The ex-fiancé of a North Carolina Powerball winner is suing her for allegedly giving away over a million dollars’ worth of property he claims were gifts given to him by her.Powerball, Legal, Winner Stories, North Carolina, After the Big Win, Multi-State Game, Lawsuit
The U.K. National Lottery is up for grabs. Currently, Camelot U.K. Lotteries Ltd. runs the show, and has since 1994. However, its license expires in 2023, and it’s time for the U.K. Gambling Commission (UKGC) to determine if someone else should be given the reins. It launched an application period last August, ready to see who would be the best fit to receive a new ten-year concession. Among those vying for the rights is Czechoslovakia-based Sazka Group, and the company is optimistic about its chances.
According to Justin King, who serves as an advisor to the company in its efforts to be awarded the National Lottery license, Sazka is in a great position to win. It already operates lotteries in Austria, Czech Republic, Greece and Italy and adding the U.K. to its portfolio would support its authority on the subject of lotteries. King is one of three advisors working with the company, alongside London 2012 Olympics deputy chairman Sir Keith Mills and lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman.
King explained to The Mail this weekend that Sazka expects to be able to integrate its knowledge and experience in lottery management to facilitate more growth of the National Lottery. The company believes it can attract more local players to independent stores, which would help the latter regain some of the ground they’ve lost to other gambling services. He explained to The Mail, “The lottery was billed as one of the saving graces of the independent corner shop – it would be a footfall driver, a reason for regular visits, which perhaps those corner shops have lost.”
Sazka will first need to avoid any fallout related to possible ties to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The Mail points out that Apollo Global Management, which has also had its eye on several gaming-based companies, is helping fund Sazka’s bid for the National Lottery. The company is run by Leon Black, who reportedly had ties to Epstein, who reportedly killed himself in prison in 2019. Black is stepping down as Apollo’s CEO this summer as a result of the connection to Epstein.
On Thursday, a State Representative proposed new legislature that would allow Michigan winners of multi-state games like Mega Millions and Powerball to remain anonymous when claiming a prize.Mega Millions, Powerball, Legislation, Michigan, Government, Multi-State Game, Anonymous
A bill that advocates for the creation of a state lottery was approved by the Hawaii Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, which means that the state is one step closer to potentially operating its own lottery.Legislation, Starting a Lottery, Government, Hawaii
A lottery and casino bill put forward by Alabama Senator Del Marsh was unanimously approved this morning to move on to the full State Senate for discussion.Legislation, Starting a Lottery, Alabama, Government
Tuesday’s Pick 3 Midday drawing for the South Carolina Lottery produced a record number of winners who will split a $3.5 million payout.South Carolina, Winning Ticket Announcement, Pick 3, Record
A Maryland woman is relishing her latest lottery win of $50,000, racking up her win count to four major prizes to-date.Winner Stories, Maryland, Scratch Games, Won multiple times
There have been several instances of players winning the lottery twice, but in an absolutely mindboggling happenstance, an Idaho woman is giving those winners a run for their money after securing two six-figure jackpots back-to-back in just two days.Winner Stories, Scratch Games, Idaho, Lucky, Won multiple times
A vending machine attendant who goes by the name “Spare Change” has just won $1 million from a scratch-off in the Maryland Lottery.Winner Stories, Maryland, Scratch Games
A man from Winnipeg, Canada could barely comprehend the lifechanging notion that he was the sole winner of the $60 million (US$46.77 million) Lotto Max jackpot from the Jan. 22 drawing and initially shook off the idea.Winner Stories, Jackpots, Western Canada, Canada, Canada Lotto Max, Multi-Province Game
The expiration date for an unclaimed Guaranteed Prize Lotto 6/49 ticket worth $1 million is fast approaching, giving the prospective winner just a little over one month to claim the big prize.Unclaimed Prize, British Columbia, Canada, Canada Lotto 6/49, Multi-Province Game
After a technical difficulty occurred during the evening Daily 3 drawing on Saturday, Jan. 30, the Hoosier Lottery held a secondary drawing.Indiana, Error, Pick 3, Drawing
There’s a player in Idaho whose luck refuses to run out after he played the lottery and won a large prize for the sixth time last week to the tune of $250,000, his largest prize yet.Winner Stories, Scratch Games, Idaho
A player from Virginia is glad she didn’t stop playing the lottery too early after she won $1 million from a scratch-off ticket that was supposed to be her last.Virginia, Winner Stories, Scratch Games
The Québec Lottery announced last week that they have just launched the first-ever lottery ticket printed on entirely recycled materials.Scientific Games, Announcement, General Interest, Quebec, Lottery Tickets
Two friends from Oregon who have shared a friendship for over 40 years are now sharing a $7.4 million Megabucks jackpot.Winner Stories, Jackpots, Oregon, Pool
Two lucky North Carolina residents are among the dozens of millionaires created by Mega Millions and Powerball drawings in the past week — under some rather unique circumstances.Mega Millions, Powerball, Winner Stories, North Carolina, Multi-State Game
In an unusual Powerball drawing Saturday, dozens of players won huge prizes, including a New Jersey player who won the $23.2 million jackpot.Powerball, New Jersey, Jackpots, Unusual, Winning Ticket Announcement, Multi-State Game
A Georgia man who won the top prize of a C8 Corvette in a scratch-off lottery game and previously had trouble claiming his prized car will get it sooner than expected, thanks to the stir his story caused.Georgia, Winner Stories, Unusual, Scratch Games
The New Hampshire Lottery has prevailed against the US Department of Justice when a federal court ruled Wednesday that the Wire Act does not apply to lotteries, cementing the legality of participating in the state lottery over the Internet.Legal, Online Gambling, Technology, New Hampshire, Online Ticket Sales, Government, Lawsuit