Ark. Lottery panel votes for changes to unclaimed prize money
The legislative Lottery Oversight Committee voted today to recommend a fix for a 2010 law change that Arkansas lottery officials say hampers their ability to maximize ticket sales.
During last year's fiscal session, the Legislature changed the state lottery law to add unclaimed prize money to net profits.
Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue said after the session that the change meant the lottery could not use some of the unclaimed money on efforts to boost prizes and sales in response to ...
Feb 16, 2011, 10:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery director's benefits in conflict with law?
Arkansas law expressly prohibits the use of a multiplier in determining the state lottery director's salary for retirement purposes, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said in an opinion Monday.
Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue's base salary is $141,603 a year, but the Lottery Commission has been paying him $324,000 a year thanks to an optional multiplier included in the state's lottery law. His retirement benefits have been based on the $324,000 figure, not his base salary.
Sen. Bobby Gl ...
Feb 8, 2011, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery sets raffle draw date
Sales to end April 6th; drawing the next day
By Todd Northrop
At long last, the Arkansas Lottery has fixed the drawing date for its Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle.
The Raffle game, which the lottery claims to have the best odds of a $1,000,000 win in Arkansas Scholarship Lottery history, will sell its last ticket on Wednesday, April 6. The drawing will be held the following day, Apr. 7.
The Raffle will pay off big two ticket numbers will be drawn to win $1,000,000. Also, there will b ...
Feb 1, 2011, 1:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Three state lotteries set to begin new multi-state game
Decades of Dollars to replace Win For Life game
By Todd Northrop
UPDATED: Since the original news story was written, it has come to our attention that Arkansas will not be participating in the new lottery game, due to legislative hurdles, and the Win For Life game will continue to be played in Virginia. The title of the story has been changed to reflect three state lotteries, rather than the four state lotteries originally referenced, and the body of the article has been updated with the a ...
Jan 11, 2011, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery director up for review for first time
The director of the Arkansas Lottery, who oversaw its successful launch but has had a series of high-profile flubs, will receive his first employee evaluation Wednesday when the Arkansas Lottery Commission.
Commission chairman Dianne Lamberth said the panel will go into executive session to discuss Ernie Passailaigue's performance, which has been highlighted by the scholarships given to students last fall but darkened by a critical audit and other problems.
The commission met in closed ses ...
Jan 10, 2011, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery may not be able to meet scholarship demands
Panel considered reducing scholarship amounts
The legislative committee that oversees the state lottery yesterday considered, but ultimately tabled, a proposal to recommend reducing lottery scholarship amounts by 10 percent for the second class of lottery recipients.
Last year the Legislature set the amount for the first group of lottery recipients at $5,000 per year to attend a four-year school and $2,500 per year to attend a two-year school.
Rep. Barry Hyde, D-North Little Rock, co-ch ...
Dec 31, 2010, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum
States look for winning formulas to spur lottery sales
Buy a scratch lottery ticket in Georgia, and you can win music downloads or a seat at an Atlanta Falcons game. In New York, one of the top sellers is an all-black ticket as sleek as an Armani suit. And in Texas, where they brag that everything is bigger, a single ticket goes for $50.
With state budgets in crisis and lottery-financed programs like prekindergarten being considered for cuts, the pressure is on to make lottery tickets more attractive to casual scratchers and people who may have n ...
Dec 23, 2010, 7:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery director scolded by legislators
Updated Nov. 11, 2010, 5:58 pm: Additional detail about audit and findings, with quotations from Passailaigue
An Arkansas state audit has revealed a variety of deficiencies in how the Arkansas lottery is being run, and one legislator told the lottery director he would be gone if he led any other state agency.
Members of the Legislative Audit Committee on Friday told lottery chief Ernie Passailaigue that they're not satisfied with how he has addressed problems that have come up since the lo ...
Nov 12, 2010, 1:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery director survives attempted ouster
The director of the Arkansas Lottery survived an attempt this week to oust him from his job.
The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted down a motion to fire Ernie Passailaigue after the lottery director drew a strong rebuke for granting compensatory time off to employees who were exempt from receiving overtime pay.
I'm going to let the motion speak for itself, said commissioner Ben Pickard of Searcy, who made the motion after the commission returned from executive session. Pickard and commiss ...
Sep 10, 2010, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery vending machines coming soon
The Arkansas Lottery Commission approved rules Thursday for use of 100 vending machines in retail outlets, though opponents vowed to continue to try to have the machines declared illegal.
Lottery players could find the machines in stores as soon as next month.
The commission conducted a public hearing before the vote and listened as 21 of 23 people spoke in opposition to the machines. The panel amended its rules to require government-issued identification in order to buy tickets from the m ...
Aug 20, 2010, 11:57 am - Lottery News forum