Lottery's 'luckiest woman' bet flabbergasting sums on scratch-offs
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By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
First of three parts
For years, people who dream of beating the lottery have puzzled over the amazing case of Joan Ginther, who made headlines around the world by scratching off 10MILL on a $50 instant ticket in June 2010 to win her fourth multimillion-dollar prize.
Skeptics wondered if she cheated or had an ingenious system for pinpointing winners. After all, Ginther received a Ph.D. from Stanford and ...
Jul 2, 2014, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum
Man wins lottery, loses in court
A lottery winner who claims he was deceived when his lawyer teamed up with a finance company and persuaded him to take a lump sum for his annualized jackpot narrowly lost a split decision at the state Supreme Court Monday in a case that turned on how long victims have to sue.
In his suit against the finance company, John D. Flannery claimed and the Supreme Court concluded that he was given bad tax advice by attorney Glenn MacGrady and Singer Asset Finance to induce him to take a one-time paym ...
Jun 17, 2014, 7:28 am - Lottery News forum
Lucky woman buying lottery ticket narrowly escapes truck crash
Includes video report
Surveillance cameras captured amazing video of a woman who barely escaped with her life when a truck crashed into a grocery store in the Park Manor, Illinois, neighborhood Friday afternoon.
It happened at the Farmers Food Basket at 71st and Martin Luther King Drive.
Witnesses say a Ford pickup truck hit two other vehicles in the intersection, then careened into the front of the store.
The woman, who was buying lottery tickets from a vending machine near the site ...
Apr 21, 2014, 11:19 am - Lottery News forum
How lottery tickets are helping states' budgets
The scores of losing players in this week's $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich. Their ticket purchases also helped fund a small but increasingly important part of their states' budgets.
Changes in the nationwide Powerball and Mega Millions games have led to some of the world's largest jackpots in the last two years, boosting player interest and sales. Fueled by the growth of those games and the steady expansion of other offerings, many sta ...
Feb 24, 2014, 7:08 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa and Minnesota lotteries kick off new multi-state game
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
The Minnesota and Iowa state lotteries have unveiled a new two-state game in which players win the prize by matching all of the numbers or none of them.
In the new game, called All or Nothing, players choose 12 numbers from a pool of 24. There are 10 different ways to win prizes by matching various numbers, but the top prize of $100,000 is won by matching either all the numbers drawn or none of them.
Tickets cost $1 each, and drawings are held t ...
Jan 28, 2014, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery chief named NASPL president
Gary Grief will serve one-year term with North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries
The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) has elected Gary Grief as president of the organization at the 2013 NASPL Annual Conference and Trade Show in Providence, Rhode Island. Grief is the executive director of the Texas Lottery Commission.
I am pleased to have Gary Grief serve as the new NASPL president, said David Gale, executive director of NASPL. His e ...
Oct 10, 2013, 3:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio man wins lottery, beaten and robbed at local bar
Includes video report
An Ohio man is in the hospital recovering, after he says he was brutally beaten and robbed.
The 57 year-old is now fighting back and wants the men behind the crime to be arrested and put behind bars.
David Williams is in fair condition at Grant Medical Center.
He says he recently won some money from a local bar, and when he went to pick it up, a guy asked him for a ride home. That's when he was beaten.
I thought the guy was going to kill me. I truly thought ...
Oct 7, 2013, 11:13 am - Lottery News forum
'Lucky 7' canceled: ABC series pulled after two episodes
Lucky 7's luck has run out, and it is about to endure a lot of jokes about its unfortunate title.
ABC has axed the freshman drama after just two episodes, making it the first cancellation of the 2013-14 season.
ABC knows one thing that's working. Starting Oct. 8, the network will plug repeats of Scandal into Tuesday's 10 p.m. hour. The Shonda Rhimes drama hit series highs in its season-three premiere, jumping a whopping 71 percent from last fall.
The writing was on the wall for Lucky 7 ...
Oct 4, 2013, 8:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Oregon radio station behind mystery cash prizes in grocery stores
People thought it was a local lotto winner
The mystery surrounding a series of $100 bills recently tucked into items at grocery stores in Oregon has been solved. Turns out, the good deeds were the work of a Portland radio station trying to drum up publicity and spread some good fortune.
Despite speculation that the mystery donor was an unidentified local lottery winner, on Wednesday, The New 98.7 The Bull (KUPL) announced that it was responsible for mysterious windfalls occurring around Or ...
Sep 27, 2013, 11:54 am - Lottery News forum
Man accused of murder over lost lottery ticket
Bruce Butler, a General Motors retiree who played the lottery for 40 years, didn't gun down a Southfield liquor store employee because he was angry he'd left a winning ticket on the counter months earlier, his attorney says.
If Butler had won a $1 million prize, he would have known better than to try to cash it at a liquor store, attorney Joe Niskar said in his opening statement Friday.
But while Niskar contends police got the wrong man, prosecutors say they have evidence to prove Butler, ...
Sep 24, 2013, 11:45 am - Lottery News forum