Florida Lottery education spending investigated
Lottery money still invested in education, but targeted differently than it used to be
Florida Lottery education dollars that used to go mainly to K-12 education are now being spread into several different educational initiatives, raising the ire of local Superintendents, but pleasing those who feel that education spending should be more diverse.
Nearby 4 billion dollars was spent on the Florida Lottery last year. It's money lawmakers promised would go to education. But according to infor ...
Feb 7, 2012, 10:04 am - Lottery News forum
$50M Lotto winner a no-show for celebration
It can be hard to tell who is more impacted by a $50 million lottery ticket.
Richard McMullen, the 54-year old Tallahassee resident and jackpot winner, has stayed out of the public eye since the lottery results were announced last week. Florida Lottery officials said he has requested minimal media coverage.
The Circle K where he bought the multi-million-dollar ticket, on the other hand, hasn't stopped buzzing with attention and customers hoping for lightning to strike a second time.
Jan 6, 2012, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
State lotteries get creative to drive higher sales
The Arizona Lottery has spent four years ramping up efforts to get players to part with a dollar.
It raised its average jackpot by 8 percent and introduced pricier scratch-off games that cost from $5 to $20 but yield bigger winnings, up to $1 million. The tickets now come in brighter colors on thicker paper, and more of them get displayed in bigger cases to catch the eyes of would-be winners lining up at grocery and convenience stores. The lottery also increased its advertising budget by roug ...
Dec 12, 2011, 8:05 am - Lottery News forum
Woman accused of killing Florida lottery winner sued by victim's estate
The estate of slain Lakeland, Florida, lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare has filed another lawsuit against the woman accused of killing him.
The latest lawsuit, filed last week in Tampa's courthouse, accuses Dorice DeeDee Moore of taking more than $1 million from Shakespeare.
The estate is seeking 121 items, including many pieces of jewelry, a Rolex watch, six computers and two cameras.
The valuables were seized by Hillsborough County deputies during the investigation into Shakespeare' ...
Oct 14, 2011, 5:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Walmart stores to sell lottery tickets
Florida may have just hit a jackpot.
Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has agreed to end its long-standing refusal to sell lottery tickets in its U.S. stores after reaching a deal with the Florida Lottery.
Starting in early October the retailer will embark on a pilot program at 27 Walmart neighborhood markets that stretch across central, southwest and South Florida.
The first Walmart stores expected to begin selling lottery tickets are located in Orlando. Ticket sales will start o ...
Sep 27, 2011, 8:55 pm - Lottery News forum
Lotto winner shot by deputies wins settlement
Includes video report
The Seminole County Sheriff's Office will pay a $3.2 million settlement to a Florida Lottery winner who was shot in his own back yard.
Deputies said they thought Robert Swofford Jr. was a burglar when they opened fire on him in April 2006.
Swofford, who won $60 million in the Florida Lotto, was shot four times.
He filed a lawsuit in 2007, claiming the sheriff's office failed to properly train its deputies.
Lawyers decided to settle the lawsuit last week.
Sep 1, 2011, 7:46 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery to update branding, Web site
The Florida Lottery is not aging gracefully.
Voters enthusiastically approved state-run gambling 25 years ago, but the Lottery is struggling to keep up with today's demands.
Sales are lagging. Its approach to online media is sluggish. And other forms of gambling, such as Indian-run casinos and Internet cafes, are luring customers away from lucky numbers and scratch-offs.
State officials are well aware of the shortcomings.
Gov. Rick Scott's choice to lead the agency is a branding expe ...
Aug 1, 2011, 6:56 am - Lottery News forum
Millions in lottery jackpots expire every year
If you are the ticket holder for the winning Massachusetts Mega Millions consolation prize with the numbers: 2, 7, 10, 16 and 29, we have some bad news for you. You have just missed your chance to claim $250,000. The jackpot expired Wednesday.
In six more days, on Aug. 3, a $900,000 jackpot is in danger of becoming little more than wishful thinking for some unlucky winner in Florida.
ABC News have found at least six other jackpots ranging from $10,000 (two in Arizona expiring Aug. 8 and Au ...
Jul 29, 2011, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum
Fla. man wins $35M lottery jackpot with computer software
Perseverance pays off for long-time Lotto player
When Paul Hemphill picked the winning lottery numbers in 1995, he made just one mistake: He never bought a ticket.
He didn't make that mistake twice. Two months ago, the 66-year-old retiree strolled into Hollywood Food Mart, plunked down $2 and walked away.
Two days later, he was a multi-millionaire.
The winner of the May 28 jackpot worth a hefty $35 million asked for the cash up front. After taxes, he pocketed more than $20 million.
Jul 19, 2011, 11:50 am - Lottery News forum
Florida man wins lottery twice in 6 months
Lightning struck twice for a Panama City Beach, Florida, man.
Jody Massengale won $3 million in November, playing a Florida Lottery scratch off game. Last week he did it again, winning $10 million on another scratch off ticket. This time, Massengale purchased his winning ticket at the Express Lane, located at 8302 Thomas Drive, in Panama City Beach. He bought his previous winner at a gas station on North Lagoon Drive.
David Haas, who works at the Express Lane, might be selling a lot more s ...
May 12, 2011, 7:29 am - Lottery News forum