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Press photographers cover Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador arriving for a press conference in front of the former presidential plane at Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, Monday, July 27, 2020. The president, who only flies commercial as one measure in his austerity government, has been trying to sell the plane since he took office. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico's presidential jet lottery sales not going so well

Jul. 27, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Efforts to sell Mexico’s presidential jet appear to be going well, but a simultaneous effort to sell lottery tickets depicting the plane is struggling. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday that only about a quarter of the six million tickets have been sold,...

Friends share Powerball jackpot win, keeping 1992 promise

Jul. 23, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A western Wisconsin man will share his millions in lottery winnings with a longtime friend because of a promise they made to each other nearly three decades ago. Friends Tom Cook and Joseph Feeney shook hands in 1992 and promised that if either one of them ever won the Powerball...

This family photo provided by cousin Antionette Lee, shows Keonna Graham. A North Carolina man who won a $10 million lottery prize in 2017 has been arrested on a murder charge in the killing of Graham, whose body was found Monday, July 20, 2020, at a hotel in Shallotte, N.C. (Courtesy of Antionette Lee via AP)

Winner of $10M lottery prize in 2017 charged with murder

Jul. 22, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

SHALLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who won a $10 million lottery prize in 2017 has been arrested on a murder charge in the death of a woman whose body was found at a hotel. The Shallotte Police Department charged Michael Todd Hill, 52, of Leland, with murder after the body of 23-year-old Keonna...

Unclaimed lottery ticket set to expire

Jul. 19, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — An unclaimed lottery ticket worth nearly $100,000 is set to expire in Delaware. The Delaware News Journal reports that a $93,000 winning ticket sold at at a gas station in Elsmere is set to expire on Wednesday. Lottery winners have one year to claim their prize before the tickets...

Georgia lottery rakes in $1.24B, powering through pandemic

Jul. 15, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is no match for lottery players. The Georgia Lottery Corp. said that profits delivered to the state hit a new record of $1.24 billion for the budget year ended June 30. That continued a rebound after sales had initially dropped in March at the onset of COVID-19...

Man wins $2M lottery after clerk gives him wrong ticket

Jul. 14, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — A man in suburban Detroit was given the wrong lottery ticket. But there was no mistake about the result: a $2 million winner. The Michigan Lottery said the man stopped at a gas station in Eastpointe, Michigan, to put air in a tire. He needed change for the air machine and also...

A woman scratches a $30 instant ticket while playing the lottery at Ted's Stateline Mobil on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in Methuen, Mass. The coronavirus pandemic has been a rollercoaster for state lotteries across the country, with some getting a boost from the economic downturn and others scrambling to make up for revenue shortfalls. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Virus causes uncertainty for state lotteries

Jul. 9, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

Boston (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has been a rollercoaster for state lotteries across the country, with some getting a boost from the economic downturn and others scrambling to make up for revenue shortfalls. Since March, Texas, Arkansas and Montana and several other states have seen an increase in...

SC woman wins $250,000 in state lottery

Jul. 3, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

BOILING SPRINGS, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman stopped at a convenience store to pick up her favorite lottery ticket but the store didn't have it. But she didn't go away empty handed. She picked another ticket, scratched it and was surprised to find out that she was holding a $250,000 winner, The...

Noha, an Egyptian engineer, who was chosen to be among the U.S. government's roughly 50,000 visa lottery winners this year, speaks during an interview near her home in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. While visas for Noha and her children came in February, Ahmed, her husband, has not arrived and now they fear it may never come. President Donald Trump in June halted visas from being issued outside the United States through the end of the year. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Visa lottery winners feel cheated by Trump's visa ban

Jul. 2, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Noha, an Egyptian engineer, should feel lucky after winning a visa lottery that randomly selects people from a pool of more than 14 million applications for about 55,000 green cards that would let them live permanently in the United States. But the hopes she and her husband had of moving with...

In this Aug. 30, 2007 photo Jack Whittaker speaks during an interview in Mount Hope, W.Va. Whittaker Jr., whose life became rife with setbacks and tragedy after winning a record $315 Powerball jackpot on Christmas night in 2002, has died. He was 72. On Tuesday, June 30, 2020, Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor in Hinton, West Virginia confirmed Whittaker’s death. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)

From Powerball winner to scandal: Jack Whittaker dies at 72

Jun. 30, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Andrew “Jack” Whittaker Jr., whose life became rife with setbacks and tragedy after winning a record $315 million Powerball jackpot on Christmas night in 2002, has died. He was 72. The Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor in Hinton confirmed it. A funeral home official who...