A Nevada Lottery? The Line Forms in California
On a recent afternoon, lines of customers snaked to the door of the Primm Valley Lotto Store, a bustling hut just over the border in California. The parking lot was packed with cars sporting Nevada license plates.
The hut, on a dead-end street paved for the sole purpose of crossing that border, holds two important distinctions. It is the lottery ticket vendor closest to Las Vegas, 45 miles to the northeast. And it sells more lottery tickets than any other vendor in California, according to th ...
Apr 26, 2009, 12:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Hitting the jackpot: Rebecca Hargrove's winning strategy
Tenn. Lottery CEO says tickets seem recession-proof, help fund college educations
You may not have heard of Rebecca Paul Hargrove, but in the lottery world, she's a celebrity.
The brash, hard-charging CEO of the Tennessee lottery has accomplished what nobody else has in the state-run gaming business. She ran the lottery in Illinois where sales topped $1.3 billion. Next, Hargrove moved to Florida, where she set a new record: $95 million in sales the first week.
In Florida, Hargrove's mar ...
Mar 29, 2009, 11:37 am - Lottery News forum
Unemployed: Play the lottery or not?
by Dan Weiser
The Mega Millions lottery jackpot is worth an estimated $212 million. Right now, it is the largest lottery jackpot in the country, including the multi-state Powerball. In fact, it's the largest lottery jackpot in the world.
The next drawing is Tuesday night and a winning ticket will bring riches to at least one person. $212 million dollars is the stuff dreams are made of, but in these uncertain times winning would be ... well, hard to put into words.
The unemployment rate ...
Mar 2, 2009, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum
Courier finds bag of lottery tickets
Gaming officials show a surprising lack of concern, though
Paul Neves didn't win the lottery, but he still feels pretty good.
The UPS courier was driving his usual Rexdale route last Wednesday at 10 a.m. when he came upon a ripped plastic bag on the side of Humber College Blvd., near Highway 27 full of brand new lottery tickets worth $3,400.
I checked the bag. I was amazed, there were hundreds of tickets. They were sealed in clear plastic wrap, 30 tickets in each package.
Included w ...
Mar 2, 2009, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery Post member subject of new motion picture
'Infringed' opens in theaters early 2009
Known at Lottery Post as Jim695, Jim Grimes lived a story compelling enough for the silver screen
As the producer of director Neil LaBute's award-winning In the Company of Men and other features, Fort Wayne filmmaker Mark Archer knows a good story when he sees one.
He knows Jim Grimes' story is a good one and will soon be telling it on the big screen.
I don't think 'Infringed' will make it into many film festivals. I'm in the super-minority i ...
Oct 29, 2008, 11:48 am - Lottery News forum
Mega lottery bucks go unclaimed every year
Imagine the luck: You beat the odds and hit the lottery. Now imagine this kind of luck: You don't even know it.
Of all of life's weird twists of fate, this is pretty high up there. You could be living in fat city, if only you had checked your ticket or saved it from your jeans pocket before doing laundry.
Last year, more than $600 million in lottery fortunes went unclaimed in the United States. That could build, like, half of a football stadium.
In California, $29 million went unclaimed ...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:58 am - Lottery News forum
Sweet dreams in hard times add to lottery sales
When gasoline prices shot up this year, Peggy Seemann thought about saving the $10 she spends weekly on lottery tickets.
But the prospect that the $10 could become $100 million or more was too appealing. So rather than stop buying Mega Millions tickets, Ms. Seemann, 50, who lives in suburban Chicago and works in advertising sales for a financial Web site, saved money instead by packing her lunch a few days a week, keeping alive her dreams of hitting a jackpot and retiring as a multimillionair ...
Sep 14, 2008, 9:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery-winning couple's White Sox love story
Alex Snelius remains true to team he and his late wife loved
If you're a faithful viewer of White Sox television broadcasts, you've heard the name Alex Snelius, and most of you have probably wondered who he is.
Snelius is synonomous with White Sox home runs. Every time they go yard, he donates $100 dollars in memory of his wife, Ursula, who was a huge Sox fan.
From the time I met my wife, Sox, always Sox, she loved it so much, Snelius said. The first time I seen her I fell in love ...
May 21, 2008, 12:48 am - Lottery News forum
Spending on others brings happiness
Money can buy happiness when it is spent on other people, scientists have discovered.
Research in Canada and the US suggests happiness is not greatly affected by higher incomes or financial windfalls, it is significantly influenced by the amount people give away.
The more money people donate to charity or the more they buy gifts for loved ones or friends, the more likely they are to feel better about themselves, a team led by Elizabeth Dunn, of the University of British Columbia in Vancou ...
Mar 26, 2008, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum
Texas students rank USA lotteries
California, Pennsylvania best; Tennessee worst
Gerald Busald is at it again.
For more than a decade, the 65-year-old math professor at San Antonio College has turned scrutiny of the Texas Lottery into a classroom project. Armed with calculators, Busald and his students have exposed false advertising, attracted the media spotlight and sparked change.
This year, Busald and his students are aiming beyond Texas. On Friday, they unveiled a ranking of every lottery in the United States based ...
Dec 20, 2007, 7:34 pm - Lottery News forum