$400 MILLION: Powerball jackpot surges on rollover
7th-largest cash value in US history
By Todd Northrop
This week Powerball will be the hot ticket, featuring a jackpot larger than any other United States lottery drawing in almost a year.
The new high-water mark of $400 million for the current Powerball jackpot was achieved after no winning tickets were sold for Saturday night's $355.8 million grand prize.
The lump-sum cash payout value of Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is $244.8 million the 7th-largest ever recorded in United States ...
Jan 3, 2016, 9:05 am - Lottery News forum
$334 MILLION: Powerball jackpot rolls into the new year
By Todd Northrop
This Saturday, lottery players will have the chance to buy tickets for the largest Powerball jackpot of the year.
Of course, it's also the first Powerball jackpot of the year.
Kidding aside, when nobody won last night's $301.8 million jackpot, the new Powerball jackpot estimate for Sat., Jan. 2, grew to $334 million, which is the largest jackpot for the popular multi-state game since Feb. 2015.
The lump-sum cash payout value of Saturday's Powerball jackpot is $205 mi ...
Dec 31, 2015, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
$300 MILLION: Massive Powerball jackpot fuels New Year's dreams
By Todd Northrop
Lottery players looking to start off 2016 by with a bang might want to consider purchasing a Powerball ticket this week.
For only the third time this year, the multi-state Powerball lottery jackpot has crossed the $300 million level, which traditionally triggers a substantial up-tick in lottery ticket sales.
Wednesday's $300 million jackpot was achieved after no winning tickets were sold for Saturday night's $255 million grand prize.
The lump-sum cash payout value of ...
Dec 27, 2015, 6:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery scandal unlikely to affect New Mexico, official says
The expanding investigation of a former security chief for the national association that operates Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto and other lotteries is unlikely to affect New Mexico at this point, state lottery CEO David Barden said this week.
State officials, however, have been in touch with Iowa investigators, cooperating with them and providing requested data on some local jackpot winners.
Eddie Tipton, who worked for the Des Moines-based Multi-State Lottery Association since 2003 ...
Dec 26, 2015, 1:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Maine gives names of Hot Lotto winners to Iowa team looking into rigging scheme
The names of Mainers who won cash prizes in the Hot Lotto game between 2010 and 2014 have been forwarded to Iowa officials investigating a burgeoning jackpot fixing case that may have affected winnings in at least five states.
Officials with the Maine State Lottery said Hot Lotto winners and prize amounts were shared with the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations. To date, investigators have not discovered any link between Maine Hot Lotto winners and Eddie Tipton, a former security offic ...
Dec 23, 2015, 2:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Prosecutors say Tipton rigged two jackpots he purchased tickets for in Kansas
MUSL computerized drawing scandal now confirmed in 5 states, still looking for more
The former security chief for a national association that operates lotteries personally bought two tickets that won jackpots in Kansas, investigators said Monday, bringing to five the number of states where he may have rigged lottery drawings.
Investigators recently linked Kansas jackpots won in 2010 to Eddie Tipton, the former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, Iowa assistant attorne ...
Dec 21, 2015, 7:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Jackpot-fixing investigation expands to more state lotteries
The allegations read like a movie plot: a lottery industry insider installs an undetectable software program in the computers that pick winning numbers so he can know them in advance. He enlists accomplices to play those numbers and collect the jackpots. And they enrich themselves for years until a misstep unravels their high-tech scheme.
Eddie Tipton, former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, has been accused of tampering with drawings in four states over a six-year pe ...
Dec 18, 2015, 4:33 pm - Lottery News forum
$144M Powerball jackpot won in Tennessee claimed by trust
By Todd Northrop
The second largest prize and fourth Powerball jackpot won in Tennessee was claimed today at the Tennessee Lottery's Nashville headquarters.
The $144.1 million ticket, purchased at Hobson Tobacco and Beer, 2216 Hobson Pike in Antioch, was claimed by the Avondale Revocable Trust.
Winners of big jackpots sometimes use trusts as a way to avoid having their names appear in the media. (See More lottery winners using trusts to accept prizes anonymously, Lottery Post, Nov. 29, ...
Dec 3, 2015, 4:05 pm - Lottery News forum
NC's biggest lottery winner, who faced drug charges soon after win, gives nearly $700k to church
A North Carolina lottery winner who was arrested on drug charges just months after she won $188 million earlier this year has given her church nearly $700,000, an attorney says.
Marie Holmes, age 26, a single mother of four young children, snagged North Carolina's biggest lottery jackpot in March and took a lump sum payment of $127 million from the Powerball win.
The first thing she promised was to tithe or give a tenth of her winnings to charity, a press release from Ruth Sheehan with th ...
Nov 29, 2015, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
Another $1.2M Hot Lotto jackpot rigged by Tipton, officials say
Ticket was sold in Oklahoma
A $1.2 million jackpot-winning Hot Lotto ticket sold in Oklahoma in 2011 has been connected to a former security official of a multi-state lottery vendor accused of rigging lotteries in four different states, a lottery official said Friday.
Oklahoma Lottery Director Rollo Redburn said a criminal investigation in Iowa has been expanded to include the winning ticket sold at the Miki Mart in Idabel in November 2011.
Eddie Tipton, a former security director of th ...
Nov 21, 2015, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum