Leftover lottery tickets turned into stunning living room art
Includes video report
More people than ever are trying to rescue, recycle and reinvent, especially on Earth Day.
This extreme example uses all those unlucky lottery scratch-off tickets to turn them into a recycled masterpiece.
Artists Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was have created an entire dining room out of 40,000 used lottery tickets, using them to make up the wall panels, furniture and even the place settings.
All the furniture and d cor total a whopping $70,000 in lottery ticket sale ...
Apr 23, 2016, 8:34 am - Lottery News forum
French lottery 'winner' went on huge spending spree only to realize she had wrong number
A Frenchwoman who went on a huge spending spree after winning the Euro Millions lottery was ordered to pay the huge tab back after belatedly discovering that she had got the wrong the number.
The 46-year-old, whose identity was not disclosed in the French media, believed she had won a massive jackpot. Within hours, and over the course of three weeks in February and March 2014, she issued a series of checks spending on perfumes, jewellery, clothes and ornaments to celebrate her good fortune.
Mar 9, 2016, 8:14 pm - Lottery News forum
FBI warns about lottery fraud
The telephone call came from out of the blue. The man on the line told the 83-year-old retired schoolteacher she had won a substantial lottery prize. All that was required to claim the windfall was to pay taxes and other fees.
Before it was over, the victim a Virginia resident who had meticulously saved for her retirement was out more than $500,000 in a scam that has become all too familiar among the elderly.
The criminals behind these lottery frauds and other telemarketing scams prey on s ...
Mar 9, 2016, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Falling lottery sales pinch college scholarships
The ticket-buying frenzy that erupted over January's $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot wasn't enough to reverse a long-running trend: Proceeds from lottery games aren't keeping pace with the higher education costs they were supposed to pay.
Now lawmakers in at least eight states have made or are considering making dramatic cuts to scholarship programs funded by lotteries. The programs, aimed at opening access to college by providing nearly free tuition, include one at the University of New Mexic ...
Mar 3, 2016, 12:23 pm - Lottery News forum
How a group of MIT students gamed the Massachusetts Lottery
Even within a university as famously offbeat as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Random Hall has a reputation for being a little quirky. According to campus legend, the students who first lived there in 1968 wanted to call the dorm Random House until the publishing house with that same name sent them a letter to object. The individual floors have names, too. One is called Destiny, a result of its cash-strapped inhabitants selling the naming rights on eBay; the winning bid was $36 from ...
Feb 23, 2016, 1:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Why you might go bankrupt if your next-door neighbor wins the lottery
Winning the lottery can be hazardous to your neighbors' financial health.
Research released this month by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia found a significant jump in bankruptcies among households living near someone who won a big lottery jackpot. The economists theorized that people may have seen the good fortune next door and felt pressure to accumulate more assets of their own, especially flashy purchases like cars, that they simply could not afford.
Income inequality induces p ...
Feb 16, 2016, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery's Cash Explosion Show wildly popular after 29 years
Twenty-nine years after it launched, the Ohio Lottery's Cash Explosion show remains must-see TV for thousands of Ohioans, who turn in every Saturday evening to watch ordinary folks jump, cry and scream over winning tens of thousands of dollars.
The attraction is easy; it takes no skill to be chosen to appear on the slightly corny show or to win just a lot of luck. Every contestant walks away with about $10,000.
Like Cindy Feasel, who always wanted to swim with dolphins. Now, with a $50,000 ...
Feb 16, 2016, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery pays off for state's senior citizens
Darlene Henderson has played the daily Pick 4 off and on since the 1980s, though she hasn't won a substantial jackpot.
Her payoff from the Pennsylvania Lottery comes from the more than $1 billion raised annually for senior programs and services statewide.
From the beginning, they always said it was to help senior citizens, said Henderson, 67, of East Liberty. That's a good cause.
Since its first drawing in 1972, Pennsylvania's lottery has contributed nearly $25 billion to senior progr ...
Feb 14, 2016, 5:52 pm - Lottery News forum
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