Upcoming TV show to highlight successful lottery winners
All Fred Brown ever wanted to do was sell cars.
He didn't realize that goal also would land him on a cable television show. But that's what happened to Brown, now the general manager of Garnsey Wheeler Ford of Greeley and Fort Morgan, who is the subject of an upcoming show on The Learning Channel.
The show, which will probably be aired in the coming months, is about lottery winners who have gone on to successful careers despite a lottery windfall. Brown won $6 million in the Colorado Lot ...
May 3, 2007, 8:34 am - Lottery News forum
Rebecca Paul Hargrove: Former newswoman cashes in on lottery career
If running a state lottery is a risky business, you could say that Rebecca Paul Hargrove has hit the jackpot.
The onetime community affairs director of WICS-TV in Springfield, Hargrove then known as Rebecca Paul was named to head the Illinois State Lottery in 1985 by Gov. James Thompson.
She went on to be named the first director of Florida's lottery in 1987. Her lottery start-up experience led her to head Georgia's new games in 1993, and in 2003, she was named president and CEO of the ...
Apr 2, 2007, 1:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Maryland Lottery helps taxpayers hit jackpot
The Maryland Lottery wants to help people dream.
While the odds of those dreams becoming a cold, hard-cash reality are more than a million-to-one, look no further than the recent Mega Millions jackpot winners from Georgia and New Jersey, who each came away with half of a stunning $390 million pot.
Last fiscal year, the Maryland Lottery generated more than $501 million for the state's general fund. These earnings benefited government-funded services and programs such as education, public he ...
Mar 22, 2007, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
Newspaper photo reveals lottery winner's personal information
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by Todd Northrop
Maine's Morning Sentinel newspaper appears to have revealed a lottery winner's address and social security number in a published photo.
In a story that ran in the February 27 edition of the Sentinel, Newport resident Venison Turner Jr. was pictured together with his son, holding a copy of a winning ticket worth $300,000 and the paperwork filed with the Maine Lottery. The man's personal information is clearly visible.
In the Sunday, March 11 edit ...
Mar 14, 2007, 1:28 pm - Lottery News forum
N.Y. Lottery: We've got a game for you
Whether you're looking for instant gratification or prefer to dream big with millions in the bank, the New York Lottery has a game for you.
Lottery machines spew out tickets that could be worth millions of dollars if the astronomical odds are beaten.
Store counters often have racks displaying dozens of colorful choices for those wanting instant scratch-off tickets.
Some people play their favorite numbers twice a day, fearing their Daily Number will surely come in if they skip a bet.
Jan 31, 2007, 3:24 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery tickets prove a popular gift
What started out as a stocking stuffer for Fred Heckman's grandchildren turned into a profitable tradition for the family.
One year when he was searching for small extras to give his two grandchildren on Christmas, the Endicott, N.Y., man discovered a New York Lottery promotion that offered $10 worth of scratch-off tickets packaged in a festive envelope. He hasn't found them since that year, but every year since, he has purchased $10 worth of tickets as a present whichever games feel lucky. ...
Jan 31, 2007, 2:27 am - Lottery News forum
Meet Yolanda Vega, the lottery queen
One of the most famous names in New York started out as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn. Little did Yolanda Antequera know that one day, she would be introducing herself nightly as Yolannnn daVegaaaa, the most well-known spokeswoman for the New York Lottery.
Born in Brooklyn in 1960, Yolanda had a typical childhood that she says was greatly influenced by a close-knit, loving family that included her five sisters. She attended Hunter College and received a bachelor's degree in economics in 1982. ...
Jan 31, 2007, 1:45 am - Lottery News forum
Nationwide, lotteries pay for far more than education
Martha Keller is a 78-year-old resident of Altoona, Pa., who frequently takes the bus from her apartment on Walnut Avenue to her doctor's office or the local senior center. Chandni Amin is a 19-year-old nursing student at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Keller and Amin have little in common save for one thing both are benefiting directly from money raised by state lotteries. Lotteries help pay for everything from education to economic development, buses to baseball stadiums.
In Penn ...
Jan 31, 2007, 12:06 am - Lottery News forum
With the N.Y. Lottery, money flows upriver
The New York Lottery isn't just a game in Herkimer County.
With a dwindling tax base and shrinking corporate presence, most of the rural county's school districts rely heavily on annual distributions from the Lottery to stay afloat. One of every 10 dollars spent on education in the county comes from state-sanctioned games of chance.
Districts such as ours are high-need, low-income and low-wealth in property values, said Robert Service, superintendent of the Ilion Central School District, ...
Jan 30, 2007, 9:45 pm - Lottery News forum
N.Y. Gov. vows to review Lottery operations
New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is pledging to review the New York Lottery's operations amid bipartisan calls for reform prompted by a media report revealing that billions of dollars in bets were kept off the Lottery's books.
Several state legislators said yesterday that the Lottery Division needed to fully account for all the cash generated by its video lottery terminals, after it was reported that only a portion of wagers was included in the Lottery's financial reports.
This is a little ...
Jan 30, 2007, 7:36 pm - Lottery News forum