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One Week Until Massachusetts Lottery Holiday Bonus

Dec. 26- There is one week remaining to purchase tickets for the Massachusetts Lottery Holiday Bonus 50/50 Raffle. The raffle, which began selling tickets on October 1, is coming to an end in one week. January 1 the winning ticket will be drawn to award one lucky player half the ticket sales. The Holiday Bonus tickets cost $10 each. Currently the prize amount sits at $346,255 for the player who get their lucky ticket drawn. From November 6 until December 25 the Lottery has chosen 40 players to take home a bonus $2,000 prize every Wednesday. Don’t worry though, if your ticket was a winner in the bonus drawing, it is still eligible for the final drawing held next week. Winners will have one year to claim their prize, and must be 18 or older to enter. Check back on January 1 to see if you have the winning ticket, and ring in the New Year a winner! For more upcoming games, promotions and events from the Massachusetts Lottery, go to their website or download the free LotteryHUB app for iOS, Android, and Windows. With exclusive videos, customized content, and live-stream Powerball drawings, LotteryHUB is your mobile lottery destination.    ...

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Massachusetts Waits to Meet Powerball Winner

Dec. 12, 2013 – Powerball players nationwide awoke this morning to news that Wednesday night’s drawing had produced two jackpot winners who will split the $122.9 million jackpot.  Each is entitled to a more than $61 million annuity prize. In Massachusetts, rumors have already begun to circulate as to the identity of Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot winner.  The Appletown Market in Sterling, Mass., about an hour northwest of Boston, was abuzz Thursday after word spread that the winning ticket was sold there. Sunny Patel, a co-owner of the Appletown Market, said he had heard speculation that the winning ticket was sold to a woman, but could not confirm. “Hopefully it is someone local,” Patel said, adding that he was excited for the winner.  The store will receive a $50,000 commission for selling the winning ticket, according to the Massachusetts Lottery Boston.com reported Thursday morning that an employee at the store said regular customers told her they knew who the winner was. “One of my customers [said] I know who won and.. it’s a girl,” Andrea Roche told reporter John Ellement.  She also said she was told the winner lives in Sterling. Whoever the winner may be, they have a full year to claim their half of the jackpot at the Lottery’s office in Braintree.  Should the winner choose a lump-sum instead of their half of the $61 million annuity, they’ll receive about $33 million before...

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Just Three Chances Left to Win a Holiday Bonus

Dec. 9, 2013 – Since early November, the Massachusetts Lottery has been handing out “holiday bonuses” to lucky players who picked up their Super 50/50 Raffle tickets early. Twenty-five winners have already been awarded the $2,000 Holiday Bonus prizes with plenty of time left for holiday shopping.  Now, with just over a month left for Mass. Lottery players to get in on the action, only 15 of the Lottery’s Holiday Bonus prizes remain For those players who haven’t gotten in on the game just yet, the Holiday Bonus drawings are held every Wednesday, through Christmas Day. That’s right, for the serious last-minute shopper, the Lottery will be awarding the final five of these $2,000 prizes on Christmas Day, which is sure to make the holiday a little sweeter for five lucky winners. All of the Holiday Bonus winners are still eligible to win the jackpot on the Mass. Lottery’s Super 50/50 Raffle.  The final drawing will decide the winner of half the money brought in through ticket sales (hence the 50/50 Raffle). Each ticket costs $10, and have been on sale since October 1.  In that time, nearly $400,000 worth of tickets have been sold, so the jackpot prize is worth more than $194,000 as of today.  (Keep track of the jackpot amount here). That number is sure to go up as the Jan. 1 drawing approaches, though, so be sure to get your tickets early.  If you act now, you’ll still have three chances left to win an extra $2,000 through the Holiday Bonus drawings. Why not increase your chances a bit?  You can’t win if you don’t...

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Play the Holiday Bonus 50/50 Raffle With the Massachusetts Lottery

Beginning Oct. 1, you can enter the Massachusetts Lottery Holiday Bonus 50/50 raffle for a chance to win 50% of all the raffle sales. Tickets for the Massachusetts Lottery Holiday Bonus Raffle are $10 each, and if you win you will receive half of the ticket sales. This means that if 100 tickets are sold, you will win the sales from half of the tickets, totaling $500. Sales for the Holiday Bonus Raffle begin on Oct. 1 2013 and tickets are available through Dec. 31 2013. The drawing for the grand prize winner will be Jan. 1, 2014. To play, go to your nearest lottery retailer beginning Oct. 1 and purchase a $10 Holiday Bonus 50/50 Raffle ticket. Tickets will be given in numerical order beginning with the first ticket sold and continuing through Dec. 31 2013. There is not a set number of tickets available, and probability of winning depends on the number of tickets sold. If you play the Holiday Bonus Raffle, you will also be entered to win Holiday Bonus Wednesday drawings. The Holiday Bonus Wednesdays begin Nov. 6 through Dec. 31, with five winners each week. To play, you must purchase a $10 ticket for the Holiday Bonus Raffle. Holiday Bonus Wednesdays will draw five raffle numbers each week to win $2,000. If your number is drawn for a Holiday Bonus Wednesday drawing, you are still entered into following Wednesday drawings and the final Holiday Bonus Raffle. Get your tickets early for the chance to win with the Massachusetts Lottery. All selected winners will have one year to claim their prize from the Massachusetts Lottery offices. You must 18 years or older to play with the Massachusetts Lottery. For more upcoming games, promotions and events form the Massachusetts Lottery, go to their website or download the free LotteryHUB app for iOS, Android, and Windows. With exclusive videos, customized content, and live-stream Powerball drawings, LotteryHUB is your mobile lottery destination.   Photo Credit: Randy Heintz.  Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Generic 2.0...

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Massachusetts Lottery Exceeds Profit Projections

July 30, 2013 – The Massachusetts Lottery announced today that it had exceeded its own profit expectations for the fiscal year that ended June 30, though its total came up about $30 million short of the record achieved last year. In a press release, the Lottery said it made a profit of $952 million this year, exceeding start-of-year projections by $25 million. All proceeds from the Lottery are returned to the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts as “unrestricted aid”, which means that local legislators can decide where Lottery funding is most needed and best applied in their area. You can read more about where the money goes and why, as well as how Lottery funds were used, on this webpage detailing the “unrestricted aid” the Lottery provides for Massachusetts. Sales for Fiscal Year 2013 totaled more than $4.8 billion, exceeding last year’s sales of $4.72 billion by more than $100 million.  This year’s sales were the highest in the Lottery’s 41-year history. According to the Lottery’s executive director, Paul Sternburg, the past year also marked a record for prize payouts, with winner’s collecting more than $3.5 billion in prizes.  Retailers were able to collect a total of $276 million in commission and bonuses as well. Higher prize payouts were cited as the reason for the $30 million profit drop from last year, despite the extra $100 million or so in sales. “We are extremely proud to post another banner year and maximize the return to the Commonwealth’s cities and towns,” Sternburg said. The Lottery’s treasurer and chairman, Steven Grossman, said that news of the surplus profit is “about much more than numbers on a ledger.” Grossman pointed to expanded game offerings and innovative promotions, as well as a “newly professionalized staff”, as main reasons for the past two years’ success. “This robust profit will fuel important local priorities such as roads and bridges, firefighters and police officers, and services for seniors throughout Massachusetts,” Grossman said....

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Massachusetts couple almost throws away $1 million

After forgetting to get it out of their grocery bag, a Massachusetts couple almost throws away scratch-off ticket worth $1 million. Everyone has done it. Throws something into the trash only to go digging through bags of garbage to find the one thing they need. One Massachusetts couple experienced this same thing. What did they end up needing? A Massachusetts Lottery scratch-off worth $1 million. Joseph and Joanne Zagami bought a $5 Massachusetts Lottery scratch-off while grocery shopping. After arriving home, the ticket got lost in their grocery bags and ended up in the trash. The next day they went digging for the ticket they had inadvertently put in the trash. Good thing hey did, because their ticket ended up winning them $1 million. The North Attleborough couple chose a one time payment, receiving $650,000. They plan to use the money to pay bills and take a much needed vacation. To avoid having to dig through your trash, we suggest keeping track of all lottery tickets by writing your name on the back, just in case. We recommend recycling all old scratch-off tickets. Whether you put them in your recycle receptacle or see if they are part of a second chance drawing, it’s always better to...

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