Mass. Lottery becoming political football
A war of words and numbers broke out in the governor's race yesterday as Gov. Deval Patrick accused rival Tim Cahill of making excuses about the Lottery's performance even as the state treasurer touted a better-than-expected financial forecast.
I and I think the legislative leadership are losing our patience with the excuses with the Lottery performance, Patrick said yesterday. Just give us a realistic estimate so we can build that into a budget, and not have to do patches and plugs to cope. ...
Dec 11, 2009, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
After $10M lottery win, Mass. woman plans 'exceptional Christmas'
Debra A. Roberto, a Stoneham mother, won a $10 million grand prize the largest instant prize in America last week in the new Mega Cash game from the Massachusetts State Lottery.
She cashed in her winnings Monday, Nov. 23.
I've won a little [money] in the past, but I never even dreamed of winning this amount, she recently told the Sun. I scratch a lot of tickets, so when I scratched this one my husband said, 'Maybe now we're even.'
Her grand prize ties the record for the largest instan ...
Nov 22, 2009, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball coming to Maryland, Massachusetts
According to local media reports, Powerball lottery tickets will soon be sold in Maryland and Massachusetts. Other Mega Millions states are sure to follow.
Maryland Lottery Director Buddy Roogow expects the sales to begin in the next four or five months. The decision is a result of lots of negotiations between officials in the states that operate Mega Millions and Powerball over the last seveal months.
Roogow says an official announcement is likely to come in the next few days. He says sal ...
Oct 12, 2009, 6:36 am - Lottery News forum
Proposed Mass. budget includes nonexistent lottery money
Issue highlights problem with budgeting based on speculation
When Massachusetts lawmakers approved a $24.7 billion state budget last week, they included $25 million in expected revenue from the multi-state lottery game, Powerball.
The trouble is, the state's bid to become a part of the game had been rejected and state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill neglected to let legislators know.
To make matters worse, the inclusion of Powerball revenue in the state budget was based upon the notion that ...
Jul 29, 2009, 12:27 pm - Lottery News forum
2-time lottery winner's past questioned
He definitely won the $1,000, but is the $1 million claim a fraud?
The past of a Fall River man who claimed he won the lottery twice in one day is now being called into question. It turns out Phillip Brunelle, formerly known as Phillip Daggett, has been in legal trouble before for making false claims.
Brunelle said he bought a lottery ticket from a convenience store on East Main St. Sunday morning and won $1,000. He said he then went back into the convenience store, plunked down $20 for a ...
Jul 28, 2009, 6:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Man wins $1,001,000 from 2 scratch tickets
A Massachusetts man won $1,000 and $1 million dollars from two scratch-off lottery tickets on the same day.
Phillip Brunelle, 29, of Fall River, said he was so excited about winning $1,000 on a scratch-off ticket at a convenience store that he decided to return to the store later to buy another $5 Money Mania ticket, WCVB-TV, Boston, reported Monday.
I already won $1,000, so I don't know why I went back down. I guess I'm greedy, Brunelle said.
He said he used his lucky penny to uncover ...
Jul 28, 2009, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
Patriots plan lottery tie-in after NFL eases stance
Promo will be a first for a league still sensitive about betting scandals
The New England Patriots are developing the first licensed NFL instant ticket with the Massachusetts State Lottery just days after league owners voted to allow teams to partner with lotteries across the country. This is going to be a hugely successful collaboration, Robert Kraft, chief executive of Kraft Group, which owns the Patriots, said yesterday. We are looking forward to helping the lottery generate much needed re ...
May 26, 2009, 1:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery will sell ads on its tickets
Massachusetts Lottery officials constantly tinker with their offerings and odds to try to attract players and haul in more money for the state.
Now they will have a new way to bring in cash, by selling ads on game tickets and monitors.
The Massachusetts State Lottery Commission approved a contract yesterday that will pay the Fenway Sports Group $10,000 a month plus a percentage of whatever advertising revenue the sports-marketing spin-off of the Red Sox is able to attract for the lottery.
Apr 4, 2009, 9:05 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery proposes changes to Megabucks game
Game will get new name, longer odds, bigger jackpots
For devotees of Megabucks, the odds of winning may soon be getting longer under a proposal to update the 27-year-old jackpot game.
Though it will be harder to win the twice-weekly drawing, with odds falling from approximately 1 in 5 million to 1 in 13 million, there's an upside, says a lottery official. The game will be getting richer, meaning bigger jackpots.
A lot of the things that are going to change will be more user-friendly, s ...
Mar 30, 2009, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Many states' lottery sales are rising in recession
Even in these tough economic times, many people are feeling lucky.
More than half of all states with lotteries have reported rising sales over the past six months, and some researchers say financial insecurity might be driving people to risk more of their money than usual on $1 and $5 instant scratch-offs and other daily games in hopes of a big payoff.
Someday somebody is going to win and I hope it is me, said Albert Atwood of Nashville, who spends $100 weekly playing the Pick 5 and Lotto ...
Jan 12, 2009, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum