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
Ga. man throws away -- then recovers -- $10,000 in winning Cash 4 lottery tickets
By Todd Northrop
Imagine having lottery tickets worth $10,000, and then realizing you had thrown them away.
That's precisely what happened to Cedric Jackson of Rome, Georgia, over the weekend. But the story doesn't end there.
Jackson was a regular customer at Rick's Food Mart, 2000 N. Broad St., and went to the store early Saturday morning to buy new Cash 4 tickets.
He has played the lottery every day for five years, picking the same numbers for weeks until he wins a prize.
Aug 4, 2015, 8:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Former Georgia Lottery official files whistleblower lawsuit
A former top finance official with the Georgia Lottery has filed a whistleblower lawsuit claiming that he was fired after refusing to present inflated sales projections.
Kenneth Knight, former vice president for financial management at the Georgia Lottery, names the lottery and its president, Debbie Alford, in the lawsuit.
Knight argues that he was pressured by Alford and his boss to present the lottery board with flawed sales projections in April 2014. Knight says in the lawsuit that he t ...
Apr 25, 2015, 6:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery has first Jumbo Bucks Lotto jackpot winner
Winning ticket worth $2.1M was sold in Tennille
By Todd Northrop
A Georgia Lottery retailer in Tennille has sold the first Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Cash Match jackpot-winning ticket, worth $2.1 million.
The lucky jackpot ticket for Thursday's drawing was purchased at Hungry Hunter, 91 N. Fourth St., Tennille.
Winning numbers from the drawing were 7, 18, 27, 28, 36, and 46. The winner has 180 days from the draw date to claim.
Seventeen players around the state each won the game's $50 ...
Apr 3, 2015, 8:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery launches new Georgia-only lotto game
By Todd Northrop
The Georgia Lottery tonight is kicking off the first drawing of its latest Georgia-only lotto game: Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Cash Match.
The new game combines a classic lotto draw game with an instant-win component, and is the first time the game concept has been offered in the state of Georgia.
Jumbo Bucks Lotto with Cash Match offers jackpots starting at $1 million. The jackpot will continue to grow until there is a jackpot winner.
Additionally, players can select Ca ...
Feb 23, 2015, 11:15 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia woman accused of scheme to steal lottery winnings
A Georgia woman has been indicted in Missouri on charges that stole nearly half a million dollars in lottery winnings from a 60-year-old victim.
Freya Pearson, 41, of Georgia and formerly of Kansas City, Mo., was charged last month in a nine-count indictment by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, according to Don Ledford, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Missouri.
The indictment, according to Ledford, alleges that Pearson convinced her victi ...
Nov 12, 2014, 12:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia man wins $1M on forgotten lottery ticket
A Savannah, Georgia, resident realized this week that it was no trick when he found a forgotten lottery ticket that led to a major treat: a $1 million prize.
David Bramble, 42, matched the first five numbers from the July 9 Powerball drawing, winning a $1 million prize.
Georgia Lottery representatives presented Bramble with an oversized check Wednesday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Savannah.
His lucky lottery ticket went unnoticed for three months.
I had these tickets th ...
Oct 30, 2014, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery cracks down on 'shadow winners'
The Georgia Lottery is launching a full-scale effort to crack down on so-called shadow winners people who take a percentage of the prize to stand in for the real winner.
Anyone with a winning ticket over $600 must show the Georgia Lottery proof of ID to collect their money. Before that cash is handed out, though, the Georgia Lottery checks to see whether the winner owes any back taxes or court-ordered judgments such as child support or educational loans.
If that's you, a shadow winner can ...
Sep 12, 2014, 9:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky lotteries to cancel Decades of Dollars
Making room for upcoming national Monopoly game
By Todd Northrop
There are just twenty remaining chances to play and win the multi-state Decades of Dollars game in Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky.
The first drawing of Decades of Dollars was on Feb. 3, 2011, in the states of Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia. Arkansas later joined the game starting with the drawing on May 5, 2011.
Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky will not be participating in any drawings after October 16, 2014. After tha ...
Aug 8, 2014, 1:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Husband plays late wife's 5 special numbers and wins lottery
A Chatsworth, Georgia, man claimed a lottery jackpot from the Georgia Lottery after playing his late wife's special numbers.
David Greeson, 51, was one of three players to win a $77,921 jackpot prize from the Feb. 25 Fantasy 5 drawing, matching all five winning numbers.
The winning numbers from the drawing were 5, 7, 11, 23, and 31.
David Greeson knows those numbers by heart. Not because they won him $78,000, but because they remind him of his late wife.
Her birthday was 11/23/57 an ...
Mar 14, 2014, 3:02 am - Lottery News forum