Florida Lottery announces changes in response to reports of repeat winners
The Florida Lottery on Tuesday announced that it would adopt several safeguards to prevent fraud and protect players.
The announcement follows a Palm Beach Post investigation published Sunday that revealed that many players may be winning big prizes too often. It also comes as legislators consider taking more control of the lottery by placing it under a gambling commission.
The lottery will adopt software to track frequent winners in real time, roll out more self-checking terminals at its ...
Apr 3, 2014, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
Legislator demands greater scrutiny of Florida Lottery
The vice chairwoman of the Florida Senate Gaming Committee, Sen. Maria Sachs, called for greater scrutiny of the Florida Lottery after a Palm Beach Post investigation revealed some people are winning big prizes against enormous odds.
Sachs, D-Delray Beach, has been an advocate of folding the lottery into a state gaming commission, which would be overseen by legislators and include all forms of gambling in the state. She said The Post's investigation further emphasized that need.
What your ...
Apr 2, 2014, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Orlando man claims $46 million Florida Lotto jackpot
By Todd Northrop
The Florida Lottery announced Tuesday that James Caldwell of Orlando claimed a $46 million jackpot from the Dec. 18 drawing.
Caldwell chose to receive his winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment of $28,759,280, according to lottery officials.
Caldwell declined media requests for comment.
The winning numbers for the Dec. 18, 2013, Florida Lotto drawing were 2, 5, 9, 24, 34, and 40, with Xtra number 5?.
The lucky winner purchased his jackpot-winning Quick Pick tick ...
Feb 12, 2014, 8:58 am - Lottery News forum
6 South Floridians become lottery millionaires in January
By Nick Sortal
Six of our fellow South Floridians got lucky in January they all became millionaires playing the lottery.
And that's twice as many big wins as we usually have. Last year about 2.5 winners a month came from Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade counties.
January's newly minted millionaires were: a $12 million Lotto winner in Tamarac, a $3 million scratch-off winner in Miami Beach, a $2 million Mega Money winner in Miami and a $1 million scratch-off winner in Greenacres. Two ot ...
Jan 31, 2014, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner's lifetime of money gone in weeks
A few weeks before Thanksgiving, staff at the Loving Care assisted living facility in St. Petersburg realized something had changed in Malcolm Ramsey's life.
Relatives who had never paid much attention to Ramsey, 55 and mentally incompetent, suddenly started showing up in droves. Bulging bags from T.J. Maxx and Bealls filled his half of a tiny, shared bedroom. Boxes of new athletic shoes Nike, New Balance, K-Swiss towered against the wall.
Then there were the rumors that Ramsey had hit it ...
Jan 10, 2014, 2:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Police issued lotto tickets during Christmas traffic stops
Motorists caught speeding to grandma's house in Melbourne, Florida, were greeted with a bittersweet Christmas Day surprise as officers doled out warnings and tickets alongside scratch-off lottery games.
The unique move was an added touch Melbourne police officers wanted to put on the normally quiet holiday traffic.
By 1 p.m. Christmas Day, more than 30 scratch-off game tickets were handed out to speeders and other traffic violators in a bid to spread holiday cheer while keeping the roads s ...
Dec 26, 2013, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lottery ticket worth $1.3 million about to expire
Someone who bought a Mega Money lottery ticket over the summer in south Miami-Dade is a millionaire and may not even know it.
To make matters worse, unless they come forward in the next week or so they will be out of luck.
Florida lottery officials said a Mega Money ticket sold June 18th at Davis Market, at 21630 Southwest 120th Avenue, is worth $1.3 million. However, it remains unclaimed. The 180 day limit to claim the jackprize expires on December 15th.
The winning numbers drawn on Ju ...
Dec 3, 2013, 1:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Deadline passes: $16 million Powerball jackpot goes unclaimed
The 180-day window passed late Thursday with no one coming forward to claim a $16.66 Powerball jackpot from a ticket bought in Hillsborough County, Florida.
The ticket was sold in May at Carrollwood Market, a convenience store at 4550 W. Village Drive.
The ticket was worth one third of a $50 million Powerball jackpot drawn May 25. The two other winning tickets were sold in Delaware and Louisiana. The winning numbers were 2, 6, 19, 21, and 27, with Powerball number 25.
Some of the unclai ...
Nov 22, 2013, 6:29 pm - Lottery News forum
$16 million Florida Powerball lottery ticket expires Thursday
Hitting a $16 million Powerball jackpot is a dream for most people.
But losing a fortune by letting those lottery winnings expire is a nightmare and that's what will happen Thursday if someone doesn't claim the ticket bought in May at a suburban Tampa, Fla., convenience store.
Lottery officials say this will be the largest unclaimed jackpot in Florida since 2003, when someone didn't claim $53 million in the Florida Lotto game.
Neighborhood residents who have been following the lack of a ...
Nov 20, 2013, 5:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida man wins multimillion lottery jackpot for 2nd time
By Todd Northrop
A U.S. man who won a multimillion-dollar jackpot playing the Florida Lotto has done it again.
The Florida Lottery says 67-year-old James Bozeman Jr., of Orlando, has claimed a $3 million jackpot from the drawing held on Aug. 31, 2013.
Bozeman chose to receive his winnings in annual payments of $100,000.00 for the next 30 years.
Last year, Bozeman claimed a $10 million jackpot.
He purchased both winning tickets from the same convenience store 7-Eleven, located at 5 ...
Oct 31, 2013, 10:47 am - Lottery News forum