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Georgia couple wins Royal Caribbean cruise from lottery game

There’s another winner of a Royal Caribbean cruise thanks to the Georgia lottery. Acquenella and Donald Gates of Covington, Georgia won the seven night Royal Caribbean cruise while playing the scratch-off game Royal Caribbean Cruise for Cash.

Acquenella bought the winning ticket at a BP food mart in Covington after getting some gas.

“About three more scratches and there was the ship sitting in the corner,” she said. “(Donald) got two pairs of glasses and two magnifying glasses, including one with a “light.”

Interestingly enough, Acquenella bought the ticket when she forgot to run an errand so she stopped at the food mart where she bought the ticket.

“It was there waiting for me,” Gates said.

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Georgia man wins Royal Caribbean cruise in the Georgia Lottery

Dr. Kenneth Howard of Rome, Georgia won the Royal Caribbean Cruise for Cash May 31st drawing from the Georgia Lottery. His windfall includes a seven-night cruise for two aboard a Royal Caribbean ship.

“I’m extremely excited. I’ve never been on a cruise before.”

The Georgia Lottery allows players to enter a non-winning Cruise for Cash instant ticket into the Second Chance drawing for another chance to win a seven-night cruise aboard a Royal Caribbean ship.

Howard says he will take his wife on the cruise with him, where they will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary next year.

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Missouri man wins Royal Caribbean cruise on lotto scratch off ticket

Shane Nelson, of Kennett, Missouri, won a cruise vacation for two aboard a Royal Caribbean ship after buying a $5 “Missouri Lottery’s 25th Anniversary Cruise” Scratchers ticket.

Nelson plans on taking his girlfriend on the cruise and was excited to spread the news of his winnings.

“I had to tell someone; I couldn’t contain myself,” he laughed, sharing that he next called his mother, who was “beside herself she was so happy” about his win.

Interestingly enough, Nelson had never been on a cruise before but will now have the chance to. His winnings are valued at more than $19,000 and include an ocean-view balcony stateroom, round-trip first-class airfare, deluxe hotel accommodations the night prior to the cruise, ground transportation to and from the ship, a new set of luggage, $1,000 onboard spending credit and $500 cash.

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Florida Lottery features Royal Caribbean cruise as grand prize

If you like playing those scratch off lottery games and are a fan of Royal Caribbean, now you can combine your favorite two passions in one. Starting today, the Florida Lottery will be selling a new scratch off game with a Royal Caribbean theme called “Cruise for Cash”.

Tickets cost $5 and the game offers players the change to win up to $200,000 instantly and a second chance promotion on the Florida Lottery website has the possibility to win a 7-night Caribbean cruise vacation for two aboard Oasis of the Seas or Allure of the Seas. The new game is available at Florida Lottery retailers statewide.

If you win the cruise, you also will receive $1,000 in ship credit and premium accommodations for two at a deluxe hotel prior to departure. There will be a total of 112 cruise packages awarded with this game. Cruise winners will have the option of selecting from various Royal Caribbean International cruise vacations, subject to availability and the terms of the CRUISE FOR CASH game.

Lotto Georgia couple wins Royal Caribbean cruise from lottery game There’s another winner of a Royal Caribbean cruise thanks to the Georgia lottery. Acquenella and Donald Gates of Covington,

How the recession has crushed even the Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries

For years, winning the lottery had become the new American dream. Paying $2 for a lottery ticket and winning untold millions of dollars just has a lot more allure than a lifetime of hard work. Yet, the recession is crushing the lottery along with everything else. Buying a lottery ticket may have become a luxury expense, now that over 26 million American workers have filed for unemployment in the past month or so.

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The current Mega Millions drawing for Friday, April 24, is up at $174 million jackpot and prize payout in its annuity value. That is still empire-building money, but it could be quite some time before a lottery pot is this high again. The lottery jackpot process has undergone some serious changes that could act to lower some of those previous pools that had been well into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Lottery players hoping to become lottery winners had been excited about playing the lottery for years and years. After all, jackpots in the hundreds of millions of dollars became very enticing to the public. So what if the odds of winning the lottery are lower than being struck by lightning on a sunny day. Now there have been changes made for the Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries.

The two groups did not say they were losing their shirts based on the old rules, but it’s obvious that lottery sales have plummeted now that people are clenching every dollar they can. The changes also may have an impact on lump sum payments.

Both the Mega Millions and the Powerball lotteries have changed how they are calculating the initial jackpots. The chance of winning is still rather low, but the two have also announced changes to the incremental jackpot gains each time the lottery drawings produce no jackpot winner(s).

Before the recession and massive job losses started hurting lottery sales, the Mega Millions jackpot started out at $40 million. The minimum increase was $5 million for each roll, if there was no jackpot winner, but those increments could rise depending on how many of the $2 lotto tickets were acquired. That’s history for now.

Looking ahead, the new method for the starting Mega Millions jackpots and the rate at which the jackpot increases for Mega Millions will be established based on game sales and interest rates. There also will be no fixed minimum amount, and the level will be determined and announced ahead of each drawing.

You can directly blame the recession for this. That’s what the Mega Millions announcement did, even noting that typical lottery sales patterns already have been altered due to so many people staying at home. An April 3 announcement specified:

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The Mega Millions Consortium has adjusted the game’s starting jackpot and will determine the amounts of subsequent starting jackpots and jackpot increases on a drawing-by-drawing basis. The changes are in direct response to slowing sales during the current global pandemic.

America’s next Powerball lottery drawing is set for Saturday, April 25, and that jackpot is currently $37 million. Powerball also has said that game sales and interest rates would determine the advertised jackpot amounts going forward. The old guaranteed starting jackpot amount and minimum jackpot increases have been eliminated.

Earlier in April, the Powerball Product Group indicated that future jackpot increases will be determined and announced prior to each drawing. Powerball jackpots had previously started with a $40 million annuity value, and if no winner was announced then the jackpot would roll up by a minimum of $10 million for each successive drawing. Even before announcing the formal changes based on participation, the starting jackpot had been reduced to a $20 million annuity value with minimum jackpot increases of $2 million between drawings.

The new changes are likely to create even less excitement and interest at the start of each lottery. The Powerball announcement on April 2 said:

These changes are necessary to ensure that ticket sales can support the Powerball jackpot and other lower-tier cash prizes. Our number one priority is making sure that the Powerball game can continue to assist lotteries in raising proceeds for their beneficiaries. Since last week, more states and cities have asked their residents to stay at home, which has affected normal consumer behaviors and Powerball game sales. In response to the public health crisis, interest rates have declined. As a result, additional game sales are necessary to fund comparable jackpot amounts. (24/7 Wall St. has covered many aspects of the lottery over the years. In particular, the 12 things not to do if you win the lottery has been the biggest focus.)

It seemed like nothing could kill the “new American dream.” The COVID-19 recession and stay-at-home orders changed all that, and the current economic pain might make all those $300 million and $500 million jackpot winnings seem as far away as the Dow at 30,000 in the stock market.

Winning the lottery, of course, still will always appeal to the public. Yet, it seems rather obvious that lotto ticket buyers will be much less excited about buying lotto tickets if they don’t know the size of a jackpot or if the increments are much lower. Of course, the winners still get to pay taxes and have to try to avoid catching the coronavirus just like everyone else.

It also has become much harder for the public to buy up endless amounts of $2 lotto tickets if they are unemployed or worried that they will be unemployed very soon.

The recession is crushing the lottery along with everything else. Buying a lottery ticket may have become a luxury expense, now that over 26 million American workers have filed for unemployment in the past month or so.