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Lottery courier service pioneers online sales model in Texas
Massive multi-state jackpots fuel surge in online ticket sales By Kate Northrop Lottery courier service theLotter is changing the way people in the state of Texas are buying lottery tickets, and two multi-state mega jackpots combined with pandemic-driven online sales are proving to be the perfect storm. As 2021 kicks off with two multi-state lottery jackpots swelling over $1 billion combined, players are buying up their tickets in a frenzy any which way. Online ticket sales are surging ...
Jan 14, 2021, 6:59 pm - Lottery News forum

UK raises legal age to play the National Lottery from 16 to 18
Law change goes into effect next year as the government reviews the lottery and gaming industry By Kate Northrop Starting next year, 16- and 17-year-olds will no longer be able to play the National Lottery. In a move to curb the potential development of harmful gambling habits in a rapidly evolving digital age, the UK government announced that they will be raising the legal age to play the lottery to 18. Following a review of gambling laws launched by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, th ...
Dec 8, 2020, 3:12 pm - Lottery News forum

South Carolina retailer uses lottery commission to feed the hungry for Thanksgiving
By Kate Northrop More often than not, it's the prize winners who use their winnings to perform generous acts and good deeds. This Thanksgiving, a convenience store that received a $3,500 commission for selling a lottery ticket worth $350,000 is using those extra funds to give back to the community by providing meals to the hungry. Earlier this month, a South Carolina woman bought a $10 Mighty Jumbo Bucks scratch-off ticket from the KP Food Mart on East River Street in Anderson and won a $3 ...
Nov 25, 2020, 2:26 pm - Lottery News forum

Wildfires cause shutdown of some Oregon Lottery games
2020 continues to challenge the lottery and gaming industry By Kate Northrop 2020 just doesn't seem to let up, with wildfires in Oregon causing 115 of the state's lottery retailers to lose connection to the fiber-optic cables that support the selling of most lottery games. Over the weekend, 95 retailers in the Portland area and 25 on the coast were rendered unable to sell any video lottery games, Keno, and traditional draw games like Mega Millions and Powerball. Only instant scratch-off ...
Sep 23, 2020, 5:28 pm - Lottery News forum

Louisiana retailer sells two winning lottery tickets in one week
Things looking up for both players and Lottery as sales see a boost By Kate Northrop One gas station in Baton Rouge might find more players frequenting its store for a dab of luck since it sold two winning lottery tickets within one week. The RaceTrac convenience store on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard received a lot of attention this week after selling two winning tickets for a Pick 4 prize worth $5,000 and a Powerball prize valued at $150,000. Shoppers and players alike were both ...
Aug 21, 2020, 6:25 pm - Lottery News forum

Connecticut Lottery's Fast Play instant game crashes lottery terminals
Connecticut's newest instant game is so popular, lottery terminals can't keep up By Kate Northrop The Connecticut Lottery's newest game is attracting so many players that lottery terminals are slowing or shutting down. Fast Play, the Lottery's newest instant game, was launched about a month ago. Since then, the game has attracted players across the state and generated about $5 million in sales. In fact, the game has received so much attention, that lottery terminals at retailers and the ...
Aug 17, 2020, 6:19 pm - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery introduces new in-lane option for purchasing lottery tickets
For the first time in the U.S., numbers can be printed directly on receipt paper By Kate Northrop The Texas Lottery just adjusted the way players can buy their lottery tickets the purchasing process, along with the appearance of a ticket, is gaining a new alternative. For the first time in the United States, players can buy their Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets printed on cash register receipt paper, otherwise known as a Receipt Ticket. Currently, the Texas Lottery is offeri ...
Jul 21, 2020, 4:07 pm - Lottery News forum

Small-town newsstand in Ireland sells its fourth winning lottery ticket
Shop owner's luck refuses to run out By Kate Northrop Third time's the charm is apparently not enough for a small-town newsstand in west Ireland. Irish lottery players might find themselves drawn to the lucky little store in Ballinrobe after it sold its fourth significant winning lottery ticket. Martin Murphy, 68, the owner of Murphys Newsagent on Main Street, celebrated on Thursday after discovering that he sold the winning ticket for the 2.8 million (US$3.2 million) Ireland National L ...
Jul 7, 2020, 10:31 am - Lottery News forum

Wisconsin woman receives probation for stealing and cashing $25,000 lottery ticket
Former convenience store clerk gets a total of three years' probation for theft and fraud By Kate Northrop Jessica N. Surratt, 32, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin was sentenced on Tuesday to two years of probation after pleading guilty to fraud for cashing a winning ticket worth $25,000. This is in addition to the one year of probation she was initially handed for the theft of tickets back in 2018. On June 16, 2018, Surratt stole nine scratch-off lottery tickets from the Portage Market Bask ...
May 28, 2020, 8:32 am - Lottery News forum

Former NBA player credits homeless man's good will for $300,000 lottery prize
Basketball star says homeless man predicted his lucky win By Kate Northrop On May 12, Gilbert Arenas rushed out of the house to play his lucky numbers at his favorite gas station before it closed for the day. Along the way, a mix of good will, misfortune and luck brought him a Mega Millions 2nd prize of $309,694. Arenas recounted his good fortune in an Instagram post. Soon after leaving his home, Arenas realized his car did not have enough gas to get him to the station. He also forgo ...
May 19, 2020, 1:12 pm - Lottery News forum

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