Iowa Lottery security chief bent on determining identity of jackpot winner
The mystery began on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010. Time: 3:24 p.m. Scene: a QuikTrip, 4801 N.E. 14th St., near Interstate Highway 35/80 in Des Moines.
Somebody bought a Hot Lotto ticket there. Six days later, the ticket turned into a $16.5 million winner. Then the ticket went unclaimed for 364 days, 22 hours and 10 minutes.
At 2:10 p.m. on Dec. 29, two attorneys from the prominent Des Moines firm Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors Roberts PC presented the ticket, one hour and 50 minutes before it was t ...
Jan 10, 2012, 6:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. couple claims $128 million Powerball jackpot
Ticket purchased in Maryland; state's 2nd-largest jackpot
By Todd Northrop, sourced from press release
An excited Pennsylvania couple arrived at Maryland Lottery Headquarters Friday, accompanied by legal counsel, to claim their $128.8 million Powerball prize.
The elated twosome, who chose to remain anonymous, had the only winning ticket for the Christmas Eve Powerball drawing. The couple's Quick Pick ticket containing the numbers 14, 16, 30, 51, 52, with Powerball number 19, matched all ...
Jan 7, 2012, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball multi-state lottery to raise prices, jackpots
By Todd Northrop, with AP wire sources
Powerball lottery organizers are betting that bigger jackpots will entice more people to play, but gamblers are going to have to dig deeper into their wallets to try their luck.
Game changes that have been in the works for months perhaps years are finally going into effect this month.
(See Changes coming to Powerball multi-state lottery game in January, Lottery Post, Jun. 27, 2011.)
Tickets for the multi-state game are doubling in price to $2 be ...
Jan 3, 2012, 9:40 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa $16.5M Hot Lotto winner claims prize with two hours to spare
Includes video report
Updated Dec. 31, 2011, 8:04 am, to include press conference video
The winning ticket for a $16.5 million lottery jackpot was turned in Thursday less than two hours before it expired, the head of the Iowa Lottery said.
Lottery officials tried for months to urge the winner to come forward and claim the prize. Iowa Lottery Chief Executive Terry Rich said the reminders worked as we had hoped, and brought in the winner just in time.
The identity of the Hot Lotto win ...
Dec 29, 2011, 9:22 pm - Lottery News forum
$206 MILLION: Mega Million lottery jackpot soars
By Todd Northrop
Last-minute shoppers can potentially give the gift of a $206 million jackpot this Christmas, because the Mega Millions multi-state lottery game did not produce a winner Friday night.
Lottery players across the United States are buying their Mega Millions tickets in preparation for Tuesday's massive $206 million drawing.
The cash value stands at a staggering $151.9 million. Lottery players typically think of the cash value as roughly half of the annuity estimate, but thi ...
Dec 24, 2011, 7:47 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
$77M Powerball lottery ticket to expire Monday
What would you do if you won a $77 million lottery jackpot? What would you do if you didn't discover that you had the winning ticket until AFTER the deadline for claiming the prize?
That's the scenario that could play out next week, because the 180-day window for the Georgia Lottery player who won the June 29 Powerball jackpot to come forward slams shut on Monday.
That winning ticket, with the numbers 24, 30, 45, 57, and 59, with Powerball number 26, was sold at the Pilot Travel Center tru ...
Dec 22, 2011, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
$173 MILLION: Mega Millions lottery jackpot rolls
By Todd Northrop
Will an incredibly lucky lottery player win a life-changing windfall this week, or will the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game enter into the realm of $200+ million jackpots?
We'll find out Friday night, when the $173 million Mega Millions drawing takes place.
Friday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 14 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The current jackpot run-up started on Nov. 4 as a $12 million grand prize.
The lump-sum cash value s ...
Dec 21, 2011, 8:37 am - Lottery News forum
Kentucky store clerk wins $200,000 from duplicate lottery ticket
Someone out there has the other ticket worth $200,000
David Lee Franey owns four Franey's Food Mart locations in Owensboro. From time to time, one of his clerks will misprint a Kentucky Lottery ticket. Instead of going through the hassle of filing paperwork for a $1 ticket, I just always tell my clerks to tape them on the side of the terminal and I'll eat the cost myself, Franey said.
Little did he know yesterday that a $200,000 winning Powerball ticket had been taped to the side of the te ...
Dec 16, 2011, 4:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Retailer perspective: Selling a $254M lottery ticket
At first, Ranjit Singh didn't recognize the name of the customer who bought the quarter-of-a-billion-dollar-winning Powerball ticket across the counter of his gas station on Nov. 1. But then when he saw the man on television, he remembered. All of the employees of the BP on McGee Avenue in Stamford recognized him. He lived in the condos you could see from the station. He came in almost every workday and bought a cup of coffee on his way to work. Mr. Singh is pretty sure he remembers now, he told ...
Dec 12, 2011, 3:03 pm - Lottery News forum