Here comes BBQ-scented N.C. Lottery scratch tickets
In the never-ending effort to make buying a lottery ticket new and fun, the N.C. Education Lottery has come up with tickets that smell like barbecue when you scratch them.
Lottery officials will unveil their new BBQ Bucks scratch-off tickets Tuesday at Clyde Cooper's Barbecue in downtown Raleigh and at Queen City Q in Charlotte. The $2 scratch-and-sniff tickets will bring a chance to win up to $25,000 and to enter a secondary drawing for one of 10 prizes of 100 pounds of pork and a Big Green ...
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Illinois Lottery not paying big winners because state legislature won't pass budget
After years of struggling financially, Susan Rick thought things were looking up when her boyfriend won $250,000 from the Illinois Lottery last month. She could stop working seven days a week, maybe fix up the house and take a trip to Minnesota to visit her daughter.
But because Illinois lawmakers have not passed a budget, she and her boyfriend, Danny Chasteen, got an IOU from the lottery instead.
For the first time, we were finally gonna get a break, said Rick, who lives in Oglesby. And ...
Aug 28, 2015, 4:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Internet sales of Minnesota lottery tickets coming to halt
Minnesota's lottery is primed to pull the plug on ticket sales over the Internet.
In a series of steps beginning Friday, the lottery will stop selling Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Gopher 5, Powerball and instant-win tickets online. When the instant-win games launched in early 2014, Minnesota became the first state to give the scratch-off franchise a virtual option.
But state lawmakers were instantly uncomfortable and passed a law this spring that forced the lottery to stop those sales. The lo ...
Aug 28, 2015, 8:17 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. legislators look to expand lottery
Lawmakers in Raleigh are looking to place bets on the state lottery once again as a source of more money for education programs across North Carolina.
House and Senate budget negotiators are working on a plan, already adopted by the state Senate, that would significantly increase advertising of the lottery's scratch-off and other offerings, including the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpot games. Another part of the plan, also backed by the Senate: Making a version of instant tickets availabl ...
Aug 22, 2015, 10:07 pm - Lottery News forum
NC lottery winner spent $9M bailing out convict fiancé
A North Carolina lottery winner used part of her $188 million Powerball jackpot to bail her convict fianc out of jail twice.
Lamar (Hot Sauce) McDow, accused of trafficking and intending to sell heroin, was released from a Brunswick County jail last week on $6 million bail.
While bondsmen do not have to release the name of who posted an inmate's bail, McDow's Powerball millionaire fianc e, Marie Holmes, likely footed the bill. Prosecutors said she bailed him out of jail once before, paying ...
Aug 15, 2015, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery Places mobile app featured on Discovery Channel
Lottery store locator app works on iPhone, Android and Windows
Includes video report
How many lottery tickets go unpurchased every day because people with an urge to play the lottery right now aren't sure where they can buy tickets?
That's a question a new mobile app hopes to eliminate, by giving everyone a quick and easy and free way to find the nearest lottery retailers.
The app is called Lottery Places, and it will be featured on the Discovery Channel Friday morning, Aug. 7, on th ...
Aug 6, 2015, 7:53 pm - Lottery News forum
California Lottery begins offering tickets at gas pumps
Play at the Pump, the California Lottery's latest expansion of the lotto market, is both convenient and controversial.
Convenient because it allows credit card users to both fill up and buy up to $20 worth of Quick Picks without ever having to go inside.
At the same time, it's controversial because the offerings are a sharp change from the lottery's long standing cash-only rules aimed at cutting down on overspending by poor people and chronic gamblers.
The concerns are valid, said Alex ...
Aug 4, 2015, 10:40 am - Lottery News forum
20 co-workers share largest Lotto Max jackpot ever
Claudine Forget said she feared the worst when her colleague began chatting with her online this past weekend by saying: Call me it's urgent.
He told me to sit down, said Forget, who works the night shift for hardware retailer Rona Inc. south of Montreal.
I told him to stop. I thought something had happened to his family. Then he said we won $55 million.
Forget and all but one of her co-winners graveyard shift workers who bought the Lotto Max ticket together collected their windfall ...
Jul 21, 2015, 9:50 am - Lottery News forum
NC residents can now play lottery at the pump
North Carolina residents can now play jackpot lottery games while pumping their gas.
A new service being offered by the N.C. Education Lottery allows players to enter in the drawing in one of the jackpot games Powerball, Mega Million, or Carolina Cash 5 all from the convenience of their gas pump.
To use this service, customers will swipe a debit card at the pump to get Quick Pick numbers for the next drawing in their jackpot game of choice. A receipt will then print their numbers.
Jul 15, 2015, 4:46 pm - Lottery News forum
N.J. lawmaker proposes a lottery to pay off student loans
A New Jersey lawmaker says the state should try something novel to help people climb out of all that debt from their college days: set up a lottery in which the winning tickets pay off student loans.
State Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) on Monday introduced legislation (A4631) that would make New Jersey the first state in the country to establish a lottery in which the winnings would go exclusively to college debt.
Any vehicle that could provide some relief it seems to me it ...
Jul 7, 2015, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum