$257 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot expands
Largest jackpot in 20 months
By Todd Northrop
The last time the multi-state Mega Millions jackpot was this big, it was busy setting the record for the largest lottery jackpot in history.
After nobody won Friday night's grand prize, the Mega Millions jackpot grew to an estimated $257 million the largest since the record-setting $656 million jackpot set on March 30, 2012.
The lump-sum cash value stands at a staggering $139.2 million.
Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulati ...
Nov 30, 2013, 3:38 am - Lottery News forum
$230 MILLION: Mega Millions jackpot rolls
By Todd Northrop
Lottery players across the United States are buying their Mega Millions tickets in preparation for Friday's massive $230 million drawing, after nobody won Tuesday's $205 million jackpot.
The cash value stands at a staggering $125.1 million.
Friday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 16 consecutive drawings without a top prize winner. The current jackpot run-up started on October 4 as a $12 million grand prize.
Players should note that jackpot amounts are c ...
Nov 27, 2013, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
$205 MILLION: Promise of big jackpots met by new Mega Millions
By Todd Northrop
When the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game was changed a month ago, it was done so amid promises of bigger jackpots without needing to raise ticket prices. Now it appears the promise has been met.
After no lottery tickets matched all 5 numbers plus the Mega Ball Friday night, the multi-state Mega Millions jackpot was increased to an estimated $205 million, with a lump-sum cash value of $110.6 million.
Tuesday's Mega Millions jackpot is the accumulation of 15 consec ...
Nov 23, 2013, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lottery seeks logo designer
The Wyoming Lottery Corporation wants an in-state company to design its new logo.
The lottery board and the corporation's first CEO, Jon Clontz, sent letters of interest to nine companies around the state, asking them to pen the trademark for all of the state lottery's games of chance set to hit stores in mid-2014.
The board will make a decision in the coming weeks on which firm will get the job.
Clontz is also getting to ready to accept bids from the lottery industry's three biggest ga ...
Oct 28, 2013, 6:58 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Lottery hires Oregon Lottery official as CEO
Start of games might be delayed up to 1 year
The Wyoming Lottery Corporation on Monday announced its selection of an Oregon man to serve as its first chief executive officer.
Jon Clontz, 49, will start Oct. 7 as CEO at a salary of $165,000 a year, said Brian Scott Gamroth, chairman of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation board.
Clontz served as deputy director with the Oregon Lottery for the past two years.
His leadership qualities, strong communication skills, and a proven track record ...
Sep 24, 2013, 10:55 am - Lottery News forum
$235 MILLION: Powerball lottery jackpot soars
By Todd Northrop
There was no jackpot winner in the Saturday night drawing of the multi-state Powerball lottery game, causing the grand prize to increase to an estimated $235 million for Wednesday's drawing.
Saturday was the 10th consecutive drawing without a jackpot winner. The jackpot run started June 26 as a $40 million jackpot.
The estimated cash value for the new jackpot is $136.5 million. After-tax cash and annuity prize amounts are reported state-by-state on the Jackpot Analysis ...
Jul 28, 2013, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lottery to reap estimated $20 million in first year of ticket sales
The Wyoming Lottery Board estimates it will get $20 million from ticket sales in the first year of the state's legal games of chance, which are now targeted to start February 2014.
The board Friday evening reviewed a preliminary budget that considered the $20 million figure, which was based on estimates the lottery industry provided the Wyoming Legislature, said Brian Scott Gamroth, lottery board chairman. The law that legalized lottery in Wyoming requires 50 percent of ticket sales be return ...
Jul 15, 2013, 7:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Tenn. lottery chief offers advice to fledgling Wyoming Lottery
The Wyoming Lottery Board received some much-needed advice and a stern warning from someone who has helped shepherd other states through the the complicated process of launching state-sponsored games of chance.
Rebecca Hargrove is the CEO of the Tennessee Lottery and is known as a guru on how to get lottery startups off the ground and running. Board Chairman Brian Scott asked her to pay a visit to help outline a game plan for the board at its second-ever meeting on Tuesday.
The energetic e ...
Jul 10, 2013, 10:07 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lottery board sets January 2014 as target start date
The nine-member Wyoming Lottery Board, meeting on Monday for the first time, set its sights on a January 2014 launch date for its games of chance.
But six months leaves the group little time. Members began quick work on its corporate structure and the framework for equipping retail stores for a lottery in less than six months.
We will launch when we know we have the right product for Wyoming, said Brian Scott, board chairman and a radio host in Casper. For some states, it has been four, s ...
Jul 9, 2013, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming Gov. announces 9-member lottery board
Several newly appointed members of the board of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation say it's too early in the process to tell whether the state will sign on with an existing, multi-state lottery such as Powerball, establish its own statewide contests or possibly do both.
Gov. Matt Mead on Monday announced the nine members of the board. His office said they plan an organizational meeting in Casper next week.
The board members are truly Wyoming leaders in their areas of expertise, Mead said. I ...
Jul 2, 2013, 10:03 am - Lottery News forum