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Enter Our Free “Taxes Paid” Sweepstakes

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In the spirit of our new “$10,000 Taxes Paid” and“$100,000 Taxes Paid” Instant Tickets, the Massachusetts State Lottery is giving social media followers the chance to win a $1,000 cash prize, Taxes Paid*, in our “Taxes Paid”Sweepstakes.

Two $1,000 Taxes Paid prize winners will be selected, one from each of two five-day periods.  From Monday, February 8 through Friday, February 12, and again from Monday, February 15 through Friday, February 19, one finalist will be selected each day from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  All finalists will receive a 3-month Powerball Season Ticket ($50 value).  At the end of each five-day period, one of the 15 finalists for that period will be selected to receive a $1,000 cash prize, Taxes Paid.  To enter, all you have to do is respond to one of the calls to action that we post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Each day at approximately 9 a.m., the Lottery will make a post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter about the “Taxes Paid” Sweepstakes.  On Facebook and Instagram, you will be directed to comment on the post with “I want my Taxes Paid.”  On Twitter, you will be directed to Tweet @MAStateLottery with “#TaxesPaidPlease” in the Tweet.  It’s that simple.

You may enter once on all three social media channels each day.  Entries will close at 11:59 p.m. each day.

For each of the 10 days of the Sweepstakes, a total of three (3) finalists will be randomly selected – one each from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Finalists from each day will be selected the first business day following each of the 10 days of the Sweepstakes period.  The $1,000 Taxes Paid prize winners will be selected the Tuesday following each of the two five-day periods.  All finalists/prize winners will be announced on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and will also be posted on this page.  Finalists/prize winners will be notified via the social media channel through which they won their prize.  To claim the $1,000 Taxes Paid prizes and the 3-month Powerball Season Ticket prizes, winners must go to Mass. Lottery headquarters in Braintree or a regional office (Boston, New Bedford, Springfield, Woburn, Worcester) and complete a claim form.  Prizes will be mailed to winners after a claim form is submitted.

If you’re not already following the Lottery on all three of these social media channels, click on the links below to find us:

Facebook:     Massachusetts State Lottery
Instagram:    mastatelottery
Twitter:          @MAStateLottery

No purchase necessary.  Must be 18 years or older to participate.  To view the Administrative Bulletin for this Sweepstakes and see complete Sweepstakes rules, click here.

“Taxes Paid” Instant Tickets are on sale now at Lottery retailers statewide.  Click here for more information on these Instant Games.

Taxes Paid Sweepstakes Winners

Date Facebook Instagram Twitter
Monday, February 8, 2016 Karen Grabowski, Wilmington Jennifer LaValley, Hadley
Vanessa Allia, Marlborough
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Suzanne Englert, West Roxbury Nathan Blanchette, Chicopee
Bharat Bhatia, Woburn
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Lian Way, Sandwich Chuck Staples @Lucky7Luck

 

*The $1,000 prize is actually $1,053 for tax reporting.  The $1,053 includes state withholding taxes based on the current rate at the time of the Sweepstakes. The tax withholding rate is subject to change.  The $1,000 Taxes Paid prize winners shall be liable for any federal income taxes that may be applicable.  The winners of the 3-month Powerball Season Ticket prizes shall be liable for any and all taxes on any prizes won with that Season Ticket.

 

$1.586 BILLION POWERBALL JACKPOT IS HIT IN CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA AND TENNESSEE; TWO $1 MILLION WINNERS IN MASSACHUSETTS

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Powerball sales in Massachusetts for record-setting drawing nearly $33 million

Tickets sold in California, Florida and Tennessee each won a share of the world-record setting $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot in the Wednesday, January 13 drawing. The final cash option on the prize was an estimated $983.5 million.  In Massachusetts, two $1 million winning tickets were sold, one at 777 Convenience Store, 269 Main St. in Charlestown, the other at Tedeschi Food Shops, 52 Bedford St. in East Bridgewater.

Wednesday’s Powerball drawing was the 20th since the jackpot was last hit on November 4.  Powerball sales in Massachusetts for Wednesday’s drawing totaled $32,970,847.  Saturday’s drawing, which featured an announced jackpot of $900 million that grew to $947.9 million by the time of the draw, generated $23,830,638 in sales in Massachusetts.

In the hours leading up to Wednesday’s historic drawing, Mass. Lottery retailers across the state were churning out over $37,000 in Powerball sales per minute.

“While no one in Massachusetts won the grand prize, the excitement created by the recent record-setting jackpots was a big win for many in our state,” said Treasurer and Receiver General Deb Goldberg.  “Lottery sales support our cities and towns and our 7,500 retailers, and many Lottery players won, including four $1 million winners in our state."

In the 20 drawings since the jackpot was last hit, Massachusetts amassed $86,807,587 in Powerball sales.  Over the course of an entire fiscal year, every dollar spent on Powerball in Massachusetts generates approximately 42 cents in net profit for the Commonwealth, which is used to provide unrestricted local aid for all 351 cities and towns in the state.  On average, Powerball sales account for approximately two to three percent of the Lottery’s overall fiscal year sales.

An estimated $5.2 million will be returned to the Lottery’s 7,500 retailers, which receive approximately six percent of all Powerball sales as commissions and bonuses.

In the three most recent Powerball drawings, which all featured jackpots in excess of $500 million, four $ 1 million winning tickets were sold in Massachusetts.  Additional prizes sold in Massachusetts during this three-draw span include one $150,000 winner, two $100,000 winners and 44 $50,000 winners.

Prior to the current run of jackpots, the previous U.S. lottery record was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot that was split by three winners in the March 30, 2012 drawing.  Powerball’s previous record jackpot had been $590.5 million, won on May 18, 2013.

Powerball tickets are $2 each and can be played in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. EST in Tallahassee, Florida.  Tickets for each drawing can be purchased until 9:50 p.m. the night of the drawing.

Powerball drawings are available locally via the Lottery’s website – masslottery.com, and can also be viewed on the Lottery’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

 

POWERBALL JACKPOT INCREASES TO $1.5 BILLION

PowerballTop prize in Wednesday night’s drawing is now a WORLD record

The jackpot for the Wednesday, January 13 Powerball drawing has been increased for the second time in as many days and now stands at an estimated $1.5 billion, a world record for any lottery jackpot game. The cash option on the prize is now an estimated $930 million.

Last hit on November 4, 2015, this jackpot has been growing for 19 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner.  Prior to the current run of jackpots, the previous U.S. lottery record was a $656 million Mega Millions jackpot that was split by three winners in the March 30, 2012 drawing.  Powerball’s previous record jackpot had been $590.5 million, won on May 18, 2013.

Saturday’s drawing, which featured an announced jackpot of $900 million that grew to $947.9 million by the time of the draw, generated $23.8 million in sales in Massachusetts, setting a new all-time high in the state for a single Powerball or Mega Millions drawing.  In the hours leading up to Saturday’s drawing, Mass. Lottery retailers were churning out over $23,000 in Powerball sales per minute.

Over the course of last 19 drawings, the Mass. Lottery has sold over $53.8 million in Powerball tickets, generating approximately $22.6 million in local aid revenue for the Commonwealth and approximately $3.2 million in commissions and bonuses for Lottery retailers.  During this span, two $1 million prize winning tickets have been sold in Massachusetts, including one in Saturday’s drawing sold at Clarendon Wine Co., 563 Boylston St. in Boston.  A ticket sold at Express Mart, 367 Court St. in Plymouth, won $1 million in the Wednesday, January 6 draw.  The identities of the winners are not yet known.

Powerball tickets are $2 each and can be played in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets for Wednesday’s drawing can be purchased until 9:50 p.m. that evening at any Massachusetts Lottery retailer in the state. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. EST in Tallahassee, Florida.

Powerball drawings are available locally via the Lottery’s website – masslottery.com, and can also be viewed on the Lottery’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

 

POWERBALL JACKPOT INCREASED TO $900 MILLION

PowerballTop prize in Saturday night’s drawing is largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history

The Powerball jackpot for tonight’s drawing has been increased for the third time in as many days and now stands at an estimated $900 million. The cash option on the prize is now an estimated $558 million.

Last hit on November 4, 2015, this jackpot has been growing for 18 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner.  The $900 million jackpot eclipses the previous U.S. lottery record of $656 million that was split by three winners in the Mega Millions drawing on March 30, 2012.  Powerball’s highest-ever jackpot had been $590.5 million, won on May 18, 2013.

Powerball tickets are $2 each and can be played in 44 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Tickets for tonight’s drawing can be purchased until 9:45 p.m. this evening at any Massachusetts Lottery retailer in the state. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:59 p.m. EST in Tallahassee, Florida.

Powerball drawings are available locally via the Lottery’s website – masslottery.com, and can also be viewed on the Lottery’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

 

Enter our “12 Days of Bonuses” Sweepstakes

 

As far as we know, no one has ever turned down a holiday bonus.  That’s why the Massachusetts State Lottery is giving social media followers 12 days of chances to win a $100 cash bonus this holiday season in our “12 Days of Bonuses” Sweepstakes.

For each of the 12 days starting Sunday, December 13, 2015 and concluding Thursday, December 24, 2015, the Lottery will offer three lucky followers a $100 cash prize.  To enter, all you have to do is respond to one of the calls to action that we post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Each day at approximately 9 a.m., the Lottery will make a post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter about the “12 Days of Bonuses”Sweepstakes.  On Facebook and Instagram, you will be directed to comment on the post with “It’s time for a bonus.”  On Twitter, you will be directed to Tweet @MAStateLottery with #12DaysOfBonuses in the Tweet.  It’s that simple.

You may enter once on all three social media channels each day.  Entries will close at 9 p.m. each day.

For each of the 12 days of the Sweepstakes, a total of three (3) winners will be randomly selected – one each from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Winners for each day will be chosen the first business day following each of the 12 days of the Sweepstakes period.  Winners will be announced on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and will also be posted on this page.  Winners will be notified via the social media channel through which they won their prize.  To claim their prize, winners must go to Mass. Lottery headquarters in Braintree or a regional office (Boston, New Bedford, Springfield, Woburn, Worcester) and complete a claim form.  Prizes will be mailed to winners after claim form is submitted.

If you’re not already following the Lottery on all three of these social media channels, click on the links below to find us:

Facebook:     Massachusetts State Lottery
Instagram:    mastatelottery
Twitter:           @MAStateLottery

No purchase necessary.  Must be 18 years or older to participate.  For complete Sweepstakes rules, click here.

To view the Administrative Bulletin for this Sweepstakes, click here.

“Holiday Bonus” Instant Tickets are on sale now at Lottery retailers statewide. Click here for more information on these Instant Games, as well as our exciting new “Frosty Cashword” Instant Ticket.

Sweepstakes Winners

Date Facebook Instagram Twitter
Sunday, December 13, 2015 Julia Clark, Worcester Kathy Vermette, Chicopee James Wilson, Buzzards Bay
Monday, December 14, 2015 Timothy Maciejowski, Hamilton Frederick Korenewsky, Conway Stacey Sinclair, Millbury
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 Scott Pickering, Weymouth Lenard Price, Woburn Kevin Paszkewicz, Canton
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 Aaron Moccia, Agawam Robyn Boissonneault, Lowell Lian Way, Sandwich
Thursday, December 17, 2015 Laurie Crowley Kwiatkowski, Tewksbury Sitha Cabrera, Stoughton Thomas Zammuto, Billerica
Friday, December 18, 2015 Doug May, Norton Ashley Isaac, Methuen Michelle Petrosevich, Rockland
Saturday, December 19, 2015 James Murphy, Whitinsville Christopher Swistak, Wilbraham Debbie DePaola, Westfield
Sunday, December 20, 2015 Ryan Daly, Weymouth Ryan DePesa, Avon Shelley Frontiero, Gloucester
Monday, December 21, 2015 Dawn Kalenoski, Worcester Jennifer Zajac, Southbridge Taylor Lestage, New Bedford
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 Joy Cosby, Mansfield David Fournier, Watertown Anita Bhatia, Woburn
Wednesday, December 23, 2015 Roman Avanesov, Watertown Selina Thomas, Brockton Janice Davis, Canton
Thursday, December 24, 2015 Kathy Simons, Hyannis Lucia Rondon, Lawrence Shana Cohen, Stoughton

 

Mass. Lottery and Boston Celtics team up for #CelticsSelfie Sweepstakes

 

Mass. Lottery and Celtics to give fans the chance to win unique game-night experiences and authentic team merchandise through the #CelticsSelfie Sweepstakes

The Massachusetts State Lottery and the Boston Celtics are teaming up to launch the Mass. Lottery #CelticsSelfie Sweepstakes, a season-long promotion in which fans are encouraged to upload a selfie while adorned in their Celtics gear or showcasing a photo display of their Celtics memorabilia.

The Sweepstakes will consist of three entry periods:

  • Sweepstakes #1: December 11, 2015 – January 8, 2016
  • Sweepstakes #2: January 15, 2015 – February 12, 2016
  • Sweepstakes #3: February 19, 2016 – March 18, 2016

During each of the three Sweepstakes periods this season, fans who upload their photo using #CelticsSelfie on Twitter will be entered for a chance to win Celtics ticket and merchandise packages, $2 Boston Celtics Instant Tickets and a VIP experience during a Celtics game at TD Garden during the 2015-16 season. Winning fans will receive four lower level tickets and a pregame photo on the court, and the grand prize winner will also receive a meet and greet with a Celtics player.

“The Celtics are a great partner of ours and we are excited to team up with them to offer loyal fans a fun and creative way to show their Celtic pride and have a chance to win great prizes while doing so,” said Michael Sweeney, Executive Director of the Mass. Lottery.

“We are excited to partner with the Massachusetts State Lottery in launching the #CelticsSelfie Sweepstakes,” said Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Business Development Ted Dalton.  "This sweepstakes gives fans the opportunity to win various prizes while having fun by showing off their Celtic Pride.”

There is no purchase necessary to enter the Sweepstakes and fans can submit multiple entries. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to enter. For official rules and details on the #CelticsSelfie Sweepstakes, click here..