New $20 Mass. Lottery scratch game off to a record start
The Massachusetts State Lottery rolled the dice when it launched its first ever $20 instant ticket, the most expensive new product in its history.
A week after its big rollout, the gamble already appears to be paying off, with sales of the Billion Dollar Blockbuster off to one of the fastest starts of any ticket in Lottery history.
Nearly 2 million tickets have been sold so far, ringing up more than $40 million in sales. That edges two other tickets that in recent years got off to fast sta ...
Oct 4, 2007, 4:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Gov. promises to protect lottery revenue
Seeking to nullify a major complaint about expanded gaming, Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick is pledging to protect state Lottery revenues from being ravaged by casinos.
As part of his proposal to establish three casino resorts, including one in Western Massachusetts, Patrick said he will hold harmless the state Lottery, a major source of state aid to cities and towns.
The governor said he would cover any loss in lottery revenues with money from a proposed annual 27 percent tax ...
Sep 26, 2007, 10:52 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts lottery causes may have historical precidence
After predicting this week that three modest-sized resort casinos would generate between $400 million and $450 million in tax revenues, Massachusetts Governor Patrick said, We will dedicate that revenue to improving transportation and to reducing property taxes . . . by investing casino tax revenue in refurbishing and expanding our transportation systems, we accelerate the growth of economic opportunities in every region, we ensure the safety of our roadways and bridges, and we address effect ...
Sep 22, 2007, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. lottery players still waiting for delayed final drawing
Some Massachusetts Lottery players have given up hope that they'll ever cash in on a $10 million Hold 'em Poker scratch game the state launched more than two years ago.
State Lottery officials acknowledge that a few finalists have died waiting. But they say ticket sales have been slower than expected and it may be another year before the game sells out and prizes can be drawn in the championship round.
I'm really disgusted, Nicholas Zeogas told The Patriot Ledger of Quincy. He became the ...
Sep 7, 2007, 9:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery to introduce $20 scratch game
Touted at first scratch game to award $1B in prizes
After a year of declining sales and a sweepstakes that left the Massachusetts State Lottery with a $12 million loss, the agency plans to release its first-ever $20 instant ticket, which will reward winners with the largest total prize amount ever given out in the country.
Lottery officials tout the game named Billion Dollar Blockbuster as the first instant game in the country to pass the billion-dollar mark in terms of prizes.
Sep 5, 2007, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery sweepstakes winner collects $20M prize
Judith Zahn, 59, of Hatfield today claimed the winning $20 million ticket in the Massachusetts Lottery's Star Spangled Sweepstakes drawing on Wednesday.
Zahn, a nurse at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Northampton, received a $14 million check today after deducting for taxes, said Beth Bresnahan, spokeswoman for the lottery.
The lucky winner received the check at the Lottery's headquarters in Braintree. She appeared with her husband Steve, 56, a 26-year patrolm ...
Jul 5, 2007, 5:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery's Star Spangled Sweepstakes results
Today's drawing for the Massachusetts State Lottery's Star Spangled Sweepstakes is likely to be bittersweet, except for the game's winners.
Lottery officials will hand out $40 million in prize money to 51 ticket holders even though the game generated ticket sales of only $28 million to $30 million.
The results can be found here:
The money-losing game is one reason the lottery fell short of matching last year's overall reven ...
Jul 4, 2007, 9:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Star Spangled lottery not a hit with players
The Massachusetts Lottery's Star Spangled Sweepstakes is shaping up to be a Yankee Doodle disappointment.
With just four days remaining until the game ends on Saturday, prior to the July 4 drawing, sales of the $20 ticket have been significantly below expectations, said lottery spokeswoman Beth Bresnahan.
Through Monday sales hovered at about 30 percent of the game's 4 million tickets, or about 1.2 million tickets, have been sold.
It's a little slower than expected, said Bresnahan. ...
Jun 27, 2007, 8:34 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket thief gets 20 years
It probably wasn't the prize he was hoping for.
Instead of a large cash payout, a Holyoke, Massachusetts, man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after admitting he stole more than $1,600 worth of lottery scratch tickets from convenience stores.
George Cordero pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court this week to breaking and entering into a building at night with the intent to commit a felony, larceny from a building, larceny over $250 and other charges in connection with thefts from th ...
Jun 20, 2007, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
Sell the Mass. Lottery?
Editor's note: The columnist's biased language, such as per-sucker spending was left as-written, since this is an opinion piece.
Massachusetts Treasurer Tim Cahill created a buzz last week when he proposed that the state get into the casino business before the Mashpee Wampanoags beat us to the slots. Lost in the headlines was his analysis of the future of the state's cash cow of a state lottery, which by almost every measure is the envy of the industry. In shor ...
Jun 1, 2007, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum