Online lottery sales not approved by Massachusetts lawmakers
Massachusetts lottery players are going to have to wait a little bit longer if they want to buy lottery tickets online.
In their most recent economic development bill passed Sunday, Massachusetts legislators chose not to authorize the state lottery to begin online gaming.
Lawmakers said that they wanted to address other priorities. Those included $500 million in funding for MassWorks infrastructure, and $45 million for new equipment in career and technical education. A new tax deduction to ...
Aug 2, 2016, 3:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery may offer online games
In response to declining sales among digitally savvy young adults, the Massachusetts State Lottery is calling on lawmakers to open a new gambling frontier lottery games offered around the clock on mobile devices and computers.
The only way to reach the younger market is via online lottery games, said state Treasurer Deb Goldberg, who oversees the Lottery Commission. It's the future and we need to face it.
Goldberg said the state lottery has studied online games and is now seeking legisla ...
Jul 12, 2016, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
After Senate setback, Mass. Lottery chief again emphasizes online presence
The Massachusetts Lottery did not secure Senate approval last week to begin the process of making its products available online, and time is running short for the Legislature to grant that authorization, the still-hopeful head of the Lottery said Tuesday.
Senator Jennifer Flanagan, Democrat of Leominster, filed a budget amendment that would have given the Lottery the approval it needed to move forward with its exploration of online opportunities, but Flanagan withdrew her amendment during the ...
Jun 1, 2016, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Senate weighing plan to give Lottery 'broad mandate' for online games
If the Massachusetts State Lottery is to continue to thrive and return hundreds of millions of dollars to cities and towns, it must have the ability to move online in some fashion, its executive director said, but it first needs permission from the Legislature to test the World Wide Web's waters.
It's critical to the Lottery's future ability to produce revenue that we're allowed to engage clearly changing technology and, to me, what is a very strong change in the commerce pattern that consum ...
May 25, 2016, 12:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner wins again with $1M scratch ticket at lottery headquarters
A Medford, Massachusetts, man cashing in a $1,000 scratch ticket won another $1 million after he stopped to buy another ticket in the lobby of the Massachusetts State Lottery's Braintree headquarters.
Chi Chan arrived in Braintree on Wednesday to redeem his $1,000 winner. On his way out Chan bought a $30 ticket at the vending machine inside lottery headquarters.
A short time after, Chan was at the bank when he scratched the ticket and found he had won $1 million.
On Thursday, Chan retur ...
Apr 29, 2016, 6:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Engaged couple wins $15 million on Mass. Lottery scratch ticket
Melrose man is second winner in World Class Millions game
A Melrose, Massachusetts, man and his fiancee claimed the second $15 million grand prize in the lottery's $30 scratch ticket game on Tuesday.
Michael Milford, a 28-year-old sales manager, scratched to win the jackpot in the Massachusetts State Lottery's World Class Millions instant ticket game.
It is the largest instant scratch-and-win prize ever awarded in Massachusetts lottery history, matching the game's first $15 million priz ...
Apr 22, 2016, 10:51 am - Lottery News forum
How a group of MIT students gamed the Massachusetts Lottery
Even within a university as famously offbeat as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Random Hall has a reputation for being a little quirky. According to campus legend, the students who first lived there in 1968 wanted to call the dorm Random House until the publishing house with that same name sent them a letter to object. The individual floors have names, too. One is called Destiny, a result of its cash-strapped inhabitants selling the naming rights on eBay; the winning bid was $36 from ...
Feb 23, 2016, 1:11 pm - Lottery News forum
Homeless man helped by lottery winner arrested for failing to register as sex offender
A homeless man who was given a warm bed and some loving care by a Massachusetts lottery winner was arrested Thursday for failing to register as a sex offender.
Glenn Williams, 59, was picked up by police at a first-floor apartment on Parker Street in the West End where he was staying with another woman, police spokesman Detective Capt. Steven Vicente said.
A Wareham detective called New Bedford police prior to Williams' arrest, said Vicente, who didn't know details of the call. But he conf ...
Feb 22, 2016, 9:20 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts woman spent lottery winnings to help homeless man
A Massachusetts woman won the lottery, and quickly spent all the reward money to help a homeless man on Saturday.
After her selfless act, Sofia Lorena also set up a GoFundMe for Glenn Williams, the homeless man she met just seconds after winning $200 on a scratch ticket, she said.
The crowdfunded charity has already raised more than $1,900 in less than 24 hours for Williams, who encountered Lorena on Saturday night while standing in the frigid cold in Wareham.
Lorena, a single mother of ...
Feb 16, 2016, 5:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Cape Cod fisherman reels in $10M lottery prize
Includes video report
William Chopper Young Jr., a shellfisherman and champion oyster shucker, has won the $10 million prize winner in the Massachusetts State Lottery's $10,000,000 Mega Fortune instant game.
Young opted to receive the cash option on his prize and collected a one-time payment of $6,500,000 (before taxes), according to an official statement from lottery officials today announcing the win. He plans on using his winnings to help his family and invest, the statement said.
Dec 9, 2015, 11:11 am - Lottery News forum