What it's like to tell people they won the lottery for a living
At every lottery in the world, there's a person who calls winners to inform them their lives have changed. In Australia, one of those guys is Matt Hart. He works at Australia's largest lottery operator, The Lott, and every day, Matt makes very weird and often emotional phone calls.
Over the course of his career, Matt estimates he has called over 400 people, each one with their own unique story and reaction. We spoke with Matt to hear about what that's like, and what he's learned about luck.
Aug 2, 2018, 7:21 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan lottery ticket plant prospering
Ypsilanti's Pollard Banknote instant ticket factory might not make the most scratch-offs in the world.
But Michiganders could still be in luck.
We have made a lot of winners here, said Doug Pollard, co-CEO of Pollard Banknote. This is probably the luckiest plant for winners in Michigan.
The Ypsilanti factory prints about 600 million instant lottery tickets a month for 23 states, the District of Columbia and many countries around the world, including France and Australia. Pollard said ...
Jul 6, 2018, 3:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Sweepstakes, lottery scams cost Americans more than $111 million in 2017
A new study reveals sweepstakes, lottery and prize-related scams cost Americans millions of dollars each year. The Better Business Bureau calls these schemes some of the most serious and pervasive frauds operating today.
In the past three years, the group says more than 460,000 Americans have reported losing a total of over $330 million to such scams.
The Better Business Bureau says these crooks are professionals. They might take advantage of someone in your family, and they can be very c ...
Jun 5, 2018, 3:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Study: Neighbors of lottery winners are more likely to go bankrupt
As if you needed proof that trying to keep up with the Joneses isn't a good idea, here it is: Close neighbors of lottery winners in Canada tended to spend more on conspicuous goods, put more money into speculative investments such as stocks, borrow more money and eventually declare bankruptcy.
The larger the dollar magnitude of a lottery prize of one individual in a very small neighborhood, the more subsequent bankruptcies there will be from other individuals in that neighborhood, says the l ...
May 29, 2018, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery winners increasingly opting to stay anonymous
Some people can't believe David Spillane's luck when it comes to the state lottery.
People come up to me and say congratulations. How come you win over and over? Spillane, a lawyer from Hanover, said in a recent interview.
Five times since Jan. 1, Spillane has gone to Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters in Braintree to claim a winning ticket. The total windfall to date is $6 million.
Each time, the state Lottery has distributed to the press and posted on its website the standard g ...
May 14, 2018, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner survives helicopter crash
A North Carolina lottery winner is lucky to be alive after his helicopter crashed and caught fire right on his front lawn.
Back in October, Timothy Kniess' wife won the lottery a hundred thousand dollars on a scratch off ticket.
Luck was definitely on their side again today when he was able to escape the crash with just a few scratches.
Neighbors weren't surprised by the crash. They say they watched Kniess attempt to fly his Mosquito XE helicopter for weeks, just waiting for it all to g ...
May 3, 2018, 1:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Amid delay in new lottery policy, repeat winners keep on winning
It's been a charmed decade for Ali Jaafar. The Watertown man keeps hitting it big on the Massachusetts State Lottery, winning millions of dollars from thousands of scratch tickets.
For the past two years, Jaafar has held the title of the state's winningest lottery player. But he is just one of hundreds of individuals who repeatedly cash in on the Massachusetts lottery.
The lottery does not know how some of these so-called frequent winners manage to win so often. Many of these players hold ...
Apr 28, 2018, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Your dog could be a Tennessee Lottery scratch-off star
So you think you've got the smartest, sweetest, and downright most adorable pup in Tennessee?
Now is your chance to see if others agree.
The Tennessee Lottery is conducting a Dog Days of Summer photo contest through May 7 in search of the next Tennessee Pup Star.
The lottery is inviting participants to send photos of their dogs (puppies or adults) and will select 10 of the smartest, sweetest and downright most adorable to feature on Instant Game tickets to be issued this summer.
Apr 26, 2018, 8:37 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery sells tickets for instant games after top prizes are gone
At $30 a ticket, the Illinois Lottery's World Class Millions instant game was not only one of its priciest offerings it was also potentially one of the most lucrative for players.
WIN UP TO $15,000,000! THE HIGHEST INSTANT PAYOUT IN ILLINOIS LOTTERY HISTORY, shouted a banner across the magenta and silver ticket.
But for the last five weeks the game was on sale this year, none of the three $15 million prizes remained. Yet players purchased an estimated 26,000 tickets during that time, spen ...
Apr 23, 2018, 7:34 am - Lottery News forum
Woman who won $1,500 in first state lottery wins $1 million 44 years later
Includes video report
Carol Vymetal says she just may be the luckiest woman in Woodridge.
Back in 1974, she won $1,500 in the Illinois Lottery's inaugural draw, and since then she's been a regular player, matching five numbers three or four times along the way.
But all that green pales in comparison to what Vymetal came away with as one of three people who won $1 million each in the St. Patrick's Day Millionaire Raffle.
It doesn't make any difference if you win back the price of the ...
Apr 5, 2018, 7:39 am - Lottery News forum