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Arizona Lottery computerized drawing machine generated identical winning numbers
Machine taken out of service; no explanation offered Once again computerized lottery drawings are coming under scrutiny as a machine responsible for generating random numbers has done the opposite, generating exact duplicates. The Arizona Lottery is offering losing ticket refunds or exchanges from four games held over a recent six-day period because a machine used for the drawings generated the same winning numbers in consecutive games. The games affected are Fantasy 5, Pick 3, All or N ...
Oct 6, 2017, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum

Illinois Lottery awards management contract to Camelot
By Todd Northrop Ending a years-long process of replacing its current management company, the Illinois Lottery today awarded its private management contract to Camelot Illinois, LLC essentially the same company that operates the United Kingdom's lottery. The Lottery's Notice of Award was posted to the Illinois Procurement Bulletin after the State of Illinois Chief Procurement Office of General Services certified the procurement rules for selecting the private manager were correctly followe ...
Sep 22, 2017, 7:51 pm - Lottery News forum

Missouri Lottery facing challenging issues with vendor contract
One of the Missouri Lottery's biggest contracts might not stand up in court if it was challenged by the company that runs its statewide network of ticket sales. That means the state doesn't collect as much money as the contract allows when the company is penalized for breakdowns. And, even when the Lottery does collect money for penalties, the proceeds are not directly funding public schools across the Show-Me state, according to a review by the Post-Dispatch. Rather, the cash is being rol ...
Sep 20, 2017, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum

Florida Lottery to resume drawings Tuesday
The Florida Lottery announced Monday that daily drawings will resume today and make-up drawings for all Lottery Draw games suspended due to Hurricane Irma will also be conducted in sequence Tuesday, September 12, with full security and auditing measures in place. The lottery had previously suspended daily drawings for all games starting Sunday on the order of Gov. Rick Scott, due to the potential catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Irma. Players holding tickets for any Lottery Draw games ori ...
Sep 12, 2017, 7:46 am - Lottery News forum

Florida Lottery temporarily suspends daily drawings
An executive order issued Sunday by Gov. Rick Scott has temporarily suspended Florida Lottery drawings as Hurricane Irma bears down on the state. Players who have already purchased lottery tickets are urged to hold on to them until daily makeup drawings can commence as soon as possible after the potentially catastrophic impacts of Hurricane Irma have passed, Department of Lottery officials said. During this state of emergency, Governor Scott has made it clear that taking care of Florida's ...
Sep 10, 2017, 5:06 pm - Lottery News forum

College students audition to become a Lottery announcer
Nine students from several Rhode Island colleges gathered at Twin River Casino Wednesday night to audition for jobs reading the Daily Numbers and Wild Money numbers for the Rhode Island Lottery. Although the Lottery numbers are broadcast on Channel 12, they're read inside a small glass-enclosed studio at Twin River, just off a busy casino floor. It's one thing to practice in front of a mirror and it's another to be in front of a real camera, said Jahnna Burke, a 21-year-old URI student wh ...
Apr 27, 2017, 3:12 pm - Lottery News forum

Taxpayers pay millions in bonuses to outgoing lottery firm's staff
Illinois taxpayers have funded about $2 million in retention bonuses for employees of a private firm managing the lottery despite the firm performing so poorly Illinois is working to replace it. A Tribune investigation has found the state approved paying bonuses as part of a complicated deal it struck in 2015 with the firm, Northstar Lottery Group. Northstar agreed to end its 10-year deal early if the state met a host of conditions, including paying Northstar disentanglement fees, which inclu ...
Mar 29, 2017, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum

Illinois Lottery private manager still on job after firing
Finding a new lottery manager proves tricky for state government When Illinois lawmakers voted in 2009 to hire a private company to run the state's $2 billion-a-year lottery, they had high hopes of making more money that could be funneled into education and construction projects. Then the company missed sales goals, and two governors tried to fire Northstar Lottery Group. But Northstar remains on the job more than two years later, and the firm is now able to collect millions of dollars mor ...
Mar 28, 2017, 4:21 pm - Lottery News forum

Ontario Lottery scraps privatization plan
The Canadian province of Ontario has scrapped plans to privatize its state-run lottery business. In a statement issued on Friday, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp (OLG) announced that it had cancelled its request for proposals (RFP) for private operators interested in taking over management of its lottery operations, which generated sales of C$3.8b (US$2.9b) in fiscal 2015-16. Ontario's ruling Liberal government had issued the RFP in 2014, which generated bids from established gaming co ...
Sep 26, 2016, 8:38 pm - Lottery News forum

British Columbia Lottery wants to upgrade computerized drawing system
By Todd Northrop Canada's British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) in order to expand and improve its ability to conduct computerized lottery drawings. While the lottery may view a new computerized drawing system as a step-up for the organization, lottery players may feel differently. In the United States, computerized drawings are the basis for the biggest scandal to ever rock the lottery industry. According to the RFI, the British Columbia ...
May 6, 2016, 10:59 am - Lottery News forum