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WV Lottery considers online gaming options
To help combat out-of-state competition, the West Virginia Lottery is considering introducing online gaming options, including smartphone applications that would allow players to purchase Powerball and Mega Millions tickets on their phone. Lottery director John Musgrave told members of the state Lottery Commission Tuesday that officials met with state casino executives and their technical staff last month to discuss potential online gaming options in the state. A second meeting to discuss the ...
Aug 28, 2014, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum

Iowa Lottery chief addresses online ticket sales
Nothing seems farther away from the world of the smartphone, computer tablet and the future than the line at the grocery or convenience store to buy a lottery ticket. However, Terry Rich, president and chief executive officer of the Iowa Lottery, on Monday said the Iowa Lottery is not a stodgy outfit, and he said it is educating itself for a coming time when Iowa Lottery players likely will be able to purchase tickets for lotto games like Powerball and Mega Millions via phone, tablet or compu ...
Aug 12, 2014, 12:30 pm - Lottery News forum

New Mexico Lottery unveils new logo
The New Mexico Lottery unveiled a new, streamlined logo today, saying it's necessary to be recognizable on social media. Our new logo keeps the iconic roadrunner because the bird is so important to the image of both the state and the lottery, said New Mexico Lottery CEO David Barden. In the new interpretation, the roadrunner logo has been fine-tuned for digital media, an environment that didn't exist when the lottery was created 18 years ago. We're entering a new era of great new game ...
Aug 6, 2014, 10:28 pm - Lottery News forum

Friends sue NJ Lottery, saying they're owed $1 million for discarded ticket
Two friends who claim they bought a Powerball ticket worth $1 million at a Mahwah convenience store last year sued the New Jersey Lottery Commission yesterday, claiming they tossed out the ticket because the state was too slow to update its website with the winning numbers. Salvatore Cambria and Erik Onyango claim in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Trenton that they picked five of six numbers drawn on March 23, 2013, the same day a Passaic deli owner scored the $338 million Powerbal ...
Jun 25, 2014, 7:43 pm - Lottery News forum

Minnesota Gov. vetoes bill to limit online lottery sales
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton vetoed a bill Friday that would have done away with online instant-play lottery games and barred sales of tickets via gas pumps or ATMs. His decision ends suspense over a bill that passed with big bipartisan majorities on the final day of the legislative session. The Democratic governor confessed to being torn over the strong message sent by lawmakers and his fear that the legislation was partly motivated by other gambling interests looking to protect their turf ...
Jun 1, 2014, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Woman Scammed by 'Friend' in 'Facebook Lottery'
Includes video report A woman in Texas says she was the victim of a well-worn scam, but what was unique in her case was that the fraudulent pitch came to her through a Facebook friend and was allegedly endorsed by President Obama. Kris White admits that she shouldn't have been fooled last week by the Facebook message saying she had won $250,000 in a Facebook Powerball lottery, ABC News affiliate KTRK reported. She said she was shown documents that wrote United States with lowercase letters ...
May 23, 2014, 2:05 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

Minnesota Lottery to offer online 'scratch-off' tickets
As expected, critics are outraged, supporters hopeful Forget that drive to a convenience store for a scratch-off lottery ticket. The Minnesota State Lottery soon will give consumers the same chance at a jackpot from the comfort of home, allowing them to scratch off tickets with a mouse and a cursor, not a coin. Undeterred by earlier criticisms, lottery official are making a bold play to reach the next generation of lottery players by going beyond its current Powerball-like games online ...
Dec 23, 2013, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum

Michigan to launch online lottery games late next year
Michigan will sell lottery tickets and offer games online in a year's time after two companies were chosen Monday to run an iLottery billed as a way to help fund public schools and keep the lottery relevant. The decision came five months after lottery officials indefinitely halted their plans because lawmakers rejected Gov. Rick Snyder's funding request to launch the online lottery. Legislators, however, did not prohibit the Lottery Bureau from spending existing money in its budget to offer I ...
Nov 26, 2013, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum

Western Canada Lottery glitch causes ticket errors
The Western Canadian Lottery Corporation (WCLC) is advising customers to recheck their tickets following a system problem. Officials said a delay in the draw results may mean that winning tickets weren't correctly identified. They weren't released to the system until 10:35 yesterday morning. When normally they would be available as the retailors were opening their stores, WCLC stakeholder relations director, Amanda Marantz, explained. Something that Gilles Caron found out the hard way. ...
Sep 22, 2013, 7:16 pm - Lottery News forum

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