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Texas Legislature proposes bill to block online lottery courier services
Lawmakers take aim at third-party ticket management businesses By Kate Northrop Lawmakers are discussing a bill that would prohibit the sale of lottery tickets online in Texas, effectively banning online lottery courier services. A bill that would prohibit the sale of Texas Lottery tickets online has passed in the Senate and threatens the operation of ticket courier services in the state. On Saturday, one ticket won the $95 million Lotto Texas jackpot , which stood as the largest
Apr 28, 2023, 8:43 pm - Lottery News

Florida woman sentenced to prison after altering and stealing lottery tickets
Former cashier caught stealing a scratch-off ticket worth $20,000 By Kate Northrop A Florida woman was convicted for altering lottery tickets and stealing ones she knew were winners, including a ticket worth $20,000. A Florida Lottery retailer realized that something was amiss when they discovered micro-scratches present on $50 and $10 scratch-off tickets last June, putting an end to one of their employees' schemes. Christine Nicole Fenton-Gilbert, 39, is no longer employed at th
Mar 30, 2023, 2:51 pm - Lottery News

Iowa Lottery retailer accuses store manager of buying ticket he knew won $100,000
Store manager in sticky situation after retailer investigates legitimacy of ticket purchase By Kate Northrop A store manager was fired from his job after a lottery retailer had found that he had bought a winning lottery ticket he knew was worth $100,000. Aaron McVicker of Dubuque found himself caught in a messy situation after buying a $100,000 winning lottery ticket, which triggered an investigation into whether he violated store policies by playing the lottery on duty. Accordin
Mar 21, 2023, 8:13 am - Lottery News

Georgia gas station employee accused of stealing over $127,000 of lottery tickets in scanning scam
Retailer employee fake scans lottery tickets to reap the rewards By Kate Northrop A gas station employee is accused of stealing over $127,000 worth of lottery tickets in a scheme he ran over time from behind the counter. A Georgia man is behind bars after operating a fake scanning scheme that landed prizes from actual lottery winners straight into his own pocket. On Feb. 24, gas station owner George Joseph phone police to report that he had caught one of his employees, Harish Bha
Mar 1, 2023, 6:10 pm - Lottery News

Store owners return $1M lottery ticket to woman who had thrown it away
A Massachusetts woman who accidentally tossed out a $1 million lottery ticket eventually collected her winnings thanks to the kindness and honesty of the owners of the convenience store where she bought it. Lea Rose Fiega bought the $30 Diamond Millions scratch-off ticket in March at the Lucky Stop convenience store in Southwick near where she works. I was in a hurry, on lunch break, and just scratched it real quick, and looked at it, and it didn't look like a winner, so I handed it over
Dec 29, 2022, 7:22 am - Lottery News

Kansas store owner tracks down $1 million lottery winner who left behind ticket
Son of store owner says he has no regrets about returning the ticket By Kate Northrop A Kansas convenience store owner made a million-dollar decision to hunt down the longtime customer that had accidentally left behind a winning lottery ticket. A Kansas Lottery retailer held itself to the highest degree of integrity when the store's associates tracked down the loyal customer who had forgotten a $1 million winning lottery ticket on the counter. Kal Patel's parents own the Pit Stop
Aug 8, 2022, 8:00 pm - Lottery News

West Virginia Lottery begins allowing credit card purchases
Digital forms of payment for lottery products becoming more accessible in the U.S. By Kate Northrop The West Virginia Lottery announced last week that it will now accept credit card purchases as a form of payment for lottery tickets. Lottery players in West Virginia have a new way to pay for their tickets now that they may be bought using a credit card. A bank-issued credit card or debit card may be used to buy tickets for all traditional lottery games in West Virginia, includi
Jul 7, 2022, 10:23 am - Lottery News

Arkansas Lottery Natural State Jackpot climbs to record $500,000
Lottery celebrates record high with in-person event, jackpot continues to rise By Kate Northrop The Arkansas Lottery Natural State Jackpot (NSJ) has reached an all-time high and continues to climb to new heights, having surpassed half a million dollars after the drawing took place on Thurs., June 16. There's a record amount of money up for grabs in the Arkansas Natural State Jackpot game, and it only continues to grow now that it has officially whizzed by the $500,000 milestone.
Jun 17, 2022, 5:13 pm - Lottery News

Washington Lottery to begin accepting debit card payments
In a digital age, convenience is key By Kate Northrop The Washington Lottery is planning to rollout debit card payments for tickets at all its vending machines. In an increasingly digital and cashless era, offering different modes of convenience is a necessity for businesses that aim to stand out and thrive. By accepting debit payments, the Washington Lottery hopes to make it easier for players who don't always have cash on-hand. We recognize the world is evolving into a cashle
Jun 3, 2022, 12:52 pm - Lottery News

Big letdown for North Carolina lottery "winner" when barcode proves false win
By Kate Northrop A Florida trucker experienced the letdown of his life after his suspicion of a big win was proven wrong by the barcode on his lottery ticket. Florida resident James Kinard was sure the lottery ticket he bought while passing through North Carolina was a winner, but the good feeling came crashing to a halt when the barcode on the ticket proved it was a false win. While making a stop in Statesville, Kinard decided to play the North Carolina Lottery's 50X Multiplier gam
May 2, 2022, 11:54 am - Lottery News