Archived Lottery News for May, 2002
Friday, May 31, 2002
- 6:20 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!
Thursday, May 30, 2002
Wednesday, May 29, 2002
- 6:15 am – Online keno begins in Missouri. A little more of Sin City came to the Show-Me State Tuesday, as the Missouri Lottery will rolled out its newest game -- online keno, modeled on the high-speed Las Vegas version.
- Penn. set to begin Powerball sales. Powerball tickets will go on sale in Pennsylvania starting June 27, with the first drawing on June 29.
- N.C. Lottery moves House toward vote. With North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley proposing a budget that spends $250 million from a lottery that doesn't yet exist, House Speaker Jim Black now says he will push House members to make up their minds soon about a lottery.
- Can Tennessee cash in on Georgia's lottery model?. With the Tennessee lottery vote still months away, activists on both sides of the question are working diligently. Proponents of the lottery are betting on education as their best means of getting a lottery established in the state.
- Recent $150,000 winners from Illinois:
- Relaunched Lottery records lowest takings. Full-year results published today for the UK National Lottery are expected to show a fall in sales for the fourth year running. But Camelot executives said the decline had begun to taper off in the second half of the year, prompting predictions that the National Lottery would increase weekly sales by March next year.
- 5:55 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Tuesday drawing, but 1 lucky player from New York matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize. For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.
Tuesday, May 28, 2002
- 6:20 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!
- Sunday MI lottery drawings studied. Faced with a money crunch expected to last at least through 2004, Michigan lawmakers and budget officials are eyeing a $28 million to $32 million jackpot that they believe would flow into Michigan's school-aid account if they could finally legalize Sunday lottery drawings.
- Texas lottery celebrates 10 years this week. The Texas Lottery celebrates 10 years of existence Wednesday after a decade of ups and downs as Texans scratched, quick picked and two-stepped in hopes of winning the latest lottery prize.
Monday, May 27, 2002
- 10:45 am – Winning mayor donates entire lottery jackpot to B.C. town. When people win lotteries, most of them: (a) put the money in the bank, (b) buy something grand, or (c) tell the boss to take their job and shove it. No one does what small-town Mayor Libby Nelson did.
- New Yorker Wins Poker World Series. The 10 of clubs gave a young Englishman a flush, but it gave a computer systems analyst from New York a full house — and a $2 million victory in the 33rd World Series of Poker.
- Lottery Bill Has Something For Everyone. In the lottery spending plan approved Thursday night by the South Carolina General Assembly, the biggest chunk of money will go toward college scholarships.
- Tennesseans will play lottery regardless if ballot measure passes. If opponents of a Tennessee lottery intend for their votes on Nov. 5 to stop anybody from gambling, A.J. Notaro wants to set them straight. Notaro, a retired trucker who lives in Chattanooga, is a regular lottery player at a Flintstone, Ga., store just down the street from his house.
- North Carolina weighs establishment of lottery. The N.C. state House is expected to consider a lottery within the first two weeks of the upcoming legislative session, House Speaker Jim Black said Wednesday.
Saturday, May 25, 2002
- 7:00 am – Jackpot Winner! There was one $12 million jackpot winner from Illinois in the Friday drawing. More details to follow after the winner comes forward to claim their prize.
- Also, 4 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 2 in Georgia, 1 in New York, and 1 in Ohio. For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.
Friday, May 24, 2002
- 8:50 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!
- Speaker to press for action on lottery. A day after Gov. Mike Easley offered a budget that would spend $250 million in proceeds from a lottery that doesn't exist, House Speaker Jim Black said yesterday that he will push legislators to decide on a lottery soon after they return to Raleigh next week. More: N.C. Assembly to take up lottery issue quickly.
- £3.4M lottery prize claimed. Yesterday Camelot [the operator of the UK National Lottery] confirmed that as a result of the publicity surrounding an unclaimed lottery prize, somebody had come forward and claimed the cash.
- Powerball is coming to the US Virgin Islands. V.I. officials are touting Powerball's impending arrival as a force for attracting new lottery players, both residents and visitors -- and thereby boosting government revenues.
Thursday, May 23, 2002
- 8:25 am – UK Lottery Jackpot Still Unclaimed. A jackpot ticket for the National Lottery's 656th draw on Saturday, April 6, was bought in Derby, or south Derbyshire, but the £3.4 million (US$5 million) prize has yet to be claimed.
- Easley's budget utilizes lottery, more local funds. A budget proposal issued Monday by North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley would rely on transfers of highway money totaling $210 million and the local reimbursements and $250 million in lottery proceeds — even though a lottery doesn't yet exist.
- Lottery may pay for Olympics in Canada. Canadian Heritage minister Sheila Copps said Friday that the federal and British Columbia governments are working on a national lottery to help fund the 2010 Winter Olympic Games – if the Vancouver/Whistler bid wins.
- Michigan Resident Wins First $175,000 Mega Millions Prize. Mee-Ling Paul of Ann Arbor, Michigan matched the first five numbers drawn in the inaugural Mega Millions drawing, held on May 17, 2002, to win a $175,000 prize.
Wednesday, May 22, 2002
- 9:35 am – Powerball Set To Start in S.C. Oct. 6. The South Carolina lottery plans to begin selling tickets for Powerball, the multi-state lottery game, on Oct. 6. Lottery commissioners said that the plans won't be official until Thursday, the deadline for state lawmakers to stop them.
- Georgia's lottery provides scholarships for seniors. For most high school seniors, spring is a time for the prom, parties and traditional end-of-school slacking. But in Georgia, where the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program offers B students free tuition at state colleges, more seniors are working all the way until graduation because one bad grade could cost them thousands of dollars.
- 4:55 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Tuesday drawing, but 4 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $175,000 prize: 1 in Illinois, 2 in New York, and 1 in Ohio. For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.
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 am – Illinois 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 am – Jackpot 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 pm – Strong 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 am – With 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 am – Mega 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.
Thursday, May 9, 2002
- 10:25 am – Suit tries to bar Ohio from multistate lottery. Anti-gambling groups asked a Franklin County judge to stop Ohio from joining a multistate lottery yesterday, just eight days before the state is scheduled to start selling tickets for the new Mega Millions game.
- Panel denies petition by lottery operator. On Wednesday, the South Carolina Procurement Review Panel dismissed GTECH Corp.'s petition that said a Georgia company improperly was selected to set up and run the numbers games for the South Carolina lottery.
- Fortune Cookie Leads To $150,000 Lottery Win. A Delaware couple, who eat at a Chinese restaurant every Friday night, played the numbers written on their fortune cookie insert in the following Tuesday night's Maryland Big Game, and rode that ticket to a $150,000 victory.
- Virginia Beach man runs a few errands and wins $150,000 in Big Game. David Friedler thought his wife Deborah was joking when she read him the winning numbers from the April 26, 2002 Big Game drawing.
- NY Taps Lottery Loot
To Pay for Child Support. A record $3.6 million was taken from New York lottery winners in the fiscal year that ended March 31, $3.1 million for welfare repayments and $553,782 for child support, officials said.
Wednesday, May 8, 2002
- 8:25 am – Illinois retailer wins too. The Illinois retailer who sold one of three winning tickets from the April 16th $331 Million Big Game jackpot received a check for $1,080,333. The actual ticket-holder has not yet claimed the jackpot, although the Illinois Lottery expects to announce the winner within the next few weeks.
- Corner shops 'lottery losers'. UK National Lottery operator Camelot says that businesses with poor ticket sales will have their terminals removed to keep up the level of cash going to the good causes.
- Las Vegas casinos brace for strike. For years, Las Vegas casinos and their biggest labor union have had a relationship so cozy that top union and casino officials golfed together and worked out labor contracts over meals. Now they are on the verge of the first major fight in nearly two decades.
- 6:30 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Tuesday drawing, but 1 lucky player 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, May 7, 2002
- 6:35 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $10 million Big Game drawing results!
Monday, May 6, 2002
- 8:30 am – Special Report: Agony & Ecstasy of Lotto. With even multimillionaires unable to resist the lure of the multistate lottery, it's no wonder ordinary New Yorkers are in a frenzy over the May 15 arrival of the Big Game in the state.
Saturday, May 4, 2002
- 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 Georgia, 1 in Illinois, and 1 in Maryland. For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.
Friday, May 3, 2002
- 8:00 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!
- N.M. lottery game changed. Through June 1, the New Mexico Lottery's "Pick 3" game will feature a promotion called "Money Ball," according to a New Mexico Lottery news release.
- Cohen chides lottery foes about claims of Georgia teen gambling problem. State Sen. Steve Cohen says opponents to a Tennessee lottery are so misleading about the number of teens who have gambling problems in Georgia that "the inventors of Silly Putty never envisioned a stretch that great." But with six months to go before Tennesseans vote on a state lottery, the tit-for-tat by campaigns for and against the measure probably won't affect how voters choose, one political analyst said.
- Locke announces new director of Washington State Lottery. Gov. Gary Locke has appointed the director of sales for the California lottery to take over the Washington State Lottery.
- CT Legislators Want To Throw Out Lottery Claim Restriction. Some Connecticut state legislators are suggesting that the one-year deadline for claiming lottery prizes be eliminated.
- HOPE plan might break lottery deal. South Carolina House and Senate negotiators have agreed on how to spend most of the $172 million the S.C. lottery is expected to raise, but they remain divided over the HOPE scholarships.
Thursday, May 2, 2002
Wednesday, May 1, 2002
- 4:05 pm – Illinois winner expected to be announced soon. The Illinois Lottery received a call from an attorney representing the Illinois winner of the April 16, 2002 Big Game jackpot and verified the 17-digit serial number from the winning ticket. No additional information is available at this time. Per Illinois Lottery policy, the name of the attorney and winner will not be released prior to a news conference and/or formal claim. A news conference is expected to be scheduled within the next few weeks.
- 8:25 am – New Jersey Couple Claims Big Game Jackpot
- The $59 Million Loser. Angelito Marquez, the Newark nursing-home nurse mistakenly accused of cheating his co-workers out of a Big Game lottery fortune, was anxious about returning to work last night, not knowing what to expect.
- Legal Rights in Office Lottery Pool. A rough transscript of lottery pool analysis by CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.
- Pennsylvania group claims $150,000 Big Game prize. The Big Game fury that swept through the Maryland Lottery with the April 16, $331 million top jackpot culminated yesterday at Agency headquarters with the arrival of the state's final second-tier prize winners. Nineteen co-workers and friends from Norfolk Southern Railway’s Traction Motor Shop in Altoona, Pennsylvania claimed the seventh $150,000 payout.
- Michigan $150,000 Big Game ticket to expire soon. The holder of a lucky $150,000 winning Big Game ticket has until the close of business, Wednesday, May 8, 2002 to claim his or her prize.
- 2:10 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Tuesday drawing, but 5 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $150,000 prize: 1 in Illinois, 1 in Maryland, 1 in Michigan, and 2 in Virginia. For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.
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