Illinois Lottery mulling changes to drawings
Could this be a move to all-computerized drawings and the death of real drawings in Illinois?
After 20 years of perky hosts and ping pong balls, the future of live Illinois Lottery drawings on WGN-Ch.9 is up in the air.
Lottery officials said Tuesday they are considering parting ways with WGN-TV, home to daily drawings since 1994, when the current one-year contract expires in June. Advances in lottery technology, an influx of new games and the move by Tribune Co. to pull the evening drawin ...
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Northstar fights to keep Illinois lottery documents secret
The company hired to run the Illinois Lottery continued its fight to keep some documents under wraps, arguing their release would violate its contract with the state and expose company secrets to competitors.
At a hearing before the Illinois Court of Claims, Northstar Lottery Group argued today that lottery officials have no duty to release a marketing study and a business plan even though the Illinois Attorney General has advised the documents should be made public.
The firm asked the cou ...
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Man threw away $1.25 million worth of lottery tickets
A Pennsylvania man mistakenly threw $1.25 million worth of winning lottery tickets in the trash.
The guy, it goes without saying, was pretty upset.
Wouldn't you be, said Wendy Hinton, who works at Zhou Grocery on South Queen Street in York.
On March 13, 2013, she sold 25 Quinto tickets numbers 4-3-4-1-8 to one of her regular customers, a man who, at the time, lived a couple of blocks from the corner store. She remembered because he played the same numbers every day their significance, ...
Apr 13, 2014, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum
NJ casino alleges famous poker player cheated in $9.6M win
An Atlantic City casino is suing a big-time gambler, claiming he won $9.6 million in a card-cheating scheme in baccarat.
The Borgata Hotel Casino Spa filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Phillip Ivey Jr., considered one of the best poker players in the world.
The suit alleges Ivey and an associate exploited a defect in cards made by a Kansas City manufacturer that enabled them to sort and arrange so-called good cards in baccarat. The technique gave him an unfair advantage on four occasi ...
Apr 11, 2014, 7:29 pm - Lottery News forum
For some, Illinois Lottery app makes ticket-buying too easy
When Illinois launched its first-in-the-nation lottery app in January, Matthew Ruder quickly signed up so he could jockey for jackpots with just a tap of the finger on his smartphone.
It's really easy to buy lottery tickets on the big draw days, said Ruder, 40, of Pekin in central Illinois. I can just log in to it, add some money to it, buy some tickets, and then I have them right there instead of stopping at the store. It just makes it easier sometimes.
State lottery officials hope the ...
Apr 10, 2014, 8:31 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Classic Lotto goes more than 2 years without winner
Jackpot now a record $66.2 million
The Classic Lotto jackpot currently stands at $66.2 million after no ticket was sold for Monday's draw with the numbers of 27, 32, 36, 38, 40, and 44.
Of course, that means no winning ticket was sold last week. Or the week before that. Or the month before that. Or the year before that.
In fact, it's the largest jackpot recorded for the game. Every drawing that produces no jackpot winner it breaks another record, increasing by another $100,000 to $300,0 ...
Apr 9, 2014, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin Lottery kicks off new '5 Card Cash'
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
Sunday, April 6 marks the start of the Wisconsin Lottery's first new lottery game in over 10 years.
The new $2 lotto game called 5 Card Cash is modeled after the popular poker-themed games found in several state and provincial lotteries throughout the United States and Canada.
While most Wisconsin Lottery games either have the opportunity to win instantly, or in the nightly drawing, 5 Card Cash offers both. Players will be able to win one of sev ...
Apr 6, 2014, 1:14 pm - Lottery News forum
$20M Mega Millions winner didn't believe lottery scanner
A lottery player scanned his tickets at a Shirley, New York, convenience store called JackSpot! and when the screen flashed BIG WINNER, he told the cashier, The machine is broken.
But it wasn't he was holding the $20-million Mega Millions ticket, the mystery jackpot winner sought by the New York State Lottery since the March 25 drawing, said convenience store co-owner Howie Frank and cashier Laura Marckesano.
He's not catching what I'm saying, said Marckesano, who scanned the ticket twic ...
Apr 4, 2014, 4:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery announces changes in response to reports of repeat winners
The Florida Lottery on Tuesday announced that it would adopt several safeguards to prevent fraud and protect players.
The announcement follows a Palm Beach Post investigation published Sunday that revealed that many players may be winning big prizes too often. It also comes as legislators consider taking more control of the lottery by placing it under a gambling commission.
The lottery will adopt software to track frequent winners in real time, roll out more self-checking terminals at its ...
Apr 3, 2014, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
Sole winner of $425M February Powerball jackpot claims prize
The sole winner of February's $425.3 million Powerball jackpot came forward to claim his prize Tuesday.
California Lottery officials said B. Raymond Buxton, a Northern California man, claimed the prize at the California Lottery headquarters in Sacramento.
'Unbelievable!' is all I could muster, Buxton said in a statement on Tuesday. Once the initial shock passed, I couldn't sleep for days.
After the winning numbers were announced, Buxton said, he sat in front of his computer in disbeli ...
Apr 2, 2014, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum