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Archived Lottery News for September, 2001

Saturday, September 29, 2001

  • 11:05 amLottery ads will focus on fun, not jackpots.  Following a trend begun in other states, the advertising campaign for the S.C. lottery won't dangle the temptation of gigantic jackpots.
  • Lotto loser.  A lottery jackpot ticket-holder today became the biggest loser in Irish Lotto history after failing to pick up nearly IR£3 million in prize cash.
  • 2:10 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Friday drawing, but 7 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $150,000 prize: 1 in New Jersey, 1 in Georgia, 1 in Massachusetts, 3 in Michigan, and 1 in Virginia.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Friday, September 28, 2001

  • 11:10 am$150,000 Winning Big Game Ticket Set to Expire Soon.  A Big Game Ticket sold in Bay City, Michigan for the October 6, 2000 drawing will expire on Monday, October 8, 2001.
  • Schwarzenegger Sues to Terminate New Slot Machines.  Arnold Schwarzenegger is suing a gaming company for $20 million for allegedly marketing slot machines that feature his voice and likeness as the "Terminator" without his consent.
  • Casinos look to Internet gambling in tourism slump.  The tourism slump stemming from the terrorist attacks is giving the gambling industry fresh incentive to look to the Internet as a way to attract business.
  • 5:50 am – Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $28 million Big Game drawing results!
  • S.C. Lottery Commission considers hiring attorneys, negotiating lease.  The South Carolina Lottery Commission will begin negotiating a lease for its new headquarters and legal coverage for a lawsuit filed by four news organizations alleging violations of the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Andrew N.S. Glazer: In days of sadness, limits are crucial.  Gambling should be viewed not as a way to make money, but as entertainment, as a diversion from everyday life.  You're gambling sensibly if the amount you lose and the amount of pleasure you derive from your gambling balance out.

Thursday, September 27, 2001

  • 6:25 am – For those following the New Jersey Pick 6 Lotto, there was one $26 million jackpot-winning ticket in Monday's drawing, out of more than 2.6 million tickets sold.  The winning ticket was sold by Krenkel's Day Night Food Store, 613 Hope Road in Eatontown, Monmouth County.  The winner will receive an initial gross payment of $862,247 with the option of taking the remainder of the jackpot as cash or annuity.  The jackpot now resets to $2 million for the drawing to be held on Thursday, September 27th.

    To play Pick 6, or other New Jersey games, including Jersey Cash 5, Pick 4, and Pick 3, be sure to visit Play NJ Lottery.com.  By visiting that site you'll also be able to learn how to play each game, see the prize levels and odds, and view all prior results and prize amounts.

Wednesday, September 26, 2001

  • 6:20 amOther Half of $118 million Big Game Jackpot Claimed.  The anonymous members of a partnership from Cherry Hill, New Jersey came forward to claim half of the $118 million jackpot from the Big Game drawing held on August 31, 2001.
  • Michigan man wins $150,000 Big Game prize.  Terry Russell of Coloma, Michigan was shocked and in total disbelief upon learning he had matched the first five numbers in the September 18 Big Game drawing to win a $150,000 prize.
  • Powerball winner to retire.  Kathleen Kearney, 56, of Hockessin, Deleware, has submitted paperwork seeking to retire from her first-grade teaching job at McVey Elementary School in the Christina School District, said Lisa McVey, district spokeswoman.
  • 19-year-old claims $11.5 million.  Chris Plooster, who works as a janitor to pay for his studies at ITT Tech, won last weekend’s $11.5 million Colorado Lotto drawing.
  • Florida Lotto winner claims her prize.  Tiffany L. Johnson, 27, reported to lottery headquarters in Tallahassee first thing Monday to claim $11.6 million, her share of Saturday's $22 million jackpot after Johnson opted to take the lump-sum payment.
  • S.C. Lottery commission finalizes ad contract.  The S.C. Lottery Commission finalized its advertising contract with Erwin-Penland on Tuesday, after the agency addressed concerns that the firm's proposal did not include enough S.C. minority-owned business participation.
  • 2:20 am – There was no jackpot winner in the Tuesday drawing, but 3 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $150,000 prize: 1 in Illinois, 1 in Maryland, and 1 in Virginia.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Tuesday, September 25, 2001

  • 7:00 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!
  • 36 Pathmark Supermarket Co-Workers Claim Big Game Jackpot.  The group of 36 co-workers from the Pathmark Supermarket in Brick Township, New Jersey, have come forward to officially claim half of the $118 million Big Game jackpot for the drawing held on August 31, 2001.
  • Pennsylvania Lottery comes up triples.  The total payout for The Penn. Daily Number 2-2-2 drawn Sunday, September 23, 2001, of $11,511,500 represents approximately 10.3 times or $10.4 million above the amount that players wagered.  There were 46,361 players who chose the winning numbers.  Triple 2s have hit a total of 15 times since The Daily Number drawing began in March 1977.  The last time 2-2-2 was drawn was December 30, 2000, and the last time any triples hit (1-1-1) was July 13, 2001.

Monday, September 24, 2001

  • 5:45 amSharp divisions on N.C. lottery.  The N.C. House would narrowly vote against holding a public referendum on a lottery, rejecting state-sponsored gambling but also leaving a gusher of money untapped during an economic standstill.
  • Ex-FBI agents hired for lottery security.  Two retired FBI agents will take on what is possibly the S.C. lottery's most important task: protect the integrity of the games.
  • $26 million NJ Pick 6 drawing tonight.  Even as The Big Game jackpot grew to $23 million Friday night, the New Jersey Pick 6 Lotto jackpot was even higher, at $26 million.  To play online, orders must be placed at PlayNJLottery.com before 2:00 PM EDT today.

Saturday, September 22, 2001

  • 2:20 am – The were no jackpot winners and no $150,000 winners in the Friday drawing.  For the complete rundown of winners in each of the other prize categories, see the Winning Combinations page.

Friday, September 21, 2001

  • 6:00 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!
  • ANDREW N.S. GLAZER: It's good to keep - and use - slot card.  All about the cards used in casinos to keep track of your gaming activities.
  • Lottery panel must remember it's a public body.  Tough talk that every lottery should listen to.
  • Ad dispute may delay lottery.  The S.C. Lottery Commission delayed approval of its huge advertising contract Thursday over concerns about minority business participation, a problem that could delay the lottery's start.

Thursday, September 20, 2001

  • 6:30 amAP, 3 Papers Sue S.C. Lottery Commission.  The Associated Press and three newspapers sued the South Carolina state Lottery Commission on Wednesday, saying it broke the law by receiving pitches behind closed doors for the largest advertising contract ever awarded by the state.
  • Virginia Man Wins $150,000 Big Game Prize.  Arnold Kamm of Williamsburg, Virginia came to the Lottery's Headquarters office in Richmond to claim his $150,000 prize from the September 11, 2001 drawing of The Big Game.

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

  • 9:40 amBroken Leg Helps Make Man a Millionaire.  An Australian man nursing a broken leg became a millionaire when he picked lottery-winning numbers from his hospital identification bracelet.
  • Lotto winner's ex-love: Promise, heart broken.  A Florida woman who won $23 million last year in the Florida lottery is being sued by her ex-boyfriend for half the winnings, on the basis that the two had always agreed to share the winnings, and more important, it was his money that was used to purchase the winning ticket.
  • 6:15 amErwin-Penland wins lottery contract.  Erwin-Penland of Greenville is the apparent winner of the S.C. Lottery's $7.5 million annual advertising contract, but there are questions about contributions by Erwin-Penland and Erwin to last fall's lottery campaign.
  • 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, September 18, 2001

  • 6:55 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!
  • Desperate farmer sold winning lottery ticket.  A Thai farmer desperate for cash sold his lottery tickets only to discover his numbers came up.
  • Top bidder announced for lottery advertising contract.  Erwin-Penland of Greenville has emerged as the leading bidder for the $7.5 million S.C. Lottery advertising contract.
  • N.C. lottery-vote hearing set for next week.  House Speaker Jim Black said last night that a committee hearing on a state lottery referendum won't be held until next week at the earliest.

Monday, September 17, 2001

  • 7:00 amClock ticking but lottery said to be on track.  The Jan. 7 startup date is just over three months away, and the S.C. Lottery hasn't hired its three main contractors, found permanent office space or set up its retailer network.
  • Stories of recent $150,000 Big Game winners:
    • "44 Numbers" Lottery Club of Ohio
    • Michael Martens of Harrison Township, Michigan
    • Edward Hrabosky of Romeo, Michigan
    • Maryann DeMuynck of Chesterfield Township, Michigan
    • Miller and Martin Lottery Club of Hartland, Michigan
    • Frank Wurmlinger of Frankenmuth, Michigan
  • Andrew N.S. Glazer: Good play is key to video poker.  Some general advice on playing video poker and where to go to get more.

Saturday, September 15, 2001

  • 3:35 am – The were no jackpot winners and no $150,000 winners in the Friday drawing.  For the complete rundown of winners in each of the other prize categories, see the Winning Combinations page.
  • Congratulations to Steven Nelson of Bellevue, Michigan, who won $150.00 in the Friday Big Game drawing!  The winner played The Big Game online at PlayBigGame.com and used a Quick Pick to match 4 of the first 5 numbers.

Friday, September 14, 2001

  • 8:10 amLotto South Holds First Drawing.  Lotto South held it's first drawing Wednesday night.  Although no one matched all six numbers to win the $2 million jackpot, there were over 20,000 lower-tier winners.  Lotto South prize levels are determined on a pari-mutuel basis, with players sharing an equal portion of the prize pool for each prize level.  In last night's drawing there were 14 winners who matched 5 of 6 numbers who will receive $1,627.  There were 991 winners who matched 4 of 6 to win $90, and 19,004 winners who matched 3 of 6 to win $5.  Lotto South is a multi-state game that is played in Virginia, Georgia, and Kentucky; the combined populations of these states give the new Lotto South game a population base of about 19 million people.  The Lotto South jackpot for Saturday night's drawing is worth an estimated $3 million, withan estimated cash option of $1.5 million.
  • Televised Broadcast of Michigan Lottery Drawings Temporarily Suspended.  The Michigan Lottery announced that while Lottery drawings will still be conducted at the regular drawing times, the televised broadcasts of those drawings will be suspended at least until Monday, September 17, 2001.  Lottery officials have decided that "at this time, it is of the utmost importance for Michigan residents to be able to watch the extensive television coverage of the search and rescue efforts with regard to Tuesday's terrorist attacks without interruption."
  • Don't forget to check back with us tonight at 11:00 PM Eastern Time for the live $12 million Big Game drawing results!

Thursday, September 13, 2001

  • 1:15 pmFriday Big Game jackpot now $12 million.  In a reversal of previous statements, the seven Big Game state lotteries have decided to increase Friday's Big Game jackpot to $12 million.
  • 9:05 amSpeaker says N.C. lottery bill could be discussed next week.  After months of little public activity on a North Carolina state lottery, House Speaker Jim Black said Tuesday that the House would hold a hearing on a state lottery referendum within the next two weeks.
  • Tripple 0's Pays Big in Kentucky's Pick 3 Game  When 0-0-0 popped out of the Kentucky Lottery's Pick 3 machine for a recent midday drawing, it produced the largest payout so far for a midday draw.  The total prize payout was $1,718,400, with 5,818 players cashing in.  The largest Pick 3 payout that ever occurred was on January 28, 1999 when numbers 0-0-0 were drawn.  It paid over $2.6 million to players.
  • Detroit Resident is Bowled Over by $150,000 Big Game Win.  Betty Riley of Detroit, Michigan said she "went crazy" upon learning she had matched the first five numbers in the August 31 Big Game drawing to win a $150,000 prize.
  • $150,000 Big Game Winner Can't Sleep.  George Orihel of Wheeler, Michigan was shocked and unable to sleep upon learning he had matched the first five numbers in the August 31 Big Game drawing to win a $150,000 prize.
  • Official Release From NJ Lottery Director on Unchanged Big Game Jackpot  "Due to Tuesday's tragic events in New York City, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and to the American people, New Jersey Lottery Executive Director Virginia E. Haines announced the jackpot will remain at $10 million for the drawing to be held on Friday, September 14th."
  • $20 Million Pick 6 Drawing Tonight  If you're interested in playing for the 2nd largest jackpot in the nation, the deadline for orders at PlayNJLottery.com is 2:00 PM Eastern Time today.

Wednesday, September 12, 2001

  • 12:10 pmMass. Legislators ask state write-off of lottery aid.  State legislators across Western Massachusetts are pressing the state to write off $12.5 million in lottery aid overpaid to cities and towns in fiscal 2001 rather than deduct the amount from local aid this year.
  • 10:05 amPublic needs data on state lottery.  Letter to the editor: Considering the recently publicized corruption of the smaller contest sponsored by McDonald's, the accountability of the Lottery should be performed on a regular basis and should be carefully and completely covered by the press.
  • 8:40 am – Friday's Big Game jackpot is $10 million -- unchanged from the Tuesday jackpot.  We have no official word on why the jackpot size is unchanged, but our best guess is that it has to do with conditions following yesterday's attack on the United States.  The consequence was most likely weaker sales combined with lower interest rates on the investments that would be used to generate the jackpot over 26 years.
  • 4:05 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, 1 in Maryland, and 1 in Virginia.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

  • 7:20 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, September 10, 2001

  • 9:55 amMilitary Veteran May Be Last Lotto Georgia Winner.  83-year-old Joseph Kopernik, who was raised in an orphanage and served in World War II, is the last Lotto Georgia winner in the game's history as Lotto Georgia ended on Saturday (9/8) to usher in the era of LOTTO South.
  • Georgia Woman Returns $120,000 Cash.  I guess it's a stretch to call this a lottery-related story, but in a way it is.  What would you do if you found a sack of money containing $122,000 in fives, 10s, and 20s?
  • 3 firms vie for S.C. lottery ad contract.  Three advertising companies have emerged as finalists for work promoting South Carolina's new lottery.

Saturday, September 8, 2001

  • 2:45 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 Georgia and 1 in Illinois.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.

Friday, September 7, 2001

  • 8:30 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!
  • Powerball Seems Like Sure Bet for New York.  State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Powerball appears to be the revenue-generating device most likely to be adopted when the Legislature and Gov. George Pataki complete action on a new state budget for fiscal 2001-02.
  • Maryland 2002 Ballot May Take Another Shot at Gambling.  Sources expect talk of casino and slot machines to rekindle in Annapolis after Gov. Parris Glendening -- a strong gambling opponent -- leaves office in 2003. But there are discussions in political and business circles of getting a gambling referendum on the November 2002 ballot.
  • Man accused of conning friend with fake lottery ticket.  A man has been arrested for allegedly duping a friend into lending him the equivalent of £119,143 by giving him a bogus winning lottery ticket.
  • Happy birthday to The Big Game!  Five years ago, the very first Big Game drawing was conducted and there was one ticket sold for that drawing that matched all six numbers to win the jackpot.  That $5 million jackpot-winning ticket was sold in Michigan.  Interestingly, the jackpot for that drawing went unclaimed.

Thursday, September 6, 2001

  • 3:35 pmMiami ticket worth $54 million.  One ticket matched all six Florida Lotto numbers to win a jackpot of $54 million, lottery officials said Thursday.
  • Lotto winner happier now.  Andrew "Happy" Roberts, a 47-year-old construction worker, and his wife, Jeralyn Jackson-Robert, drove to Austin in a white stretch limousine to pick up their check after hitting the $20 million Texas Lotto jackpot Aug. 18.
  • Lotto South Debuts This Weekend.  Ticket sales for Lotto South will go on sale on this Sunday, September 9, with the first drawing of the new tri-state game scheduled on Wednesday, September 12.

Wednesday, September 5, 2001

  • 7:55 amStores Hope Lottery Ticket Sales Will Help.  South Carolina store owners hope to cash in on profits from the state's upcoming lottery.
  • Lottery Scam Targets Floridians.  Authorities are warning hispanic senior citizens in Central Florida Tuesday that criminals are actively looking for victims in the latest lottery scam.
  • A Mother's Instinct Wins Pasadena, MD Couple $150,000.  Friday evening's Big Game drawing surprises a Maryland couple with a big win.
  • Largest Jackpot in State Lottery History.  The New Jersey Lottery's official press release of the $115 million Big Game jackpot shared by 2 winning tickets in New Jersey.
  • 2:05 am – The were no jackpot winners and no $150,000 winners in the Tuesday drawing.  For the complete rundown of winners in each of the other prize categories, see the Winning Combinations page.
  • Congratulations to Omayra Laucella of Plainview, New York, who won $150.00 in the Tuesday Big Game drawing!  The winner played The Big Game online at PlayBigGame.com and used a Quick Pick to match 4 of the first 5 numbers.
  • Also, congratulations to Royal Ed Spurlark of Silver Spring, Maryland, who won $100.00 in the Tuesday Big Game drawing!  Mr. Spurlark played The Big Game online at PlayBigGame.com and picked his own numbers to match 3 of the first 5 numbers plus the Big Money Ball.

Tuesday, September 4, 2001

  • 11:10 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!

Monday, September 3, 2001

  • 7:25 pmPowerball Fuels NY Budget.  At long last, Gov. Pataki and state lawmakers are "this close" to a final budget deal, one that's expected to OK the wildly popular Powerball lottery for New York.
  • 6:25 pmTips on avoiding lottery headache.  In the wake of two huge jackpot wins over the past couple of weeks, here's some good advice on how to form player pools.
  • Newly rich face special challenge.  Buying lottery tickets shouldn't be part of your long-term investment strategy, but if -- just if -- you should hit the big one, there are ways to capitalize on the win.
  • Big Game winners changing lives, not jobs.  33 Pathmark coworkers who paid $10 each toward tickets in every Big Game drawing over the past four weeks, chose a cash payout and will share $32 million, or about $700,000 each after taxes.
  • New Jersey's other big winner in Friday's drawing -- a couple from Camden, NJ -- requested to remain annonymous.
  • Man jailed after posing as lottery millionaire.  A painter and decorator who posed as a lottery millionaire in a bid to save his marriage has been jailed for three years.

Saturday, September 1, 2001

  • 6:30 pm33 supermarket workers share Big Game jackpot.  From MSNBC, more on the lucky lottery pool.
  • 6:00 pm33 N.J. Co-Workers Win Half of the $115 Million Jackpot.  The checkout lines may be a little longer than usual this week at a New Jersey supermarket, because thirty-three of the store's workers have struck it rich in the multi-state Big Game lottery.
  • 5:55 am2 winners from New Jersey share $115 million jackpot!  Details on the winners once they step forward.
  • Every Big Game state had its share of $150,000 winners.  In all, 26 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $150,000 prize: 4 in New Jersey, 6 in Georgia, 5 in Illinois, 3 in Massachusetts, 1 in Maryland, 4 in Michigan, and 3 in Virginia.  For the complete rundown of winners by prize category, see the Winning Combinations page.
  • Congratulations to the latest winners at PlayBigGame.com .  Each of the lucky players picked their own numbers and won the following prizes:
    • $150.00 (4+0), Christian Dubost of Belmont, Massachusetts
    • $100.00 (3+1), Jeff Weil of Glen Oaks, New York
    • $100.00 (3+1), Christina Monderewicz of Mohrsville, Pennsylvania
    • $100.00 (3+1), Jim Bolton of Hickory, North Carolina

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