Pennsylvania judge and friends win $291M Powerball jackpot
Bought ticket while vacationing in Florida
After a long ride back from his annual Florida vacation, Senior District Judge James Stocklas had enjoyed the sun and fun, but was anxious to get back home to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
After parking his RV in the driveway, Stocklas caught a few hours sleep and awoke Friday morning with plans to visit his favorite Bethlehem diner. While at breakfast, he pulled out his cellphone to see if anyone had won massive Powerball lottery.
His jaw dropped w ...
Mar 6, 2016, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan man had $1 million lottery ticket in his wallet for months
Speculation swirled around Alma, Michigan, in mid-December when state lottery officials announced a $1 million winning Powerball ticket had been sold at the Speedway station on North Alger Road.
But no one came forward with the winning ticket until now.
A Kent County man walked around with the $1 million ticket in his wallet for two months before realizing he was a big winner, Lottery officials said in a press release.
Daniel Chase, of Alto, won $1 million when his Powerball ticket matc ...
Mar 1, 2016, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
Florida couple claims share of historic $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
A married couple from Melbourne Beach, Florida, have claimed their one-third share of the world's biggest lottery jackpot of all time.
Although the prize money was claimed under a trust, the winners identified themselves in a press conference Wednesday afternoon as David Kaltschmidt, 55, and Maureen Smith, 70.
The winners, originally from Long Island, New York, have been residents of Melbourne Beach since 1991. They have no immediate plans to mo ...
Feb 17, 2016, 3:05 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. Powerball winner target of $10M lawsuit by local pastor
Marie Holmes, North Carolina's $188 million Powerball lottery winner, is back in the news again.
This time Holmes is not spending millions of dollars on bailing her boyfriend, Lamarr Hot Sauce McDow, out-of-jail for the fourth time, but a pastor is allegedly suing her for $10 million for reneging on a verbal contract.
The 27-year-old mother of two took home a $127 million lump sum payment following her lottery win in February, 2015. (See N.C. Powerball lottery winner claims share of jackpo ...
Feb 15, 2016, 9:01 am - Lottery News forum
First lawsuit in state lottery-fixing scandal seeks millions
It was one of those feel-good moments that lotteries love to promote when Lucky Larry Dawson smiled as he claimed a $9 million jackpot, surrounded by kids and grandkids. But five years later, the Iowa man could become a key player in a barrage of litigation that threatens to cost state lotteries tens of millions of dollars in damages in an insider jackpot-rigging scandal.
A Des Moines law firm filed a lawsuit Wednesday on Dawson's behalf seeking to declare that his Hot Lotto jackpot in May 20 ...
Feb 4, 2016, 9:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Powerball lottery winners sued by inmate
Maybe all those TV appearances weren't such a great idea
As the Powerball jackpot topped $1 billion, the frenzy grew. It was fun to dream, even if you knew you stood little chance. But often, a winner faces suits by friends, co-workers, even family. Sadly, it has now happened to the winning Robinson family of Munford, Tennessee. Jonathan Lee Riches, also known as Jihadi Schitz, has sued the Multistate Lottery Commission, Powerball and the Robinson family. The suit attempts to halt the payout ...
Feb 3, 2016, 8:28 am - Lottery News forum
Va. grocery store worker's lottery ticket mistake turns into $7 million grand prize
A Virginia grocery store employee's mistake during Powerball jackpot fever earlier this month ended up turning into a $7 million windfall.
Michael Donnelly was ringing up Powerball tickets for customers at the Harris Teeter store in Falls Church. But for one transaction, he accidentally punched the wrong button on the lottery terminal and printed a Cash4Life ticket that the customer didn't want.
Donnelly ended up buying the mistake ticket for the January 7th drawing and it turned out to be ...
Feb 1, 2016, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
Cab driver's friend steals his $50,000 winning Powerball ticket
A Bronx, New York, cab driver with big money woes swiped his buddy's winning $50,000 Powerball ticket then tried to pass it off as his own, authorities said Tuesday.
Segura Rubelin's pal Victor Castillo didn't win the $1.5 billion jackpot that sent the nation into a fever pitch two weeks ago.
But the fortunate friend knew he had won enough money to tide him over for a while until he said the man who was like a brother to him snatched the ticket out of his hand.
And if that wasn't enough ...
Jan 27, 2016, 12:26 pm - Lottery News forum
More state lotteries adding "win for life" games
More than half of US lotteries now offer a for life lotto draw game
By Todd Northrop
In the past year a new multi-state lottery game concept where the top prize pays out over the lifetime of the winner has swept across the United States.
Just like there are two big-jackpot multi-state lottery games Powerball and Mega Millions there are also two multi-state for life games: Cash4Life and Lucky for Life.
The games offer a top prize and a second prize that pay off over the lifetime of th ...
Jan 22, 2016, 6:45 am - Lottery News forum
California Lottery officials seized surveillance footage from store that sold Powerball ticket
Whoever bought the winning Powerball ticket from a Chino Hills, California, 7-Eleven remains a mystery, even to the store's owner.
Balbir Atwal, who made national news last week when the public learned that his store had sold one of the jackpot-winning tickets, said he has no idea who the winner is.
And he can't even look it up. Lottery officials seized the store's security camera footage and other materials that could contain clues about the winner's identity. California Lottery spokesman ...
Jan 20, 2016, 6:14 pm - Lottery News forum