Friday, April 27, 2012

3 New Games from NC Education Lotto Launched

Lotto gaming in North Carolina has become more exciting with the launch of three new games courtesy of the NC Education Lottery. The games which take on different rules and prizes were launched Tuesday. The first of the three is named the Three Stooges Lotto which takes up six top winnings of $20,000 and additional instant prizes. Super Lucky 7’s is a $5 game which have prizes that range from $20 to $500 with winning odds of one in 3.94.  Match and Win which costs $3 to play has six top prizes of  $50,000 and instant winnings of up to $20.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lotto Anonymity- A Privilege According to Lotto Officials

Last month’s $656 Million lottery winnings has dragged out a anonymity discussion among states as Maryland and Kansas are among a few (six to be exact) that allow their winners to remain anonymous, and this is exactly what the winners from the state had done. For those who aren’t in Maryland, Delaware, Michigan, North Dakota and Ohio, lotto officials view winner names as public information, therefore announcing them to everyone. Officials for the lottery however state that since the game is run with public funds all disclosure laws apply as to any system that is maintained by governments. "People like to see the people who are actually winning," said Katy Smith, a spokeswoman from the Oklahoma Lottery. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

US Efforts on Jamaican Lotto Scam Crackdown

Officials have launched a campaign to combat an increasing prevalence of lottery related scams that target the elderly, all coming from Jamaica. Police have begun to send out warnings about receiving phone calls from an 876 area code which is similar to the digits used within the United States; the calls are about lottery winnings which will ask recipients to mail tax checks in exchange for claiming the prize. Authorities have divulged that the lotto scams from Jamaica is only but a small fraction of cross-border lottery fraud that gets investigated each year. "We have a massive, massive problem and everyone knows it," said C. Steven Baker, the FTC's Midwest Region director based in Chicago.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

2x a Lotto Lady- Virginia Woman Wins Twice in Same Draw

Virginia Fike, a woman from Clarke County in Virginia has struck gold by winning the Powerball lotto twice, earning her an impressive $2 million in the April 7 draw. According to Virginia, it was all chalked up to a mistake of buying two tickets. "So I was like, 'If I win, I win twice so what are the odds,' so I just went ahead and took the ticket, Fike said. She added that she was not expecting to have the winning lotto ticket. "So I was like, 'If I win, I win twice so what are the odds,' so I just went ahead and took the ticket," Fike added. Officials are expected to present the Virginia winner with her $2 Million on Friday.

Monday, April 23, 2012

January 2013 marks Maryland Online lotto

Maryland lottery officials are hoping to boost more sales with their lotto campaign as it reaches a new platform of online lotto gaming by January of 2013. Lotto director Stephen Martino has reported the go signal from legislation, allocating $500,000 to the development of the project and hiring additional staff. "We just think this is a way that people are doing business and commerce is moving. You can buy practically anything on the Internet. It just seems logical," says Martino. The director believes it is the right time for Maryland players to experience online lotto gaming. "We just think this is a way that people are doing business and commerce is moving. You can buy practically anything on the Internet. It just seems logical," says Martino.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

EuroJackpot vs EuroMillions

As the next lotto draw approaches, all eyes will be on a worldwide lotto phenomenon the EuroJackpot series. The EuroJackpot was a joint effort of nine European countries to create a progressive competitor to the already popular Euro Millions lotto game. The current set up of the EuroJackpot game details a more systematized process and rules that promote an increase in winning chances versus the current Euro Millions draw. With all the new features that the EuroJackpot brings to the table, the question in everybody’s mind is still whether the new lotto system will have the star power and pull to eclipse the lotto giant which is Euro Millions.

By creating a comparison of the two lottery games, it is easy to conclude that the two games have different winning proportions altogether. The Euro Millions lotto game is played by selecting a basic box of numerical selections from a field that ranges from one to fifty-five and a magic number slot that consists of two boxes where players will have to select from one to eleven. Now the mechanics of the lotto draws may be the same when it comes to the number of selections for both Euro Millions and Euro Jackpot, but the EuroJackpot takes the spot by providing a smaller number window for the magic number selection, offering only a range of one to eight to choose from.

This may not seem much for the casual lotto player but according to mathematical calculations, the odds for winning at the Euro Millions and EuroJackpot cannot be as far apart from each other as it already is. The Euro Millions jackpot chance is reported at one to a hundred seventy seven million tickets which is a steep number if you compare it to the reported proportion for the EuroJackpot which is at one over fifty nine million. This considerable lead in the odds of winning is compensated by Euro Millions by the number of draws that is made available weekly.

The Euro Millions draw has two guaranteed jackpots in a week versus the single draw from EuroJackpot. The Euro Millions draw also has a higher starting grand prize of EUR15 million compared to EuroJackpot which starts at EUR10 million.

Euro Millions also has a reported higher ceiling limit compared to the rollover cap which is set for EuroJackpot (a rollover happens when there is no winning ticket for the week, carrying on the prize for the next weekly draw). At present, EuroJackpot has a cap of EUR 90 million compared to the EUR190 million limit for the Euro Millions jackpot.

Both these popular European draws are offered by Overseas Subscribers Agents. For more information on either or both lotteries, please go to

Friday, April 20, 2012

March Mega Millions Historic Win affects World Lotto- Europe Amps it Up

March 31, 2012- The world watched as the $656 Million Mega Millions Grand prize was claimed by Maryland lottery officials as one of the winning tickets that struck the jackpot combination. Officials from the state confirmed that a winning ticket was bought off a lottery outlet in Baltimore County, although the winner has been kept confidential.

During the week of the impending draw, America was bitten by the lotto bug as the race to the number draw came closer for the Mega Millions super jackpot on the last Friday of March. The jackpot prize soon blew up to become the largest prize for lotto in the history of all lotto games, which was brought on by the last three draws failing to identify a winning card. Officials have mentioned that the odds of winning the legendary jackpot is astronomical- a one to 176 million ratio. The jackpot was initially set to $540 Million but had ballooned to $656 million on the actual draw, as ticket sales continued to increase.

Europe's Answer: No Taxes

European lottery groups have geared up with this recent development vowing to ride on the recent lotto buzz brought about by the Mega Millions historic jackpot win. With the Mega Millions jackpot prize, the winner can only claim the prize in a staggered installment which is something that European lottos have beat- offering prizes as single cash out lump sum without any tax deductions whatsoever!

Some of the biggest lottery prizes ever set on a weekly basis are from European lotto competitors which offer the chance to participate in the lottery game worldwide. For example, the famous Euro Millions which is comprised of nine participating countries has a bi-weekly draw which could balloon to one hundred ninety million euros.

Another European lottery game which is known for a big jackpot prize is the El Gordo Draw which is literally translated into “the big one”. For this annum the spokesperson for the El Gordo lottery group has stated that the lotto games has come up with plans to bill out a total prize of over €3 BILLION to an estimated 1, 202,490 lucky players, stemming from participating countries in Europe as well as it’s global subscribers. This amount will be distributed throughout the calendar draws. The El Gordo Draw is a popular pick among Europeans because of its high revenue index that reaches up to 70%. Most lottery wins will have a 40% to 50% return for a player who wins.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Retired Illinois Couple Completes Mega Millions' Record- Winning Trio

The third holder of the winning Mega Millions ticket for $656 Million was a  A retired couple from Red Bud, Southern Illinois.

Merle and Patricia Butler came forward on Wednesday morning to claim their share of the winnings. Lottery officials say that the Butlers chose the lump sum payment of $158 million after taxes.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Final Mega Millions Record Jackpot Winner to Come Forward

Illinois Lottery Officials have revealed that the final winner of the record-breaking $656 million Mega Millions jackpot will be claiming his check in Red Bud, Southern Illinois on Wednesday.
The lone winner from Illinois, who also requested that his identity not be revealed, will accept a check for $218.6 million. The other two winning tickets already have been claimed in Maryland and Kansas.

Louisiana Store Rakes in Million-Dollar Winnings

Watson, Louisiana is all abuzz with lottery gossip. Apparently, the same gas station in the town has yielded six different $1 million Mega Millions prizes in last week's drawing.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Three Amigos win Share of Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot

Lottery officials from Maryland revealed that the 2nd of three winning Mega Millions jackpot tickets were shared three public school teachers. Each of the three home $34.997 million from the Mega Millions lottery after taxes.

The winners are said to be an elementary school teacher, a special education teacher and another public school worker from Maryland. The three won their share of the $656 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot - the richest jackpot in U.S. history!

