GTECH picked to run Indiana Lottery
The Hoosier Lottery board voted Wednesday to hire a private company to oversee sales, marketing and other operations with the goal of earning the state about $2.1 billion in additional revenue through 2028.
The board chose Rhode Island-based GTECH which provides similar services to the Illinois lottery and provides some computerized game services in Kentucky at the recommendation of Hoosier Lottery officials, who conducted an expansive review of the two companies vying for the 15-year contrac ...
Oct 3, 2012, 8:19 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ moves to privatize lottery sales, marketing
Four companies interested in running portions of the New Jersey Lottery attended a mandatory information session in Trenton last Thursday, the first step toward privatization.
The state Treasury Department is looking to hand over sales and marketing operations to a private vendor next year. The state would retain ownership of the lottery under the plan, and state employees would continue to manage its operations though those jobs are not guaranteed.
New Jersey has the eighth largest state ...
Sep 11, 2012, 12:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois picks right week to start selling tickets online
But online sales still dwarfed by retailer sales
With a record $540 million Mega Millions jackpot in play, Illinois picked the right week to become the first state in the nation to sell lottery tickets online. Others are watching closely to see if the new approach pays off and whether the state takes the next big step: launching online poker, blackjack and other casino games.
It took only three minutes for the first online lottery ticket to sell once the system went live at 7 a.m. Sunday. ...
Mar 30, 2012, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Online Illinois lottery tickets net $15K first day
Illinois Lottery officials say the first day of online lottery tickets brought in more than $15,000 in sales.
On Sunday Illinois became the first state to offer the games of chance online. The first ticket was bought at 7:03 a.m., just minutes after Mega Millions and Lotto tickets became available online. Within hours, hundreds of people had purchased tickets.
Lottery officials say they believe the pace of sales will be fast until Tuesday evening. That's when the Mega Millions drawing take ...
Mar 26, 2012, 6:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery ticket sales increase across country
Financial records for 41 state lotteries that end their fiscal year in June show 28 had higher sales than the year before. Seventeen of those states set all-time sales records.
Kate Sweeny, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California-Riverside, said an uptick in lottery sales largely occurs when people feel a lack of control over events larger than themselves, such as the economy.
Jeff Anderson, head of the executive committee of the North American Association of S ...
Sep 6, 2011, 9:05 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona Lottery sales hit record levels
People in Arizona are spending record amounts of money on lottery tickets, a sales surge that is surpassing that of other states.
In a recent national comparison of state lottery sales, Arizona ranked first out of 43 states and the District of Columbia in percentage increase from fiscal 2009 to 2010, according to the trade publication La Fleur's Magazine.
In fiscal 2011, which for Arizona ended June 30, the Lottery sold $584 million in tickets, its most ever.
However, the Arizona Lotter ...
Aug 19, 2011, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin lottery benefiting from Minnesota government shutdown
Includes video report
The cash register is humming at the gas station Mac Qasem manages in Houlton, Wisconsin, and he has squabbling Democrats and Republicans from Minnesota to thank for it.
You know how much people, they just want to buy lottery, he smiles.
Since the Minnesota state shutdown began, lottery sales at Qasem's store are five times normal. You just cross the bridge, couple of blocks and you're here, he points out. The Minnesota state lottery is shut down, so they come here ...
Jul 12, 2011, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota shutdown boosts Iowa border lottery sales
Sales of Iowa Lottery tickets at retail stores along the Minnesota border are getting a boost from the Gopher State's government shutdown.
State offices in Minnesota have been closed since July 1 because Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature have failed to reach agreement on a new state budget. The shutdown includes the sales of Minnesota Lottery tickets.
We have checked with locations in a few different communities that are along the major highways that run between Iowa and Minn ...
Jul 8, 2011, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. paper investigates best and worst places to buy lottery tickets
This is not a lucky number: 07102.
And yet lottery players line up every day at a convenience store register in this Newark ZIP code. They bring their hopes, dreams and dollars and trade them for games.
Hopefuls mill about the Welsh Farms store on Court Street, thumbing through small pieces of paper inscribed with names like Pick 3, Pick 4 and Jersey Cash 5. Some stand against the brick wall outside, feverishly scraping quarters crusted with silver dust across instant-win scratch-off games ...
Jun 13, 2011, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
UK Lottery sets sales record
UK National Lottery operator Camelot said a new-look Thunderball game and two special UK Millionaire Super Raffles have helped it achieve record ticket sales this year.
Camelot, which runs games including Lotto and National Lottery scratchcards, said it expects sales for the year to March 31 to hit 5.7 billion (US$9.3 billion), breaking the previous record of 5.5 billion set 13 years ago.
The group said the strong performance came at a time when most lotteries worldwide are reporting stati ...
Mar 4, 2011, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum