Former teacher wins Wisconsin's largest Megabucks jackpot ever
Bought winning ticket while running to the store for milk
By Todd Northrop
A former high school teacher won Wisconsin's biggest Megabucks jackpot ever, thanks to a quick trip to pick up a gallon of milk.
John Rumpel, of Milwaukee, won $22.2 million from a Megabucks drawing, the Wisconsin Lottery said in a news release on Friday, marking the biggest Megabucks jackpot ever since the game began in 1992.
The winning numbers from the Saturday, May 30 Megabucks drawing were 21, 22, 34, 36, ...
Aug 11, 2015, 11:29 am - Lottery News forum
Scratch-off games propel Ohio Lottery to record sales
Like other state lotteries have recently reported, the Ohio Lottery has managed to increase its sales to record levels in the past year, despite a sharp downturn in multi-state lottery sales, through an emphasis on scratch-off ticket sales.
The Ohio Lottery Commission sold $1.55 billion in instant scratch-off lottery tickets in the fiscal year ending June 30, which was $123.3 million, or 8.6 percent, more than the previous year, according to annual, unaudited sales figures released on Thursda ...
Jul 10, 2015, 3:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Scratch-off tickets push Florida Lottery to record sales
Floridians with dreams of instant payoffs are generating record scratch for the Florida Lottery.
Lottery revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30 are up $180 million over last year, reaching a record $5.58 billion, with two-thirds of that money via scratch-offs.
The state sold $3.7 billion in scratch-off tickets this year, compared with $3.4 billion in 2013-14. That more than offset a drop of about $120 million in Powerball, Florida Lotto and other games.
Scratch-offs accounted for 6 ...
Jul 3, 2015, 7:46 am - Lottery News forum
Mass Lottery to announce record sales
The Massachusetts Lottery is expected to break a sales record this year for the fourth year in a row, the lottery executive director said Tuesday.
As of Saturday, the lottery had tallied $4.973 billion in sales, said Beth Bresnahan. She said the final sales total would be just shy of $5 billion when the fiscal year ends at midnight tonight.
The lottery posted sales of $4.741 billion in fiscal 2012, $4.85 billion in fiscal 2013, and $4.863 billion in fiscal 2014.
Profit this year is expe ...
Jun 30, 2015, 4:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin Lottery's Megabucks jackpot hits record high
By Todd Northrop
Officials with the Wisconsin Lottery said the Megabucks jackpot is currently at a record high for its next drawing on Saturday.
The jackpot is at $21.4 million.
The last time the jackpot was this big was in 2001 when the jackpot was $20.3 million, according to a release.
Wisconsin is the only state that offers the Megabucks game it is not a multi-state game.
If a winner of the $21.4 million jackpot were to choose the cash payout, they would get a lump sum of $15.2 ...
May 15, 2015, 11:41 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery has its best week of scratch-off sales in 23-year history
Scratch-off sales for last week totaled nearly $76 million
Last week, the Texas Lottery had its highest scratch-off ticket sales in the Lottery's 23-year history.
Sales for scratch-off games totaled $75,677,650 beating the previous record of $75,360,138 set in March 2013.
We are thrilled with last week's scratch-off sales as revenue generated from these games benefits public education and veterans in Texas, said Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery. When Texans are playi ...
Feb 10, 2015, 10:23 am - Lottery News forum
More people playing, winning in SC Lottery
The South Carolina Education Lottery announced Monday it set records for ticket sales and the amount of money raised for education in the last fiscal year. It also set records for the amount of prize money paid out and the commissions paid to lottery retailers.
Lottery revenue was more than $1.26 billion for the year. Ticket sales grew by $66 million, which meant the amount that got deposited into the lottery's education account was $323.4 million, or $23 million more than the previous year.
Aug 5, 2014, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Classic Lotto goes more than 2 years without winner
Jackpot now a record $66.2 million
The Classic Lotto jackpot currently stands at $66.2 million after no ticket was sold for Monday's draw with the numbers of 27, 32, 36, 38, 40, and 44.
Of course, that means no winning ticket was sold last week. Or the week before that. Or the month before that. Or the year before that.
In fact, it's the largest jackpot recorded for the game. Every drawing that produces no jackpot winner it breaks another record, increasing by another $100,000 to $300,0 ...
Apr 9, 2014, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery reports record-breaking 2013
The Texas Lottery Commission today reported record results for fiscal year 2013, its best year for sales and revenue in the Lottery's 21-year history.
Sales of $4.376 billion topped the previous sales record of $4.19 billion set in 2012 and resulted in a total contribution of $1.214 billion to the state of Texas, the Lottery's single largest transfer of revenue to the state, including a contribution of $1.149 billion to the Foundation School Fund.
This is the 10th consecutive year that th ...
Nov 19, 2013, 6:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Winner of record $590.5 million Powerball lottery jackpot announced
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
At a press conference today, the Florida Lottery announced that the $590.5 million jackpot from the Powerball drawing held on May 18 was claimed by Gloria C. MacKenzie, 84, of Zephyrhills, Florida.
MacKenzie chose to receive her winnings in a one-time, lump-sum payment in the amount of $370,896,780.84.
She did not speak to a crowd of reporters outside lottery headquarters, leaving quickly in a silver Ford Focus with her son, Scott Mackenzie, and ...
Jun 5, 2013, 4:13 pm - Lottery News forum