New Arkansas Lottery jackpot game kicks off today
By Todd Northrop
Starting today, Arkansas Lottery players can play the state's new Natural State Jackpot game, featuring a rolling jackpot that starts at a minimum of $25,000.
Lottery officials estimate the average jackpot will be more than $150,000.
The Arkansas-only jackpot game was created in response to player request, with dozens of calls to Lottery headquarters asking for a lotto-style game exclusive to Arkansas players.
Tickets for the new game went on sale this morning at 12 ...
Aug 27, 2012, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
Ark. Lottery Commission denies tampering claim
The Arkansas Lottery Commission is denying allegations that it deliberately sold unsecure tickets that had a design defect that could easily lead to potential tampering.
Assistant Attorney General Mark Ohrenberger submitted the statements Friday in legal papers in response to a lawsuit filed by a Little Rock man who claims he bought two $20 Arkansas Millionaires Club tickets that had been damaged.
State officials also disputed claims that the agency deliberately allowed flawed tickets to r ...
Jun 6, 2012, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Judge orders new trial in Arkansas lottery ticket suit
An Arkansas judge on Thursday ordered a new trial to decide who can claim a $1 million scratch-off lottery ticket prize, a little more than three weeks after he ruled that a woman who said she bought the ticket but mistakenly discarded it was entitled to the money.
White County Circuit Judge Thomas Hughes ruled May 1 that Sharon Duncan should get the prize money, not two other women involved in the case. Hughes ordered the new trial in a one-paragraph ruling that did not elaborate on his reas ...
May 25, 2012, 7:18 am - Lottery News forum
Cover-up alleged in Arkansas Lottery
An irate lottery player claimed in county court that Arkansas Lottery officials tried to keep him quiet about flawed lotto tickets.
In a class action, the man says that the security director of the Arkansas Lottery Commission offered him a bizarre assortment of Lottery merchandise and asked him to keep quiet about flawed tickets, so the Lottery would not lose money while it had the tickets reprinted.
Lead plaintiff Rick Tomboli sued the Arkansas Lottery Commission and its top officials, in ...
May 2, 2012, 9:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas woman loses bid for $1M lottery ticket picked from trash
An Arkansas woman who cashed a $1 million lottery ticket may have to give up the winnings to a woman who threw away the ticket after she bought it, according to a judge's ruling Tuesday.
The judge decided that Sharon Duncan was entitled to the prize money, not Sharon Jones, who claimed the prize money after she took the ticket from a trash can of discarded lottery tickets at a convenience store in Beebe, a city about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock.
Jones' attorney, James Simpson, said h ...
May 1, 2012, 10:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery Commission picks new director
The Arkansas Lottery Commission picked Bishop Woosley, the lottery's chief legal counsel, to be the state's new lottery director.
The nine-member commission made the decision at the end of a day-long meeting Saturday at its headquarters in downtown Little Rock, after interviewing Woosley and six other candidates, lottery spokeswoman Julie Baldridge said.
Baldridge, who has been serving as interim lottery director since Ernie Passailaigue resigned in October, said she looks forward to worki ...
Feb 12, 2012, 1:43 am - Lottery News forum
Ark. lottery panel puts new limits on chief's pay
The Arkansas Lottery Commission, in an attempt to deflect criticism it received in the past for former top officials' six-figure salaries, set new salary limits Monday for its next director.
The commission voted to set the maximum salary for the next director at $175,000. The nine-member commission plans to begin interview candidates this weekend for the opening left by former director Ernie Passailaigue, who resigned in September after criticism over his management of the games.
Feb 8, 2012, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Three women vying for ownership of $1 million lottery ticket
Includes video report
A winning $1 million lottery ticket picked out of a gas station trash can has become the subject of a three-way legal battle in Arkansas.
Sharon Jones was at a Super One Stop in July 2011 in Bebee, Ark., when she went to a trash bin to pick up a handful of discarded lottery tickets, as she had done many times before, according to her attorneys.
A program through the lottery commission website allows people to register non-winning tickets for points that they can us ...
Jan 26, 2012, 9:20 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Supreme Court hears arguments in lottery trademark suit
An attorney for a Little Rock marketing firm argued Thursday before the Arkansas Supreme Court that his client should be allowed to proceed with a trademark lawsuit against the Arkansas Lottery Commission.
The high court heard oral arguments but did not immediately issue a ruling in a lawsuit filed by Alpha Marketing against the Lottery Commission. The company has been seeking a ruling that it has exclusive rights to use of the terms Arkansas lottery, Arkansas Lotto, and Lottery Arkansas, som ...
Dec 9, 2011, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery forecasts $5M drop in scholarship money
Arkansas' lottery is on track to bring in roughly $5 million less for scholarships than last year, the games' interim director said Tuesday, as lawmakers prepare to consider whether to reduce the amounts of the scholarships next year.
Interim Lottery Director Julie Baldridge told the lottery's legislative oversight committee that the lottery is on track to raise $89 million for college scholarships for the fiscal year that began July 1. That's a drop from the $94.2 million the games raised in ...
Dec 7, 2011, 3:02 pm - Lottery News forum