February 28, 2014
March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about the warning signs of problem gambling, and that help is available.
The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling is pleased to announce that they have created a new television public service announcement to launch in conjunction with the campaign.
The focus is on a father/son relationship, and the central theme for the PSA is, “There are games you shouldn’t miss.” It features a young man who is waiting for his dad to show up at the basketball court for a game.
The video was developed free of charge, thanks to the Suffolk University Film Club, and is available in both English and Spanish.
You can view the PSA by clicking here. Please feel free to like it or share it via your social media channels.
For more information, please contact Mass. Council on Compulsive Gambling's Communications Specialist, Sasha Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 12, 2014
Treasurer Cites Experience and Continuity in Leading the Nation’s Most Successful Lottery
Treasurer Steven Grossman today appointed Beth Bresnahan as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, drawing on the management and marketing expertise that has led to record-breaking profits at the Lottery in recent years. Bresnahan replaces Paul Sternburg, who is leaving to start a consulting business in the lottery industry.
“Beth is driven by results, and her strategic marketing approach has been a boon to the cities and towns that depend on Lottery profits for unrestricted local aid,” said Grossman. “Her innovative management style is one of the main reasons that the Lottery has generated such unprecedented levels of revenue, and I’m delighted that she is assuming this top leadership role.”
Prior to today’s appointment, Bresnahan served as the Lottery’s Assistant Executive Director and Director of Marketing and Communications, a role in which she helped develop engaging games, promotional programs and outreach strategies that resonated with the Lottery’s players. In the last two fiscal years, the Lottery achieved its two highest annual profit levels in history, $984 million in 2012 and $956 million in 2013. Those two fiscal years also set new records for sales, with $4.741 billion being generated in 2012 and $4.850 billion being generated in 2013.
“I appreciate the Treasurer’s confidence in my capabilities and am honored he has asked me to undertake this leadership role at the Lottery,” said Bresnahan. “Our team has worked to build an even more efficient and profitable business model during the last three years. I look forward to guiding the Lottery on a continued path of growth and success.”
Paul Sternburg was appointed Executive Director of the Lottery in January of 2011 when Grossman came into office. The Treasurer credited Sternburg’s leadership and sales and marketing expertise as “absolutely essential to the record-breaking success of the Lottery over the past three years,” and went on to say “as the leader of the most successful lottery in the United States, Paul has distinguished himself as one of the industry’s most imaginative and knowledgeable voices.”
Sternburg, who has 17 years of experience with state lotteries, stated that he believes “the industry is on the cusp of major innovation and change,” and that he looks forward to working with a talented industry to “leverage technology and partnerships to help deliver revenue to good causes and facilitate responsible growth.” He will continue to be based in the Boston area. “Treasurer Grossman and I built a great lottery team and we have positioned the Massachusetts Lottery as world leader; I am grateful to have served the Commonwealth and the Treasurer in this critical role,” said Sternburg.
The Massachusetts Lottery Commission was established in 1971, and its profits are the largest source of unrestricted local aid for the 351 cities and towns across the Commonwealth.
January 21, 2014
BOSTON BRUINS VIP EXPERIENCE EVENT (1/22/2014)
Attention Second Chance winners of the “Boston Bruins®” VIP Experience prize:
The event scheduled for Wednesday January 22nd, 2014 at the TD Garden is being POSTPONED due to weather conditions and safety concerns. Earlier today you may have received a phone call and/or email stating this would only be cancelled if the Governor called an official State of Emergency. That is no longer the case. This event is postponed even if there is no State of Emergency alert for Massachusetts.
While we regret having to make this announcement so late in the day, your safety is of our greatest concern, along with ensuring the most enjoyable experience for all who attend.
We will be working with the Bruins to reschedule this event as soon as possible.
Once we have a date from the Bruins we will make contact with you using the email address above. We will follow up that email with a certified letter informing you of the new date.
Please update MDI if your contact information changes at 1-800-275-4744.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please stay safe during the storm.
January 7, 2014
Starting with the January 22, 2014 Powerball drawing, the Power Play add-on feature will change to a random multiplier, increasing the opportunity to win larger cash prizes.
Just before each Powerball drawing, a multiplier number (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) will be randomly drawn. If a player purchased the Power Play option for an extra $1 per play, that randomly selected number will be used to multiply any prizes won with the exception the JACKPOT and the Match 5 prize (which will increase from $1 million to a set $2 million with Power Play).
January 2, 2014
Maureen & Stephen Hinckley claim $61,461,010 jackpot prize won in 12/11/13 Powerball drawing, select $34.1 million cash opt.
A Sterling, Massachusetts couple has 61.4 million reasons to celebrate the New Year after stepping forward today and claiming their share of a $122.9 million lottery jackpot won in December.
Maureen Hinckley, who is an avid lottery player, stated that she was shocked and in disbelief upon opening the local newspaper on the morning of December 12th and seeing her “regular numbers” – a combination of her family members’ birthdays – in print. The 58-year old homemaker asked her family to confirm that what she saw was true before calling her husband Stephen, 61, at work. The couple kept quiet with the news of their win, only informing a select few, while they sought the advice of a lawyer to best plan for the cash windfall was to come their way.
The Hinckleys elected to receive the $34,182,986 cash option on the $64,461,010 jackpot prize, which after state and federal taxes withholdings will amount to $23,928,090.20. It takes approximately two weeks to process the jackpot win, so the couple walked away today with an oversized ceremonial check and a bit more time to think about what they will do with the winnings.
The couple has been married for 38 years and have four adult children, as well as four grandchildren. They have lived in Sterling for 28 years, plan to stay in the town, and do not foresee the jackpot prize impacting their lifestyle too much.
“We have always wanted to visit the National Parks and travel more, so that will likely be something we’ll do once this has all settled in,” said Maureen. “And my husband planned on retiring in the next few years, so that will be happening much sooner now.”
Maureen played the winning ticket at Appletown Market located at 9 Main Street in Sterling, where she stops every Saturday morning to buy lottery tickets. The store owner, Chirag Patel, also benefitted from the Hinckleys’ jackpot win after receiving a $50,000 commission -- the highest retailer commission paid by the Massachusetts Lottery -- for selling the winning ticket. Patel has been a Lottery retailer since November 2011.
The Hinckleys’ prize is the largest Powerball jackpot-winning ticket sold in Massachusetts to-date. Since the game was introduced to Bay State players in January 2010, there have been three Powerball jackpot wins in the state, including the Hinckleys’. On December 12, 2012, Rosa DeLeon of Arlington and Reginald LeBlanc of Lexington, coworkers at Costco won a $50 million jackpot. The duo selected the cash option on the jackpot prize and received a one-time, lump sum payment of approximately $33 million, before taxes. And, on June 8, 2011, James “Jimmy” Freeman, a retired U.S. Navy civilian worker from Fall River, came forward to claim his jackpot just several hours after learning he won the $25.6 million prize. Freeman opted to take the cash payment of $13.4 million, before taxes.
Powerball's top prize for Saturday, January 4th is an estimated $60 million. The $2 game is played in 43 states, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. in Florida. Drawing videos and game results are posted on the Lottery’s website.
For more information on Powerball or any of the Massachusetts Lottery’s games, visit: www.masslottery.com.
Ticket #0008414 sold in Salisbury wins $560,015 jackpot
in Mass. Lottery’s SUPER 50/50 Raffle
January 1, 2014
One Massachusetts Lottery player will be starting the New Year with 560,015 additional reasons to celebrate after winning the jackpot prize in the Massachusetts State Lottery’s SUPER 50/50 Raffle which was drawn earlier this morning.
The winning ticket, bearing the numbers 0008414, was sold at Dick’s Variety North, 4 Main Street in Salisbury. The $560,015 prize will be paid to the winner in a single lump sum payment, less taxes. The retailer will receive a $50,000 commission for selling the jackpot-winning raffle ticket.
The Lottery will not know the identity of the winning ticket holder until he or she comes forward to claim the prize. The winner has one year from the drawing date to do so. Lottery offices are closed today in observance of the holiday, so the earliest a winner could come forward is tomorrow morning at 8:45 am when the Lottery reopens for business.
The SUPER 50/50 Raffle operates just like traditional 50/50 raffle games that are often offered at sporting events – the jackpot grows with every ticket sold and one lucky ticket holder wins exactly half of the game’s total sales. For every $10 SUPER 50/50 Raffle ticket sold, $5, or 50 percent, directly funds the game’s jackpot. Game sales for this SUPER 50/50 Raffle began on October 1st and concluded on the evening of December 31st. The Lottery sold a total of 112,003 tickets which resulted in the $560,015 jackpot prize.
This was the Lottery’s third SUPER 50/50 Raffleoffering. The Blue Pacific Sun Trust of Granby, MA took home a cash prize of over $1.15 million in the New Year’s Day 2013 drawing, and Charles McCaster of Randolph, MA won $528,710 in a July 2, 2013 raffle drawing.
In addition to awarding the SUPER 50/50 Raffle’s jackpot prize, the Lottery also held weekly “Holiday Bonus Wednesday” drawings to reward players who picked up a raffle ticket early in the game’s sales period. Every Wednesday starting on November 6th through December 25th, five (5) lucky ticket numbers were randomly drawn from the pool of tickets sold to win a $2,000 bonus prize. A total of 40 $2,000 “Holiday Bonus Wednesday” bonus prizes were selected leading up to today's SUPER 50/50 Raffle drawing.
For more information on the SUPER 50/50 Raffle and to view the 40 winning “Holiday Bonus Wednesday” drawing numbers, visit www.masslottery.com.