Wisconsin Lottery

Stolen Ticket Leaves Winner Empty Handed

14.10.2013
In Eau Claire Wisconsin two men and one woman have been charged with theft after police told reporters they got caught stealing a winning ticket worth $10,000. The rightful winner, also from Eau Claire, said he has had to put retirement on hold after his winning ticket was stolen by a grocery store employee who was supposed to mail it in to lottery headquarters. The man purchased the winning ticket at Gordy's County Market on Clairemont Avenue and turned it in at Mega West. The man, who wishes to remain aonoymous, said he waited for a response that never came. The unidentified man told reporters "I called the lottery office, and asked them 'What's going on? I don't get the money yet.' They tell me somebody else cashed it. I say, 'What?'" The winner was listed as 21-year-old James Shafer of Eau Claire. Unfortunately Shafer was not the rightful winner and the criminal complaint against him describes how he obtained the ticket. Mega West employee Kimberly Strand told police she had helpe...

Lottery Winners Leave Millions Unclaimed

29.05.2012
When lottery jackpots get huge people flock to lottery retailers to buy a chance at sudden wealth. The recent record Mega Millions jackpot prompted American lottery players to spend billions on Mega Millions tickets in advance of the drawing. Lottery retailers reported long lines as people lined up for a chance to win over half a billion dollars. Amazingly millions of lottery dollars go unclaimed every year. In Wisconsin during a 14 year period that ended on June 30th 2011 an astounding $47,472,551 in lottery prizes and jackpots went unclaimed in the state. During 2011 over $2.6 million in lottery prizes remained unclaimed. In Wisconsin lottery ticket holders have 180 days (six months) to come forward and claim their winnings. Wisconsin Lottery spokesman Andrew Bohage speculated why so many prizes go unclaimed and told reporters. "People may not realize they have won because they are so focused on the jackpot.” Unclaimed lottery prizes are sent to the lottery's property tax relief f...

Wisconsin Lottery Player Plays Wrong Game-Wins Huge Jackpot

25.01.2012
Occasionally a big lottery win comes at the nick of time. There have been several cases of people facing foreclosure winning a huge jackpot in time to save their homes. For Napolean Elvord, 58, of Madison, Wisconsin a $14.3 million lottery win arrived in time to literally save his life. Elvord is a veteran who had been on dialysis for five years. Elvord needs a kidney transplant and the jackpot is sure to help him cope with the expenses associated with expensive transplant surgery. Elvord told reporters he was in line at a local Mobil Oil station in Madison and decided to let another customer go in front of him. The store clerk handed him a Megabucks ticket with computer generated numbers. Elvord told a local newspaper 'I think it was a mistake because I was trying to play the Powerball.” When the winner was announced it was revealed that the winning ticket had been purchased at the same gas station where Elvord bought his ticket. The next day store clerk Paul Muchie asked Elvord, a...

Professional Sports and State Lotteries

27.09.2011
Several state lotteries have teamed up with professional sports teams to create unique and popular instant win lottery games. Massachusetts was one of the first state lotteries to offer players sports themed lottery games. Sales in instant win lottery tickets bearing the logos of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins accounted for about half of $763 million generated by the 51 licensed team-based lottery games nationwide. The games have also provided extra revenues to the teams involved. In Georgia the state lottery has partnered with the Atlanta Falcons and Waffle House to launch a new instant win lottery game called Atlanta Falcons in the House. Tickets cost $5 and the top prizes are $250,000. Non winning tickets can be exchanged for a free waffle at any Waffle House restaurant. Georgia Lottery President and CEO Margaret DeFrancisco told reporters “This is our third consecutive year partnering with the Atlanta Falcons on a new game and our firs...

Minnesota Shutdown Benefits Wisconsin, Iowa Lotteries

14.07.2011
The Minnesota state government has been shut down by a raging budget fight. It is the largest shutdown of government services in Minnesota’s history and no end is in sight. The fight is partisan in nature and neither side seems willing to compromise. The Minnesota lottery has been hit by the government shutdown and lottery players are not happy. Players are taking their lottery business elsewhere and the Iowa and Wisconsin lotteries have benefitted by the lottery shutdown in Minnesota. Sales of lottery tickets at lottery retailers along the border with Minnesota are increasing because of the shutdown. State offices in Minnesota have been closed since July 1st because Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota lawmakers failed to reach a budget agreement. The Iowa lottery reported increased sales since the shutdown. Iowa Lottery Vice President Mary Neubauer stated "We have checked with locations in a few different communities that are along the major highways that run between Iowa and Minnesota,...

Playing the Wisconsin Lottery

19.05.2008
Playing the Wisconsin Lottery Playing the Wisconsin Powerball game is a great way to let off steam and have some fun. Even if you don't win the big prize, you are bound to have a great time! There are a variety of different Wisconsin lottery games to choose from, including scratch-off, pull tab and drawing games. The most popular and most lucrative Wisconsin lottery game is the Powerball lottery. It is a drawing game, and it pays out the largest jackpot of any Wisconsin lottery game. How to Play the Wisconsin Powerball Lottery The Powerball lottery involves choosing five numbers between one and fifty-five and one Powerball lotto number between one and forty-two. If you match all six numbers, you win the jackpot. You can also play a Power ball 'Power Play' option. It costs a do...