Mega Millions comes to Florida
It's a great time to be a lottery player in Florida: Powerball is at $360 million and rising, the highest it has been since last year's record $587 million. Meanwhile, at 6 a.m. this morning, Mega Millions tickets went on sale in Florida for the first time. The multi-state jackpot is approaching $200 million.
Mega Millions tickets are now available at the same outlets that sell other Florida lottery products. There are more than 13,000 such venues statewide. Drawings are held at 11 p.m. Tuesd ...
May 15, 2013, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
Woman opts out of lottery pool, but co-workers give her cut anyway
After winning $1 million, would you share it with a coworker you barely knew?
A group of 12 workers at Keller Williams Partner Realty in Plantation are doing exactly that.
Jennifer Maldonado had only been working as an administrative assistant for the company for two weeks, and she hadn't even received her first pay check.
Laurie Finkelstein Reader, a Realtor and head of the team in that office, was going around collecting $20 from each of her colleagues to spend on Powerball tickets. T ...
Mar 28, 2013, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
Florida to join multi-state Mega Millions lottery
Florida will start selling tickets to the popular Mega Millions game later this year.
Florida Lottery officials told The Associated Press on Thursday that the state will join 42 other states in selling tickets. Tickets will go on sale on May 15.
The first Mega Millions drawing that Florida tickets will participate in is on Friday, May 17.
The state already sells tickets to Powerball, another multi-state game. It also has its own game called Florida Lotto.
Lottery Secretary Cynthia O' ...
Feb 28, 2013, 4:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Powerball winner claims $50 million jackpot
Christopher McGurran overnight went from living a modest life to living large.
The 30-year-old and his wife claimed the $50 million Powerball jackpot drawn last month in St. Petersburg.
It's always somebody, someplace else, and you wonder if somebody won it. It's nice, said neighbor Bud Patten.
McGurran, a heating and cooling technician, bought the winning ticket at a Sweetbay grocery store just minutes from his home. Little did he know at the time that it would be his golden one.
Jan 14, 2013, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
New look for Florida Lottery
The Florida Lottery used its 25th anniversary to unveil a new logo on Monday, aiming to boost the $4.8 billion-a-year gaming system that is a major funding source for Florida's schools.
Lottery Secretary Cynthia O'Connell said the rebranding effort which includes a more energetic looking flamingo logo is targeted at keeping the online and scratch-off ticket games innovative and fresh.
But it is also about money.
The Lottery provides more than $1.3 billion a year for the education budge ...
Jan 8, 2013, 9:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman found guilty of murder in lottery winner's death
Includes video report
A Florida woman was convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the slaying of a lottery winner in central Florida.
Dorice Dee Dee Moore showed no emotion as the verdict was read. Judge Emmett Battles sentenced her to mandatory life without parole for the murder and an additional minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years for using a gun in the commission of a felony.
Battles called Moore the most manipulative person he had ever seen, describing her as cold, calculating ...
Dec 11, 2012, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
New Fla. Lottery raffle to make a millionaire every week
By Nick Sortal
A guaranteed millionaire every week, a decent holiday present and a chance to have a very happy New Year's Eve.
Florida Lottery officials are betting that a new seven-week raffle series will attract players excited by at least one of those three facets of their new game, called 25th Anniversary Millionaire. The first drawing is Monday.
As opposed to lottery-type games, such as Powerball and the Florida Lotto which may or may not produce a winner after a drawing a raffle c ...
Nov 19, 2012, 12:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida woman hits for $10M on lottery scratch-off
A Coral Springs, Florida, woman has claimed a $10 million lottery win the largest haul of the year so far in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Tara Tuttle, 35, of Coral Springs, claimed the $10 million top prize in the Billion Dollar Blockbuster Scratch-off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee. Her ticket cost $20.
Despite the high cost of scratch tickets like the one claimed by Tuttle, Lottery officials note that scratch-off payback is about 70 percent compared to 50 percent ...
Sep 17, 2012, 12:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery player says scanner not accurate
One man's faith in the reliability of Florida's lottery system has been shaken after an odd incident.
It was around 8:30 p.m. the evening after a drawing. Robert Campisi, 48, a retired business owner and electrical contractor, was in the Exxon at 7624 Front Beach Road.
Campisi said he was engaged in an activity that is all too familiar to him. And like most of the time, as he scanned the Powerball and Quick Pick lottery tickets at the external scanner, an all too familiar message appeared ...
Sep 16, 2012, 3:04 pm - Lottery News forum
98 Florida Lottery players share Fantasy 5 win
Perfect set of odd-numbered results drawn
If you woke up this morning and discovered you were a Florida Fantasy 5 winner, you have plenty of company.
There were 98 players last night who picked the pedestrian numbers of 1-3-5-7-9, so they'll all share from the Fantasy 5 pool. Their take? $1,995.32 each.
The Florida Lottery's Shelly Safford notes that of the 98 winners, only one was a quick pick.
Obviously, a lot of players pick those numbers, she said.
Nobody has exact stats, but ...
Aug 29, 2012, 12:27 pm - Lottery News forum