Lottery's 'luckiest woman' bet flabbergasting sums on scratch-offs
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By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
First of three parts
For years, people who dream of beating the lottery have puzzled over the amazing case of Joan Ginther, who made headlines around the world by scratching off 10MILL on a $50 instant ticket in June 2010 to win her fourth multimillion-dollar prize.
Skeptics wondered if she cheated or had an ingenious system for pinpointing winners. After all, Ginther received a Ph.D. from Stanford and ...
Jul 2, 2014, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma man arrested after trying to redeem forged lottery ticket
Oklahoma City police arrested a man last week trying to cash in a forged lottery ticket.
According to the police report filed Friday June 19, 45-year-old Michael Allen Shaske of Tahlequah was hoping for a $20,000 payout by turning in an altered $3 scratch-off ticket and would not take 'no' for an answer from any of the clerks he went to that day.
But all he got was a quick trip to jail.
Well he was doing everything he could to get arrested for this, said MSgt. Gary Knight with the Okla ...
Jun 25, 2014, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum
Idaho woman claims her second major lottery prize
Massage therapist Boni Hutchinson-Ennis of Boise, Idaho, has been touched by Lottery luck twice in the last three years most recently, when she won and claimed a $250,000 top prize on the Scratch Game Idaho $250,000 Jackpot.
She purchased her winning ticket from a WinStation vending machine at the Fred Meyer on Chinden Boulevard in Garden City.
Three years ago, Hutchinson-Ennis won $100,000 on the Idaho Lottery's Black Ticket, from a ticket purchased at the Fred Meyer on Federal Way in Boi ...
Jun 20, 2014, 8:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia couple are new millionaires
Kiss your bride! Janet Dalby instructed her husband Richard, as the two posed with an oversized $4 million check from Virginia Lottery on Friday.
The couple was celebrating their newfound wealth, made possible by lucky scratch-off winnings at Taylor's Market, where Richard Dalby purchased the winning ticket two days earlier.
The Dalby's have been buying lottery tickets at Taylor's Market on U.S. 1 for the past 20 years.
Richard Dalby is retired, but Janet still works as an IT director ...
May 31, 2014, 10:42 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Legislature passes lottery bill scrapping online scratch-off games
Gov. unsure if he will sign bill
Both the Minnesota House and Senate on Friday overwhelmingly approved restrictions on online sales of state lottery tickets.
The bill now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton, who has said he hasn't decided whether he'll sign it.
Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, called implementation of the new electronic games overreach by the administration.
Politically, we pinned their ears back, said Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston. The lottery needs to have some controls, some ...
May 17, 2014, 11:08 am - Lottery News forum
NY insomniac wins $7.5 million lottery prize
A Staten Island, New York, man won millions of dollars, thanks to a bout of insomnia.
Salvatore Gandolfo, 55, of Arden Heights couldn't sleep on April 1, so he got up and bought a scratch-off ticket that won him $7.5 million, he said on Tuesday.
That night, I was thinking about someone from my past, someone who is no longer here, said Gandolfo, a former NYC Department of Finance worker.
It was about 3 or 4 in the morning. I couldn't sleep. I woke up and ate breakfast. I put on my clot ...
May 9, 2014, 5:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Chicago man credits mom with $2.5 million lottery win
A Chicago man is planning a special Mother's Day for his mom after she bought a lottery ticket for him that wound up being worth $2.5 million.
Daniel Stojak, 46, of Chicago, said his mother, Shirley, 77, also of Chicago, frequently buys him tickets at the Jewel-Osco in Niles where she has worked as a cashier for about 15 years.
Though Shirley Stojak had won some money before playing the lottery the most was $10,000 this April 1 was special.
That day, she bought a $10 instant ticket and ...
May 9, 2014, 4:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery to drive profits by boosting payouts
The state House on Tuesday approved a change to the Pennsylvania Lottery that the Corbett administration says will allow it to maximize profits for senior programs by meeting consumer demand for high-payout instant tickets.
State law requires the lottery to dedicate no less than 27 percent of revenue from ticket sales to funding programs for seniors. But most of the lottery's sales growth is from scratch-off tickets, which return less money to the state than do terminal-based games such as th ...
Apr 30, 2014, 9:56 am - Lottery News forum
Players snapping up Mass. Lottery's new $30 tickets
The Massachusetts State Lottery, following the lead of a handful of other states, has rolled out new scratch tickets at a significantly higher price $30 a pop saying there is a market for more costly games with the chance of bigger winnings.
Since the new game was launched last Tuesday, bettors have snapped up more than $8 million in tickets, hoping to win one of the four $15 million instant jackpots or at least take home one of the 36 $1 million prizes. Dina William, who, along with her husb ...
Apr 29, 2014, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery considering offering a $50 instant ticket
A $50 instant lottery ticket may be in the future, say Ohio Lottery officials buoyed by the success of the agency's first $30 instant ticket.
The next step in the lottery world is the $50 ticket, lottery director Dennis Berg told lottery commission members at a recent meeting. We have talked about it here and there are conflicting opinions. Logically it is the next price point, but we do not know when it will happen.
Texas appears to be the only state with a $50 ticket, made available by ...
Apr 26, 2014, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum