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Michigan Lottery retailer sells two jackpot-winning tickets on same day
A lucky Meijer store in Holland, Michigan, sold two jackpot-winning lottery tickets on Saturday worth a combined $2.4 million, according to the Michigan Lottery.

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Keno in New Hampshire starts today
The popular "quick-draw" style Keno lottery game can be officially played in New Hampshire, as of Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

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$191 million Louisiana Powerball lottery winner claims prize
An October Powerball drawing that awarded a $191 million jackpot to a ticket purchased in Louisiana was claimed by an attorney representing a partnership, in order to mask the winners from public scrutiny.

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$14.25 million Texas Lottery jackpot claimed two days before expiration
A $14.25 million Texas Lottery ticket that was bought in Abilene over the summer has been claimed just two days before it was set to expire.

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NY couple buys $7M lottery ticket with leftover money after losing at casino
Meat wholesaler Leon Greenberg and his wife are $7 million richer thanks to a winning New York State Lottery scratch-off ticket that was purchased with funds left over after a trip to a Connecticut casino.

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2 more suspects plead guilty in $5.7M Jamaican lottery scam
Two more suspects have pleaded guilty in a Jamaican lottery scam that authorities say bilked at least 90 Americans out of more than $5.7 million.

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Winning N.J. lottery ticket worth $1 million expires Friday
Two weeks after putting out a call for the holder of a soon-to-expire unclaimed $1 million ticket to step forward, New Jersey Lottery officials made one last plea Tuesday morning.

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Woman finds $1 million lottery ticket in husband's backpack
A woman who found a $1 million winning Virginia Lottery ticket in her husband's backpack said he told her he had thought the ticket was a prank.

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Washington man wins lottery, then leaves ticket at gas station
A Pasco, Washington, man is making plans for his new restaurant after winning $180,000 in the Hit 5 lottery game.

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Ontario Lottery awards man half of $6.1M lottery prize with remainder in legal limbo
An Ontario man who parted ways with his live-in girlfriend after winning the lottery has been awarded half of the disputed $6.1-million Lotto 6/49 prize. But the other half is subject to dispute.

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Will NC Lottery players move online and hurt retail stores?
The N.C. Retail Merchants Association wants legislators to put the brakes on a proposal to offer online instant lottery games, arguing the move could harm stores that sell lottery tickets.

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Jamaican court goes easy on lottery scammers
There are reports of disquiet among Jamaican law enforcement officials over news that 15 men who pleaded guilty to lottery scam-related charges in the Hanover Circuit Court were sentenced to fines totaling $367,000.

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Florida Lottery shuts down popular lottery store
A popular store for Florida lottery players to buy their tickets has been shut down for undisclosed violations to their retailer contract.

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N.C. lottery winner to give away his jackpot
An Army veteran from Statesville, North Carolina, plans to give his $250,000 lottery jackpot to help people battling substance abuse.

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Hacker crashes Belize lottery machines countrywide
On Sunday, lottery buyers throughout the country of Belize, except for only two locations in Belize City, were unable to purchase their favorite numbers for that morning's draw because someone hacked into the computer system which controls the printing of lottery tickets, shutting down the entire system.

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Mass. Lottery ends some scratch ticket games before grand prizes paid out
It's an enticing gamble: a few bucks for a chance to win $1 million, $4 million, or more. But all of those big, bright prize amounts we see stamped on scratch tickets won't necessarily be given away.

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Bob Newhart brings back Papa Elf in new Kentucky Lottery holiday commercial
Legendary actor Bob Newhart dusted off his Papa Elf costume from his turn in the Christmas blockbuster movie "Elf" to work with the Kentucky Lottery promoting its Holiday Gift Series Scratch-Off campaign.

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Georgia Lottery gets new director Jan. 1
Georgia Lottery President Debbie Alford, who has headed the agency that raises money for the HOPE scholarship and prekindergarten classes since 2012, is retiring from her post.

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Arizona Lottery pulls second computerized drawing machine over duplicate numbers
The Arizona Lottery has taken a second computerized lottery drawing machine out of operation because it repeatedly chose duplicate numbers.

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Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving from the Lottery Post staff!

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CVS employee accused of stealing $1 million lottery ticket
An Illinois man claims in a lawsuit filed last week that a CVS employee stole his winning $1 million Illinois Lottery scratch-off card.

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Woman's $3 million lottery ticket spent months in pile of losers
A Colorado woman whose months-old scratch-off lottery ticket was rejected when she tried to enter it into a second chance drawing discovered it was actually a $3 million winner.

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Russian retiree wins country's biggest lottery jackpot ever
Russia's state-run lottery company Stoloto says a retiree has won more than half a billion rubles (US$8.5 million), the country's largest-ever jackpot.

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Michigan Lottery cracks down on retailers who cheat customers
The Michigan Lottery is placing renewed emphasis on cracking down on lottery retailers that cheat customers in order to enrich themselves.

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Kansas lottery winner rescues $50,000 ticket from trash
A Kansas man who won a $50,000 lottery prize had to rush back to the store when he realized his winning ticket had accidentally been thrown away.

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Another NC woman wins lottery twice in same day
For the second time in three weeks, a North Carolina woman had an amazing streak of luck when she purchased two winning lottery tickets in the same day.

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Store clerks seen on camera stealing lottery tickets
Two former store clerks are in hot water after surveillance video captured them stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of scratch-off lottery tickets for months.

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Lotto America multi-state lottery game tickets on sale Sunday
Ripping a page from the 1980s, the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) is starting a new game on Sunday called Lotto America — the original name of what is now known as Powerball.

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N.C. woman wins lottery twice in one day
The odds of winning the lottery are pretty slim, but the chances of winning twice in a single day seem impossible. For North Carolina resident Kimberly Morris, this improbable event happened on Monday.

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Maryland postal worker wins $10 million scratch-off lottery jackpot
A Maryland man plans to go back to work at the U.S. Postal Service despite winning a $10 million Virginia Lottery scratch-off jackpot.

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Lottery terminal that sold biggest winning ticket to go on tour
The Massachusetts Lottery terminal that sold the largest winning lottery ticket ever claimed by a single winner is now on display.

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Virginia Lottery wasn't quite ready for Mega Millions game changes
If you buy a Mega Millions ticket, you normally have a 0.00000033 percent chance of winning the big jackpot. But at least 180 tickets were sold in Virginia on Friday that have a 0 percent chance of winning — and there may be many more that the lottery has not yet talked about.

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Pennsylvania expands gambling to pay for budget
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday affixed what he hopes will be a final patch on a $2.3 billion budget deficit by signing into law sweeping new gambling provisions.

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Mississippi lottery committee plans final meeting
What is expected to be the final meeting of House Speaker Philip Gunn's lottery study committee is scheduled for Nov. 16 at the Mississippi Capitol.

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Louisiana ticket wins $191 million Powerball lottery jackpot
A single ticket sold in Louisiana has won the $191.1 million Powerball jackpot in Wednesday's drawing, lottery officials announced early Thursday.

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Canadian man wins $400,000 playing 40 identical Washington Lottery tickets
A Canadian man beat the odds by winning $400,000 from a Washington Lottery game that typically pays winners $10,000.

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Multi-state Mega Millions lottery game changing this week
Later this week, the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game will undergo changes — including a price hike — designed to increase jackpots and make them grow faster.

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Did new Illinois Lottery private manager get too good of a deal?
Hoping for better luck the second time around, state officials unveiled a deal Friday to put the fate of the Illinois Lottery in the hands of a British firm that pledges bigger returns than those generated under the manager the state fired.

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Cops bust long-running illegal Philly 'street lottery'
Philadelphia law enforcement broke up a long-running illegal lottery run by a local crime family.

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77-year-old crossing guard with winning $1M lottery ticket will keep working
A 77-year-old crossing guard from Syracuse, New York, plans to keep working even after winning $1 million in the New York Lottery.

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