Lottery Scammers on the Loose

Two Florida men are currently on the loose after scamming an elderly woman into purchasing a fake lottery ticket. According to reports, the victim, a 70 year-old-woman from Miami-Dade County, was waiting at a bus stop when two men approached and offered to sell her a winning lottery ticket. The man told her he was not a legal resident and therefore, unable to claim the prize himself, but would give it to her for $10,000 in cash. The elderly woman agreed and allowed the two men to drive her to the bank, where she took out the requested sum. Afterwards, she was driven to an apartment complex, where the men allegedly tried to snatch her purse. A struggle ensued, and the woman was eventually thrown from the car. The woman was shaken up, but largely uninjured, while police are still searching for the two men involved.

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Next Plane to Jamaica!

We don’t know about you, but after the May 28th announcement that there was a $395 Million dollar lottery winner in Kingston, Jamaica, we’re hopping on the next plane! Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) released a statement that the winning lottery ticket was the result of a $500, five Quick Pick selections. The $395 million dollar prize is the largest in the country’s history and has attracted unparalleled levels of attention and excitement in the drawings leading up to last week’s winner. For its part the SVL, Jamaica’s lottery body, was pleased and proud to finally have a winner. Brian George, SVL president, noted, “We are ecstatic about the historic Jackpot achievement but even more so, that there is now a winner who will be able to realize all of his or her dreams with the proceeds of the prize won. We also stress how important it is for a winner of this amount of new found wealth to carefully plan how to spend this money wisely.” Though the lucky winner has not come forward yet, George continued, “We encourage all players to check their tickets carefully and come in to our Prize Payment Center immediately, as this ticket is a very valuable piece of property that should not be left lying about.”

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The Thief Who Missed $1 Million

It’s not very likely you’re relieved when your car is broken into, but that’s exactly how one Seattle couple felt last week. Their car window was smashed, and the thief stole a pair of sunglasses, leaving behind a seemingly worthless lottery ticket. The couple purchased the ticket in February for a $350 million jackpot drawing, but never bothered to check the numbers until mid-May. They soon discovered that their forgotten ticket was worth $1 million as part of a second chance prize. The couple declined to be identified publicly, but told lottery officials they plan to use their winnings to travel to Paris and Iceland – and to buy new sunglasses!

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Lucky Californian Man Wins $2.7 Million

On May 26th a small market in Salinas, CA made a very big sale. Charles Messenger, a computer administration employee, purchased twenty $1 Quick Pick tickets while doing his usual grocery shopping. As luck would have it one of those tickets correctly matched five of the six numbers selected in that night’s Mega Millions drawing. Just like that, Charles won a cool $2.7 million dollars! He recalls that the shock of winning set in almost immediately, “Last night was surreal when I checked the ticket. It’s like a whole new reality.” He continued, “My son said he refused to believe me when I told him. He kept saying I was messing with him”. Charles confirmed his winning lottery ticket with the East Bay district office on his way to Las Vegas. While the family trip was planned prior to his big win, Charles did joke, “Now I can play at the $25 blackjack tables.”

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Michigan Lottery Legislation Aims to Leave Lotto Winners Alone

Earlier this month a Michigan House Regulatory Reform committee approved a measure to allow state and national lottery winners to remain anonymous. The state already allows anonymity for winners collecting prizes under $10,000, but this new bill would allow the same for Mega Millions and Powerball winners. Rep. Ray Franz, a supporter of the legislation, says, “Lottery winnings, while for many is a major plus in their lives, it can be a major negative at times. It costs friendships. It costs family relationships. It costs jobs. I thought it should be an option that’s available.” Michigan would add itself to list of six other states that already allow their lottery winners to remain anonymous – Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio, and South Carolina. While many are in favor of the bill, the Lottery Commission opposes it on the grounds that it will detract from their ability to promote new winners and further encourage ticket sales. The bill will move to the full House for a vote later this summer.

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State lottery sales plummet 30% in early 2015

Are you suffering from jackpot fatigue?

If you are, you’re not alone.

Ticket sales for Mega Millions and Powerball games were down 30% for the first quarter, 2015.

Imagine what that’s doing to state budgets!?!

States are responding to falling lottery ticket sales by pumping up the jackpot amounts in hopes of luring back the casual player who buys lotto tickets only when the prize becomes enormous.

An interesting catch is that when fewer people play, it becomes hard to reach the ginormous prizes, for example going from $100 million to $300 million

People once impressed with a $100 million payout shrug until it reaches $300 million. Then fewer people play, so it takes longer to get to staggering prizes.

What are people playing? FreeLotto. More and more gamers are flocking to FreeLotto – the world’s largest online lottery style sweepstakes – because they realize it’s free, easy to play, and the odds are similar to state lotteries.

Check it out for yourself. Play right now.

Latest Virginia Lottery scratch-off winner nets $4 million

“I couldn’t breathe. It feels so surreal. It’s so unbelievable!”

Those are the comments from recent Virginia Lottery winner Jacqueline Duvall who scratched her Money Money Money ticket to reveal she is Virginia’s newest multi-millionaire.

Ms. Duvall, no relation to famous actor Robert Duvall, purchased the ticket at a Quik-E Foods in Forest, Virginia, last week, then went back to the store on Friday to pick up her $4 million from the Virginia Lottery. She could have taken the full $4 million over 30 years, but instead opted for a one-time cash payout of $2,149,572 before taxes.

Ms. Duvall purchased her ticket before a lunch break and scratched off a bit to see if she had won. When she saw the money bag icon, she knew she had won something, perhaps her money back, she initially thought. Incredibly, she put the ticket down and finished her lunch before seeing what she had won.

If you’re playing the Virginia Lottery, you should now be aware that this is the first top prize won, so there are 2 $4 million winning tickets available. The previous odds of winning the top prize were 1 in 1,305,600. Click here to view the new odds.

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Texas Lottery loser wins a new home

Note to all lottery players: Always play the second-chance games – especially scratch-off games. Playing doubles your chances of winning at no cost.

Carlos Zavala of McKinney, Texas, is a perfect example.

Mr. Zavala didn’t win when he played the Texas Dream Home Giveaway $5 scratch-off game offered by the Texas Lottery. But he did complete the form on the back of his losing ticket and mailed it to the TX Lottery headquarters.

He was then chosen along with three other non-winners to participate in a special promotional second-chance drawing to win the grand prize.

All four contestants stepped up to a locked door and inserted a key.

Mr. Zavala’s key opened his door and he became the owner of a new home to be built by D.R. Horton – a promotional partner.

Texas Lottery’s Executive Director Gary Grief said Mr. Zavala will receive $500,000 plus $166,665 (paid to the IRS for federal withholding taxes) for a total prize of $666,665, which can be used to purchase a D.R. Horton home.

Mr. Zavala said he was thrilled and shocked that he had won, “I pulled the latch down and thought ‘Wow!’ This can’t be happening.”

When his wife was asked if her husband was done playing the lottery, she laughed, “Even after this big win, Carlos will still have that itch to keep playing scratch-off games.”

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FreeLotto’s $2 million jackpot winner tells his story

FreeLotto’s recent $2 million jackpot winner, José Reis who lives in France, offers the following advice to all lottery players:

“Be relentless and never lose hope.”

Mr. Reis began playing FreeLotto in 2008 and would check his emails every day.

Over time, he stopped reading his FreeLotto emails every day and would only check every now and then. But he kept playing.

Then came the big day when his numbers matched the jackpot. And his official email from FreeLotto congratulating him on his win sat in his inbox, unopened.

The email sat for a few days until the subject caught his attention. He won?

He opened his email and his first reaction was that it was a scam. Two million dollars!

He read it carefully over and over. The language was pretty clear. He was a winner.

The email did not say he was eligible to win. The email didn’t ask him to purchase anything first. The email did not require him to provide a credit card or pay a fee upfront. None of that. The email just said he won.

So he emailed the FreeLotto office in New York City, not exactly sure what to expect back.

“We were wondering why he hadn’t contacted us sooner,” said a FreeLotto prize official.

A phone call was set up and the details were confirmed. Arrangements were made for a FreeLotto representative to go to his house and set up a photo shoot.

The realization that he was $2 million richer was now sinking in.

Mr. Reis needed to sign documents and understand and take care of his tax obligations.

Then came the publicity photo shoot, followed by a video interview.

Indeed, his dreams were coming true.

Mr. Reis said he plans to use the money for his children’s education, finish up some remodeling projects around his home, and to travel.

He also will be donating a portion of his winnings to National Amnesty, one of the FreeLotto supported charity programs.

His final advice to other FreeLotto players: “Check your emails!”

You may not be an immediate winner, but you have to play to have a chance of winning $11 million. If you enjoy scratch-off games and playing state lotteries, you’ll love FreeLotto. The odds are similar to state-run lotteries, except you can play for free.

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Latest $2 Million FreeLotto Winner Announced

Congratulations to José Reis from France! Mr. Reis is FreeLotto’s most recent multi-million dollar jackpot winner.

He joins an exclusive club of people made instantly rich by FreeLotto.

“C’est vraiment fantastique!” he exclaimed when informed he had won and could now make some of his wishes come true.

Mr. Reis didn’t purchase his ticket from any convenience store or have to come into our office to claim his prize. Instead, he played for free right from his own home. And we traveled to France to give him his money. How great is that?

And he didn’t have to give a credit card or pay anything first to claim his jackpot. Of course, he will have to pay his French government a nice sum for taxes, but that’s out of our control and comes from being nouveau riche.

We also shot a video which we’ll be posting shortly.

We’ll post a more details about the winner over the next few days.

If you want to win a few million dollars, play FreeLotto right now. It’s free and the odds are similar to your favorite state lotteries. And who knows, we could be bringing a big check to your house soon!

Man wins $1 Million on CA Lottery Scratcher ticket and “was like, cool, I won.”

California Lottery officials announced today that Israel Martinez Sotero from East Bay won $1 million on an Emerald 10’s Scratchers ticket that he purchased at Super Liquor & Food at 1511 Monument Blvd. in Concord.

We don’t have a picture of Mr. Sotero holding a big check because he declined to have his photo taken for publicity. He also decided against speaking to the media. Even me!

CA Lottery officials did provide a quote from the new millionaire about his reaction to winning:

“I went back to the car and I just went home,” he said. “It wasn’t much excitement. I was like, cool, I won.”

It can’t be confirmed, but I’m going to bet he threw in a “dude” a couple of times as well somewhere.

Mr. Sotero said he plans to save most, if not all of his winnings.

How cool, dude, would it be to win $1 million? Try right now. Play FreeLotto. The odds are similar to California Lottery games and you can play right now.

CA Lottery SuperLotto Plus offers biggest state jackpot of $32 million

The Lottery Play of the Week
America’s biggest state lottery offers this week’s biggest jackpot.

If you play the SuperLotto Plus, you could win more than $32 million! Be sure to purchase your ticket today because the next lottery drawing is Saturday.

SuperLotto Plus offers players the chance to win 9 different ways. To win the big prize, your ticket needs to match 5 numbers ranging from 1 to 47 and one additional number called the Mega, ranging from 1 to 27.

Tickets cost a U.S. buck.

SuperLotto Plus also offers a second chance to win. For every $1 you spend on a lottery ticket, you get a code that enters you into a weekly SuperLotto Plus 2nd Chance drawing where there are 5 $15,000 prizes. Spend $5 on a ticket, you’ll be entered 5 times.

To play SuperLotto Plus
Visit a SuperLotto Plus retailer near your home, work or favorite coffee shop, and purchase a ticket. There are more than 20,000 California Lottery retail locations, so you’re sure to find a place to play close to you.

A better way to play

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Indianapolis man buys Hoosier Lottery scratch-off during lunch break, wins $1 million

An Indianapolis man was on his lunch break when his life changed forever. Jay Stevens purchased a soda and a Hoosier Lottery 20 Years of Cash! Scratch-off from the Silver Express less than a mile from his manufacturing job in the 8300 block of W 10th Street.

His $5 ticket was worth nearly $1 million!

“I play occasionally for fun, but I never expected to win. It’s unbelievable,” Stevens said when he claimed the prize.

Stevens chose the cash option with a payout of $975,428, but the ticket also offers payment as an annuity worth $5,000 a month for the next 20 years.

Stevens is the father of two and said when he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with family. Other than paying bills, the Marion County resident has no specific plans for his windfall.

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Winning $250K Illinois Lottery ticket remains unclaimed

A $250,000 lottery ticket sold Saturday in the northern Illinois suburban town Skokie has yet to be claimed.

The Quick Pick ticket was sold during a Lucky Day Lotto drawing at a Skokie Marathon gas station, 8001 N. Skokie Blvd., the Illinois Lottery said in a statement.

The winning numbers were: 01-14-16-39-45, the Illinois Lottery said.

The winner is asked to immediately sign the back of their ticket and keep it in a safe place until he or she visits one of the Lottery’s five prize centers in Illinois, the statement said. Winners have one year from the drawing date to claim the money.

If you’re not holding the winning ticket, play FreeLotto. The odds are similar to IL Lottery games and you can play right now.

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California couple tries different approach to cash in CA Lottery tickets

California authorities say two men and a woman are believed to be involved in a number of armed robberies in Los Angeles county. In the last robbery, several lottery tickets were taken.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said one of the men and the woman later tried to cash some of the stolen lottery tickets at liquor stores in Victorville and Hesperia.

Police are asking for the public’s help to find lottery-ticket stealing couple.

One of the robbers was described as a white man in his mid-20s, 5-foot-11 to 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt, white T-shirt, blue jeans, black shoes, black ski mask with red trim, black baseball-style gloves and a black backpack.

The police were trying to think of a more generic description, but couldn’t come up with anything.

We’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, play FreeLotto. The odds are similar to CA Lottery games and you can play right now.

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