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UK National Lottery sees sales dip due to growing economic uncertainty
People have been tightening their wallets following COVID-19 restrictions By Kate Northrop The UK National Lottery is taking a financial hit amidst the growing economic uncertainty that is leading players to hang on to spare change that might otherwise be spent on tickets. Last week, the National Lottery announced that it is reporting its best-ever returns to good causes for the second consecutive year, despite seeing a significant dip in ticket sales. For the second year runni
Jul 11, 2022, 12:10 pm - Lottery News

Montana Lottery celebrates 35th anniversary
The Montana Lottery has generated $302 million to benefit the State of Montana since its inception in 1987, paying out more than $774 million in prizes to winners. On average, the Lottery has paid out $62,369 every single day to winners. But the Montana Lottery almost never happened. The idea of starting a lottery in Montana was the brain child of longtime Butte state Rep. Bob Pavlovich. Pavlovich and Butte Sen. Lawrence Stimatz sponsored a bill in the 1985 Montana Legislature to cre
Jul 5, 2022, 12:10 pm - Lottery News

Audit opens up conversation about possible collusion between Maryland lottery players and vendors
Report reveals lack of investigative procedures for high-winning individuals By Kate Northrop A report conducted by the Office of Legislative Audits in 2022 revealed security concerns that suggest possible collusion between lottery winners and vendors in the state of Maryland. The report, published and viewable online by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services, reviews a fiscal compliance audit of the State Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (SLGCA) between Jan. 3, 2017 and
May 25, 2022, 4:49 pm - Lottery News

Iowa Lottery says gas prices, inflation impacting sales
Iowa Lottery sales so far this fiscal year are nearly even through February when compared to the record set last year, but soaring inflation and gas prices are starting to have an effect. Iowa Lottery spokesperson, Mary Neubauer, says higher gas prices and inflation are starting to show their impact on sales. That doesn't leave as much money for entertainment options such as the Lottery. So, we are starting to see some of the impact of that, Neubauer says. Sales of Instant scratch ticket
Mar 24, 2022, 11:27 am - Lottery News

New UK National Lottery operator wants to cut ticket prices in half
Company will pull back on scratch-offs to focus on draw games By Kate Northrop Allwyn Entertainment, which was selected to replace Camelot as the UK National Lottery's new operator after nearly three decades , revealed intentions to halve ticket prices and reduce the emphasis on scratch-off games. After Camelot UK Lotteries Ltd. lost the bid to have its license renewed as the National Lottery's operator, replacement Allwyn Entertainment already hinted at plans to slash the cost of
Mar 20, 2022, 12:23 pm - Lottery News

Rising gas prices may impact lottery sales
Arkansas Lottery Director says they are not surprised about potential dip in sales By Kate Northrop With gas prices on the rise, players may be cutting back on their lottery spending in the near future. State lotteries may begin to see a downward trend in their revenue stream in the upcoming months should lottery players start to rethink their budget to accommodate for rising gas prices. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette interviewed Vicki Skaggs of Benton, Arkansas, an office manag
Mar 14, 2022, 8:48 am - Lottery News

Over €85 million in unclaimed Ireland Lottery prizes over the past five years
Lotto game currently on six-month winless streak By Kate Northrop Over the last five years, Ireland's National Lottery has had over 85 million (US$95.8 million) in unclaimed prizes returned to its wallet. Whether lottery winners lose their winning ticket, forget to claim their winnings, or were unaware of the win in the first place, those numbers sure do add up. Each year, from 2016 through 2020, the Lottery saw at least 16.1 million (US$18.1 million) returned back to its bank
Nov 29, 2021, 12:55 pm - Lottery News

Audit of frequent Pennsylvania Lottery winners draws concern
Lottery pushes back against stricter auditing processes for potential fraud By Kate Northrop The Pennsylvania Lottery is butting heads with Pennsylvania Auditor General Tim DeFoor on whether stronger controls are needed to monitor frequent lottery winners. An audit conducted on Pennsylvania Lottery winners of prizes between July 1, 2017 through Jan. 26, 2021 revealed that the Lottery gathers data on players who claim prizes of $600 and above solely for tax-related purposes but does
Nov 20, 2021, 7:28 pm - Lottery News

Texas Lottery reaches record $8 billion in sales
Lottery achieves its highest revenue transfer ever By Kate Northrop Last week, the Texas Lottery announced that it not only broke its own sales record for the 11th-consecutive year, but it also crossed the whopping $8 billion mark for its fiscal year sales total. Having surpassed the $8 billion milestone, the Lottery reported a massive $1.998 billion contribution to state education and veterans, its highest yet. When then-Gov. Ann Richards purchased the first Texas Lottery scratch t
Sep 28, 2021, 6:42 pm - Lottery News

How the UK Lottery helped Great Britain win 100 Olympic gold medals
By Kate Northrop Great Britain has officially secured its 100th gold medal in the Olympics, part of which can be attributed to support from the UK National Lottery. Since 1996, funding from the National Lottery has helped athletes from Team Great Britain take home over 100 gold medals at the Olympics, but what does that funding specifically entail? On Monday, Adam Peaty took Great Britain's 100th gold medal after defending his 100m breaststroke title in Tokyo. Within mere hours, Tom Dal
Aug 4, 2021, 11:17 am - Lottery News

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