Former MD Lottery employee charged with theft of lottery tickets
Claimed $67,000 in winnings before he was caught
A former Maryland Lottery official has been indicted for stealing tickets and collecting tens of thousands of dollars from the winnings, officials said on Thursday.
Mark Barron Hantski, 59, of Lothian, a former Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency employee, collected $67,000 in winnings after stealing tickets from the Maryland Lottery, officials said in a news release.
Officials say that the Grand Jury for Anne Arundel County formal ...
Apr 19, 2013, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery director appeals to state legislature to reject pending bill
Restrictive measure will drastically reduce prizes, cut revenue, director says
Statement from Bishop Woosley, Director, Arkansas Lottery Commission
Friday afternoon, HB 2263 will be presented to the House Rules committee at the Capitol. HB2263 mandates that 25% of total lottery proceeds be used to fund college scholarships. The Arkansas Lottery Commission (ALC) strongly opposes this bill because of the immediate and detrimental effect it will have on lottery ticket sales, revenues paid ...
Apr 11, 2013, 7:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma lottery making strides to increase prizes
Oklahoma lottery officials voted Tuesday to reduce the amount of money paid to nearly 2,000 retailers that sell lottery tickets to increase prizes in almost a last resort to boost sales.
The Lottery Commission has reduced its operating costs to less than 2.5 percent of its $192 million in revenue by reducing office space and cutting the number of staff from 40 to 26, said Rollo Redburn, the agency's executive director.
Operating expenses were cut from $9.7 million in 2008 to $4.8 million t ...
Mar 20, 2013, 9:23 am - Lottery News forum
Former SC lottery employee accused of embezzling more than $200,000
A former employee of the South Carolina Education Lottery has been indicted by a Richland County grand jury on charges he embezzled more than $200,000 from the lottery, according to Attorney General Alan Wilson.
Specifically, Anthony J. McNeil, 55, was indicted on one count of embezzlement of public funds over $10,000. It is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine.
The indictment alleges that between April 2010 and August 2012, McNeil while working in the lottery's finan ...
Mar 20, 2013, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
That was fast: No more 'Kwikies' for Maine Lottery
The odds have dropped to zero for scratch tickets becoming Kwikies.
The Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations announced in a Monday press release that it no longer plans to brand the state's scratch tickets as Kwikies.
The Maine State Lottery is sensitive to the concerns of retailers and consumers alike, said Gerry Reid, director of Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations. We recently tested a new brand name for our instant ticket games, and the initial ...
Mar 19, 2013, 4:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery paid out $1 billion in prizes in 3 years
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery today announced that total prizes awarded to players in Arkansas have exceeded the astonishing $1 billion mark early Monday.
As of Tuesday morning, the prize total was calculated at exactly $1,001,373,313.
The Arkansas Lottery has been selling tickets for only three years and five months since September 28, 2009.
Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said the Lottery has produced just over $321 million for the Education Trust Fund to finance 94,000 Arkansas Ac ...
Feb 19, 2013, 2:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Winning $217M Powerball ticket sold in Virginia
By Todd Northrop
Someone who bought a Powerball ticket in the Richmond, Va. airport for Wednesday night's drawing will wake up a multimillionaire.
The Virginia Lottery said the ticket sold for Wednesday's $217 million drawing matched all five numbers plus the Powerball.
The winning numbers were 5, 27, 36, 38, and 41, with Powerball number 12.
In addition to the jackpot winner, 7 lucky players matched the first 5 numbers for a $1,000,000 prize: 1 from Arizona, 1 from Connecticut, 1 fr ...
Feb 8, 2013, 8:58 am - Lottery News forum
NC lottery bill won't ban welfare recipient sales
A key North Carolina House leader says a bill he's drawing up about the North Carolina state lottery won't include a provision prohibiting ticket sales to people receiving public assistance or who are in bankruptcy.
Speaker Pro Tempore Paul Stam of Apex said Wednesday the provision was the least important part of his proposal. He said got questions from all sides on the lottery issue about the provision. Some critics questioned singling out the poor or how retailers would enforce the law.
Jan 31, 2013, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Powerball selling 100,000 tickets per minute
Half-billion dollar jackpot generating unprecedented sales
MUSL also expects to award $70 million in non-jackpot cash prizes Wednesday
By Todd Northrop
Player enthusiasm nationwide for Wednesday night's Powerball jackpot, the largest in Powerball history, has resulted in record sales leading to an increase today in the estimated jackpot amount to $500 million currently the largest in the world, and the second largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history.
Besides the jackpot, Powerball is ...
Nov 27, 2012, 7:03 pm - Lottery News forum
NY brothers claim $5M win from '06 lottery ticket
Two brothers kept quiet for six years about the $5 million winning lottery ticket they'd bought at their parents' store in Syracuse.
Andy N. Ashkar, 34, of Camillus, and his brother, Nayel N. Ashkar, 36, of Cicero, came forward March 1 of this year to claim the $5 million top prize in the $500,000,000 Extravaganza scratch-off game, lottery officials said.
That was 11 days before the prize would've expired.
It's unusual, highly unusual, lottery spokeswoman Carolyn Hapeman said Tuesday o ...
Oct 17, 2012, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum