71-year-old Texas construction worker claims $177 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot
Ticket was purchased in Arkansas and is the state's largest-ever jackpot winner
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
A couple from Abernathy, Texas, Monday claimed a $177 million jackpot in Arkansas from the March 31 Mega Millions drawing.
Eliberto and Anita Cantu claimed the prize Monday during a press conference in Arkansas.
They chose to take the prize as a lump sum so the amount was $72,901,274. The State of Arkansas said it took $7,504,543 in taxes.
Their son, Rodrigo Ca ...
Apr 19, 2017, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery players now can buy tickets with debit cards
Starting this summer, retailers selling tickets for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will be authorized to accept payment by debit cards, thanks to a new law that zipped through the Legislature in 23 days with little fanfare.
Since the lottery started selling tickets on Sept. 28, 2009, the law allowed only cash to be used in transactions. Now Arkansas will join most other state lotteries by allowing debit-card use.
Senate Bill 617 sponsored by Sen. Trent Garner, R-El Dorado is now Act 876 ...
Apr 17, 2017, 11:26 am - Lottery News forum
Consultant lays out 'ambitious' vision for Arkansas Lottery
A consultant for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery envisions ticket sales steadily increasing from $450 million in the current fiscal year to $615 million by fiscal 2021 and net proceeds for scholarships rising from $85 million to $109 million in the same period.
Camelot Global Services' self-described ambitious five-year business plan proposes many changes, including overhauling the portfolio of scratch-off and draw-game tickets, increasing the lottery's $5 million marketing budget to $7.5 mi ...
Mar 13, 2016, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery officials sign contract with Camelot for business plan
Arkansas officials signed a contract Monday with lottery consultant Camelot Global Services, which will develop a business plan for the state lottery and help implement the plan, a spokesman for the state Department of Finance and Administration said.
Lottery Director Bishop Woosley and finance department Director Larry Walther signed the contract, said spokesman Jake Bleed. Camelot has offices in Philadelphia and London.
We are awaiting confirmation on their end that the contract has bee ...
Dec 1, 2015, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery sales director to resign
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's director of sales was given a choice Monday resignation or termination.
Lottery Director Bishop Woosley confirmed Monday that Robert Stebbins, who has been with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery as the group's director of sales since its start, is no longer working for the program.
Woosley said early Monday night that Stebbins was told he'd be fired if he didn't quit, but Woosley said he doesn't know which option Stebbins will take.
There was no answer ...
Jun 30, 2015, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery marks 5th anniversary
With over 150,000 Arkansas students awarded almost half a billion dollars in lottery-funded Academic Challenge Scholarships, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is celebrating five full years of big wins and big opportunities as an engine for higher education and an educated, higher-earning workforce.
Before that first ticket was bought at 12:01 a.m. on September 28, 2009, we could only guess at what this lottery could do for our state, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said. ...
Oct 7, 2014, 9:25 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery recoups $1M in unpaid taxes, child support
In its five years of operation, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has raised nearly a half-billion dollars in scholarships to help 135,000 Arkansas students attend in-state public and private colleges and universities. But thanks to an often-forgotten provision of the Arkansas Code, the Lottery has also benefited state operations by recouping nearly $1 million in unpaid taxes and child support payments.
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act of 2009 requires the Lottery to cooperate in identifyi ...
Sep 3, 2014, 8:37 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky lotteries to cancel Decades of Dollars
Making room for upcoming national Monopoly game
By Todd Northrop
There are just twenty remaining chances to play and win the multi-state Decades of Dollars game in Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky.
The first drawing of Decades of Dollars was on Feb. 3, 2011, in the states of Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia. Arkansas later joined the game starting with the drawing on May 5, 2011.
Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky will not be participating in any drawings after October 16, 2014. After tha ...
Aug 8, 2014, 1:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Keno opens a new fight over Arkansas lottery
Arkansas lottery officials won't just be making the case for why they should be allowed to expand their games to include offerings such as keno when the Legislature meets next year. They'll also be making the case for not completely overhauling their structure.
Legislation approved in a special session last week that bars the lottery from launching monitor games such as keno until March 13, 2015, ensures that the issue will be at the top of the agenda when lawmakers convene for next year's se ...
Jul 8, 2014, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery revives Million Dollar Raffle, plans 46 new instant games
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will roll out a new statewide raffle game with a top $1 million prize and more than 40 new instant tickets in the next year, officials said Monday.
Agency director Bishop Woosley said at a lottery commission meeting that the second Million Dollar Raffle will have some key differences from the first one in 2010, in which ticket sales started off slowly because a draw date wasn't set.
Woosley said ticket sales for the new raffle will begin soon with four draw ...
Aug 27, 2013, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum