ILLINOIS LOTTERY MOVES TO COMPUTERIZED DRAWINGS
By Todd Northrop
If the Illinois Lottery issued stocks, now would be the time to sell.
Despite widespread player sentiment that is strongly against computerized drawings, the Illinois Lottery stated Friday that it is dropping real lottery ball drawings, and moving to the despised computerized draws.
Computerized drawings are conducted by having a computer system that picks the winning numbers using a Random Number Generator, or RNG . Players generally dislike the fact that it is imposs ...
Sep 25, 2015, 2:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Bill would allow Florida Lottery tickets to be sold online
Capitalizing on a recent change in federal law, legislation has been filed to allow the Florida Lottery to sell tickets online.
The bill, SB 270 by Sen. Gwen Margolis (D-Miami Beach), is aimed at broadening the Lottery's revenue base to include out-of-state customers and occasional players who might be enticed to play more frequently if online tickets were an option. Last year, the Lottery posted a record $5.5 billion in sales.
Several states have have already taken advantage of the federa ...
Sep 16, 2015, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
MUSL security worker who rigged drawing gets 10 years
Judges denies request for new trial
By Todd Northrop
Eddie Tipton, a former security official with the Multi-State Lottery Association, was sentenced to 10 years behind bars Wednesday morning.
Tipton was sentenced to five years for each of the two counts of fraud, to run consecutively. He did not make a statement during the sentencing hearing.
In July, a Polk County jury found him guilty of two counts of fraud. (See Former lottery security employee guilty of rigging $14.3M drawing, L ...
Sep 9, 2015, 11:34 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery scam with a twist hitting Central Texas
How would you react if you heard, Congratulations, your prize has been reserved! over the phone?
The message is part of a sophisticated phone scam plaguing Central Texas, and is responsible for stealing millions of dollars from Americans each year.
Joann Keilberg and her husband Jim almost fell for it. The Smithville, Texas, couple received a call in July from someone claiming to work for Publishers Clearing House.
I was happy, Keilburg said.
The caller said the won couple won $3.5 ...
Sep 5, 2015, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Internet sales of Minnesota lottery tickets coming to halt
Minnesota's lottery is primed to pull the plug on ticket sales over the Internet.
In a series of steps beginning Friday, the lottery will stop selling Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, Gopher 5, Powerball and instant-win tickets online. When the instant-win games launched in early 2014, Minnesota became the first state to give the scratch-off franchise a virtual option.
But state lawmakers were instantly uncomfortable and passed a law this spring that forced the lottery to stop those sales. The lo ...
Aug 28, 2015, 8:17 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. legislators look to expand lottery
Lawmakers in Raleigh are looking to place bets on the state lottery once again as a source of more money for education programs across North Carolina.
House and Senate budget negotiators are working on a plan, already adopted by the state Senate, that would significantly increase advertising of the lottery's scratch-off and other offerings, including the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpot games. Another part of the plan, also backed by the Senate: Making a version of instant tickets availabl ...
Aug 22, 2015, 10:07 pm - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery officials still investigating cause of massive outage
The exact cause and circumstances of a five-day outage that blocked nearly half of New Jersey's lottery retailers from selling printed tickets like Pick 3 and Mega Millions earlier this month are still a mystery, but a few determinations are unanimous.
The blackout, although anomalous, was unacceptable, may have been detected sooner and should have been handled better, state officials and executives from Northstar New Jersey, the group responsible for the lottery's sales and marketing, said a ...
Aug 20, 2015, 8:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery Places mobile app featured on Discovery Channel
Lottery store locator app works on iPhone, Android and Windows
Includes video report
How many lottery tickets go unpurchased every day because people with an urge to play the lottery right now aren't sure where they can buy tickets?
That's a question a new mobile app hopes to eliminate, by giving everyone a quick and easy and free way to find the nearest lottery retailers.
The app is called Lottery Places, and it will be featured on the Discovery Channel Friday morning, Aug. 7, on th ...
Aug 6, 2015, 7:53 pm - Lottery News forum
California Lottery begins offering tickets at gas pumps
Play at the Pump, the California Lottery's latest expansion of the lotto market, is both convenient and controversial.
Convenient because it allows credit card users to both fill up and buy up to $20 worth of Quick Picks without ever having to go inside.
At the same time, it's controversial because the offerings are a sharp change from the lottery's long standing cash-only rules aimed at cutting down on overspending by poor people and chronic gamblers.
The concerns are valid, said Alex ...
Aug 4, 2015, 10:40 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. lottery drawing games offline across the state over the weekend
Half of all lottery retailers across New Jersey were not been able to issue any tickets from Friday night through Monday as a result of a technical issue, a state Treasury spokesman confirmed Monday.
The problem was touched off by a scheduled system upgrade Friday, according to an email from Treasury spokesman Chris Santarelli.
The glitch interfered with retailer shops' ability to print out ticket for draw games, such as the Pick 3, Pick 4 and the Jersey Cash 5, and Cash4Life. Instant game ...
Aug 4, 2015, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum