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Maine lottery sales drop during coronavirus pandemic
Fewer people are going outside because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, which is impacting the number of lottery tickets people are buying. Maine lottery sales are down more than $1 million since January. It's not terribly surprising, said the director of communications for the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Kyle Hadyniak The Maine State Lottery has never seen a decline like this. We recognize that there are a list of factors in play that would prev
Apr 17, 2020, 11:53 am - Lottery News

Coronavirus severely hurting Massachusetts Lottery sales
The Massachusetts State Lottery is taking a big hit as the COVID-19 state of emergency temporarily shutters many stores that sell tickets, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg told lawmakers Tuesday. More than 1,800 of the state's 7,500 lottery agents are closed, she said. Many stores that remain open have chosen to limit or eliminate lottery sales as a result of staff shortages. Total sales last week were down almost 33% from the same week last year. So far for April, sales of Keno, one of the best
Apr 15, 2020, 8:19 am - Lottery News

Kentucky Lottery now using computerized drawings
Coronavirus claims another victim: Real lottery drawings By Todd Northrop Starting today, you will no longer be able to watch how the Kentucky Lottery draws its daily numbers games because the drawings now take place inside a computer program. The daily Pick 3, Pick 4, and CashBall 225 games are all transitioned to computerized drawings starting Monday, and will no longer be drawn using balls and machines. Instead, a dedicated computer system known as a random number generator will rand
Apr 13, 2020, 9:11 am - Lottery News

Michigan Lottery warns public about increase in prize scams during coronavirus outbreak
The Michigan Lottery is warning the public about a scam in which people are told they've won a big prize but need to pay a fee or provide sensitive personal information to collect it. The scam works like this: A person gets a letter, email, or phone call to inform them that they've won a big lottery prize but must pay a fee or provide sensitive personal information to collect the prize. If the person agrees to pay a fee, the scam artist convinces them to mail a cashier's check, make an ele
Apr 8, 2020, 7:56 am - Lottery News

Update: Every US state lottery's COVID-19 response
By Todd Northrop and Kate Northrop While life has been upended and millions of Americans are staying home due to the national COVID-19 response, state lotteries continue to operate every day selling tickets, drawing numbers, and awarding prizes. Two weeks ago Lottery Post surveyed every state lottery to determine what modified procedures have been put in place by each lottery to protect players and those who run the lottery from spreading the coronavirus. The responses we saw varied fro
Apr 6, 2020, 9:06 am - Lottery News

Mega Millions to adjust starting jackpot amount, eliminate minimum increases
The Mega Millions Consortium announced today that in response to flagging sales due to the COVID-19 response, the multi-state lottery game's starting jackpot has been lowered and the amounts of subsequent starting jackpots and jackpot increases will be determined on a drawing-by-drawing basis. The advertised Mega Millions jackpot for tonight's drawing is a guaranteed $121 million. If the jackpot is won, it will reset to a guaranteed $20 million for the next drawing on Tuesday. If there is no
Apr 3, 2020, 3:33 pm - Lottery News

Declining lottery sales prompt more Powerball jackpot changes
The Powerball Product Group today announced its decision to further modify the rules for determining each successive Powerball jackpot roll, and set a firm implementation date rather than waiting for the next jackpot winner. Today's changes are in addition to the modifications announced just last week. The new Powerball rules for determining the advertised jackpot will be based strictly on game sales and interest rates, completely eliminating guaranteed starting jackpot amounts and minimum
Apr 2, 2020, 5:16 pm - Lottery News

CT Lottery moving operations after employee tests positive for COVID-19
A Connecticut Lottery Corp. employee who had been self-isolating at home has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting lottery officials to announce they are temporarily moving operations from the lottery's Rocky Hill headquarters to a backup facility they declined to identify. The move is effective Thursday. Out of an abundance of caution, the Rocky Hill location will be closed for deep cleaning following today's notice of an employee testing positive for COVID-19, the lottery announced We
Apr 2, 2020, 1:53 pm - Lottery News

Ireland Lottery releasing €16 million in unclaimed funds to help battle against COVID-19
Unclaimed Ireland Lottery funds of 16 million (US$17.5 million) are being rapidly released to help battle coronavirus. The money will see its way towards the frontline as the country ramps-up its response to the unprecedented spread of the lethal disease. Paschal Donohoe has announced that the windfall from the National Lottery is coming into the government's coffers early. This will help the Government's efforts now as the country battles to beat back the deadly virus. The money wil
Apr 1, 2020, 2:35 pm - Lottery News

Lottery plant workers learn fellow employee tested positive for COVID-19
A supply worker at Scientific Games in Alpharetta, Georgia, where scratch-off lottery tickets are made has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a company statement issued Monday. The company said the person who tested positive worked in the printing area but did not touch the lottery tickets. The person is an employee of a metro Atlanta supplier that provides materials to Scientific Games. Located in a portion of Forsyth County that carries an Alpharetta mailing address, Scientific G
Mar 31, 2020, 5:16 pm - Lottery News

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