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Jackpot: More than 2,000 winners in North Carolina lottery

Jun. 23, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Turns out that zero can be a lucky number. North Carolina's state lottery Saturday said it set a record payout after the winning numbers in a Pick 4 game came back "0-0-0-0." The lottery said about 1,000 tickets at $1 were sold and will pay out at $5,000. Another 1,000 tickets were...

Court rules against Colorado man seeking full lottery prize

Jun. 20, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado court has rejected a man's claim he should be the sole recipient of a $4.8 million lottery prize. The Denver Post reports the Colorado Court of Appeals says Amir Massihzadeh is only eligible for a third of the November 2005 jackpot. The court's ruling released Thursday says even...

Lottery ticket worth $530 million sold in San Diego store

Jun. 9, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California lottery ticket worth $530 million in the Mega Millions draw was sold at a liquor store in San Diego. The winner of Friday's drawing will have to decide whether to receive the estimated $530 million jackpot in 30 installments or its $345.2 million cash value. The California...

Thai court sentences ex-PM to prison over lottery program

Jun. 6, 2019 10:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court on Thursday sentenced former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in absentia to two years in prison over his handling of a state lottery program he initiated while in office more than a decade ago. His conviction by the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political...

Lottery win delays summer job talk for college student

Jun. 5, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A father-son talk about a summer job is on the backburner after a New Jersey college student won a $1 million lottery prize. Kristopher Chrysanthopoulos' dad had invited him to lunch to talk to the 20-year-old about the need for a summer job. During the ride, he decided to check his...

Fortune cookie means big fortune for Powerball winner

Jun. 4, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who says he based his Powerball entry on a fortune cookie he got from his granddaughter now has a fortune to celebrate. WRAL in Raleigh reports retired retailer Charles W. Jackson Jr. stepped forward at North Carolina Education Lottery headquarters on Tuesday to...

Judge: Federal wagering law only applies to sports gambling

Jun. 3, 2019 10:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that a law prohibiting interstate wagering applies only to sports gambling, setting aside a Justice Department opinion that some states feared would make online lottery activities including Powerball illegal and put the programs they fund at risk. Judge...

Pacific man wins $1 million in Powerball drawing

May. 23, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

PACIFIC, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri man is a $1 million winner in a Powerball drawing. The Missouri Lottery says Dennis Meyer of Pacific matched all five white-ball numbers in the May 11 drawing. Meyer purchased the winning ticket at a QuikTrip store in Eureka. On Sunday, he saw that a $1 million...

St. Louis-area couple wins $1 million Lottery prize

May. 14, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

FENTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis-area husband and wife are the latest winners of a $1 million Missouri Lottery prize. Lottery officials said Tuesday that Jonathan Bock bought a "$300 Million Cash Explosion" scratchers ticket at Petro Mart in Fenton. When he realized he'd won, he had to convince his wife,...

Japanese rush to buy Tokyo Olympic tickets on first day

May. 10, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — If you're a Japan resident and you want tickets for next year's Tokyo Olympics — be patient. Tokyo organizers on Friday said delays and long waits to get an online response met Japan residents who tried to enter the ticket lottery on the first day it opened. The ticket lottery for Japan...