Players snapping up Mass. Lottery's new $30 tickets
The Massachusetts State Lottery, following the lead of a handful of other states, has rolled out new scratch tickets at a significantly higher price $30 a pop saying there is a market for more costly games with the chance of bigger winnings.
Since the new game was launched last Tuesday, bettors have snapped up more than $8 million in tickets, hoping to win one of the four $15 million instant jackpots or at least take home one of the 36 $1 million prizes. Dina William, who, along with her husb ...
Apr 29, 2014, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery to launch $30 instant ticket in April
The Massachusetts State Lottery next month will launch a $30 instant ticket the highest priced ticket in the agency's history with a top prize of $15 million.
Known as World Class Millions, the game's top prize will be the highest scratch-and-win payout ever offered by the agency, officials said at a meeting Tuesday.
Overall, the game will pay out more than $600 million in cash prizes. Ticket sales will begin at the end of April. Massachusetts will become the 14th state to offer a $30 inst ...
Mar 26, 2014, 7:09 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery names new executive director
Shaking hands with someone who has just won a million dollars is not a bad way to make a living.
Lynn native Beth Bresnahan, 38, is the second woman and youngest person to head the Massachusetts State Lottery, which has 400 employees and 7,400 agents statewide. It generated $4.85 billion in sales last fiscal year, with $956 million returned to cities and towns in unrestricted local aid.
Bresnahan, who previously served as the lottery's assistant executive director and marketing and communi ...
Mar 20, 2014, 4:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Winning lottery ticket gets Mass. man off the hook for speeding
A Rockland, Massachusetts, man not only won the lottery Thursday morning, but also used the winning ticket to help him avoid a speeding ticket in Hingham.
According to Hingham police Sergeant Steven Dearth, a man was driving on Sharp Street around 11 a.m. when he was pulled over for going 49 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone.
[The officer] stopped the car, and when he walked up to the car he could see the driver was shaking ... at first he didn't know what was the issue, Dearth sa ...
Feb 28, 2014, 2:17 pm - Lottery News forum
Snowstorms hurt Massachusetts Lottery sales
Lottery ticket sales dipped in December by nearly $1 million below last year s total a drop Lottery officials attribute to two snowstorms that kept buyers out of stores.
During the Dec. 17 storm, Lottery agents lost out on rush hour sales when many commuters spent hours in their cars driving home, Beth Bresnahan, assistant executive director of marketing and communications, said during a Lottery Commission meeting Tuesday.
But a record $648 million Mega Millions jackpot prevented the sales ...
Jan 29, 2014, 11:40 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery wants to experiment with online gaming
Massachusetts Lottery officials asked lawmakers Tuesday to pass legislation that would let the agency experiment with online gambling.
We are not proposing to offer these games to our players with an actual cash transaction, nor are we seeking any appropriation to fund such operations, Lottery Assistant Executive Director Beth Bresnahan told the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure. Rather, in the interests of preserving and protecting the Lottery, we simply want to en ...
Jan 29, 2014, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum
Keno: The Next Big Bet For The N.H. Lottery?
On a recent afternoon at the Common Grounds Cafe, 200 yards from the New Hampshire border in Methuen, Mass, a handful of men sit along a short counter or at several tables in the back of the cafe.
Eyes moving back and forth from their pink and white betting slips to two wall-mounted video monitors, they wait for the next drawing of a popular electronic lottery game called Keno.
We've got some regulars who come in almost every day, said Shane Bernard, who runs the cafe with his parents. An ...
Jan 8, 2014, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
New England's 'Lucky for Life' game to gain second lifetime prize
Lucky for Life, the multi-state draw game that offers lottery players throughout New England the opportunity to win up to $1,000 a day, every day, for their entire life, is going to get a lot more lively with the addition of another lifetime prize to its robust prize offerings.
Beginning with the September 19, 2013 drawing, Lucky for Life's second-tier prize will be elevated to a $25,000 a year for life payout, making it the only game in the country that offers two lifetime prizes. This new p ...
Sep 5, 2013, 4:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Couple rescues lottery ticket from trash, wins $1M
A Massachusetts couple has won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket they dug out of the trash after inadvertently throwing it away.
The state lottery commission says Joseph and Joanne Zagami of North Attleborough bought the $5 ticket from a vending machine while grocery shopping.
They stuck the ticket in a bag and forgot about it.
The next day, Joseph Zagami asked his wife if she had scratched the ticket. She hadn't. They dug through the trash and found it.
The couple claimed t ...
Jul 26, 2013, 3:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Man credits fortune cookie for $1M lottery win
William Johnson from Southwick, Mass. wasn't expecting much when he cracked open a fortune cookie last week after finishing dinner with his wife. You will soon come into a lot of gold, the slip of paper read.
While most of us would be inclined to dismiss the prediction, Johnson decided to do just the opposite. The following day, feeling lucky, Johnson bought a $10 Massachusetts Millionaire Mania scratch-off ticket and promptly forgot about it.
A few days later he encountered the scratch-of ...
Jul 26, 2013, 11:57 am - Lottery News forum