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Human-sized robot presents $6 million prize to Canadian lottery winner
Coronavirus-immune employee is a first for Loto-Qu bec By Kate Northrop While lotteries continue to offer reconfigured claims processes and practices to combat the spread of COVID-19, Loto-Qu bec showed off its adherence to social distancing guidelines in a unique way last week as it celebrated its first in-person check presentation since the start of the pandemic. On Thursday, July 23, Loto-Qu bec presented Laurentides resident Guylaine Desjardins her check worth $6 million (US$4,479,3 ...
Jul 28, 2020, 1:27 pm - Lottery News forum

Illinois Lottery reopens 4 of 5 claim centers by appointment only
Des Plaines, Fairview Heights, Rockford, and Springfield to reopen By Todd Northrop The Illinois Lottery today announced that it will reopen four of its five Lottery Claim Centers by appointment only, starting July 27. The new appointment-only system for Illinois Lottery Claim Centers will help protect the health and safety of Lottery players and staff, while managing the volume of players visiting each center by strictly adhering to social distancing and the building capacity guideline ...
Jul 20, 2020, 12:38 pm - Lottery News forum

Some lotteries see spike in sales growth amid pandemic
Not all lotteries mired in economic difficulty By Kate Northrop While some state lotteries are left trying to figure out how to make up for sales deficits in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, other states are experiencing surges in lottery sales inversely driven by the overall economic slump. With the closure of thousands of retailers across the country, players were generally limited in their ability to purchase lottery tickets out of convenience. Sales for the major Powerball and Meg ...
Jul 15, 2020, 10:43 am - Lottery News forum

Pandemic continues to batter state lotteries and programs
While some states see sales increases, others bear the economic brunt By Kate Northrop Unsurprisingly, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to batter state programs and lotteries as lottery revenue streams take a hit. While some state lotteries saw unprecedented sales increases within the past few months, diminished sales in other states leave others in a realm of uncertainty, looking for ways to make up for the deficits. Sales for nationwide draw games and state lottery games alike ...
Jul 13, 2020, 5:01 pm - Lottery News forum

Arkansas Lottery claim center closed after possible exposure to COVID-19
Players must temporarily mail prize claims greater than $500 By Kate Northrop The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery took immediate action today after a possible exposure to COVID-19 at their facilities. As of July 6, 2020, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has temporarily closed its claim center at 124 West Capitol Avenue in Little Rock to rectify the situation. It is unclear how transmission of the virus may have occurred or who was potentially exposed. Out of an abundance of caution, we ...
Jul 6, 2020, 6:59 pm - Lottery News forum

Four out of five Illinois Lottery claim centers reopen today
Virtual lobby claim procedures and safety precautions in effect By Kate Northrop Illinois lottery players will find it easier to claim winnings in person now that four out of five of the state's claim centers are open. As of today, the Des Plaines, Fairview Heights, Springfield (Lottery Headquarters), and Rockford claim centers are open. The claim center in the James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) in Chicago will remain closed to the public until a later date. Claim center hours of operatio ...
Jul 1, 2020, 11:22 am - Lottery News forum

Atlantic Lottery Corporation cuts its workforce by nearly a tenth
Lottery lays off 61 employees due to COVID-19 and increasing demand for digital play By Kate Northrop As the coronavirus continues to linger in varying degrees around the world, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation is the latest lottery in the gaming industry to react. On Wednesday, the Canadian lottery laid off 61 employees, citing problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a shift in digital demand for gambling. The cut represents a little over 9% of the corporation's workforce b ...
Jun 25, 2020, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum

Massachusetts lottery offices reopen for prizes of $5,000 or more
New claim procedure based on last names, some offices re-open by appointment only By Kate Northrop As of Wednesday, June 24, Massachusetts lottery offices are now open for large prize claims of $5,000 or more with some restrictions in place depending on the office location. According to the Massachusetts Lottery, the Braintree, Dorchester, New Bedford and Worcester claim centers are open for those collecting winnings valued $5,000 to $99,999. Lottery offices hours of operation are weekd ...
Jun 25, 2020, 7:43 am - Lottery News forum

Man who beat cancer wins $100,000 second-chance lottery prize
By Kate Northrop Second-chances and luck are all-too familiar to one of North Carolina's most recent lottery winners, a cancer survivor who hails from Scotland Neck. For Eric Alexander, his most recent victory comes as a $100,000 lottery prize win from scratch-off tickets entered in second-chance drawings. Alexander beat Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that forms in soft tissue such as skeletal muscle tissue or hollow organs like the bladder. On June 3, he beat the 1 in 10 million odds t ...
Jun 16, 2020, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery to reopen claims centers June 1
Claims initially to be processed by appointment only The Texas Lottery Commission plans to reopen all 16 claim centers around the state on Monday, June 1, 2020. Claims will be processed by appointment only and recommended safety and cleaning guidelines will be followed. The claim centers will operate under this method for an undetermined period of time and until further notice. Details on how to schedule an appointment, as well as safety precautions to be put in place, will be announced at ...
May 15, 2020, 11:39 am - Lottery News forum

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