Lottery officials say identifying winners a must
States wrestle with winners' privacy vs. integrity of games
In the California lottery handbook for winners, officials offer a few suggestions to newly minted millionaires. Change your number. Stop answering your phone. And find a reputable financial adviser.
That's because along with the money comes 15 minutes of fame as the names of winners are required to be made public in California and many other states.
All eyes are on the Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills, where one of three ticke ...
Jan 19, 2016, 12:24 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ restaurant workers mistakenly think they hit Powerball
Includes video report
Workers at one New Jersey restaurant cried tears of joy and shouted one even quit his job after they matched winning Powerball numbers with a lottery ticket they'd purchased for an office pool.
Unfortunately for them, they didn't realize they had read off the wrong day's winning numbers.
Video from Grissini's Restaurant in Englewood Cliffs shows servers, cooks and bartenders celebrating after reading off Wednesday's winning numbers with one of the tickets they boug ...
Jan 13, 2016, 6:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Powerball fever: Players snatch up tickets
Winning the world's biggest-ever lotto jackpot is not about infinitesimally small probabilities. Nor is it about hitting a 1 in 292.2 million chance, the mathematical odds of winning the biggest Powerball prize of all time now valued at a whopping $1.4 billion.
Talk to some of the countless folks buzzing about the lottery game known as Powerball, and they will tell you winning is all about feeling lucky, along with the escapist pleasure of dreaming how to spend $1 billion and who to share it ...
Jan 12, 2016, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich to answer lottery player questions live Monday evening
Lottery Post will host event at 8pm EST
By Todd Northrop
Lottery players from across the United States and around the world will have the chance Monday evening to ask questions about the Eddie Tipton computerized drawing rigging scandal to Terry Rich, Iowa Lottery CEO, who was instrumental in discovering the crime.
In December 2010 a Hot Lotto jackpot worth $16 million was won on a ticket purchased in Iowa. One year later, with just two hours to spare before the ticket was to expire, a ...
Jan 11, 2016, 10:39 am - Lottery News forum
$1,000-a-month lifetime lottery ticket auctioned for $40,000
An online auction for a lottery ticket that pays $1,000 a month for the rest of a 73-year-old Kalamazoo man's life went into overtime on Thursday, Jan. 7, ending with a winning bid of more than $40,000.
The auction was held on behalf of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to pay off the debts of Donald Magett, a former Kalamazoo police officer and owner of a security firm who bought a Michigan Lottery ticket that pays $1,000-a-month in February, 1984.
The winning bidder, whose offer of $40,026 will ...
Jan 8, 2016, 9:11 am - Lottery News forum
New Oregon law allows lottery prize garnishments for overpayments
A new Oregon law, effective Jan. 1, authorizes the state Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority to garnish Oregon Lottery prize payments greater than $600 to recover overpayments of public assistance, medical assistance and supplemental nutrition assistance.
What does this new law, approved by legislators, mean to players?
If a player claims a Lottery prize greater than $600 with the Lottery, the Lottery must check with DHS/OHA to see if the player owes an overpayment ...
Dec 24, 2015, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Some on welfare bet big on Maine lottery in pursuit of life-changing win
Murky state rules mean those who do collect larger prizes may not even lose their public benefits
Maine residents on public assistance have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on lottery tickets, according to an estimate based on the $22.4 million in large prizes they collected between 2010 and 2014, including eight jackpots worth at least $500,000 each.
Yet state rules are so murky that the winnings do not necessarily disqualify anyone from continuing to receive food stamps and other be ...
Dec 16, 2015, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
More lottery winners using trusts to accept prizes anonymously
A $1 million scratch ticket was recently sold in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, but despite regulations requiring the Massachusetts State Lottery to disclose big winners we may never know who purchased the winning ticket.
In a picture published on the Lottery's website announcing the winning, it is not the winner accepting the prize money. Instead, it is Brady McDevitt, an attorney and the trustee of The Apple Nominee Trust of Milton.
McDevitt was able to accept the check as a trustee on the ...
Nov 29, 2015, 8:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas Gov. tells Lottery to stop exploring gambling expansion
But he doesn't have the legal authority to force the Lottery to stop
Gov. Greg Abbott has told Texas lottery officials to stop efforts to explore the expansion of sports betting lottery games and other types of gambling that are prohibited under state law.
The Dallas Morning News reports Abbott told Texas Lottery Commission Chairman J. Winston Krause in a letter Monday that he does not want the agency to continue its exploration of the games that other states have launched. Abbott wrote th ...
Nov 12, 2015, 11:56 am - Lottery News forum
Cash-strapped church in Italy asks parishoners for lottery tickets
A cash-strapped parish in northern Italy has come up with a controversial idea to help it raise funds, by asking parishioners to give scratch cards instead of the customary monetary offer during mass.
Churchgoers will be told about the scheme, called 'scratch and win', during masses this weekend after it was announced on a flyer affixed to the door of San Martino in Cigola, near Brescia.
We all know we need help, read the flyer. So with a smile and without making givers uncomfortable or i ...
Oct 19, 2015, 10:53 am - Lottery News forum