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$100 Million in Play in Both Mega Millions and Powerball Games

Big jackpots are in play for both of the U.S.A.’s multi-state games…Mega Millions, now at $112 million and Powerball, at about $95 million on Feb. 27. There was no jackpot winner in the Mega Millions Feb. 26 game, so the rollover brought that jackpot above the $100,000,000 mark for the upcoming Mar. 2 game. Good […]

A Con to Watch Out For. Case Study in New York: Con Man is Conned by Cops; Caught After Forging $30,000 in Lottery Ticket Scam.

Here’s a scam you should watch for. It happened last year and the con man was sentenced in December. Queens, New York District Attorney Richard A. Brown and New York Lottery Director Gordon Medenica nabbed  a Far Rockaway man who defrauded several individuals around the state out of large sums of money by creating phony […]

Smooth as Silk: Granny Takes Home $1,000,000 Scratch Game Top Prize in New York

Western New York’s newest millionaire thought she had made a mistake when she scratched off the winning space on New York Lottery’s new Smooth 7s instant game. “I thought I must have scratched something wrong,” Debra Mauro said when  a check for $1 million was presented to her. “I thought it just had to be a […]

Days Before Winning Ticket Expires, Indiana Couple Cash in for $2.5 Million

From our news sources in Indiana (WXIN-TV…thank you folks):  A Greenwood, Indiana couple has come under the wire and finally turned in their old lottery ticket for $2.5 million dollars. Time was running out. For more than a week, the Hoosier Lottery has been looking for the winners of a lotto jackpot back in August. […]

“Hot” Winner in Virginia Scratches For $100,000

Harold Campbell of Bristol, Tennessee, didn’t get overly excited when he won $100,000 in the Virginia Lottery. He didn’t need to. The store clerk was excited enough for both of them. “He checked it and then he waved it around,” Campbell told Lottery officials as he claimed his prize. “I saw that $100,000 and I […]

Top 5 Jackpots Now in Play, Worldwide

You guys (and women) have been asking me to run a weekly top jackpot list, so here goes. These are the top 5 jackpots currently in play, worldwide. 1. $68 million, Mega Millions, next draw, Feb. 19 2. $57 million, Powerball, Feb. 20 3. Lotto Texas, $49 million, Feb. 20 4. Canada’s Loto Max, $42 […]

Now Hold On a Minute: South African Newspaper Story About Winner is Erroneous; He Didn’t Win (What a Bummer)

I ran across this story when a relative (my wife is South African) sent me this…which is essentially a Reuter’s News report. A deaf South African cleaner besieged by begging relatives after a newspaper reported he had scooped a 91 million rand (US$12 million) lottery jackpot was not the winner, the draw’s organizers said. National Lottery […]

$9.7 Million Prize Won by Connecticut Player; And a Very Happy New Year We’re Sure She is Having

For the past 23 years, Marilyn Citron of Mystic has played the same set of numbers in Connecticut’s Lotto game. On New Years Day, it paid off. And she won $9.7 million.. As a long-time player, Citron generally checks the Friday winning Lottery numbers on Saturday morning, but due to the busy holiday and a […]

British Couple Hit for $88 Million Euro Millions Prize (Spanish Winner Also Hits, Wins Same Amount)

How would you react if your father and mother just won $88 million dollars playing EuroMillions? “Whatever” was the reply. Indeed. When Nigel Page discovered he had won £56 million ($88 million in USD) on the lottery he couldn’t say a word while his stunned partner Justine Laycock, said: “Oh my God”. But her 15-year-old […]

$141.3 Million Powerball Winner Steps Forward

Just days before Valentine’s Day, an Asheville man and his wife of 46 years got a sweet surprise – to the tune of $141.4 million. Frank Griffin of Asheville, a retired firefighter with over 20 years of service, won the Powerball jackpot after his ticket matched all five white balls and the Powerball in the […]

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