Lottery juggling whether to ban smoking at ticket outlets
The Texas Lottery Commission is considering a ban on selling tickets in stores that allow smoking after a recent attorney general's opinion suggested the practice could open the state to civil rights lawsuits.
Anti-smoking and civil rights advocates urged the commission at a meeting Wednesday to re-evaluate how it licenses vendors and to not allow smoking where tickets are sold.
They are concerned that secondhand smoke prevents people with disabilities or illnesses related to smoke from bu ...
Dec 6, 2007, 7:56 am - Lottery News forum
Some lottery winners missing their jackpots
Elderly man reads the newspaper every morning in the bathroom.
He dies. Widow picks up the old papers, finds a Powerball ticket.
Her kids insist: Mom, check it out. She does just in time!
Widow claims a $100,000 prize the day before the ticket expires.
That story from Karen Emery, deputy director of the Arizona Lottery is a rare happy ending in the history of long-lost lottery tickets.
More than a half-billion dollars in lottery prizes went uncollected last y ...
Dec 6, 2007, 7:14 am - Lottery News forum
Britain's biggest lottery winner says jackpot ruined her life
Emerging from a cramped flat in the run-down Scottish town of East Kilbride, the dowdy middle-aged woman does not look out of place.
Clutching a handful of plastic carrier bags, she struggles down the street alongside the school-run moms and Asbo kids on their way to the chip shop.
The weather has turned her recently permed hair into a shapeless frizz and her lackluster skin is devoid of make-up. Dressed in old jeans and a baggy top, another empty day unfolds.
Her look is not one whic ...
Oct 25, 2007, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery Post member receives Distinguished Service Award
GoArmy earns highest-level civilian decoration for saving a woman and two children
Two Sailors and one civilian received the Distinguished Service Award during a ceremony held in the Bop Hope Theater at Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar Oct. 2.
For Lottery Post members, it is a special moment of pride, as one of their own earned the highest-level civilian distinction.
Electronics Technician 1st Class (SW) Verlon Cox, who goes by the member name GoArmy at Lottery Post, Mineman 1st Cl ...
Oct 16, 2007, 3:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Bear draws lottery tickets
You can't teach an old dog new tricks, but an animal trainer from New Hampshire proves you can teach a bear just about anything.
A trained bear at Clark's Trading Post has learned a new trick that will help raise money to care for animals.
Trainers have taught the black bear, named Echo, to spin a drum and draw a raffle ticket out of it. The person whose ticket is drawn will win a teddy bear made from real bear hair.
Maureen Clark said that she began training Echo about a week ago.
Oct 10, 2007, 11:40 pm - Lottery News forum
CBS publishes second hatchet job on lottery
News outfit intent on slamming lotteries
CBS News, currently the lowest-rated broadcast network of the big three , today ran its second story in the past month attempting to dig dirt on lotteries in America.
In its latest diatribe, CBS News alleges one of the oldest, most widely-spread lottery myths that lotteries prey on the poor and destitute.
The problem is, the myth has been disproved time and again by long-term studies, using scientific means.
(See Study proves lottery not ' ...
Oct 8, 2007, 12:19 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery competition between two border states
A close look at the Georgia and Tennessee Lotteries
University of Georgia demographer exemplifies general lack of understanding; buys into lottery myth: There aren't people in Brooks Brothers suits holding briefcases standing in line for tickets.
Bob Kilgore lives in Jasper, Tenn., but he regularly buys lottery tickets in neighboring Georgia.
I started playing the lottery in Georgia when it started (in 1993), and I've just kept buying most of my tickets in Georgia, Mr. Kilgore sai ...
Oct 5, 2007, 2:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Review: Vultures feast on desperate lottery winners
Money for Nothing is a glimpse into a seedy business few will ever encounter.
Edward Ugel writes about the trade of preying on bottomed-out lottery winners, crazy for cash to meet their growing debts, waiting for their next annual annuity check to arrive from the state coffers.
His tale is a colorfully written account by a self-proclaimed overweight, chain-smoking, Krispy Kreme doughnut-eating, fanatical gambler.
For just shy of a decade starting in the late 1990s, Ugel says he worked i ...
Sep 24, 2007, 11:05 am - Lottery News forum
Record powerball lottery winner reflects on sad life
In his darkest moments, Jack Whittaker has sometimes wondered if winning the nearly $315 million Powerball game was really worth it.
The jackpot that was the stuff of dreams turned into a nightmare: His wife left him and his drug-addicted granddaughter his protege and heir died. He endured constant requests for money.
Almost five years later, Whittaker is left with things money can't cure: His daughter's cancer, a long list of indiscretions documented in newspapers and court records, a ...
Sep 14, 2007, 12:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Lotto fever isn't what it used to be
Sure, there was a buzz Tuesday. Sure, people dreamed. Sure, people blacked out their favorite numbers birthdays and anniversaries hoping for luck to strike.
The chance to win a cool $250 million, though, didn't seem to draw the crazed stampede of wannabe Trumps that it has in the past. In 1984, a then-record $40 million jackpot in Illinois actually caused people to fly in from overseas to take a stab at it.
For some, huge jackpots such as the one offered by the Mega Millions lottery in ...
Aug 30, 2007, 1:00 am - Lottery News forum