In lotteries, lucky numbers will only win you less
It goes without saying the chance of winning the lottery is minuscule. But if you play the numbers, you should know that certain tactics commonly used to make picks reduce the likelihood of collecting the maximum payout.
Grab a pencil, and we'll try it out.
Let's say a $1 lottery ticket allows you to choose six numbers between 1 and 75. Write down your choices and make a mental note regarding the significance of each one.
If you are like many people, you picked numbers with personal mea ...
Today, 10:59 am - Lottery News forum
Driven to death by phone scammers
The phone calls wouldn't stop.
The man on the other end of the line made promises of a big payoff: millions of dollars in prize money. But first the IRS needed $1,500 in taxes, he insisted, then the jackpot would arrive at the family home, a camera crew ready to capture the excitement.
The calls came a couple of times a day; other times, nearly 50.
Mr. Albert, we need the money to be sent today ...
Don't hang up the phone, Mr. Albert ...
Mr. Albert, don't tell your wife about this ...
Oct 7, 2015, 10:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket printer grants rare peek at operations
For about 30 minutes this afternoon, Pollard Banknote took the unusual step of stopping its new, instant-lottery ticket press so it could show it off.
We're halting production for a few minutes, not withstanding the fact we've got to get tickets out the door still to pay for this sucker, Doug Pollard, the company's co-CEO with his brother John, said as the din of the press in Ypsilanti was quieted. But we'll fire it back up after.
A mostly family-owned company based in Winnipeg, Canada, ...
Sep 22, 2015, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland's No. 1 lottery retailer revealed
The regulars at the Soda Pop Shop Mart had heard the story before how Bill Jenkins accidentally played the same set of Keno numbers twice in 2012, leaving him with two $10,000 winning tickets instead of one.
So there were knowing smiles inside the Catonsville convenience store last week as the retired truck driver recounted how the terminal initially seemed to reject the first $10 ticket, prompting him to select the eight charmed numbers again.
And he ain't won $15 since! another player s ...
Sep 8, 2015, 7:27 am - Lottery News forum
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