Illinois Lottery not paying big winners because state legislature won't pass budget
After years of struggling financially, Susan Rick thought things were looking up when her boyfriend won $250,000 from the Illinois Lottery last month. She could stop working seven days a week, maybe fix up the house and take a trip to Minnesota to visit her daughter.
But because Illinois lawmakers have not passed a budget, she and her boyfriend, Danny Chasteen, got an IOU from the lottery instead.
For the first time, we were finally gonna get a break, said Rick, who lives in Oglesby. And ...
Aug 28, 2015, 4:51 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ store owner returns lost $2M lottery ticket
A cynical person might say that the odds of meeting a truly honest person are the same as winning the lottery. But at one Rutherford convenience store, you'll find the odds are good of finding both a winning ticket and an honest store owner, who returned a winning scratch-off with a $2 million jackpot to a regular customer after it ended up unclaimed in the garbage.
Owner Yogi Patel and his wife Vilsa own Leprechaun News on Park Avenue by the traffic circle. Nestled between a bank and a parki ...
Jul 17, 2015, 1:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Disney chooses director for upcoming lottery movie
By Todd Northrop
Annie director Will Gluck is teaming with Walt Disney Studios to direct an untitled lottery movie based on the actual events of a Spanish lottery jackpot win.
The project, which was originally written for a male lead and titled Lucky Guy, is being retooled to feature a female protagonist and does not yet have a name.
The story centers on a perpetually unlucky young woman who is flabbergasted when everyone in her small town except her wins a lottery. However, this appare ...
May 29, 2015, 7:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lottery survey shows most players earn middle-class income
The majority of people who played the Wyoming Lottery during its first months of operations earned at least a middle-class income, according to an online survey commissioned by the Wyoming Lottery Corp.
Most players, meanwhile, bought their tickets at convenience stores, the study showed.
The summary of the survey is the result of one of four records requests by the Star-Tribune. Lottery officials have provided information for two of the four requests, which also seek data on employees' s ...
May 7, 2015, 9:46 am - Lottery News forum
Meet the man who pays out UK lottery jackpots
Ever wondered how lottery winners are paid their money or who looks after them? The UK National Lottery recently profile one of their Winners Advisers, Andy Carter, to offer lottery players a glimpse of their role.
From the moment they realize they've won to actually getting their prize money, UK lottery winners are looked after every step of the way by their dedicated team of Winners' Advisers. It is their job to support winners through the entire process so they can begin to enjoy their lif ...
Apr 27, 2015, 7:40 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery windfalls can buy anything except anonymity
Former Canadian lottery winners say lucky ticket holder should prepare for wave of unwanted attention
The hucksters started calling only hours after Brenda Schley's good fortune was announced.
Strange cars turned up outside her Clearwater, B.C., home. Then strangers began rubbing the 57-year-old for luck.
And that win only involved $1.75 million.
It's almost scary, says Schley, a year after matching six out of six numbers on a Lotto 6/49 draw.
We had to leave the house for abo ...
Mar 12, 2015, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery keeps an eye on frequent winners
In the last fiscal year, the Kentucky Lottery paid out $495 million, and a lot of them were repeat winners.
One man over a 12-month period cashed 25 tickets worth $77,000.
Lottery officials said one thread runs true when it comes to repeat winners.
The last few years I've been a little lucky. It's mostly luck, I guess, said one winner, who asked only to be identified as Kevin.
Last month, WLKY's Steve Burgin met up with Kevin at lottery headquarters, where he cashed four winning Pic ...
Nov 21, 2014, 10:44 am - Lottery News forum
800+ Michigan Lottery winners kicked off public assistance in 2013
More than 7,200 Michigan Lottery winners were living in households that received public assistance of some kind in 2013, and the state was able to close about 11 percent of those cases as a result.
The Michigan Department of Human Services shared those findings Thursday in its latest lottery match report, analyzing the impact of a 2012 law that allows the agency to cross-check lottery winnings with public assistance programs and, in some cases, end benefits.
DHS identified 7,216 lotto play ...
Oct 25, 2014, 1:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Scotland decision could ride on a lucky lottery ticket
If Scotland votes to separate from the United Kingdom on Thursday, could nationalists have a lucky lottery ticket to thank?
Three years ago, Colin Weir, a former television cameraman, and his wife, Christine, a former psychiatric nurse, were enjoying a night watching CSI on the TV. Before going to bed, Christine decided to check their lottery ticket numbers. She checked, and then checked again: the couple from the seaside Scottish town of Largs had just won the 161 million (US$261 million) Eu ...
Sep 16, 2014, 5:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery investigating frequent winners
The top lottery winners in Ohio have claimed hundreds of large prizes over the past decades, some in such short spans of time that it seemingly defies the odds and has prompted investigations by the Ohio Lottery.
State lottery investigators track multiple-winners to look for retailers who are either stealing prizes for themselves or store employees turning in tickets for others wanting to avoid paying off debts.
A local newspaper examined every prize claim of $600 or more going back to the ...
Sep 15, 2014, 8:29 am - Lottery News forum