Amid delay in new lottery policy, repeat winners keep on winning
It's been a charmed decade for Ali Jaafar. The Watertown man keeps hitting it big on the Massachusetts State Lottery, winning millions of dollars from thousands of scratch tickets.
For the past two years, Jaafar has held the title of the state's winningest lottery player. But he is just one of hundreds of individuals who repeatedly cash in on the Massachusetts lottery.
The lottery does not know how some of these so-called frequent winners manage to win so often. Many of these players hold ...
Apr 28, 2018, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery sells tickets for instant games after top prizes are gone
At $30 a ticket, the Illinois Lottery's World Class Millions instant game was not only one of its priciest offerings it was also potentially one of the most lucrative for players.
WIN UP TO $15,000,000! THE HIGHEST INSTANT PAYOUT IN ILLINOIS LOTTERY HISTORY, shouted a banner across the magenta and silver ticket.
But for the last five weeks the game was on sale this year, none of the three $15 million prizes remained. Yet players purchased an estimated 26,000 tickets during that time, spen ...
Apr 23, 2018, 7:34 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery wins International Gaming-Compliance award for work in lottery rigging investigation
Long-running case culminated in 2017 guilty pleas from three men
The Iowa Lottery has won an international gaming-compliance award for its work in the long-running lottery jackpot investigation that uncovered fraud against U.S. lotteries and resulted in guilty pleas from three men.
GamblingCompliance on Wednesday named the Iowa Lottery its 2018 recipient for outstanding achievement in compliance. The organization's annual awards that recognize excellence in 11 categories focused on regulat ...
Apr 19, 2018, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
MUSL issues report about computerized drawing failures in Arizona
One machine was broken, the other generated 'apparently valid results'
By Todd Northrop
The Arizona Lottery released the report last month from the Multi-State Lottery Association's (MUSL) investigation of a computerized drawing malfunction that caused the same winning numbers to be generated in successive drawings.
When lottery drawings are discussed or envisioned by members of the public, one imagines a spinning drum of numbered balls from which the lucky winning numbers are drawn. I ...
Apr 11, 2018, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Hoosier Lottery often pulls plug on high-dollar scratch-off games before all prizes can be won
Brittany Mowell and her husband purchase Hoosier Lottery scratch-off tickets a couple of times a week in hopes they'll win big.
The Indianapolis woman said she felt cheated out of that dream once she learned the lottery was pulling certain high-dollar scratch-off games off the market before all the big-money prizes could be won and paid out.
It felt so unfair she questioned whether such a move was legal.
That really ticks me off, Mowell said, and I feel ripped off.
Not only is the ...
Apr 6, 2018, 1:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Are repeat Wisconsin Lottery winners playing fair?
Since 2009, Khalil Audi of Cudahy has cashed in lottery tickets 33 times to the tune of about $80,000.
His $10,000 win from Badger Cash Blowout? A one-in-72,000 chance. When he bought a $30 Super Millions scratch-off ticket, he had a one-in-200,000 shot of winning $5,000 the same odds as giving birth to conjoined twins.
But that ticket was also a winner.
Audi's success is surprising, but he is not the luckiest person in Wisconsin.
According to Wisconsin Lottery data obtained by Gamin ...
Mar 25, 2018, 10:02 am - Lottery News forum
How a gaming geek with a checkered past pulled off the biggest lottery scam in U.S. history
Eddie Tipton jotted down the numbers on a yellow sticky note as he sat at his desk in Urbandale more than a decade ago.
Around him were more sticky notes filled with number sets that he carefully wrote down as they spun up on his computer screen. The numbers were generated by a cryptic two-line software code Tipton had planted in his employer's computer system at the Multi-State Lottery Association.
The office building was virtually empty as Tipton ran test after test ...
Mar 16, 2018, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
CT Lottery security chief on paid leave following review of botched raffle draw
The Connecticut Lottery Corp. has placed its $139,000-a-year year security director, Alfred DuPuis, on a paid leave pending possible disciplinary action after an internal investigation concluded that he acted with gross neglect... of his duties leading up to a million-dollar blunder in a Jan. 1 drawing.
(See Connecticut Lottery forced to redraw special New Year's raffle after 'human error', Lottery Post, Jan. 2, 2018.)
Interim lottery CEO Chelsea Turner imposed the leave Thursday. That was ...
Feb 17, 2018, 8:28 pm - Lottery News forum
CT consumer protection agency issues investigative report about botched raffle drawing
An investigative report on the $1.375 million, New Year's Day lottery blunder spreads blame among the Connecticut Lottery Corp., state Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), and a national accounting firm hired to send an observer to the drawing to verify that proper procedures were followed.
But that accounting firm, Marcum LLP, is denying all culpability in the snafu despite a contract with the lottery corporation requiring it to [o]bserve] that... the Lottery's Official Drawing Procedure ...
Feb 16, 2018, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
Auditor general finds no fault with Pa. Lottery, but unusual wins remain unexplained
Pennsylvania's Auditor General says that he has full confidence in the integrity of the Pennsylvania Lottery following a review in response to an investigation in 2017 that found some Pennsylvanians have claimed lottery tickets with seemingly improbable frequency.
In an interview Monday, Eugene DePasquale said he met with lottery officials and was given a thorough tour of its operations and an explanation of its security procedures.
DePasquale added that the lottery told him it had investi ...
Feb 6, 2018, 11:35 am - Lottery News forum