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Change in Penn. Lottery scratch tickets removes shortcut
A change in the format of Pennsylvania Lottery scratch-off tickets to prevent fraud means that some lottery players could be mistakenly tossing away winning tickets, retailers said. Since January, instant tickets have been printed with a new kind of security coding for retailers to verify that a winning ticket is valid. Previously, a row of letters and numbers at the top or bottom of a ticket indicated the prize won. For example, a row interspersed with (5) and (0) meant the ticket was a $
Mar 12, 2007, 10:26 am - Lottery News

N.C. Lottery chief adding new games to overcome revenue shortfall
The head of the N.C. Education Lottery Tuesday urged patience for critics who say the games have fallen short of their first-year sales goal. Executive Director Tom Shaheen said he hopes to spark sales this spring with two new games and a new twist on a third. Lottery sales are expected to miss their $1.2 billion goal by $200 million. Obviously I'm in a business to raise money, and I want to raise as much as we can, Shaheen said after a Charlotte luncheon. But to raise $1 billion the
Feb 1, 2007, 1:39 am - Lottery News

New York Lottery making some changes
NY Lottery figures better late than never to catch 'raffle fever' It looks like the New York Lottery's new year's resolution is to become more interesting. To accomplish that they are adding one new game and two changes. The first is a new limited scratchoff game called Raffle to Riches. Under this new format the lottery will print only 1.5 million Raffle to Riches tickets. It ends on Feb. 8, or when they're sold out. Out of those 1.5 million $20 tickets, there will be 12 winne
Jan 4, 2007, 7:24 pm - Lottery News

Sales for new Texas Lotto starts today
Texas lottery players are saying buh-bye to the bonus ball. Last night's $32 million jackpot Lotto Texas drawing was the last for the much-loathed little guy, who proved unpopular with players. The Texas Lottery Commission voted Feb. 27 to scratch the unpopular bonus ball and return to better sales and better odds. Lotto Texas will return to a matrix that was abandoned three years ago in which players may choose six numbers from among 54, with odds of winning the jackpot at 1 in 25.8 m
Apr 23, 2006, 9:36 am - Lottery News

Bonus ball bounced by Lotto Texas
Come Sunday, Lotto Texas players won't have the bonus ball to kick around anymore. When Saturday night's drawing for Lotto's $32 million jackpot is over, the Texas Lottery Commission will reintroduce the version of the game it abandoned in October 2003. The move came after players sent a clear signal that they do not like having to match the number on that extra ball for a chance to win the grand prize. How clear was the signal? Lotto ticket sales plummeted by 30 percent after the bon
Apr 21, 2006, 9:21 am - Lottery News

Texas Lottery eliminates Lotto bonus ball
Updated Feb. 28, 2005, 8:02 am Everything old is new again at the Texas Lottery, where commissioners voted Monday to ditch the unpopular Lotto Texas bonus ball and return to the style abandoned three years ago due to sagging sales. Starting in late April, players will choose six numbers between 1 and 54 rather than five numbers between 1 and 44 and one bonus ball from 1 to 44. That will return the odds of winning the jackpot to 1 in 25.8 million, down from 1 in 47.8 million with the bonu
Feb 28, 2006, 7:25 am - Lottery News

Texas lottery players want to get rid of 'bonus ball'
Players are letting the Texas Lottery Commission know in sometimes blunt and colorful language that they want the bonus ball to be bounced out of the Lotto game. The panel that oversees lottery operations is expected to vote next week on a proposal to return the game to a format resembling the one that was thrown out a little more than three years ago because officials were concerned about its profitability. But they ran into a problem when the new game proved to be about 30 percent less pr
Feb 24, 2006, 10:23 am - Lottery News

Mass. Lottery expanding Keno with new Bonus game
As of Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Massachusetts Lottery will launch a new way for residents to play the popular Keno game.Keno Bonus is the new and improved form of Keno, a popular Lottery game played by placing a bet, picking numbers and matching them to randomly selected numbers chosen by a computer.As of the official launch date, players will have the opportunity to double their wager, making them eligible for Keno Bonus. A bonus number will be displayed on the computer screen, and players multip
Nov 30, 2005, 2:12 pm - Lottery News

Texas Lottery to change Lotto game back to 6/54 format
Texas lottery commissioners moved one step closer Friday to returning the Lotto Texas game to its original format by signing off on a plan to bounce the so-called bonus ball from the format that decides how the multimillion-dollar jackpots are won.Meanwhile, the two sitting commissioners who oversee lottery operations deferred a decision on who will be hired to run the agency, which generates $1 billion a year for the state. But both offered high praise for former state Rep. Talmadge Heflin, a H
Nov 19, 2005, 9:20 am - Lottery News

Powerball lottery changes go into effect Sunday
Changes to Powerball, the country's largest lotto game, take effect Sunday (August 28), with two new numbers added to the mix.Lottery players will be able to buy the new Powerball tickets beginning Sunday morning, and the first drawing held from among 55 white balls and 42 red balls will be Wednesday night (August 31).The 29 lotteries that operate Powerball announced the changes April 6 to meet players' demands for larger and faster-growing jackpots.The minimum jackpot will increase to $15 milli
Aug 26, 2005, 9:17 pm - Lottery News

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