Lottery Post Founder featured in John Oliver HBO segment
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By Todd Northrop
On the final episode of HBO's Last Week Tonight for the year, host John Oliver took a look at state lotteries and argued that they disproportionately take money from the poor by selling hope while failing to deliver on the promise of a better life or improved funding of state programs.
Included in the segment was an examination of how difficult the Mega Millions multi-state lottery game is to win. The show borrowed a clip from CNN's New Day program ...
Nov 10, 2014, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery mulling changes to drawings
Could this be a move to all-computerized drawings and the death of real drawings in Illinois?
After 20 years of perky hosts and ping pong balls, the future of live Illinois Lottery drawings on WGN-Ch.9 is up in the air.
Lottery officials said Tuesday they are considering parting ways with WGN-TV, home to daily drawings since 1994, when the current one-year contract expires in June. Advances in lottery technology, an influx of new games and the move by Tribune Co. to pull the evening drawin ...
Apr 16, 2014, 8:07 am - Lottery News forum
'Lucky 7' canceled: ABC series pulled after two episodes
Lucky 7's luck has run out, and it is about to endure a lot of jokes about its unfortunate title.
ABC has axed the freshman drama after just two episodes, making it the first cancellation of the 2013-14 season.
ABC knows one thing that's working. Starting Oct. 8, the network will plug repeats of Scandal into Tuesday's 10 p.m. hour. The Shonda Rhimes drama hit series highs in its season-three premiere, jumping a whopping 71 percent from last fall.
The writing was on the wall for Lucky 7 ...
Oct 4, 2013, 8:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Want to be on TV? Hoosier Lottery searches for on-air draw talent
Hoosier Lottery drawings are back on the air in Indiana. The Hoosier Lottery and FOX59 in Indianapolis are conducting a statewide talent search to cast on-air draw talent for soon-to-be on the air Daily 3 and Daily 4 live TV drawings.
Those interested in representing the Lottery are encouraged to submit auditions online at hoosierlottery.com or FOX59.com.
The Hometown Host contest is a great way for budding celebrities or adult journalism students to represent a Hoosier institution and ga ...
Jul 26, 2013, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
Germany Lottery draw glitch caused announcement of wrong numbers
German broadcaster ZDF gave Lotto ticket holders a moment of false hope on Wednesday evening, after a glitch with the ball machine meant presenters read out the wrong numbers.
At 6:50pm, 2.33 million people turned on their TVs to see if they'd won this week's lottery jackpot. But what presenters in the ZDF studio had not noticed was that that two balls, 46 and 47, failed to roll into the see-through Lotto drum.
This meant that the first set of numbers 3,8,11,26,32,40 and 9 were void. The a ...
Apr 4, 2013, 11:57 am - Lottery News forum
'Robot' to replace Michigan Lottery readers
It's the end of the line for the three people who read the lottery numbers on Detroit TV.
WWJ Newsradio 950's Sandra McNeil reports Aggy Usedly, Beth McCleod and Darryl Wood will no longer announce the winning numbers on TV.
Usedly said she and the two others who read the numbers got the word a couple of weeks ago and it came as a surprise.
Our contract was up September 29th and our union rep had been contacting this gentleman in Lansing about getting together to renew the contract and ...
Sep 14, 2012, 3:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery moving drawing show to the Internet
Powerball and Mega Millions drawings still available In Kentucky on cable and satellite TV
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The Kentucky Lottery has announced a major shift in its nightly televised drawing show. Starting September 16, the nightly drawing program will no longer be aired on broadcast TV stations. Instead, drawings will be streamed live and archived on the Lottery's website (kylottery.com).
There will however still be a cable and satellite outlet for the Mega Millions and Powerball d ...
Sep 4, 2012, 9:19 am - Lottery News forum
Ireland TV network red-faced after huge lottery numbers blunder
Ireland's national television broadcaster is hoping the country's newest Lotto millionaire hasn't thrown away their winning ticket after watching the live drawing broadcast on Saturday night.
RTE was forced to rectify a huge mistake on air, after broadcasting the wrong numbers for two draws, including the main Lotto results.
Many people from Northern Ireland also play the Republic's lottery, as well as the British National Lottery, to increase their chances of instant riches.
Lotto head ...
Dec 20, 2011, 7:34 am - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery drawings to return to broadcast TV
Public Media, the New Jersey parent company of NJTV, announced today that New Jersey state lottery numbers will once again be carried on New Jersey public television.
Beginning September 6, the Lottery's daily winning numbers results will be aired at 1:58 p.m. and 8:58 p.m. seven days a week.
New Jersey state lottery drawings had previously been televised each day on NJN but ceased when the state turned over operation of the network to PMNJ. The live Lottery drawings will continue to be he ...
Sep 1, 2011, 3:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Millions in lottery jackpots expire every year
If you are the ticket holder for the winning Massachusetts Mega Millions consolation prize with the numbers: 2, 7, 10, 16 and 29, we have some bad news for you. You have just missed your chance to claim $250,000. The jackpot expired Wednesday.
In six more days, on Aug. 3, a $900,000 jackpot is in danger of becoming little more than wishful thinking for some unlucky winner in Florida.
ABC News have found at least six other jackpots ranging from $10,000 (two in Arizona expiring Aug. 8 and Au ...
Jul 29, 2011, 9:31 am - Lottery News forum