Mass. lottery player claims state's first Powerball jackpot
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
A retried U.S. Navy civilian worker from Fall River, Massachusetts, came forward Thursday to claim his Powerball jackpot, Massachusetts lottery officials said.
James Jimmy Freeman won $25.6 million in the Powerball drawing on June 8. Lottery officials said he opted for the one-time, lump sum payment of $13.4 million before taxes. He came forward to claim his jackpot just several hours after learning he won the massive prize.
Freeman's jackpot-wi ...
Jun 13, 2011, 2:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Audit finds 'ticket cashers' remain problem for Mass Lottery
Allow winners to avoid paying taxes, support
The Massachusetts State Lottery continues to have a widespread problem with ticket-cashers'' who claim prizes valued at millions of dollars, apparently allowing the actual winners to avoid taxes on their winnings, the state auditor said yesterday.
An audit released yesterday, as well as prior reports, found numerous instances in which certain people were claiming hundreds of prizes worth millions of dollars,'' State Auditor A. Joseph DeNucci's o ...
Dec 23, 2010, 4:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery ads still on radio two days after Cahill agreed to a halt
Radio spots from a million-dollar advertising blitz for the Massachusetts Lottery continued to run yesterday, two days after state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill, an independent gubernatorial candidate, said he would stop airing the taxpayer funded advertisements.
A spokesman for the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission said the ads would cease by last night, adding that the process for killing a major ad campaign took some time. The lottery said the ads could not have been stopped immediately ...
Oct 17, 2010, 7:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery ad creates election controversy
Just 18 days ahead of Election Day, the Massachusetts Lottery now says it is pulling its ads from the air after accusations that the Cahill campaign may have been trying to benefit from them.
Massachusetts state attorney general Martha Coakley will be investigating to see if there was any collaboration between Cahill's campaign and the state lottery. As part of his job as Massachusetts treasurer, Cahill oversees the lottery and has agreed to pull the multi-million dollar ad blitz while the al ...
Oct 15, 2010, 4:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery on track to $50 million surplus
The Massachusetts Legislature gambled a year ago that the state Lottery would generate at least $759 million in profits for local aid to cities and towns.
That is turning out to be a pretty safe bet after all. Officials at the Braintree-based Lottery disclosed on Thursday that the Lottery's profits are far exceeding their initial expectations, and are on track to generate nearly $50 million more than the Legislature originally projected once the state's fiscal year ends on June 30.
Apr 30, 2010, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery launches Red Sox scratch ticket
The Boston Red Sox are swinging for the Green Monster with the launch of another Massachusetts State Lottery instant ticket.
Monster Money, the new $10 Boston Red Sox scratch ticket, debuted yesterday at 7,500 Lottery agents across the state.
The game offers three $3 million instant prizes and seven prizes of $1 million. Other prizes include Red Sox gear such as jackets, pants, warm-up jerseys and duffel bags.
There's even some luck for people who scratch off losing tickets: They can b ...
Mar 31, 2010, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
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