Indiana Gov. names interim Hoosier Lottery director
Megan Ornellas will serve as interim director of the Hoosier Lottery until a replacement can be found for Kathryn Densborn, who resigned following a flap over her lavish spending on a new headquarters.
(See Indiana Lottery chief resigns after lavish office revealed, Lottery Post, Oct. 14, 2011.)
Gov. Mitch Daniels' administration announced Ornellas' appointment Monday. Ornellas is the chief of staff for the Family and Social Services Administration, the state's largest agency. Ornellas wil ...
Oct 17, 2011, 8:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Indiana Lottery chief resigns after lavish office revealed
Hoosier Lottery Director Kathryn Densborn stepped down Friday after coming under fire for moving the lottery to a posh new headquarters in Indianapolis.
Gov. Mitch Daniels said in a statement he accepted her resignation, which was effective Friday.
Densborn came under fire last week following reports of lavish spending on the move from Pan Am Plaza to a 35,000-square-foot office on Meridian Street.
(See Hoosier Lottery admits new office too lavish, Lottery Post, Oct. 6, 2011.)
Oct 14, 2011, 6:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Hoosier Lottery admits new office too lavish
Includes video report
Less than a week after an Indiana TV station broke the story that the Hoosier Lottery overpaid for new offices, lottery officials are making some changes. In a news conference Wednesday lottery officials admitted mistakes were made.
The Hoosier Lottery admits it did not follow state rules when it moved into a new multi-million dollar headquarters on Meridian Street.
The WTHR segment called 13 Investigates first exposed the lottery's fancy new offices and that inves ...
Oct 6, 2011, 6:56 am - Lottery News forum
Millions in lottery jackpots expire every year
If you are the ticket holder for the winning Massachusetts Mega Millions consolation prize with the numbers: 2, 7, 10, 16 and 29, we have some bad news for you. You have just missed your chance to claim $250,000. The jackpot expired Wednesday.
In six more days, on Aug. 3, a $900,000 jackpot is in danger of becoming little more than wishful thinking for some unlucky winner in Florida.
ABC News have found at least six other jackpots ranging from $10,000 (two in Arizona expiring Aug. 8 and Au ...
Jul 29, 2011, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana scientist wins $74M Powerball lottery jackpot
The Hoosier Lottery said Friday that April 2011 will go down as a big month for Powerball players in Indiana who have won back-to-back jackpots totaling nearly $300 million.
A pair of welders from Clarksville, Ind. claimed the first jackpot of $221.7 million and the holder of the $74 million ticket from the April 23 drawing is Hoosier native, William Bill Swanson II of Houston, TX.
Hoosier Lottery Executive Director Kathryn Densborn presented Swanson with his winnings at a press conference ...
May 2, 2011, 1:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner's prize day includes drug arrest
Winning ticket may be subject to forfeiture
Monday was a good news-bad news day for Mark Chambers.
The good news is his Indiana Pick Four lottery ticket is a winner, worth $2,260.
The bad news is that the ticket was in his pocket when he was arrested for allegedly dealing cocaine.
Sgt. John Jelks of the Gary Narcotics-Vice Unit said his detectives are consulting with prosecutors and the city's forfeiture lawyer to determine if the police department can seize the prize.
Chambers, 2 ...
Jun 16, 2010, 11:51 am - Lottery News forum
Hoosier Lottery's promotional RV destroyed by fire
The Hoosier Lottery's promotional RV has gone up in flames.
Lottery officials say a state worker picked up the recreational vehicle known as Big Fun 1 from an Indianapolis repair shop Friday morning and drove it Hoosier Lottery headquarters.
As he was later driving it to a lottery distribution center, he smelled smoke. The worker pulled the RV over and fled to safety before it caught fire.
The vehicle had been gutted by flames by the time firefighters arrived. The lottery says the RV wa ...
Jun 7, 2010, 7:46 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana man says store cost him $11.5M lottery jackpot
A 70-year-old retired chemist is suing a convenience store chain for more than $11.5 million, claiming its employees cheated him out of a large jackpot by refusing to sell him a lottery ticket.
Charles Andrews says in his lawsuit that he picked the winning numbers for the February 2008 Hoosier Lotto drawing, but that a clerk at a Speedway store in Indianapolis refused to sell him a ticket with a few minutes left before the 10:40 p.m. official sales cutoff.
Andrews, of Indianapolis, says th ...
Apr 27, 2010, 7:36 am - Lottery News forum
$2.5M Indiana lottery ticket found in the nick of time
Eric White didn't realize he'd left $2.5 million sitting on the desk in the office in his Indianapolis home for six months.
On Friday, he and his wife, Lori, cashed in, beating the odds by turning in the winning Hoosier Lotto ticket from the Aug. 19 drawing a week after the lottery officials said the prize wouldn't be awarded because the 180-day deadline had passed. Officials extended the deadline to Feb. 22 after saying the date had been miscalculated.
Lori White, 38, said she sent her hu ...
Feb 20, 2010, 7:53 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner has days to collect millions
Indiana lottery officials say they miscalculated the deadline to collect the winnings from a $2.5 million jackpot ticket, and are allowing more time for the winner to come forward.
The Hoosier Lottery office says the deadline for claiming the jackpot from the Aug. 19 drawing has been extended until Feb. 22.
Lottery officials had said the jackpot expired as of 5 p.m. Friday, but now say that was incorrect because the day of the drawing was mistakenly included in the 180-day limit to claim t ...
Feb 16, 2010, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum