Apr 15

Three Arrested Over Stolen Hoosier Lottery Ticket

Three family members from Indiana are facing felony charges after allegedly stealing a winning Hoosier Lottery scratch-off worth £2 million from a store owned by the family. Jackie Parsley II, Joseph Parsley and his wife Ashlee Parsley have all been charged with 15 counts of forgery, fraud and theft after police realized that their winnings were the result of a scam. The Parsleys had purchased a house and several cars using the money before being arrested, having picked up $1.1 million after taxes.

According to prosecutors, Ashlee Parsley redeemed the winning scratch-off on October 3rd and told Hoosier Lottery officials that she had bought the ticket at Parsley’s Liquor in Plainfield, Indiana on October 1st. However, investigators ascertained that she had not purchased a ticket at the time she claimed to have done, and in court documents have stated that they believe the video evidence shows that Jackie Parsley, her brother-in-law, actually activated the scratch-off at the shop, which was still owned by the family. This is prohibited under Indiana law – family members of store owners cannot buy Hoosier Lottery tickets at those locations. At Jackie’s request, the previously inactive terminal was reactivated by lottery officials shortly before Ashlee redeemed the winning ticket.

An investigation was triggered when the executor of the shop owner’s estate discovered that Ashlee Parsley had claimed a winning scratch-off from the store, which was later sold. The scratch-off in question was from a pack of unsold games that cost $20 and had been stolen from the store at some point.

All three have been charged with corrupt business influence, false passing of a lottery ticket, as well as counts of theft, forgery and money laundering. Jackie Parsley is facing an additional misdemeanor charge for the unauthorized purchase of a lottery ticket by a retailer, while Ashlee Parsley has been charged with perjury, which is a felony, for lying on the claim form about whether she was legally allowed to claim the money. A preliminary hearing is set to take place in Marion County.

by Mike Redfern
Updated April 24th, 2015

Mar 15

New York Resident Wins Nine-Figure Mega Millions Prize

Sullivan County in southern New York State may be one of the luckiest places in the country as a second Mega Millions jackpot winner came forward in the space of two months. Tammy Pratt, a real estate broker from South Fallsburg, claimed her $126 million prize at Monticello Raceway and Casino after matching all five main numbers and the Mega Ball in the drawing held on Friday, February 27th.

Pratt decided to buy a ticket for the draw after noticing that the jackpot had exceeded $100 million. While she typically only buys a single Quick Pick, she mentioned in Wednesday’s press conference that she “just had a feeling [she] should get more than one.” That gut feeling served her well – she matched the winning numbers of 7, 49, 53, 60 and 64 with Mega Ball 4 to pick up a life-changing prize.

Pratt has opted to take the cash option of $81.6 million, taking home around $54 million after taxes. She plans to put some aside for college tuition for her children, after which she will “take some time to think about the future.”

Her victory is preceded by that of retired teacher and New York resident Harold Diamond, who emerged in January as the winner of the draw held on Tuesday November 4th 2014. His $321 million windfall is the largest lottery prize in the history of the state.

Mega Millions is back tonight with a jackpot of $51 million (estimated cash value $32 million). If you’d like to learn more about the game before buying tickets, visit the Mega Millions informational page at Lottery.net.

by Mike Redfern
Updated March 29th, 2016

Mar 15

Florida Lottery Sets Scratchcard Sale Record

More than $95.6 million was spent on Florida Lottery scratchcard sales in the week ending on March 8th, breaking all known records. Over $17 million was generated for Florida schools in that week alone, leading Florida Lottery Secretary Cynthia O’Connell to describe the situation as “good news across the board.” Increased sales, she said, also lead to more winners and better commissions for Lottery retailers.

One reason for the increase in sales was the release of a new scratchcard, Florida Cash, which offers a top prize of $10 million. A Lake City resident, Randall Wheeler Jr., has already snapped up one of the top prizes. Sales of the scratchcard in the first week of March came in at $20.8 million, while another card, $600,000 Gold Rush, racked up more $10.6 million and 100X THE CASH raised more than $7.3 million in ticket sales.

Scratchcards and draw games offered by the Florida Lottery help raise vital funding for education in the Sunshine State. Since the first tickets went on sale 27 years ago, more than $27 billion has been dedicated to enhancing and furthering K-12 and higher education. In addition to scholarships and other programs, a portion of Florida Lottery revenue is used to construct schools across the state. Visit the Florida Lottery Page of Lottery.net to learn more about the games and great prizes available.

by Mike Redfern
Updated April 5th, 2016

Feb 15

Naperville Man Wins Biggest Prize in Illinois Lottery History

A 70-year-old Naperville resident has come forward as the winner of a $270 million Mega Millions prize – the largest in the history of the Illinois Lottery. Jesus Davila Jr., a retired driver, purchased $5 of Quick Pick tickets from a convenience store in nearby Glendale Heights for the drawing on Friday, January 16th. As he watched the drawing at home, he wrote down the winning numbers and compared them to his own ticket.

While he thought that he had matched five main numbers to win $1 million, his son quickly saw that Davila had matched all six main numbers (26, 32, 44, 45 and 58 with Mega Ball 11) to win the jackpot. While he was waiting to step forward and identify himself, he and his family celebrated by leaving the Chicago area for a little while.

Davila’s past also came to light in Tuesday’s press conference – he spent 12 years in jail for the manufacture and delivery of cocaine. His spokesman said that he was aware of the charges, but that his client had “paid his debt to society” and was a good person. Davila himself simply said that he was a “regular Joe”.

He plans to donate some of his massive windfall to charities, share it with his family and buy a house and a riding lawnmower. Davila took the lump sum option, meaning that he will receive almost $127 million after taxes.
Davila’s prize broke a record held since April 2012, when Merle and Patricia Butler of Red Bud, Illinois claimed a Mega Millions prize worth $218.6 million. They took a share of the record-breaking $656 million offered up in the draw held on Friday March 30th of that year. Visit the Mega Millions Information page at Lottery.net to learn more about the game.

by Mike Redfern
Updated February 27th, 2015

Feb 15

First Ever Online Millionaire for Michigan Lottery

Mere months after it began selling lottery games online, the Michigan Lottery has created its first millionaire. An as-yet unnamed player claimed the top prize on the $20 Diamond Payout  scratcher, in which participants must match one of 25 numbers to any of the five in the winning line in order to win the prize indicated.

The state lottery first tested online games on its site in August 2014 before soft-launching them the following November. Despite the lack of promotion, Michigan Lottery officials claim that more than 100,000 players are now registered, with online sales currently totalling roughly $2 million a week. In addition, projections suggest that they will total more than $480 million after eight years.

Other online instants available to Michigan players include Keno, Cash Word and Pure Gold, all of which can be enjoyed on desktop computers, smartphones and tablets.

For every dollar played on Michigan Lottery games, 30 cents is contributed to the state’s school system, with more than $17 billion donated by the lottery since 1972. Two bills have been introduced recently which question whether the lottery might not be run more effectively in the private sector, prompting worries over the jobs of 170 people currently employed by the state to administer the games.

Those who buy their tickets in the Great Lake State can take part in the huge multi state Powerball and Mega Millions draws as well as homegrown lotteries like Fantasy 5 and Lotto 47 and a range of pull tab and scratcher games. Find out the latest Michigan Lottery results by checking out the dedicated page on Lottery.net.

by Mike Redfern
Updated March 30th, 2016