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By Ana Santos, Cox Media Group National Content Desk LOS ANGELES — A California man who won the lottery 20 years ago was sentenced to prison for bank robbery Thursday.James Allen Hayes was sentenced to 33 months in prison after pleading guilty to four federal counts of bank robbery, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. >> Read more trending news Hayes won $19 million in the SuperLotto jackpot in 1998, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 35-year-old security guard supervisor didn’t have a savings account and intended to use the winnings for IRS payments, a vacation, his car and friends and family.“I'm not going to blow the money,” Hayes told the newspaper. “I know I'll change. But only for the better.”Nearly 20 years later, authorities were searching for a man accused of robbing at least nine banks in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties. The man, nicknamed the … [Read more...] about Man sentenced for bank robbery 20 years after winning lottery
Detroit — When the NFL Draft closes for business Saturday, the NHL Draft speculation then will begin. With the NHL Draft lottery taking place Saturday night in Toronto, the one large, looming question will be answered: Who gets to pick first, and the right to choose Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin? There are actually at least 10 legitimate prospects who could provide immediate help to the teams in the lottery. And that’s great. But there’s only one “franchise” player, a guy who can make a team better, quicker, and instantly turn the complexion of his team around. Meet Dahlin, a 6-foot-2, 183-pound prospect that Saturday’s draft lottery will revolve around. “He’s the best player (in this draft), there’s nobody close,” said Craig Button, TSN’s chief draft analyst, when discussing Dahlin in recent mock drafts. “There’s nobody even in the discussion. He’s advanced beyond his years.” So, one can see … [Read more...] about Wings dream of winning lottery, landing Rasmus Dahlin
A Haltom City resident claimed a winning lottery ticket sold at a Fort Worth store, but the winner has chosen to remain anonymous. The resident bought the winning $5 Set for Life ticket at the 4 Star Quick Pantry #2 in the 1300 block of North Beach Street. The store is eligible for a $10,000 retailer bonus for selling the ticket. The winner claimed the third of four possible top prizes and chose the cash value option, which pays $1,999,446.80, according to Texas Lottery. The game advertises a prizewinning ticket of $2,500 a week for 20 years, or up to $2.6 million. The overall odds of winning any prize are one in 3.80. … [Read more...] about Haltom City resident buys winning lottery ticket at Fort Worth store
A lucky New Jerseyan is about to be dancing for joy this holiday weekend if they don't already know about the millions they're about to receive. A single ticket sold in New Jersey matched all six numbers from last night's Mega Millions drawing: the white balls 11, 28, 31, 46 and 59, and the gold Mega Ball 1. The jackpot winner will receive a $521 million annuity or a $317 million lump sum, the fourth-largest jackpot in Mega Millions history. "Hearty congratulations to New Jersey for their big Mega Millions win," said Gordon Medenica, the head of Mega Millions and the Maryland state lottery. The lottery agency did not release where the ticket was sold. Two other tickets sold in Ohio and Texas matched all the white balls to win $1 million each. Friday's drawing was exactly six years after the largest-to-date Mega Millions jackpot when three tickets from Illinois, Kansas and Maryland split a $656 million payout. A Mega Millions ticket costs $2. The odds of a ticket matching five … [Read more...] about Mega Millions numbers: Friday’s $521M winning lottery ticket sold in N.J.
Many Americans hope — or dream — that winning the lottery will bolster their retirement savings. But such a plan is an extreme long shot, and one investment advisers suggest shouldn't be counted upon over real savings. Odds are about 1 in 175 million for winning the Powerball jackpot. Free Retirement Calculator: When Can You Retire? — Click Here to Find Out Still, some lucky winners manage to win big, and in doing so, must quickly cope with investing and making sure their windfalls are protected. Experts encourage lottery winners to find a quality adviser, not only for investments, but also for insurance, taxes, and accounting, personal finance website Kiplinger said. Lottery winners should also carefully decide which is best for them: taking a lump sum payout or annual payments. "If you go through the entire payout in the first year, you have 19 more chances to get it right," Don McNay, the author of "Life Lessons From the Lottery," told Kiplinger. "But if … [Read more...] about Winning Lottery and My Retirement
A Lexington couple are richer after winning a $200,000 playing the South Carolina Education Lottery. The jackpot came as a surprise to the couple, who bought the winning ticket at Express Lotto on Bush River Road in Columbia. A few days after purchasing a Powerball ticket, the Lexington man’s wife informed him that someone purchased a winning ticket from the same store. The man looked at his ticket and calmly said, “Well, look at that.” “My wife still thinks I’m lying about the ticket being a big winner,” the man said to SC Education Lottery. “She won’t believe it until the check is in her hands.” The ticket matched four white ball numbers and the red Powerball number drawn Jan. 20 (26-28-47-49-58 and Powerball 3). His $50,000 win was quadrupled with the purchase of PowerPlay for $1 when a “4” was drawn. The couple plans to pay off their house and car. “We’ll probably go on vacation as well. I’ll let … [Read more...] about Lexington man’s wife thinks he’s lying about winning lottery jackpot
While millions of Americans keep their fingers crossed they’ll hit the Mega Millions bonanza ($450 million) on Friday or the Powerball jackpot ($570 million and rising) on Saturday, dozens of cities are hoping they hit it big in their lottery – Amazon’s second North American headquarters and its 50,000 jobs paying six figures. In that municipal sweepstakes, Sacramento got some good ink this week. A writer for Inc. magazine put California’s capital on a list of five dark horse contenders, along with Los Angeles, Kansas City, Newark and Toronto. That’s pretty good company. “Sacramento and Kansas City aren’t exactly the sexiest metropolitan areas, but they could attract one of the world’s most valuable companies in 2018,” starts the piece, retweeted by the city’s official Twitter account. It highlights Sacramento’s diversity, its status as a “sanctuary city” for undocumented immigrants and the number of … [Read more...] about Sacramento hopes it’s holding a winning lottery ticket
Who couldn’t use a few extra million to start the year off right? Two of the biggest lottery games, Mega Millions and Powerball, are both nearing record territory. That’s unusual, said Tom Delacenserie, Kentucky Lottery Corporation president and CEO. This is the first time the amount of both games has gotten this high at the same time. “Both started back in October and both have rolled 19 times since their initial drawing,” he said. There have been lots of winners of the lower level prizes but no one has won either big jackpot in months, in part because both lotteries have changed their odds to make it harder. That increases the likelihood of enormous jackpots, which drive up sales. And profits for the state, which makes more money off games with longer odds. Many people only play when the prizes get huge, Delacenserie said. “We can’t beat people to buy a ticket when it’s $40 million,” he said. “But they come out of the woodwork … [Read more...] about How much can you win? Lottery games have record-setting jackpots.
One lucky lottery player in Forest Lake is having a banner start to the new year. The Minnesota Lottery’s annual Millionaire Raffle drawing on Monday yielded two $1 million winners — one of which was purchased at the Moto Mart at 1898 S. Lake St., near the intersection of U.S. 61 and Minnesota 97. “I was excited for a half-second that it was me, but then it wasn’t. Shucks. Back to work I went,” said Faith Vincent, assistant manager. Regulars were flocking to the gas station on Tuesday morning to see if they had the winning six-digit number, Vincent said. “I’ve worked here for 11 years, and this is the biggest winner I’ve seen come out of here,” she said. “The word has spread, but nobody’s claimed it yet. We hope they come in because we want to congratulate them. We’re dying to know. We’re hoping it’s a regular. It would be more fun. But it very well could have been someone just passing through.” … [Read more...] about A millionaire at the Moto Mart? Forest Lake gas station sells winning lottery ticket