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
9/11 hero wins $5 million NY Lottery prize
A New York City firefighter forced to retire due to Ground Zero ailments won a $5 million jackpot with a New York Lottery scratch-off ticket.
Carmelo Mercado, of Harriman in Orange County, New York, hit paydirt with a $20 Cash X 100 ticket, sources said.
Mercado, 63, a retired member of FDNY Battalion 49 in Astoria, said he had initially purchased one ticket, but then decided on a whim to purchase another which won.
I was in shock, he said. I couldn't believe it, to be honest with you. ...
Jul 2, 2015, 11:31 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois postal worker wins $4 million lottery prize
An Elgin, Illinois, man has won a $4 million lottery prize after purchasing a ticket from Lundeen's Liquors in St. Charles.
Michael Stetar, 54, has been a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for the past 17 years. He buys a lottery ticket weekly and won big after trying his luck on a new game.
He was on a break when he went into Lundeen's Liquors, 610 East Main St. in St. Charles, to get a snack and saw the Golden Casino ticket.
I feel luckier when I play a new game so ...
Jun 29, 2015, 6:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Man forgets glasses, mistakenly buys winning lottery ticket
A man in southwestern Connecticut who mistakenly bought the wrong lottery ticket is $30,000 wealthier.
Bob Sabo, of Easton, says he didn't want to wait in line to buy a lottery ticket at the Super Stop Shop in Fairfield, so he decided to buy a ticket from a lottery vending machine - something he had previously never done.
Sabo says he meant to buy two $20 tickets, but says he didn't have his glasses on and instead bought a $30 ticket.
When I got home and scratched the 30X ticket, I cou ...
Jun 29, 2015, 11:17 am - Lottery News forum
Newlyweds win $15M Mass. Lottery scratch prize
Two Cape Cod newlyweds got the wedding gift of a lifetime Saturday when they scratched their way into multimillionaire status on a winning Supreme Millions $30 ticket at a Tedeschi store in Eastham, Massachusetts.
David and Stacy Foster won $15 million about $6.8 million after taxes and have been hiding out at the home of Stacy's parents in Northampton, celebrating with family and letting their big win sink in. The couple, married May 1, sat down yesterday with Herald reporter Lindsay Kalter ...
Jun 25, 2015, 9:52 am - Lottery News forum
NJ lottery winner is loser after prize seized
When is a $10,000 lottery winner a loser? When the funds used to purchase the $10,000 winning ticket are from a ticket the winner allegedly stole.
That s what David G. Rukhadze, 23, a borough resident, learned after he tried to collect a $10,000 prize on an instant lottery ticket after he allegedly used the $20 winnings from a stolen ticket to buy the winning one.
Around 1 p.m. June 5, Officer Sean Flanagan responded to the Acme Market, 125 Bound Brook Road, for a report of a theft of New ...
Jun 13, 2015, 6:31 am - Lottery News forum
Defiant scratch game purchase yields $1 million prize
He scratched his ticket in the bathroom to keep his girlfriend from knowing what he'd done.
Her request that he restrain himself from another lottery ticket purchase went ignored.
But when the scratching was finished, the guilty act of secrecy turned to a brilliant stroke of luck.
The Livonia man, whose identity hasn't been revealed because he requested anonymity, scratched until he found a match for one of his winning numbers: 27.
Printed underneath the match: 1Mil.
I scratched ...
Jun 4, 2015, 12:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Sick mother accuses daughter of stealing $1 million lottery prize
A dollar and a dream has turned into a $1 million legal nightmare with a Brooklyn, New York, woman accusing her daughter of running off with her jackpot.
In papers filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court, Barbara Quiles says her daughter, Linza Ford, has absconded with her winnings.
It's heartbreaking what she's done, Quiles, 51, said Tuesday night. God is on my side. God doesn't like ugly and this is ugly.
The mother says she suffers from lupus, bulging discs, spinal stenosis and has had two ...
May 27, 2015, 7:53 am - Lottery News forum
California man wins $1 million an hour after depositing $25,000 lottery winnings
A streak of good luck made a Huntington Beach, California, man an instant millionaire immediately after he deposited a separate $25,000 payment from the California Lottery on Friday.
In April, retired postal worker Oscar Sosa purchased a $20 Ultimate Riches scratch-off ticket, where he won $25,000. He received a check on Friday from the lottery office, which he quickly deposited in a bank account.
An hour later, Sosa took $200 of that money and bought several 50X The Cash scratch tickets f ...
May 20, 2015, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Florida man wins $10 million in lottery scratch-off game
A Hallandale Beach, Florida, man spent $25 on a Florida Lottery scratch-off card and etched his way into a life-changing, $10 million prize.
Bryan Goldstein, 36, bought his Florida Cash ticket Friday at Stop 'N Go at 800 Atlantic Shores Blvd. in the city.
He claimed his prize as a lump sum $7,355,576 after taxes were deducted Monday in Tallahassee, Lottery spokeswoman Meagan Dougherty said.
The odds of winning $10 million on a $25 ticket in this game are 1 in 8.1 million, according to t ...
May 20, 2015, 8:08 am - Lottery News forum