Minnesota Lottery suspended during government shutdown
By Todd Northrop
The budget impasse in the Minnesota state capital is having a widespread effect across the state including at the state lottery.
Many state services, including the Minnesota state lottery, ceased operations Friday.
The Lottery closed all its offices 5 p.m. Thursday, and no lottery tickets were available for sale after 11:59 p.m. During the shutdown, lottery tickets cannot be validated or paid out.
Players currently holding winning tickets should sign them immediately ...
Jul 2, 2011, 9:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Damaging evidence against former Mass Lottery overseer
Former Massachusetts state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill was directly involved in the state lottery's decision to launch a $1.65 million taxpayer-funded advertising blitz seen as benefiting his campaign for governor last year, according to e-mails and other documents obtained by local media.
In August 2010, Cahill met for lunch with Hill Holliday chief executive Michael J. Sheehan, according to e-mails between lottery officials and the Boston firm. Following that lunch, Diane Anderson, then the ...
Jun 22, 2011, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
U.S. lawmaker hits the lottery
Lady Luck smiled on a few House members last year.
New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone claimed nearly $25,000 in lottery winnings in 2010, according to the latest yearly disclosure forms filed with the House of Representatives.
Likewise, Rep. Dave Reichert, a Washington state Republican, won somewhere in the range $200 to $1,000 during a trip to the Snoqualmie Casino outside Seattle.
Mr. Pallone, a Democrat, owes his haul to his dad. The congressman and his brother pool their money with their ...
Jun 16, 2011, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Senate bill includes privatizing lottery
Critics say gaming corp. drafted language
The Ohio Senate's latest version of the state budget bill includes language to privatize the Ohio Lottery that is nearly identical to legislation drafted by a gaming company hoping to manage the $2.5 billion agency's day-to-day operations.
The language, drafted by GTECH, an industry giant that once ran the Ohio Lottery's back-office operations, was added to the massive budget bill virtually unchanged and without any public hearing. The inclusion of ...
Jun 2, 2011, 7:21 am - Lottery News forum
$2M Michigan lottery winner defends use of food stamps
Includes video report
A Michigan man who won $2 million in a state lottery game continues to collect food stamps 11 months after striking it rich.
And there's nothing the state can do about it, at least for now.
Leroy Fick, 59, of Auburn won $2 million in the state lottery TV show Make Me Rich! last June. But the state's Department of Human Services determined he was still eligible for food stamps, Fick's attorney, John Wilson of Midland, said Tuesday.
Eligibility for food stamps is ...
May 18, 2011, 7:07 am - Lottery News forum
Seven Albany state workers won $319 million lottery prize
Seven lucky New York state government workers earned some 'Capitol gains' when their office pool won a whopping $319 million jackpot in Friday night's drawing.
The big winners are information-technology pros who work in Homes and Community Renewal, said sources. The agency has been slammed with more than $30 million in budget cuts.
The brand-new millionaires hit it big with several Quick Pick tickets bought at Coulson's News Center, a century-old family-run convenience store in downtown Al ...
Mar 27, 2011, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri Senate to discuss privatizing state lottery
The Missouri Lottery will begin talks in April with the state Senate about moving control of the lottery from the government to the private sector.
Lottery Executive Director May Scheve said it was difficult to comment on the issue because the Missouri Lottery is currently ascertaining the opinion of state vendors on the matter; privatization was only recently brought up by the Senate's Rebooting Government initiative.
We really haven't engaged in conversation with the Senate, Scheve said ...
Mar 3, 2011, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum
Bill dissolves Arkansas lottery panel
Move designed to give legislature more direct oversight
The legislative committee that oversees the Arkansas Lottery would be dissolved under a bill filed Monday.
Senate Bill 365 by Sen. Larry Teague, D-Nashville, would repeal language in the state lottery law that created a 12-member legislative oversight committee on the lottery.
Teague's bill would require the Arkansas Lottery Commission to submit contracts, rules, reports and other information to the Legislative Council for review. ...
Feb 22, 2011, 10:27 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. Lottery scholarships underfunded
The Tennessee Lottery games aren't generating enough money to pay for all of the Hope Scholarships. Now, lawmakers are putting options together that could make it tougher for students to get a scholarship in the future.
More students than ever are eligible to receive the annual $4,000 Hope Scholarship. A special task force has been analyzing the problem for the last year. Lawmakers say they don't want to impact any current scholarships and break promises to students.
That's part of their ...
Jan 19, 2011, 7:44 am - Lottery News forum
Approval for online poker in D.C. seen as long shot
Congress sent a message Wednesday to D.C. officials who this week approved plans for the city lottery to offer online poker: Not so fast.
The D.C. Council on Tuesday, with little discussion and no public notice, voted 11-2 in favor of a budget amendment that would legalize online poker and fantasy sports gambling through the D.C. Lottery as a means of helping plug a $200 million budget gap.
But on Wednesday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, ranking Republican on the House subcommittee that ove ...
Dec 9, 2010, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum