Aug. 30, 2013 – Daydreams across the nation are getting very exciting again, as the Powerball jackpot grew $50 million this week to sit at an estimated $142 million ahead of Saturday’s drawing.
Wednesday night’s drawing made a notably high number of big winners – 66 people managed to match four of the white balls and the red Powerball, claiming $10,000 second-prizes. 11 of those people added the PowerPlay option to their tickets and scored themselves four times the winnings for just an extra $1.
LotteryHUB is happy to announce that Windows Phone users can now get in on the Powerball action – we released our free mobile app for Windows this week! If you’re a Windows Phone user, be sure to check it out in the Windows Phone app store. Along with live Powerball drawings and numbers for all your favorite state lottery games, the LotteryHUB mobile app also features the most up-to-date lottery news, exclusive video content, and free games – you could win $500 with Play & Win!
In other news for lottery games, the popular Texas Lottery game “All or Nothing” made a triumphant return this week after it was discontinued in early June due to “design flaws”.
The Lottery says they’ve fixed a problem that was leading to higher-than-expected payouts to All or Nothing winners – which could have led to financial mix-ups for the Lottery – and is happy to be selling tickets for the unique game once again.
The Delaware Lottery this week took the first steps towards real-money, online casino games by launching free-to-play games through a Facebook app called “DoubleDown Casino”. The three casinos in Delaware featured a link to the app on their websites Wednesday.
Though Nevada began offering players internet poker in spring, Delaware’s online casino, which they say will launch in October, will be the first of its kind. The New Jersey Lottery is close behind in setting up its own online casino games, and both Delaware and New Jersey are confident they’ll sign online poker “compacts” with Nevada, which will allow players to sit at the same virtual tables.
We continued to see reports of intricate lottery scams roll in this week, including one in California where the scam artist impersonated an FBI agent on the phone, using the names of real County Sheriff’s office employees to bolster his claims.
Along with a scams asking Florida residents to buy Pre-Paid cards for so-called “lottery officials” to deposit a prize onto, and a poll in Maine showing lottery scams as the number two consumer complaint, the plethora of scam reports reminds us to always be on the lookout.
Remember: lottery officials will never ask you for personal information, or ask for any type of insurance or security fee before you claim your prize. If you bought a ticket and beat the odds, there aren’t any more hoops to jump through.
And finally, speaking of lottery scams, one New York man got word that a $5 million prize stolen from him in 2006 is now rightfully his, after the thief received a maximum sentence and the New York Lottery verified the seven-year-old winning ticket.
Robert Miles, from Syracuse, was awarded the life-changing sum this week after Andy Ashkar changed Miles’ life in 2006 by convincing him the ticket was worth a tenth of a percent of it’s actual value and swindling him out of the fortune.
LotteryHUB wants to wish you a happy Labor Day – enjoy the holiday, you deserve it! Hopefully the long weekend will give you time to triple-check those Powerball tickets, and maybe it’ll be the last Labor Day weekend that ends with you going back to work.
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 now Windows Phone.
As always – good luck!