How a retired NC potter won the lottery 111 times
One of the most prolific winners in North Carolina lottery history wants you to know two things: he doesn't cheat and he understands the games better than anyone.
Through late last year, no one had more big wins than retired potter Phil Morgan, who won 111 times and collected more than $500,000, an Observer data analysis found.
But that record comes with an asterisk. Most wins were for the Pick 4 game. If you play the same number combination multiple times on one drawing, and it hits, each ...
Sep 29, 2016, 5:02 pm - Lottery News forum
S.C. woman claims biggest Pick 4 payout in state's history
A Florence, South Carolina, woman cashed in on the largest Pick 4 payout to a single person in S.C. lottery history.
According to lottery officials, the winning tickets were worth a combined $304,000.
The winning combination was her mom's birth date, 1-1-4-3, drawn the evening of September 17.
She played those numbers 30 times. Ten times she played her numbers straight, betting $5 each time to win $250,000. Twenty times she played her numbers straight/box, betting $1 each time to win $5 ...
Sep 23, 2016, 8:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. Lottery adds 'Wild Ball' feature to all numbers games
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
The Pennsylvania Lottery has launched Wild Ball, an optional add-on that gives players more chances to win the daily numbers games.
The new feature is available for all of its PICK games (Pick 2, Pick 3, Pick 4, and Pick 5), which are drawn twice daily. The first drawings featuring the new add-on were on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Adding Wild Ball to your PICK ticket could allow you to win multiple times on a single play, making it even more fun to pla ...
Sep 14, 2016, 10:52 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery revamps daily game lineup
By Todd Northrop
The Florida Lottery is overhauling some of its long-running daily games, adding two new games and renaming two others.
Lottery officials announced last week that it is launching two new daily games called Pick 2 and Pick 5 Monday, Aug. 1.
Pick 2 players can select two numbers, from 0 through 9, to win a top prize of up to $50 for a Straight play, up to $25 for a Box play, or up to $37.50 for a Straight/Box play.
Pick 5 players can select five numbers, from 0 through ...
Aug 1, 2016, 11:16 am - Lottery News forum
Big payouts for Connecticut Lottery numbers players
Thousands of players of the Connecticut Lottery's Play 3 and Play 4 games are lining their pockets with some extra cash this weekend.
When the numbers drawn were all fives in Thursday's Connecticut Play 4 Day drawing, it set the stage for a big payday for almost 1,000 people.
Lottery officials said the daily numbers game drawing Thursday of 5-5-5-5 meant 947 tickets were winners. The total payout will amount to $3.4 million the third largest prize payout in the history of the game.
Sep 12, 2015, 9:19 pm - Lottery News forum
NY lottery retailer won 16 times in 2 years
A Bronx businessman who has won more big lottery prizes than any other New Yorker doesn't have to go far to buy tickets he owns a store that sells them.
Armand Paganelli scored an astounding 16 winning tickets in 2013 and 2014, amassing a tidy $625,000 in jackpots. One was $250,000; the others were $25,000 apiece.
The winning ducats were all bought at the drugstore Paganelli owns with his brothers Mt. Carmel Pharmacy on East 187th Street.
The Ossining resident has won more $10,000-plus ...
Jun 7, 2015, 8:37 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. woman claims state's biggest-ever scratch-off jackpot
'Still in complete shock'
Lacey Katona cut short the event announcing her $5 million lottery prize this morning, calling for an end to questions on how she'd spend her windfall so that she could get to her job as a retail manager.
Katona is the first person to win $5 million, the largest prize offered, on a New Jersey Lottery instant ticket, a reality she said hasn't quite sunk in yet.
My family just feels truly blessed, she said, standing outside the Krauszer's Food Mart where she bou ...
Mar 9, 2015, 5:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery pays out $7.4 million in Daily 4 drawing of 1-0-0-1
It's not uncommon for players of the Daily 3 and Daily 4 midday and evening drawings to play some common patterns of numbers, like 1-2-3-4 or 0-0-0.
According the Michigan Lottery, one of those days was Tuesday, Jan. 6, when the Daily 4 evening drawing revealed the winning numbers as: 1-0-0-1.
That meant that winners cashed in on more than $7.4 million in prizes.
Players bought 8,050 tickets with the winning numbers. Those players won prizes ranging from $275 to $5,000, depending on wag ...
Jan 7, 2015, 5:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Hoosier Lottery adds Sunday midday drawings
Indiana's Hoosier Lottery will add consistency to certain daily draw games beginning Dec. 7 with the addition of Sunday midday drawings for its Daily 3, Daily 4 and Quick Draw games.
Currently, midday drawings for all three games are conducted Monday through Saturday. The Sunday drawing schedule will match the existing schedule for Monday through Saturday drawings.
The cut-off for ticket purchase will be 1:10 p.m. Eastern and the drawing will occur at or about 1:20 p.m.
Daily 3, with a ...
Dec 6, 2014, 1:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Maryland lottery players winning big with Pick 4
Gamblers in Maryland are getting lucky, and that's bad news for the state lottery.
The Maryland Lottery is losing more money than it expected to on its Pick 4 game, said Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. The lottery's revenue is down through the first month of this fiscal year largely because of winnings it's paying out to Pick 4 players. Pick 4 sales are up and players are winning more often than usual.
Our Pick 4 is killing us, Martino said at ...
Aug 17, 2014, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum