90-year-old ND woman lost $400K to Jamaican lottery scam — but she was paid back just $287
Life savings gone for good
A 90-year-old North Dakota woman who was robbed of her life savings by a Jamaican lottery scam says she has been paid back only $287 of the $400,000 she's owed.
Edna Schmeets of Harvey, a small central North Dakota town about 77 miles northeast of Bismarck, was the victim whose case launched what became the first large-scale Jamaican lottery scam case prosecuted in the U.S. All 31 defendants have been prosecuted, including 14 Jamaican nationals who were extradite ...
Nov 11, 2019, 12:29 pm - Lottery News forum
North Dakota lottery sales plummet $8M in last fiscal year
But administrative costs going up
Smaller Powerball jackpots during the last fiscal year are being blamed for a 22 percent decrease in North Dakota lottery ticket sales, according to the state's lottery directory, although independent analysis shows worst-in-the-nation performance, even compared to neighboring states.
North Dakota gamblers wagered $27.6 million on lottery games for the fiscal year that ended June 30, down from a record $35.7 million in fiscal 2016, lottery director Randy M ...
Jan 5, 2018, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
N.D. convenience store sells state's largest lottery prize ever
The largest prize ever won in the history of the North Dakota Lottery was sold at a Kum Go store in Williston.
According to the North Dakota Lottery, the Mega Millions ticket, drawn Tuesday, is worth $3 million. The winning numbers were 17, 24, 27, 48, and 75, with Mega Ball number 6. The Megaplier drawn was 3.
The winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim their prize. The ticket matched all white balls making it worth $1 million. Because the lottery player purchased the Me ...
May 18, 2016, 6:43 pm - Lottery News forum
More state lotteries adding "win for life" games
More than half of US lotteries now offer a for life lotto draw game
By Todd Northrop
In the past year a new multi-state lottery game concept where the top prize pays out over the lifetime of the winner has swept across the United States.
Just like there are two big-jackpot multi-state lottery games Powerball and Mega Millions there are also two multi-state for life games: Cash4Life and Lucky for Life.
The games offer a top prize and a second prize that pay off over the lifetime of th ...
Jan 22, 2016, 6:45 am - Lottery News forum
Multi-state Wild Card 2 game ending in February
North Dakota joining Lucky for Life multi-state game
By Todd Northrop
Wild Card 2, a multi-state lottery game currently offered in four states, is ending with the Feb. 24 drawing.
The lottery game that has been played in one form or another for more than 20 years is being dropped after a fall in popularity, according to lottery officials.
Wild Card 2 offers two plays for $1. It got its start in 1994 as Tri-West Lotto and was offered only in Idaho, Montana and South Dakota. In 1998, i ...
Jan 18, 2016, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions coming to North Dakota
The North Dakota Lottery Division is launching a new game in January.
The Mega Millions multi-state lottery game will be added to the selection of games already being played in North Dakota.
North Dakota Lottery Division Director Randy Miller says it's in the state's best interest to add the game to its current product mix. He's expects the state lottery division will see a $2 million increase in total sales by adding the Mega Millions to the lineup.
It will be an exciting time for the ...
Dec 28, 2009, 10:39 am - Lottery News forum
N.D. lottery ticket sales, profits continue slide
Despite hefty increases in promotional spending, lottery ticket sales and profits have declined in North Dakota during the past two years and led to a large reduction in the lottery's financial reserves.
Ticket sales of the North Dakota Lottery's four games Powerball, Hot Lotto, Wild Card 2 and 2by2 have dropped by 4 percent, to $21.7 million, from 2007 to 2009, according to lottery financial statements. Profits in the 2009 budget year alone dropped 15 percent, to $5.78 million, primarily bec ...
Sep 14, 2009, 10:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Former N.D. Lottery head gets unusual retirement payout
When North Dakota's former lottery director retired in April, he was paid $44,432 for unused vacation time, a sum that is raising eyebrows among lawmakers who write the budget for state government.
Chuck Keller could not use up his leave, which totaled more than 31 weeks, because he was busy planning the launch of North Dakota's lottery office, said Tom Trenbeath, the state's deputy attorney general. The lottery began selling Powerball tickets in March 2004.
Keller also accumulated compens ...
Jun 20, 2008, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Anniversary: N.D. Lottery reflects back on last four years
Four years ago today, North Dakota launched it's own lottery.
At the time only Powerball was available for purchase in the state. Since then, three new games have been added.
Each one of the North Dakota Lottery's games are run by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which is famous for creating the first nation-wide multi-state lottery game, Powerball (formerly Lotto America). The North Dakota Lottery does not conduct any of the drawings itself.
It's estimated by June 13th of ...
Mar 26, 2008, 12:12 pm - Lottery News forum
N.D. Lottery wrestles with credit card buying options
The North Dakota Lottery's recently announced holiday sale of ticket subscriptions highlights a quirk in its operations. Gamblers are barred from using a credit card to buy tickets, but they may use plastic to play one of the lottery's four games dozens of times over an extended period.
Credit card sales are limited to subscriptions, said Chuck Keller, the director of North Dakota's lottery. A subscription allows a gambler to buy a chance to play the same lottery number for 13, 26 or 52 strai ...
Dec 4, 2007, 7:10 pm - Lottery News forum