Oct. 4, 2013 – This week was an exciting one for Mega Millions players, as word of a jackpot winner from Tuesday night’s drawing was released. By Wednesday morning, it was determined that one ticket sold in Severn, Md. can claim the massive $189 million annuity prize, or the $129.7 million cash prize.
Excitement over the Powerball jackpot is growing along with the estimated value, which is rapidly approaching the triple-digit mark after rolling over to an estimated $86 million annuity Wednesday night, where it sits ahead of Saturday night’s drawing.
As fall asserts itself into daily life, Halloween decorations, themes, and, yes, candy are all back in style. This is just as true for Lottery games, and it seems that every state is getting ready for the spook-tastic holiday with zombie-themed scratch-offs or Halloween Raffles.
When it comes to raffles, there’s none bigger than the multi-state effort between Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Oklahoma. In most of the participating states, the $10 game has taken on a Halloween theme, and on top of the two guaranteed $1 million prizes, there are some interesting things to be won through each state’s iteration of the game.
Congratulations are in order for the Iowa Lottery, whose Game Book won Best New Instant Game at an industry conference in Rhode Island this week. Iowa Lottery players went crazy over the $20 Game Book, which combined eight games into a six page booklet. The two-year supply that the Iowa Lottery originally ordered sold out in just four months!
Overseas, the UK National Lottery, which is operated by the private company Camelot, put price increases into effect for the first drawing of “New” Lotto tomorrow. The increase in price from £1 to £2 is allowing them to offer twice the prize money on each drawing, but has also caused controversy and backlash from players who feel alienated by the decision.
Finally this week, in LotteryHUB News news, we were able to release a feature story which we’ve been very excited to offer our readers. A few weeks ago, we spoke with Rebecca Hargrove, the President and CEO of the Tennessee Education Lottery who also started the Florida and Georgia state lotteries.
Rebecca truly is the “Queen of the Lottery,” as she’s been portrayed in other feature stories, and we were very excited to hear her story – a rise to fame if ever there was – and pick her brain about the present and future of the Lottery industry.
As always, don’t forget to buy your tickets for tonight’s Mega Millions drawing and tomorrow’s Powerball drawing before sales cut off.