Oklahoma Lottery director Rollo Redburn retires
Redburn helped launch the state lottery and leaves behind some big shoes to fill
By Kate Northrop
Last week, the Oklahoma Lottery said farewell to the Director who was instrumental in vouching for and establishing the state's lottery.
Rollo Redburn, 68, retired from his position as Lottery Commission Director after his final day on the job last Friday. He played an essential role in pushing for the approval of the organization in 2005. First serving in the agency as Director of Administ ...
Nov 5, 2020, 2:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Skyrocketing scratch-off sales indicate lotto players are resilient
By Kate Northrop
While ticket sales and jackpots are down for draw games like Powerball and Mega Millions, Americans have no problem finding entertainment in other lottery alternatives.
Vendors have been selling tickets for multi-state games during stay-at-home orders, but customers are understandably reluctant to take the time to pick out numbers and hand cash to attendants while making essential shopping trips. Instead, quick buys like scratch-off tickets make great substitutions for the ...
May 14, 2020, 2:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma tribe says state lottery 'second chance' game violates compacts
Oklahoma's expansion of the lottery and other forms of gaming violates the compacts tribes have with the state, the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes said in a court brief filed Tuesday.
Tribes sued Gov. Kevin Stitt on Dec. 31, alleging the gaming compacts automatically renewed. A federal judge has ordered mediation over whether the compacts expired Jan. 1, as Stitt believes, and that continued operation of Class III gaming is now illegal.
The governor is seeking to increase the exclusivity fe ...
Mar 18, 2020, 8:26 pm - Lottery News forum
7-Eleven stores to begin selling Oklahoma lottery tickets
If you're hoping to strike it rich, you will soon have another option to try your luck with the Oklahoma Lottery.
On Tuesday, 7-Eleven announced that it will begin offering Oklahoma Lottery products beginning at 6 a.m. on Feb. 24.
All lottery sales will be conducted on self-serve kiosks, which will be located at every 7-Eleven location. The self-service machines will be able to provide every product the lottery offers and have the ability to cash all tickets up to $600.
Selling tickets ...
Feb 20, 2020, 11:19 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery-scamming brothers avoid asset seizures by transferring property to their mother
By Jason Clayworth
Two brothers who were behind the largest lottery scam in U.S. history and owe more than $2.3 million in unpaid restitution and court fees recently transferred several properties they owned to their mother.
The transfers from Eddie and Tommy Tipton have raised further questions about why four states Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin and Colorado have yet to seize their properties.
It has been about two years since the brothers admitted their role in a scam that hijacked lott ...
Apr 29, 2019, 9:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma couple surprises clerk with portion of lottery winnings
Includes video report
What would you do if you hit it big with the lottery?
Many people often dream about paying off debt, going on vacation or helping others if they suddenly struck it rich.
Now, an Oklahoma couple is putting their money where their mouths are.
Officials with the Oklahoma Lottery say that a couple recently won a $50,000 Powerball drawing when they purchased a misprinted ticket that someone else didn't want.
Earlier this week, the couple surprised the clerk that s ...
Mar 29, 2019, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Investigation finds lottery scamming Tipton brothers have repaid virtually nothing
By Jason Clayworth and Rachel Denny Clow
Two brothers who spearheaded the biggest lottery scam in U.S. history have repaid less than $1,400 in restitution despite owning property worth nearly $2 million, a Des Moines Register and Corpus Christi Caller Times investigation has found.
Between them, Eddie and Tommy Tipton have admitted rigging winning drawings in at least five states, including Iowa, worth a combined $24 million.
But they have barely made a dent in the more than $2.4 millio ...
Dec 27, 2018, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery boosts sales with bigger prizes
Oklahomans spent 40 percent more on lottery tickets and scratch-offs since July 1 than they did during the same time period last year, a boost that has been attributed to changes that include larger payouts.
The Oklahoma Lottery Commission also reported that sales of scratch-off tickets alone are up by 60 percent. Because of higher sales, the commission estimates a double-digit increase in its contribution to education funds next year.
Even without sales related to recent Powerball jackpo ...
Jan 17, 2018, 12:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery boosts prizes to lure back players
Oklahoma lottery officials are rolling out a new series of games after lawmakers restructured the system this year.
The state lottery, which has seen diminished participation with its scratch-off cards in recent years, is now able to increase prize amounts.
As participation dwindled, officials had to shrink prize amounts because state law required that at least 35 percent of all proceeds be diverted to the Education Trust Fund. In 2013, the Lottery lowered payouts so it could comply with t ...
Jul 5, 2017, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery revamping after lawmakers pass legislation to increase prizes
The Oklahoma Lottery is revamping its products and marketing strategy in light of a recent law change removing the requirement that 35 percent of its profits go to education.
The changes were discussed Tuesday during a meeting of the Lottery Commission.
Supporters of House Bill 1837, which was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin, say the removal of the 35 percent requirement will increase prizes, resulting in more players and more funding for education.
The change in the law means the l ...
Jun 21, 2017, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum