Lotteries hit record profits last year
Lottery sales are strong, but there are points of weakness
By Todd Northrop
Government-sponsored lotteries are continuing their broad expansion as income-producing entities, as many lotteries reported record profits in the last fiscal year.
Reports of record profits from the lotteries come despite continuing high unemployment and an economy that has been flat or downward-trending for the past two years.
Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich says he believes the lottery does well in a bad econo ...
Jul 25, 2011, 1:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Canadian woman who gave away lotto winnings dies
A central Nova Scotia woman known for donating nearly all of a huge lotto jackpot died last weekend.
Violet Large, who suffered from cancer, died Saturday morning at a hospital in Lower Truro, according to an online obituary posted by a funeral home. She was 79.
Large and her husband of 37 years, Allen Large, cashed in a winning Lotto 649 ticket last summer and collected $11.2 million. They went on to give most of it away to relatives, friends, charities, hospitals, schools, churches and f ...
Jul 19, 2011, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
Atlantic Lottery Web site suffers three-day outage
The Atlantic Lottery Corp. website was down for a third day as technicians worked behind the scenes to do an upgrade on the site, widely used by lottery players to check winning ticket numbers or play games.
The Atlantic Lottery includes the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
The site was to have been functional by Tuesday night but was still down early Thursday morning.
Spokeswoman Sarah McBeath said the upgrades were taki ...
Jan 20, 2011, 12:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Canadian couple gives away entire $11.2M lottery jackpot
A Nova Scotia couple won $11.2 million from a lottery ticket in July and now every penny is gone.
But Allen and Violet Large of Lower Truro didn't spend any of it on themselves.
They say they decided to take care of family, organizations and institutions instead.
What you've never had, you never miss, said Violet, 78.
Married since 1974, the couple does not live large. They don't travel, they don't gamble (beyond playing the lottery) and they don't buy what they don't need.
We h ...
Nov 4, 2010, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum
Mistake on lottery ticket would have won $30M jackpot
Player voids mistake ticket, but it turned out to be the winner
A St. John's lottery player may have saved a dozen dollars while cancelling an overcharged lottery ticket, but missed out on a $30 million jackpot.
A customer at the Corner Store, a convenience store in the Goulds neighbourhood of St. John's, ordered a $12 ticket on May 21, leading up to that night's Atlantic Lottery Lotto Max jackpot.
The [clerk] printed it off and made a mistake on the machine, and it came out $27. She o ...
Jun 19, 2010, 4:13 pm - Lottery News forum
Glitch in lottery system, N.L. woman says
A lottery player in Newfoundland says there could be a problem with Atlantic Lottery tickets after she says she was denied her prize.
Elaine Wells, of Foxtrap in Conception Bay South, says she bought a Lotto 6/49 ticket in January and won $20 on the TAG feature. But when she went to a ticket retailer to claim her prize, the lottery corporation's scanner at the store didn't register the ticket as a winner.
After checking the numbers, she says was convinced her ticket was a winner. She conta ...
Mar 10, 2008, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
Atlantic Lottery adds new ticket security measures
The Atlantic Lottery Corp. is introducing more measures aimed at tightening the security of lottery ticket validation, the corporation said this week.
Starting Monday, the corporation's online ticket terminals will print two slips whenever a winning ticket is validated for an amount the retailer is to pay, a release Wednesday said.
After validating winning tickets, retailers will be required to pay the prize, stamp the winning tickets Paid, and return them along with one of the validation ...
Aug 12, 2007, 10:17 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery harder to win in Atlantic Canada
Lottery players are twice as likely to die in a car crash on the way to the store to get their tickets than to win the big jackpot, says the Toronto statistician who has crunched the numbers of the Ontario lottery.
Jeffrey Rosenthal said the odds in Atlantic Canada seem to be stacked even higher against ticket holders, in light of news that retailers have won 10 times more than statistically probable over a six-year period.
If you buy it and you are not careful, even if you do defy the od ...
May 14, 2007, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum
Millions in Atlantic Lottery winnings under police investigation
Police will examine millions of dollars worth of questionable winnings by lottery retailers after an independent investigation revealed gaping holes in how the Atlantic Lottery Corp. protects its customers from dishonest sellers.
In the latest blow to Canada's embattled lottery business, a forensic accounting team found what the Crown-owned agency described as unethical and suspicious dealings between some retailers and purchasers in Atlantic Canada.
Larry Doherty, a vice-president at ...
May 14, 2007, 6:49 am - Lottery News forum
Retailers luckier than expected, Atlantic Lotto says
Could massive theft and/or deception by retailers be the reason?
Lottery ticket sellers won 10 times more often than statistically they should have over the last six years, the Atlantic Lottery Corp. said Wednesday.
So far, the review hasn't shown any wrongdoing by retailers in the four Atlantic provinces, an official said.
Can I statistically explain why retailers are winning 10 times more? No, I can't, and I'm not going to sit here and speculate as to why, said Mike Randall, a corp ...
Mar 16, 2007, 11:54 pm - Lottery News forum