$454 million jackpot driving Mega Million ticket sales
By Todd Northrop
With strong sales around the country, the estimated jackpot for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing has been raised to $454 million, with a lump-sum cash option of $319 million cash.
It's the third largest jackpot in Mega Millions history and the seventh-largest jackpot ever seen in US lottery history.
The jackpot has been growing since it was last won on March 8 by Michael Burkett in Washington, who received a $157 million prize.
The only other jackpot won this ye ...
Jul 5, 2016, 3:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Man buys wrong lottery ticket, wins $169 million
Her husband didn't listen and it paid off to the tune of $169 million.
Mega Millions winner Nancy Viola asked her husband, Vito Viola an NYPD sergeant to buy Powerball tickets from the 2520 Foodmart in the Willowbrook section of Staten Island on Jan. 8. She had the Powerball fever that was gripping the country.
Because the jackpot was $900 million, she said. It was big. It was all everybody was talking about. He didn't listen.
Instead, her husband used a leftover dollar to buy a Quick ...
Jul 1, 2016, 6:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Eddie Tipton's new trial delayed until 2017
The second trial for a former lottery official accused of fixing jackpots in five states will be postponed until next year.
An Iowa prosecutor and Eddie Tipton's attorney told a judge Wednesday they've agreed to a Feb. 13 trial date. The judge hasn't yet set a location for the trial.
The former information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) was convicted last year of fraud for attempting to rig a 2010 Iowa Hot Lotto drawing. He's appealing.
After his convic ...
Jul 1, 2016, 9:53 am - Lottery News forum
Texas couple wins a million in lottery on visit to NC
A retired Texas couple won't soon forget their trip to North Carolina. After all, they're leaving the state $1 million richer.
Joseph Roseman and his wife, Anetia, of Magnolia, Texas were staying with friends Friday when they stopped at the S.M. Mart on Poplar Tent Road in Concord. While there, Anetia Roseman decided to buy a $1 Quick Pick ticket for the Mega Millions drawing later that day.
On Saturday morning, Joseph checked the winning numbers and compared them to the ones on their tick ...
Jul 1, 2016, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
$415 MILLION: 3rd-largest Mega Millions jackpot ever
By Todd Northrop
Lottery players across the United States will be lining up at lottery retailers for their chance to win Friday's massive $415 million Mega Millions jackpot, after nobody won Tuesday's $390 million grand prize.
The cash value stands at a staggering $286.4 million.
With the new Friday jackpot, both the annuity jackpot and lump-sum cash value are now in the top 10 United States lottery jackpots of all time. The annuity and cash values are also the third-largest Mega Millio ...
Jun 29, 2016, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum
$390 MILLION: Huge Mega Millions jackpot up for grabs tonight
8th-largest cash value jackpot in U.S. history
By Todd Northrop
After an astounding 31 drawings without a grand prize winner, Mega Millions features an enormous jackpot promising multi-generational wealth to a ticketholder with enough luck to overcome the 1 in 259 million odds stacked against them.
In the Friday night Mega Millions drawing no player won the top prize, increasing the jackpot estimate for Tuesday night's Mega Millions drawing to $390 million, with a lump-sum cash option o ...
Jun 28, 2016, 9:40 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery rigging trial to be moved out of Des Moines
New venue to be determined later
A new felony trial for a former Iowa lottery security official already convicted of scheming to win a $16.5 million jackpot will be moved out of Des Moines, a judge has ruled.
Eddie Tipton, formerly an information security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, was convicted last year of two fraud counts stemming from an attempt to rig a 2010 Hot Lotto drawing and claim the winning ticket purchased at a Des Moines QuikTrip.
After his convictio ...
Jun 27, 2016, 2:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner's gift will help small Missouri community
Includes video report
A town in Missouri is celebrating its new state-of-the-art fire facility, but the community's lottery millionaires are humble about what they did to make it happen.
The building, which took more than a year to build, houses both the ambulance service and the community's fire trucks.
The project would not have happened if fire volunteers hadn't twice saved Mark Hill's father's life.
My wife and I were able to pay them back, Hill said
Hill and his family won n ...
Jun 27, 2016, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum
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