Legislative committee to discuss killing the Texas Lottery
The Texas Legislature's discussions about eliminating the state lottery are moving forward.
House Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday announced his appointments to the Legislative Committee to Review the Texas Lottery and Texas Lottery Commission, a new panel charged with studying the ramifications of ending the lottery, along with examining charitable bingo and how its revenue is distributed.
The appointees include three Harris County lawmakers, one of whom is a vocal lottery critic.
Jul 25, 2014, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum
16 siblings share $20 million lottery jackpot in New Jersey
Sixteen brothers and sisters from New Jersey who pooled money for a decade to buy lottery tickets got the ultimate payout a $20 million Pick 6 jackpot they'll use to repair homes they lost in Sandy, send their children to college and preserve the legacy of their late mother, who urged them to vie for the pot together in the first place.
The Endreson clan, who range in age from 53 to 76, accepted the check from the New Jersey Lottery Thursday. They' opted for a lump sum payment of $14 million ...
Jul 24, 2014, 3:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Missouri Gov. orders review of Lottery operations
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the state Office of Administration to carry out a comprehensive review of the Missouri Lottery's operations.
The lottery posted more than $1.14 billion in sales last year, according to unaudited figures, but its $267.3 million profit (which goes to education funding) was $31 million short of its goal and was below 2006 totals when adjusted for inflation.
The governor cited declining lottery and casino revenue in his decision to withhold $35 million of educ ...
Jul 24, 2014, 10:13 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery kicks off media blitz
Powerball, Mega Millions tickets on sale Aug. 24
Includes video report
The Wyoming Lottery Corporation today kicked off a comprehensive, statewide, multimedia marketing campaign as part of the countdown toward the initial sale of lottery tickets in Wyoming on August 24.
The Get Ready to Play campaign launches today, July 23, across Wyoming in a number of mediums, from traditional print and broadcast advertising, to digital efforts. Television and radio ads focus on the quest to catch th ...
Jul 23, 2014, 2:47 pm - Lottery News forum
N.M. man had jackpot-winning lottery ticket in car for 2 months
For almost two months, Dennis Romero of Albuquerque, New Mexico, drove around town with a lottery ticket worth $385,000 in the backseat of his car.
On Friday afternoon, Romero discovered his good fortune. Realizing he had unchecked tickets from May, he pulled into a store parking lot, grabbed the tickets and scanned them himself using a countertop ticket checker.
When it said, 'Claim at lottery,' I knew I had won something big, Romero said.
On his quick-pick ticket for the May 29 Road ...
Jul 22, 2014, 11:02 am - Lottery News forum
Seeing sales slowing, Missouri Lottery officials seek new customers
For many years, as state revenue has fluctuated and stagnated, the Missouri Lottery has been a welcome outlier, a dependable, sometimes surging revenue stream that rarely failed to post record profits.
From 2001-2008, the lottery doubled its sales, to just shy of $1 billion, and its contribution to state education funding (where its profit is directed) reached $265 million.
Since then though, the pace has slowed. While sales have continued to tick upward, gone are the years of double-digit ...
Jul 22, 2014, 7:13 am - Lottery News forum
Some lottery winning streaks have defied belief
The Brudnicks may be one of the luckiest families in Massachusetts.
In just the last couple of years, Chelsea insurance agent Robert Brudnick has cashed in 140 winning Massachusetts lottery tickets worth at least $1,000 each. His 25-year-old daughter Ashley has racked up another 100 wins. And his 23-year-old son Nathan, has turned in 99 more. The total take: More than $440,000, mostly from scratch tickets.
But state lottery officials and statisticians say they doubt any family could be tha ...
Jul 20, 2014, 3:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Would you quit your job if you won the lottery?
Survey results may surprise you
Lottery tickets clenched in hands. Eyes trained on the numbered lottery balls in motion like popcorn popping. Mind solely fixed on this thought:
If I win this one, I'll be rich enough to quit my job.
Rich enough to quit, but would you? Most people would keep working, even if those lottery balls lined up in their favor, says a Harris Poll survey released today. Just over half 51 percent of workers said they would continue to work, even if they didn't nee ...
Jul 18, 2014, 9:02 am - Lottery News forum
New Mexico man claims 15 prizes in Mega Millions draw worth $60,000
An Albuquerque, New Mexico, man won 15 prizes totaling $60,000 in one Mega Millions drawing.
Steven Traub claimed his prizes in person at New Mexico Lottery headquarters yesterday.
This has made my day, Traub said.
Winner Played Ages as Lucky Numbers ... Again and Again
For the July 8 drawing, Traub purchased five plays on three tickets for a total of 15 plays.
On every play, Traub used the ages of his four youngest children and his wife 14, 19, 25, 27 and 49 as his white ball nu ...
Jul 17, 2014, 2:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery ad campaign starts with rodeo
With the launch of the Wyoming Lottery just over a month away, officials will begin a statewide advertising campaign and training the retailers who will be selling the tickets.
The Wyoming Lottery Commission heard reports Wednesday from staff on last-minute details leading to the first Powerball and Mega Millions ticket sales on Aug. 24. It is Wyoming's first foray into the lottery frenzy that has become a fixture in most other states.
Wyoming Lottery CEO Jon Clontz said he expects more th ...
Jul 17, 2014, 11:29 am - Lottery News forum