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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One lottery ticket sold in New Jersey wins $521 million Mega Millions jackpot

It appears someone in the Garden State will be having a very happy Easter or Passover, as Friday night’s Mega Millions drawing produced a single jackpot-winning ticket sold in New Jersey. Mega Millions, New Jersey, Jackpots, Winning Ticket Announcement, Multi-State Game

$521 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot raised due to surging sales

A rush of ticket sales for the half-billion-dollar Mega Millions jackpot has prompted lottery officials to revise their estimate for the Friday night drawing to $521 million. Mega Millions, Jackpots, Multi-State Game

Teen buys first lottery ticket on her 18th birthday and wins $1,000 a week for life

On her 18th birthday earlier this month, a Canadian teenager bought a bottle of sparkling wine and a $4 scratch lottery ticket at a nearby convenience store in Quebec — and, just like that, her future was off to a very nice start. Winner Stories, International, Scratch Games, Canada, Quebec,…

$502 MILLION: Mega Millions grows to 10th-largest lottery jackpot of all time

Six years to the day after becoming the first lottery in history to feature a $500 million jackpot, the multi-state Mega Millions game is right back at the same level, offering a $502 million grand prize to be drawn Friday evening. Mega Millions, Jackpots, Multi-State Game

$502 MILLION: Mega Millions grows to 10th-largest lottery jackpot of all time

Six years to the day after becoming the first lottery in history to feature a $500 million jackpot, the multi-state Mega Millions game is right back at the same level, offering a $502 million grand prize to be drawn Friday evening. Mega Millions, Jackpots, Multi-State Game

$1.9M lottery win erases doubts for Michigan man

A Michigan man who thought the lottery was all a conspiracy had his opinion changed 12 days ago when he won a $1.9 million jackpot. Winner Stories, Jackpots, Michigan

$458M Mega Millions lottery jackpot is game’s 4th-largest ever

Lottery players across the United States will be lining up at lottery retailers for their chance to win Tuesday’s massive $458 million Mega Millions jackpot, after nobody won Friday’s $421 million grand prize. Mega Millions, Jackpots, Multi-State Game

$458M Mega Millions lottery jackpot is game’s 4th-largest ever

Lottery players across the United States will be lining up at lottery retailers for their chance to win Tuesday’s massive $458 million Mega Millions jackpot, after nobody won Friday’s $421 million grand prize. Mega Millions, Jackpots, Multi-State Game

Are repeat Wisconsin Lottery winners playing fair?

Wisconsin Lottery officials won’t reveal how they ensure frequent winners aren’t scamming the system, and one expert sees suspicious patterns in the state. Wisconsin, Retailer, Theft, Investigation, Crime, Won multiple times

Are repeat Wisconsin Lottery winners playing fair?

Wisconsin Lottery officials won’t reveal how they ensure frequent winners aren’t scamming the system, and one expert sees suspicious patterns in the state. Wisconsin, Retailer, Theft, Investigation, Crime, Won multiple times

Two CT Lottery employees suspended without pay for their roles in botched raffle drawing

Two middle-level Connecticut Lottery Corp. employees have been suspended without pay in the continuing fallout from a million-dollar mistake in the Jan. 1 drawing that selected winners in the New Year’s Super Draw game. Connecticut, Error, Security, Operations, Drawing