Arkansas Lottery marks 5th anniversary
With over 150,000 Arkansas students awarded almost half a billion dollars in lottery-funded Academic Challenge Scholarships, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is celebrating five full years of big wins and big opportunities as an engine for higher education and an educated, higher-earning workforce.
Before that first ticket was bought at 12:01 a.m. on September 28, 2009, we could only guess at what this lottery could do for our state, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said. ...
Oct 7, 2014, 9:25 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery recoups $1M in unpaid taxes, child support
In its five years of operation, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has raised nearly a half-billion dollars in scholarships to help 135,000 Arkansas students attend in-state public and private colleges and universities. But thanks to an often-forgotten provision of the Arkansas Code, the Lottery has also benefited state operations by recouping nearly $1 million in unpaid taxes and child support payments.
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act of 2009 requires the Lottery to cooperate in identifyi ...
Sep 3, 2014, 8:37 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky lotteries to cancel Decades of Dollars
Making room for upcoming national Monopoly game
By Todd Northrop
There are just twenty remaining chances to play and win the multi-state Decades of Dollars game in Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky.
The first drawing of Decades of Dollars was on Feb. 3, 2011, in the states of Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia. Arkansas later joined the game starting with the drawing on May 5, 2011.
Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky will not be participating in any drawings after October 16, 2014. After tha ...
Aug 8, 2014, 1:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Keno opens a new fight over Arkansas lottery
Arkansas lottery officials won't just be making the case for why they should be allowed to expand their games to include offerings such as keno when the Legislature meets next year. They'll also be making the case for not completely overhauling their structure.
Legislation approved in a special session last week that bars the lottery from launching monitor games such as keno until March 13, 2015, ensures that the issue will be at the top of the agenda when lawmakers convene for next year's se ...
Jul 8, 2014, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery revives Million Dollar Raffle, plans 46 new instant games
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will roll out a new statewide raffle game with a top $1 million prize and more than 40 new instant tickets in the next year, officials said Monday.
Agency director Bishop Woosley said at a lottery commission meeting that the second Million Dollar Raffle will have some key differences from the first one in 2010, in which ticket sales started off slowly because a draw date wasn't set.
Woosley said ticket sales for the new raffle will begin soon with four draw ...
Aug 27, 2013, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Former Arkansas Lottery official admits stealing tickets
A former Arkansas Lottery security official pleaded guilty Friday to a long-running scheme in which he's accused of stealing and cashing nearly a half-million dollars' worth of scratch-off tickets.
Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said the theft by Remmele Mazyck, 34, started in 2009 when the lottery launched. It wasn't discovered until October 2012, when a clerk at a Jonesboro retailer raised questions about lottery tickets Mazyck tried to cash that were registered to a store no longer in bus ...
Jul 13, 2013, 7:26 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery Commission to revisit monitor games
With proceeds down from last year, the Arkansas Lottery Commission will consider adding monitor games to boost revenue an option that Gov. Mike Beebe and others have spoken against in the past.
Commissioner Dianne Lamberth of Batesville asked the commission Monday to take another look at monitor games, which so far have not been offered in Arkansas. Rep. Mark Perry, D-Jacksonville, co-chairman of the legislative oversight committee on the lottery, had requested earlier that the commission tak ...
Jun 25, 2013, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum
New Arkansas jackpot game boosting lottery revenue after drop
New raffle game coming in September
Last year, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery surpassed $1 billion in total ticket sales since it began in 2009.
In its fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, the lottery had revenue of $473 million, up from $465 million in 2011.
But things aren't looking so hot for 2013: From July 1 through April 30, the lottery has had revenue of $365 million, net income of $74 million and had transferred $71 million to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Compare ...
Jun 3, 2013, 8:08 am - Lottery News forum
High court dismisses Arkansas lottery name lawsuit
A businessman who said he owns trademarks to the lottery's name can't sue the Arkansas Lottery Commission, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
In a 4-3 decision, the high court reversed a lower court's decision and dismissed a lawsuit from Ed Dozier's company, Alpha Marketing, against the lottery commission. The court said the commission is a state entity entitled to sovereign immunity, which prohibits lawsuits against the state.
Because a judgment for Alpha would operate to control t ...
May 31, 2013, 1:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery Commission wants lawsuit dismissed
The Arkansas Lottery Commission says the state Supreme Court should dismiss a lawsuit about the lottery's name.
Assistant Attorney General David Curran on Thursday asked the justices to dismiss Alpha Marketing's lawsuit after a lower court last year refused to do so.
(See Arkansas Supreme Court hears arguments in lottery trademark suit, Lottery Post, Dec. 9, 2011.)
The Lottery Commission has said it should be immune from the lawsuit, but a judge in Pulaski County ruled in 2012 that the ...
May 9, 2013, 7:53 pm - Lottery News forum