State audit questions Georgia Lottery business practices despite record profits to education
Georgia sells more lottery tickets per capita than all but one other state lottery, according to a state audit of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, the quasi-governmental agency that runs it.
But a steadily declining portion of lottery revenues flow back to the education programs the lottery is required by law to fund, and the corporation that runs the lottery needs to reform its business practices, according to auditors in the Performance Audit Division of the Georgia Department of Audits and ...
Jan 2, 2017, 5:31 pm - Lottery News forum
Retiree claims $7.5M Georgia Mega Millions prize
Christina Ford of Dallas, Georgia, came forward Tuesday as the winner of Georgia's unclaimed $7,500,000 Mega Millions prize. She was one of two winners to split a $15 million jackpot July 22.
Winning numbers for the July 22 Mega Millions drawing were 8, 24, 25, 26, and 30, with Mega Ball number 7.
Ford played using the Quik Pik option and was in disbelief when she saw the winning numbers drawn on television.
I thought it was a dream, she said. I kept saying, 'Yeah, right. This can't be ...
Oct 25, 2016, 6:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery looking for $7.5M Mega Millions winner
Georgia Lottery officials are trying to solve the case of the missing millionaire. Half of a $15 million jackpot won in Georgia remains unclaimed.
The outstanding ticket, worth approximately $7.5 million, is one of two that split the July 22 Mega Millions jackpot prize.
Kroger #0634, located at 8876 Dallas Acworth Highway in Dallas, sold the lucky ticket. The second ticket that shared the jackpot prize was purchased in Virginia.
Georgia winners have 180 days from the draw date to claim ...
Oct 18, 2016, 11:41 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia couple claim $246.8 million Powerball jackpot
Powerball winner William ten Broeke, 46, just deposited the largest check of his life into his bank account because of a gentle nudge from his better half.
He was shopping at the Publix in Brookhaven when his wife posed a life-altering question.
Aren't you going to get a ticket? Heather ten Broeke, 38, asked.
Without that reminder, William ten Broeke said he would have forgotten to purchase the ticket, which turned out to be worth $246.8 million.
The ten Broekes, who have been marri ...
Oct 6, 2016, 1:46 pm - Lottery News forum
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