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  • Winning Powerball ticket sold in Lafayette, Hoosier Lottery confirms

    02/23/2017 7:32:38 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 23, 2017
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The winning Powerball numbers have been drawn for the jackpot that’s climbed above $400 million for the first time in nearly three months. The numbers are 10-13-28-52-61 and Powerball 2. The game’s website says one winning ticket was sold in Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery confirmed Thursday morning that the ticket was sold in Lafayette.
  • My life sucks since winning the lottery

    02/15/2017 10:02:41 AM PST · by TBP · 49 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 14, 2017 | Natalie O'Neill
    Poor little rich girl. The youngest person ever to win the lottery in Britain wants to sue the jackpot honchos who made her wealthy because the dough “ruined her life,” according to a report. Jane Park, 21 — who won $1.25 million playing Euromillions at age 17 — says she was too young to cope with the sudden flood of wealth, according to the UK Mirror. “At times it feels like winning the lottery has ruined my life. I thought it would make it 10 times better but it’s made it 10 times worse,” she moaned to the paper. “I...
  • She was angry she always lost. So this woman threatened to kill lottery officials, police say.

    01/06/2017 4:14:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Nation ^ | January 6, 2017 | Lindsey Bever
    A Pennsylvania lottery player who kept buying losing scratch-off tickets called her string of losses a conspiracy and threatened to kill employees at state lottery headquarters, authorities said. Towanda A. Shields is wanted on 53 charges, including harassment, stalking and terroristic threats, for phone calls and voice-mail messages that police said started as a “nuisance” last year and escalated into a “relentless” stream of hostile, sexually explicit and threatening statements to Pennsylvania Lottery officials in Lower Swatara Township. Police there issued a warrant for her arrest Tuesday and are working with authorities in Philadelphia, where Shields lives, to bring her...
  • What would you do if you won $3 million? This man spent it on meth

    07/27/2016 11:38:41 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 48 replies
    The State ^ | 7/27/2016 | TOM UHLER
    “When I win the lottery ...” How many of us have chanted that refrain, daydreaming about how we’d quit our jobs, grab our winnings and head to a secluded beach with the family to live in blissful paradise? Or whatever your imagination conjures life-after-hitting-the-jackpot to be. Of course it hardly ever turns out that way. We’re always hearing about lottery winners who blew it all. But Ronnie Music Jr., 45, a former maintenance supervisor in Georgia, has taken the storyline to a new depth. Music, who won $3 million in a scratch-off lottery game in Georgia last year, invested his...
  • Lottery Games Online? Scratch That Idea

    07/11/2016 7:14:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | July 11, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    JEN FLANAGAN is distressed. The state senator from Leominster, a 40-year-old Democrat, is worried that not enough young people are wasting their money on gambling. The Massachusetts State Lottery offers an abundance of games designed to separate players from their dollars — among them, Megabucks, Powerball, Keno, and Mass Cash, not to mention an endless supply of scratch tickets in denominations ranging from $1 to $30 — but millennials aren't playing as much as Flanagan thinks they should."Young people have the lowest participation rates, and these continue to decline," she writes with concern. "Simply put, millennials don't play the lottery."Why?...
  • HOT lane lottery makes a mockery of GTA traffic woes: Keenan

    06/28/2016 10:00:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | June 24, 2016 | Edward Keenan
    The Ontario lottery corporation recently started advertising its newest scratch-and-win lottery: tickets cost $30 (the highest price among its lotteries), and the top prize is a cool $2.5 million. Now, if you want an indication of how bad traffic is in the GTA, consider that Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca announced a lottery of his own on Thursday: tickets cost $180 each, though you only pay if you win. The prize? One of 1,000 permits to drive in an uncongested highway lane for 16 kilometres between Burlington and Oakville. The ad copy writes itself: Imagine the freedom of cruising at...
  • A Florida man will be the first in the US to get paid $1,250 per month for doing absolutely nothing

    06/06/2016 12:14:45 PM PDT · by PROCON · 75 replies ^ | June 6, 2016 | Chris Weller
    For the next 12 months, a man from Sarasota, Florida will receive $1,250 a month for doing absolutely nothing, and the people footing the bill couldn't be happier about it. The recipient, a man named Edwin who declined to speak to the press, won the $15,000 in a raffle held in San Francisco on May 31. The giveaway was organized by the nonprofit advocacy group My Basic Income, which wants to set up a slew of lotteries to see how basic income might work around the world.
  • Audit: Illinois Lottery broke law to get around budget impasse

    05/25/2016 9:36:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    AP via WGN ^ | 3:15 PM, May 21, 2016
    The state’s auditor general says the Illinois Lottery violated state finance law by prepaying $20 million to ensure it could participate in future multi-state lottery games even without a state budget. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the lottery made two $10 million payments on June 30, 2015, when it was clear lawmakers had failed to agree on a state budget that should have begun the next day. …
  • Police: Woman throws 85-year-old to ground, steals scratch-off ticket

    04/07/2016 8:16:57 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies
    WPXI ^ | April 7, 2016
    PULASKI TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A woman was arrested Tuesday after she assaulted an 85-year-old man in a parking lot and stole his winning lottery ticket, according to police. The incident was reported shortly after 10:30 a.m. at the Ambrosia Landscaping supply and lottery store in Pulaski Township. "I saw it all," said Lori Smiley, who saw the incident from the Family Dollar store. Police said Adriana Pitzer, 23, threw the man to the ground and stole his scratch-off lottery ticket, which was worth $30. She also took $10 in cash. Smiley, a cashier at the nearby Family Dollar store saw...
  • $1.5 Billion Powerball Pot Just $522 Million After Taxes

    01/28/2016 11:55:14 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 45 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | Jan. 12, 2016 | Tom Gantert
    If you win the Powerball in Michigan, don’t be surprised to discover some "partners" sharing the pot with you: state and federal tax collectors. Here’s how much they will scoop off the top in taxes, as calculated by Joe Henchman, vice president of legal and state projects at the Tax Foundation. The winner will have 25 percent withheld automatically by law for federal taxes and the state withholding tax. In Michigan, the state income tax rate is 4.25 percent. When the winner files their taxes next year, they would have to pay again — the difference between what was withheld...
  • A Powerball Reimbursement Go Fund Me Page Has Been Created

    01/16/2016 10:15:25 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 24 replies ^ | 1/14/2016 | Shenequa Golding
    A woman by the name of Cinnamon Nicole from Cordova, TN has raised a little more than $800 in seven hours via her Powerball Reimbursement Go Fund Me page. Nicole alleges to have spent all of her money on purchasing tickets with the assumption she would win the $1.6 billion jackpot, but soon realized the winning tickets were sold in Los Angeles, Florida and Tennessee suburbs. Despite the chances of anyone winning the jackpot being 1 in 292.2 million, Nicole still decided to go big, and unfortunately now can’t go home because she allegedly doesn’t have any money. Please help...
  • Seven Bad Habits of Highly Progressive People

    01/16/2016 5:30:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | January 16, 2016 | John C. Goodman
    It's been 50 years since the War on Poverty was launched and after all that time and trillions of dollars spent about one of every seven people in the country is still living below the poverty line. Everyone on the right and the left seems to agree: in the war on poverty, poverty is clearly winning. So what should be done? You may have noticed that Paul Ryan and the Republican presidential candidates were guests of the Jack Kemp Center in North Carolina the other day, trotting out their ideas on how to combat poverty. But what about the Democrats?...
  • Warehouse Worker Takes Third of $1.6 Billion Powerball Pot

    01/15/2016 2:43:21 PM PST · by Cecily · 49 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A small-town warehouse supervisor turned in one of three tickets splitting the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot on Friday, and swiftly announced that he would take his money now, giving up hundreds of millions of dollars in the future. But John Robinson and his wife, Lisa, said they won't stop working and won't make any wild purchases. They'll pay off their mortgage and their daughter's student loans, but have no desire to move from their small, gray, one-story house into a luxurious compound somewhere.
  • Powerball winning numbers announced, 1 winning ticket sold in Chino Hills, CA

    01/13/2016 8:47:25 PM PST · by Callahan · 121 replies
    CBS8/AP ^ | 1/12/16 | AP
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Lottery officials have announced the numbers drawn for Wednesday night's record $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot. The California Lottery did announce there is Powerball jackpot winner in Chino Hills, California. There could be other winners in other states. Also, in Chula Vista a ticket was sold that matched 5 out of the 6 numbers.
  • What to Do with the Money If You Actually Win Tonight's Powerball Jackpot

    01/13/2016 9:27:00 AM PST · by NRx · 111 replies
    TwoCents ^ | 01-13-2016 | Kristin Wong
    You have a better chance of getting hit by lightning in a frog thunderstorm than you do winning the Powerball, but hey, it's always fun to play billionaire. If you were to win (and you won't), there are a few things you should to do to protect and optimize your winnings. Winning the Powerball Lottery Won't Solve Your Problems Winning the Powerball Lottery Won't Solve Your Problems Winning the Powerball Lottery Won't Solve Your Pro You're not going to win the current Powerball jackpot, so don't spend a bunch of money on tickets....undefined lifehacker.​com Make a Choice: Lump Sum...
  • Powerball's Biggest Winner: Government

    01/13/2016 4:33:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 49 replies ^ | January 13, 2016 | Michelle Malkin
    Ka-ching! Wednesday's Powerball jackpot soared to $1.5 billion as get-rich-quick mania seized America this week. But you don't need to wait for the drawing to know who'll score the royal payoff. The biggest winner of the multistate numbers game is -- drumroll, please -- Uncle Sam. Powerball is a government-sponsored gambling racket in 44 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The feds automatically skim 25 percent off the top of a lump-sum cash award. Additional state withholding taxes vary depending on residency status. Mega-winners are taxed at the highest federal income tax bracket (nearly 40 percent);...
  • Buddhist monk fights back after getting robbed buying lottery tickets

    01/12/2016 12:10:17 PM PST · by RummyChick · 21 replies
    Lotterypost via youtube ^ | 1/12/16 | Lotterypost
    Published on Jan 12, 2016 Police are searching for a man who was caught on video robbing a Buddhist monk as he bought lottery tickets in a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, convenience store.
  • Powerball jackpot payout wouldn't put a dent in the Illinois budget deficit

    01/12/2016 10:48:28 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies ^ | 1-12-2016
    PEORIA - It's s a staggering number - 1,500,000,000 - and one that has continued to grow as Powerball aficionados and neophytes alike have bought tickets for the largest lottery prize in American history. But what, exactly, will your $1.5 billion buy you? To start, assuming you take the lump-sum payment as many people do, rather than annual payouts over 29 years, your prize is projected to be a mere $930 million. Then you pay taxes. Take off 39.6 percent for the maximum federal rate and 3.75 percent for the current Illinois income tax - a total of $403.1 million,...
  • Here's Mark Cuban's advice for whoever wins the $1.4 billion Powerball lottery

    01/12/2016 10:22:56 AM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01-12-2016 | Libby Kane
    The Powerball lottery has reached a record high of $1.4 billion. On Wednesday night, someone might win the jackpot and — even if they don't actually take home $1.4 billion — become incredibly rich in a matter of moments. Billionaire Mark Cuban has some idea of what that's like. Cuban recounted the moment he became a billionaire on an episode of James Altucher's podcast: "I was sitting in front of a computer, naked, hitting the refresh because we were close — waiting until my net worth hit that billion when the stock price got to a certain point, and then...
  • Here's Mark Cuban's advice for the winner of the $1.4 billion Powerball lottery

    01/12/2016 7:25:22 AM PST · by Rockitz · 87 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12 January 2016 | Business Insider via Yahoo
    The Powerball lottery has reached a record high of $1.4 billion. On Wednesday night, someone might win the jackpot and — even if they don't actually take home $1.4 billion — become incredibly rich in a matter of moments. Billionaire Mark Cuban has some idea of what that's like. Cuban recounted the moment he became a billionaire on an episode of James Altucher's podcast: "I was sitting in front of a computer, naked, hitting the refresh because we were close — waiting until my net worth hit that billion when the stock price got to a certain point, and then...
  • Curse of the lottery: Tragic stories of big jackpot winners

    01/12/2016 5:28:04 AM PST · by lowbridge · 85 replies ^ | january 10, 2016 | nicole bitette
    Nearly 70% of lottery winners end up broke within seven years. Even worse, several winners have died tragically or witnessed those close to them suffer. Edward Ugel, author of the book "Money for Nothing: One Man's Journey Through the Dark Side of Lottery Millions," told the Daily Beast of the thousands of lottery winners he's known, few were happy and only a small number lived happily ever after. "You would be blown away to see how many winners wish they'd never won," Ugel said. One of those unlucky winners was Abraham Shakespeare. Just weeks before Shakespeare was killed, he told his...
  • The One Time It’s Mathematically Advantageous to Play Powerball

    01/11/2016 8:39:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    Time Money ^ | 01/11/2016 | Ethan Wolff-Mann
    Wednesday's Powerball jackpot is on its way to an estimated $1.4 billion, after nobody matched all six numbers in Saturday night's drawing. The prize would be the biggest of all time, dwarfing the MegaMillions $656 million high-water mark of 2012. This is a big deal. Unless you're really, really smart and lucky -- see Joan Ginther, among others -- playing the lottery is a bad idea, financially speaking. Of course there's the fun, thrilling aspect of playing, which is not to be discounted, even by a belt-and-suspenders-type publication like MONEY. But there's actually a case to be made that in...
  • 11 January 1569: England holds its first lottery draw

    01/11/2016 10:38:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Money Week ^ | January 11, 2016 | Chris Carter
    Old St Paul's Cathedral: the venue of England's first lottery draw By 1566, England's harbours and coastal defences were looking a little shabby. To fix them, Queen Elizabeth I would either have to raise taxes (boo) or hold a glittering prize draw and raise the money that way. Unsurprisingly, she chose the latter. Selling tickets for the chance to win a prize was nothing new. The idea had been around on the continent for at least a hundred years, where lotteries were sometimes held by merchants looking to shift expensive stock that wasn't selling. On 11 January 1569, outside the...
  • No Powerball Jackpot Winner, Pot to Grow to $1.3 Billion [01/09/16]

    01/09/2016 10:59:20 PM PST · by DoughtyOne · 89 replies
    NBC4 LA ^ | 01/09/2016 | NBC4 LA
    There was no jackpot winner of Saturday's biggest-ever $900 million Powerball drawing, and the jackpot for Wednesday's drawing will grow to an estimated $1.3 billion, officials said, NBC News reported.
  • No one won the $900 million Powerball -- now it's up to $1.3 billion [Unprecedented]

    01/10/2016 7:47:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/10/2016 | Caroline Moss, Tech Insider
    No ticket matched all six Powerball numbers following the drawing for a record jackpot of nearly $950 million, lottery officials said early Sunday, boosting the expected payout for the next drawing to a whopping $1.3 billion. The winning numbers -- disclosed live on television and online Saturday night -- were 16-19-32-34-57 and the Powerball number 13. All six numbers must be correct to win, although the first five can be in any order. The odds to win the largest lottery prize in US history were one in 292.2 million. Officials with the Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the Powerball game,...
  • No Powerball Winner - Next Jackpot $1.3 Billion

    01/09/2016 10:56:06 PM PST · by zeestephen · 13 replies
    Jackpot - $1.3 billion. Cash Out - $806 million
  • No Jackpot Winners in Record Powerball Drawing

    01/09/2016 10:16:52 PM PST · by parksstp · 56 replies
    Powerball Website ^ | 01-10-2015 | Powerball Website
    28 People matched the 5 White Balls, but nobody had PB 13 Combination. It'll be close to $1.3 BILLION on Wednesday.

    01/09/2016 6:45:16 PM PST · by Baynative · 237 replies
    A devious mind ^ | 1/9/16 | Baynative
    Because I sincerely hope that someone frequenting the FRee Republic website wins the power ball drawing tonight, especially a monthly donor and because that winner will be an (almost) instant billionaire, I am offering some sound advice on how to handle the situation.
  • The secret millionaires next door (Lottery)

    01/09/2016 6:22:40 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11-6-2011 | Ashley Rueff
    Chicago couple won $30 million in the state lottery and didn't tell anyone. Not even their kids. Somewhere in Chicago live a modest, middle-class couple with two teenage children and a $30 million secret. They recently won the Illinois Lottery, but have yet to tell friends, family or even their children. The couple plan to keep their jobs — he runs a small business — and raise their children with a strong work ethic by keeping secret their loaded bank account. "It's real unusual. Most people, they're ready to jump on it. They want to go on TV, they want...
  • Powerball jackpot climbs to record $900 million. How high will it go?

    01/09/2016 11:56:15 AM PST · by NRx · 128 replies
    LA Times ^ | 01-09-2016 | Matt Stevens
    The largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history has gotten even bigger, as officials announced Saturday morning that the Powerball payout has risen to a staggering $900 million. Yet, even with brisk ticket sales, just 75% of all possible six-digit combinations have been selected, officials said. On Friday alone, California players purchased about $38 million in tickets, said state lottery spokesman Alex Traverso. Saturday's sales are expected to be on par -- or higher. In California, about 80 cents of every $2 ticket sold goes toward education. Nationwide, more than $1 billion in Powerball tickets have been sold so far, lottery...
  • $188M Powerball winner has risked fortune bailing out ex-con boyfriend

    01/07/2016 11:37:57 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 7 2016
    A North Carolina single mom who won a $188 million Powerball jackpot last year pledged to spend it on her kids and church, but so far the biggest beneficiary seems to be "Hot Sauce," her alleged drug dealer boyfriend. Marie Holmes is a single mom of four, including a child with cerebral palsy; however, she has risked nearly a quarter of the $88 million she took home bailing her boyfriend Lamarr “Hot Sauce” McDow out of jail on drug, weapon and street racing charges. Holmes, 27, hit the jackpot in February and, since then, has bailed McDow, 31, out of...
  • The next big Powerball jackpot is $675 MILLION

    01/06/2016 11:05:58 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 42 replies
    CA Lottery ^ | 1/6/15
  • Powerball Lottery Jackpot Reaches $500m

    01/06/2016 1:36:24 PM PST · by NRx · 128 replies
    Sky News ^ | 01-06-2016 | Sky News
    The estimated jackpot for the next draw of the US Powerball Lottery has reached $500m (ÂŁ342m). No one has won the lottery's top prize since 4 November, meaning someone could lay claim to the sixth largest jackpot in North America on Wednesday night. Soaring ticket sales have boosted the jackpot, which could climb even higher if the winning numbers remain elusive.
  • Lottery exec removed from post amid jackpot-fixing scandal

    12/23/2015 7:36:35 PM PST · by iowamark · 57 replies
    CBS News ^ | 12/23/2015
    A prominent lottery official who has run the Powerball game since its inception was quietly removed from his 28-year post leading the Multi-State Lottery Association after a jackpot-fixing scandal inside his organization got bigger, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. Charles Strutt, executive director of the association since its 1987 founding, was stripped of his duties in October by the group's board, which includes directors of lotteries in 37 states and U.S. territories. The move came days after prosecutors said their investigation of jackpot-fixing by the association's former security director, Eddie Tipton, had expanded nationwide.The association, which...
  • Jackpot-fixing investigation expands to more state lotteries

    12/21/2015 7:17:58 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/18/15 | Ryan J. Foley and David Pitt
    DES MOINES, Iowa — The allegations read like a movie plot: a lottery industry insider installs undetectable software giving him advance knowledge of winning numbers, then enlists accomplices to play those numbers and collect the jackpots. And they secretly enrich themselves for years — until a misstep exposes them. Eddie Tipton, former security director of the Multi-State Lottery Association, has been convicted of fraud for fixing one jackpot in Des Moines, but prosecutors say his high-tech scheme extended far beyond Iowa. He’s accused of tampering with lottery drawings in four states over six years, and investigators are expanding their inquiry...
  • Activists Buy Lottery Tickets To Help Fund State Services, Bring Attention To Budget Stalemate

    12/14/2015 6:25:40 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 8 replies
    WBBM.COM ^ | 14 DECEMBER 2015 | WBBM.COM
    CHICAGO (CBS) — In a symbolic gesture to urge the governor and state lawmakers to come up with a budget, a group of community activists on Monday purchased Illinois Lottery tickets, and pledged to donate any winnings to the state. A week after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed stopgap legislation to resume payouts for Lottery winners – most of which had been halted due to the state’s budget impasse – a group of community leaders bought Powerball and scratch-off tickets on Monday.
  • Feeling Lucky? State-Run Gambling Hits Record High in 2014

    12/07/2015 1:48:22 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/4/2015 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Lottery set a record in 2014 with $2.6 billion in ticket sales, up 25 percent since 2005. People are spending more than ever on Michigan’s state-run gambling, and the biggest growth is in the instant ticket games, where participants rub off portions of the ticket to see if they've won. The games advertise prizes that go as high as $2 million. Instant ticket sales have increased from $662.5 million in 2005 to $913.1 million in 2014, a 38-percent increase. Almost all of the lottery proceeds go to fund public schools. The School Aid Fund received $743 million in...
  • States Play Gambling Monopoly

    11/24/2015 1:37:58 PM PST · by LibertysWordsmith · 9 replies
    Reason ^ | November 23, 2015 | A. Barton Hinkle
    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) did New York a huge favor earlier this month when he declared fantasy sports leagues a form of illegal gambling and ordered two of their principal organizers, DraftKings and FanDuel, to stop taking bets from state residents. Fantasy leagues are not games of skill, Schneiderman decreed, but rather games of chance, and therefore illegal under state law. And gambling is illegal for good reason: It can lead to addiction and all other sorts of social ills. What a relief. From now on, New Yorkers will not be tempted by the deceitful lure of...
  • Some Illinois Lottery players cross state lines for tickets because of IOUs

    10/18/2015 7:37:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/16/15 | Angie Leventis Lourgos
    "I do a lot of traveling; I would just jump to the border and go to Wisconsin," said Lobello, 47. "I used to buy lottery tickets in Illinois, but I'm not purchasing them anymore. If they're not paying when they say they're going to pay, I have no confidence in the future." As of Thursday, Illinois Lottery payments for any winnings over $600 are being delayed until the state budget stalemate is resolved. Lottery officials said the agency's check-writing account is depleted and no authority can replenish it, though winnings under $600 can still be retrieved immediately at retail kiosks....
  • Illinois fails to pay lottery winners as state’s budget craters

    10/17/2015 7:44:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/17/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The lottery is akin to the magical kingdom where dreams come true. In New York, their constant advertisements on television assure us that all you need is “a dollar and a dream.” Sure, your odds of hitting the big, top level jackpot are significantly worse than getting hit by lightning while being attacked by a shark, but hey… somebody’s got to win, right? And every week somebody does, leading to a huge weight off their minds if they were financially struggling.Unless, of course, they happen to live in Illinois where the state has stopped paying the winners while still...
  • Illinois Lottery, Strapped for Cash, Starts Issuing IOUs to Winners Over $600

    10/15/2015 12:43:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    Slate ^ | October 14, 2015 | Elliot Hannon
    The Illinois state lottery announced Wednesday it’s no longer a lottery; it’s more of a voluntary collection agency. That’s because the lottery, due to gridlock in passing a new state budget, no longer has the money to pay people who win. Selling lottery tickets? Not a problem. Paying out winning tickets? Problem.
  • Woman Takes on Virginia Lottery After $20K Winning Ticket Voided

    09/09/2015 3:37:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    okc fOX ^ | Sep 09, 2015 | Austin Prickett
    A Washington, D.C. woman is taking on the Virginia Lottery after she bought a winning ticket worth $20,000 but is not getting the money. The lottery said the ticket was issued in error. "When I saw that $20,000, you don't know how excited I was," said Ardella Newman. On Aug. 22, at a lottery machine inside Shoppers in Alexandria, Newman thought she hit it big. On a $2 scratch-off ticket she matched the number 16--for $20,000.back.
  • Illinois Lottery winners receive IOU amid lack of budget

    08/31/2015 7:34:39 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 55 replies
    CNBC ^ | 8/31/2015 | Fred Imbert
    Danny Chasteen and his girlfriend, Susan Rick, thought they had gotten their big break last month when Chasteen won $250,000 from the Illinois Lottery. Instead, they got an IOU. The Chicago Tribune reported that disbursements of Illinois Lottery winnings of more than $25,000 have been halted because the state doesn't have a budget. "For the first time, we were finally gonna get a break," Rick said. "And now the Illinois Lottery has kind of messed everything up." Under state law, checks for such winnings must be cut by the state comptroller's office and, since lawmakers have yet to approve a...
  • Lottery winners don't get largesse, but get left out

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren't getting the largesse. They're getting left out. Without a state budget agreement two months into the new fiscal year, there's no authority for the state comptroller to cut checks over $25,000. That means smaller winnings can be paid out, but not the larger lottery wins. Susan Rick, who lives in Oglesby, Illinois, planned home fix-ups and a visit to her daughter after her boyfriend won $250,000 last month. But they were told to wait. Rick tells the Chicago Tribune that if the situation were reversed, the state would "come take it,...
  • Illinois Not Paying Out Big Lottery Jackpots Amid Budget Standoff

    08/28/2015 5:34:21 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 53 replies
    CBS 2 CHICAGO ^ | 28 AUGUST 2015 | CBS 2 CHICAGO
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Lottery says big winners since July 1st aren’t getting any money yet because there’s no state budget, meaning the state has no legal authority to pay out lottery winnings. The good news is: You won the lottery. “It was a happy day. My husband was really excited. I thought he was going to have a heart attack,” said 73-year-old Helen Whitfield of Bourbonnais. The bad news is: It may be awhile before you’re paid.
  • 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.