US Senate panel demands info in lottery scandal
A U.S. Senate oversight panel demanded Wednesday to know how state lotteries are increasing their security measures after an insider allegedly rigged jackpots for years to enrich himself and associates.
Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, said the allegations of fraud in lottery games offered for sale around the country raise serious concerns. Yet he said it's not clear what the Multi-State Lottery Association, an Iowa-based nonprofit that admin ...
Jun 22, 2016, 7:21 pm - Lottery News forum
$363 MILLION: Red hot Mega Millions jackpot set for Friday
6th-largest Mega Millions jackpot of all time
By Todd Northrop
After its months-long build-up, the multi-state Mega Millions jackpot is finally starting to increase rapidly as tickets are bring scooped up by loyal and casual players alike.
In the Tuesday night Mega Millions drawing no player won the top prize, increasing the jackpot estimate for Friday night's Mega Millions drawing to $363 million, with a lump-sum cash option of $244.6 million.
That pegs the annuity jackpot as the 6t ...
Jun 22, 2016, 8:58 am - Lottery News forum
$333 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot continues climb
Largest Mega Millions jackpot in more than 2 years
By Todd Northrop
The multi-state Mega Millions lottery game continued its months-long climb Friday night, and is now at the point where jackpot rolls are sharply increased.
After nobody won Friday night's grand prize, the Mega Millions jackpot grew to an estimated $333 million the 21st-largest in U.S. lottery history and the largest since a $414 million Mega Millions jackpot was split between two tickets from Florida and Maryland on Mar ...
Jun 19, 2016, 1:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Convicted computerized drawing fraudster argues Iowa court appeal
The attorney for a former lottery official accused of fixing jackpots in several states argued Thursday that his client's conviction last year on fraud charges should be thrown out.
Eddie Tipton, the former Multi-State Lottery Association computer security director, appealed his July 2015 convictions related to fixing an Iowa Hot Lotto game in 2010, which resulted in a 10-year prison sentence. He is free on bond during the appeal.
Tipton's attorney, Dean Stowers, told a three-judge Iowa Co ...
Jun 16, 2016, 8:18 pm - Lottery News forum
$310 MILLION: largest Mega Millions jackpot in 19 months
16th-largest U.S. cash value jackpot of all time
By Todd Northrop
The multi-state Mega Millions lottery game continued its months-long climb Tuesday night, and has finally breached the $300-million mark.
After nobody won Tuesday night's grand prize, the Mega Millions jackpot grew to an estimated $310 million the largest since a $326 million Mega Millions jackpot was won by a retired New York principal on Nov. 4, 2014. (See Retired NY principal claims $326M lottery jackpot, Lottery Post, ...
Jun 16, 2016, 8:58 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery chief named MUSL President
The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) has elected Gary Grief as president of the organization. Grief is the executive director of the Texas Lottery.
I want to congratulate Gary Grief on being elected president of MUSL, said J. Winston Krause, chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission. Gary's rich industry knowledge and successful track record in leading the Texas Lottery will serve him well in this important industry leadership role.
Formed in 1987, the Multi-State Lottery Associatio ...
Jun 15, 2016, 3:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions ponderously reaches $280 million
Lottery Post analyzes the multi-state jackpot's slow 3-month ascent
By Todd Northrop
Normally a $280 million jackpot would prompt even lottery skeptics to consider buying a ticket, but for some reason Mega Millions players have been forced to endure tepid sales that are inching the game's jackpot upward at a snail's pace.
So lottery players looking to win a life-changing mega jackpot can be excused for asking the contradictory questions, What's wrong with Mega Millions? and, Where can I ...
Jun 8, 2016, 11:07 am - Lottery News forum
Man who makes living with horseshoes wins $1M Powerball prize
For years, horseshoes have been bringing a steady income to Minnesotan Joseph Yanish. Last week, the luck that the horseshoe symbolizes brought him a $1 million payout.
Yanish, a farrier who lives just west of the Twin Cities in Litchfield, won the $1 million prize on an impulse purchase he made at a Casey's General Store in St. Cloud.
I just had an extra couple of bucks and decided to buy two tickets at the last minute, he said.
Yanish, 33, discovered his win a couple of days after th ...
Jun 6, 2016, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan man wins $1 million on mistake lottery ticket
A simple mistake turned out to be very lucky for a Niles man who won a $1 million Mega Millions prize from the Michigan Lottery.
Richard Hopper Sr., 69, matched the five white balls drawn 18, 41, 50, 68, and 70 in Friday's drawing to win the $1 million prize. He bought his winning ticket at the Sunrise Sunset Party Store, located at 1009 Huntly Road in Niles.
When I stopped to buy my Mega Millions ticket, the clerk said he had accidentally printed an easy pick for another player who didn' ...
Jun 2, 2016, 3:03 pm - Lottery News forum
N.D. convenience store sells state's largest lottery prize ever
The largest prize ever won in the history of the North Dakota Lottery was sold at a Kum Go store in Williston.
According to the North Dakota Lottery, the Mega Millions ticket, drawn Tuesday, is worth $3 million. The winning numbers were 17, 24, 27, 48, and 75, with Mega Ball number 6. The Megaplier drawn was 3.
The winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. The ticket matched all white balls making it worth $1 million. Because the lottery player purchased the Me ...
May 18, 2016, 6:43 pm - Lottery News forum