Oklahoma lottery making strides to increase prizes
Oklahoma lottery officials voted Tuesday to reduce the amount of money paid to nearly 2,000 retailers that sell lottery tickets to increase prizes in almost a last resort to boost sales.
The Lottery Commission has reduced its operating costs to less than 2.5 percent of its $192 million in revenue by reducing office space and cutting the number of staff from 40 to 26, said Rollo Redburn, the agency's executive director.
Operating expenses were cut from $9.7 million in 2008 to $4.8 million t ...
Mar 20, 2013, 9:23 am - Lottery News forum
Okla. House votes to prohibit kids in lottery ads
The state House has approved a bill that would prohibit the Oklahoma Lottery Commission from using children in its advertisements.
The House passed the bill 69-19 on Monday. It now heads to the Senate.
The bill by Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Tuttle, also requires any lottery advertisements that make a claim of benefits to be documented by actual expenditures of revenue.
Lottery officials have expressed concern that prohibiting the use of children in promotional ads would negatively affect lot ...
May 25, 2010, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery gets mixed financial review
Oklahoma gets a larger share of the take than most states do, but its net revenue lags
Oklahoma squeezes a better return from its lottery than most states do from theirs, but it might get more if it loosened some rules, U.S. Census Bureau data suggest.
Oklahoma ranks high in the percentage of lottery proceeds netted for government use, but it's low in actual lottery sales and dollars netted, according to information gathered by the Census Bureau as part of its annual survey of state govern ...
Dec 30, 2009, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma ranks near top for lottery winners
Top 5 for Hot Lotto, Powerball winners
Are Oklahomans luckier than residents of other states? According to the statistics, they seem to be.
In Hot Lotto, the Oklahoma Lottery is No. 1 in the nation with an overall frequency of 1.6 jackpot winners per year in the nearly two years the state has ofered the game.
In Powerball, the Lottery ranks fifth of 33 lotteries with an overall frequency of one jackpot winner per year in the nearly four years since the game started in Oklahoma.
As a ...
Dec 11, 2009, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery sales hurt by lagging economy
Lottery ticket sales declined about $11.3 million in the past fiscal year, mainly because of a downturn in the economy, Oklahoma officials said.
Powerball sales, which make up the majority of lottery sales, tumbled an estimated $7.6 million, partly because of the economy and a lack of significant jackpots, Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery Commission, said Tuesday.
The Oklahoma Lottery is expected to contribute $66.7 million to public education for the 2010 fiscal y ...
Dec 11, 2009, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery starts daily drawings of Cash 5 game
Beginning tonight, July 1, the Oklahoma Lottery will conduct daily drawings of its Cash 5 game.
For $1 per play, lottery players now have more chances to win the top prize of $25,000 with taxes paid.
We wanted to offer our players more chances to win and increase the excitement surrounding this popular game, said Jim Scroggins, executive director for the Oklahoma Lottery. For just one dollar, a return of $25,000 is a thrilling win.
The drawings were previously held every Tuesday, Thur ...
Jul 1, 2009, 8:41 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery bracing for loss of Arkansas dollars
Legislature refuses to consider bill increasing prizes
Oklahoma will be a big loser when Arkansas begins its lottery games, an official said.
The Oklahoma lottery is expected to lose as much as $12 million in sales during the first year Arkansas has its games, said Jim Scroggins, who is the executive director of Oklahoma's lottery.
We estimate, based on prizes claimed by Arkansas residents, that we will, Scroggins said.
That would result in a loss of $3.5 million to $4 million for e ...
Mar 30, 2009, 8:19 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma lottery seeking more prize money
Oklahoma lottery officials may try to ask the Legislature to put more money into prizes, but a House leader doesn't expect they'll have much success.
Sales of lottery games are down about $9.6 million in the first 3 months of the 2009 fiscal year. Oklahoma Lottery Executive Director Jim Scroggins last week suggested that the commission approach lawmakers after the Nov. 4 elections.The idea did not win much support in this past legislative session and faces long odds this time around.
We a ...
Oct 21, 2008, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery worried about prospect of Arkansas lottery
Already falling short, Oklahoma Lottery sales could suffer even more from Arkansas competition
A proposed lottery in Arkansas would devote more sales revenue to prizes, giving it a critical advantage over Oklahoma's game, Oklahoma's lottery director says.
Oklahoma law requires 35 percent of sales revenue to go to the state, reducing the size of jackpots, making the game less attractive, hurting sales and ultimately resulting in less money for the state, lottery director Jim Scroggins told ...
Sep 19, 2008, 12:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Small-town store sells 2 big Powerball tickets
A convenience store in the tiny eastern Oklahoma town of Watts is becoming a Powerball powerhouse of sorts, with two tickets sold weeks apart worth a total of $800,000.
Before the Nov. 24 drawing in the multistate Powerball lottery, Edward Proctor of Springdale, Ark., bought a ticket at Station 2 that became worth $200,000 after it matched the first five numbers.
Proctor said he plans to use a portion of the money to pay for his son's college education.
A Powerball ticket sold for last ...
Dec 13, 2007, 9:14 am - Lottery News forum