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$104,000 Lottery Winner, a Grandfather, Says, “I’ll Give it to the Grandkids”

Bethel Pippin got his first look at what the new year will bring since winning a prize from the Georgia Lottery. Pippin won $2,010 a week for one year, totaling a top prize of $104,520 playing the instant game 2010 Cash Celebration. While on his way to Florida, Pippin, 75, stopped at Shell Food Mart, […]

Powerball $128 Million Winners Contact Kentucky Lottery Officials; When Will They Come Forward?

News reports leaking out of Kentucky say that the Kentucky Lottery has been contacted by a law firm representing the possible winner of the $128.6 million ticket sold in Georgetown, Kentucky. The winner cannot be declared until the ticket has been seen and validated by lottery officials in Louisville. Based on the conversation lottery officials […]

One Kentucky Ticket Holder Wins $122 Million Powerball Jackpot; the Last Word on El Gordo

There was one winning ticket in the Dec. 26 Powerball game. It was bought in Kentucky and it is worth a cool $122 million. The winning numbers are: 32,36,37,41,53 and Power ball 30. The next Powerball jackpot is $20 million, offered up on Dec. 30. The Mega Millions jackpot is $16 million, on Dec. 29. […]

Merry Christmas …. and a Happy Lottery New Year

To the thousands of viewers who have come to this site over the past year… a very Merry Christmas to you all. It’s been a tough economic year around the world. Let’s make this next decade one of prosperity and joy. May everyone reading this win a lottery game. Jackpots. Top scratch game prizes. I’ll […]

$162 Million Mega Millions Winner Yet to Come Forward; Powerball Jackpot Rolls Over to $122 Million

Somewhere on Long Island (where I was raised) there is a very rich Mega Millions ticket holder. The ticket is worth $162 million. It was bought in a store in Rocky Point, Suffolk County, which is eastern Long Island. I’ll let you know who the winner when he, she, they step forward. Meanwhile, the Dec. […]

Lottery Mania in Spain: El Gordo Lottery To Hand Out $3.5 Billion in Prizes

Thanks to a news reporter in Spain for this story on EL Gordo. The fat one (lottery)…with the most prizes won anywhere in the world in ONE draw. It happens Dec. 22. Millions of people in Spain, among them thousands of Latin American immigrants, are breathlessly waiting the last few days until the National Lottery […]

A Cup of Coffee, and a $50,000 Surprise

Friday, Dec. 11 started off like any typical morning for Kent Kadel, of White Bear Lake, Minnesota. “I was just having my coffee,” he said, when he discovered his morning would be anything but ordinary. One of Kadel’s Powerball tickets from the Dec. 9 drawing matched four of the first five numbers plus the Powerball […]

The Biggest Lottery in the World, Spain’s El Gordo Lottery (or “Christmas Lottery”) Puts More than $3.5 Billion Up For Grabs on Dec. 22

Although this posting normally comments on American lotteries, I have to spend some time today on the BIGGEST lottery in the world: El Gordo, the Spanish Lottery, which is only a few days away. Dec. 22. This is, indeed, the fat one. Or, as Spaniards call it, the Christmas Lottery. Almost unbelievably, there have been […]

Virginia Lottery Player Goes “All In”; Plays Pick 4 Game 20 Times, Wins $100,000

I know a lot of you reading this  think this story is nuts, but as someone who has written about lottery players for 10 years, I have run across similar stories. Five years ago, in Washington D.C., I talked with someone who played a Pick4 number and also won $100,000. So it happens. Now, to […]

Persistence Pays Off for Kentucky Lottery $500,000 Scratch-Off Winner

James Lunsford, 65, of Jamestown, Kentucky, likes playing the state’s $20 $75 Million Cash Blowout scratch-off ticket. He stopped by the Lake Cumberland Corner Store in Jamestown, Kentucky, this past November and bought two of the tickets. Neither were winning tickets but he noticed the ticket numbers were 11 and 12 and left the store. […]

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