Study finds wealthy counties get most benefit from Indiana Lottery profits
When you play the Hoosier Lottery, the odds are against you. But if you're poor? Then, so is the system.
An Indianapolis Star review of the Hoosier Lottery has found that while lower-income players disproportionately fund the lottery, the state transfers lottery profits disproportionately to the wealthiest counties.
It's a quirk that seems to punish the very people the state counts on to fuel a revenue source that last year topped $217 million.
It's a sad state of affairs when state po ...
Jun 8, 2009, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana woman claims $2.5 million Lotto jackpot
A Summitville couple is nearly $1 million richer after winning the Hoosier Lotto jackpot prize.
Pamela and Jay Smith won $2.5 million in the May 9 drawing. Hoosier Lottery officials made the announcement at a news conference in Muncie on Tuesday.
I hope it doesn't change a thing, Pamela Smith said in a news release. I have a very nice life. I have everything I need.
The Smiths decided to take their at the couple's home late Tuesday.
The couple have no immediate plwinnings as a lump ...
May 20, 2009, 7:10 am - Lottery News forum
Reflecting bad times, some lotteries hit losing streak
State lotteries are down on their luck as players cut back on games of chance.
From California, where sales for the past year are down 5%, to Florida, where sales slipped 7%, fewer people are gambling on scratch-off tickets and numbers games.
The economy probably has affected lottery sales the way it's affected all discretionary spending, says David Gale of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.
About half of Americans buy lottery tickets, according to a 2008 ...
Apr 14, 2009, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Auto workers collect lottery winnings
There haven't been many happy stories involving Indiana auto workers lately, but one family is an exception.
A mother and her two daughters, one retired from General Motors and two who work for Delphi in Kokomo, cashed in Monday, claiming an $11 million Hoosier Lottery prize.
It was the biggest check Jill Carver, of Kokomo, and daughters Brenda Carver and Ronette Kelley had ever received.
While Delphi has struggled, along with all of the American auto industry, Carver and Kelley have cl ...
Mar 17, 2009, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana couple wins $50,000 prize for 2nd time playing same game
An Indianapolis couple beat the odds when they claimed their second $50,000 Lucky 5 Hoosier lottery prize.
Elinor and John T. Phillips of Indianapolis claimed the prize Thursday, less than five years after Elinor Phillips won $50,000 on the same game in 2004.
Elinor Phillips said her heart fluttered when she heard the numbers for the Feb. 24 evening draw.
Phillips said she and her husband play Lucky 5 Evening regularly.
The retirees plan to use their winnings to pay down their mortga ...
Feb 27, 2009, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana convenience store sells winning $163M Powerball ticket
The Southeast Indiana community of Lawrenceburg is buzzing with news that a convenience store there sold the one winning Powerball ticket in Saturday's drawing.
The winning ticket is worth $163 million, just under $100 million if the winner takes a lump sum payment. The identity of the winner remains a mystery.
Lawrenceburg is about 20 miles west of Cincinnati.
With no winner yet to step forward, the clerks at the Circle K convenience store and gas station that sold the winning ticket a ...
Jan 20, 2009, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana Powerball lottery winners likely to remain anonymous
The winners of a $57.6 million Powerball prize have collected their money without ever showing their faces.
Lottery officials say the identities of people who split the Nov. 22 Powerball jackpot may never be made public.
A lawyer and an accountant representing SWS Investments, LLC, a group of between eight and 13 people , collected the winnings Tuesday at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis.
Lottery officials say the winners wished to remain anonymous. The group decided to take ...
Dec 24, 2008, 12:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Indiana prosecutor wins $50,000 lottery prize
Wells County Prosecutor Michael Lautzenheiser of Bluffton won $50,000 in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, the Hoosier Lottery said Thursday.
A second $50,000 ticket sold in Fort Wayne had not been redeemed, the lottery said in a statement.
Lautzenheiser bought his winning ticket at Pak A Sak, 904 S. Main St. in Bluffton, according to the lottery's statement. He said he has been playing the lottery for six months.
With three children in college and a fourth going soon, I figured it w ...
Dec 5, 2008, 2:56 pm - Lottery News forum
DOJ says privatizing state lotteries illegal
Indiana drops privatization plans after DOJ issues opinion
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said Friday that he is dropping the idea of privatizing the Hoosier Lottery as an option of funding a college scholarship program after the U.S. Department of Justice said such a move would not comply with federal law.
The Oct. 16 opinion, which Daniels' office said was requested by Indiana and New Jersey, says states would not comply with federal law if they enter into long-term private management ag ...
Oct 28, 2008, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Man chooses wrong lottery numbers and wins jackpot
For years, Bobby Guffey of Roanoke has been playing the same numbers in an attempt to win the Hoosier Lottery.
His picks represent a combination of ages and numbers representing the months of his kids' birthdays.
But when he bought a ticket for the Aug. 6 drawing of the Hoosier Lotto game at the Econoasis in Huntington, it was dark and he had forgotten his bifocals. He didn't realize until he was outside that the last number was accidentally 48 instead of his usual 46.
It turns out ...
Aug 16, 2008, 9:14 am - Lottery News forum