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Massachusetts Lottery Archives - LotteryHUB News

Mass Lottery Keno Promo Begins Today

Nov. 26, 2014 – The Massachusetts Lottery is giving Keno players in the state a chance to win $2,014 to celebrate the end of the year. Beginning today, Nov. 26, every Keno ticket purchased in Massachusetts will offer players a second chance to win.  The promotion closes Saturday, Nov. 29, and winners will be named Monday, Dec. 1. Twenty winners will be named next Monday and each will receive the $2,014 prize.  To find out if they’ve won, players will need to hang onto any Keno tickets they buy between today and Saturday. On Monday after 1 p.m., the Lottery will post 20 serial numbers chosen at random from all of the tickets sold during the promotion. Even if players don’t score the end-of-year prize, the Mass Lottery’s Keno games have a lot to offer.  With Keno and Keno To Go, players can win anywhere from $2.50 to $1 million. And with Keno Bonus, players have the opportunity to multiply their winnings by 3, 4, 5 or 10 times. The Mass Lottery’s Keno drawings are held about every four minutes, so players will have plenty of opportunities to enter into this week’s $2,014...

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Mass. Man Wins Double Lucky for Life Prizes

Oct. 28, 2014 – Kenneth Stokes is the luckiest guy in Norwood, Mass. this week after he picked up not one but two Lucky For Life second prizes last week. On Monday, Oct. 20, Stokes played his regular Lucky for Life numbers, all six representing a birthday for one of his family members. What Stokes forgot was that his family had recently bought him Massachusetts Lottery season tickets with the exact same numbers as those on his fresh new ticket. Tuesday morning, he got a surprising phone call from the Massachusetts Lottery, telling him that his season ticket for Lucky for Life had matched the first five numbers drawn Oct. 20 – Stokes won $25,000 a year for a guaranteed minimum 20 years! While the Lottery’s representative spoke with Stokes, they mentioned that by some coincidence there had been another lucky $25,000-per-year winner in Norwood for that drawing. It wasn’t until after Stokes hung up the phone that he realized just how lucky he was – that second winner was him. According to a Mass Lottery press release, Stokes immediately called back to inform the Lottery rep of his good luck, and claimed his prizes a few days later on Thursday, Oct. 23. Stokes chose the cash option for both of his Lucky for Life second prizes, each worth $390,000 before taxes.  He told the Mass Lottery that he’d be taking the family on a vacation – a nice “thank you” for the season ticket that won half the prize – and the remaining money would help him pay his son’s college tuition and pay off his daughter’s...

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Mass. Lottery Changing Drawing Times for 3 Games

Oct. 13, 2014 – The Massachusetts Lottery announced Friday that drawing times for two draw-style games and Keno – a draw-style terminal game – would be changing at the end of October. The Numbers Game and Mass Cash are the two draw games to have their schedules changed. Drawings for The Numbers Game are held seven days a week, and only one day will see a change in schedule.  Sunday’s evening drawings will be moved an hour later, from 6:57 p.m. to 7:57 p.m. Because of the hour change in drawing time, players will be able to place bets on the game for another hour as well; ticket sales will now close at 7:45 p.m. Mass Cash, also drawn seven days a week, will move every drawing back an hour from the normal 10 p.m. drawing.  That means that every Mass Cash drawing will now be held at 11 p.m., and ticket sales for the game will remain open until 9:45. Finally, Keno players will be able to place bets earlier on Sundays; the Massachusetts Lottery says Sunday drawings will now begin at 10 a.m., two hours earlier than the current noon starting time. During the rest of the week, the first drawing will remain at 5:04 a.m., and drawings will still take place about every four minutes between 5:04 a.m. and 1:00...

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Happy Hockey Season

Oct. 8, 2014 – Tonight marks the official beginning of hockey season; pucks will drop between eight different teams and hockey fans everywhere (like myself) will rejoice. This also means that those state lotteries who partner with local hockey teams will be getting in on the action as well. Just as they do for football, basketball and baseball teams, state lotteries will be offering players chances to win tickets, merchandise and even score some cash during games. The Massachusetts Lottery has the coolest prizes for hockey fans so far – in a second chance promotion for the new Boston Bruins scratch-off, five winners will win their way onto the ice in the On Ice Challenge. That prize also comes with tickets to several games, jerseys, a ride on the Zamboni, and even some time to hang out with Bruins players before the games. In the same second-chance promotion, lottery players can win retired-jersey banners that are autographed by the players they honor! OK, you can’t win the actual banners you’d find in the Bruins stadium, but you can win 3-foot circular banners for your fan-cave, which is still very cool. Massachusetts may be the first to announce their contest, but don’t think they’ll be the only lottery offering awesome prize packs. The Pennsylvania Lottery says they’ll be giving away hockey and basketball tickets in a Fall Ticket Giveaway later this season. Last year, four lottery players – two Flyers fans and two Penguins fans – won game tickets and VIP experiences before the game. Blackhawks fans might see a promotion from the Illinois Lottery again this year; last season, after the Blackhawks won their second Stanley Cup, the Illinois Lottery gave away 500 authentic Blackhawks jerseys to celebrate. Be sure to check LotteryHUB News for updates on all the hockey promotions to come, we’ll have all the details for you once promotions are announced. Until then, happy hockey season....

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New England Patriots Scratch-off Launches in Mass.

Aug. 26, 2014 – The Massachusetts Lottery today launched a brand new instant game, 2014 New England Patriots, within their family of Patriots-themed scratch-offs. The new ticket costs $5, and according to the Massachusetts Lottery offers more than $46 million in cash prizes.  There are seven top prizes waiting to be won, each worth $250,000, along with more than 2.8 million other cash prizes between $5 and $4,000. The new Patriots game is a simple numbers-matching game.  To win, players must match any of their winning numbers to any of the 12 numbers hidden underneath the New England Patriots logo. Not every ticket can be a winner, but with this Patriots ticket, everyone can get a second chance.  Through a special promotion, Massachusetts Lottery players can enter their non-winning 2014 New England Patriots tickets for a chance to win incredible Patriots experiences. The Lottery will hold five second-chance drawings, and nearly 150 players will win a prize in each drawing, for a total of 735 winners over the course of the second chance promotion. The top prize in the Lottery’s promotional drawings, which only five lucky people will win, is an away-game ticket package like no other: winners will score two tickets to away games in Miami for the next 10 years! The Lottery will provide the winner and one lucky guest of their choosing with first-class airfare to and from Miami, where they’ll stay in the very same hotel as the New England Patriots for two nights. Obviously the winner will get tickets to the game, and they’ll also receive a $1,000 cash prize.  Altogether, the Massachusetts Lottery estimates the big prize is worth more than $144,000. Players can also win four Super Suite tickets to a home game, along with $1,000 cash, free parking and food and beverage vouchers; 16 winners will win the Super Suite experience in each drawing. 30 winners will be chosen in each drawing to win Chalk Talk passes, where they’ll learn how the Patriots prepare for each week’s...

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Mass. Lucky For Life Prizes Could Go Unclaimed

Aug. 21, 2014 – Two big cash prizes could go from lucky to lost if the winners don’t come forward soon. It’s been almost a year since two Massachusetts players won big on Lucky for Life, a draw game offered by the New England state lotteries. One of the prizes is worth $25,000; the winning ticket matched all five white numbers drawn in the Aug. 29, 2013 drawing, but missed the “Lucky Ball.” Those winning numbers were 2, 5, 18, 13, 22, and the Lucky Ball was 20.  The big winner bought their ticket at the Foster’s Supermarket in Greenfield. That $25,000 second prize was one of the last won before changes were made to Lucky for Life’s payout structure.  A part of those changes made the game’s second prize a little bit sweeter, increasing it from a single $25,000 prize to a prize worth $25,000 each year for the winner’s lifetime. The second of the Massachusetts prizes set to expire was one of the first of the new-and-improved second prizes to be won.  If the winner fails to cash in their ticket, they’ll miss out on $25,000 each year for life. That ticket matched all five white numbers in the Sept. 26, 2013 drawing.  That night’s winning numbers were 3, 7, 12, 23, 28 and the Lucky Ball was 30. The second-prize winner picked up their lucky ticket at a Circle K store in Whately last September. Hopefully both Lucky for Life winners will be able to claim their prize, but if they don’t make it in time, it’s not all bad. Lottery prizes go unclaimed every day, and in Massachusetts, unclaimed prize money is deposited back into the State’s general fund.  In a way, everyone wins when a big prize goes unclaimed....

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