N.J. looks to be first in nation with online lottery sales
Retailers worried about loss of revenue, store traffic
For Tushar Patel, every $1 lottery ticket he sells at his Pantry 1 Food Market in Hammonton yields more than the 5-cent commission he gets from New Jersey.
Patel said he makes more from the other purchases of customers who visit the store for lottery tickets.
Eighty (percent) to 90 percent of the people who play the lottery here buy coffee and other things, Patel said.
The state lottery posted record sales exceeding $2.6 billion ...
Jan 28, 2011, 8:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Atlantic Lottery Web site suffers three-day outage
The Atlantic Lottery Corp. website was down for a third day as technicians worked behind the scenes to do an upgrade on the site, widely used by lottery players to check winning ticket numbers or play games.
The Atlantic Lottery includes the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
The site was to have been functional by Tuesday night but was still down early Thursday morning.
Spokeswoman Sarah McBeath said the upgrades were taki ...
Jan 20, 2011, 12:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Electronic NJ lottery ticket plan advances
Legislation that would allow people to buy New Jersey lottery tickets on the Internet and by other electronic means continues to advance in the state Assembly.
The Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee approved the measure this month and referred it to the chamber's Appropriations Committee, which hasn't yet scheduled a hearing on it. The legislation would require state lottery officials to implement a system that would allow people to buy tickets via the Internet, e-mail, text messaging ...
Dec 20, 2010, 7:29 am - Lottery News forum
Mobile gambling to surpass $48 billion by 2015, report says
A new report published today by Juniper Research has found that a combination of mobile casino, lottery and betting service launches in major emerging markets led by China allied to liberalization of remote gambling legislation across the US and Europe will see the scale of annual wagers on mobile gambling exceed $48 billion by 2015.
The report studies gambling services on a country-by-country basis. It finds that, in recent years, the Japan Racing Association's iPAT service had been responsi ...
Sep 3, 2010, 9:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery to look at online options
The 25-year-old Iowa Lottery is an offline business in an online world, but Director Terry Rich is out to change that.
Later this month, the Lottery will take bids on a new computer system that will allow players to check their tickets at automated kiosks in retail stores as July 1, 2011, Rich said Tuesday (Aug. 3).
He also expects the Lottery to attract younger, tech-savvy players by delivering games electronically, including games played on smart phones.
There are security issues prev ...
Aug 4, 2010, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum
NH Lottery offering online gambling games
Gamblers will be able to buy lottery tickets in New Hampshire next week to play online a move seen by some as an expansion of the kind of gambling that state lawmakers oppose.
PlayNowNH interactive games go on sale July 1.
In them, players choose the game baseball, super slots, speed bingo or New Hampshire poker and the amount they want to play.
For example, players can buy chances for the $1 baseball game on one ticket or a separate ticket with chances for the $5 poker game. They can b ...
Jun 25, 2010, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
IL Senator again pushes for online lottery ticket sales
When Illinois lottery jackpots swell into the hundreds of millions, so do the lines for tickets. What if you could simply purchase lottery tickets online, at home or work?
That's been the vision of Illinois State Senator John Cullerton since February of this year, when Lottery Post reported that the Senator was pushing for lottery ticket sales over the Internet (www.lotterypost.com/news/189242).
When a jackpot gets up over eighty million, that's when people want to buy at least one ticket ...
Jun 8, 2009, 8:55 am - Lottery News forum
€126M Euro Millions lottery ticket was purchased online
Euro Million's biggest lottery winner didn't know she had won 126 million (US$170 million) because she was in bed with flu.
The lucky but ill woman was the only jackpot winner of Friday's Euro Millions drawing.
She failed to realize her numbers had come up until she dragged herself to work on Monday to save herself from being fired in recession-hit Spain.
The unnamed 25-year-old, from Majorca, said, I still had flu on Monday but with the crisis we are going through, I decided I had to g ...
May 14, 2009, 7:20 am - Lottery News forum
Q&A with the CT Lottery CEO
The Hartford Business Journal recently conducted an interview of the Connecticut Lottery CEO.
Q: The lottery has a rich history in our country, dating back to the Revolutionary War when it was used to finance armaments. A legislator floated the idea of a super lottery for deficit reduction. Is there a lottery game out there that could generate $1 billion for the state in profit?
Currently, our revenues to the state exceed a quarter-billion dollars annually. It is unlikely that there exists ...
Apr 14, 2009, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Senate president hopes to expand lottery
Internet sales being contemplated
Hoping to squeeze more money out of the state lottery, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton wants to sell tickets online and hire a private company to manage and market the games.
Cullerton thinks new technology and fresh ideas could help Illinois facing what could be a $9 billion hole in next year's budget dramatically boost lottery revenues.
I would venture to say you could potentially even double it, the Chicago Democrat said in a recent intervi ...
Feb 16, 2009, 9:38 pm - Lottery News forum