The purr-fect holiday gift arrives early for Illinois woman

Two pretty kitties earn lottery player a pretty penny

By Kate Northrop

EUCLID, Ohio — The cat’s out of the bag — two kitties might have helped one woman win a $1,180 Illinois Lottery Pick 4 prize.

An anonymous woman from the Chicago suburbs has been playing the lottery for the past decade, using everyday events and happenings around her to conjure up numbers to play.… Read the rest

Massachusetts Lottery to allow prize claims via mobile app

New method for claiming winnings to become available next spring

By Kate Northrop

BRAINTREE, Mass. — Players who are tired of traveling to claim centers or mailing away their winning lottery tickets to claim their prizes will soon have a new option. Next spring, the Massachusetts Lottery will begin allowing players to claim larger prizes through their phones.… Read the rest

South Carolina retailer uses lottery commission to feed the hungry for Thanksgiving

By Kate Northrop

ANDERSON, S.C. — More often than not, it’s the prize winners who use their winnings to perform generous acts and good deeds. This Thanksgiving, a convenience store that received a $3,500 commission for selling a lottery ticket worth $350,000 is using those extra funds to give back to the community by providing meals to the hungry.… Read the rest