Lottery fever is alive and well in New Jersey
They call themselves the Coolers, based on the 2003 Las Vegas thriller The Cooler, starring William Macy. He plays a character who is hired in old-school casinos to subdue high rollers' action, until he falls in love.
Unlike the movie, this group has not encountered Lady Luck and has yet to pinpoint its cooler. But that doesn't stop them from continuing their 15-year tradition of Thursday lottery lunches.
It's no coincidence that Thursday just happens to be when the Pick 6 is drawn.
Apr 9, 2006, 10:39 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Pick 3 is state's top moneymaker
The head of the Texas Lottery Commission calls the venerable Lotto Texas the sweetheart game, but it's no longer the biggest single moneymaker for the state agency.
Lotto Texas, which is awaiting its third major overhaul in five years, has been surpassed by Pick 3 as the top numbers game. Over the past 12 months, Pick 3 has outsold Lotto Texas, $315.6 million to $300.3 million, sales figures show.
Pick 3 has developed a very loyal following over the years, and those players really like ...
Mar 20, 2006, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
Computerized lottery drawing glitch picks same numbers for 3 days
Problem clearly demonstrates how computerized drawing faulty program code can go undetected even for something as obvious as three consecutive days of repeating numbers.A computerized drawing system glitch caused the Kansas Lottery's Pick 3 game to draw identical numbers in the same order three days straight, from Dec. 16 through Sunday.Apparently some players caught on. By day three of picking 5-0-9, ticket sales were $12,223, and the payout was $23,480, which is 192 percent of sales. The usu ...
Dec 23, 2005, 7:22 am - Lottery News forum
Same Lotto Numbers Come Up Sat and Sun
The odds of the same Oklahoma Pick 3 lottery numbers coming up two nights in a row are a million to one, but that's just what happened last weekend.The numbers 1-7-5 were selected at random both Saturday and Sunday night. We checked and double-checked all the procedures, and everything was done correctly. It was just one of those coincidences, Jim Scroggins, director of the Oklahoma Lottery Commission, said.University of Central Oklahoma mathematician Larry Lucas says that on any given day, the ...
Dec 14, 2005, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum
Some Oklahomans baffled by new Pick 3 lottery game
A manager of a local convenience store shared his insight on the start-up of the state lottery's scratch-off games versus the Pick 3 game which started earlier this month: People can't figure the Pick 3 out, he said.The state has apparently figured that out. Scratch-offs are no-brainers but the Pick 3 requires you to either choose three numbers or let the computer pick them for you.The Oklahoma Lottery Commission is hoping to remedy that problem with some paid advertising messages with a common ...
Nov 28, 2005, 1:39 pm - Lottery News forum
S.C. Lottery suspends sales due to computer glitch
South Carolina Lottery officials suspended sales of the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games Thursday after there was a problem upgrading software.It was not clear when sales or cashing in of winning tickets would resume, South Carolina Education Lottery spokeswoman Tara Robertson said. It's an accounting issue on both parts, in cashing in and on what the retailer owes the lottery on their invoice, she said. If you were to come in and cash a ticket and it was for $1, it may say that it's for $2 or vice ver ...
Nov 18, 2005, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahama Lottery's Pick 3 game takes off
After four weeks of scratch-offs, the Oklahoma Lottery has diversified on schedule.In a Tuesday meeting, the lottery's commission approved the sale of online tickets. The system started up on Thursday around 5 a.m.The state's first online game, Pick 3, offers a crack at $500 each day including Sunday.Odds are players statewide will recoup 50 percent of what they spend on Pick 3 tickets. Prizes are set and there is no swelling jackpot, as Oklahoma will see with Powerball's expected January arri ...
Nov 11, 2005, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma lottery Pick 3 begins Thursday
The Oklahoma Lottery Commission on Tuesday gave formal approval to start an online lottery game on Thursday.The game, Pick 3, involves three winning numbers that will be drawn nightly. The drawing will be televised on WB station Channel 19 in Tulsa. With Pick 3, there will be days when we will pay out more than we sell and some days when we have more sales than prizes, Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery Commission, said.Players who match the three numbers could win up t ...
Nov 9, 2005, 6:43 am - Lottery News forum
Texas Pick 3 lottery game experiences sales glitch
The Texas Lottery Commission suspended sales of tickets for its Pick 3 game Thursday night after the lottery operator said there was a computer code problem associated with the game.The Texas Lottery Commission did not reveal any details about the nature of the computer glitch.Drawings for the game will continue and any tickets already purchased for Pick 3 drawings are valid, said lottery spokesman Robert Elrod. Drawings are held twice a day Monday through Saturday.Elrod said officials don't kno ...
Jun 17, 2005, 12:06 pm - Lottery News forum