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Powerball lottery to have larger jackpot, but harder to win
The Powerball lottery game will be going through some changes beginning in January, including having a larger starting jackpot that is more difficult to win. Starting on Jan. 4, Florida will join the 30 United States lotteries that now offer Powerball, adding a population of 18.8 million to those who have the chance to play the game. The starting jackpot will jump from $15 million to $20 million, the world's largest starting jackpot for a lotto-style game. In addition, the average jackpot
Dec 29, 2008, 11:21 am - Lottery News

Minn. Lottery to add Gopher 5 drawing
Schedule will change days of week starting next Monday The Minnesota State Lottery announced they will begin holding a third weekly drawing for their Gopher 5 game. Starting Oct. 6, drawings will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Previously, drawings have been held on Tuesdays and Fridays, which is as it's been since the game was inaugurated in 1991. Last week, local media sources reported that the Minnesota State Lottery announced an increase in ticket sales compared to la
Sep 30, 2008, 12:08 am - Lottery News

Powerball multi-state lottery game to change rules
Changes to coincide with addition of Florida in January; Jackpots to start at $20 million Powerball, arguably the world's best known jackpot lottery game, will be making changes to the game with the addition of Florida in January. The multi-state game will add some white ball numbers and will remove some red ball numbers, to accomodate the increase in number of players once Florida joins the game. If the number matrix is not changed, the jackpot would be hit too often, and it would not re
Aug 12, 2008, 9:57 pm - Lottery News

Californians to get a full year to claim Mega Millions lottery prizes
California lottery players originally had just 6 months to claim Mega winnings, while those in other states had 12. The change takes effect Jan. 1. Californians who keep their winning Mega Millions lottery tickets in their sock drawers will soon get an additional six months to dig them out and cash them in. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation Wednesday that extends the time for claiming a jackpot in the multi-state lottery game from six months to a year. The change, effective
Apr 24, 2008, 1:15 pm - Lottery News

New Florida Lotto playslips a bother to some
Some players annoyed by re-writing slips used 'for years'; don't understand new jackpot options As the Florida Lottery made changes to its Lotto game, a Lauderhill woman claimed the $3 million jackpot from the March 1 game. Melony Gregory, of Lauderhill, chose the one-time, lump-sum payment, and will receive $1,711,642 after taxes. Meanwhile, Lotto players faced a slightly longer wait to purchase tickets for Wednesday night's drawing, the first since the Florida Lottery made changes to
Mar 6, 2008, 11:35 am - Lottery News

Tonight's Fla. Lotto drawing first to let players increase jackpot
Also first drawing to use new playslips Lotto players who buy their tickets on the day of the drawing need to give themselves a few extra minutes to get tickets for tonight's drawing. Tonight's is the first drawing since the Florida Lottery made changes to Lotto and the old play slips no longer work. The big change is that players can spend $1 or $2 extra to increase the size of the Lotto jackpot. Tonight's jackpot is $3 million and a $1 play buys a chance to win that amount or a cha
Mar 5, 2008, 2:08 pm - Lottery News

Texas Lottery to add 'Sum It Up' feature to Pick 3 game
Daily 4 launch deemed 'successful' On September 30, the Texas Lottery launched a brand new game, Daily 4 with an add-on feature called Sum It Up. According to unaudited numbers, the game and associated add-on feature brought in more than $5.2 million during the first three weeks of sales. Of that number, approximately $1.2 million came directly from sales of Sum It Up. The Texas Lottery is hoping to strike gold a second time, by adding the Sum It Up feature to the state's other daily n
Oct 30, 2007, 12:21 pm - Lottery News

Mass. Lottery plans big expansion of keno-style game
The Massachusetts state lottery, which fell short of revenue projections last year, is dramatically expanding a keno-style game in a move it estimates could bring in an additional $160 million annually, officials said. The Daily Race Game, in which players can win up to $900 on a $1 bet, will expand from 200 to 1,500 locations across the state, and the graphics will change from cars to horses. Lottery commissioners on Wednesday approved the changes, which should be complete by next spring.
Oct 10, 2007, 7:45 pm - Lottery News

Tennessee Lottery to hold "Deal Or No Deal" event
One of 26 grand prize finalists will walk away $100,000 richer on Friday as the Tennessee Lottery wraps up its initial version of the instant ticket game, Deal or No Deal. The event, which will be held at the Lottery's Nashville headquarters at 2 p.m., won't leave any of the finalists empty-handed. The Lottery is also awarding a briefcase and $250 to the remaining 25 players and an additional $2,400 prize to one of those 25 players (other than the grand prize winner). In addition to the
Sep 26, 2007, 10:08 am - Lottery News

Kentucky Lottery Lucky 7's raffle draw delayed
The drawing date for the Kentucky Lottery's latest raffle-style game is being postponed due to slower than expected ticket sales. Dubbed the Lucky 7's Raffle, the winning numbers were set to be drawn and then announced on July 7th (7-7-07). As of July 1st, there were still 305,730 of the game's 500,000 tickets remaining. With only 39% of the overall tickets sold, Kentucky Lottery officials decided to push back the draw date to allow players more time to purchase tickets. There were seve
Jul 3, 2007, 6:01 pm - Lottery News

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