For some, Illinois Lottery app makes ticket-buying too easy
When Illinois launched its first-in-the-nation lottery app in January, Matthew Ruder quickly signed up so he could jockey for jackpots with just a tap of the finger on his smartphone.
It's really easy to buy lottery tickets on the big draw days, said Ruder, 40, of Pekin in central Illinois. I can just log in to it, add some money to it, buy some tickets, and then I have them right there instead of stopping at the store. It just makes it easier sometimes.
State lottery officials hope the ...
Apr 10, 2014, 8:31 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Lottery to offer online 'scratch-off' tickets
As expected, critics are outraged, supporters hopeful
Forget that drive to a convenience store for a scratch-off lottery ticket.
The Minnesota State Lottery soon will give consumers the same chance at a jackpot from the comfort of home, allowing them to scratch off tickets with a mouse and a cursor, not a coin.
Undeterred by earlier criticisms, lottery official are making a bold play to reach the next generation of lottery players by going beyond its current Powerball-like games online ...
Dec 23, 2013, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan to launch online lottery games late next year
Michigan will sell lottery tickets and offer games online in a year's time after two companies were chosen Monday to run an iLottery billed as a way to help fund public schools and keep the lottery relevant.
The decision came five months after lottery officials indefinitely halted their plans because lawmakers rejected Gov. Rick Snyder's funding request to launch the online lottery. Legislators, however, did not prohibit the Lottery Bureau from spending existing money in its budget to offer I ...
Nov 26, 2013, 7:41 am - Lottery News forum
Western Canada Lottery glitch causes ticket errors
The Western Canadian Lottery Corporation (WCLC) is advising customers to recheck their tickets following a system problem.
Officials said a delay in the draw results may mean that winning tickets weren't correctly identified.
They weren't released to the system until 10:35 yesterday morning. When normally they would be available as the retailors were opening their stores, WCLC stakeholder relations director, Amanda Marantz, explained.
Something that Gilles Caron found out the hard way. ...
Sep 22, 2013, 7:16 pm - Lottery News forum
COMPUTERIZED DRAWING GLITCH STRIKES ARIZONA LOTTERY
This is why computer ized drawings are bad
Undiscovered problem existed for 2 months some tickets had no chance of winning
The lottery had no idea until players started complaining
By Todd Northrop
Due to an error in the computerized drawing system for the Arizona Lottery Pick 3 game between June 10 and Aug. 3, replacement tickets are being offered to eligible people who purchased tickets during that time frame, according to a press release.
Pick 3 is an Arizona Lottery draw game ...
Aug 20, 2013, 9:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio legislators move to ban Internet lottery sales
While country moves forward, Ohio may move backwards
The Ohio Lottery has not joined the move to sell tickets directly to players on the Internet, and a provision in a state budget bill would make sure it doesn't.
The bill, which has passed the House and gone to the Senate, would prohibit Ohio from following the lead of states that already let players buy tickets via their computers and handheld devices.
Online sales could help lotteries attract younger customers and compete with more g ...
May 24, 2013, 9:35 am - Lottery News forum
Ultimate Poker to become first legal, real-money online poker site in US
But you have to be physically present within the state of Nevada to play
On Tuesday, UltimatePoker.com is expected to launch what will become the country's first fully legal online poker site, with one major catch: it will be limited to those physically present within the state of Nevada.
Neither the site nor state regulators have said precisely what means they will use to determine a player's location, but Nevada state officials said previously that it would be far more extensive than sim ...
Apr 30, 2013, 3:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery gears up for online sales in spring
The Michigan Lottery plans to begin selling online subscriptions for games such as Mega Millions and Powerball starting this spring.
The state says the move will bring in more revenue for schools and improve the lottery experience, but some businesses are concerned it will hurt in-store ticket sales.
Daily 3, Daily 4 and Club Keno would not be part of the initial program, which allows customers to sign up for multiple ticket purchases over a period of time.
A new system called iLottery ...
Feb 28, 2013, 8:55 am - Lottery News forum
Tech industry sets its sights on gambling
Look out Las Vegas, here comes FarmVille.
Silicon Valley is betting that online gambling is its next billion-dollar business, with developers across the industry turning casual games into occasions for adults to wager.
At the moment these games are aimed overseas, where attitudes toward gambling are more relaxed and online betting is generally legal, and extremely lucrative. But game companies, from small teams to Facebook and Zynga, have their eye on the ultimate prize: the rich American ...
Feb 18, 2013, 11:46 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. bill would allow for online lottery sales
Massachusetts Lottery players would be able to purchase tickets and play lottery games online under a bill being filed on Beacon Hill.
The bill would authorize the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission to create internet gambling games, including establishing the price of tickets, the number and size of prizes, the manner of selecting winners and the frequency of drawings.
The bill would also require the commission come up with a way to block sales of online tickets or other lottery games ...
Jan 25, 2013, 8:16 am - Lottery News forum