WV Lottery considers online gaming options
To help combat out-of-state competition, the West Virginia Lottery is considering introducing online gaming options, including smartphone applications that would allow players to purchase Powerball and Mega Millions tickets on their phone.
Lottery director John Musgrave told members of the state Lottery Commission Tuesday that officials met with state casino executives and their technical staff last month to discuss potential online gaming options in the state. A second meeting to discuss the ...
Aug 28, 2014, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
Three $1M lottery tickets sold in W.Va. in 1 week
West Virginia has another $1 million lottery winner.
Lottery spokesman Randy Burnside tells The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register that a ticket sold in the Wheeling area won a $1 million prize in the Powerball drawing on Wednesday.
It's the third $1 million lottery ticket sold in the state within a week.
On Tuesday, retired truck driver Randy Brown of Man claimed a $1 million Mega Millions prize. He bought a ticket that matched five numbers from the Feb. 7 drawing.
Another tic ...
Feb 17, 2014, 9:26 pm - Lottery News forum
West Virginia man wins $300,000 in Pick 4 lottery
Larry Hughes of Kimball, West Virginia, may soon have relatives he never knew he had coming out to Kimball to visit him after winning $302,600 on Thursday night's Daily 4 drawing. West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave announced today that Hughes and his family came to Charleston on Friday to claim the prize.
Hughes played the numbers 1-2-3-4 60 times on a straight bet, and the same numbers on a straight/box. Although he doesn't always bet $61, he bets the same numbers every day. The to ...
Jun 8, 2013, 8:08 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner Jack Whittaker's losing ticket
Jack Whittaker, a 55-year-old contractor from Scott Depot, W. Va., had worked his way up from backcountry poverty to build a water-and-sewer-pipe business that employed over 100 people. He was a millionaire several times over. But when he awoke at 5:45 a.m. on Christmas morning in 2002, everything he'd built in his life held only passing significance next to a scrap of paper in his worn leather wallet a $1 Powerball lottery ticket bearing the numbers 5, 14, 16, 29, 53, and 7.
Whittaker had pu ...
Dec 19, 2012, 10:03 am - Lottery News forum
W.Va. Lottery has $81M surplus
The West Virginia Lottery ended the just-completed budget year with an $81 million surplus, giving state revenues a surprising boost, but agency officials say the future remains challenging at best in the face of increasing competition from border states.
The stronger-than-expected results also remain below the lottery's peak returns during the past decade, suggesting its best years may be behind it because of these market forces.
We view this as uncharted territory, said James Toney, the ...
Jul 16, 2012, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner donates apartment complex to help families in crisis
Winner has given millions to charities since 2010
Randy Smith, a West Virginia multimillion-dollar lottery winner turned philanthropist, listened Friday to how his donation of an apartment complex is turning into a sustainable community housing program for families in crisis.
Smith, 65, a former Berkeley County sheriff and magistrate, won a $79 million Powerball lottery in August 2010. The total dropped to $44 million after taxes when he opted for a lump-sum payment.
Since then, Smith h ...
Apr 22, 2012, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
2 W.Va. veterans pull off incredible Powerball win worth $14M
$14 million from multiple tickets with same numbers
Two Vietnam War Veterans from Weston, West Virginia, are millionaires after claiming an unusual Powerball prize involving multiple lottery tickets purchased with the same numbers.
West Virginia Lottery Director John Musgrave introduced the state's newest millionaires at a press conference at Lottery Headquarters Monday, according to a news release from the Lottery.
Michael Shaver and Ronald Simmons share the $14 million in winnings fro ...
Mar 6, 2012, 1:26 pm - Lottery News forum
West Virginia Lottery rule change raises safety issue
Limited video lottery retailers and machine distributors raised concerns Wednesday that a proposed West Virginia Lottery Commission rule change could put their employees at greater risk of being robbed.
The commission is attempting to clarify state Lottery law regarding how video lottery retailers bar and club owners and machine distributors are to split their share of video lottery profits.
As drafted, the rule change would clarify that, under state law, payments between distributors and ...
Sep 29, 2011, 10:09 am - Lottery News forum
W.V. Lottery ends 3-year losing streak
A three-year money-losing streak for the West Virginia Lottery has come to an end, as the agency saw an upswing in revenues for the just completed 2010-11 budget year, Lottery commissioners learned Tuesday.
Fueled by the enormous success of table games at Charles Town's Hollywood Casino, and by a surge in sales for traditional scratch-off games, the Lottery saw a 3 percent jump in total revenue for the budget year, for a total of $1.39 billion.
Things are picking up, it looks like, a litt ...
Jul 29, 2011, 6:54 am - Lottery News forum
W.Va. lottery winner buys trucks for fire depts.
A West Virginia Powerball lottery winner known for his generosity recently turned his charitable ways toward the purchase of new vehicles and equipment for area fire departments.
On Thursday, W. Randy Smith gave away a lot more of his money, this time, a little more than $1 million.
Six Berkeley County fire departments each got a Ford F-350, four-wheel-drive, four-door pickup truck equipped with snow plows and walk-behind snow blowers.
The idea of such specially equipped vehicles is to ...
May 15, 2011, 8:44 am - Lottery News forum