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Archived Lottery News for February, 2002

Thursday, February 28, 2002

  • 7:35 amN.C. legislators question law banning lottery ticket possession.  Some Gaston County-area legislators have questioned a state law banning possession of lottery tickets after one man was charged with the crime.  "I've had people calling me all day," Sen. David Hoyle, D-Gaston, said Monday.  "I think it's ridiculous. Haven't we got enough problems enforcing real laws than to take on this one?"
  • N.Y. sees big boost from The Big Game.  New York anticipates gambling revenues to grow by more than $300 million in the upcoming fiscal year by joining The Big Game, allowing tracks to install video gaming machines and expanding Quick Draw lotteries.

Wednesday, February 27, 2002

  • 7:35 amMan arrested in lottery crime.  A Hilton Head Island man who works for United Parcel Service was arrested in connection with allegedly trying to cash in two stolen lottery tickets, according to Cpl. George Moreno, investigator for the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.
  • Lottery ticket buyers in North Carolina just can’t win.  More on the surprise N.C. lottery enforcement we first reported on Monday.
  • 4:55 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Tuesday drawing, but 2 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $150,000 prize: 1 in New Jersey and 1 in Illinois.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Tuesday, February 26, 2002

  • 11:35 amFlustered Winner Claims Big Prize.  More details about the last of the three California jackpot winners, including the fact that the winning ticket was a Quick Pick, and the winner elected to take the prize in one lump sum of $33 million before taxes.
  • 7:20 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $17 million Big Game drawing results!
  • Third Calif. lotto jackpot winner steps forward.  Welma Naguit was visiting the Philippines, her homeland, when relatives in Montebello, Calif., told her of the huge jackpot.  She had them buy her a single ticket, one of three that hit the winning numbers in the Feb. 16 drawing.  Editor: The linked article erroneously indicates that the single-largest lottery jackpot ($363 million) was for Powerball; it was in fact The Big Game.
  • Pick 3 to have partial launch.  The S.C. lottery will start its numbers games next week with 2,600 of 3,100 retailers to begin ticket sales on game's first day.
  • Eight S.C. lottery draw personalities selected.  Eight people from around South Carolina have been selected to draw winning numbers for the S.C. Education Lottery.

Monday, February 25, 2002

  • 9:15 amMichigan resident shocked by $150,000 Big Game win.  Jane Cassisi of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan experienced shock and amazement when she learned she had matched the first five numbers in the February 19 drawing to win a $150,000 Big Game prize.
  • Job Stress Led to Scam, ex-Mountie Says.  Prosecutors in Montreal have recommended 4 1/2 years in jail for a retired officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who worked on an anti-telemarketing task force but ran his own lottery scam on the side.
  • 5:20 amCalifornia couple in the lottery money.  Paul and Rose Briscoe, a Tustin Ranch couple who shared in the lottery's record-breaking $193 million jackpot, finally faced the cameras Saturday and presented themselves as calm, level-headed, responsible - and wildly lucky.
  • Powerball injects life into state lottery.  Colorado is faring better in Powerball and Lotto sales than any other state after introducing Powerball, Colorado Lottery officials say.
  • Internet gambling heats up.  Gambling over the internet has become big business in the United States over the past year despite a recession that has caused an industry-wide advertising slump.
  • 19 vie to be face of lottery.  Nineteen would-be lottery-number pickers turned out Saturday for the S.C. lottery's version of "Star Search" at Columbiana Centre.
  • N.C. residents who bring lottery tickets back across the border may be violating the law.  A misdemeanor gambling charge against a Kings Mountain man found with South Carolina lottery tickets in his pocket is supported by a 1943 anti-gambling law, a district attorney says.  The statement by District Attorney Mike Lands may surprise many North Carolina residents who play state lotteries in South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.

Sunday, February 24, 2002

  • 10:55 pmN.J. Lottery host Hela Young dies.  We are saddened to report tonight that Hela Young, a television hostess for New Jersey Lottery and a former Miss New Jersey, died today after a long illness.  She is survived by her husband and 10-year-old daughter.  Young gave the nightly lottery drawings for 24 years, but stopped in November because of her undisclosed illness, her husband Peter Hochman said.

Saturday, February 23, 2002

  • 6:40 pmLottery winner: I'm going to Disneyland.  Isabell Delgado says she loves her job as a clerk-typist at a Las Cruces senior center and she doesn't intend to quit it - even though she bought the winning ticket in Wednesday's $32 million Powerball lottery jackpot.
  • 9:05 amPowerball winner, bartenders reach deal.  The case of $195 million lottery winner Frank Capaci Sr. vs. the two bartenders who claimed he promised them $1 million apiece for buying the winning Powerball ticket for him was settled for an undisclosed sum this week, ending a case that brought opposing claims of greed and broken promises and dulled the luster of the big victory.  More: Bartenders, customer settle lottery suit.
  • Lottery fever creates momentary mob.  A convenience store sold 40,000 Super Lotto tickets in two days leading up to drawing for $193 million.
  • 2:05 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Friday drawing, but 3 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $150,000 prize: 1 in Massachusetts and 2 in Virginia.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.
  • 1:50 amADVISORY/California Couple Wins One-Third of Calif. $193 Million Mega Jackpot.  Official announcement will be made at a press conference today at 10:00 AM PST.  Click the link for details.

Friday, February 22, 2002

  • 7:20 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $14 million Big Game drawing results!
  • 8 Year-Old Girl Gives Lottery Win to Needy.  After winning $777 from a Florida Lottery scratch-off ticket this month, 8-year-old Kelly Bateman decided she would give it all to Operation Blue Angels, a police-affiliated group that buys toys, dinners and emergency supplies for needy families in Port St. Lucie.
  • Lottery scratch-off payouts would grow under bill.  The Florida Lottery's popular scratch-off games could produce bigger winnings if a bill sponsored by Sen. Locke Burt becomes law.
  • Lottery spending plan hits wall in S.C. Senate.  The differences of opinion are so sharp that Democrats filibustered for nearly 24 hours Wednesday and Thursday before senators gave up and went home.
  • More hints at a Washington multi-state game.  Included in the linked story about the pending Washington state budget crisis is details about Gov. Gary Locke's budget proposal, which relies upon proceeds from a multi-state lottery game.
  • Andrew N.S. Glazer: Luck and other misconceptions.  Debunking several of the major misconceptions that haunt gamblers.

Thursday, February 21, 2002

  • 7:15 am$64.3 million Lotto winner fires himself.  "I fired myself today, and my wife called in rich," California jackpot winner Andy Kampe said, nervously beaming Tuesday as he faced the press and lottery chieftains to officially claim his $64.3 million Lotto prize.
  • Lotteries may hit the jackpot with bonds.  An inventor has devised a way for states to issue bonds backed by dollars from lottery gamblers looking to win, and sold to investors hoping they won't.

Wednesday, February 20, 2002

  • 10:45 amCheck out our latest feature: Jackpot Analysis.  Of all the feedback we receive, this feature is requested the most often.  Now you can see what you would actually win if you hit the Big Game jackpot for both the Annuity and Cash options, listed by state.  Anticipating the addition of New York and Ohio into The Big Game, we've included those states as well.  As always, we enjoy your feedback, both privately through e-mail and publicly on Lottery Post!
  • 7:10 amHalf Moon Bay man claims huge Lotto prize.  Wearing a bland gray jacket and appearing shy and nervous, one of California's newest millionaires officially stepped forward this morning to claim a piece of the state's largest Lotto jackpot in history.  More: Lottery winner 'walking two feet above the ground'.
  • California Schools Also Hit Lottery Jackpot.  The three winning ticket holders in Saturday's record-breaking lotto aren't the only ones to cash-in on the jackpot.  California schools will also get a cut, over $100 million.
  • Company Claims Lottery 'Bait And Switch'.  A company that lost its bid to run South Carolina's online lottery games said Tuesday that its main rival used "deceptive" tactics to win the contract last fall.
  • Politician Mulls Lottery to Lure People to Polls.  Thai voters could make instant financial gains from voting in elections, if a plan to set up an election lottery is implemented, newspapers said Tuesday.
  • Conmen use soap in lottery scam.  Five men, facing 11 charges of fraud worth millions of rands, sold soap and petroleum jelly as charms to people hoping to win South Africa's national lottery, the lotto, a court heard Monday.
  • New game worries some legislators.  Beginning June 1, some Missouri bars, restaurants and fraternal clubs will offer a quick-draw Lottery game.  Some legislators say the Missouri Lottery Commission went too far in approving Quick-Draw Lotto, and that the new game is vastly different from weekly or even daily raffle-type games that voters envisioned when they authorized the Lottery in 1984.
  • 5:00 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Tuesday drawing, but 4 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $150,000 prize: 2 in New Jersey and 2 in Michigan.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

  • 7:15 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $11 million Big Game drawing results!
  • EDITORIAL - Would Someone Please Deal with the Real Problem.  Several U.S. legislators have made it their mission to protect the world from online gambling, and they aren't going to stop until they get their way.  But most of what's coming out of Washington these days is a smoke-and-mirrors show, rather than an effort to deal with the underlying problem.  Editor: This is an excellent editorial that perfectly encapsulates the issue.
  • Easley: Lottery Could Help Improve Schools.  North Carolina could be one step closer to getting a state lottery.
  • Possible winner comes forward in record lottery.  A Half Moon Bay, California retailer said Monday he had helped a man validate one of three winning tickets in the biggest single-state jackpot in history.
  • Retailers lose bid to offer online lottery games.  Some South Carolina lottery retailers feel they've been handed a losing ticket because they can't offer the number-pick games that start next month.
  • GTECH to file protest.  Scientific Games should not have been selected to create and operate the South Carolina lottery's numbers games, rival company GTECH claims in a protest to be filed today.

Monday, February 18, 2002

  • 7:20 amMichigan Resident Surprised to Win $150,000 Big Game Prize.  Donald Watkins of Plymouth, Michigan was thrilled to discover he was holding a winning $150,000 Big Game ticket from the February 5 Big Game drawing.
  • Virginia Man Wins $150,000 Playing The Big Game.  Melvin Lightfoot of Richmond, Virginia matched the first 5 numbers in the February 12 Big Game drawing for a $150,000 prize.
  • Record California jackpot produced three winners.  Stories from before and after the drawing:
    • Three Tickets Match in Calif. Lottery - AP
    • Three tickets match winning numbers for $193 million lottery - San Francisco Chronicle
    • 3 winning tickets in $193 million lottery - CNN
    • State in Throes of Lottery Madness - Los Angeles Times
    • Patrons, Retailers Dream Big - Los Angeles Times
    • Workers Unite for a Big Payday - Los Angeles Times
    • Big lottery winners know a lot about what not to do - San Francisco Chronicle
    • Nevadans line up for chance to win long-shot jackpot - Las Vegas Sun
    • A record jackpot -- and wealth of potential pitfalls - Sacramento Bee
    • Lottery dreams by the millions - Daily Breeze
  • Five-month-old jackpot lottery ticket found in glovebox.  A Canadian couple have found a £2 million winning lottery ticket among a stack dating back five months.
  • Dreaming of Pigs Still Good for Winning Lottery.  What does it mean if Koreans see pigs in their dreams?  Having dreams of pigs was still found to be effective in predicting a winning lottery ticket.
  • Connecticut lottery celebrates 30 years, $6.8 billion in prizes.  "When ticket sales began in 1972, even the lottery's strongest supporters could not have envisioned today's success," said James J. Vance, lottery president and CEO.

Sunday, February 17, 2002

  • 10:25 pmRecord Calif lotto had 3 winning tickets.  Three tickets had the winning numbers in California's record $193 million state lottery drawing, officials announced Sunday.

Saturday, February 16, 2002

  • 7:00 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Friday 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.

Friday, February 15, 2002

  • 2:00 pmOhio hopes Big Game a winner.  New confirmation of upcoming Big Game changes:
    • The Big Game states have officially voted to include Ohio as a member
    • Big Game tickets will be sold in Ohio starting late May or early June
    • The Big Game may surpass Powerball as the game consistently having the largest jackpots
    • The Big Game will be reconfigured to include a larger pool of numbers to select from
    • "Astronomical jackpots" to rival or surpass the U.S. record $363 million Big Game jackpot awarded in May 2000 may happen multiple times per year


    We can't wait!

  • 7:25 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $9 million Big Game drawing results!
  • Is Big Game A Big Mistake?.  Millions of dollars are expected to flow into Ohio now that the state has agreed to carry the Big Game lottery, but opinions in Tri-State are mixed about its arrival.
  • Record jackpot has California in a frenzy
    • Lottery pools spring up for chance at $170 million jackpot - San Diego Union Tribune
    • No winner in lottery jackpot, next drawing estimated at $170 million - The Mercury-News
    • Giant jackpot sets hearts to racing - San Francisco Chronicle
    • Lotto jackpot soars to record $170 million - MSNBC
    • $171 Million Dollar Lotto Jackpot for Saturday - KPIX
  • Lottery machine licenses available, but officials satisfied with revenue.  West Virginia State lottery officials told the committee that the licensing and installation of the machines in bars, clubs and fraternal organizations is running ahead of projections, even though licenses to operate nearly 3,300 machines remain unclaimed.
  • Instant lottery prize remains unclaimed.  A $100,000 West Virginia Lottery instant ticket prize has yet to be claimed, although only 65,000 game tickets remain for sale, according to a news release.
  • Lottery player hits on dream number.  Ming Vo told Virginia Lottery officials the numbers 3-1-0-2 came to him in a dream.  So when the Greensboro man woke up Monday, he headed across the state line to Danville, Va., and bought 100 tickets for the Pick 4 daytime drawing.  By selecting those four numbers in that exact order, Vo's dream came true. Each $1 ticket was a winner worth $5,000, for a grand total of $500,000.
  • Speaker proposes to extend Colorado Lottery to 2024.  The Colorado Lottery would be extended to 2024, allowing 20-year bonding of land-conservation purchases by the state, under a bill advancing in the Legislature.
  • Lottery ticket thief suspect caught when numbers come up.  A New Jersey man who allegedly stole dozens of lottery tickets was arrested trying to cash one which won.

Thursday, February 14, 2002

  • 4:20 pmSaturday's California Lottery Jackpot to Set Record: Estimated at $170 Million.  Oops!  We were mistaken when we reported earlier today about Saturday's California Lottery jackpot being $135 million -- it is actually $170 million!  I guess we jumped the gun this morning with the time difference.  (Thanks for the tip, Patrick.)
  • 7:35 amCalifornia Lottery jackpot reaches $136 million.  As it stands now, $136 million is the second-largest jackpot in the 16-year history of the California state lottery.  Depending on sales over the next few days, the jackpot could easily eclipse the current record of $141 million.
  • Big lotto jackpot not what it seems.  All you lottery dreamers salivating over the California Lottery jackpot, try this: Take the fortune in your bank account.  Buy 41,416,353 Super Lotto Plus tickets, one for every possible combination.  Then, no matter the winning number, you win.  Sound impossible?  It's been tried before.
  • Texas Lotto Numbers Are In -- And They're Down.  The Texas Lottery Commission says average weekly sales were down 2% in the first six months of the state's fiscal year.
  • Tribe Vows to Reopen Texas Casino.  A casino operated by the Tigua Indians has been shut down as required by court order, but the tribe's leader vowed that it would reopen.

Wednesday, February 13, 2002

  • 7:45 amOsama Bin Laden scratch-off lottery game proposed.  A bill introduced Monday in the Minnesota House would put bin Laden's image on a state lottery scratch-off ticket.  Players would discover any winnings by scratching off "and thus obliterating," as the bill notes, bin Laden's face.
  • Newspapers protest lottery numbers ad.  Complaints from the newspaper industry prompted the Missouri Lottery Commission to apologize for a radio spot touting its Web site as the place to check winning numbers.  Editor: That's right, you should always wait until the next day to check your numbers in the newspaper.
  • Harassed gardener makes lottery plea.  A gardener has asked Germany's lottery headquarters to confirm he's not won their £5.5 million jackpot after the Lotto company released a description of the winner which exactly matched him.
  • Residents pin hopes to lottery audition tapes.  About 60 South Carolina residents dropped by Columbiana Centre on Monday afternoon, bringing audition tapes and high hopes of announcing nightly numbers for the S.C. lottery.
  • Taiwan Lottery Breaks Record for Transactions.  According to TaipeiBank, the sixth computerized lottery draw broke the world record for the highest number of transactions for a single draw, while also recording the fifth-highest amount in terms of turnover.
  • Lottery to amend contract rules.  Out-of-state companies that have done business with the Texas lottery say a new rule for awarding contracts unfairly favors Texas-based firms and could force some of the world's leading lottery firms out of the Texas market, one of the nation's largest.
  • Lottery's free drawing hits a snag.  The California Lottery's free $1 million drawing to make amends for past missteps in its Scratcher games has fallen about half an inch short.  Hopeful players who mailed entries on 3-inch-by-5-inch cards -- as directed by materials distributed by the lottery -- are finding them returned from the post office bearing a red "undersized" stamp.
  • 4:00 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Tuesday drawing, but 5 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $150,000 prize: 2 in Georgia, 2 in Illinois, and 1 in Virginia.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Tuesday, February 12, 2002

  • 1:55 pmOhio Lottery announces state will apply to the Big Game.  More detail about Ohio's decision to join the Big Game, including the Georgia and Michigan Lottery Directors' expected trip to Cleveland on Wednesday, and the ongoing lawsuit to stop the multistate lottery expansion.
  • 8:15 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $7 million Big Game drawing results!
  • News Alert: Ohio Lottery to join The Big Game.  The Ohio Lottery is expected to announce that Ohio will become the ninth Big Game state.  Although seven states currently participate in The Big Game, New York announced in December that they will participate in The Big Game starting in the spring of 2002.  It is also expected at that time that The Big Game will undergo changes, such as a revamped prize structure, in order to increase the jackpots.
  • Lottery players setting sights on $115 million.  California lottery players are scooping up SuperLotto Plus tickets in hopes of cashing in Wednesday on the California Lottery's projected $115 million jackpot.

Monday, February 11, 2002

  • 6:05 amMultistate lottery opponents seek injunction.  Plaintiffs challenging Ohio's interest in joining a multistate lottery have sought an injunction to prevent Ohio from proceeding.
  • Lottery: Easley way out of deficit.  While campaigning for an education lottery with farmers gathered in Greensboro for an annual conference, North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley told reporters he can wait until May for legislators to return.  And when they do, he will again ask for a lottery to pay for education.
  • Kirk says lottery would hurt education budgets, projects.  Disagreement abounds on whether to institute a North Carolina lottery or not.
  • Sheriff: Lottery winner shoots her ex-husband in abduction.  The former Waffle House waitress who gained national attention for her court fight to hold onto a $10 million Florida lottery prize shot and wounded her ex-husband in an alleged kidnapping, a sheriff says.
  • Kansas Lottery announces Super Kansas Cash game.  Beginning Feb. 18, the Kansas Lottery will draw numbers for a "Super Kansas Cash" game, which will give players more chances to win.
  • Ariz. Lottery backers want games until 2012.  Voters must OK continuing Arizona lottery operations because former House Speaker Jeff Groscost added those provisions to the 1998 legislation that reauthorized the lottery.

Saturday, February 9, 2002

  • 1:45 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Friday 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.

Friday, February 8, 2002

  • 5:55 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $5 million Big Game drawing results!
  • Illinois Man Wins $150,000 Big Game Prize.  A computer specialist with Scott Air Force Base matched the first five numbers in the Big Game drawing for January 4, 2002 for a $150,000 Big Game prize.
  • Voters Mixed Over Gambling Issue.  As a state lottery and other forms of gambling are being contemplated in Hawaii, some fear it could change their way of life while others said gambling could bring the lifeblood of cash into a struggling economy.
  • Lottery 'losers' win trip to Hawaii.  Bob and Tanya Jaeggi of Columbus, Nebraska wanted to go to Hawaii.  So Tanya bought several Nebraska Lottery Scratch tickets in hopes of losing -- that's right, losing.
  • N.C. Treasurer gives lottery cold shoulder.  North Carolina State Treasurer Richard Moore said Wednesday he doubts a lottery will fix the state's budget troubles.
  • Lottery job may be ticket to fame.  The South Carolina lottery commission, looking for an on-air personality to announce the winning numbers on nightly telecasts, is accepting applications.
  • Andrew N.S. Glazer: Counter rudeness with a calm head.  A recent visit to Vegas provided a lesson on how to stand up for yourself when you're not treated well at a casino.

Thursday, February 7, 2002

  • 5:50 amOregon Lottery Sports Action game disputing Faulk 'sack'.  Some Oregon Lottery Sports Action players were disappointed to learn that Oregon lottery officials only tallied four sacks in the Super Bowl, refusing to count a play when New England running back Kevin Faulk was tackled for a loss on an attempted halfback option pass.
  • More lottery money could go to schools.  Idaho's public schools may cash in on a proposal to divert more lottery money to education.
  • Lottery tinkering appears chancy: Skimpier payoffs a loser in Texas.  The Texas Lottery provides a good example of what can happen when states decide to pay less in lottery prizes so the state can take a bigger cut.
  • Florida casino gambling proposed.  With tax receipts dwindling as the economy slides, a Florida lawmaker is proposing legalizing casino gambling to raise money for education, social services and programs for the elderly.

Wednesday, February 6, 2002

  • 10:55 amHodges told he can't hand out lottery checks.  A personal appearance by South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges to hand checks to lottery winners is being criticized as politicizing the payoffs, prompting the state Lottery Commission to reiterate that winners must receive prizes only from lottery officials.
  • Judge: Waitress didn't commit fraud in lottery case.  The Waffle House waitress who refused to share a $10 million winning Florida lottery ticket with fellow workers did not commit fraud against the man who gave her the ticket, an Alambama judge ruled.
  • 5:50 amBall-Drop Machines Gone From Hoosier Lottery.  The ball-drop machines used to pick the winning numbers for the Hoosier Lottery have been replaced by a specialized computer system that selects the numbers, officials said Tuesday.
  • New Jersey to Hire Consultant.  The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority is planning to pay a consultant more than $100,000 to assess the impact of anticipated New York casinos and racinos on the racetracks and casinos in New Jersey.
  • Kentucky sets Pick 3 sales record.  Two Pick 3 triple combinations last week paid out more than $3 million to Kentucky Lottery players and spurred a new one week Pick 3 sales record.
  • 1:45 amJackpot Winner!  There was one $23 million jackpot winner from Illinois in the Tuesday drawing.  More details to follow after the winner comes forward to claim their prize.
  • Also, 2 lucky players from Michigan 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, February 5, 2002

  • 2:05 pm – Our thanks to the International Association of Webmasters and Designers for our third consecutive Golden Web Award"In recognition of creativity, integrity and excellence on the Web."
  • 6:00 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $23 million Big Game drawing results!
  • New deal may avert S.C. lottery delay.  Scientific Games says it has reached an agreement with BellSouth that will allow the South Carolina lottery's numbers games to begin on schedule March 6.
  • Former Best Friends Feud Over Alleged Lottery Win.  A feud has broken out between two former best friends over claims that one cheated the other out of a £3 million (US$4.3 million) lottery win.

Monday, February 4, 2002

  • 6:10 amA million thoughts in the heads of lottery winners.  Jean Richard was standing in line at the Franklin General Store waiting to buy a half-gallon of milk for her coffee the next morning when she decided to buy a lottery ticket.  An easy-pick option selected her six numbers, and two days later she and her husband were celebrating her $2.4 million Tri-State WinCash jackpot.
  • Camelot pins hopes on mobile lottery tickets.  UK National Lottery operator, Camelot claims betting via mobile phones is the future for the Lottery and has signed over £45m to research the possible uses of 3G services and interactive TV.
  • Some retailers on N.C. border not selling lottery tickets.  Despite high sales along the North Carolina border, many York County [South Carolina] retailers have decided against selling lottery tickets.

Saturday, February 2, 2002

  • 2:00 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Friday drawing, but 2 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $150,000 prize: 1 in New Jersey and 1 in Virginia.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Friday, February 1, 2002

  • 5:45 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!
  • California offers free $1 million lottery.  California residents will have a chance to play a special one-time contest with $1 million in prizes after state lottery officials admitted they sold scratch-off tickets even though the game's largest awards were claimed.

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