Aug. 23, 2013 – Well, the wait is over – and not just for the weekend to roll around again. The third and final winner of the Aug. 7, $448 million Powerball jackpot finally came forward today, more than a week after his New Jersey counterparts, “Ocean’s 16,” and two weeks slower than Paul White, from Minnesota.
The second New Jersey winner is Mario Scarnici, of Monmouth Junction, N.J. Scarnici, like White and the 16 auto workers from Ocean County, N.J. chose the cash option for his third of the $448 million jackpot. After taxes are withheld, Scarnici will receive about $61 million from the New Jersey Lottery.
While all the attention has been focused on the three big winners, the Powerball jackpot has been creeping back up towards the $100 million mark, just waiting to set off another jackpot frenzy. Ahead of Saturday’s drawing, the Powerball jackpot sits at $92 million. If it isn’t won tomorrow, it’s safe to say we’ll be talking triple digits come Sunday.
In other news this week, lottery officials said that there has been a rise in the number of lottery scams attempting to swindle lottery players. While some are recognizable, even old-fashioned (and poorly written) e-mail scams, others have employed official state seals and even the names of real lottery officials in their schemes.
Lotteries all across the country operate on the same basic set of rules regarding your personal information – they won’t ask for it unless you’re standing in a claims office with a winning ticket!
The only time a real lottery will contact you is if you’ve entered into a second-chance promotion or sweepstakes and won. However, they’ll either call or email you and tell you to come into a claims center to verify your identification.
And the easiest way to spot a scam is if they ask for any type of fee before you receive your prize. The only time you’ll be asked for money by the Lottery is when you buy a ticket, definitely not after you’ve won.
As fall grows ever nearer, everyone is looking for that last bit of summer fun before it’s time to break out the sweaters and pack in the swimsuits. Some state lotteries are looking to help you have that last summer blowout, and want you to head to your state fair to enjoy food, entertainment, and all the things that make your state special.
In Maryland, livestock shows, horse races, and national-act entertainment will help round out the “12 Best Days of Summer,” along with family-friendly events, a 2-story Budweiser bar featuring local music and a mechanical bull, and no state fair would be complete without lots of fried goodies and sweet treats.
The Minnesota Lottery is also helping wrap up summer at the Minnesota state fair, where they’ll be giving out scratch-offs on a stick. You’ll also find a rodeo, daily parades, and top entertainers at the 154th annual Minnesota State Fair.
Congratulations this week go out to Chayzee Smith, who says he’s excited to “create memories for Hoosiers” as the Hoosier Lottery’s new Hometown Host. Chayzee won the Lottery’s Hometown Host competition after auditioning in front of a live audience and a panel of local celebrity judges at the Indiana State Fair last Friday. He’ll be the face of the Daily 3 and Daily 4 nightly drawings when they return to FOX59 this fall.
And, finally, our deepest condolences to the family of Roger Jones, the Idaho Lottery, and the state of Idaho. Jones, who was chairman of the Idaho Lottery Commission passed away Tuesday at his home on his Carmela Vineyard and Winery. He was 75.
“I have lost a friend, the Idaho Lottery has lost one of its strongest advocates, and Idaho has lost a unique personal treasure with the passing of Roger Jones,” said Jeff Anderson, Idaho Lottery director. “His leadership was exemplary and he was the embodiment of the true Idaho pioneering spirit.”
A service in his honor will be held Monday morning.
Thank you for catching up with us here on the LotteryHUB Weekly Review. Don’t forget to get your Powerball tickets before your state stops selling them tomorrow night, and as always, you can watch the drawing live, no matter where you are, with the LotteryHUB Mobile app. Download it for Apple iOS or Android, and good luck!