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
Friday the 13th is lucky day for Ohio lottery player
For the first time since 2013, a winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket has been sold in Ohio, lottery officials announced early Saturday.
Friday the 13th was actually a lucky day for one Ohio ticket-holder who matched all six numbers drawn Friday evening to win the estimated $200 million top prize. The cash value is $121 million.
The ticket was purchased at Blendon Drive Thru in Westerville, about 16 miles north of Columbus, lottery spokeswoman Sandra Neal said. She didn't yet know the iden ...
Nov 14, 2015, 7:55 am - Lottery News forum
Friday Mega Millions jackpot raised to $164 million
By Todd Northrop
Tickets for the Friday night Mega Millions drawing are selling faster than expected, prompting the state lotteries to raise the jackpot estimate to $164 million.
The previous estimate for the drawing, established early Wednesday morning, was $159 million.
Mega Millions offers two jackpot payment options: the $164 million annuity prize paid out as one immediate payment followed by 29 annual graduated payments, or a lump-sum cash option. USA Mega estimates that Friday's n ...
Nov 6, 2015, 1:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Player in Tennessee wins first Powerball jackpot since game changed in Oct.
Update: Location where winning ticket was purchased is now identified
By Todd Northrop
A Tennessee Lottery player who purchased a ticket in Antioch has won the first Powerball jackpot since the game was changed in October.
The lucky ticket-holder won a jackpot of $144.1 million in the drawing held Wednesday, November 4. Of course, no information is known about the winner until the prize is claimed.
The Powerball winning numbers drawn Wednesday night were 2, 12, 17, 20, and 65, with P ...
Nov 5, 2015, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery joins multi-state Cash4Life game Sunday
By Todd Northrop
Starting Sunday, Nov. 1, lottery players in Tennessee can participate in a growing multi-state game offering a top prize of $1000 per day for the rest of your life.
Cash4Life was started in 2014 as a two-state game, played in New Jersey and New York, and has been slowly expanding into other states. Tennessee will be the fifth state to participate.
Playing Cash4Life is just like playing other typical lotto games: players select 5 numbers from a field of 1 to 60, and 1 Ca ...
Oct 30, 2015, 10:28 am - Lottery News forum
Mistake lottery ticket wins California man $380K
He was already known as a regular customer at the 7-Eleven on West Olive Avenue in Burbank, but now Pat Tucker is one happy customer after clerk Manjit Singh accidentally sold him a winning Powerball ticket last week worth $380,774.
Singh routinely sees Tucker while working at the 7-Eleven, where Tucker will typically purchase two Mega Millions tickets, twice per week.
But last week, Singh accidentally sold him a $2 Powerball ticket, and when he realized he hit the wrong button, Singh offe ...
Oct 30, 2015, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Five friends win lottery after a decade of buying tickets together
Money won't be an issue for five friends from Yonkers anymore.
A decade of buying lottery tickets together paid off big for the group of pals who hit the $106 million jackpot in the multi-state Mega Millions game on Sept. 11.
It was 52-year-old limo driver Edgar Lopez's turn to pick up the tickets so he stopped at Yonkers Grocery and Convenience to grab a Mega Millions quick pick.
The following weekend, he got his friends together to share some big news they were all millionaires.
Oct 29, 2015, 1:52 pm - Lottery News forum