Most state lottery raffle games sold out
Around the United States, Christmastime raffle games have become the hottest ticket of the year, with most of the game tickets selling out well before the drawing date.
The raffle games are loosely modeled after the largest lottery game in the world, Spain's El Gordo, which gives back an unusually large 70% of all proceeds in the form of prizes, and makes many instant millionaires.
Unlike traditional lotto-style games, a fixed number of tickets are sold for raffle games, and the prizes are ...
Dec 30, 2006, 12:18 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana Gov. wants to sell lottery
As details continued to leak out Wednesday about Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to privatize the Hoosier Lottery, reaction from area lawmakers was less than encouraging.
Daniels is expected to unveil the proposal which would likely raise money for higher education at 11 a.m. today.
Wells County Republican Rep. Jeff Espich was briefed on the idea a few weeks ago along with other key lawmakers.
His understanding of the plan was to entice a private entity to run the lottery in exchan ...
Dec 14, 2006, 8:18 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana Lottery promotion gets crazy
Lottery chief hurt as crowd grabs potentially valuable balloons
Indiana Lottery officials had hoped to parade into Pan American Plaza in Indianapolis on Wednesday afternoon and let 200 red balloons some carrying prizes fly into the sky and ultimately into the hands of some lucky Hoosiers.
But before they were able to yell Go! a hundred or so people who'd gathered to watch the event charged forward, grabbing balloons and roughing up at least one of the balloon-holders.
No, no! An ...
Dec 14, 2006, 7:18 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana Lottery gets new director
The Hoosier Lottery is getting a new director.
Kathryn Densborn of Indianapolis, a Republican who lost in her bid to oust Democratic state Rep. David Orentlicher in the November election, will begin work at the agency next week and will take over as director in January.
Densborn formerly worked as the legislative liaison and public information officer for the state Department of Local Government Finance. From 1998 to 2005, she worked for the St. Luke Catholic Church in communications and ...
Dec 11, 2006, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Nine workers whose factory is closing win lottery
Nine auto parts workers whose factory is slated to close at the end of the year have something to celebrate: a $9 million Hoosier Lotto jackpot.
For nearly 16 years, the men -- all current and former Delphi employees -- pooled their money to buy $50 worth of lottery tickets each week. After buying $41,000 in tickets, they finally matched all six numbers in the July 1 drawing.
This was the last week we were going to play. We made a joke leaving work saying, 'Wouldn't it be nice to hit the ...
Jul 13, 2006, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana Lottery may spend $1M to settle lawsuit
A lawsuit over a winning $5 scratch-off lottery ticket may end up costing the state of Indiana more than $1 million.
Indianapolis resident Tom H. Smith bought a $2 instant win ticket in 1996 and won $5. But he didn't try to collect the prize until months later and was told it was too late for the payout.
Smith appealed to lottery headquarters, saying he had no way of knowing the game had ended, and eventually filed a lawsuit against the Hoosier Lottery.
Others joined the lawsuit, sayi ...
Jun 26, 2006, 7:09 am - Lottery News forum
Police offer tips to avoid lottery scams
Calumet City, Indiana, police are investigating several reported scams that have misled people into thinking they have won a substantial amount of money from the lottery.
According to police, the scam begins when the victim receives a letter in the mail, along with a check for several thousand dollars. The letter then instructs its recipient to call a telephone number in Canada.
When the victim calls the Canada number, he or she is told the check is part of the lottery winnings and are ins ...
Apr 9, 2006, 12:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery Post member turns up the heat on the Hoosier Lottery
Is the Indiana Lottery vulnerable to inside tampering?
By Kevin Leininger
Fort Wayne News Sentinel
You'd think Jim Grimes would be happy.
After all, the retired Noble County engineer, whose concerns about the integrity of the Hoosier Lottery were the subject of a column in June 2004, helped spark an investigation that led to three indictments in an alleged million-dollar scam. But, if anything, Grimes is even more frustrated than he was when we first talked nearly two years ago - even ...
Jan 31, 2006, 6:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Indiana lottery rigger faces 50-year penalty
William C. Foreman could spend 50 years in state prison if he's convicted of stealing secrets from the Hoosier Lottery in an effort to rig a million-dollar scratch-off game.But the former lottery security official's trial has been delayed so he can challenge the constitutionality of the nation's harshest penalty for breaching lottery security.The state's top lottery official, Esther Q. Schneider, favors the stiff penalty to deter inside jobs that threaten public confidence in the Hoosier Lottery ...
Jan 30, 2006, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
West Lafayette man wins $1 million on last 'Hoosier Millionaire'
A West Lafayette, Indiana, man won $1,022,000 on the final Hoosier Millionaire television show, which ended its 16-year run Saturday night with a special broadcast.Clarence Moore's winnings on the Grand Finale show boosted his total prize money, including winnings from preliminary rounds, to $1,044,000. He became the show's 191st and last millionaire.After drawing from 36,000 entries, 12 semifinalists were selected to compete in two preliminary rounds, where the top six players competed in t ...
Jan 2, 2006, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum