Massachusetts Lottery closes loophole after big wins
It was great while it lasted, for the few who knew the trick and had the money to take advantage of it.
A lottery game in Massachusetts, known as Cash WinFall, had a quirk in it. Every three months or so, if the WinFall jackpot exceeded $2 million but nobody picked all six of the randomly-chosen winning numbers, the money in the jackpot pool would go to people who picked only four or five correct numbers.
The Massachusetts Lottery said the odds of picking all six numbers were 1 in 9,366,81 ...
Aug 3, 2011, 7:09 am - Lottery News forum
Canada couple loses out on $1.64M jackpot
Judge's ruling ends an Alberta couple's bid for a share of a 2007 Super 7 lottery jackpot
Relying on their friends to ensure they were covered for a lottery pool has cost an Alberta, Canada, couple $1.64 million, a judge has ruled.
In a written decision released Wednesday, Justice Suzanne Bensler said Michael and Catherine Clancy of Okotoks, Alta., weren't entitled to a percentage of a Nov. 23, 2007, $20 million jackpot.
The plaintiffs' story is sad, Bensler said, in concluding the 21 ...
Jul 14, 2011, 11:35 am - Lottery News forum
20 N.Y. Costco workers share $202M Powerball lottery jackpot
The 20 oversized checks, each made out for $201.9 million, seemed appropriate for these lottery winners.
A group of 20 Long Island Costco employees calling themselves the 1937 Flatbush Avenue Dodgers stepped forward Thursday in the parking lot of the big box store where they work to claim first prize in a June 1 Powerball jackpot.
The winners, who opted to take a lump sum payout, will share $70.2 million after taxes, New York state Lottery officials said.
Kim Karkota, one of two winners ...
Jun 17, 2011, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
U.S. lawmaker hits the lottery
Lady Luck smiled on a few House members last year.
New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone claimed nearly $25,000 in lottery winnings in 2010, according to the latest yearly disclosure forms filed with the House of Representatives.
Likewise, Rep. Dave Reichert, a Washington state Republican, won somewhere in the range $200 to $1,000 during a trip to the Snoqualmie Casino outside Seattle.
Mr. Pallone, a Democrat, owes his haul to his dad. The congressman and his brother pool their money with their ...
Jun 16, 2011, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
$200M Powerball lottery jackpot won by N.Y. Costco workers
Group of 20 Costco workers will share massive prize
By Todd Northrop
A group of Costco employees were very happy Thursday morning and very rich.
After 10 consecutive drawings passed with no top-prize winner, the multi-state Powerball jackpot stood at $200 million Wednesday evening. The winning numbers drawn were 8, 18, 38, 46 and 56, with Powerball number 31 and Power Play number 4.
One ticket sold at Maulik Chandni stationery store at 496 W. Montauk Hwy. in Lindenhurst, Long Island, ...
Jun 2, 2011, 12:46 pm - Lottery News forum
True to promise, pals share $1 million lottery jackpot
Eula Webb, 75, wanted to get some milk from the store, so she asked her friend Sam Cricci, 80, if he wanted to come along and buy some milk, too.
I wanted to keep him active, she said.
They went to the Associated Supermarket on Fulton Street, got their milk, bought a couple of lottery tickets one for Webb, one for Cricci from a machine, and went home.
Webb scratched her Empire State Millionaire ticket and got nothing. Cricci scratched his ticket and won the jackpot: $1 million.
Apr 25, 2011, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery's biggest loser: Albany man passed on office pool that won $319M jackpot
Includes video report
Man could have been 8th winner; decided not to play because he didn't feel lucky
The group of seven lottery pool players that won last week's $319 million Mega Millions jackpot could have had an eighth member, but one unlucky man made a choice that cost him millions.
The New York co-worker who regularly played in the office pool opted out on the night they had the winning ticket, according to an Albany, N.Y., deli owner who knows the winners.
They asked him a c ...
Mar 31, 2011, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Seven Albany state workers won $319 million lottery prize
Seven lucky New York state government workers earned some 'Capitol gains' when their office pool won a whopping $319 million jackpot in Friday night's drawing.
The big winners are information-technology pros who work in Homes and Community Renewal, said sources. The agency has been slammed with more than $30 million in budget cuts.
The brand-new millionaires hit it big with several Quick Pick tickets bought at Coulson's News Center, a century-old family-run convenience store in downtown Al ...
Mar 27, 2011, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Disputed $50M lottery jackpot partially paid out
Includes video report
A disputed $50 million lottery win is set to enter civil court as the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation pays out about $31 million of the prize to its 19 original claimants, leaving the remainder to be fought over in court.
Nineteen employees of a Toronto-area Bell call centre originally claimed the $50 million Lotto Max prize from Dec. 31, only to have their claim disputed by several other people who said they should have been on the list, as well.
For the pa ...
Feb 15, 2011, 2:38 pm - Lottery News forum
$29M lottery jackpot 12 years in making
Postal workers each paid $10 a week into Mega Millions
Perseverance and planning ahead with a storm bearing down on the region paid off for a group of postal worker friends, who came forward Friday to claim their $29 million jackpot.
We'd been playing for so long, I felt we had to win sooner or later, said Hosea Person, 48. He and 12 others from the priority mail processing center in Romulus had bought Mega Millions tickets for 12 years before hitting it big Feb. 1.
Hosea and his wife, ...
Feb 6, 2011, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum