Audit of frequent Pennsylvania Lottery winners draws concern
Lottery pushes back against stricter auditing processes for potential fraud
By Kate Northrop
The Pennsylvania Lottery is butting heads with Pennsylvania Auditor General Tim DeFoor on whether stronger controls are needed to monitor frequent lottery winners.
An audit conducted on Pennsylvania Lottery winners of prizes between July 1, 2017 through Jan. 26, 2021 revealed that the Lottery gathers data on players who claim prizes of $600 and above solely for tax-related purposes but does ...
Nov 20, 2021, 7:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Nebraska bill requiring disclosure of lottery odds advances
Nebraska lawmakers have advanced a bill requiring the state lottery to prominently disclose the odds of winning the biggest available prize in its game advertisements.
The measure won first-round approval Monday on a 38-0 vote.
The bill by state Sen. Suzanne Geist, of Lincoln, is designed to help players understand the astronomical odds of getting a big payoff and discourage people from playing when they can't afford it.
The chances of winning would have to be displayed in a clear and c ...
Apr 9, 2019, 7:32 am - Lottery News forum
Canadian lightning strike survivor wins lottery
Defies odds of 1 in 2.6 trillion of both events happening to one person
Lucky would be an understatement to describe one man in Canada.
Peter McCathie survived being hit by lightning when he was a teenager and now he's won the lottery both events combined come to about a 1 in 2.6 trillion chance.
McCathie is splitting the $1 million Lotto 6/49 prize with co-worker Diana Miller, the Atlantic Lottery told ABC News today.
He's getting an additional $10,000 since he owns the Amherst Shor ...
Jul 23, 2015, 12:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Statisticians search for how to beat the lottery
You've probably heard the saying: Liars figure, but figures don't lie. Well, it's probably true the chances of winning a Powerball jackpot is more than 1 in 175-million. Still, there's always somebody that thinks they can beat the system.
Whether it's your wedding anniversary, your birthday, your child's birthday, or the date of another event that's important to you, people typically pick random numbers as any state lottery official will tell you, every number drawn is completely random.
Feb 20, 2013, 9:26 pm - Lottery News forum
NC lottery bill won't ban welfare recipient sales
A key North Carolina House leader says a bill he's drawing up about the North Carolina state lottery won't include a provision prohibiting ticket sales to people receiving public assistance or who are in bankruptcy.
Speaker Pro Tempore Paul Stam of Apex said Wednesday the provision was the least important part of his proposal. He said got questions from all sides on the lottery issue about the provision. Some critics questioned singling out the poor or how retailers would enforce the law.
Jan 31, 2013, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Israel Lottery draws same numbers twice in month
The odds may have been in the trillions-to-one range, but lightning has indeed struck twice for some lucky lottery players in Israel.
The national bi-weekly lottery draw Saturday led to the astronomically improbable result of the same six double-digit balls being pulled in less than a month.
The Miphal HaPayis state game picked 36, 33, 32, 26, 14, 13 and the strong number 2 as the winning combination.
But a quick look at the results caused panic and amazement: the same first six numbers ...
Oct 18, 2010, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum
Odds are, stunning coincidences can be expected
Lotteries show that through sheer numbers, the uncanny happens; in Bulgaria, the same combination won twice in one week
History isn't supposed to repeat itself in the lottery. But earlier this month, a 1-in-5.2 million shot came through in Bulgaria, as the same six winning numbers turned up in two consecutive drawings. And 18 Bulgarians profited by betting on recent history: They chose the winning combination of numbers from the drawing four days earlier which hadn't been selected by anyone t ...
Sep 29, 2009, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery proposes changes to Megabucks game
Game will get new name, longer odds, bigger jackpots
For devotees of Megabucks, the odds of winning may soon be getting longer under a proposal to update the 27-year-old jackpot game.
Though it will be harder to win the twice-weekly drawing, with odds falling from approximately 1 in 5 million to 1 in 13 million, there's an upside, says a lottery official. The game will be getting richer, meaning bigger jackpots.
A lot of the things that are going to change will be more user-friendly, s ...
Mar 30, 2009, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball lottery to have larger jackpot, but harder to win
The Powerball lottery game will be going through some changes beginning in January, including having a larger starting jackpot that is more difficult to win.
Starting on Jan. 4, Florida will join the 30 United States lotteries that now offer Powerball, adding a population of 18.8 million to those who have the chance to play the game.
The starting jackpot will jump from $15 million to $20 million, the world's largest starting jackpot for a lotto-style game. In addition, the average jackpot ...
Dec 29, 2008, 11:21 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball multi-state lottery game to change rules
Changes to coincide with addition of Florida in January; Jackpots to start at $20 million
Powerball, arguably the world's best known jackpot lottery game, will be making changes to the game with the addition of Florida in January.
The multi-state game will add some white ball numbers and will remove some red ball numbers, to accomodate the increase in number of players once Florida joins the game. If the number matrix is not changed, the jackpot would be hit too often, and it would not re ...
Aug 12, 2008, 9:57 pm - Lottery News forum