Georgia Lottery board member resigns citing pressure to hire new director
A member of the Georgia Lottery Board resigned last week because she thought the panel was feeling pressured to hire the governor's budget director to run one of the country's most successful lotteries.
Frances Rogers, who has served on the board since late 2010, said she hung up the phone in the middle of a conference call to discuss a new lottery president last week and immediately resigned.
There were things that were said and I decided I was not going to be able to be part of the proc ...
Oct 12, 2012, 7:11 am - Lottery News forum
Alford named sole finalist to lead Georgia Lottery
The sole finalist to lead the Georgia Lottery is the state's top budget official, Debbie Dlugolenski Alford, officials said Tuesday.
The acknowledgement confirmed a report last week by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Alford was a leading candidate to replace Margaret DeFrancisco as president of one of the country's most successful lotteries.
Alford currently leads the governor's Office of Planning and Budget and serves on the Lottery Board. She would be the state's first lottery dire ...
Oct 10, 2012, 7:45 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery president/CEO announces retirement
Georgia Lottery Corp. President and CEO Margaret R. DeFrancisco announced publicly today that she will be retiring from her full-time position as head of the Lottery.
The Georgia Lottery's board of directors will conduct a search for DeFrancisco's replacement. She plans to stay through the transition, and a departure date is not imminent or immediate.
The Georgia Lottery has seen strong growth and funded the educations of hundreds of thousands of Georgians during Margaret DeFrancisco's te ...
Aug 15, 2012, 5:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery approves online ticket sales
Georgia Lottery officials approved for the first time Thursday an online ticket system, with sales to the public set to begin as soon as November.
The move is expected to increase the Georgia Lottery's revenue by millions of dollars a year thus helping the state's lottery-funded HOPE Scholarships and pre-kindergarten programs and positions Georgia among the first states nationwide to officially expand lottery sales to the Internet.
While the lottery's governing board voted unanimously for ...
Jul 20, 2012, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Jury awards jailed illegal alien $750,000 lottery ticket
After deliberating only 35 minutes Thursday, a Houston County jury awarded ownership of a $750,000 lottery ticket to an illegal alien who claimed he was taken advantage of by the man he had worked for as a day laborer.
Jose Antonio Tony Cua-Toc, 27, a native of Guatemala who entered the country illegally in 2000, had filed a lawsuit against Erick Cervantes, a Fort Valley business owner who claimed the winning Jingle Jumbo Bucks lottery ticket from Georgia lottery officials.
(See Illegal al ...
Mar 14, 2012, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
CNN producer tells what it's like to win lottery twice
I am a two-time lottery winner. I have claimed a $100,000 lottery ticket in November and a $1 million lottery ticket Monday. Both came from scratch off. Everyone has been asking me what it's like to win and so I'll tell you.
A big win is an amazing blessing that I still can't believe is real. And then to be blessed more than once is just extraordinary.
But nothing comes easy. We all go through rough times in our lives, and people don't know the road that one must walk to reach a happy dest ...
Feb 17, 2012, 9:04 am - Lottery News forum
CNN producer wins Ga. Lottery twice
Latest win is $1 million scratch game jackpot
She's another recent two-timer.
After winning $100,000 in November, a CNN producer has won big again in the Georgia Lottery.
This time Jennifer Hauser of Atlanta scratched her way to a $1 million win on the instant game 50X The Money.
Hauser, 29, claimed her $1 million prize Monday.
I was a little numb, Hauser said of her recent win. I didn't know what to think.
She bought the ticket at the Roswell Food Mart, 5645 Roswell Road N.E ...
Feb 15, 2012, 5:39 pm - Lottery News forum
$77M Powerball lottery ticket to expire Monday
What would you do if you won a $77 million lottery jackpot? What would you do if you didn't discover that you had the winning ticket until AFTER the deadline for claiming the prize?
That's the scenario that could play out next week, because the 180-day window for the Georgia Lottery player who won the June 29 Powerball jackpot to come forward slams shut on Monday.
That winning ticket, with the numbers 24, 30, 45, 57, and 59, with Powerball number 26, was sold at the Pilot Travel Center tru ...
Dec 22, 2011, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
Atlanta man wins $1 million lottery for second time in three years
There he goes again.
An Atlanta man has won a $1 million prize for the second time in three years playing an instant lottery game, according to Georgia Lottery officials.
Delma Kinney, who will celebrate his 51st birthday Dec. 5, won a $1 million prize playing the Georgia Lottery's instant game Super Millions.
In 2008, Kinney won $1 million playing another instant game. The single father of three set aside a portion of his winnings to save for his children's college educations.
Nov 30, 2011, 8:01 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery wins ruling in $5 million trademark dispute
The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled against two men who sought $5 million in damages from the Georgia Lottery Corporation in a lawsuit over the MONEYBAGS$ logo.
The suit was filed by George Kyle, who obtained a registered trademark for the MONEYBAG$ logo and game in 1995, and Frank Mankovitch, whom Kyle had been given the exclusive right to market the game. The logo consisted of a velvet pouch containing wooden tiles.
From 1999 to 2002, the Georgia Lottery obtained approval to use Kyle's t ...
Nov 21, 2011, 1:08 pm - Lottery News forum