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Proposed Mass. budget includes nonexistent lottery money
Issue highlights problem with budgeting based on speculation When Massachusetts lawmakers approved a $24.7 billion state budget last week, they included $25 million in expected revenue from the multi-state lottery game, Powerball. The trouble is, the state's bid to become a part of the game had been rejected and state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill neglected to let legislators know. To make matters worse, the inclusion of Powerball revenue in the state budget was based upon the notion that
Jul 29, 2009, 12:27 pm - Lottery News

2-time lottery winner's past questioned
He definitely won the $1,000, but is the $1 million claim a fraud? The past of a Fall River man who claimed he won the lottery twice in one day is now being called into question. It turns out Phillip Brunelle, formerly known as Phillip Daggett, has been in legal trouble before for making false claims. Brunelle said he bought a lottery ticket from a convenience store on East Main St. Sunday morning and won $1,000. He said he then went back into the convenience store, plunked down $20 for a
Jul 28, 2009, 6:18 pm - Lottery News

Man wins $1,001,000 from 2 scratch tickets
A Massachusetts man won $1,000 and $1 million dollars from two scratch-off lottery tickets on the same day. Phillip Brunelle, 29, of Fall River, said he was so excited about winning $1,000 on a scratch-off ticket at a convenience store that he decided to return to the store later to buy another $5 Money Mania ticket, WCVB-TV, Boston, reported Monday. I already won $1,000, so I don't know why I went back down. I guess I'm greedy, Brunelle said. He said he used his lucky penny to uncover
Jul 28, 2009, 8:30 am - Lottery News

Patriots plan lottery tie-in after NFL eases stance
Promo will be a first for a league still sensitive about betting scandals The New England Patriots are developing the first licensed NFL instant ticket with the Massachusetts State Lottery just days after league owners voted to allow teams to partner with lotteries across the country. This is going to be a hugely successful collaboration, Robert Kraft, chief executive of Kraft Group, which owns the Patriots, said yesterday. We are looking forward to helping the lottery generate much needed re
May 26, 2009, 1:27 pm - Lottery News

Mass. Lottery will sell ads on its tickets
Massachusetts Lottery officials constantly tinker with their offerings and odds to try to attract players and haul in more money for the state. Now they will have a new way to bring in cash, by selling ads on game tickets and monitors. The Massachusetts State Lottery Commission approved a contract yesterday that will pay the Fenway Sports Group $10,000 a month plus a percentage of whatever advertising revenue the sports-marketing spin-off of the Red Sox is able to attract for the lottery.
Apr 4, 2009, 9:05 am - Lottery News

Mass. Lottery proposes changes to Megabucks game
Game will get new name, longer odds, bigger jackpots For devotees of Megabucks, the odds of winning may soon be getting longer under a proposal to update the 27-year-old jackpot game. Though it will be harder to win the twice-weekly drawing, with odds falling from approximately 1 in 5 million to 1 in 13 million, there's an upside, says a lottery official. The game will be getting richer, meaning bigger jackpots. A lot of the things that are going to change will be more user-friendly, s
Mar 30, 2009, 8:48 am - Lottery News

Many states' lottery sales are rising in recession
Even in these tough economic times, many people are feeling lucky. More than half of all states with lotteries have reported rising sales over the past six months, and some researchers say financial insecurity might be driving people to risk more of their money than usual on $1 and $5 instant scratch-offs and other daily games in hopes of a big payoff. Someday somebody is going to win and I hope it is me, said Albert Atwood of Nashville, who spends $100 weekly playing the Pick 5 and Lotto
Jan 12, 2009, 8:49 am - Lottery News

Massachusetts Lottery expecting sales to decline by $200M
With the economy struggling and people pinching pennies, the Massachusetts State Lottery has increased its estimate of an expected decline in ticket sales. While the agency had said in October that it expected a 1.5 percent drop, or about $75 million, in sales, compared with the previous year, it now says it expects the drop to be 4 percent, or about $200 million. Mark Cavanagh, the lottery's executive director, emphasized that fiscal 2008, which ended in July, was a record year for the Lo
Dec 5, 2008, 3:57 pm - Lottery News

Lottery scratch games still being sold after jackpots are gone
Feeling lucky today? Then don't buy a $20 scratch-off ticket for the New Jersey Lottery's $1,000,000 Explosion game. Your chances of winning the $1 million top prize are Z-E-R-O. The six top prizes were awarded months ago, but the $20 tickets are still on sale. The best prize available today is $10,000. State lotteries are coming under renewed criticism for selling scratch-off tickets after the top prizes have been given away. The latest challenge comes from a professor who says
Jun 30, 2008, 1:22 pm - Lottery News

Mass. Lottery doubles up on drawings
Today the Massachusetts State Lottery adds a second daily drawing of the Numbers game in a move that's projected to generate $7 million annually for cities and towns. Starting today, June 9, the midday draw will take place at 12:55 p.m., in addition to the established nightly draw at about 7 p.m. Lottery spokesman Dan Rosenfeld said players have asked for two drawings to increase their chances to make money. The lottery projects the extra drawing will generate $27 million in sales, incl
Jun 9, 2008, 8:04 am - Lottery News