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2005 a trying year for Texas Lottery chairman
Tom Clowe says he was never much of a gambling man, but he was willing to take his chances when he asked Gov. George W. Bush in 1998 to give him an opportunity to serve the state in a volunteer capacity. I said to Governor Bush: I'm ready to do public service now. Give me the worst job that you've got,' Clowe recalled in a recent interview. And, man, he did! Bush appointed Clowe in November 1998 to the board that oversees the Texas Lottery Commission, which was still reeling from a string of
Jan 2, 2006, 7:42 am - Lottery News

A look back at the North Carolina lottery in 2005
After a more than 20-year battle, lawmakers needed a tie-breaker to finally pass their lottery bill. When they got it, opponents quickly cried out. I think we have one senator at home recently being hospitalized in bed we have another one who is on his honeymoon because he postponed it, said N.C. Sen. Andrew Brock, R-Davie.But N.C. Gov. Mike Easley, a long time lottery supporter, praised the new state game. Today I sign the North Carolina Education Lottery Bill and today we begin building one N
Dec 28, 2005, 9:48 am - Lottery News

Having a lottery machine: Now that's the ticket
Critics raise questions as retailers play by the rules and win scores of jackpotsNew Jersey's 10 most frequent winners of lottery jackpots have one thing in common: Luck.But five of those top 10 winners have something else going for them: A store that sells lottery tickets. We play, we win, explained Mahendra Vora, standing behind the counter of Everything Nice, a stationery store on Bergenline Avenue in West New York that he owns with his wife, Sudha.Together, the lucky couple has claimed 175
Dec 27, 2005, 6:49 am - Lottery News

'Lottery' top search term on AOL
AOL Search has put out an extensive list of top AOL Search terms for 2005 at which includes Paris Hilton as the most searched celebrity in 2005, lottery as the most popular search term, iPod as the top gadget and Green Day as the most popular band. Lottery emerged as the most searched word in 2005, followed by horoscopes (no. 2) and tattoos (no. 3).New search terms that emerged in 2005 include the addictive puzzle Sudoku, the irregular mi
Dec 14, 2005, 6:47 am - Lottery News

A lottery ticket run to the border
An entertaining story about a jaunt to a bordering state to buy lottery tickets highlights Nevada's lack of a lottery and shoots down the 'regressive tax' theory.It was a typical Wednesday.Up at 4:45 a.m., I got in my morning walk with a friend, then negotiated with my husband to drop off the first set of boys at school (he graciously capitulated) so that I could start the day's adventure early.I put on my favorite hot pink T-shirt with the Black Mountain Community Bank logo, denim overalls, a
Dec 9, 2005, 10:06 am - Lottery News

Schoolchildren's 'Lotto Tree' Removed From Oklahoma Capitol
A Christmas tree decorated with used lottery tickets by elementary school students has been removed from Oklahoma's Capitol after complaints by a lawmaker.Each Christmas, Gov. Brad Henry asks Oklahoma schools to decorate a tree. That tree is put on display in the Capitol, and the governor picks one as his favorite.Westwood Elementary's tree came dressed for the season, complete with snowmen, stars and Santa Claus. But it didn't deliver Christmas joy to everyone, reported KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City
Dec 7, 2005, 9:09 am - Lottery News

Lottery number strategies subject of newspaper investigation
The odds are long. The drawings are random. And the house keeps a much greater share of wagers than other forms of gambling.In sum: The lottery cannot be beaten. There is no system that can improve your chances of winning the lottery, period, says Mike Orkin, a California mathematician who has written extensively about gambling odds.Yet the quest for an ever-elusive winning lottery strategy is alive and well and for sale.On a quiet, dead-end street in Denville stands the headquarters of Doubl
Dec 6, 2005, 1:26 am - Lottery News

N.J. Lottery scratch games called 'paper slot machines'
Stephen Sunny Big Guy Bernath buys a fistful of instant lottery tickets every day and takes his place on a wooden bench next to a garbage can in front of the Krauszer's R J Food Store in Perth Amboy.There, the heavyset 70-year-old man rubs each ticket with a finger, cusses at it, then tosses it in the trash.Rub, cuss, toss.Rub, cuss, toss.He has been known to do this for hours, filling the garbage can with his losers before going back into the store to try his luck again. Crossword. Betty Boop
Dec 5, 2005, 1:23 am - Lottery News

Newspaper takes a hard look at the N.J. Lottery
They call her the Queen of the Lottery.Her realm: the North Broad Foodmart, a convenience store behind a gas station off Route 22 in Hillside.One evening, as the queen, aka Pat Howard, an insurance agent who lives in Newark, waits in line for the green machine, someone asks how much she spends. Maybe $20, $30 a day, she says.At this, the crowded store falls silent. Then, all at once, everyone laughs.After the queen is finished with her order, store manager Rashmi Patel spins a swivel scre
Dec 4, 2005, 7:24 am - Lottery News

Texas Lottery Commission chair betting on future
When word spread in June that the Texas Lottery Commission approved jackpots it couldn't afford to make, chairman C. Tom Clowe Jr.'s term on the commission had officially expired months earlier.The retired Waco businessman who launched his career in trucking and has spent 51 years of marriage living in 34 different towns faced one last duty before fully returning to retirement: overseeing the troubled agency's bid to win back public trust.Beginning the eighth year of his now open-ended term, Clo
Nov 30, 2005, 12:30 pm - Lottery News