Candy Crush-type game for state lotteries debuts
A new puzzle game, Star Match, looks to inject new life into state lotteries.
Available first in the state of Georgia, the gem-matching game puzzle think Bejeweled or Candy Crush lets players pay $2 per play for a chance to win up to $10,000.
Publisher LottoInteractive, which released the game Friday (on Android, iOS and desktop computers), aims to attract smartphone gamers who perhaps don't play traditional scratch-and-match lottery games, as well as lottery junkies looking for the next b ...
Sep 19, 2016, 6:15 pm - Lottery News forum
2 mammoth jackpots won this weekend
By Todd Northrop
Two multi-state lottery games gave up millions in their latest drawings as lucky ticketholders snagged the grand prize jackpots.
The first big winner matched all six numbers drawn for the estimated $133 million Mega Millions jackpot Friday night. The winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased at a BP gas station located at 1000 East Southline Road in Tuscola.
The winning Mega Millions numbers were: 13, 21, 28, 34, and 40, with Mega Ball number 15. The Megaplier was 3.
Sep 19, 2016, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
Three pharmacy employees charged in lottery theft scheme
When Police Chief Brennan Baird examined a video obtained off a hidden surveillance camera in the Rite Aid store of Danielsville, Georgia, the chief reported he was astounded at what he observed.
A store employee was suspected of stealing money to purchase Georgia lottery tickets inside the store and the video showed a behavior of constant thefts, according to the report. Store officials suspected her of taking money on hundreds of occasions.
The suspect would literally remove money from ...
Sep 15, 2016, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner invested $3M in crystal meth ring
Georgia man pleads guilty to drug trafficking, gun charges
A Georgia man who won $3 million in a scratch-off lottery game last year invested his winnings in a crystal meth trafficking ring, according to federal prosecutors.
Ronnie Music Jr., 45, pleaded guilty last week to federal drug trafficking and firearm charges.
Music decided to test his luck by sinking millions of dollars of lottery winnings into the purchase and sale of crystal meth, U.S. Attorney Ed Tarver said. As a result of ...
Jul 26, 2016, 2:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery transfers record-breaking $1.097B to education
The Georgia Lottery has transferred a record-breaking $1,097,567,000 to education for the 2016 fiscal year.
Lottery officials said this is the first time the Georgia Lottery has transferred more than $1 billion in a single fiscal year, and it is the largest educational transfer in the lottery's 23-year history.
We appreciate the commitment from our dedicated lottery and COAM retailers, players, vendor partners and employees. We are grateful to our board of directors for their leadership a ...
Jul 21, 2016, 6:19 am - Lottery News forum
Accused lottery murderer recaptured
The suspect accused of murdering a Georgia Lottery winner has now been caught, after he escaped from prison Wednesday.
Officials found Earnest Holcomb in Ocilla around 8:20 p.m. Thursday evening.
Authorities followed up on a tip that led to Holcomb's capture, they aren't releasing specific details about where he was found to protect the identity of the tipster. But Sheriff Bobby McLemore did say that he was found hiding underneath an Ocilla house.
Holcomb escaped from the Ben Hill Count ...
Jun 10, 2016, 10:03 am - Lottery News forum
Suspect accused of murdering lottery winner escapes from Georgia prison
One of the people charged with murdering a Georgia Lottery winner has escaped from a south Georgia prison, authorities say.
Earnest Anthony Holcomb, 28, got away from the Ben Hill County facility about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sheriff Bobby McLemore said. Holcomb was in the exercise yard when he made it onto the roof and slipped out of his jumpsuit before running away.
Authorities still don't know how Holcomb escaped, since there are 40 cameras in the area, McLemore said.
Holcomb and six ot ...
Jun 9, 2016, 12:55 pm - Lottery News forum
7 arrested in Georgia Lottery winner's murder
Seven people were charged Monday in the shooting death of a lottery winner more than two months ago.
The arrests were all made after a lengthy investigation into Craigory Burch Jr.'s death.
The former forklift driver hit the $434,272 instant prize from the Georgia Lottery when he matched all five numbers from the Nov. 29, 2015 Fantasy 5 drawing.
Six of the seven are in custody in the Ben Hill County Jail. One remaining suspect is in custody in Colquitt County.
Two of the suspects are ...
Mar 29, 2016, 9:05 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery winner killed during home invasion
Don't do it in front of my kids
A Fitzgerald, Georgia, man who recently won a nearly half-million dollar Georgia lottery jackpot was murdered overnight Thursday during a home invasion robbery.
20-year-old Craigory Burch, Jr died from gunshot wounds at a home on Stubbs Avenue.
Burch won a $434,272 Fantasy 5 jackpot in November 2015.
GBI agents spent the overnight hours collecting evidence from the home.
Officials say Jasmine Hendricks, Burch's girlfriend, was in the home at the ...
Jan 21, 2016, 1:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia lottery officials question legality of fantasy sports companies
Georgia Lottery officials are questioning whether the daily fantasy sports industry can legally operate in the state, according to a letter sent last month to CEOs of DraftKings and FanDuel.
Georgia Lottery General Counsel Joseph Kim said in the Sept. 23 letter that the companies appear to violate the Georgia Constitution, which generally bans gambling except for state lottery-run games.
Kim said Monday that neither company responded by the Friday deadline given in his letter. He said lott ...
Oct 20, 2015, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum