Wisconsin woman's lottery winnings withheld by state due to unpaid debts
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Wisconsin woman’s lottery winnings withheld by state due to unpaid debts

A Wisconsin woman who won the lottery will not be receiving all her winnings due to thousands of dollars of outstanding debts. Winner Stories, Wisconsin, Scratch Games, Government, Court

NY lottery winner plans to sue Gaming Commission to keep his $5M winnings a secret
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NY lottery winner plans to sue Gaming Commission to keep his $5M winnings a secret

An unemployed father from Norwood, New York, won $5 million from a lottery scratch off ticket he bought April 24 — and he wants to keep the details of his windfall quiet. Legal, Winner Stories, New York, Scratch Games, Anonymous, Lawsuit

OOPS: Phone fraudster tries to scam cop
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OOPS: Phone fraudster tries to scam cop

A phone scammer made a grave error when he dialed Officer Jeff Bowling and attempted to access his personal information last week. Legal, Scam, Law Enforcement, Fraud, Crime, Sweepstakes, Video

With promise of $1.5m prize, scam artist bilks woman out of nearly $28,000
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With promise of $1.5m prize, scam artist bilks woman out of nearly $28,000

Murphy’s ship had finally come in. Or so it seemed. She imagined paying off the mortgages of her children and grandchildren and setting up bank accounts for her two little great-grandchildren. Instead, she had been scammed, and her gullibility cost her nearly $28,000. Scam, Fraud, Crime, Sweepstakes

U.S. Supreme Court overturns federal sports-wagering ban
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U.S. Supreme Court overturns federal sports-wagering ban

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal law that bars gambling on individual sporting events in most of the country, in a ruling likely to unleash a race among the states to attract billions of dollars in legal wagers. New Jersey, Legal, Gambling, Sports Betting, Sports

Massachusetts Lottery winners increasingly opting to stay anonymous
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Massachusetts Lottery winners increasingly opting to stay anonymous

Lawyers for newly-formed trusts are increasingly claiming Massachusetts Lottery prizes, as big winners do what they can to avoid being publicly identified. Legal, Winner Stories, Massachusetts, General Interest, Anonymous

Georgia Gov. signs bill allowing lottery winners to remain anonymous
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Georgia Gov. signs bill allowing lottery winners to remain anonymous

Georgia has joined a small but growing number of states that allow lottery winners to remain anonymous. Georgia, Legislation, Anonymous

Iowa man claims $4.38 million Lotto America prize
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Iowa man claims $4.38 million Lotto America prize

A Davenport, Iowa, man on Thursday claimed a $4.38 million lottery jackpot, acknowledging he had beaten long odds to win a jackpot with a ticket he received as a free play in a lottery promotion. Winner Stories, Jackpots, Iowa, Multi-State Game, Lotto America

Lottery tickets will not be sold in South Carolina for more than 12 hours this weekend
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Lottery tickets will not be sold in South Carolina for more than 12 hours this weekend

You’re out of luck if you planned on buying Powerball or Pick 3 tickets in South Carolina on Mother’s Day morning. South Carolina, GTECH, Vendors, Retailer, Technology, Ticket Machine, Operations

NY credit union chief accused of embezzling money from fund, spending $3.55M on lottery tickets
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NY credit union chief accused of embezzling money from fund, spending $3.55M on lottery tickets

The head of the city’s oldest credit union embezzled money from the fund for years — splurging on millions worth of lottery tickets — by submitting bogus invoices for dental work and other expenses, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. Insider Buzz, Legal, New York, Theft, Law Enforcement, Fraud, Crime

Lotto America ticket worth $4.4 million won in Iowa
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Lotto America ticket worth $4.4 million won in Iowa

Iowa Lottery officials say a Lotto America ticket bought at a convenience store in Davenport is worth nearly $4.4 million. Jackpots, Iowa, Winning Ticket Announcement, Multi-State Game, Lotto America

Woman wins $1.2 million on $18 Kentucky Derby bet
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Woman wins $1.2 million on $18 Kentucky Derby bet

A Texas woman reaped $1.2 million on an $18 bet on a series of Kentucky Derby day races, officials said on Sunday. Insider Buzz, Winner Stories, Horse Track

Glitch delays live Powerball drawing
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Glitch delays live Powerball drawing

Powerball officials suffered an embarrassing but short-lived glitch when the regularly scheduled, live drawing had to be shelved because of unexplained technical difficulties. Powerball, Multi-State Game, Operations, Drawing

Canadian man wins lottery, celebrates birthday and retires on same day
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Canadian man wins lottery, celebrates birthday and retires on same day

A man in Canada has had a truly amazing 24 hours, winning CA$2 million (US$1.5 million) on the lottery on the same day as his birthday and retirement. Winner Stories, British Columbia Lottery, Retire

The man who cracked the lottery
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The man who cracked the lottery

When the Iowa Attorney General’s office began investigating an unclaimed lottery ticket worth millions, an incredible string of unlikely winners came to light — and a trail that pointed to an inside job. Insider Buzz, Legal, Iowa, Hot Lotto, Scandal, Technology, Security, Computerized Drawings, Investigation, Fraud, Crime, Multi-State Game

Lottery winner survives helicopter crash
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Lottery winner survives helicopter crash

A North Carolina lottery winner is lucky to be alive after his helicopter crashed and caught fire right on his front lawn. Winner Stories, Scratch Games, North Carolina, After the Big Win, General Interest

Australia moves to ban 'fake' online lottery wagering
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Australia moves to ban ‘fake’ online lottery wagering

Controversial lottery-betting service Lottoland described Australian legislation that will in effect banish it from the country as “unnecessary and misguided”, while newsagents and lottery sellers have welcomed the decision. International, Legislation, Online Gambling, Australia

Michigan man wins $100K playing lottery online
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Michigan man wins $100K playing lottery online

Patrick Rudolph was sitting at home playing online lottery games when he nearly missed that he’d won a huge prize. Winner Stories, Michigan, Online Gambling, Technology, Online Ticket Sales

N.J. man charged in $10K lottery scam on 84-year-old woman
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N.J. man charged in $10K lottery scam on 84-year-old woman

A New Jersey man tricked an 84-year-old woman into handing over more than $10,000 after telling her she won a lottery, but needed to pay the taxes on the winnings in advance, authorities said. New Jersey, Legal, New York, Scam, Theft, Law Enforcement, Crime

Lawyer for trust claims $456.7 million Powerball lottery jackpot
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Lawyer for trust claims $456.7 million Powerball lottery jackpot

A lawyer working for a trust claimed a $457 million Powerball ticket sold at a Pennsylvania convenience store, leaving state lottery officials with no details about the person or people who will get the money. Powerball, Winner Stories, Pennsylvania, Jackpots, Multi-State Game, Anonymous

Uber driver wins $140,000 after passenger tips him with lottery ticket
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Uber driver wins $140,000 after passenger tips him with lottery ticket

A Colorado Uber driver received a tip from a passenger that eventually landed him $140,000. Winner Stories, Colorado, Scratch Games

Amid delay in new lottery policy, repeat winners keep on winning
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Amid delay in new lottery policy, repeat winners keep on winning

Last August, the Massachusetts Lottery executive director said a new policy to stop the lottery from making massive payouts to frequent winners would be in place on Oct. 1, 2017. However, more than half a year later, no policy is in effect. Legal, Winner Stories, Massachusetts, Retailer, General Interest, Investigation, …

Your dog could be a Tennessee Lottery scratch-off star
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Your dog could be a Tennessee Lottery scratch-off star

The Tennessee Lottery is conducting a “Dog Days of Summer” photo contest through May 7 in search of the next “Tennessee Pup Star.” Tennessee, Scratch Games, Announcement, General Interest, Lottery Tickets

$1.5M Hoosier Lotto ticket to expire Thursday
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$1.5M Hoosier Lotto ticket to expire Thursday

Indiana lottery players check your tickets: a lottery ticket worth more than a million bucks is about to expire. Unclaimed Prize, Jackpots, Indiana

Massachusetts lottery profits down 8 percent
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Massachusetts lottery profits down 8 percent

Even with sales up more than 3 percent through nine months of the fiscal year, the Massachusetts Lottery has seen an almost 8 percent drop in profits so far this year, the executive director reported Tuesday. Financials, Massachusetts

Illinois Lottery sells tickets for instant games after top prizes are gone
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Illinois Lottery sells tickets for instant games after top prizes are gone

Illinois’ practice of keeping some scratch-off games on the market indefinitely after top prizes have been awarded stands in contrast to other states, whose lotteries are required to pull a game within a specific time frame once the last remaining top prize has been claimed. Illinois, Scratch Games, General Interest, …

Iowa Lottery CEO announces retirement
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Iowa Lottery CEO announces retirement

Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich announced Thursday that he intends to retire in late 2018 or early 2019. Rich has led the Iowa Lottery since February 2009 and is just the second person to serve as its CEO since the lottery’s start in 1985. Administration, Iowa, Announcement, Retire, Director

Iowa Lottery wins International Gaming-Compliance award for work in lottery rigging investigation
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Iowa Lottery wins International Gaming-Compliance award for work in lottery rigging investigation

The Iowa Lottery has won an international gaming-compliance award for its work in the long-running lottery jackpot investigation that uncovered fraud against U.S. lotteries and resulted in guilty pleas from three men. Legal, Iowa, Hot Lotto, Scandal, Technology, Security, Computerized Drawings, Investigation, Fraud, Award, Crime, Multi-State Game

Teen claims $15 million top prize on Florida Lottery scratch off game
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Teen claims $15 million top prize on Florida Lottery scratch off game

A 19-year-old Bonita Springs man has claimed a $15 million top prize in the new Florida 100X the Cash Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee. Florida, Winner Stories, Scratch Games

Man wins $1M lottery prize for second time this year
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Man wins $1M lottery prize for second time this year

For the second time in 2018, a very lucky lottery player from Methuen, Massachusetts, has won a $1 million prize on an instant ticket from the Massachusetts State Lottery. Winner Stories, Massachusetts, Scratch Games, Won multiple times

Man didn't realize he won nearly $2 million lottery until 5 months later
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Man didn’t realize he won nearly $2 million lottery until 5 months later

One Colorado man didn’t realize he won nearly $2 million after a drawing until he checked his ticket — five months later. Winner Stories, Colorado, Jackpots

Woman scratches off three winning lottery tickets in a row
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Woman scratches off three winning lottery tickets in a row

A Kansas woman who bought three scratch-off lottery tickets skipped one because she thought there wouldn’t be two winners in a row — but she was wrong. Winner Stories, Kansas, Scratch Games, Won multiple times

NJ man claims $533 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot
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NJ man claims $533 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot

Friday morning the New Jersey Lottery revealed the sole winner of the mammoth $533 million Mega Millions jackpot won on March 30. Mega Millions, New Jersey, Winner Stories, Jackpots, Multi-State Game, Video

Michigan woman buys entire bar drinks after lottery win
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Michigan woman buys entire bar drinks after lottery win

A Michigan woman bought a round for everyone in a Michigan bar after realizing she won a $189,912 prize from the Michigan Lottery. Winner Stories, Michigan, Keno

MUSL issues report about computerized drawing failures in Arizona
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MUSL issues report about computerized drawing failures in Arizona

The Arizona Lottery released the report last month from the Multi-State Lottery Association’s (MUSL) investigation of a computerized drawing malfunction that caused the same winning numbers to be generated in successive drawings. Arizona, Systems Problem, Technology, Computerized Drawings, Investigation, Audit

Lottery winner says she dreamed about Fantasy 5 jackpot win the night before
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Lottery winner says she dreamed about Fantasy 5 jackpot win the night before

For a Michigan woman, her dreams really do come true. Winner Stories, Michigan, Mystical, Pick 5, Anonymous

Hoosier Lottery often pulls plug on high-dollar scratch-off games before all prizes can be won
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Hoosier Lottery often pulls plug on high-dollar scratch-off games before all prizes can be won

An investigation has revealed that Indiana’s state lottery has been pulling certain high-dollar scratch-off games off the market before all the big-money prizes could be won and paid out. GTECH, Indiana, Scratch Games, Investigation, Privatize Lottery

Woman nearly throws away $2M lottery ticket
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Woman nearly throws away $2M lottery ticket

A Michigan woman nearly threw away a $2 million winning instant game lottery ticket she received for her birthday. Winner Stories, Michigan, Scratch Games, Anonymous

Woman who won $1,500 in first state lottery wins $1 million 44 years later
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Woman who won $1,500 in first state lottery wins $1 million 44 years later

A woman who won $1,500 in the Illinois Lottery’s inaugural draw now won $1 million in the state’s St. Patrick’s Day Millionaire Raffle. Winner Stories, Illinois, General Interest, Raffle

Speculation begins about NJ winner of Mega Millions lottery
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Speculation begins about NJ winner of Mega Millions lottery

As speculation swirled around the identity of the world’s newest multi-millionaire, the owner of the mini-mart where Friday’s winning Mega Millions ticket was sold said he reviewed surveillance footage to see if he could pinpoint the lucky customer. Mega Millions, New Jersey, Jackpots, Winning Ticket Announcement, Retailer, Multi-State Game