NJ Lottery officials still investigating cause of massive outage
The exact cause and circumstances of a five-day outage that blocked nearly half of New Jersey's lottery retailers from selling printed tickets like Pick 3 and Mega Millions earlier this month are still a mystery, but a few determinations are unanimous.
The blackout, although anomalous, was unacceptable, may have been detected sooner and should have been handled better, state officials and executives from Northstar New Jersey, the group responsible for the lottery's sales and marketing, said a ...
Aug 20, 2015, 8:27 pm - Lottery News forum
NC lottery winner spent $9M bailing out convict fiancé
A North Carolina lottery winner used part of her $188 million Powerball jackpot to bail her convict fianc out of jail twice.
Lamar (Hot Sauce) McDow, accused of trafficking and intending to sell heroin, was released from a Brunswick County jail last week on $6 million bail.
While bondsmen do not have to release the name of who posted an inmate's bail, McDow's Powerball millionaire fianc e, Marie Holmes, likely footed the bill. Prosecutors said she bailed him out of jail once before, paying ...
Aug 15, 2015, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
St. Louis city employees claim $70 million Powerball jackpot
St. Louis' newest millionaires are two city employees who bought a winning Powerball ticket this month.
Tom Rea, a building maintenance supervisor for the city's department of corrections and his wife, Catherine Ruggeri-Rea, the city's courts administrator, were announced as the winners of a $70 million jackpot at a news conference Wednesday morning.
Rea, 62, has worked for the city for 40 years. Ruggeri-Rea, 61, has been the city's courts administrator for nearly 10 years.
Rea bought t ...
Jul 30, 2015, 11:21 am - Lottery News forum
$188 million lottery winner arrested on marijuana charges
North Carolina single mother Marie Holmes, who won the $188 million Powerball lottery in February, was arrested on July 23 for marijuana possession. Officers also arrested three other people from her home in Shallotte, North Carolina.
Holmes took home a lump sum $88 million after taxes in February. When she won, the 26-year-old single mother reportedly quit both of her jobs at Wal-Mart and McDonald's to care for her four young children, one of whom has cerebral palsy.
(See N.C. Powerball l ...
Jul 27, 2015, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball changing in October to generate bigger jackpots
By Todd Northrop
The multi-state Powerball game will be changing in October, making it harder to win the jackpot, while at the same time making it easier to win a smaller prize.
With the state lotteries becoming reliant upon big multi-state jackpot games driving ticket sales, the long streak of Powerball jackpots being won before reaching historic levels has crimped state budgets. The October changes are designed to fix that problem by forcing the jackpot to be won less often.
After the ...
Jul 8, 2015, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum
$136M Powerball winner sued for 'dooring' cyclist
Anthony Perosi Jr. wasn't the only one who got lucky when he scored a $136 million Powerball win so did a bicyclist who got doored by his pickup.
The Staten Island plumber is being sued by Kieran Del Pasqua, who says he was sent flying when Perosi opened the door of his Ford F150 in a bike lane in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
The 40-year-old Internet exec had no chance to stop in the May 27 accident and slammed into the door, his Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit says.
He required surgery and now ...
Jun 22, 2015, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona $188.9M Powerball winner claims prize
By Todd Northrop
Arizona Lottery officials say the winner of the $188.9 million Powerball jackpot has come forward to claim the prize from the June 3 drawing.
The Powerball prize money was claimed well within the 180-day time period that is given to the winner to claim the money.
According to an AP report, the winner asked not to be identified, and lottery officials didn't release any details on the person's gender, age or hometown Tuesday.
Earlier this year, state lawmakers overwhel ...
Jun 16, 2015, 7:24 pm - Lottery News forum
NY plumber wins $136M Powerball jackpot, splits it with son
A New York plumber and his son are multimillionaires after sitting on a winning Powerball ticket because they thought the jackpot had been won by a teacher.
Anthony Perosi of Staten Island says he was on his way to do an inspection March 14 when he stopped at the 7-Eleven where he always buys lottery tickets when he is in the area.
Perosi, 56, was at a bar a week later when another patron said the winning Powerball ticket had been won at that same 7-Eleven. The bartender, he says, told him ...
Jun 7, 2015, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona lottery ticket wins $188M Powerball jackpot
Update: retailer information and new anonymity law
By Todd Northrop
If you bought your Powerball ticket in Arizona, it's time to give it some extra scrutiny this morning, since one of the Powerball tickets sold in Arizona for the Wednesday drawing is now worth $188.9 million.
It's the seventh time the Powerball jackpot has been won this year the largest since Feb. 11, when three tickets sold in from North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas split a $564.1 million grand prize.
The winning ...
Jun 4, 2015, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum
Two mega lottery jackpots up for grabs this week
Powerball, Mega Millions climb to a combined $441 million
By Todd Northrop
The USA's two powerhouse multi-state lottery games have been steadily growing their jackpots over the past several weeks, and this week they offer a combined $441 million to lottery players who will take a chance to beat the odds.
Up first is Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing, featuring a whopping $253 million grand prize. It has been more than two months since the Mega Millions jackpot was won, and it has been get ...
Jun 1, 2015, 8:56 pm - Lottery News forum