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NY Man wins $10 Million on Extra Ticket

Feb. 26, 2014 – A convenience store clerk handed over eight scratch-offs when Jerry Kajfasz paid for seven tickets on Jan. 18.  Kajfasz handed back the extra ticket, but after winning $25 on the first seven, he decided he’d spend his winnings on that extra ticket after all. That turned out to be a great decision, as Kajfasz scored the top prize on the New York Lottery’s $20 Win for Life Spectacular ticket.  The prize has a guaranteed minimum of $10 million – $10,000 a week for life. The fifty-three year old said in during a press conference Tuesday that he was shocked when he revealed the word “life,” signaling that he’d won the top prize. “I just sat there and couldn’t believe it,” he said.  “I probably looked over the ticket half a dozen times.” After having his ticket validated and leaving the store, Kajfasz called his children and told them: “Come over as soon as possible.  I have some champagne.” The family decided to put the winnings under Frank Kajfasz’ name, Jerry’s son, so that the Kajfasz children can continue to collect any winnings should their father pass away before the payout period ends. Kajfasz decided to receive 86 percent for himself and his wife, and his son and daughter will each receive 7 percent of the winnings.  Before taxes, Jerry and his wife will receive about $450,000 per year and the Kajfasz children will each receive about $37,000 per year. Kajfasz told media present at Tuesday’s press conference, held inside the Depew One Stop store where the winning ticket was purchased, that he planned to take care of his family with his newfound wealth, starting with a promised trip to Poland so his mother can visit family. He’ll also be taking care of himself; just as every lottery player dreams of doing, Kajfasz retired from his printing job shortly after the big win....

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Powerball’s Ultimate Tailgate Winners Chosen

The 200 winners of the Ultimate Tailgate Party Powerball Second Chance promotion have been chosen. Eighteen states participated in the event, which allowed non-winning Powerball tickets to be entered into the second chance promotion. The 200 winners will each bring three guests with them to Cleveland, Ohio in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the NFL Hall of Fame. These lucky winners will get free airfare to Cleveland, four night deluxe room hotel accommodations, and $500 spending cash. Sounds awesome doesn’t it? But that’s not it! On May 2, once winners arrive in Cleveland, they will get admission into the Hall of Fame Ultimate Tailgate private party event.  Here they have the chance to hang out with Hall of Famers and compete for even more prizes, with winnings up to one million dollars. On May3-4 winners have tickets to The Hall of Fame Fan Festival. While at the festival they will have the chance to mingle with other NFL enthusiasts and check out some awesome Hall of Fame gear. If you entered your tickets make sure to check your state’s lottery page, because you could be a winner! The 18 lotteries participating in the Ultimate Tailgate promotion are: Florida Indiana – Hoosier Lottery Iowa Kansas Kentucky Nebraska New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina Ohio Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Dakota Tennessee Vermont West...

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Play Multi-State Monopoly Collect and Win Game

Feb. 11, 2014 – Players in five states can play one of the most recognizable and popular games ever made, Monopoly, for a chance to win big cash prizes or even a progressive jackpot. The Monopoly Collect and Win second chance promotion is being offered by the state lotteries in New York, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Arizona.  Players in each state can find the Monopoly Jackpot scratch-off tickets in any lottery retailer. Each state’s Monopoly Jackpot ticket offers a different top prize, but the tickets cost $5 to play in each state.  Players with non-winning Monopoly Jackpot tickets can enter into the multi-state second chance promotion. Just like the classic board game, Monopoly Jackpot second chance players want to collect properties for a chance to collect some cash.  Entering a non-winning Monopoly Jackpot ticket will earn players five rolls of the dice in the virtual version of Monopoly. Players try to land on “property spaces” as they make their way around the virtual game board.  These include railroad spaces, properties, and utilities spaces. When players land on one of these properties they “collect” the property, and collecting a complete set of properties, i.e. three of the same color, all of the railroads, etc., will earn players a spin of the “Bonus Wheel”. The Monopoly Collect and Win Bonus Wheel will award players with either an entry into the monthly jackpot drawing or an instant cash prize called a “Property Jackpot.”  Property Jackpots range from $25 to $2,500. Depending on which properties players have collected, they’ll win a different amount of entries into the monthly jackpot drawing or a different cash prize.  For example, players who collect all four railroad properties can win four to eight entries into the jackpot drawing or a $100 cash prize. The monthly jackpot prize is a progressive jackpot, and grows with every purchase of one of the $5 Monopoly Jackpot scratch-off tickets. Each month, the prize will start its climb from $2,500, but players who hit the monthly jackpot...

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Time is Running Out on Ultimate Tailgate Promotion

Feb. 4, 2014 – For Powerball players in some states, the entry period has already closed for Powerball’s Ultimate Tailgate promotion.  For others, there are just days left to enter non-winning Powerball tickets into the contest for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Two hundred contest winners from the 18 states participating in the Ultimate Tailgate promotion will descend on Cleveland, Ohio to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame with Hall of Fame players. The Hall of Fame Fan Festival will be open Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, and anyone who buys a ticket can attend.  Only the Ultimate Tailgate winners will be able to get to know some of the 100 Hall of Famers who will be in attendance though. Friday, May 2, before the Fan Festival begins, each of the 200 winners and their guests will have dinner with a Pro Football Hall of Famer, kicking off the Ultimate Tailgate party the right way – with food. After dinner, winners and their guests will team up with another Pro Football icon and compete against other contest winners and football greats in an Ultimate Tailgate tournament of classic tailgating games. The Ultimate Tailgate promotion is one even the casual Powerball player shouldn’t miss, and with the Powerball jackpot sitting at $215 million right now, buying a ticket and entering the contest is a two-for-one deal on life-changing opportunities. To enter, players must purchase $10 or more on a single Powerball ticket.  Non-winning tickets can then be entered into the promotion through each participating state lottery. The 18 lotteries participating in the Ultimate Tailgate promotion are: Florida Indiana – Hoosier Lottery Iowa Kansas Kentucky Nebraska New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina Ohio Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Dakota Tennessee Vermont West Virginia...

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Singing Contest Reminding Players of New York Lottery Mission

Jan. 27, 2014 – There’s a new television commercial playing on New York airwaves.  Customers buy lottery tickets and are then treated to a surprise serenade by the people their money helps – students in New York public schools. The new commercial is meant to remind players of the New York Lottery’s central goal: raising money for education in the state.  The New York Lottery provided more than $3 billion in the last fiscal year, and has contributed nearly $50 billion since it started in 1967. Along with the advertising campaign calling attention to all that the Lottery does for education, they’ve also added a bit of fun for students. Students from around the state are welcome to compete in a singing competition called “New York Sings.”  Each contestant will videotape themselves singing “Thank You For Being a Friend,” the song featured on the new Lottery commercials. Director of the Division of Lottery in New York, Gardner Gurney, said that the contest is “just another way the New York Lottery can give back to schools in our state.” Five finalists will be chosen from all the submissions and posted on the New York Lottery’s Facebook page.  Then, New York Lottery fans will vote to decide the top three. The students will be competing for one of three prizes that will support the music program at their school.  The top prize is worth $10,000, the second prize is worth $5,000, and the third prize is worth $2,500....

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22 New Yorkers Claim Shared Mega Millions Prize

Jan. 24, 2014 – Sometime between Dec. 13 and Thursday, a company called 12 Checks Short, LLC, opened a bank account with the Syracuse Fire Department Federal Credit Union. Sometime in the next week, $661,800 will be wired into the account, and the company will be dismantled in the weeks following that deposit. Far from a shady shell company, though, this is the path that a $1 million Mega Millions prize will have to take to be divided between the 22 Syracuse city workers who won the second prize on the Dec. 13 drawing. According to a story by Syracuse.com’s Tim Knauss, the New York Lottery can only split Lottery prizes 10 ways, “12 Checks Short” of the number needed to get everyone in the winning group their share. That 10-check limit is why Ray Wills, the leader of the Mega Millions pool and an engineering technician, had to create the company with the help of a lawyer. The group of 22 collected their $1 million prize from the New York Lottery Thursday.  After taxes, the group will split the $661,800 deposited into 12 Checks Short’s bank account, each receiving about $30,000. During a press conference Thursday, the group said they only buy tickets when the jackpot climbs to incredible heights. Each member of the group pitched in $5 for the Dec 13 drawing, some even throwing an extra $5 for group members who weren’t at work that day. The night they matched five out of six numbers drawn, the Mega Millions jackpot was worth $425 million, and would keep growing to $648 million before it was split by winners in California and Georgia. While they didn’t win the jackpot that night, the $110 the group spent won them more than 9,000 times that investment, and each of their $5 turned into 6,000 times that in their pockets....

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