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
Lottery winner charged in tax conspiracy
In February 2008, Kendrick D. Francis won a 10,000-to-one bet on the Pennsylvania Lottery's Big 4 game for a payday of $532,000.
But, federal prosecutors in Delaware said, that apparently wasn't enough for Francis, a Wilmington resident, who then conspired with a convenience-store operator to hide his winnings and make it appear a number of other people had won instead to avoid federal taxes.
This month, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Delaware filed felony conspiracy and tax evasion charge ...
Jan 26, 2011, 4:01 pm - Lottery News forum
N.Y. laundromat sells $122M Powerball lottery ticket
You never know, do you?
Some lucky Powerball player just hit a $122 million jackpot at the Clothespin Laundromat in Catskill, New York.
Though laundromat owner Bahasu Patel wasn't sure who won, rumors have already begun to spread around town.
Somebody said the guy at the tobacco shop had won, he said, but when someone went to check they said he hadn't.
Two other people Patel spoke with also thought an employee at Smoker's Choice on Central Avenue had won Saturday night's Powerball ...
Jan 24, 2011, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery retailers get technology upgrade
Lottery cites extra player security as benefit
New terminals will soon be in place at all Kentucky lottery retailers which will provide smoother and safer transactions for players.
The new equipment began rolling out in October of last year, and crews across the state have nearly completed converting more than 2800 retailers to the upgraded technology. The new devices include touch-screen terminals connected via satellite to the lottery's Louisville headquarters.
Two components of the n ...
Jan 20, 2011, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Florida shopkeeper accused of taking tourist's lottery winnings
Naji Farah thought it was his lucky day: a $5,000 lottery prize.
The only problem, police say, the lottery ticket wasn't his.
The Miami Beach market owner is accused of scamming the rightful owner, telling the man the ticket was worth $600 and pocketing the rest.
Police arrested Farah, 45, this week on a charge of felony grand theft. And Florida lottery officials have suspended his store's license while the criminal charges are pending.
Miami Beach police say Farah took advantage of ...
Dec 10, 2010, 7:11 am - Lottery News forum
Glitches with new D.C. Lottery system prompt complaints, long lines
Change did not come easily Tuesday for D.C. Lottery retailers and customers, who waited in lines and struggled with a new lottery system run by Greek gaming giant Intralot and Maryland businessman Emmanuel S. Bailey.
After an unprecedented five-hour delay in commencing the lottery system about three hours of which put off payouts from winning numbers users on both sides of the bulletproof glass in D.C. convenience stores began the day with a host of complaints.
The Washington Times visited ...
Nov 26, 2010, 12:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Some Michigan retailers are lucky spots for lottery players
A Highland Park porn shop won fame earlier this month for indulging a common vice.
Not that vice!
The Uptown Bookstore on Woodward sold a winning Powerball ticket worth $128.6 million.
In all, Michigan residents bought $2.37 billion in lottery tickets in the last budget year about $4,500 a minute. That's down from the record year of 2009 ($2.38 billion), but it still averages nearly $237 for every man, woman and child in Michigan.
In Detroit, the state's biggest city, more than $326 ...
Nov 26, 2010, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum
Shop owner sells himself winning lottery ticket
A shop owner in western Pennsylvania has sold himself a winning $1.8 million lottery ticket and as the seller of the ticket, he'll get an extra $10,000.
Ron Rea owns Tobacco World stores in Uniontown and Belle Vernon. He bought the winning ticket for the Nov. 18 Match 6 Lotto drawing at the Belle Vernon store.
The Match 6 lotto game returned to the Pennsylvania Lottery games on June 3rd and since then it has produced two jackpot winners. This is also the second largest Pennsylvania Lottery ...
Nov 25, 2010, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
UPDATE: $128.6M Powerball lottery ticket sold in porn shop
Sticky situation? Winner can't stay anonymous
by Todd Northrop
When it was announced at Lottery Post Sunday that the winning Powerball ticket was sold at the Uptown Book Store, few people outside of Highland Park, Michigan, knew that location was actually a porn shop, specializing in adult books, pornographic movies and sex toys.
Perhaps the winner is right now figuring out how to deal with the potentially sticky situation of claiming the winning ticket that he or she bought in the porn ...
Nov 9, 2010, 2:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery installing more instant ticket vending machines
The Florida Lottery will begin installing an additional 500 instant ticket vending machines around the state next week because they've become so popular with players.
The Lottery started installing 1,000 vending machines last fall and they exceeded expectations. They have generated about $200 million in their first year of operation.
Lottery spokeswoman Connie Barnes says the agency hopes to have all 1,500 instant ticket vending machines, or ITVM's, up and running by Thanksgiving.
We f ...
Oct 8, 2010, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum