Missouri legislature considering lottery winner anonymity
The Missouri Lottery would not be able to release the names and addresses of prize winners under a bill presented to a Missouri House committee on Thursday.
Sponsoring Rep. Rochelle Walton Gray, of Black Jack, told the House Local Government Committee that winning the lottery can subject a person to hardship.
She cited constant phone calls, harassment and loss of privacy as consequences of people knowing the identities of lottery winners. She also said winning big prizes could even result ...
Mar 28, 2013, 6:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Missouri Powerball winners live modestly, give back to hometown
Three months after winning half of the biggest Powerball lottery jackpot in U.S. history, Mark Hill still meets friends for morning coffee at a local convenience store.
And that Camaro sports car Hill considered buying with his winnings? He got a pick-up truck instead.
While some lottery winners fritter away their fortunes or meet tragic ends, not much has outwardly changed for Mark and Cindy Hill since they won half of a $587 million Powerball jackpot in November. They netted $136.5 milli ...
Feb 25, 2013, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
Mechanic and his wife are Missouri winners of $588M Powerball jackpot
Cindy Hill, a laid-off office manager who lives in a small town in Missouri, called her husband Thursday with urgent news that would change everything: We won the lottery.
What? he asked.
We won the lottery, she repeated. But Mark Hill, a 52-year-old mechanic who works at a meat processing plant, is the kind of person who carefully checks the prices for everything he buys, and he needed proof. This is the Show-Me State after all.
He drove to his mother's house, where his wife was wai ...
Nov 30, 2012, 5:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Winning Powerball ticket in Mo. turned in
Lottery officials in Missouri say a winning Powerball ticket for the record $588 million drawing has been turned-in and verified.
A news conference is expected to be held Friday afternoon.
This Friday morning, two small communities are waiting, along with the rest of the country, to find out who bought winning Powerball tickets at this Missouri convenience store and this food mart in Arizona.
Nothing like this has ever happened in Dearborn.
Fountain Hills is a pretty small town, a ...
Nov 30, 2012, 6:55 am - Lottery News forum
Nun donates $55,000 lottery win
When Sister Mary Concetta Torrillo of Webster Groves hit the Missouri Lottery's Show Me Cash jackpot on May 13, it meant a $55,000 gift for the Sisters of Loretto, a convent in Kentucky she served for 30 years.
A regular Show Me Cash player, Torrillo said she enjoys playing the game for the fun of it. However, the vow of poverty she had taken ultimately led to her decision to donate the prize money, instead of claiming it for herself.
Her ticket held the winning combination of: 1, 6, 15, 2 ...
May 29, 2012, 10:40 am - Lottery News forum
Mo. woman describes aftermath of lottery jackpot
When Sandra Hayes hit a $224 million Powerball jackpot with 12 of her co-workers, she didn't retire immediately.
Hayes was a social worker with the state of Missouri then, and she was a single mom of three who was twice divorced. Her income was less than $26,000 a year.
She had debt, including school loans, and she still was having a hard time believing that she had won. She wanted to wait until she had her winnings in hand.
But things at work got increasingly difficult.
She started ...
Mar 5, 2012, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri lottery winner wins again
Powerball player is also double-lucky
Only twice in the history of the Missouri Lottery has a player won two prizes of $1 million or more. A Bonne Terre man won on two Scratchers tickets in 2010, and now a southwest Missouri man has won two multi-million dollar Scratchers prizes in 2011.
Roger Hirshey, 66, claimed a $2 million top prize on a Mega MONOPOLY ticket on Dec. 19. The Carthage resident bought the winning ticket at Casey's General Store, 8084 E. Seventh St., in Duenweg.
This is ...
Dec 23, 2011, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri Senate to discuss privatizing state lottery
The Missouri Lottery will begin talks in April with the state Senate about moving control of the lottery from the government to the private sector.
Lottery Executive Director May Scheve said it was difficult to comment on the issue because the Missouri Lottery is currently ascertaining the opinion of state vendors on the matter; privatization was only recently brought up by the Senate's Rebooting Government initiative.
We really haven't engaged in conversation with the Senate, Scheve said ...
Mar 3, 2011, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri man wins $2M lottery jackpot - 3 months after winning $1M
A Bonne Terre, Missouri, man has become the first Missouri Lottery player to win $1 million or more on a scratch-off ticket more than once.
Ernest Pullen, 57, won $1 million on a 100 Million Dollar Blockbuster scratchers ticket in June. He doubled that prize with his most recent win $2 million on a Mega Monopoly scratchers ticket he purchased on Sept. 17.
Pullen relocated from Pevely to Bonne Terre after his first big win. That left him with a new favorite store where he bought the lucky t ...
Sep 28, 2010, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery Winner's Plans? Paying the Bills
A Missouri man who won a $258 million Powerball jackpot and plans to use some of the money to pay bills, replace his two missing front teeth and take his children to Disney World said he hasn't decided whether he'll quit his job at the convenience store where he bought the winning ticket.
Chris Shaw a 29-year-old tattooed father of three who was raised by his grandparents in rural southern Missouri came forward Thursday as the winner of the 10th-largest Powerball jackpot ever. Shaw said he ha ...
Apr 23, 2010, 2:03 pm - Lottery News forum