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Lottery sales net Wisconsin $37 million in property tax relief
The sale of Wisconsin Lottery tickets grew 25 percent from July 1 through Sept. 30 the first quarter of the current fiscal year, the Wisconsin Lotterys acting director said this week.The state lottery posted sales of a little more than $124.8 million as compared to $99.6 million in the same period last year, Michael Edmonds said. The sales were spurred by an increasingly strong scratch ticket market, a popular new online game and a large Powerball jackpot.The $124.8 million in sales produces an
Oct 30, 2003, 5:23 am - Lottery News

Lottery chief defends high salaries of executives
Complaints will end once game is operational, CEO Paul saysTennessee Lottery CEO Rebecca Paul on Monday defended the high salaries going to lottery executives and predicted complaints, such as those voiced by a group of Republican legislators, will end when the lottery is up and running. I'm very comfortable that we have hired the best and the brightest to maximize dollars for scholarships, Paul told when asked about a letter to Gov. Phil Bredesen from 19 Republican state legislators.The letter
Oct 28, 2003, 3:50 am - Lottery News

GOP chief criticizes lottery pay
The chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party Tuesday criticized excessive salaries paid by the Tennessee Lottery Corp., money she said should go to education when the lottery starts next year. We are receiving a lot of feedback from Tennesseans across the state that are deeply disturbed by these huge salaries being given out before the first lottery ticket is sold, GOP Chairman Beth Harwell said in an E-mail message to Tennessee Republicans Tuesday. I am also concerned with the 'unspecified
Oct 22, 2003, 3:56 am - Lottery News

Accomplishments of Ex-Lottery Director Questioned
Newspaper Disputes Education SubsidyRebecca Paul was hired to start Tennessee's lottery and is paid more than her peers because of her success running Georgia's games.But some of Paul's accomplishments during her time in Georgia are overstated, according to a review by The Tennessean newspaper.For example, Paul said last month that Georgia lottery sales had grown an average of 13 percent a year during her tenure. While lottery ticket sales in Georgia climbed to $2.6 billion last year from $1.12
Oct 20, 2003, 3:55 am - Lottery News

S.C. Lottery puts $20 million in education account in October
The South Carolina lottery has transferred more than $78 million to education programs in the fiscal year that began July 1.The South Carolina Education Lottery says it deposited $20 million on Tuesday. Of that, more than $4.5 million was unclaimed prize money, which is earmarked for school buses and gambling addiction programs.The lottery again is on target to exceed forecasts. Through October, the games have produced 45 percent of the $173 million expected to be collected this fiscal year. We
Oct 16, 2003, 3:24 am - Lottery News

Audit sought for Colorado lottery-fund use
The director of a state agency that doles out $40 million a year in Colorado Lottery funds has asked for an audit on how the money has been spent.In addition, Mike Beasely, the director of the Department of Local Affairs, has asked a legislative committee to look again at the issue of whether the state should have more oversight over the Conservation Trust Fund.The department distributes lottery proceeds from the fund to local governments and recreation districts, which then determine who gets t
Oct 10, 2003, 9:50 am - Lottery News

A Message to Florida Lottery Players From Secretary Mattingly
For the first time in Florida Lottery history, the largest unclaimed LOTTO jackpot will be transferred to the Educational Enhancement Trust Fund (EETF), pending Legislative Budget Commission approval later this month.The Florida Lottery supports our state's commitment to education. Besides this unclaimed jackpot, the Lottery has contributed more than $13 billion to education over the last 15 years, with a record $1 billion contributed last year alone. These monies have funded more than 167,000 B
Oct 10, 2003, 5:41 am - Lottery News

Record Kentucky lottery sales
The Kentucky Lottery has never been bigger... or more profitable.More local retailers are using it to supplement their profits. More players are chasing the dreams of a millionaire's jackpot. And state government is putting record profits to use funding more and more educational grants and scholarships.But competition on the horizon could halt the growth of the 14-year-old venture.The figures for fiscal year 2003 released by the Kentucky Lottery Corp. earlier this month tell the story of the rec
Oct 10, 2003, 5:17 am - Lottery News

Del. Lottery shuts sales at two sites
The Delaware Lottery Office has removed machines from two stores because of undisclosed debts, including a Bear newsstand that long has been one of the state's top ticket sellers, the state lottery director said Thursday.James T. Doody, owner of The News Basket at Fox Run Shopping Center in Bear, and Books-N-Things Too at Suburban Plaza in Newark, had his license to sell lottery tickets revoked about two weeks ago, director Wayne Lemons said.Lemons said Doody's two stores, and one he recently so
Oct 6, 2003, 5:51 am - Lottery News

D.C. Lottery finally hits the jackpot
The D.C. Lottery is in the money, with a record-setting profit of $237.3 million for fiscal 2003, officials said. We have had an exciting year. These are the highest numbers the lottery has made since its inception in 1982, said Jeanette Michael, executive director of the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Board.Lottery officials credited the record profit on new games, new players and newly enthused ticket agents.The D.C. Lottery has had fluctuating profits over the past two years due to the sl
Oct 6, 2003, 5:45 am - Lottery News