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Tuesday, May 21, 2002

  • 4:05 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $10 million Big Game Mega Millions drawing results!
  • Programmer recalls first lottery computer.  People sometimes ask John Holder for tips on playing the state lottery.  After all, he designed the computer system for Michigan's first lottery.
  • UK Lotto unveils Internet strategy.  The UK's National Lottery has launched its new Web site as the initial stage of its £45 million interactive strategy.  The web site is currently just a "shop window" for the recently-rebranded lottery, but over the next few months the site will feature interactive lottery games, and the ability to buy tickets online.
  • Andrew N.S. Glazer: Speed of play can prove costly.  Answers the question, "it is best to play blackjack alone at a table and to play two hands at a time?"  If ever there were a gambling question whose answer was "it depends," this one is it, and the variables offer important information on all kinds of casino games.

Monday, May 20, 2002

  • 11:00 amIllinois Big Game Winner Claims $110 Million.  Pedro Sotomil, representing the PFK Family Partnership, came forward Friday to claim their portion of the April 16, $331 million Big Game jackpot.  Two other winners, one in Georgia and New Jersey, have already claimed their prizes.
  • Alabama boosts lottery sales.  Alabamians spent at least $98.55 million on Georgia lottery tickets in 2001, according to estimates from that state’s lottery officials.
  • Opinions divided on Alabama lottery.  A survey of Alabamans shows a split of opinion on Gov. Don Siegelman's proposal to revive a state lottery as a means of funding public education.
  • Quebec winners get share of $37.8M.  The winnings aren't yet burning a hole in their pockets, but four lucky winners of Friday's record-breaking $37.8 million Lotto Super 7 draw said they plan to spend some of their windfall by ordering shiny Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Saturday, May 18, 2002

  • 3:20 amJackpot Winner!  There was one $27 million jackpot winner from Illinois in the Friday drawing.  More details to follow after the winner comes forward to claim their prize.
  • Also, 11 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 1 in Georgia, 1 in Illinois, 1 in Michigan, 6 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 17, 2002

  • 1:20 pm – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $27 million Big Game Mega Millions drawing results!
  • Some Lottery Vendors Lament Mega Millions Expansion.  In Fort Lee, the newest incarnation of New Jersey's multistate lottery is a bad dream for merchants, who fear they'll be waving goodbye to their own cash bonanzas -those produced by frenzied New Yorkers who used to cross the George Washington Bridge in search of huge payouts.
  • Ohioans quick to bet on Mega Millions.  Ohio's attempt to plug a big hole in the state budget by joining out-of-state gambling, seemed to be looking successful Wednesday, the first day of wagering in the Mega Millions venue.
  • Lottery Club Wins Big With The Big Game.  The members of "The Big K Group" Lottery club of Redford Township were some of the last $150,000 winners from Michigan in The Big Game — which was replaced by Mega Millions on May 15.
  • NJ Mega Millions Tour - May 17 - June 21, 2002.  Starting May 17, the New Jersey Lottery will begin a Mega Millions Tour.  The Lottery, in conjunction with radio stations throughout the state, will be visiting retailers all over the Garden State to promote New Jersey's newest game - Mega Millions.  As part of the program, the Lottery will be giving away free Mega Millions tickets, t-shirts and will offer players a chance to win an all-expense paid 7-Day Carnival Caribbean Cruise.

Thursday, May 16, 2002

  • 5:20 pmStrong Sales Push Mega Millions Estimated Jackpot to $27 Million; Nation's Newest Multi-State Game Is Already Generating Excitement.  Mega Millions is just two days old, but it is already generating enough excitement for forecasters to revise the estimated jackpot to $27 million for tomorrow night's drawing. The adjusted forecast is the result of stronger than anticipated sales in New York and Ohio, where multi-state games have never before been available. 
  • $78.7 Million Powerball Ticket Sold in New Hampshire.  The winner of the $78.7 million Powerball jackpot now has to decide if they want the 25-year annuity or the $42.9 million cash option.  The ticket holder will have 60 days after the ticket is validated to make that decision.
  • Second try at Alabama lottery.  Don Siegelman used the promise of a state lottery for education to unseat Republican Gov. Fob James in 1998, but then Alabama voters defeated Siegelman's lottery proposal in a statewide referendum in October 1999.
  • Lottery millionaire owes $200,000 in back taxes.  In 1999, Harry Shooster hit the jackpot in the Florida lottery and won $12.5 million up front.  That same year - and for the next two years - he has defaulted on nearly $200,000 in annual property taxes on the Southampton Shopping Center in Pennsylvania.
  • Islanders mad for Mega Millions.  New York state lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman said Mega Millions' appeal lies in its weighty jackpot that will be padded by roughly 90 million customers across nine states.  The state of Washington will join in the fall, officials said.

Wednesday, May 15, 2002

  • 9:45 amWith bigger jackpots and longer odds, Mega Millions replaces Big Game.  Starting today, the prestigious jackpot game - The Big Game - is changing its name and gaining a bit of weight.  It's an evolution, not a revolution. The odds are changing, as will the size of the pot, and the billboards.  But most everything else will stay about the same.
  • Mega Millions Lottery Debuts In Ohio.  Today marks the first day of Ohio's foray into a multi-state lottery, as tickets for the Mega Millions game -- formerly called the Big Game -- went on sale for the first time.
  • N.J. braces for Mega Millions lottery.  Lottery players in New Jersey will begin taking chances on bigger jackpots in a revised multistate game today, but an advocate for compulsive gamblers says Mega Millions is already a sore spot.
  • Mystery Big Game Ticket Holder Expected to Come Forward Friday.  The Illinois Lottery plans to announce Friday the Illinois winner of the $331 million Big Game drawing, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.  The winning ticket, which is worth US$110,333,333 before taxes, is one of three from the April 16 drawing for the second-biggest lottery prize in U.S. history.  It was sold at a Speedway gas station in the Chicago suburb of Burbank.  The other tickets were sold in Georgia and New Jersey, and the holders of those tickets already have claimed their prizes.  Illinois state lottery officials announced two weeks ago that they had been contacted by an attorney claiming to represent the Illinois winner who provided the ticket's correct serial number.
  • 2:00 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Tuesday drawing, but 1 lucky player from Illinois matched the first 5 numbers for a $150,000 prize.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Tuesday, May 14, 2002

  • 7:30 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $19 million Big Game drawing results!  Tonight is the final Big Game drawing - after tonight's drawing The Big Game will be known as Big Game Mega Millions, and we will welcome New York and Ohio to the game.
  • Judge Rules Ohio Mega Millions Sales Can Proceed For Now.  A judge has ruled that Ohio can participate in the Big Game Mega Millions multistate lottery this week.  Judge Daniel Hogan of Franklin County Common Pleas Court today denied a request to delay the start of ticket sales.  Tickets for the lottery, formerly the Big Game, go on sale in Ohio Wednesday, with the first drawing on Friday.  Church groups and anti-gambling activists have sued over the state's decision to join the multistate game.  The lawsuit argues that the Ohio Constitution permits only a lottery run exclusively by Ohio with no involvement by other states.  The groups had asked Hogan to delay the lottery while he wraps up the trial on the lottery's constitutionality.  A final ruling is not expected for several weeks.
  • Ohio Roundtable Response to Temporary Injunction Decision.
  • Ohio hopes to get lucky with multistate lottery.  The Big Game multistate lottery will have generated at least $4.8 billion in sales by the time it dies with a final drawing tomorrow.  Ohio is counting on the game's replacement, Mega Millions, to keep the money rolling in.
  • Lottery group failed to file tax return.  The Alabama Education Lottery Foundation raised about $5 million to promote Gov. Don Siegelman's failed effort to win a 1999 lottery referendum but never filed a tax return as the law requires, an attorney for the governor said.
  • Winning lottery ticket found in car.  A winning lottery ticket that sparked a mini "gold rush" last year in a small western Australian mining town was found in the glove box of a family's car, a lottery spokesman said yesterday.  The £567,000 prize had been unclaimed since December last year.
  • New strategy to legalize Net gaming.  British businessman Nigel Payne wants taxation without representation — and he's willing to pay plenty to get it.  In a kind of Boston Tea Party in reverse, Mr. Payne has hired a lobbying firm whose unusual marching orders are to persuade Congress to give him the right to pay American taxes.  He thinks they will bestow respect on both his London company, Sportingbet PLC, and a form of commerce the Founding Fathers never could have imagined: gambling over the Internet.

Monday, May 13, 2002

  • 11:00 amMega Millions debuts in 2 days.  Starting Wednesday, May 15 Mega Millions tickets will go on sale in nine states, including New Jersey, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Virginia.  Mega Millions is the replacement for The Big Game, and will have jackpots starting at a minimum of $10 million, occasionally growing to about $500 million.  Once the game goes on sale Wednesday, players will once again be able to purchase multi-draw tickets.  Also on Wednesday, BigGameLottery.com will change the content of many of its pages to reflect new information about the game, such as odds, prizes, and results.
  • Stakes are going up for lottery players.  Beginning Wednesday, Ohioans for the first time won't need to cross a state line to play a multistate game.  Tickets for Mega Millions, which until then is called the Big Game, go on sale that day.
  • Big Game overcomes small snag.  Opponents of the expansion of the Ohio Lottery questioned Lottery Director Dennis Kennedy in a Columbus court this week and found that he and Taft hadn't taken care of the paperwork necessary to launch the Big Game -- to be called Mega Milllions -- on Wednesday as planned.  So, embarrassed state officials scrambled, and Kennedy received a note from Taft 48 hours later saying that the Lottery Commission can proceed.

Saturday, May 11, 2002

  • 2:15 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Friday drawing, but 3 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $150,000 prize: 2 in Georgia and 1 in Illinois.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Friday, May 10, 2002

  • 10:05 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $15 million Big Game drawing results!
  • Watch Ice Melt, Win Big.  Six Alaskans will split a $304,000 pot for correctly predicting the exact moment that the ice melted through on the Tanana River in the Alaskan interior, managers of the contest said on Thursday.
  • Alabama Governor bashed over lottery comments.  Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Windom took aim at Gov. Don Siegelman for not ruling out another vote on the lottery if he wins a second term.
  • UK Lottery could be Camelot's forever, says audit office.  The UK National Lottery could become a permanent private monopoly for Camelot because no rival company has the resources to challenge it, the national audit office warns in a report today.
  • Estranged B.C. wife deserves half of lottery win, judge rules.  A British Columbia judge has ordered an elderly man to pay his estranged wife half of the lottery he won four years ago -- even though the couple was separated when he hit the jackpot.
  • Lottery win ends in jail misery.  A family's £2.1 million lottery windfall sent a vulnerable Tynesider into a drug-fuelled life of violent street crime.
  • Lottery grant will save lives.  Mersey Regional Ambulance Service is to receive the latest equipment for treating heart attack victims, under a new deal announced by the UK National Lottery.
  • Michigan resident wins $150,000 Big Game prize.  Retirement just got a little sweeter for C.C. Usher of Taylor, Michigan, who purchased a ticket that matched the first five numbers drawn in the April 26 Big Game drawing to win a $150,000 prize.
  • Andrew N.S. Glazer: Don't ask how to win.  The most frequently asked question is the one that should not be asked.

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