Human error caused expensive Va. Lottery mistake
New Game Generated More Than 600 Winning Tickets
Debra and Raul Bennett are faithful lottery players, though in nearly 15 years of playing they never had won much more than pocket money.
So on Sunday, when the retired Hampton, Va., couple realized they had a winning ticket from the Virginia Lottery's brand-new Fast Play Super 7s game, they were ecstatic. Plans for spending the $7,777 the game's top prize came fast and furious.
But when the Bennetts went to the Hampton Virginia Lottery o ...
Oct 22, 2008, 6:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia winners may have to pay for Lottery's mistake
Sometimes lotto luck lies underneath the surface of a scratch-off ticket. Sometimes it lies in the bounce of a ball. And sometimes it lies with the Virginia attorney general's office.
Hundreds of players thought they had struck gold when lottery terminals errantly spit out tickets that appeared to have won them as much as $7,777. Turns out it was a computer programming error, not lady luck.
Now the state's top lawyers will consult with the Virginia Lottery to decide whether the players get ...
Oct 21, 2008, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery's 20th birthday raffle drawing held
The Virginia Lottery's latest raffle-style game, Virginia's 20th Birthday Raffle, was drawn Saturday, and made one instant millionaire.
The winning numbers can be found here:
Virginia's 20th Birthday Raffle is a raffle game offered by the Virginia Lottery, with a limited period of availability of $5 tickets.
The Birthday raffle differed from most other raffles conducted by Virginia and other states, that there ...
Sep 21, 2008, 11:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery practices sound, Ariz. officials say
Despite a Valley lawyer's filing class-action lawsuits against various state lotteries, including Colorado and Indiana, alleging deceptive practices regarding Scratchers tickets, the Arizona Lottery appears to be in the clear.
Although these lawsuits against state lotteries are popping up throughout the country one of the most recent was filed by a business professor in Virginia Arizona Lottery representatives say a suit against them would fail because they believe they have sound policie ...
Jul 23, 2008, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum
$85M sought for "defective" Virginia lottery tickets
Man sues Virginia Lottery for selling $85 million in defective scratch-off tickets
A lawsuit by Washington and Lee University professor Scott Hoover seeks reimbursement for purchasers of an estimated 26.5 million tickets over the past five years. He asserted that the tickets had no chance of winning the top prize promised on them.
John Fishwick, a Roanoke attorney for Hoover, on Monday released copies of a lawsuit filed in Richmond Circuit Court. It seeks an $85 million judgment and an inj ...
Jul 1, 2008, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scratch games still being sold after jackpots are gone
Feeling lucky today?
Then don't buy a $20 scratch-off ticket for the New Jersey Lottery's $1,000,000 Explosion game.
Your chances of winning the $1 million top prize are Z-E-R-O.
The six top prizes were awarded months ago, but the $20 tickets are still on sale. The best prize available today is $10,000.
State lotteries are coming under renewed criticism for selling scratch-off tickets after the top prizes have been given away. The latest challenge comes from a professor who says ...
Jun 30, 2008, 1:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia man wins $250,000 twice in three months
Lottery lightning strikes twice for Chesterfield man
When he won in the February 22, 2008, Mega Millions drawing, he joked with Virginia Lottery officials, I'll see you next time. Little did he know, there really would be a next time.
Three months later, the same lucky lottery player was back at Lottery headquarters with another Mega Millions ticket worth $250,000.
When asked about his amazing luck, Mr. Branch replied, I really can't explain it!
Mr. Branch matched the first five ...
Jun 6, 2008, 5:58 pm - Lottery News forum
New Year's Eve lottery raffles from around the USA
In addition to celebrating the new year last night, lottery players from around the United States were checking their raffle tickets to see if they would start 2008 as a new millionaire.
Raffle-style lottery drawings were held in several states, including Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Virginia. (Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania drew their raffles a couple days ago.)
Jan 1, 2008, 10:25 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia man claims lottery raffle prize
Lynchburg has a new millionaire.
Donnie Taylor, a 60-year-old retired graphics technician, has claimed his $1 million prize in the Virginia Lottery's latest sweepstakes, the Millionaire Raffle.
(Millionaire Raffle results: http://www.lotterypost.com/va-lottery-raffle-2007-06-14.asp)
He received his full check on Tuesday with 25 percent going to federal taxes and four percent to state taxes, the actual amount paid to Taylor was $710,000.
Some people would say, you know, he won $71 ...
Jun 22, 2007, 2:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner: 'Kind of exciting, I guess'
Dorothy Elliott stays low-key.
She just won the lottery $1,000 a week for the rest of her life. But when the 68-year-old Norfolk resident met with the media this morning at the 7-Eleven store where she bought the fateful Win For Life ticket, she seemed completely unfazed by her good fortune.
When I looked at the numbers in the paper, I had to read them a couple of times to make sure they matched, she said. It was kind of exciting, I guess.
In the Win for Life drawing on June 13, t ...
Jun 20, 2007, 11:20 am - Lottery News forum