Lottery exceeding expectations in Mississippi
Through a little more than two months of operation, Mississippi's lottery has generated about $16 million in revenue for work on the state's roads and bridges.
Thomas Shaheen, president of the Mississippi Lottery Corporation, speaking at a legislative hearing, recently estimated that during its first full fiscal year the lottery would generate $81 million in revenue for the state.
We are very pleased with these early results, Shaheen said recently. Retailer and player support have been fa ...
Feb 17, 2020, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum
Two Alaska state lottery plans are about to be debated; here's how they'd work
Alaska is one of five U.S. states without a lottery. This year, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and House Majority Leader Steve Thompson, a Republican from Fairbanks, have each offered plans to change that.
With Alaska state government projecting a $1.5 billion budget deficit, both men have said a lottery could be one step toward a broader fix. But both have proposed very different approaches.
Thompson is suggesting a draw-style lottery that would raise between $8 million and $10 million a year for the ...
Feb 17, 2020, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum
Alaska governor proposes lottery amid budget woes
Alaska, long-reliant on oil and in search of options amid a persistent budget deficit, may turn to the lottery for help.
Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced legislation Wednesday proposing a lottery. His administration said it could serve as part of his goal of providing greater fiscal stability.
It comes on the heels of deep budget cuts Dunleavy proposed last year that were met with public outcry. That anger helped fuel a recall effort against him now tied up in the courts. His budge ...
Feb 14, 2020, 12:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery legislation: Inside Alabama's lottery debate
A drive across the Mississippi state line is becoming a common trip for Alabamians who want to play the state's new lottery.
At least twice a week, Aretha told us as she bought a ticket.
At least once a week, Joseph said from the convenient store right across the state line.
I would rather spend it where we live so we can pay for everything over there, said Brenda Gerganus as she bought a handful of tickets .
Gurganus said she'd rather her lottery money go to Alabama's schools.
Feb 3, 2020, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama reporter documents experience buying Mississippi lottery tickets
It was a historic day in Mississippi Thursday. It became the 45th state to start selling lottery tickets. But in true Mississippi style, things didn't quite go to plan. Some people might say it was a little cattywampus.
I was expecting palpable excitement and restless hope, as people lined up outside of gas station doors in the hope of winning the jackpot of $40 million and finally fulfilling their lifelong dream of moving to Alabama.
But I didn't see any of that. What's going on? I wonder ...
Feb 2, 2020, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lawmaker tries again with new lottery proposal
Includes video report
An Alabama lawmaker says he plans to propose an amendment to the state's constitution to put an education lottery on the ballot for citizens to vote on in November.
The proposal by Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Dothan, gives half of the proceeds to Alabama's First Class Pre-K program. The other half would fund some college need-based scholarships. Clouse said Alabama could model it off of Tennessee's scholarship program.
I think the general sentiment in the House, and I th ...
Jan 28, 2020, 8:13 am - Lottery News forum
Nearly $9 million of Mississippi Lottery tickets sold in first 6 days
The Mississippi Lottery sold nearly $9 million in tickets during its first six days of operation.
About $3.8 million of the money was awarded in prizes, and nearly $2 million of it will go into the state budget to help pay for roads and bridges.
The Mississippi Lottery Corporation started selling tickets Nov. 25, and it announced the initial sales figures in a news release Wednesday.
The corporation says the largest prize awarded has been $15,000. It says most people who are collecting ...
Dec 5, 2019, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
$2.5 million in sales on 1st day of Mississippi lottery
The Mississippi Lottery Corporation says people bought a total of $2.5 million in lottery tickets on the first day of sales.
In a news release, lottery officials said that translates into $570,000 for the state.
Tickets went on sale at 5 a.m. Monday. The tickets are available at nearly 1,200 retailers in 80 of the state's 82 counties.
Prospective lottery players who want to find the closest Mississippi Lottery retailers to buy tickets can use the free Lottery Places app (www.lotteryplac ...
Nov 29, 2019, 9:35 am - Lottery News forum
Mississippi residents line up to purchase lottery tickets in state for first time
Scores of Mississippi residents made their way to convenience stores as early as 5 a.m. Monday as the state's first lottery tickets went on sale in over 1,000 locations.
It is the first time Mississippi residents don't have to leave the state to buy lottery tickets anymore. And to mark the historic day, the Mississippi Lottery Corporation took to social media to ask residents to post a picture of their purchase.
Mississippians will no longer have to cross into neighboring states to partic ...
Nov 25, 2019, 9:56 am - Lottery News forum
Retailers preparing for launch of Mississippi Lottery
Includes video report
In less than two weeks, you'll be able to buy scratch-off lottery tickets in Mississippi. Leading up to the Nov. 25 launch date, state lottery officials and retailers are putting the finishing touches on to make sure sales go smoothly.
It's just a lot of work and a lot of heavy lifting in a short period of time, said Gerard Gibert, Vice Chairman of the Mississippi Lottery Corporation.
Speaking to a meeting of America's Future Foundation in Biloxi, Gibert said 1,60 ...
Nov 16, 2019, 2:08 pm - Lottery News forum