Former Arkansas Lottery official admits stealing tickets
A former Arkansas Lottery security official pleaded guilty Friday to a long-running scheme in which he's accused of stealing and cashing nearly a half-million dollars' worth of scratch-off tickets.
Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said the theft by Remmele Mazyck, 34, started in 2009 when the lottery launched. It wasn't discovered until October 2012, when a clerk at a Jonesboro retailer raised questions about lottery tickets Mazyck tried to cash that were registered to a store no longer in bus ...
Jul 13, 2013, 7:26 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery Commission to revisit monitor games
With proceeds down from last year, the Arkansas Lottery Commission will consider adding monitor games to boost revenue an option that Gov. Mike Beebe and others have spoken against in the past.
Commissioner Dianne Lamberth of Batesville asked the commission Monday to take another look at monitor games, which so far have not been offered in Arkansas. Rep. Mark Perry, D-Jacksonville, co-chairman of the legislative oversight committee on the lottery, had requested earlier that the commission tak ...
Jun 25, 2013, 10:30 am - Lottery News forum
New Arkansas jackpot game boosting lottery revenue after drop
New raffle game coming in September
Last year, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery surpassed $1 billion in total ticket sales since it began in 2009.
In its fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, the lottery had revenue of $473 million, up from $465 million in 2011.
But things aren't looking so hot for 2013: From July 1 through April 30, the lottery has had revenue of $365 million, net income of $74 million and had transferred $71 million to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Compare ...
Jun 3, 2013, 8:08 am - Lottery News forum
High court dismisses Arkansas lottery name lawsuit
A businessman who said he owns trademarks to the lottery's name can't sue the Arkansas Lottery Commission, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
In a 4-3 decision, the high court reversed a lower court's decision and dismissed a lawsuit from Ed Dozier's company, Alpha Marketing, against the lottery commission. The court said the commission is a state entity entitled to sovereign immunity, which prohibits lawsuits against the state.
Because a judgment for Alpha would operate to control t ...
May 31, 2013, 1:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery Commission wants lawsuit dismissed
The Arkansas Lottery Commission says the state Supreme Court should dismiss a lawsuit about the lottery's name.
Assistant Attorney General David Curran on Thursday asked the justices to dismiss Alpha Marketing's lawsuit after a lower court last year refused to do so.
(See Arkansas Supreme Court hears arguments in lottery trademark suit, Lottery Post, Dec. 9, 2011.)
The Lottery Commission has said it should be immune from the lawsuit, but a judge in Pulaski County ruled in 2012 that the ...
May 9, 2013, 7:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery director appeals to state legislature to reject pending bill
Restrictive measure will drastically reduce prizes, cut revenue, director says
Statement from Bishop Woosley, Director, Arkansas Lottery Commission
Friday afternoon, HB 2263 will be presented to the House Rules committee at the Capitol. HB2263 mandates that 25% of total lottery proceeds be used to fund college scholarships. The Arkansas Lottery Commission (ALC) strongly opposes this bill because of the immediate and detrimental effect it will have on lottery ticket sales, revenues paid ...
Apr 11, 2013, 7:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery paid out $1 billion in prizes in 3 years
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery today announced that total prizes awarded to players in Arkansas have exceeded the astonishing $1 billion mark early Monday.
As of Tuesday morning, the prize total was calculated at exactly $1,001,373,313.
The Arkansas Lottery has been selling tickets for only three years and five months since September 28, 2009.
Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said the Lottery has produced just over $321 million for the Education Trust Fund to finance 94,000 Arkansas Ac ...
Feb 19, 2013, 2:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas couple wins lotto twice in 1 weekend
Includes video report
An Arkansas couple struck gold twice after winning $1 million and $50,000 jackpots, both of them during this past weekend, and both with tickets sold from the same store.
Stephen, 54, and Terri Weaver, 55, of Stuttgart, Ark., left on Friday for a weekend trip to a cabin near Greers Ferry Lake, over 100 miles away. On Saturday evening, they stopped at T-Ricks convenience store in the nearby city of Pangburn. Stephen bought five $1 Million Riches instant scratch-off tic ...
Feb 6, 2013, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
Possibility of Mississippi lottery worries Arkansas lottery officials
Arkansas lottery officials are keeping a nervous eye on Mississippi as that state's legislators prepare to consider creating a state lottery.
Officials say they don't want to lose the revenue the lottery now receives from Mississippi residents who cross the state line to play Arkansas' lottery, especially at a time when lottery revenues are already in decline.
Of the six states surrounding Arkansas, only Mississippi does not have a lottery. In 1992, a proposal to remove a lottery ban from ...
Dec 8, 2012, 9:52 pm - Lottery News forum
New Arkansas Lottery jackpot game kicks off today
By Todd Northrop
Starting today, Arkansas Lottery players can play the state's new Natural State Jackpot game, featuring a rolling jackpot that starts at a minimum of $25,000.
Lottery officials estimate the average jackpot will be more than $150,000.
The Arkansas-only jackpot game was created in response to player request, with dozens of calls to Lottery headquarters asking for a lotto-style game exclusive to Arkansas players.
Tickets for the new game went on sale this morning at 12 ...
Aug 27, 2012, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum