FreeLotto Player of the Month: Consuelo de Jesus (June 2017)

Meet Consuelo de Jesus Lainez: a stay at home mom and FreeLotto winner!

Consuelo has been a FreeLotto player for 3 months and has already won 2 small prizes.  She loves all 6 FreeLotto games and is sure to play every day!

If she wins big, she dreams of helping feed those in need and building a house for herself and her 3 children.

Consuelo says she recommends FreeLotto to others, because they can “play and have the opportunity to win.”

We hope Consuelo wins big soon!  Play FreeLotto for your chance to be a winner.


Washington DC Lottery Scammer Arrested

A Washington DC-area man has been arrested in Brunswick County Florida under a $1 Million bond for using a lottery scam to swindle tens of thousands of dollars from a Florida woman.

A detective for the Sunset Beach Police Department says Olanrewaju Aju Thomas, 30, contacted the victim through Facebook and said she had won $250,000 in an alleged Washington, DC lottery.

Thomas allegedly told the victim that to claim a prize she had to pay shipping, shipping insurance, tax and an IRS fee to claim a prize.

The victim reported the fraud and Thomas was caught after they executed a search of his bank records.

Thomas was charged with 4 counts each of obtaining property by false pretense, accessing a computer by means of fraud, exploiting an older adult and felony conspiracy.

Detectives were able to recover some of the money the victim lost in the scam.

**FreeLotto Pro Tip: Never pay money to claim prizes.  To learn more about scams and how to protect yourself, visit our site.

 

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New Bill Might Make Pennsylvania Lottery Available to Anyone Online

A gaming expansion bill passed by the senate will give lottery players the option to play the Pennsylvania lottery online.  The bill also grants privately owned gambling franchises the ability to offer online options.

This bill will make Pennsylvania the first state to allow casinos and state lotteries to operate online.  It will also allow the state to tax and regulate online fantasy and sports games, create access to play the lottery in airport parlors, and require casinos to pay millions of dollars a year to local government.

Lawmakers hope that by expanding gambling to online platforms, they’ll attract the attention of younger audiences and potential new lottery players.

The bill was passed by a Republican-led chamber, but it still must face the House before becoming a law.  The House is seeking support for further legislation to allow machine-style gambling in thousands of bars, truck stops, and fraternal clubs.

Implementation of the new bill will certainly increase lottery revenue for the state. It’s estimated that the state would reap $110 million to $147 million next year.

Critics of the bill say that increasing accessibility to gambling creates a false narrative for Pennsylvanians as it encourages gambling to solve state revenue problems and personal problems, while disregarding the possible increase in gambling addiction.  Further criticism says that gambling online will take away from local casinos, as players might resort to gambling online instead of their local casinos.

Proponents of the bill feel that it presents important new revenue opportunities in the face of the state’s deficit-ridden finances.

What do you think of states offering online lottery games?  Is this a good idea?  Why or why not?  Let us know in the comments below.


The $24.1 Million Mystery Winner Claimed

A mysterious millionaire-to-be has come forward two days before the deadline to claim a winning $24.1 million lottery ticket, NY state gaming officials announced last week.

The lucky player purchased the winning ticket at Renu Corp Grocery & Tobacco in Tribeca on May 25, 2016 and claimed their prize on May 24, 2017.

Store owner, Bobby Patel says, “I don’t remember who [the winner was]”, claiming that he didn’t see their face.

According to officials, the winner claimed the prize at a customer service center in lower Manhattan.  The new millionaire said that news coverage about the unclaimed prize prompted them to check old lottery tickets. The winner found the lucky ticket just in time!

If the prize had gone unclaimed, the money would have gone back to the NY state lottery general prize pool.

 

**FreeLotto Pro-tip: Always check your results and claim any prizes quickly after playing the lottery, to check your FreeLotto results, click here.


Mississippi Takes “Lottery 101” Course to Re-Open the Topic of Having a State Lottery

Mississippi is one of the few US states without a state lottery.  The idea has been debated for many years, and recently, a special House Committee panel gathered at the capital to take an unbiased “Lottery 101” course.

The course examined the pros and cons of offering a state lottery, a topic that has been the source of political, moral and economic debate since the United States was formed.

“The intent of this group is not to make recommendations, but present facts,” said House Gaming Chairman, Richard Bennett.

Many pro-lottery advocates, including Gov. Phil Bryant, argue that the state would benefit from increased revenue including dollars lost due to residents buying lottery tickets in nearby states.

Lottery opponents, including House Speaker Philip Gunn, disagree with the state lottery on religious, moral and socioeconomic grounds.  Gunn created the lottery study committee himself in hopes that data will show his colleagues a lottery will not reap the supposed giant increase in revenue.  He believes this study should be discussed before any attempts to vote on lottery legislation.

FreeLotto wants to know your thoughts!  Do you think the state of Mississippi should have a state lottery?  Why or why not?


FreeLotto Player of the Month: Brian Nielsen (May)

Meet Brian Nielsen from Denmark.  Brian has been a loyal FreeLotto player since 1999.

“I play FreeLotto every day just for fun and it’s become a routine to start my day with,” he says.  He plays FreeLotto games with a cup of coffee before work and once won a small prize which he donated to charity.

His favorite games include the Danish Lotto, FreeLotto’s Classic $1 Million Jackpot and FreeLotto’s $10 Million game. If Brian won big, he says: “[I would] give my mom a brand-new car.”  “She’s 74 and never had a brand-new car.”

Brian adds that he would love to buy a car or motorcycle for himself.  He dreams of meeting the love of his life, getting married and buying a house.

Brian currently works part-time because of back injuries so winning a big prize would be helpful.

We hope all of Brian’s dreams come true when he wins big!


Millions in Prizes Go Unclaimed in Illinois

In April alone, millions of dollars in unclaimed winning lottery tickets have been sold in Chicago and nearby suburbs according to the Illinois Lottery.

Most recently, on April 26, a winning Lucky Day Lotto ticket worth $350,000 was sold in Northlake.  In addition, a $500,000 Mega Millions Ticket was sold at a convenience center in West Lawrence on April 14th.

If you play the lottery in Illinois it’s important that you check old tickets for prizes.  If you find old tickets and you want to make absolutely sure they’re worthless before disposing of them, you can search archives of winning numbers on the website for Illinois Lottery.

**FreeLotto Pro Tip: Always check your results to see if you’ve won a prize.  Checking your FreeLotto results is easy!  View your results at any time here!


$61 M Winner in California

A lottery Mega Millions ticket worth $61 Million was sold at a 7-Eleven in San Diego, California.

The numbers, drawn Friday (May 28th) were 6-13-18-20-31 with Mega number 13.  The winning ticket matched these numbers exactly!

The 7-Eleven will receive a $305,000 bonus for selling the lucky ticket.

Lottery officials say that the winner should try to claim their prize as soon as possible.  Officials recommend that the winner signs the back of their ticket in ink and keep it in a safe place.

The ticket holder will have the option of receiving the prize money incrementally in annual payments spread out over 30 years, effectively paying less in federal taxes, or accepting a lump sum of an estimated $37.3 million upfront.

We hope the lucky winner comes forward soon! Be sure to check back for the update here.

**FreeLotto Pro Tip: Joining a lottery pool can increase your chances of winning by maximizing the number of entries into games like the Mega Millions and Powerball.  Check out FreeLotto’s Lottery Pool for more information.


Georgia Man Wins $5M while Running Errands

Richard Britt was running errands when luck came his way.  “My wife asked me to go pick up a corn dog, and that’s when I bought a ticket.”

Britt played the Georgia lottery’s Millionaire Jumbo Bucks Scratcher and won the top prize: $5 Million!

After scratching the lucky ticket and realizing that he was a winner, Britt immediately left the store to call his wife. “Neither one of us could believe it. I’m still surprised that I won,” he said. As of now, Richard plans to use some of his winnings to travel, but we know there will be plenty left over!

Congratulations Richard – We wish you and your wife the best of luck!

**FreeLotto Pro Tip: When playing scratch-offs, it’s best to buy your tickets for a single game in bulk to maximize your chances of picking a winning ticket.  For more scratch-off tips, check out our blog.


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North Carolina Army Veteran Wins $200 Thousand

Army veteran, Trevon Logan, just won a $200,000.00 lottery prize on her 45th birthday!

“It’s the best birthday gift I could as for,” said Logan.  Discussing her strategy, she reported, “I like playing the first or last ticket.”  It seems like sticking to the same strategy finally paid off for her!  Logan says that when she saw the store clerk opening a new book of tickets she asked for the first one.

Logan claimed her prize on April 26, 2017, and received a lump-sum of $139,003 after state and federal taxes.

Logan plans to pay bills and send her granddaughter to college with her prize money. “I want to make sure her education is taken care of,” she adds.

Congratulations and happy birthday to Trevon.  We’re glad your lotto-strategy worked!

**FreeLotto Pro Tip: Using a lottery strategy is a better way to play.  For a list of some of the top lottery strategies, check out this blog!


Texas Bill May Allow Lottery Winners to Remain Anonymous

Texas’s House of Representative’s has just approved a measure that will allow lottery winners who receive $1 Million or more to remain anonymous.

House Bill 59, presented by state Rep. Ryan Guillen, proposes that winners who receive $1 Million or more may remain anonymous except for child support and tax obligations.  The bill still needs final approval from the senate before becoming law.

Currently, the Texas Public Information Act requires public release of the names, city of residence, and prize amounts of all lottery winners.

“Due to the media storm surrounding large winnings, personally identifiable information about winners is spread across the state and sometimes the nation,” Guillen stated. This bill will ensure that winners are allowed peace, privacy and safety.

Guillen adds that often winners of large sums become the focus of unwanted attention and targets for burglary, theft, and demands for monetary help from friends and family.

Critics of the bill say that anonymity will hurt the public’s perception of the lottery’s integrity and could negatively impact lottery sales.

Six states—Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, North Dakota, Ohio and South Carolina—allow lottery winners to remain anonymous. Other states, including Texas, allow winners to collect their prize through a trustee, such as a lawyer, which still affords the prize winner some anonymity.

Check back for updates as the story progresses!