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
Store manager charged after winning lottery
Indiana woman pleads guilty to buying ticket from own store
An Indiana woman who won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery game will be serving probation instead of spending her winnings.
Betty Jacobi, 54, who managed the Cowboy's Gas and Convenience store in New Salisbury, bought the $20 ticket in June from her own store, a violation of lottery policy, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported.
Because Jacobi couldn't legally claim the money, prosecutors said she gave the ticket to her daughter, Jon ...
Jan 5, 2010, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum
Study: Hoosier Lottery has worst financial decline in USA
Another state with computerized drawings fares poorly
Has Indiana considered boldly changing back to real drawings?
Proceeds from Indiana's lottery were down by more than 17 percent in the past fiscal year, marking the sharpest decline in profits nationwide.
Hoosier Lottery proceeds fell by nearly $40 million. The state's profit from scratch-off tickets, Powerball and other lottery games dropped from $217 million in the 2008 fiscal year to $178 million in fiscal year that ended June 30. ...
Sep 24, 2009, 2:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Study finds wealthy counties get most benefit from Indiana Lottery profits
When you play the Hoosier Lottery, the odds are against you. But if you're poor? Then, so is the system.
An Indianapolis Star review of the Hoosier Lottery has found that while lower-income players disproportionately fund the lottery, the state transfers lottery profits disproportionately to the wealthiest counties.
It's a quirk that seems to punish the very people the state counts on to fuel a revenue source that last year topped $217 million.
It's a sad state of affairs when state po ...
Jun 8, 2009, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana woman claims $2.5 million Lotto jackpot
A Summitville couple is nearly $1 million richer after winning the Hoosier Lotto jackpot prize.
Pamela and Jay Smith won $2.5 million in the May 9 drawing. Hoosier Lottery officials made the announcement at a news conference in Muncie on Tuesday.
I hope it doesn't change a thing, Pamela Smith said in a news release. I have a very nice life. I have everything I need.
The Smiths decided to take their at the couple's home late Tuesday.
The couple have no immediate plwinnings as a lump ...
May 20, 2009, 7:10 am - Lottery News forum
Reflecting bad times, some lotteries hit losing streak
State lotteries are down on their luck as players cut back on games of chance.
From California, where sales for the past year are down 5%, to Florida, where sales slipped 7%, fewer people are gambling on scratch-off tickets and numbers games.
The economy probably has affected lottery sales the way it's affected all discretionary spending, says David Gale of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.
About half of Americans buy lottery tickets, according to a 2008 ...
Apr 14, 2009, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum