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
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
Arkansas couple wins lotto twice in 1 weekend
Includes video report
An Arkansas couple struck gold twice after winning $1 million and $50,000 jackpots, both of them during this past weekend, and both with tickets sold from the same store.
Stephen, 54, and Terri Weaver, 55, of Stuttgart, Ark., left on Friday for a weekend trip to a cabin near Greers Ferry Lake, over 100 miles away. On Saturday evening, they stopped at T-Ricks convenience store in the nearby city of Pangburn. Stephen bought five $1 Million Riches instant scratch-off tic ...
Feb 6, 2013, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
Possibility of Mississippi lottery worries Arkansas lottery officials
Arkansas lottery officials are keeping a nervous eye on Mississippi as that state's legislators prepare to consider creating a state lottery.
Officials say they don't want to lose the revenue the lottery now receives from Mississippi residents who cross the state line to play Arkansas' lottery, especially at a time when lottery revenues are already in decline.
Of the six states surrounding Arkansas, only Mississippi does not have a lottery. In 1992, a proposal to remove a lottery ban from ...
Dec 8, 2012, 9:52 pm - Lottery News forum
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