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Powerball Jackpot Rolls

Jackpot Rolls Over: Nov. 12, 2015 – Nobody was able to match all six numbers in Wednesday’s Powerball drawing, so the jackpot prize rolled over again, reaching an estimated $60 million for Saturday night’s drawing. The winning Powerball numbers were 4, 26, 32, 55, 64 and the Powerball was 18.  The Power Play Multiplier drawn Wednesday night was 3x, so winning tickets with the Power Play option added are worth three times their normal prize value. Ten players matched four of the white balls and the Powerball to win third prizes Wednesday night, those three winners will each receive $10,000 prizes. Overall, more than 317 thousand Powerball players became winners Wednesday night, scoring more than $1.9 million in prize money. The next drawing will be held Saturday night at 10 p.m., and the estimated $60 million annuity jackpot carries with it a $36.7 million cash value. Click here to see how late you can buy Powerball tickets in your...

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Dream Wins Waiter Half of Euro Millions Prize

July 17, 2014 – In what was surely a strange case for all involved, a judge in York, England this week awarded half of a million-pound Euro Millions win to a waiter who dreamed of the big win. Faith Ozcan said he dreamt of holding a bundle of cash while his boss stood in front of him.  The dream – or premonition – was enough to convince Ozcan that he and his boss had to play the Euro Millions Lottery the next day. Ozcan said he “pestered” his boss, Hayati Kucokkoylu, until Kucokkoylu agreed to play the lottery with Ozcan. Ozcan then went to a supermarket nearby and bought the ticket.  However, once the ticket won a million-pound prize, Kucokkoylu claimed the prize all for himself, reasoning that it was his win, since money from the restaurant’s cash register paid for the ticket. That reasoning didn’t hold up in court. Judge Mark Gosnell ruled that while Kucokkoylu’s cash may have paid for the ticket, it was Ozcan’s dream – and subsequent “pestering” – that convinced the two to play together. In that way, Gosnell reasoned the pair had entered into the lottery together, and Ozcan had as much a right to the winnings as Kucokkoylu. “Mr. Ozcan is a strong believer in the power of dreams and interpreted this to mean that he and Mr. Kucokkoylu would win the lottery,” Gosnell said. “I cannot see why he would be so determined to make his employer play if he was not directly to benefit,” Gosnell said.  “Mr. Ozcan pestered his boss into playing the lottery with him… they contributed equally to the purchase price of the...

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As US Lotteries Change, Australian Tattersalls Group Stands as an Example

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 14, 2014 – For over 130 years, Tattersall’s – now Tatts Group Limited – has run games of chance for Australians.  That legacy dwarfs the 60-odd years that legal lotteries have operated in the United States; Tatts’ history could hold many lessons for the U.S. lottery industry as internet gaming proliferates and private operators express interest in state lotteries. Tatts Group’s Chief Operating Officer of Lotteries, Bill Thorburn, told LotteryHUB that “There’s a long, long history of lotteries in Australia, and I think a well-established community view that lotteries in Australia are an acceptable low-risk form of entertainment.” Particularly as some U.S. States weigh the option of selling government-run lotteries to private operators, Tatts Group’s success returning revenues to governments as a private operator can provide a ‘down-the-road’ type of context for opponents and supporters of privatization alike. The history of Tattersall’s is by now a piece of Australia’s cultural heritage. Even the company’s name speaks to that fact; from the Tattersall’s Hotel in Sydney, George Adams ran his first ever public “sweeps”, issuing tickets with prizes based on the results of the 1881 Sydney Cup horse race. Tatts Group owns, or has operating rights over lotteries in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and Northern Territory. Just one of the nation’s major lotteries, Lotterywest in Western Australia, lies outside of the Tatts umbrella, remaining under government ownership and operation. Tatts Lotteries, as the lotteries operating division is known, is undoubtedly the nation’s largest operator. That designation was earned over the past six years or so, a period of rapid growth set off by the company’s 2007 acquisition of Golden Casket, the Queensland state lottery. Since that deal, in which Tatts Group acquired a 65-year operating license from the Queensland government for AUS $530 million, Thorburn says that “governments [are] recognizing, perhaps, that their best role in relation to lotteries is to regulate, set the social policy agenda and collect tax, rather than being directly...

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National Lottery’s Lotto Price Hike Takes Effect Oct. 5

Oct. 4, 2013 – The controversial price hike from £1 – £2 on the National Lottery’s Lotto game go into effect for Saturday’s drawing, which will also feature the Lotto Raffle – a brand new element for the nearly 20-year-old game. Saturday, Oct. 5, and the following Saturday, Oct. 12, will both be special “launch” nights for the new Lotto, offering players a shot at a £10 million jackpot. To introduce the new Lotto Raffle, the National Lottery is guaranteeing 1,000 Raffle winners who will each win £20,000 – a total of £20 million in raffle prizes in each of the two launch drawings! The price hike is also allowing the National Lottery to offer higher prizes for matching numbers in the Lotto drawing.  “New” Lotto will be paying out £25 to any player who is able to match just 3 numbers – more than twice the previous £10 payout. More smaller prizes means more winners, and the National Lottery says that the jump in price from £1 to £2 is allowing them to offer twice the prize money on each drawing. While prize amounts for matching more numbers have actually decreased – the most noticeable drop is a 50 percent slash to the prize for matching 5-out-of-6 with the Bonus ball – the new Lotto Raffle has guaranteed payouts of £20,000 each drawing. There are 50 initial guaranteed prizes, and with each rollover, the number of guaranteed Raffle prizes the Lottery will hand out increases by 50. Despite the new game, the increase in smaller prizes, and the increase in the value of the jackpot, the doubling of a ticket’s price has caused controversy – even outrage – since it was announced earlier this year. A study from independent research group Survation found that nearly 70 percent of National Lottery players – even those who played most often – said they would be less likely to buy a ticket after the price hikes took effect. Even more of the players polled said they thought it was unfair for Camelot, the company...

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Johnson County police warn of lottery scam

The police in Johnson County, IN are warning residents of a lottery scam asking people to deposit a large check into a banking account. The Johnson County police are warning residents that they have received complaints about letters from a supposed lottery affiliate. The letters are addressed from a company in the United Kingdom, the World International Consumers Sweepstakes. The letters claim that residents were entered by using a credit or debit card at companies such as Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Sears, Costco, Staples, Home Depot, Lowes, and Best Buy. The letter includes a check for $3,750 to be deposited into the victims account. Once it is deposited, the letter claims they will receive a $150,000 prize. These letters are not from an affiliate of any lottery in either Indiana or the United Kingdom. No state or international lotteries will enter anyone into contests without their knowledge. State and International lotteries do not ask residents to claim any prizes through their bank. In order to claim a prize of any amount, you must go to a lottery retailer or the nearest lottery office. Anything claiming you can receive a prize in any other way is not affiliated with any lotteries. Johnson County police are urging anyone who receives a similar letter call the Sheriff’s Department at 317-736-9155. Remember to play safe when playing the lottery or any form of gambling. If you suspect anything of being a scam, contact your local lottery for more information on current scams, and to make sure you do not put yourself or your money at...

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Slovakia Battling Tax Evasion With Receipt Lottery

Aug. 27, 2013 – Starting in September, every purchase made in Slovakia could be worth up to €10,000 or could even score the buyer a new car. That’s because the Slovakian government has decided to launch a lottery, and every receipt printed in Slovakian businesses will double as a lottery ticket. Slovakian Finance Minister Peter Kazmir said that the lottery initiative will help the government battle tax evasion by Slovakian businesses. “We want to give people an incentive to request a receipt every time they make a purchase and help prevent tax evasion,” Kazmir said. Businesses that don’t print receipts for their customers can avoid paying value-added taxes to the government.  In Slovakia, there is a 10 percent tax on books and medicine, and a 20 percent tax on everything else. The Slovakian finance ministry told SBS.com that they estimated un-reported sales account for €150 million in lost tax revenue each year. Receipt lotteries are already in place in Taiwan and Malta.  Much like those lotteries, the Slovakian receipt lottery will require consumers to register serial numbers with the government to enter into twice-monthly drawings. 10 winners will be chosen in each drawing, with top prizes of €10,000 and smaller cash prizes and new cars up for grabs as...

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