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Bill would reward Tenn. retailers for cashing lottery tickets
Tennessee lottery retailers would also reap the benefit of a winning ticket under legislation that's moving through the General Assembly in its final days. The House Budget Subcommittee and House Finance Committee Monday passed a bill that removes the restriction prohibiting additional compensation to lottery retailers for cashing lottery tickets or shares.The legislation could be scheduled for a vote on the House and Senate floors one day this week.Lawmakers are hoping to adjourn by Friday. ...
May 24, 2005, 7:14 pm - Lottery News forum

UK Lottery to roll out 'Fast-Pay' card
UK National Lottery operator Camelot is to launch a branded card that will enable shoppers to pay for lottery tickets at checkouts in thousands of retailers nationwide. The card, part of the National Lottery Fast Pay plan, will initially be rolled out to more than 1,000 Tesco stores by the end of the year.Other supermarkets, including Sainsbury's and Asda, are in talks with Camelot about adopting the system, which is designed to make playing its portfolio of games easier.Players fill out a draw ...
May 24, 2005, 9:53 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery Cheats Ruin Players' Chances
When it comes to the lottery, there are lots of games, and we all know they're games of chance. When we play, we expect a fair chance. But that's not always the case. Eyewitness News learned your odds of winning were hurt at times - sometimes by thieves stealing entire cases of lottery tickets and other times by the very people selling you the tickets.Drew Lowe was a clerk at a Brownsburg Shell Station until he was caught doing something the lottery calls fishing - when an employee literally ...
May 23, 2005, 9:24 pm - Lottery News forum

S.C. retailers fret over N.C. lottery
From his stool behind the counter at Miller's Produce, Jerry Warren surveys the steady line of noontime lottery players and laments the business's gloomy future.The players are mostly North Carolinians, lured to the convenience store at the state line by cheap gas and the chance to win big in the S.C. lottery.Miller's is a popular location. The store has sold $12 million in lottery tickets since the games were launched in 2002. Only two other retailers both also in York County brought in mor ...
May 9, 2005, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum

New machines bog down Colorado Lottery
The Colorado Lottery's switchover of computers has resulted in enormous problems, angry customers and long lines at checkout counters.On Sunday, the Lottery shut down and replaced more than 2,800 machines throughout the state. It also added new software for the entire system.About 1,500 of the new machines can check tickets immediately after they are purchased to see whether they are winners. Those include scratch-game tickets - the Lottery's largest sellers - which account for nearly two- third ...
May 4, 2005, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery lightning strikes twice for NJ store owner
For 18 years, Glenn Pompei, owner of two liquor stores, never sold a winning state lottery ticket from either store.But twice in the past two months, a winning Jersey Cash 5 ticket has been sold from each of his stores in Morris County.On Wednesday night, some lucky ticket holder won the top Jersey Cash 5 jackpot prize of $263,820.The ticket holder, which was purchased at Pompei's Ridgedale Wine Liquors at 480 Ridgedale Ave., has yet to claim the prize.Pompei said he expressed disbelief when h ...
Apr 22, 2005, 10:02 am - Lottery News forum

Self-service lottery machines popular in Pennsylvania
To Billy Kaldes, owner of The Spot in downtown Harrisburg, selling Pennsylvania lottery tickets is the biggest thing for business since the introduction of the Rendell Burger in 2003.Kaldes installed one of the lottery's new self-service ticket dispensers this month, and its first-week sales of $4,297 set a record.It earned him a visit yesterday from The Spot's last big thing, Gov. Ed Rendell, who touted the lottery's growth and picked up a couple of burgers. This terminal allows the player to g ...
Mar 16, 2005, 11:21 am - Lottery News forum

Oregon Gov. pushes for larger lottery cut
Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski has become a quiet backroom force in pushing the Oregon Lottery into considering a nearly 50 percent cut in the share of proceeds that bars, restaurants and taverns receive for the lottery's new electronic slot games.People close to Kulongoski say he has become more involved than previous governors in determining how much money retailers should get for offering video gambling, which last year totaled $531 million in sales.Kulongoski prodded the new lottery director, Da ...
Mar 8, 2005, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum

Georgia Lottery looks to install kiosks at airport
About 84 million people pass through the Atlanta airport each year, and another 55,000 work there. But if they want to buy Georgia lottery tickets, they're out of luck.Gov. Sonny Perdue and the Georgia Lottery Corp. hope to change that by opening a lottery kiosk in the main terminal of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Other airport locations could follow.Lottery officials are in talks with airport General Manager Ben DeCosta, who said he's open to the idea. If we can make sure it work ...
Mar 8, 2005, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum

Self-service lottery machines to be installed in Penn. liquor stores
Officials at two Pennsylvania state agencies are working on introducing player-activated lottery-ticket terminals in state liquor stores. We're interested in anything that helps the state produce revenue, said Bill Epstein, a spokesman for the state Liquor Control Board, which is working with the state Department of Revenue, the lottery's overseer.The terminals allow players to buy instant tickets plus tickets for daily lotteries and Powerball, making them a step beyond the instant-ticket vendi ...
Feb 28, 2005, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum