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Texas Schools Getting Bonus From Lottery
Public education has hit the jackpot with the Texas Lottery. Lottery officials say the state's online and instant games are raising billions for Texas schools.Like a lot of Texas Lottery players, Barbara Chongulia pays far more attention to how much money she might win than where the money she spends on tickets goes. It's fun. It's like buying hope, Chongulia said. I buy it everyday anyway, so it doesn't really matter to me. Since 1997, by state law, it goes to public education. Lottery offic
Mar 25, 2004, 4:56 am - Lottery News

Oregon Lottery Drops Plan to Cut Taverns' Commissions
The Oregon Lottery director said Monday that she plans to rework her controversial proposal to cut bar and tavern owners' video poker compensation.Director Brenda Rocklin's initial proposal turned out to yield far less revenue for state-funded programs than first estimated, prompting calls from education advocates and others for more drastic reductions in the share of video poker proceeds that bars and taverns are allowed to keep as compensation.But bars, taverns and restaurants and their trade
Mar 17, 2004, 5:11 am - Lottery News

In Pennsyvania, lottery tickets a big seller
York County sold $52.3M tickets last yearWith more than $1.1 million in sales, the Manchester Shell in Manchester Township near York sold more lottery tickets than any other outlet in York County last year.With nearly $750,000 in sales, Lynn's Shur Fine at 5660 York Road in New Oxford, sold more than any other retailer in Adams County.In all, York County's 230 lottery outlets sold a total of $52.3 million in tickets in 2003, according to data provided by the state lottery.Adams County's 51 lotte
Mar 15, 2004, 7:11 am - Lottery News

Lottery fund attacked over grant to anti-deportation campaigners
MPs have launched a scathing attack on the UK national lottery distribution fund that supports charities and community groups after an inquiry into a grant made to an anti-deportation campaign.The 340,000 grant awarded to the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns by the Community Fund in 2002 sparked a furious onslaught on the lottery cash distributor by the Daily Mail. An earlier 191,000 grant made to the NCADC in 1998 had passed unnoticed.The second grant also prompted interventio
Mar 2, 2004, 1:07 pm - Lottery News

Tennessee lottery sale drop-off is less than expected
Since the first scratch-off lottery tickets started selling more than a month ago, sales have been declining.That was expected as the initial euphoria with the lottery wore off. Sales volume has dropped to roughly 49% of what it was during the first seven days of the lottery. That usually happens after the first week, Rebecca Paul, Tennessee Education Lottery Corp.'s president and chief executive officer, said of what she had seen with other start-up lotteries.By that measure, then, Tennessee's
Mar 1, 2004, 4:30 am - Lottery News

Rebecca Paul Says Tenn. Lottery Should Reach Funding Goal
Tennessee Lottery CEO Rebecca Paul said at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday the lottery should reach its goal of raising $88 million for education the first year, and may have some left over for preschool education.She said the lottery has brought in $141 million in a month and five days, including $30 million that will go toward its education fund.She said lotteries typically fall off substantially after the initial excitement, but she said Tennessee's has stayed very popular.Ms. Pau
Feb 26, 2004, 4:46 am - Lottery News

$222M Mega Millions lottery jackpot has Jerseyans dreaming
A surge of ticket buying has swelled the jackpot in the multistate Mega Millions lottery game to at least $222 million -- a figure that could go even higher before Friday night's drawing.That had lottery players -- the regulars and those who jump in only when jackpots border on the obscene -- trying to comprehend nearly unfathomable riches in the third-largest jackpot ever offered in New Jersey. If I won, my wife would have my face on the side of milk cartons, 'cause I'd be missing, said Jim Mc
Feb 20, 2004, 7:18 am - Lottery News

Illinois officials expect huge lottery ticket sales
When the winning numbers are not drawn in the Mega Millions lottery game, it means a bigger contribution to state coffers.With tickets sales today expected to approach $1 million an hour for tonight's record $222 million jackpot, lottery officials are smiling.Sales build as jackpots grow, and the Mega Millions game has not had a winner in 12 drawings.Anne Plohr Rayhill, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Lottery, said about 35 cents of every dollar spent in Illinois on lottery games goes into the Il
Feb 20, 2004, 7:12 am - Lottery News

Georgia benefits from huge Mega Millions jackpot
Extra Income Shoring Up HOPE ScholarshipGeorgia lottery players and residents of 10 other states will compete Friday night to win the Mega Millions jackpot, which stands at $222 million - the largest payday in the game's history.The drawing, which is usually broadcast live from the Midtown Atlanta studios of WSB-TV/Channel 2, will be held at Times Square in New York at 11 p.m.Lottery officials said the huge jackpot is good for the game, its players and the state. A record-breaking Mega Millions
Feb 20, 2004, 7:00 am - Lottery News

Large lottery jackpots mean more big bucks for Ohio
Ohio lottery officials hit the jackpot yesterday, as Mega Millions fever brought in about $148,000 an hour for the state.The multi-state game was already outperforming fiscal year 2003 levels, according to Ohio Lottery Commission officials, and the recent surge of sales due to Friday's $222 million jackpot has helped the state's bottom line even more. Everything seems to be falling in place for us, said Mardele Cohen, spokeswoman for the Ohio Lottery Commission. We needed a big winner in Ohio,
Feb 20, 2004, 6:56 am - Lottery News