The USA's 'luckiest' lottery players may not be as lucky as they seem
On, Dec. 29, 2016, Clarance Jones did something that most Americans could scarcely imagine: He cashed-in 20 winning scratch-off tickets, collectively worth $21,000, one after the other.
For the average lottery player, that would be the ultimate payday. For Jones, it was practically routine.
In the past six years, the 79-year-old from Lynn, Mass., has won more than 7,300 lottery tickets, totaling $10.8 million. That establishes him, by far, as the luckiest lottery player in America.
Sep 19, 2017, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts has more repeat lottery winners than any other state
Over the last six years, four members of the Jaafar family of Watertown have cashed in more than 7,000 winning lottery tickets and collected a cool $11 million.
Statistics suggest it's nearly impossible to win the lottery that frequently. But Massachusetts has more repeat lottery winners than any other state, people who redeem so many winning tickets that they raise questions about the integrity and oversight of the $5 billion state lottery, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of nearly ...
Aug 3, 2017, 7:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner hands out winning tickets at favorite restaurant
A Maine man who won the lottery twice in recent months shared his winnings with employees and diners of a local restaurant he patronized nearly daily for more than a decade.
Hal, who asked that his last name not be used, won a $2 million jackpot from the Maine lottery in April in a drawing among people who submitted their losing tickets.
I was there in the audience with my son and my daughter, said Hal, a widowed father of five from central Maine. I said, 'Lord if you want me to win this ...
Aug 3, 2017, 6:40 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery game sparks gambling fever in eastern Canada
A Canadian lottery game used to raise money for charity has brought gambling fever to the city of St John's in the remote eastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Chase the Ace is a lottery game popular all over Canada's east coast, and often raises money for charity.
The winner of each week's draw gets to pick one card out of a deck; the ace of spades wins the jackpot.
A record-breaking-million-dollar game has attracted thousands of people to the Goulds area of St John's.
Jul 24, 2017, 11:03 am - Lottery News forum
Flashback: Winners are drawn in New York state's first lottery in 1967
The New York State Lottery is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
On Election Day in 1966, New Yorkers voted in favor to approve a constitutional amendment authorizing a government-run lottery, with its proceeds to be applied exclusively to, or in aid or support of education. It was the second state lottery in the nation, following New Hampshire's in 1964.
Plans for the first lottery drawing were finalized in April 1967.
One dollar tickets would go on sale on June 1 at hotels, m ...
Jul 19, 2017, 12:51 pm - Lottery News forum
State lotteries losing revenue to 'jackpot fatigue' and casinos
The biggest loser in the lottery game? Increasingly, it's the states that rely on lottery revenue, as fewer people are buying tickets of chance.
In 22 of the 44 states with lotteries, revenue declined between 2014 and 2015, the most recent year for comprehensive data, the Pew Charitable Trusts reported Thursday. Twenty-one states experienced declines from 2013 to 2014.
In 2016, lottery revenue fell 3.3% in Missouri, more recent data shows, while it fell 3.2% in Rhode Island and 2.6% in Wes ...
Jul 14, 2017, 11:02 am - Lottery News forum
New York seizes $20 million in lottery prizes from people on public assistance
New York state has reclaimed nearly $20 million in lottery prizes since 2013 from winners who had received public assistance in the last 10 years.
The little-known program, one of the toughest of its kind in the country, has grabbed back prizes from an estimated 30,000 winners in the last four years.
At least six other states have similar programs, but New York is the only state that seizes prizes of those on public assistance, experts said. Other programs take back unpaid child support pa ...
Jul 5, 2017, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery investigation highlights difficult balance between security and profits
For more than a year while he worked at the Brick Street Market in Bondurant, Iowa, Matthew Hinrichs quietly stole lottery tickets, cashing in at least $28,000 in illegitimate prize money, prosecutors say.
When he was finally caught in 2016, Hinrichs pleaded guilty to two felony counts of fraud and was ordered to pay back those winnings, plus nearly $5,000 more.
Lottery officials say their layers of security allowed them to track Hinrichs' activity, providing data that was invaluable to pr ...
Jun 6, 2017, 2:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Top N.Y. lottery winners probably lost millions
Millions of people play the New York state lottery every year.
None of them won big more often over the past eight years than a guy sitting at two out-of-the-way lakeside bars in Oswego County.
Randal Stier won Quick Draw prizes of $600 or more at least 1,400 times from 2009 through last year, according to data obtained from the state lottery by journalism students at Columbia University.
It's a total of nearly $1.6 million. Other players won more money, but nobody won big more times.
May 30, 2017, 1:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Meet the NYC men who won the lottery hundreds of times and collected millions
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He can barely walk. He has one eye. But Enrico Del Rio is one lucky, lucky guy.
The 94-year-old Washington Heights man has scored lottery prizes of $600 or more an astounding 376 times between 2009 and last year.
His total winnings more than $1.4 million.
I seem to win all the time, the ex-Navy officer said in his cramped studio apartment, filled with crates of old lotto tickets.
My mother passed it to me. My family tells me I took all the luck.
Del Rio ...
May 28, 2017, 6:18 pm - Lottery News forum