Lottery Security Director Accused Of Winning The Lottery Fraudulently

Remember last fall, when lottery officials were trying to locate the mysterious man who bought the winning ticket in the multi-state Hot Lotto game? That situation was strange enough, with the winner or winners trying to remain anonymous and waiting a very long time to come forward. Now the situation has become even weirder, with the lottery’s former security director accused of winning the game fraudulently. [More]

(Reuben Whitehouse)

Man Forgets About Lottery Tickets, Finds $2.9M Winner In His Truck

Maybe there’s a trick to having a winning lottery ticket — perhaps if you ignore your tickets and don’t check to see if they’re winners right away, they’ll suddenly turn into millions of dollars in prize money. That’s what happened to a New York auto shop owner who found he’d had $2.9 million sitting in his truck, waiting for him to collect. [More]

Yet Another Chinese Food Customer Wins Big By Playing Fortune Cookie Numbers

Yet Another Chinese Food Customer Wins Big By Playing Fortune Cookie Numbers

If you haven’t been winning the lottery lately, it’s time to seriously consider getting some takeout: Yet another lucky customer noshing on Chinese food won big in the lottery after playing numbers found in a fortune cookie. [More]

(Lisa Brewster)

If You Can’t Find Your Winning $6.3M Lotto Ticket, Check The Lost & Found

You’ve checked your front pockets, back pockets, the nightstand, the kitchen junk drawer, even the freezer, but that pesky $6.27 million lottery ticket you know you purchased is nowhere to be found. If you happen to be the lucky Spaniard who won the lottery but then lost the ticket, you might want to head to the lost and found at your local police station. [More]

(Lisa Brewster)

Share The Wealth, Eh?: Virginia Man Wins $500K Lotto Jackpot For Third Time

You know what they say: You can’t win if you don’t play. Although we’re not sure who “they” are, the saying might want to be changed to: If you’re a certain guy in Virginia, when you play the lotto, you’re probably going to win. He’s just cashed in a $500,000 jackpot, his third of at least that amount, if not more. [More]

Millions in Lottery Winnings Go Unclaimed

Millions in Lottery Winnings Go Unclaimed

“Mr. Jackson, who lives in Hamden and could not be reached for an interview this week, told local newspapers back then that he had been distracted by caring for his sick father, who owned the floor-cleaning business where he worked. By the time Mr. Jackson realized he had the winning numbers, it was 11:45 p.m. on a Sunday night and he figured lottery headquarters would be closed. The next day was Columbus Day, a holiday, so he thought it was impossible to contact a state official.

Poor Mr. Jackson. If you people play the lottery, check your tickets! Its bad enough to throw away one dollar on a ticket, don’t throw away millions.—MEGHANN MARCO