He’s done it again, and not just for the second, third or even 10th time. For the 1,246th time this year, Ali Jaafar has hit it big on the lottery.
State records show that since Jan. 1 the Watertown, Massachusetts, man has won more than $1.8 million from lottery retailers all around Massachusetts — with most of his riches coming from scratch tickets revealing $1,000 prizes.… Read the rest
By Todd Northrop
A homeless Michigan man who realized he won the state’s Lotto 47 game dived into a dumpster to retrieve the winning ticket.
The man, who chose to remain anonymous, was one of two people who split the $9.64 million jackpot with the winning $1 ticket he bought for the Oct. … Read the rest
Daniel Rachek, the head of Vermont’s lottery, has resigned less than a year after taking the job.
His temporary replacement, Gary Kessler, who was appointed to run the lottery in mid-September, says that Rachek’s departure means the department is unable to retrieve public records that may be on his personal accounts or devices.… Read the rest
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A Powerball winner in Iowa this week donated $500,000 of her prize to a group supporting disabled veterans.
Lerynne West, who was part of a group sharing an-almost $700 million jackpot, announced the donation on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” Wednesday.
West said she was donating the money to the Travis Mills Foundation, a group based in Hallowell, Maine, and that three of her brothers served in the military and that her father was a Vietnam War veteran.… Read the rest
China’s government is attempting to downplay social media rumors that lottery administrators have embezzled nearly $20 billion from lottery proceeds.
On Tuesday, the South China Morning Post reported on the frantic efforts by Beijing authorities to refute social media chatter that around RMB136b (US$19.5b) had been embezzled by corrupt lottery administrators.… Read the rest