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  • NY Lottery using stick figure posters to seek winner

    07/24/2015 6:10:04 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies
    upi ^ | July 23, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    NEW YORK, - The New York Lottery is using posters of a crudely drawn stick figure in an attempt to identify the person who purchased a $7 million winning ticket. The lottery put up posters this week in Brooklyn with the hope of catching the attention of the person who bought the winning Cash4Life ticket July 24 of last year at the Milky Way Deli. The winner has until Friday to claim the prize, officials said. One of the posters features a drawing of a stick figure holding a crudely drawn lottery ticket with the caption, "Is this you?" The...
  • Girlfriend tells man not to buy any more lottery tickets, he doesn't listen, wins $1 million

    06/08/2015 6:51:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    WLS-TV ^ | June 8, 2015
    A man is now $1 million richer despite the advice given to him by his girlfriend. The man, who chose to remain anonymous, won the money on a scratch-off lottery ticket he bought at a Michigan gas station. "I stopped to get gas and the pump didn't print out a receipt so I grabbed a couple of $5 winning tickets and went inside the store," the man told the Michigan Lottery. "On my way in, my girlfriend told me not to buy any lottery tickets, but I didn't listen. I bought one 50X The Cash ticket and paid for it...
  • Undeterred by Waitlists, Parents Apply in Droves for School Lotteries

    06/01/2015 5:44:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | June 1, 2015 | Kevin Glass
    It’s lottery season. "Lottery," to you, might bring to mind ping-pong balls bouncing around in a glass tube, as millions anxiously wait to see if they'll win millions of dollars. But nationwide, millions of parents must anxiously wait out a different kind of lottery: to see if their children will be selected to have a chance at a better opportunity. The expansion of charter school programs in some of the nation’s biggest metropolitan areas have given more parents and students access to a different educational track and an alternative option to an underperforming public school system. But despite expansions in...
  • Would Obama Ever Call Successful Jihadists "Life's Lotto Winners"?

    05/18/2015 3:10:06 PM PDT · by RobaWho · 1 replies
    Rob Cunningham USA ^ | May 18, 2015 | Rob Cunningham
    I'd like to ask an illogical question, one constructed upon the same imbedded, faulty "logic" used so frequently by Barack Obama. Question: If an ISIS jihadist, or an al-Qaeda terrorist like Osama bin Laden, reaches the pinnacle of success in their chosen career field, would Obama ever state their hard work, disciplined planning and "success" was based on them simply being "winners of life's genetic lottery"? Or, does his derisive, condescending snark only apply to Americans who have successfully built their own businesses?
  • Man Thinks Random Lottery Ticket Words Insulting His Hometown Are No Accident

    05/11/2015 2:23:22 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    Consumerist ^ | May 8, 2015
    New York’s current “Wheel of Fortune” branded instant lottery game seems pretty fun: you scratch off letters and reveal which are or aren’t on the game board. These words are supposed to be randomly generated, but one gambler is really upset at the state lottery after scratching off the words, “YOU/ELMIRA/TRASH.” You can probably guess where he lives.
  • Investigators arrest another man in Hot Lotto ticket mystery

    03/22/2015 3:41:09 AM PDT · by jjotto · 16 replies
    KCRG-TV9 ^ | Mar 21, 2015 | Clare Murphy
    DES MOINES — Authorities made a second arrest in the Hot Lotto ticket investigation Thursday night. The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office have charged Robert Clark Rhodes II, 46, of Sugarland, Texas, with two counts of fraud, according to a release from DPS. Both counts of fraud are Class D felonies. Iowa authorities arrested Rhodes in Texas March 20 with the help of Texas Lottery Enforcement officials, according to the release. He is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond in the Fort Bend County Jail where he will await...
  • Lottery letdown: NM man told 'winning' ticket rendered worthless by misprint

    01/06/2015 2:43:37 PM PST · by workerbee · 52 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/6/15
    By John Wines' calculation, the scratch-off ticket he bought at a Roswell, N.M., gas station is worth $500,625. The state lottery says it is worthless. Wines, a retired heating and air conditioning repairman, bought the $20 "Ruby 7s" ticket on Dec. 6, and went to his car to scratch it off. When his effort appeared to reveal four prizes - two of $250,000, one for $75 and another for $50, he excitedly ran back in to present it to the cashier. "She scanned it in the machine and told me it isn't a winner," Wines, 65, told "I couldn't...
  • Spain hands out $3B in planet’s biggest lottery

    12/22/2014 2:29:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 22, 2014 4:03 PM EST | Alan Clendenning
    Spaniards and Latin American immigrants who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, cracking open bottles of champagne on the streets as they celebrated winning €400,000 ($490,000) payoffs from a €2.5 billion ($3 billion) pot of cash divided among thousands of ticketholders. More than 100 of the top winning tickets were sold in the downtown neighborhood, though 20 were also purchased in the southern city of Cádiz and a handful were sold in other cities across the nation. …
  • Convicted sex offender wins $3M Scratch-Off prize

    12/10/2014 2:23:57 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 10, 2014 | Fox News
    A convicted sexual offender is now a multimillionaire after claiming a $3 million Scratch-Off prize in Florida, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Records indicate that Timothy Poole, 43, was arrested 12 times on charges ranging from sexual battery of a victim under 12 to grand theft, the Sentinel said. In 1991, he was arrested for stealing almost $20,000 in food stamps from an Ocala Insurance company, where he worked as a guard. According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Poole served three months in prison in 1996 and did a second stint from 2003 to 2006. There are no laws...
  • Hilarious 911 Call

    10/29/2014 5:16:35 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | Uploaded on Feb 9, 2007 | zezima66
    This is a funny 911 call involving a lottery ticket.
  • Lottery millionaire held on coke dealing charges

    09/25/2014 5:27:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 25, 2014 | Laurel J. Sweet, Antonio Planas
    A Haverhill carpenter and father of two on welfare who scratched his way to $1 million on a state Lottery ticket five weeks ago was held on $50,000 bond today on a slew of drug possession and trafficking charges. Gary L. Bond, 32, was arrested yesterday after Haverhill cops executed a search warrant at his apartment on Arch Street where they found more than an ounce of marijuana, a marijuana growing operation under a tent, three oxycontin pills and 21 grams of cocaine, prosecutors said.
  • Chuck Todd: Americans Who Don't Pay Income Tax Fund Gov't More than Rich by Playing Lottery, Slots

    08/30/2014 8:50:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | August 26, 2014 | Tony Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Chuck Todd, the new host of NBC's Meet The Press, suggested that Americans who do not pay income tax fund public education more than the rich by buying lottery tickets and going to casinos. While interviewing Ben Carson on CSPAN's After Words, which aired on Sunday, Todd said that Americans who don't pay federal income tax go to casinos or buy lottery tickets and are "spending more money funding our schools, whether it's Detroit or other places." Todd said that though "they are not writing a check to the federal government," poorer Americans "are contributing arguably more money to education...
  • Los Angeles Looks Into Making Ballot Bankable [BRIBING PEOPLE TO VOTE!]

    08/15/2014 11:03:13 AM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 15, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles is considering turning voting ballots into lottery tickets. With fewer than a fourth of voters showing up for recent local elections, the city's Ethics Commission voted unanimously Thursday to recommend that the City Council consider a cash-prize drawing as an incentive to vote. Commission President Nathan Hochman suggests the prizes could be $25,000 or $50,000, saying a pilot program should be used first to find out the number and size of prizes that would bump up turnout. The Los Angeles Times reports ( that federal law prohibits payment for voting, but Ethics Commissioner Jessica Levinson says that statute...
  • Lotto-winning philanthropist Bernadette Gietka dies at 65

    08/12/2014 6:39:53 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 12 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/12/14 | Maria Wiering
    Dundalk resident Bernadette Gietka was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and aspiring playwright working four part-time jobs in June 2003 when she won the $183 million jackpot from the Mega Millions interstate lottery game. She chose the cash payout option of $112.8 million, taking home $76 million after taxes. Her win was the fourth largest in state history, a windfall both for Gietka and the charitable causes she championed. Gietka died Aug. 10 in Phoenix, Md., at age 65. A funeral Mass will be offered Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary in Fells Point. Shortly...
  • Thinking they lost, 2 men threw out $1M Powerball ticket; now they're suing New Jersey Lottery

    06/26/2014 4:42:33 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 26, 2014
    MAHWAH, N.J. – Two New York men are suing the New Jersey Lottery after they threw out a Powerball ticket worth $1 million. Salvatore Cambria and Erick Onyango, of Suffern, New York, argue in their federal lawsuit that the lottery didn't quickly update its website with the winning numbers from the March 23 drawing. Cambria tells The Record ( ) newspaper he asked Onyango to check the website soon after the 11 p.m. drawing. Cambria tossed the ticket when the numbers didn't match. The men now think the site was showing the previous drawing's numbers.
  • Virginia Couple Wins Lottery 3 Times in 1 Month

    03/31/2014 3:44:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Root ^ | March 31, 2014 | Stephen A. Crockett, Jr.
    Calvin and Zatera Spencer have been having an epic month. On March 12 the Portsmouth, Va., couple won a $1 million Powerball drawing. Then, on March 26, Calvin Spencer won $50,000 in the Virginia Lottery's Pick 4 game. The next day he dropped his wife off at an appointment and stopped at a 7-Eleven in Norfolk to get a $100 Million Cash Extravaganza Scratcher ticket. He scratched the ticket and realized that he had won the $1 million prize, News Channel 3 in Virginia reports. "Baby, we did it again!" he told his wife. According to the news station, the...
  • Homeless Man Receives a ‘Winning’ Lottery Ticket – Make Sure You Have Some Tissues Ready

    03/04/2014 5:40:10 PM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies ^ | march 4, 2014 | liz klimas
    A homeless man was given a lottery ticket by a stranger. But it wasn’t this kindness that’s especially touching, it’s what the homeless man tried to do with some of the money after he won. In the age of video blogging, we’ve seen a lot of people film their heartwarming efforts to help those less fortunate in their community. This film on the YouTube channel Magic of Rahat sets itself apart. The channel host said he has seen a homeless man near a local shopping center in the last few weeks. “And from what people have told me, he’s a nice and...
  • The Lottery Curse: 10 Winners Who Lost Millions

    01/26/2014 10:17:02 AM PST · by Innovative · 79 replies
    The Richest ^ | Jan 24, 2014 | D'Marco Brown
    Have you ever wondered why millions of Americans are secretly addicted to playing the lottery? Even if the chances of anyone actually winning are 1 in 175,223,510? Many of us know at least one person whose religiously dedicated to winning the almighty jackpot–even if they’re aware of the extremely slim odds. Check out our list of the 10 most unlucky lottery winners whose millions tragically changed their lives forever. Seems to us like the old saying, “Money won’t make you happy”, should be changed to, “Winning the lotto won’t make you happy”.
  • Mentally Challenged Man Wins $403K Lottery, Loses It 4 Weeks Later

    01/16/2014 5:04:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Newsone ^ | Jan 16, 2014 | Ruth Manuel-Logan
    Malcolm Ramsey (pictured) won $500 a week for life, after winning the lottery in St. Petersburg, Fla., but he opted for the taxed lump sum of $302,446 after taxes. Four weeks later, the money was reportedly all gone. Now the police have opened an investigation to discover who could be responsible for taking advantage of the mentally challenged man, according to Tampa Bay Times. Ramsey is a paranoid schizophrenic who has been hospitalized repeatedly for his mental illness and lives at an assisted living facility. A court once determined that Ramsey is unable to care for himself — much less...
  • Lottery winner's lifetime of money gone in weeks

    01/10/2014 11:20:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Susan Taylor Martin
    St. Petersburg - A few weeks before Thanksgiving, staff at the Loving Care assisted living facility in St. Petersburg realized something had changed in Malcolm Ramsey's life. Relatives who had never paid much attention to Ramsey, 55 and mentally incompetent, suddenly started showing up in droves. Bulging bags from T.J. Maxx and Bealls filled his half of a tiny, shared bedroom. Boxes of new athletic shoes — Nike, New Balance, K-Swiss — towered against the wall. Then there were the rumors that Ramsey had hit it big in the Florida lottery. Ramsey's legal guardian got involved. So did St. Petersburg...
  • $243M lotto winner drives into sunset with new lover

    12/30/2013 4:45:17 PM PST · by lowbridge · 62 replies ^ | december 29, 2013 | david k. li
    A British woman — and $243 million jackpot winner — split from her husband and hooked up with the luxury car dealer who sold her a small fleet of Audi automobiles, according to a published report. Gillian Bayford and her husband Adrian won the big EuroMillions lottery last year. She purchased five Audis for her and loved ones, she apparently caught the eye of Alan Warnock — sales manager of John Clark Audi dealership in Dundee, near the home of her parent’s Scottish home in October, according to the Daily Mail.
  • Bronx native Ira Curry announced as one of two Mega Millions winners

    12/19/2013 4:59:41 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 43 replies
    Ny Daily news ^ | 12/19/13 | BY SASHA GOLDSTEIN
    Bronx native Ira Curry announced as one of two Mega Millions winners The Georgia resident, who grew up on 179 St., will rake in $120 million after taxes. Her sisters still live in the Bronx and are planning to move as quickly as possible. A Bronx native will take the money after she won half of the $648 million Mega Millions jackpot — and her sisters back home say they’re going to run. Georgia resident Ira Curry, 56, has come forward as one of the two winners who will take home a massive chunk of the lottery windfall. Curry will...
  • Stone Mountain Woman is Georgia Winner of $648 million Mega Millions Jackpot

    12/18/2013 1:33:59 PM PST · by lbryce · 72 replies
    CNN ^ | December 18, 2013 | Jason Hanna and Chuck Johnston
    A Stone Mountain woman has won half of the second-largest Mega Millions jackpot in U.S. history and has taken the cash option, which after taxes, will be about $120 million, Georgia Lottery President Debbie Alford said Wednesday. Ira Curry came to the lottery office with the winning ticket of hand-picked numbers, which were a mix of family birthdays and the lucky number 7. She did not appear at the afternoon lottery announcement in Atlanta. Alford gave a few details about Curry, saying she is married and had her daughter check online for the winning numbers after a radio announcer mentioned...
  • Mega Millions jackpot climbs as nobody wins $425M (Now $550 million)

    12/14/2013 1:33:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    WAFB-TV / The Associated Press ^ | December 14, 2013 | Jeff McMurray and Barbara Rodriguez
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - One of the largest jackpots in U.S. lottery history climbed even higher Saturday after no ticket matched all six numbers to win the $425 million top Mega Millions prize. With the Friday the 13th drawing failing to produce any winner lucky enough to claim the fifth-biggest jackpot ever, officials raised the amount to $550 million for Tuesday's drawing. That now ranks as the fourth-biggest. Paula Otto, the Virginia Lottery's executive director and Mega Millions' lead director, told The Associated Press early Saturday that she expects the amount to rise even higher before the drawing....
  • NJ man, ex-girlfriend in court over Powerball win

    11/10/2013 5:47:21 AM PST · by rustyboots · 32 replies
    A New Jersey man who won a $338 million Powerball jackpot, among the largest lottery winnings, is embroiled in a court fight with his former girlfriend over the money. Pedro Quezada of Passaic was the sole winner of the Powerball drawing last spring, worth about $152 million after taxes. His lawyer argues that Inez Sanchez has no claim to the money because the couple were never married.
  • State, Media Encourage Playing the Lottery

    09/09/2013 5:18:27 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    CapCon ^ | 9/4/2013 | Jarrett Skorup
    Like clockwork, every few months it is front-page news around the country: The identity of the Powerball lottery winner becomes public. Recently, the third-largest jackpot of all time, $448 million, was split three ways. At a time when our benevolent bureaucrats at the city, state and federal level are all about "nudging" people to make better decisions, the government teams up with the media to promote one of the most irrational ways for people to spend their money. State-supported lotteries are especially rich when you consider all of the low-level gambling that Michigan makes illegal — like March Madness college...
  • Former Md. lottery employee pleads guilty to stealing, redeeming scratch-off tickets

    08/20/2013 6:52:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/20/2013
    <p>A former Maryland Lottery employee pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to stealing more than $99,000 worth of scratch-off tickets and redeeming them for $67,000, authorities said.</p> <p>Mark Barron Hantske, 59, of Lothian used his position as a sales representative for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency to steal more than 7,500 lottery tickets from nine Anne Arundel retailers between June 2008 and February 2012, according to the Maryland attorney general’s office. He pleaded guilty last week.</p>
  • Andy Ashkar gets maximum prison sentence over stolen $5 million lottery ticket

    07/23/2013 3:46:00 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies ^ | July 23, 2013
    Syracuse, NY -- A son of the owners of a Syracuse convenience store was sent to prison today for 8 1/3 to 25 years for possessing a $5 million New York Lottery ticket stolen seven years ago. Onondaga County Judge Joseph Fahey imposed the maximum sentence on Andy Ashkar on a conviction of criminal possession of stolen property. "Mr. Ashkar, let me tell you something," Fahey said. "You exhibited some of the most rapacious greed I've seen in a long, long time." The man who claims to be the rightful owner of the ticket, Robert Miles, spoke in court before...
  • Illinois Lottery has $200 million in bookkeeping errors: state auditor

    07/01/2013 7:07:20 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 01, 2013 | Greg Hinz
    The Illinois Lottery has "material weaknesses" in its internal financial controls — weaknesses that led to $200 million in reporting errors, a new state audit has found. In a report that already is sparking finger-pointing and drawing the attention of key lawmakers, Illinois Auditor General William Holland concluded that the mistakes had the potential to result in incorrect financial statements being issued both by the lottery and by the state of Illinois itself.
  • Florida Powerball Winner, 84, Claims $590-Million Prize

    06/05/2013 12:34:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    ABC ^ | 06-05-2013 | Staff
    Gloria C. Mackenzie held the most lucrative winning lottery ticket in American history.
  • Kenai couple wins Nenana Ice Classic - $318,000

    05/21/2013 1:06:52 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 6 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | MARK THIESSEN
    Kenai couple wins Nenana Ice Classic ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — A retired peace officer and his paramedic-firefighter wife are the sole winners of Alaska's biggest guessing game. Warren and Yvonne Snow, of Kenai, had the closest guess of when the ice would go out on the Tanana River in Nenana, which happened at 3:41 p.m. Monday. The game officially uses standard time, not daylight time, so the winning time is listed as 2:41 p.m. Monday. No one guessed that exact time, but the Snows were only a minute off. Their guess of 2:40 p.m. will net them $318,500 before taxes as...
  • Powerball winner: $590 million ticket bought in Florida

    05/19/2013 10:04:22 AM PDT · by 4Runner · 60 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | May 19, 2013 | Barbara Rodriguez
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday. The single winner was sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O'Connell. She told The Associated Press by telephone that more details would be released later. Read more here:
  • Lottery officials confirm lone winning record Powerball ticket (590 Million Dollars !)

    05/19/2013 6:31:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    CBS News ^ | 05/19/2013
    <p>It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday.</p> <p>The single winner was sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O'Connell. She told The Associated Press by telephone that more details would be released later.</p>
  • NJ Democrats Want Justice Department (Holder) to Review Lottery Privatization Plan

    04/19/2013 2:15:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    NJ Spotlight ^ | 4/18/13 | Colleen O'Dea
    Unhappy with the state's decision to push ahead with its plan to partially privatize the New Jersey Lottery, a group of Garden State lawmakers have decided to make a federal case of the conflict. On Wednesday, half of New Jersey's congressional delegation asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review the administration's scheme to see if it complies with federal law. The six Democratic congressmen cosigned a letter to Holder, asking him to determine whether the $120 million payment the state is slated to receive from Northstar New Jersey Lottery Group as part of its contract to handle sales and...
  • The rent's on me, Powerball winner Pedro Quezada tells his Passaic, N.J., neighbors

    03/31/2013 12:19:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 47 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | march 31, 2013 | Kerry Wills, Larry Mcshane And Rich Schapiro
    Powerball winner Pedro Quezada is hosting a rent party — for his entire block. A close friend of the newly minted megamillionaire said Quezada promised to temporarily cover the housing costs for residents in the Passaic, N.J., neighborhood that housed his bodega. “He said he’s going to pay the rent for everybody here on this block for at least a month or two months,” the friend said Saturday outside Quezada’s Apple Deli Grocery. “He’s such a good guy.” Word of Quezada’s magnanimous gesture left several of his neighbors stunned. “God bless him, and thank you,” crowed Richard Delgado, 45, after...
  • Hamilton’s penniless millionaire [$10 million lottery winner is now broke]

    03/29/2013 7:22:48 PM PDT · by grundle · 59 replies ^ | March 21, 2013 | Molly Hayes
    Nine years after cashing her $10,569,000.10 cheque, lotto winner Sharon Tirabassi is catching the Barton Street bus to her part-time job. She’s working to support her kids in their rented house in northeast Hamilton.Tirabassi, 35 — one of this city’s biggest lotto winners — has gone from rolling in dough to living pay cheque to pay cheque. The Lotto Super Seven payout didn’t come with a financial adviser and before she knew it — big house, fancy cars, designer clothes, lavish parties, exotic trips, handouts to family, loans to friends — the money was gone.“You don’t think it’ll go (at...
  • Powerball winner can’t collect all his money until he pays off $29,000 in child support (title edit)

    03/28/2013 3:34:37 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    Pedro Quezada, a New Jersey bodega owner who struck it rich by winning Powerball, celebrates his lottery victory during a press conference on Tuesday. But the Passaic County Sheriff says Quezada can’t claim his bounty, $338 million, until he pays off $29,000 in outstanding child support.
  • N.J. Powerball jackpot winner says he will no longer work in bodega

    03/26/2013 5:10:45 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 48 replies
    — Pedro Quezada said he was walking past Eagle Liquor in Passaic on Monday when he noticed a commotion. He wondered whether someone had won the lottery there. "I thought maybe the winning ticket was sold in this store," Quezada said, referring the $338 million Powerball jackpot that was drawn this weekend. So just after 4 p.m., Quezada took the ticket he bought there and scanned it through the liquor store's lottery machine. Suddenly, the 44-year-old Dominican immigrant and father of five got life-changing news: He had won the fourth-largest jackpot in Powerball history. "I had no idea I was...
  • Want a ‘Kwikie’? New name for lottery ticket sparks concern in Maine

    03/19/2013 8:22:50 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 21 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/18/13 | Dylan Stableford
    Convenience-store owners in Maine are concerned that the state lottery wants to rebrand its scratch-off lottery tickets as "Kwikies." -snip- The newspaper interviewed a cashier who said he tested the new name by asking customers if they would like a Kwikie. “I tried that on a couple of women," Tom Borden, a cashier at Fox Brook Variety in Dover-Foxcroft, said. "It didn’t go over very well."
  • Judge extends ban on lottery payout

    03/02/2013 8:42:24 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 13 replies
    upi. ^ | March. 1, 2013
    INDIANAPOLIS, - An Indiana judge blocked a lottery payout of $9.5 million, at the center of a dispute among eight hair salon workers who say they have claim to the prize. The request came from seven co-workers at Lou's Creative Styles in Lawrence, Ind., who contend they should share in prize winnings from a ticket bought by another co-worker, Christiana Shaw, The Indianapolis Star reported Friday. Marion County, Ind., Superior Judge Heather Welch issued a temporary order prohibiting the payout by the Indiana Lottery Commission last week, and Friday extended it indefinitely. Shaw told her colleagues the winning ticket she...
  • Illinois Can’t Even Afford to Pay Lottery Winners

    02/27/2013 9:57:26 AM PST · by lowbridge · 9 replies ^ | february 26, 2013
    But I suppose it wouldn’t be entirely true to say that the Illinois lottery doesn’t have problems. After all, Jones has been spending quite a lot of the entity’s money jetting off to far off locations to complain about his job, and even state-run entities in economically illiterate states like Illinois have finite budgets. There’s only so much cash to go around. So after the little globe-trotting spree, it’s no wonder the Illinois lottery is having a little trouble cashing checks to winners. The Illinois Lottery bounced dozens of checks written to winners, many for scratch-off tickets worth $1,000.
  • Missouri Powerball winners live modestly, give back to hometown

    02/24/2013 8:19:16 AM PST · by lowbridge · 40 replies
    yahoo ^ | february 24, 2013 | Kevin Murphy
    Three months after winning half of the biggest Powerball lottery jackpot in U.S. history, Mark Hill still meets friends for morning coffee at a local convenience store. And that Camaro sports car Hill considered buying with his winnings? He got a pick-up truck instead. While some lottery winners fritter away their fortunes or meet tragic ends, not much has outwardly changed for Mark and Cindy Hill since they won half of a $587 million Powerball jackpot in November. They netted $136.5 million in a lump-sum payment after taxes. "They are very conservative people," said Walt Stubbs, a friend and former...
  • Ban This! Ban That! Ban This and That!

    02/06/2013 3:30:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | February 6, 2013 | John Stossel
    I like to bet on sports. Having a stake in the game, even if it's just five bucks, makes it more exciting. I also like playing poker. "Unacceptable!" say politicians in much of America. "Gambling sometimes leads to 'addiction,' destitute families!" Well, it can. So politicians ban it. It's why we no longer see a poker game in the back of bars. Half the states even ban poker between friends -- though they rarely enforce that. After banning things, politicians' second favorite activity is granting special privileges to a few people who do those same things -- so big casinos...
  • Lottery winner's death was blamed on natural causes — until a relative raised questions

    01/08/2013 6:27:23 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/7/12 | Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune reporter
    Urooj Khan had sworn off playing the lottery after he took an Islamic pilgrimage to the Middle East in 2010, but as he stood in a 7-Eleven near his home on Chicago's Far North Side this summer, he lost his will for a moment, handing over $60 to buy two instant-game tickets. After scratching off the second ticket, he leaped in the air, shouting over and over again, "I hit a million!" When Khan, 46, accepted an oversized check from Illinois Lottery representatives days later at the same store with his wife and teenage daughter at his side, he spoke...
  • DC lottery contract is subject of federal probe

    12/10/2012 11:20:42 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | December 10, 2012 | BEN NUCKOLS | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal grand jury is investigating the awarding of the $38 million contract to run the District of Columbia lottery, a process that raises further questions about corruption in a city government already beleaguered by criminal prosecutions. Although no one has yet been charged in the lottery probe, authorities are looking for evidence of crimes including bribery and illegal steering of contracts, and numerous officials are under scrutiny, according to several people familiar with the probe. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they've been instructed not to impede the ongoing investigation. Regardless of the outcome of...
  • How the $500 million Powerball lottery is a tax on the poor

    11/29/2012 8:11:47 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 51 replies
    The Week ^ | November 28, 2012 | Ryu Spaeth
    [Households that earn at most $13,000 a year spend 9 percent of their money on lottery tickets. ] With the Powerball lottery jackpot reaching a record $500 million, people from around the country are flocking to local convenience stores to try their luck. The majority of those standing in line for tickets and joining office pools are likely not habitual lottery devotees, but rather casual players who decided to get in on the fun once the media reported the unprecedented size of the pot. However, the everyday lottery business is a much grimmer affair, relying overwhelmingly on "poverty, habit, and...
  • No Powerball winner sends jackpot to record $425 million

    11/26/2012 8:15:29 AM PST · by jakerobins · 57 replies
    <p>CNN) — No one hit the jackpot in the latest Powerball drawing, pushing the next prize of $425 million into the history books.</p> <p>The prize for Saturday night’s Powerball was $325 million — the fourth-largest in the game’s history.</p> <p>For the 15th consecutive time, no winners matched the numbers, which were 22, 32, 37, 44, 50 and Powerball 34.</p>
  • Former Michigan lottery winner Amanda Clayton found dead

    09/30/2012 9:29:42 AM PDT · by equaviator · 11 replies
    ClickonDetroit ^ | Sep 29 2012
    Police believe death was from overdose ECORSE, Mich - Former Michigan lottery winner Amanda Clayton was found dead early Saturday morning at a friend's house in Ecorse. Police believe she died from an overdose. Reports are saying it was from prescription medication. Clayton, from Lincoln Park, first made headlines when she won a $1 million jackpot on the game show "Make Me Rich" last September. Local 4 Defender Karen Drew later revealed that Clayton was collecting food stamps after winning the jackpot. She was charged with welfare fraud and sentenced to probation in July.
  • Troubled Michigan lottery winner found dead

    09/29/2012 5:15:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 29, 2012
    ECORSE, Mich. (AP) -- Police say a Detroit-area woman who collected welfare benefits despite winning a $735,000 lottery prize has died of a possible drug overdose. Ecorse police Sgt. Cornelius Herring confirmed that 25-year-old Amanda Clayton was found dead about 9 a.m. Saturday at a home in the community southwest of Detroit.
  • UC to pay nearly $1 million in UC Davis pepper-spray settlement

    09/26/2012 3:46:29 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9-26-12 | la times
    The University of California will pay damages of $30,000 to each of the 21 UC Davis students and alumni who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during an otherwise peaceful protest 10 months ago, the university system announced Wednesday. The agreement, which must still be approved in federal court, also calls for UC to pay a total of $250,000 to the plaintiffs’ attorneys and set aside a maximum of $100,000 to pay up to $20,000 to any other individuals who join the class-action lawsuit by proving they were either arrested or directly pepper-sprayed, a university statement said. A video released online,...