$301 MILLION: Huge Powerball jackpot on tap for this week
By Todd Northrop
This week Powerball will be the hot ticket, featuring a jackpot larger than any other United States lottery drawing in more than seven months.
The new high-water mark of $301 million for the current Powerball jackpot was achieved after no winning tickets were sold for Saturday night's $267 million grand prize.
The lump-sum cash payout value of Saturday's Powerball jackpot is $191.4 million the 19th-largest ever recorded in United States lottery history.
Players looki ...
Sep 27, 2015, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
$1M lottery ticket found in Michigan woman's old mail
A Kentwood, Michigan, woman is $1 million richer after finding a winning Mega Millions ticket in a pile of old mail.
During a recent visit to the store, the clerk told Tuttle someone had won $1 million with a ticket that had been purchased at the store.
Tuttle then went home to check a pile of some old mail where she found the ticket, learning she was the big winner, according to the Michigan State Lottery.
Linda Tuttle matched the first five winning numbers in the May 26 Mega Millions ...
Sep 25, 2015, 10:01 am - Lottery News forum
MUSL security worker who rigged drawing gets 10 years
Judges denies request for new trial
By Todd Northrop
Eddie Tipton, a former security official with the Multi-State Lottery Association, was sentenced to 10 years behind bars Wednesday morning.
Tipton was sentenced to five years for each of the two counts of fraud, to run consecutively. He did not make a statement during the sentencing hearing.
In July, a Polk County jury found him guilty of two counts of fraud. (See Former lottery security employee guilty of rigging $14.3M drawing, L ...
Sep 9, 2015, 11:34 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota retiree scores his second big payout in 2015
Turns out, when it comes to beating long odds, Jeffrey Bock has just the right touch.
For the second time this year, the 65-year-old St. Paul retiree has struck lottery gold, with his latest odds-defying reward proving even more lucrative than the first.
Bock scored a $100,000 top prize payout by matching all 12 numbers in Sunday's All or Nothing drawing, Minnesota Lottery officials said Tuesday.
About eight months ago, Bock won $20,000 with a $2 scratch-off ticket.
After Sunday's dr ...
Sep 2, 2015, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland Lottery to join Cash4Life game in early 2016
Includes audio report
Maryland gambling officials issued their approval Thursday for the state to join the multi-state Cash4Life game starting in early 2016.
Cash4Life, which started in 2014 as a two-state game played in New Jersey and New York, has been popular with players and is steadily adding new member states. In addition to the original two states, the game currently is offered in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Our expectation is to join them probably in January or February, said Go ...
Aug 28, 2015, 8:35 am - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery officials still investigating cause of massive outage
The exact cause and circumstances of a five-day outage that blocked nearly half of New Jersey's lottery retailers from selling printed tickets like Pick 3 and Mega Millions earlier this month are still a mystery, but a few determinations are unanimous.
The blackout, although anomalous, was unacceptable, may have been detected sooner and should have been handled better, state officials and executives from Northstar New Jersey, the group responsible for the lottery's sales and marketing, said a ...
Aug 20, 2015, 8:27 pm - Lottery News forum
NC lottery winner spent $9M bailing out convict fiancé
A North Carolina lottery winner used part of her $188 million Powerball jackpot to bail her convict fianc out of jail twice.
Lamar (Hot Sauce) McDow, accused of trafficking and intending to sell heroin, was released from a Brunswick County jail last week on $6 million bail.
While bondsmen do not have to release the name of who posted an inmate's bail, McDow's Powerball millionaire fianc e, Marie Holmes, likely footed the bill. Prosecutors said she bailed him out of jail once before, paying ...
Aug 15, 2015, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Mega Millions ticket worth $1 million goes unclaimed
Prize money goes to state school aid fund
A winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Michigan expired Wednesday and the $1 million prize went to the state School Aid Fund.
The ticket, which expired at 4:45 p.m., was sold in Grand Rapids at the CVS Pharmacy, located at 727 28th Street Southeast in Grand Rapids. The winner matched the first five numbers drawn 25, 28, 36, 45, and 53 in the Aug. 5, 2014 drawing.
Mega Millions tickets are valid for one year from the date of the drawing.
It wa ...
Aug 6, 2015, 8:41 am - Lottery News forum
$1 million hasn't changed Iowa lottery winner
Five years since winning $1 million, Bob Boehm stands in roughly the same place.
He's at the James G. Whiting Memorial Field Airport in Mapleton on Wednesday, filling tanks of crop-dusters with fungicide for corn raised by farmers in Monona and Crawford counties. He stands with co-workers and pals, Bill Creese, Tommy Weber, Mark Lorenzen and Greg Sisco.
He hasn't changed a bit, Lorenzen says about Boehm in the wake of his $1 million win in the Iowa Lottery Mega Millions game on April 10, ...
Aug 4, 2015, 7:59 am - Lottery News forum
St. Louis city employees claim $70 million Powerball jackpot
St. Louis' newest millionaires are two city employees who bought a winning Powerball ticket this month.
Tom Rea, a building maintenance supervisor for the city's department of corrections and his wife, Catherine Ruggeri-Rea, the city's courts administrator, were announced as the winners of a $70 million jackpot at a news conference Wednesday morning.
Rea, 62, has worked for the city for 40 years. Ruggeri-Rea, 61, has been the city's courts administrator for nearly 10 years.
Rea bought t ...
Jul 30, 2015, 11:21 am - Lottery News forum