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Archived Lottery News for May, 2003

Saturday, May 31, 2003

  • 3:15 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Friday drawing, but 10 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 1 in New Jersey, 3 in Georgia, 1 in Illinois, 3 in New York, and 2 in Ohio.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Friday, May 30, 2003

Thursday, May 29, 2003

  • 7:35 amKentucky Man Claims $9.6 Million Jackpot.  A Kentucky man on Wednesday claimed the $9.6 million Lotto South jackpot he won more than two weeks ago, lottery officials said.  More: Newly minted millionaire takes wealth in stride.
  • Most lottery issues settled.  Tennessee lawmakers attempted to break a stalemate on setting up a state lottery last night but could not agree on the two biggest issues: how to structure the lottery board of directors and how to ensure that lottery revenues cover the cost of the scholarship program.  More: Lottery consensus taking shape.
  • Time running out for £2m lottery winner.  The mystery winner of an unclaimed Lottery prize of nearly £2 million has until 11pm today to come forward.  The winning ticket, worth £1,971,095, was bought somewhere in the county of Torfaen in south Wales for the draw on Saturday, November 30, 2002.
  • Another Powerball Delay.  Lottery officials announced some sort of technical problem just before Wednesday's drawing at 11pm, which is when the winning numbers are usually drawn.  The drawing did happen about 30 minutes later than usual.  Earlier this month, the Powerball lottery drawing was delayed by more than an hour when an auditor couldn't get to a computer site in New Jersey.
  • Tampa woman claims final share of $20M lotto Jackpot.  Tampa resident, Johnnie D. Saunders, 74, on Tuesday reported to Lottery Headquarters in Tallahassee to collect her prize -- $3,791,583.
  • 'Corvette Cash' Grand Prize Winner Zooms to Dealer to Get Behind Wheel.  His mind was racing as Stanton Munn of Pasco, Washington learned he won a brand new Corvette® convertible.  And, why not? Munn is the first to cross the finish line as Washington's first grand-prize winner of a 2003 Corvette® convertible, the top prize in the Washington Lottery's $3 "Corvette Cash®" Scratch game.  He claimed his prize valued at more than $50,000 this week at the Washington Lottery's Yakima office before visiting his hometown Chevrolet dealer, Hall Chevrolet-Buick at 314 6th St., in Prosser, to kick the tires and rev the engine of a Corvette® like the one he will soon have delivered for himself.

    "It was very overwhelming for me," Munn said of his big win.  "I think it was a little blessing for me because I was praying for a little help."

    A Greyhound bus lines employee, Munn purchased his ticket at the 7-Eleven store at 1504 W. Sylvester St. in Pasco.

    The 2003 model year marks the golden anniversary of the Corvette®, the pinnacle of American sports car craftsmanship.  Find more information about the 50th anniversary of the Corvette® at www.corvette.comSource: Washington Lottery

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

  • 7:35 amLottery compromise posed.  A new idea toward breaking a House-Senate deadlock over launching a Tennessee state lottery was floated Tuesday, though the committee assigned to resolve the impasse never met.  More: Lottery board make-up delays progress.
  • Texas legislation deadline closing in.  The Texas Legislature was able to pass a lottery bill earlier in the day -- that is if Gov. Rick Perry does not veto the bill.  The bill would allow Texas to join a multi-state lottery, but the lawmakers rejected letting the tickets be sold in bars.  The bill also allows the Lottery Commission to regulate bingo.  More: House wagers on lottery bill.
  • No more national lottery in Malta.  The Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs announced that the Malta National Lottery, will be drawn for the last time next June.
  • New Hampshire Lottery extends deal with Interlott.  Interlott Technologies Inc. has received a two-year contract extension from the New Hampshire Lottery.
  • 3:05 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Tuesday drawing, but 12 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 1 in New Jersey, 1 in Georgia, 1 in Massachusetts, 1 in Michigan, 1 in New York, 2 in Ohio, and 5 in Virginia.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Monday, May 26, 2003

  • 1:25 pmHappy Memorial Day from BigGameLottery.com, as those in the United States take time to reflect on the people who have sacrificed their lives for the righteous cause of freedom.
  • Powerball Jackpot Grows to $35 Million.  Powerball is on the rise again.  There were no Powerball jackpot winners Saturday but 327,687 players across the nation won a total of more than $3 million in prizes in America's Game.  Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $35 million, with a cash option of $19.9 million.  Four players from Arizona, Pennsylvania (2), and Wisconsin correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000.  Players purchased more than 13 million tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.
  • D.C. Lottery Betting on Keno to Boost Shrinking Revenue.  The D.C. Lottery this month rolled out its keno game amid a flurry of advertising in a bid to increase its declining revenue.  The agency's revamped marketing strategy relies heavily on persuading city bettors to try out the new game, often in places where they are not accustomed to playing the lottery.
  • Illinois Gov. Appoints New Lottery Chief.  Gov. Rod Blagojevich has appointed Clear Channel Communications senior account manager Carolyn Adams to serve as chief of the Illinois Lottery, recently folded into the Illinois Department of Revenue.  Adams, 41, previously worked in marketing for WGN and WVON radio stations in Chicago.  She will earn $105,366.
  • Texas House committee allows multi-state lottery in bill.  Texas would be able to join Powerball or Mega Millions under legislation passed by the House Ways and Means Committee.  More: Gambling fight might endanger lottery bill.

Saturday, May 24, 2003

  • 6:00 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Friday Mega Millions drawing, but 10 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 1 in New Jersey, 2 in Michigan, 2 in New York, 2 in Ohio, and 3 in Virginia.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Friday, May 23, 2003

  • 6:40 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $44 million Big Game Mega Millions drawing results!
  • $29 Million Powerball Jackpot Up for Grabs.  The excitement is rising along with the jackpot in America's Game.  There were no Powerball jackpot winners Wednesday but 290,135 players across the nation won a total of more than $1.7 million in prizes.  Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $29 million, with a cash option of $16.4 million.  Two players from Kentucky and Pennsylvania correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000.  Players purchased more than 11 million tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.
  • Lottery bill clears Senate.  Tennessee senators on Thursday gave overwhelming and final legislative approval to an expanded plan for granting lottery-funded scholarships.  The move, coupled with Thursday votes on a state budget in both the House and Senate, puts the Legislature on track to adjourn the 2003 session next week.  More: Senate OK's lottery scholarship bill.
  • Smoking Ban Cutting NY Lottery Sales.  New York lost more than $500,000 in lottery sales after hundreds of bars and restaurants unplugged their lottery machines to protest the statewide smoking ban in businesses, officials said Thursday.
  • Embezzling suspect says lottery winnings can cover losses.  Police are investigating allegations that a 67-year-old woman stole $482,488 from a union fund during the three years she worked as its bookkeeper.  But she told police she can pay the money back because she's won $1 million in a lottery.
  • Another lottery winner at 'lucky' store.  The unbelievable streak of luck continues for California Lottery players who buy tickets at East Lake Food and Liquor in Watsonville.
  • Video store owners win $10 million lottery.  A 70-year-old grandmother of nine is British Columbia's newest big-time lottery millionaire.
  • Study committee says sports gambling in Delaware is feasible.  A draft report by a Delaware study group suggests that lottery-style sports gambling based on a Las Vegas model could generate $150 million in wagering annually.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

  • 7:00 amAmendment affects Louisiana lottery funds.  Lawmakers no longer would have to explain how lottery proceeds are spent in the state budget if a constitutional amendment passed Wednesday by the House of Representatives ultimately is ratified by voters.
  • NY bars ban Quick Draw lottery.  All 14 bars in Delware County that sell New York state lottery tickets have joined a statewide boycott to protest the passage of a law banning smoking in all bars, restaurants and virtually every other business in the state.  More: Protest "draws' $100G from state.

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

  • 7:40 amLottery vote may be put off.  A vote on setting up lottery-funded scholarships would be delayed until next year if several members of the House Democratic Caucus get their way.
  • 2 Alabama lawmakers push lottery bills.  Two lawmakers are pushing an alternative to taxes to generate money for the cash-strapped state.
  • Wishes do come true, says Lotto winner.  A superstitious Amanzimtoti Lotto winner believed he cracked the jackpot this weekend because of the "good-luck omen" of a plane passing overhead.
  • Plan to boycott Florida Lotto is political ploy.  Protesters are calling for boycotts of the Florida Lottery, the state's citrus industry and its major theme parks, among other measures, because some high school seniors did not pass a basic skills test required for graduation.  More: 13,000 Florida seniors fail achievement test.
  • 2:50 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Tuesday Mega Millions drawing, but 4 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 2 in New York and 2 in Virginia.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Monday, May 19, 2003

Sunday, May 18, 2003

Saturday, May 17, 2003

  • 7:30 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Friday Mega Millions drawing, but 4 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 1 in New Jersey, 1 in Illinois, 1 in Maryland, and 1 in Michigan.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Friday, May 16, 2003

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

  • 7:10 amFull House vote on lottery bill possible by weekend.  Legislation defining how scholarships from Tennessee lottery proceeds would be distributed passed its final major House committee Tuesday, clearing the way for a vote by the full chamber by the end of the week.  More: Lottery bill progresses.
  • Camelot's 'monopoly' on lottery set to end in shake-up.  The UK government is set to scrap the veto that allows Camelot to prevent other bidders from operating parts of the UK National Lottery in the biggest shake-up of the game since its launch in 1994.
  • Lucky trucker hangs up his keys.  A 49-year-old Fort White truck driver decided it was time to retire after winning millions in Saturday's Florida Lotto drawing, but not before making one last scheduled delivery.
  • Lottery board OKs GTECH deal.  GTECH Holdings Corp. is one step closer to moving to Providence, Rhode Island and becoming the state's primary lottery supplier.
  • 5:00 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Tuesday Mega Millions drawing, but 3 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 1 in Massachusetts, 1 in Michigan, and 1 in New York.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

  • 8:25 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $25 million Big Game Mega Millions drawing results!
  • Town is in a buzz over lottery winner.  Fort White residents were buzzing Monday, wondering whether one of their neighbors will soon be a multi-millionaire.
  • Tenn. lottery to joint committee.  The Tennessee Senate and House of Representatives as expected Monday failed to agree on the final version to set up a Tennessee lottery.  More: "Pay-as-you-go" Lottery Scholarship Plan Skuttled.
  • N.C. residents push for lottery.  Lottery fever touched the Tar Heel state this week after a Charlotte couple became South Carolina's first Powerball lottery winners.  The couple's $88 million jackpot inspired even more North Carolinians to head south, as well as north of the border, to try their luck.

Monday, May 12, 2003

Saturday, May 10, 2003

  • 8:00 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Friday Mega Millions drawing, but 3 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 1 in New York, 1 in Ohio, and 1 in Virginia.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Friday, May 9, 2003

Thursday, May 8, 2003

Wednesday, May 7, 2003

  • 6:15 am – The were no jackpot winners and no $175,000 winners in the Tuesday Mega Millions drawing.  For the complete rundown of winners in each of the other prize categories, see the Winning Combinations page.
  • Major change in Tenn. scholarship plan offered.  Apparently with the blessing of the House leadership, a move is afoot to completely revamp the Tennessee lottery-funded college scholarship program under consideration in the state legislature.
  • 'Regular guy' lottery winner dead at 74.  Francis "Fuzzy" Fruzyna, the Green Bay man who won $9 million in the Wisconsin Megabucks Lotto America in 1989, died Sunday of a heart attack.
  • $9.8 million lottery prize claimed.  The winners of the second biggest lottery prize in New Zealand's history were visiting Wanganui for a weekend of duck shooting when they bought their lucky ticket.
  • Acting NJ lottery chief awaits official Senate confirmation.  Virginia Bauer, the acting executive director of the New Jersey Lottery, is awaiting state Senate confirmation to officially lead the agency that had $2 billion in sales last year.

Tuesday, May 6, 2003

Monday, May 5, 2003

  • 7:00 amPowerball Jackpot Reaches $87 Million.  There were no Powerball jackpot winners Saturday but 522,746 players across the nation won a total of more than $3.8 million in prizes in America's Game.  Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Saturday's drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $87 million, with a cash option of $48.1 million.  Two players from Arizona and Pennsylvania correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000.  Players purchased more than 20 million tickets between Thursday and Saturday night.
  • State lottery to debut changes to Lotto Texas.  In an effort to increase the size of jackpots, the Texas Lottery Commission Sunday debuted a revamped version of the twice-a-week game.  More:
  • £5.4m Lotto bonanza.  A visit to the local super-market for the weekly groceries paid rich dividends for a North Wales farmer's wife.
  • Differences grow between Senate, House lottery bills.  In the quest to establish a Tennesse lottery, a pair of new proposals dropped on the table at the last minute last week has further complicated the legislature's task of trying to agree on creating a state lottery and how money should be distributed in a college scholarship program.

Saturday, May 3, 2003

  • 4:00 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Friday Mega Millions drawing, but 5 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 1 in New Jersey, 1 in Illinois, 2 in Michigan, and 1 in New York.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Friday, May 2, 2003

  • 7:10 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $12 million Big Game Mega Millions drawing results!
  • $77 Million Powerball Jackpot Up for Grabs.  There were no Powerball jackpot winners Wednesday but 395,388 players across the nation won a total of more than $3.3 million in prizes in America's Game.  Because no one correctly matched all six numbers in Wednesday's drawing the jackpot grew to an estimated $77 million, with a cash option of $42.4 million.  Six players from Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia correctly matched the 5 white numbers and won $100,000.  Players purchased more than 16 million tickets between Sunday and Wednesday night.  In 2002, there were $1.6 billion in Powerball tickets sold, translating into more than $480 million for worthwhile state projects.
  • Tennessee House committee passes lottery bill with a sunset provision.  Legislation defining how to award scholarships from Tennessee lottery proceeds passed a key House committee Thursday after members voted to end the program in two years and require a legislative review.  More: Lottery bill moves forward.
  • Lottery scam turns dreams into nightmares.  The "Mexican scam," as law enforcement officials call it, has been used to swindle victims out of thousands of dollars after promising to share a "winning ticket."
  • UK Lottery millions squandered on failing projects.  The Government's spending watchdog said yesterday that the Arts Council must stop giving millions of pounds of lottery money to failing projects, after a report found that 15 high-profile ventures overspent their budgets by £94m.
  • Michigan Lottery Announces Mega Millions 'Mega Play' Promotion.  From May 5 to May 23, 2003, the Michigan Lottery will be conducting the Mega Millions "Mega Play" promotion.  Mega Millions players who purchase a ticket with five wagers or more will get an extra "easy pick" free.  Those players who purchase a 10-panel wager will get two free "easy picks."  Note: Although Mega Millions is a multi-state game, this offer is only for players who purchase their Mega Millions tickets in the state of Michigan.

Thursday, May 1, 2003

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