South Dakota adds new raffle game
The first-ever state lottery raffle will be held later this year to mark the 20th anniversary of legalized lottery games in South Dakota.
Lottery Advertising and Public Relations Director Mike Mueller says 100,000 of the $10 tickets will go on sale September 30th.
The drawing for the top prize of $250,000 will be held on New Years Eve unless the tickets sell out much earlier. There will be five prizes of $25,000 and 250 prizes of $500.
Mueller says the state stands to make $309,000 from ...
Aug 24, 2007, 10:22 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery operator plans $500 million global lottery game
'American states' are in talks to participate in the Christmastime mega-draw
Camelot, the operator of the UK National Lottery, is poised to launch a worldwide draw with a record jackpot of about 250m (US $500 million), now that it apparently won a new 10-year license this week.
The company was named on Tuesday as the preferred bidder for a license to run from 2009, after fending off a bid from Sugal Damani, an Indian rival.
It is the third victory for Camelot, which has run the l ...
Aug 9, 2007, 2:17 pm - Lottery News forum
N.M. Lottery approves raffle, ends game, and hires new vendor
The New Mexico Lottery's board of directors was busy yesterday, approving a new raffle-style game for later this year, canceling the unique 4 this way 4-digit game, and ending an 11-year relationship with its current equipment and services vendor.
Finishing a two-year process to analyze its business needs, identify revenue growth opportunities and evaluate vendor capabilities, the New Mexico Lottery yesterday selected Intralot to provide a computerized gaming system, communications network ...
Jul 27, 2007, 8:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery may consider offering raffle
The chairman of the Texas Lottery Commission has asked the state attorney general to study whether it would be legal to add a raffle to its array of games.
Raffles offer better odds of winning than other kinds of games because a limited number of tickets are sold and there can be no duplicate winners. Twenty-seven states already offer raffles with mixed success.
Lottery spokesman Bobby Heith said the commission would still have to research the idea before starting a raffle game. But offici ...
Jul 24, 2007, 8:07 pm - Lottery News forum
D.C. Lottery hopes raffle will bring fiscal success
The D.C. Lottery's Quick Cash game had been around for more than 15 years when Todd Zimmerman walked into Rodman's Drugs in Northwest in February 2005 and bought two $1 tickets.
With three games on each ticket, the government contractor won the maximum $250,000 jackpot for each of the six games. But the improbable $1.5 million payout also helped put the D.C. Lottery's Quick Cash game more than $640,000 in the red for the year, records show.
Within months, the game was canceled, although lo ...
Jul 3, 2007, 9:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery to add Hot Lotto, TV show
The Oklahoma Lottery plans to start a television game show and offer an additional multi-state game in hopes of improving lower-than-expected revenues.
The new television game show would be filmed in Oklahoma City and begin airing in October. Next year, Oklahoma would join ten other states in offering the Hot Lotto game, which features a minimum jackpot of $1 million.
Lottery Commission Executive Director Jim Scroggins says he hopes the additions will help generate excitement for the lotte ...
Jun 27, 2007, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Kansas, Iowa lotteries create first multi-state scratch game
The nation's first multi-state lottery scratch-off game will make its debut this summer at the Kansas State Fair.
The $10 Midwest Millions game also will be sold in Iowa.
Under Kansas Lottery executive director Ed Van Petten, the Sunflower State in recent years has been a frequent pioneer in new lottery games, including an Internet scratcher game and the novel $20 pocket slot electronic game card that rolled out last year and sold out fast.
Van Petten is particularly proud of Midwest ...
May 29, 2007, 8:43 am - Lottery News forum
PA Lottery's Millionaire Raffle returns on 7-7-07
Millionaire Raffle, the raffle-style game developed in 2005 by the Pennsylvania Lottery, will offer 7,777 cash prizes worth more than $6.4 million when the game is drawn at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 (7-7-07).
Seven has always been a popular number for lottery players, so we decided to celebrate July 7, 2007, with a raffle drawing, said Lottery Executive Director Ed Trees. The previous three raffle drawings sold out and we expect this raffle to be just as successful.
Tickets for the Ju ...
May 22, 2007, 9:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery introduces $50 scratch ticket
Once, the biggest dreams in Texas only cost a buck.
Now, Texas Lottery officials are upping the ante on instant miracles to $50.
That's the price of the state's newest scratch-off game, dubbed $130 Million Spectacular, which goes on sale Monday and offers nearly $134 million in prizes, including three grand prizes of $5 million.
A $50 game is the highest price for a scratch-off in the nation, according to lottery data. Kansas introduced the first $50 ticket two years ago and Michigan al ...
May 7, 2007, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery to debut $50 'Super Raffle' tickets
The most expensive ticket in the Michigan Lottery's 35-year history goes on sale May 7, offering the best odds ever of winning a $2 million top prize.
Tickets for the Super Raffle game will cost $50 each, and only 250,000 will be sold. In the June 18 drawing, two players each will win $2 million, 25 players will collect $100,000 each and 4,500 will get $500 apiece.
But will folks balk at the unprecedented $50 ticket price?
We don't think that's going to be a problem, Lottery Commiss ...
Apr 28, 2007, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum