More state lotteries adding "win for life" games
More than half of US lotteries now offer a for life lotto draw game
By Todd Northrop
In the past year a new multi-state lottery game concept where the top prize pays out over the lifetime of the winner has swept across the United States.
Just like there are two big-jackpot multi-state lottery games Powerball and Mega Millions there are also two multi-state for life games: Cash4Life and Lucky for Life.
The games offer a top prize and a second prize that pay off over the lifetime of th ...
Jan 22, 2016, 6:45 am - Lottery News forum
Multi-state Wild Card 2 game ending in February
North Dakota joining Lucky for Life multi-state game
By Todd Northrop
Wild Card 2, a multi-state lottery game currently offered in four states, is ending with the Feb. 24 drawing.
The lottery game that has been played in one form or another for more than 20 years is being dropped after a fall in popularity, according to lottery officials.
Wild Card 2 offers two plays for $1. It got its start in 1994 as Tri-West Lotto and was offered only in Idaho, Montana and South Dakota. In 1998, i ...
Jan 18, 2016, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scandal unlikely to affect New Mexico, official says
The expanding investigation of a former security chief for the national association that operates Powerball, Mega Millions, Hot Lotto and other lotteries is unlikely to affect New Mexico at this point, state lottery CEO David Barden said this week.
State officials, however, have been in touch with Iowa investigators, cooperating with them and providing requested data on some local jackpot winners.
Eddie Tipton, who worked for the Des Moines-based Multi-State Lottery Association since 2003 ...
Dec 26, 2015, 1:35 pm - Lottery News forum
MUSL CHIEF OUSTED OVER JACKPOT-RIGGING SCANDAL
Key industry official has run Powerball from its inception
Bret Toyne appointed interim executive director
A prominent lottery official who has run the Powerball game since its inception was quietly removed from his 28-year post leading the Multi-State Lottery Association after a jackpot-fixing scandal inside his organization got bigger, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.
Charles Strutt, executive director of the association since its 1987 founding, was stripped o ...
Dec 23, 2015, 2:39 pm - Lottery News forum
Maine gives names of Hot Lotto winners to Iowa team looking into rigging scheme
The names of Mainers who won cash prizes in the Hot Lotto game between 2010 and 2014 have been forwarded to Iowa officials investigating a burgeoning jackpot fixing case that may have affected winnings in at least five states.
Officials with the Maine State Lottery said Hot Lotto winners and prize amounts were shared with the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations. To date, investigators have not discovered any link between Maine Hot Lotto winners and Eddie Tipton, a former security offic ...
Dec 23, 2015, 2:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Winners suing Illinois Lottery try to rope in other states
Multi-state lottery groups pushed back on Monday against a move by lottery winners in Illinois to drag dozens of states into a lawsuit against the Illinois Lottery's suspension of payments.
Illinois has halted payments on winnings of $600 or more due to the state's ongoing budget impasse.
A class action originally filed in September in U.S. District Court in Chicago seeking to force the Illinois Lottery to pay winners was amended last week to add as defendants lottery agencies in 43 states ...
Nov 9, 2015, 10:14 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee Lottery joins multi-state Cash4Life game Sunday
By Todd Northrop
Starting Sunday, Nov. 1, lottery players in Tennessee can participate in a growing multi-state game offering a top prize of $1000 per day for the rest of your life.
Cash4Life was started in 2014 as a two-state game, played in New Jersey and New York, and has been slowly expanding into other states. Tennessee will be the fifth state to participate.
Playing Cash4Life is just like playing other typical lotto games: players select 5 numbers from a field of 1 to 60, and 1 Ca ...
Oct 30, 2015, 10:28 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland Lottery to join Cash4Life game in early 2016
Includes audio report
Maryland gambling officials issued their approval Thursday for the state to join the multi-state Cash4Life game starting in early 2016.
Cash4Life, which started in 2014 as a two-state game played in New Jersey and New York, has been popular with players and is steadily adding new member states. In addition to the original two states, the game currently is offered in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Our expectation is to join them probably in January or February, said Go ...
Aug 28, 2015, 8:35 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia truck driver claims Mega Millions jackpot in Pa.
A professional truck driver for nearly 30 years will be retiring early thanks to a lottery ticket he purchased at a Pennsylvania travel plaza.
On Wednesday, Steven Peloquin claimed a $91.8 million Mega Millions jackpot from the July 21 drawing.
It is the second jackpot-winning Mega Millions ticket sold by the Pennsylvania Lottery and the fourth-largest prize awarded in the Lottery's history.
Lottery Executive Director Drew Svitko presented a ceremonial check for $91,781,644.00 to Peloqu ...
Jul 29, 2015, 9:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Scratch-off games propel Ohio Lottery to record sales
Like other state lotteries have recently reported, the Ohio Lottery has managed to increase its sales to record levels in the past year, despite a sharp downturn in multi-state lottery sales, through an emphasis on scratch-off ticket sales.
The Ohio Lottery Commission sold $1.55 billion in instant scratch-off lottery tickets in the fiscal year ending June 30, which was $123.3 million, or 8.6 percent, more than the previous year, according to annual, unaudited sales figures released on Thursda ...
Jul 10, 2015, 3:02 pm - Lottery News forum