They chose to remain anonymous however Maryland lottery officials described them as a woman in her 20s, a man in his 40s and another woman in her 50s. Two other winning tickets were sold in Kansas, where a winner came forward, and Illinois, where a winner has not yet surfaced.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Second of Three $656 Mega Millions Winners Claims Prize

The second of the three record-breaking Mega Millions winner has come forward, but wishes to keep his identity a secret. According to Maryland Lottery officials, they will disclose more information about the winner in the days to come, but will not give out his name to the public.

Earlier, the winner from Kansas came forward to claim his share of the $656 million prize pot. He also requested to name unidentified. The third winner, supposedly from Illinois is the only one who has yet to cash in on his share of the winnings.


Monday, April 2, 2012

Illinois Sells Online Lotto Tickets in Time for Mega Jackpot

An astonishing jackpot of more than half a billion dollars (640 Million) will be played for this Friday as the Mega Millions lottery takes on its milestone draw. With this exciting development, there has not been a perfect time for Illinois to launch its initial campaign of online lottery sales. Neighboring states are in close watch to analyze if this new method of selling lotto will increase the state revenue exponentially and if Illinois will be the lucky state to gain tax benefits off a winning lotto ticket on this Friday draw. Lotto officials from Illinois have stated that online ticket sales have reached 425,000 and is anticipated to rise as the draw comes closer.


Mega Millions Lottery Losers: When Life Gives You Lemons…

With the lottery craze kicking into overdrive last week, the winning tickets from Friday’s epic Mega Millions lottery draw were claimed in three locations: Maryland, Illinois and Kansas. This marks the most historic Mega Millions lotto draw ever, drawing in $1.5 Billion worth in lottery tickets sold and a phenomenal jackpot prize of $656 Million.
With the chaos surrounding the biggest lottery jackpot in American history, three lucky ticket holders kept a low, if not invisible profile as the winning numbers were announced and lotto officials confirmed of the winners in last Fridays’ Mega Million stellar jackpot draw. Losers, who are in the hundreds of millions, had more than buyer’s remorse to express Saturday about failing to hit the world’s largest lotto jackpot ever drawn, and missing the chance to live out their greatest dreams with wealth that cannot be spent in generations.

It seemed like a paparazzi frenzy on the convenience stores that sold the winning tickets, in Maryland and Illinois, while Kansas holding out on information about where and who had bought the winning ticket in their state. Each lucky ticket holder stands to gain an equally split amount of the grand prize, minus taxes.

On the streets however, people expressed their dismay and frustration for losing out on a once-in-a lifetime shot at winning more than half a billion dollars at this exciting yet tricky game of chance. 

Illinois, Maryland, and Kansas Split the $656m Mega Millions Prize Pot!

The craziest and biggest jackpot in history of American lotto was won last Friday in the Mega Millions  draw with three states holding a winning ticket each. It was a great day for the winners from Kansas, Maryland and Illinois who will be splitting the six hundred and fifty six million dollar jackpot three-ways.

Buzz about the multi-million jackpot was at an all-time high since Wednesday of that week following the announcement of the stellar lotto draw amount which totaled at an estimate of $ 656 Million before taxes.

The Friday Mega Millions draw held the numbers 2,4,23,38,46 and Mega Ball number 23 as the winning combination. The big Friday jackpot was the result of consecutive draws that did not have a lucky winner, which happened within a two-month period. This Friday’s ultimate jackpot toppled the previous world record which amounted to three hundred ninety million that was drawn also, in a Mega Millions game last 2007.

The Lottery Commission at Maryland has reported that the winning ticket was purchased from a convenience store in Milford which is located in  Baltimore County. The winner from the state has exercised the right to anonymity. Maryland Lottery Director Steve Martino expressed his remark for the historic winnings. "We can't wait to greet the winner of this world-record setting jackpot.", In a statement made by Martino to the associated press.

According to lottery records, the winning ticket was purchased as a single entry, bought around 7:15 in the evening at the local Milford 7-11.

As for Illinois, the winning ticket was purchased at the Red Bud Motomart in Red Bud County, on a quick pick option. Authorities have yet to release details about the winning ticket from Kansas, but have since indicated that the jackpot card was purchased within the north eastern region of the state.

Aside from the triple jackpot winners, there were a record one hundred and sixty one (161) players who successfully matched the first five winning digits. These winners however failed at getting the right Mega Ball number. They will still receive an exciting $250,000 prize.