Change in Penn. Lottery scratch tickets removes shortcut
A change in the format of Pennsylvania Lottery scratch-off tickets to prevent fraud means that some lottery players could be mistakenly tossing away winning tickets, retailers said.
Since January, instant tickets have been printed with a new kind of security coding for retailers to verify that a winning ticket is valid.
Previously, a row of letters and numbers at the top or bottom of a ticket indicated the prize won. For example, a row interspersed with (5) and (0) meant the ticket was a $ ...
Mar 12, 2007, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum
Woman stole lottery tickets to get better working hours
A convenience store worker allegedly stole at least $800 worth of Pennsylvania Lottery tickets and gave the winning ones to her boss in exchange for better working hours, police said.
Marcella Fletcher, 53, of Garfield Street, Nanticoke, faces charges of theft, tampering with records, and making false reports to law enforcement, police said.
According to police, Fahim Mirza, owner of the Uni-Mart on Market Street, told police on Jan. 15 that one of his former employees had been stealing fr ...
Feb 9, 2007, 9:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Penn. Lottery introduces new 'Mix & Match' game
The Pennsylvania Lottery will introduce a new lotto game next week, Mix Match, offering better odds than any of the state's other numbers games, more ways to win, and a cash jackpot that begins at $50,000.
Mix Match tickets go on sale Tuesday, Jan. 23, and the first drawing will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25. Mix Match drawings will be conducted every Monday and Thursday evening with The Daily Number, Big 4 and Cash 5 drawings.
Mix Match is a great new game with ...
Jan 19, 2007, 9:50 am - Lottery News forum
First Penn. Lottery Raffle $1 million prize claimed
A Bucks County, Pennsylvania, man has become the first to claim a $1 million top prize from the Pennsylvania Lottery's Dec. 30, 2006, Millionaire Raffle drawing.
John Maier of Churchville presented his winning raffle ticket at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County. After examining the ticket and executing other propriety security measures, Lottery officials today confirmed that it was one of the five top-prize winning tickets from the Dec. 30 Millionaire Raffle drawing.
The fi ...
Jan 10, 2007, 12:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Penn. Lottery Millionaire Raffle results drawn
The Pennsylvania Lottery selected the winning numbers Saturday for its special Millionaire Raffle drawing.
Contestants have a 1-in-125,000 chance of winning one of five $1 million prizes.
The winning numbers for the $1 million prizes were 075378, 348743, 370503, 473527, 528773.
Numbers were also selected for other prizes ranging from $1,000 to $100,000.
The full set of winning numbers for Pennsylvania's MillionaireRaffle are posted at https://www.lotterypost.com/pa-lottery-raffle-2 ...
Jan 1, 2007, 12:21 am - Lottery News forum
Most state lottery raffle games sold out
Around the United States, Christmastime raffle games have become the hottest ticket of the year, with most of the game tickets selling out well before the drawing date.
The raffle games are loosely modeled after the largest lottery game in the world, Spain's El Gordo, which gives back an unusually large 70% of all proceeds in the form of prizes, and makes many instant millionaires.
Unlike traditional lotto-style games, a fixed number of tickets are sold for raffle games, and the prizes are ...
Dec 30, 2006, 12:18 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery 'joke' wins man fine, year probation
James A. Koons Jr.'s practical joke backfired in a big way.
According to his attorney, the Hegins man thought it would be funny to fake a $853,496 winning Powerball ticket and leave it underneath a newspaper in the break room at the Roadway Express terminal in Middlesex Twp.
Instead of a laugh, Koons and an unwitting co-worker ended up in a legal mess.
Yesterday, Cumberland County President Judge Edgar B. Bayley sentenced Koons, 38, to 12 months of probation and fined him $2,500 for ...
Dec 6, 2006, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
New Penn. Lottery raffle game on sale next week
Return of popular Millionaire Raffle to award more than $6 million; computerized drawing to be used
Millionaire Raffle, the successful groundbreaking game developed last year by the Pennsylvania Lottery, will create even more millionaires when the game returns for a third drawing on Saturday, Dec. 30.
Millionaire Raffle tickets go on sale Tuesday, Nov. 21, at more than 8,400 Lottery retailers throughout the commonwealth. Only 625,000 tickets will be sold. Each of the game's $20 tickets wil ...
Nov 15, 2006, 12:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Penn. Lottery chief takes job with newspaper publisher
The executive director of the Pennsylvania Lottery is leaving his post to work for the owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News, the state and the company announced Thursday.
Ed Mahlman will be chief marketing officer for Philadelphia Media Holdings, which is trying to prove the notion about daily newspapers being in decline wrong with its recent purchase of the Inquirer, Daily News and related properties.
In a statement, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell lauded the work Mahlman d ...
Aug 11, 2006, 12:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery sales in Pa. hit record $3 billion
Pennsylvania Lottery sales for the 2005-06 fiscal year reached a record $3.07 billion, Gov. Rendell said yesterday.
Sales grew by $425 million, the largest dollar increase in the lottery's 34-year history, leaving the agency with a $400 million surplus. The state will use half that money to expand property-tax and rent-rebate programs for senior citizens, said Stephanie Weyant, a spokeswoman for the state Revenue Department.
The expanded rebates will go out in 2007 to pay for the 2006 tax ...
Aug 1, 2006, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum