January 13, 1988
Brisk business was reported across Florida on the first day of sales of scratch-off lottery cards, and more than a dozen $5,000 winners were reported by noon. Lottery Secretary Rebecca Paul was the day's biggest winner, realizing a $10,000 bonus for meeting the Legislature's Jan. 15 deadline for starting the games. A Tallahassee judge set a Feb. 1 hearing on a request for an injunction against ticket sales.
October 6, 1988 |
Lottery Secretary Rebecca Paul is in the habit of giving away things, not receiving them, so the three dozen red roses she found in her office were a surprise. But the card that arrived with the flowers Tuesday solved the mystery. "Thanks for being so wonderful," it read. "Here's a rose for each million." The card was signed by Dennis and Sharon Glover of Temple Terrace, Fla., who last week claimed a $35.8-million Lotto prize.
December 6, 1989 |
A Cuban refugee who purchased 28 lottery tickets defied astronomical odds and claimed 28 prizes, including the $6.22-million grand prize, Florida lottery officials said. Jorge Torres, 45, matched all six numbers on one ticket and turned in 11 tickets matching five of the six winning numbers, each worth $2,930.50, and 16 tickets with four winning numbers worth $85 each.
August 20, 1986
Officials from 10 states and the District of Columbia agreed to work toward a multistate lottery by October, 1987, that could produce multimillion-dollar weekly payoffs. States would sell the multistate tickets just like any other game, but the prize amounts would be pooled into a single pot, said Peter J. O'Connell, a spokesman for the group. The type of game to be played will depend on the total population of the states involved and would be in addition to the various games already offered.