Infamous lottery winner's house burns
Jack's back with more heartbreak
Firefighters from all over Bland County converged on Deer Run Estates in Rocky Gap, West Virginia, on Friday morning to battle a blaze at lottery winner Jack Whittaker's house.
Whittaker said he was on his way to Ghent, West Virginia, to work when his wife, who was inside the brick structure, called him about the fire.
Fire crews got the call at 6:59 a.m. and the house was already engulfed in flames when they arrived.
Whittaker's wife smelled smoke an ...
Dec 2, 2016, 12:10 pm - Lottery News forum
WV Lottery officials keeping eye on PA internet gambling bill
West Virginia Lottery officials are closely monitoring legislation making its way through the Pennsylvania General Assembly that would significantly expand legalized gambling in that state.
Those guys are aggressive, I'll just say that, acting lottery director John Myers said Tuesday of the legislation, which would make Pennsylvania the fourth state to legalize internet gambling, would allow state casinos to operate satellite locations with up to 250 slot machines each and would allow slot m ...
Jul 12, 2016, 11:06 pm - Lottery News forum
WV Lottery officials oppose jackpot anonymity bill
The times of the big lottery check presentations may soon come to an end in West Virginia.
Winners of big jackpots would no longer have to make required public appearances to claim those prizes if a bill that's moving at the State Capitol becomes law.
The West Virginia Lottery is opposing the bill because of what John Myers, acting director of the Lottery, called an expectation of transparency among players.
They want to know that, when we tell them that there's a grand prize winner, t ...
Mar 2, 2016, 9:46 am - Lottery News forum
West Va. Lottery director announces retirement
John Musgrave, the longtime director of the West Virginia Lottery, announced his retirement Thursday, bringing to a close a more than 19-year run that has included work for four different governors.
I love this job. I've been so fortunate. I like doing what I do and serving this administration, as well as the others, but there's something that just tells me it's time, Musgrave told MetroNews.
The lottery had annual revenue of approximately $220 million when Musgrave took over. It now has ...
Oct 9, 2015, 10:32 am - Lottery News forum
WV Lottery considers online gaming options
To help combat out-of-state competition, the West Virginia Lottery is considering introducing online gaming options, including smartphone applications that would allow players to purchase Powerball and Mega Millions tickets on their phone.
Lottery director John Musgrave told members of the state Lottery Commission Tuesday that officials met with state casino executives and their technical staff last month to discuss potential online gaming options in the state. A second meeting to discuss the ...
Aug 28, 2014, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
Three $1M lottery tickets sold in W.Va. in 1 week
West Virginia has another $1 million lottery winner.
Lottery spokesman Randy Burnside tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that a ticket sold in the Wheeling area won a $1 million prize in the Powerball drawing on Wednesday.
It's the third $1 million lottery ticket sold in the state within a week.
On Tuesday, retired truck driver Randy Brown of Man claimed a $1 million Mega Millions prize. He bought a ticket that matched five numbers from the Feb. 7 drawing.
Another tic ...
Feb 17, 2014, 9:26 pm - Lottery News forum
West Virginia man wins $300,000 in Pick 4 lottery
Larry Hughes of Kimball, West Virginia, may soon have relatives he never knew he had coming out to Kimball to visit him after winning $302,600 on Thursday night's Daily 4 drawing. West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave announced today that Hughes and his family came to Charleston on Friday to claim the prize.
Hughes played the numbers 1-2-3-4 60 times on a straight bet, and the same numbers on a straight/box. Although he doesn't always bet $61, he bets the same numbers every day. The to ...
Jun 8, 2013, 8:08 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner Jack Whittaker's losing ticket
Jack Whittaker, a 55-year-old contractor from Scott Depot, W. Va., had worked his way up from backcountry poverty to build a water-and-sewer-pipe business that employed over 100 people. He was a millionaire several times over. But when he awoke at 5:45 a.m. on Christmas morning in 2002, everything he'd built in his life held only passing significance next to a scrap of paper in his worn leather wallet a $1 Powerball lottery ticket bearing the numbers 5, 14, 16, 29, 53, and 7.
Whittaker had pu ...
Dec 19, 2012, 10:03 am - Lottery News forum
W.Va. Lottery has $81M surplus
The West Virginia Lottery ended the just-completed budget year with an $81 million surplus, giving state revenues a surprising boost, but agency officials say the future remains challenging at best in the face of increasing competition from border states.
The stronger-than-expected results also remain below the lottery's peak returns during the past decade, suggesting its best years may be behind it because of these market forces.
We view this as uncharted territory, said James Toney, the ...
Jul 16, 2012, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner donates apartment complex to help families in crisis
Winner has given millions to charities since 2010
Randy Smith, a West Virginia multimillion-dollar lottery winner turned philanthropist, listened Friday to how his donation of an apartment complex is turning into a sustainable community housing program for families in crisis.
Smith, 65, a former Berkeley County sheriff and magistrate, won a $79 million Powerball lottery in August 2010. The total dropped to $44 million after taxes when he opted for a lump-sum payment.
Since then, Smith h ...
Apr 22, 2012, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum