Powerball heats up with $317 million jackpot
Largest Powerball jackpot in a year; 12th-largest cash value in US lottery history
By Todd Northrop
Big multi-state lottery jackpots may have been missing somewhat in 2014, but just a month into 2015 lottery players are already seeing a second massive grand prize looming.
The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday, February 4, 2015, now stands at $317 million the largest jackpot for the game in nearly a year. The last time a Powerball jackpot was this large was on Feb. 19, 2014, when a Star Wa ...
Feb 2, 2015, 4:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Retired Brooklyn bus driver hits $7M Cash4Life jackpot
The next stop for this retired Brooklyn bus driver is Easy Street.
Frederick McClendon claimed his $7 million prize Tuesday in the New York Lottery's Cash4Life draw game.
I usually play the Powerball or Mega Millions games, said McClendon, who says he spent 15 years driving a bus in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Instinct told me to buy a Cash4Life ticket this time.
McClendon said he bought his ticket to a bright new future on Nov. 24 when he walked into MX Wines Spirits in Halsey St. in Bro ...
Jan 29, 2015, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Lucky for Life multi-state lottery game set to expand next week
Updated: Number of states the game will be expanded to
By Todd Northrop
New England's Lucky for Life lottery game is set to expand into an additional eight states starting next week.
The multi-state game offers a grand prize of $1,000 a day for life, and has drawings every Monday and Thursday.
Uniquely, the game offers a another lifetime prize for the second prize level $25,000 a year for life.
Both for Life prizes are payable for the length of a winner's life. At minimum, 20 year ...
Jan 22, 2015, 12:15 pm - Lottery News forum
$270 million Mega Millions jackpot won in Illinois
By Todd Northrop
An Illinois lottery player won the first jackpot of 2015, worth an estimated $270 million in a Mega Millions drawing Friday.
The ticket, a quick pick meaning the numbers were selected randomly by the lottery terminal, was sold at Bucky's Express, 1202 Bloomingdale Road in west suburban Glendale Heights, said Illinois Lottery spokesman Mike Lang.
The store will receive a $500,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
It is the largest prize in Illinois Lottery history ...
Jan 18, 2015, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
GET OUT THE VIOLIN: Florida woman grieving about $5 million lottery win
Four Central Florida people joined the ranks of the nouveau riche this week when each cashed a winning lottery ticket, including two who became overnight millionaires.
But the biggest winner in the group, an Orlando nursing assistant who claimed a $5 million Mega Millions prize in Tallahassee, confided that she felt poorer spiritually.
I'm a Christian. I don't gamble, said Fay Blake, 62. Spiritually, it bothers me.
The Florida Lottery paid Blake $3,750,000 her winnings minus taxes and ...
Jan 16, 2015, 11:51 am - Lottery News forum
MUSL employee arrested in Hot Lotto jackpot mystery
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has made an arrest in the four-year-old case involving a winning Hot Lotto ticket worth more than $16 million which the winner mysteriously decided not to claim.
Eddie Raymond Tipton, 51, of Norwalk, was arrested on Thursday. He has been charged with two counts of fraud, which are class D felonies.
Tipton is Director of Information Security for the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which is a vendor of the Iowa Lottery. His job prohibits hi ...
Jan 15, 2015, 10:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Retired NY principal claims $326M lottery jackpot
A retired Sullivan County, New York, school principal drew the sole winning ticket from a $326 million Mega Millions game two months ago, making him the biggest winner in state lottery history, officials said Monday.
Harold Diamond, 80, purchased the winning multi-state ticket at a Valero gas station in Middletown on Nov. 4.
Diamond had 60 days to contact lottery officials, and the Wurtsboro resident finally did so just before Christmas.
Diamond was identified during an event at that Va ...
Jan 12, 2015, 11:37 am - Lottery News forum
$1 million lottery prize goes unclaimed
It's the big Christmas payout that will never be.
Two months ago, someone won $1 million on a Powerball ticket at an Albuquerque, New Mexico, gas station. The deadline for claiming the huge prize came and went Wednesday, with nobody stepping forward with the winning ticket.
If I had a million dollars, I could do a lot of good things with it, Kevin Chavez said.
The ticket, which sold late September at the Circle K near Ellison and Coors was worth $1 million.
That's crazy, Marianne H ...
Dec 26, 2014, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner waits till deadline to claim $1M prize 'just because'
A Sterling, Virginia, man redeemed his $1 million Virginia lottery ticket four days before the prize money was set to expire.
Virginia lottery officials said Aaron Monsey, who works as a carpenter, bought the winning ticket nearly six months ago at Sterling Park Exxon (formerly Getty Mart) at 209 East Holly Avenue in Sterling. He returned to the gas station Dec. 15 to receive his check from the Virginia Lottery.
Monsey used Easy Pick, allowing a computer to randomly generate the numbers o ...
Dec 19, 2014, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
States pull the plug on Monopoly Millionaires' Club
Last drawing on Dec. 26
By Todd Northrop
The states involved in the Monopoly Millionaires' Club lottery game have decided to halt ticket sales for the game as of Dec. 26.
Twenty-two states plus the District of Columbia current offer the multi-state lottery game, which started just two months ago.
The decision means players in the participating states can buy tickets for the game until Dec. 26. Three more drawings will be held, including those scheduled for Dec. 12, Dec. 19, and Dec. ...
Dec 12, 2014, 8:20 pm - Lottery News forum