 87,981 tickets matched three numbers for $5.The winning Florida Lotto numbers selected Saturday: 12-25-26-36-44-48.Two winners of the Fantasy 5 game will collect $119,246.92 each.The winning tickets were bought in the cities of Miami and Orlando, lottery ...
Sep 29, 2003, 3:23 am - Lottery News forum
Jacksonville ticket wins $11 million Florida Lotto
One ticket matched all six Florida Lotto numbers to win a jackpot of $11 million, lottery officials said Saturday.The winning ticket was bought in the city of Jacksonville, officials said.A total of 84 tickets matched five numbers to win $5,814.50; 4,511 tickets matched four numbers for $88; and 97,476 tickets matched three numbers for $5.50.The winning Florida Lotto numbers selected Saturday: 17-31-33-38-44-53.
Sep 22, 2003, 4:05 am - Lottery News forum
Florida couple wins $21 million Lotto
A couple who went shopping after lightning damaged a television left the store with a winning Lotto ticket worth $21 million.Rosemarie and Richard Cheverie, both 64, claimed the prize in Tallahassee on Friday. They opted for the one-time payment of $11,283,087.31, instead of 30 yearly installments of about $700,000.The Cheveries, who have been married for 46 years, said they plan to help their children with the winnings, paying off their mortgages and buying one son a car, lottery officials said ...
Sep 12, 2003, 10:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lawmaker: Large unclaimed lotto prizes should go to education
Instead of using an unclaimed $50 million Lotto jackpot to try to get more people to gamble, the state should have been able to spend the money on schools, a state lawmaker said Friday.Rep. Charlie Justice said he plans to file a bill that would allow large unclaimed prizes -- like the $50 million that a ticket holder failed to claim this week before a 180-day deadline passed -- to be used for education.Right now, all unclaimed money returns to the Lottery, which has to use it for promotions. Th ...
Sep 12, 2003, 9:58 pm - Lottery News forum
One ticket wins $21 million Florida Lotto Jackpot
One ticket matched all six Florida Lotto numbers to win a jackpot of $21 million, lottery officials said Wednesday. The winning ticket was bought in the city of Royal Palm Beach, officials said. A total of 86 tickets matched five numbers to win $6,177.50; 5,634 tickets matched four numbers for $76.50; and 115,961 tickets matched three numbers for $5. The winning Florida Lotto numbers selected Tuesday: 13-19-28-38-40-41.
Sep 11, 2003, 7:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Lotto dream turns to dust
Some unlucky winner bought a Florida Lotto ticket worth $50 million in March, but lost his or her chance to cash it when the clock struck 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday.The chance to claim the $50 million prize expired six months after the drawing March 12. Although previous Lotto prizes have gone unclaimed, this is the largest ever in the 15-year history of the Florida Lottery.The last big one was $15 million in 1991.Theories abound about why someone would let that kind of money go, but the prevalent on ...
Sep 10, 2003, 4:11 am - Lottery News forum
Last hours for unclaimed $50 million Florida Lotto ticket
A $50 million FLorida Lotto jackpot winner either isn't aware of his fortune or was waiting almost literally to the last minute to claim the prize. If the single winning ticket holder of the March 12 jackpot doesn't claim the prize by 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, the money goes back to the Lottery. That would be a bummer, said Lottery spokeswoman Sheila Griffin.The ticket was sold in Miami-Dade County at Kohl's Food Market in North Bay Village. I think somebody lost that ticket, no doubt about it, said ...
Sep 9, 2003, 3:58 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery Names GTECH For New Multi-Year Contract
GTECH Holdings Corporation (NYSE: GTK) yesterday announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, GTECH Corporation, has been selected by the Florida Lottery as the apparent successful bidder to supply a new online and instant-ticket lottery system, lottery terminals, and related telecommunications network. The proposed six- year integrated services contract is expected to commence on February 1, 2005, and includes two two-year extension options. This decision by the Florida Lottery is the result of ...
Sep 4, 2003, 3:41 am - Lottery News forum
Pembroke Pines man has mom to thank for the jackpot winnings
A Pembroke Pines man who originally thought he had won just $4.50 on a Florida Lotto ticket, yesterday redeemed the jackpot winning ticket from the Aug. 23 drawing.Peter J. Pillar, 52, chose a lump sum payment of $15.4 million rather than $27 million paid in 30 annual installments of $900,000. My mother told me I had three numbers right, said Pillar. She didn't tell me she had only heard three numbers. I couldn't believe it, but I had the other three numbers, too. Expecting $4.50, Pillar ask ...
Sep 3, 2003, 3:42 am - Lottery News forum