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Arizona Lottery director not embarrassed about computerized drawing fiasco
The head of the Arizona Lottery says he's not embarrassed that his department overlooked a potentially costly failure of its computerized drawings.

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Lottery rigger warned officials about computerized drawing machines years ago
The mastermind behind a national lottery scam says he warned officials about a glitch in computer-generated drawings 11 years ago, but "nobody seemed too worried," his lawyer revealed in an exclusive interview.

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Former CT Lottery chief pays $11,000 in fines, givebacks
Frank Farricker, the former chairman of the Connecticut Lottery Commission's board of directors will pay a $5,000 penalty and an additional $6,300 restitution to the state as part of a settlement over improper benefits he received while acting president and CEO of the Lottery.

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N.J. man claims $24.1M lottery jackpot just 2 days before expiration
A 68-year-old New Jersey man claimed a $24.1 million New York lottery jackpot two days before the ticket was due to expire after seeing a story on the evening news about how time was running out for the winner to step forward.

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Washington Lottery director accused of gender discrimination
An outside investigation into complaints of a hostile workplace at the Washington state Lottery has found that the agency's director treats female employees differently than their male counterparts, calling them "criers" and excluding them from key discussions.

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N.C. Lottery director retiring
The North Carolina Education Lottery's top leader is retiring next spring, ending a stint with the agency that began before it started selling tickets more than a decade ago.

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Lottery winner guilty of attempted shoplifting
A Tewksbury, Massachusetts, woman was found guilty Wednesday of attempting to steal $80 worth of lipstick from a Kohl's department store two months after winning $1 million on a scratch ticket.

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Governments taking legislative action against 'fake' lotteries
Convenience store owners have applauded a Tasmanian Government decision to quickly draw up legislation to ban lottery outcome wagering in the island state.

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Arizona Lottery computerized drawing machine generated identical winning numbers
Once again computerized lottery drawings are coming under scrutiny as a machine responsible for generating random numbers has done the opposite, generating exact duplicates.

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Winner sues Colorado Lottery 12 years after rigged drawing
A lottery winner filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Colorado State Lottery, arguing he should be declared the sole winner of a jackpot he recently learned was rigged, and that the $800,000 cash prize he opted to receive should have been tripled.

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Marine veteran scratches $10M lottery prize while watching football
A North Carolina Marine Corps veteran and his wife won a $10 million lottery prize while watching a football game.

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Details of new Illinois Lottery manager deal kept secret
As the Illinois Lottery edges closer to finalizing a massive deal with a new private manager, the state and the firm have chosen to keep many of the details secret despite past pledges of transparency.

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Odd Brits furious that lottery jackpot is so high
British media is reporting that lottery players in the United Kingdom are 'disappointed' and 'furious' that lottery jackpots in the island nation have reached record levels.

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Texas Lottery sets new $5.077 billion sales record
Even without the benefit of a record-setting jackpot like 2016's $1.6 billion Powerball prize, the Texas Lottery achieved $5.077 billion in sales for fiscal year 2017, breaking the sales record it set just last fiscal year and resulting in a total contribution of $1.334 billion to Texas schools and veterans.

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Iowa Lottery exposed Social Security numbers of nearly 3,000 winners
The Iowa Lottery said in a release Tuesday that the organization inadvertently released the Social Security numbers of some of its prize winners from calendar year 2011.

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Lottery winner accused of child sex assault freed from jail
A New Jersey man who won a $338 million Powerball lottery jackpot will be freed from jail while he awaits trial on charges he sexually assaulted a child.

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Illinois Lottery awards management contract to Camelot
Ending a years-long process of replacing its current management company, the Illinois Lottery today awarded its private management contract to Camelot Illinois, LLC — essentially the same company that operates the United Kingdom's lottery.

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$133.2 million Powerball lottery winner played same numbers for 30 years
Colorado's biggest lottery jackpot winner in state history says she has played the same five numbers in the lottery every week, without fail, for the past 30 years.

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N.J. Powerball lottery winner charged in child sex assaults
A Wayne, New Jersey, man who won $338 million in one of the largest Powerball lottery jackpots in New Jersey history has been charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a child over a three-year period, prosecutors said Wednesday.

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Missouri Lottery facing challenging issues with vendor contract
One of the Missouri Lottery's biggest contracts might not stand up in court if it was challenged by the company that runs its statewide network of ticket sales.

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2 more Jamaican lottery scam suspects brought to US
All of the 13 suspects arrested in what authorities believe is the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scam to be prosecuted in the U.S. have now entered pleas in federal court, with more than one-third of them admitting guilt or scheduled to do so.

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South Dakota woman claims record Dakota Cash lottery jackpot
A woman from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has claimed the largest Dakota Cash lottery jackpot since the game's inception.

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Mass. Lottery retailers fight online sales bill
The Massachusetts Lottery says it could stop being successful unless a bill allowing online ticket sales becomes law, while retailers say their future success hinges on the bill not becoming law. Now the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection will weigh the benefits and drawbacks of an online lottery.

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Michigan Lottery draws 0-0-0-0 for first time, thousands win
After more than 18,000 drawings of the Michigan Lottery's Daily 4 game, the elusive 0-0-0-0 "quad" combination has finally been drawn, paying out millions of dollars in prize money.

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The USA's 'luckiest' lottery players may not be as lucky as they seem
A national investigation has found that hundreds of Americans are winning lottery tickets with a frequency so extraordinary that, in some cases, it could be rooted in illegal activity.

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Florida Irma evacuee and mother of three wins $10K lottery in North Carolina
A Florida woman who evacuated from Hurricane Irma with her three children won $10,000 on a lottery scratch-off ticket while sheltering in North Carolina.

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Retired N.J. police chief scammed 95-year-old victim out of $29K
A retired New Jersey police chief pleaded no contest this morning to charges that he participated in a scam that cost a 95-year-old Northampton Township, Pennsylvania, man almost $29,000.

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Florida Lottery to resume drawings Tuesday
The Florida Lottery announced Monday that daily drawings will resume today and make-up drawings for all Lottery Draw games suspended due to Hurricane Irma will also be conducted in sequence Tuesday, September 12, with full security and auditing measures in place.

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Florida Lottery temporarily suspends daily drawings
An executive order issued Sunday by Gov. Rick Scott has temporarily suspended Florida Lottery drawings as Hurricane Irma bears down on the state.

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Mississippi panel studying other state lotteries
A special House panel has been looking at other states' experience with lotteries as it works on a study requested by House Speaker Philip Gunn, who opposes a lottery for Mississippi but says he wants the issue thoroughly vetted.

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Two-time Michigan Lottery winner accused of embezzling $300,000
A 30-year-old woman who won two major Michigan Lottery prizes is accused of embezzling more than $300,000 from a local substance abuse and mental health treatment center during her time as an accountant there.

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Scammers using social media accounts claiming to be lottery winner Mavis Wanczyk
Police are again warning people about multiple fake social media accounts created by scammers pretending to be the Massachusetts Powerball winner.

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Panama woman wins $30 million Florida Lotto jackpot with online purchase
Lightning has struck twice for an online lottery ticket service, which had its second United States lottery jackpot winner when a Panamanian player claimed a $30 million Florida Lotto jackpot this month.

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Chinese lottery officials accused of corruption
Two top officials previously in charge of China's official state lottery have been stripped of their positions on suspicion of taking bribes, China's top graft watchdog said late on Sunday.

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Illinois couple claims $393 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot
At the same time the latest Powerball jackpot run was stealing headlines, an Illinois couple was at Illinois Lottery headquarters, claiming the largest lottery jackpot ever won in the state.

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Massachusetts woman wastes no time claiming $758.7 million Powerball lottery jackpot
Some lottery winners spend months hiring financial experts and planning how to best claim their lottery jackpot, but not so with the winner of the largest lottery jackpot ever claimed by a single ticket.

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One Massachusetts lottery ticket wins $758.7 million Powerball jackpot
A single winning Powerball lottery ticket matching all six numbers was sold in Massachusetts and will claim a $758.7 million jackpot — the largest ever awarded to a single winning ticket.

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Lottery rigging mastermind sentenced to 25 years in prison
A former lottery security chief was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Tuesday for rigging the computerized lottery drawings in several states so he could collect the jackpots.

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Wed. Powerball lottery jackpot jumps to $700 million
Spurred on by a surge of lottery ticket sales, the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) has raised the official estimate for Wednesday's Powerball drawing to $700 million.

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$650 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot skyrockets
For only the 4th time in the history of United States lotteries, a lottery jackpot has grown to more than $600 million.

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