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Lottery sales in Pa. hit record $3 billion
Pennsylvania Lottery sales for the 2005-06 fiscal year reached a record $3.07 billion, Gov. Rendell said yesterday. Sales grew by $425 million, the largest dollar increase in the lottery's 34-year history, leaving the agency with a $400 million surplus. The state will use half that money to expand property-tax and rent-rebate programs for senior citizens, said Stephanie Weyant, a spokeswoman for the state Revenue Department. The expanded rebates will go out in 2007 to pay for the 2006 tax
Aug 1, 2006, 8:39 am - Lottery News

Ohio Lottery rides record-setting sales growth
Instant tickets continue to drive the highest sales growth in the history of the Ohio Lottery. Successful marketing and an increasing number of players have pushed sales up $55 million, a 4.6-percent increase, in 2006. Patty Vasil, Ohio Lottery deputy director of product development, said $10 and $20 instant games, and games tied to name brand merchandise prizes, may account for the rise in instant game popularity. They attract a player who may not purchase lottery tickets, but likes the
Jul 19, 2006, 12:09 pm - Lottery News

Idaho Lottery to pay state a record $33 million
Idaho Lottery officials say school districts and public buildings hit a record jackpot this year with $33 million in profits from ticket sales. The dividend announced today is split evenly between Idaho's public schools and the state's Permanent Building Fund. It's the third straight year of record-setting dividends for the state-sanctioned gambling program. Sales during the fiscal year that ends Friday were $131 million, up 16 percent from last year. The biggest money maker for the Id
Jun 29, 2006, 1:24 pm - Lottery News

$82 Million: California lottery jackpot keeps rolling
Currently the largest lottery jackpot in the worldOne more roll will make it the largest California jackpot in two years The jackpot in the California SuperLotto Plus lottery game grew to $82 million Thursday currently the largest lottery jackpot in the world. None of the tickets sold for Wednesday night's $76 million drawing matched all five lotto numbers and the Mega number. The next drawing will be Saturday night. There were six second-prize winners from Wednesday night's drawing,
Jun 22, 2006, 10:25 am - Lottery News

Record Mass. Lottery sales, despite high fuel prices
Bob Hurtubise mused Thursday about what he would do if he hit it big on a Lottery game. The Ashburnham, Massachusetts, resident would buy a nice house and secure savings for his kids, he said. I'll play a quick pick on big number games, Hurtubise said. But I'll just play one. If you're doing any more than that, you're just making donations. Now that gas prices have reached nearly $3 per gallon, he guessed more people will hold onto their cash for other expenses. That money's
Jun 12, 2006, 7:42 am - Lottery News

Mass. lottery player hits biggest Cash WindFall jackpot
What a difference a day and six numbers makes. On June 5, Revere resident Hector Diaz bought a Cash Windfall lottery ticket and less than 24 hours later he went in to claim his $1.46 million (minus taxes) winnings. Diaz, who told lottery officials he did not want to speak with the media, purchased his ticket at Quick Mart, which is located at 22 Broadway in Revere. Afonso Fonseca, who owns Quick Mart, said Diaz showed up at the store with the winning ticket. He told me he won an
Jun 12, 2006, 6:58 am - Lottery News

Whittaker sued by casino over bad checks
Caesars casino is suing the winner of a $315 million lottery jackpot, claiming he bounced checks worth $1.5 million trying to cover gambling losses. Jack Whittaker, whose Powerball win in 2002 was at the time the largest undivided lottery jackpot, claims he doesn't owe the money. In a filing made in response to Caesars lawsuit, Whittaker said the casino actually owes him money because it agreed to give him a percentage of revenue from a slot machine he developed and to credit his gambling
Jun 8, 2006, 7:24 am - Lottery News

S.C. lottery sales top $1 billion mark for first time
South Carolina lottery sales for this fiscal year have topped $1 billion for the first time. The milestone was reached Tuesday with seven more weeks before the 2006 fiscal year ends, according to lottery officials. The previous record was $957 million set last fiscal year, according to the lottery. Instant tickets make up 60 percent of sales, with Powerball the next biggest seller, the lottery said. The lottery began in January 2002 and has given more than $1 billion to education pro
May 10, 2006, 6:58 am - Lottery News

Kentucky Lottery hits record sales in third quarter
The Kentucky Lottery Corp. earned net income of $56.2 million on a record $198.5 million in sales during its third quarter of fiscal 2006. Sales were driven by a record-breaking $365 million Powerball jackpot in February, according to a news release. The previous record sales quarter was the second quarter of 2004, when net income was $52.6 million on sales of $197 million. Year-to-date net income is $158.7 million, or $37.9 million more than the same period last year. Sales are $564.
Apr 25, 2006, 10:06 am - Lottery News

Powerball Back-to-Back Jackpots Set Record
Just when it seemed as if the Powerball game had broken all records, yet another milestone has been set with the current jackpot of $220 million: It's the first time two consecutive jackpots have surpassed $200 million. The staggering $220 million jackpot for tomorrow night's drawing follows the last record-setter of $365 million, won in February by a group of eight third-shift workers at a meat-packing plant in Lincoln, Nebraska. The last time two big jackpots paired up was in 2003, when
Apr 12, 2006, 9:12 am - Lottery News

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