Growing number of states move to shield lottery winners
A growing number of states are moving to allow the winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups' wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair.
Arizona could be the next state to join at least nine others with laws that let winners keep their names secret under a proposal headed to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. Four years ago, just five states allowed anonymous winners, and a handful of others allowe ...
Apr 14, 2019, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum
Two Mexico lotteries set to merge
In a bid to reverse its deficit Mexican lottery La Loter a Nacional para la Asistencia P blica (Lotenal) will merge with the other state lottery Pron sticos para la Asistencia P blica (Pron sticos).
Lotenal which owes $540m in back taxes will merge with Pron sticos as it responds to the challenge set by President Andr s Manuel L pez Obrador, said the agency's director, Ernesto Prieto Ortega.
It is a question of this decentralized body returning to the purpose for which it was founded in 1 ...
Mar 11, 2019, 8:56 am - Lottery News forum
The daily lottery was originally a Harlem game — then the government wanted in
By Bridgett M. Davis
In the early 1920s, Casper Holstein, a black man from the Danish West Indies who worked as a porter for a Fifth Avenue store, liked to study the Clearing House totals published in a year's worth of newspapers he'd saved. The Clearing House was an operation that managed the exchanges of money among New York City banks on a daily basis. It occurred to Holstein that the numbers printed were different every day.
Until then, lottery games existed, but the winning numbers we ...
Mar 1, 2019, 8:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winners use wacky names to claim prizes
An older gentleman walked into Cincinnati attorney John Brinker's office a few years ago seeking some help.
He had won $656,000 through the Ohio Lottery's Rolling Cash 5 game and wanted to preserve his anonymity. Ohio allows trusts to claim lottery prizes so the identity of big winners can remain a secret.
The man needed a proper name for his trust.
Brinker looked the winner up and down and, on the spot, came up with the perfect name The Wish This Had Happened Sooner Trust.
The mon ...
Feb 6, 2019, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa lottery player wins $1 but is treated like millionaire
Includes video report
Tyler Heep was not a big winner, but he still wanted the big check.
The metro man says he cashed in some change from his car last week and used it to buy some scratch-off lottery tickets. When he scratched off a $1 winner he decided to cash it in just like the jackpot winners do, so he headed to Iowa Lottery headquarters.
When he asked for a big check for his 'big' prize, he was surprised when the Lottery agreed to it.
They decided to treat me like a million do ...
Jan 18, 2019, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum
Swiss lotto draw chaos denies jackpot winner million
A Swiss man won a million and then lost it on Saturday, when a televised Swiss lotto draw went chaotically wrong.
For Andreas B rkli it would have been a lottery dream come true, when his name was pulled out of a drum and announced by German singer Herbert Gr nemeyer.
Swiss public TV channel SRF apologised after declaring him the winner, explaining that a mistake had been made due to technical problems.
A new draw will be made and the winner will find out after Christmas.
Swiss websi ...
Jan 1, 2019, 10:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery is building a better Nebraska
Nebraska Lottery celebrates 25 years
It's been 25 years since Nebraskans began putting a dollar on a dream by purchasing state lottery tickets. A lot has changed since then.
In 1993, there was one Scratch game. Now there are more than 30.
Then, each ticket cost $1. Now Scratch tickets are $1, $2, $3, $5 $10 or $20.
The top prize in 1993 was $5,000. Now the top prizes for Scratch games range up to $200,000.
Neither Mega Millions nor Powerball existed in Nebraska. Now the multi-stat ...
Dec 17, 2018, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery CEO worries about jackpot fatigue
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich says due to recent jackpot runs for Powerball and Mega Millions, Iowa Lottery sales and profits are running about a month ahead of projections.
We're still, per capita, are in the middle in the number of dollars spent per person, Rich says. You go to the east coast, it's probably three or four times per person what they spend on lottery and gaming than what we do in Iowa.
A recent $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot was won by a player in South Carolina. A woma ...
Nov 26, 2018, 7:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions winner selling $26M mansion due to son's health says the home has been a 'blessing'
A California Mega Millions lottery winner is selling his $26 million southern California compound and is ready to downsize.
I will not be looking to buy such an extravagant home this time around, Rick Knudsen said. I am looking to purchase land and build a home and ranch half the size of what I have now. I will still be looking for a great view and to add more ranch animals maybe a few horses and buffalo.
After winning the $180 million jackpot in August 2014, Rick Knudsen purchased 845 a ...
Nov 20, 2018, 10:22 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts has a new rule to stop repeat winners — but so far, they keep winning
He's done it again, and not just for the second, third or even 10th time. For the 1,246th time this year, Ali Jaafar has hit it big on the lottery.
State records show that since Jan. 1 the Watertown, Massachusetts, man has won more than $1.8 million from lottery retailers all around Massachusetts with most of his riches coming from scratch tickets revealing $1,000 prizes. Jaafar is on track to be the winningest lotto player in Massachusetts for a third consecutive year, and nothing yet seems ...
Nov 12, 2018, 2:59 pm - Lottery News forum