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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2012
In a special meeting Monday, the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation board of directors approved an additional $600,000 for the South Berkeley Recreation Center project, officials said Tuesday. The funding commitment for the project on the campus of Musselman High School in Inwood, W.Va., was made possible by the W. Randy Smith donor-advised fund, foundation Executive Director Amy Owen said. Smith, who established the fund after winning a $79 million Powerball jackpot in 2010 and previously had committed $1.5 million for the recreation center project via the foundation, could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | November 24, 2012
With Saturday night's Powerball jackpot expected to reach more than $325 million, local liquor store clerks said they anticipated an increase in lottery sales as customers take a chance at becoming part of America's top 1 percent. Marie Stover, a clerk at C&R Liquors on Dual Highway in Hagerstown, said Powerball sales were slow Friday morning, but she predicted they would pick up as the time of the drawing gets closer. “They start coming in whenever they realize it's really up there,” she said.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | March 30, 2012
With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at $640 million, the opportunity for a monster payout drew lines of people Thursday to local ticket outlets. One of those hoping to get lucky when the numbers are drawn tonight was Paul Pague of Hagerstown, who had a plan if he wins the jackpot. “I'd buy City Park and turn it into an amusement park,” said Pague, 66. “I'd also give $1  million to each of my kids, buy a home, give money to people down in the holes and put the rest in the bank.” It was the record-breaking amount of the jackpot that had him taking a chance on Mega Millions.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town | April 20, 1999
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A new line of video lottery machines being introduced at Charles Town Races can offer hundreds of thousands of dollars in jackpots by pooling a certain amount of the money wagered on the games. [cont. from news page ] Referred to as "progressive" video lottery machines, track officials turned on the first 16 of 50 machines on April 13. By Saturday, the track had its first jackpot winner when Becky Wagner of Mt. Airy, Md., won a $3,088 jackpot, according to track officials.
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By KERRY LYNN FRALEY | March 4, 2000
BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - During a rare lull in the rush to buy tickets for Saturday night's estimated $150 million Powerball drawing, Brenda Ryan chatted Saturday afternoon with a customer at Apple Country Market on U.S. 11, just a few miles from Virginia. She asked the man, who had requested six Powerball chances printed on separate tickets, what he would do if he won the jackpot. "I really don't know what I'd do with that kind of money," the man replied. Ryan has a good idea what she'll do if one of her five tickets is a winner.
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By DAVE McMILLION | August 27, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- A steady stream of customers stopped Thursday afternoon at the lottery sales counter at the back of Central City Liquors on West Washington Street. With the Mega Millions jackpot at $325 million and the Multi-Match jackpot at a record $4 million, players are hoping to strike it rich. "There isn't anything wrong with that," a Central City Liquors customer said of the Mega Millions jackpot. The customer, who said he goes by the name "Lite," said the trick is figuring out the winning numbers.
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December 30, 1997
Jackpot at racetrack more than $56,000 By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Tim Collins had more incentive than usual as he carefully scanned through the racing program Tuesday night, looking at the horses expected in today's sixth and seventh races. "There's going to be a lot of people trying to hit this," said Collins, 34, of Ranson, W.Va. Charles Town Races is expecting a large crowd today as the jackpot of the Super Trifecta has built up to $56,485, said Charles Town Races spokesman Bill Bork Jr. The prize money has to be awarded today even if the exact winning combination of horses is not picked, Bork said.
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By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | August 2, 1999
Rebecca Fuller of Smithsburg knows her chances of winning the Big Game lottery jackpot are slim. But even a slim chance of taking home $110 million is worth the price of a ticket, she said. [cont. from front page ] "You gotta play. Someone has to win and it might as well be me," she said. The odds on winning the Big Game jackpot are one in 76 million, according to a lottery spokesman. Fuller, who buys about 10 lottery tickets a week, stopped Monday evening at Wooden Keg Liquors on Jefferson Boulevard to get her ticket.
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BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | April 5, 2002
kimy@herald-mail.com Retirees Beatrice and Alan Sapperstein are chasing a dream. The Reisterstown, Md., couple travels all over Western Maryland buying Big Game lottery tickets in the hope of hitting the jackpot that, as of Thursday, was $115 million. On Thursday the Sappersteins were at the Liquor Locker in Hagerstown buying Big Game tickets. Each of them uses random numbers and buys separate tickets, Beatrice Sapperstein said. If they win, they'll take the cash option of $58 million.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | February 29, 2000
BERKELEY COUNTY - With a $100 million top prize tonight, Powerball players in West Virginia and elsewhere are hoping the Leap Year will also be a jump-for-joy year. cont. from news page West Virginia is one of 20 states that participate in Powerball, a multistate lottery in which the jackpot can reach nine figures. The District of Columbia is also included. The jackpot for tonight's drawing is $100 million, if the winner takes the money in 25 annual payments. If the winner wants a lump-sum payment, he or she will get $51.2 million before taxes are taken out. The federal tax is 28 percent and the West Virginia state tax is 6.5 percent, according to Nancy Bulla, the public relations and drawing manager for the West Virginia Lottery.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | August 6, 2013
The Powerball jackpot reached $425 million by Tuesday afternoon, making it one of the largest lottery jackpots ever, according to the Maryland Lottery officials. Although the $425 million amount is less than the $656 Mega Millions jackpot won in 2012 and the $590.5 million Powerball jackpot won in May of this year, Erica Palmisano, assistant director of communications for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, said Powerball fever is apparent in the state. “We've seen people lining up at stores,” Palmisano said.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | May 15, 2013
Wednesday might have been Trish Riley's lucky day. “On a whim,” Riley, 47, made an atypical afternoon stop at Central City Liquors in Hagerstown to buy lottery tickets - a luxury she allows herself only three times a year. But when she does play the odds, Riley said she usually wins. Little did the Hagerstown resident know, she turned up in the store's lottery lounge for her tri-annual trip the day of the third-largest Powerball jackpot ever and the seventh-largest prize award of any lottery, according to the Associated Press.
NEWS
February 21, 2013
A 66-year-old woman from Sharpsburg is Washington County's latest lottery jackpot winner. The woman claimed a $625,000 Multi-Match jackpot Friday, according to a press release from the Maryland Lottery. She correctly matched all six numbers in the Feb. 11 drawing. “I found out I won late Monday night when my twin sons woke me up with the news,” the woman said in the release. “They came knocking on my door screaming that I had hit the jackpot.” The woman's sons checked her ticket online and saw that all her numbers matched.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | November 24, 2012
With Saturday night's Powerball jackpot expected to reach more than $325 million, local liquor store clerks said they anticipated an increase in lottery sales as customers take a chance at becoming part of America's top 1 percent. Marie Stover, a clerk at C&R Liquors on Dual Highway in Hagerstown, said Powerball sales were slow Friday morning, but she predicted they would pick up as the time of the drawing gets closer. “They start coming in whenever they realize it's really up there,” she said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | April 17, 2012
Powerball jackpot winner W. Randy Smith has made another “mega” donation to the community. The former Berkeley County sheriff and magistrate donated a 24-unit apartment building he owned in Berkeley County to help the community respond to a need for emergency housing for families, the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle announced Tuesday. Smith's donation was made in honor of his parents, the late Edwin W. and Bertha D. Smith, and his sister, Beverly Smith. His older sibling died in March 2011.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | March 30, 2012
With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at $640 million, the opportunity for a monster payout drew lines of people Thursday to local ticket outlets. One of those hoping to get lucky when the numbers are drawn tonight was Paul Pague of Hagerstown, who had a plan if he wins the jackpot. “I'd buy City Park and turn it into an amusement park,” said Pague, 66. “I'd also give $1  million to each of my kids, buy a home, give money to people down in the holes and put the rest in the bank.” It was the record-breaking amount of the jackpot that had him taking a chance on Mega Millions.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2012
In a special meeting Monday, the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation board of directors approved an additional $600,000 for the South Berkeley Recreation Center project, officials said Tuesday. The funding commitment for the project on the campus of Musselman High School in Inwood, W.Va., was made possible by the W. Randy Smith donor-advised fund, foundation Executive Director Amy Owen said. Smith, who established the fund after winning a $79 million Powerball jackpot in 2010 and previously had committed $1.5 million for the recreation center project via the foundation, could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | October 22, 2011
For years, gamblers at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races were limited to $5 for each spin of a slot machine. But, in July, the West Virginia Lottery Commission gave the casino permission to increase the maximum bet per spin to $100. "With the ability to now bet $5, $10, $25 and $100 a spin, the Slot City area of the gaming floor just got hotter," casino General Manager Al Britton said in a statement. "Now, guests will have the opportunity to wager more per spin on the newest multi-coin machines featuring themes such as Double Diamond Deluxe and Poseidon.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | March 25, 2011
The chance of winning is less than the odds of getting struck by lightning or attacked by a shark, but that didn't stop Tri-State area residents from lining up Friday to buy Mega Millions tickets for a chance to win the $312 million jackpot. Hagerstown resident William Powell, 45, said he regularly buys a Mega Millions ticket. On Friday, he thought he'd bump up his chance of winning by buying four tickets at Central City Liquors on West Washington Street. "I have as much a chance as anyone else," Powell said.
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