Illinois signs deal to privatize lottery
Illinois Lottery to become nation's first privately-run lottery
Daily operations of the Illinois Lottery will be managed by a private company beginning in July.
As part of a massive deal that has been in the works for nearly two years, state officials announced Tuesday that they've signed a final deal with Northstar Lottery Group to run the lottery.
Northstar, which is comprised of three companies that already do business with the state, has said it could generate $1.5 billion more over ...
Jan 19, 2011, 9:15 am - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions, Powerball lottery ticket cross-sales begins today
Today marks the first time both of the USA's huge multi-state lottery games can be purchased within the same state.
Dozens of states begin selling both Mega Millions and Powerball tickets today, moving the U.S. a step closer to having a national lottery.
By the time the remainder of the states with a lottery sign on to the new arrangement as early as this spring the nation's two biggest lotteries will be sold in 45 jurisdictions: 43 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands ...
Jan 31, 2010, 1:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Multi-state lottery options will expand in 33 states
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By Todd Northrop
On Jan. 31, a multi-state wave will roll over the USA. 33 out of 44 states with a lottery (including D.C.) will begin selling tickets for both of the USA's nation-wide games.
Powerball and Mega Millions, the two premier multi-state lottery games in the USA, entered into a cross-selling agreement late last year, in response to state legislators seeking new revenue sources.
Previous to the agreement, states were permitted only to sell tickets for ...
Jan 20, 2010, 9:49 am - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery approves adding Mega Millions
The Kentucky Lottery Corporation's board of directors has approved a cross-selling agreement allowing sales of the Mega Millions multi-state jackpot game in the Commonwealth.
Tentatively set to go on sale in Kentucky at the end of January 2010, lottery players will have both Mega Millions and Powerball available as multi-state multi-million dollar games.
Drawings for Mega Millions are held Tuesday and Friday nights, while Powerball drawings will continue to be held Wednesday and Saturday n ...
Dec 7, 2009, 9:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery takes step toward selling Powerball
The Texas Lottery Commission took a step Tuesday toward expanding state gambling options to include Powerball, with a chance for the first ticket to be sold here Jan. 31.
I think we would be remiss in at least not stepping out there and trying it. If we see it doesn't work, we can certainly pull back out, said Chairwoman Mary Ann Williamson before the commission unanimously voted to publish proposed game rules for public comment.
If the panel gives final approval to the rules early next y ...
Nov 22, 2009, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery to sell Mega Millions tickets
The Arkansas Lottery Commission agreed Tuesday to sell Mega Millions tickets next year, making multi-state jackpots available to lottery participants four nights a week instead of two.
The panel unanimously voted to begin selling tickets for Mega Millions by Jan. 31. The state already sells tickets for the multistate Powerball game.
Arkansas Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue said he didn't know how much additional money the state would get from the Mega Millions game. Arkansas has sold $ ...
Nov 18, 2009, 10:56 pm - Lottery News forum
Idaho Lottery Commission approves Mega Millions
Tickets to go on sale in Jan. 2010
Idahoans may soon get the chance to play another multi-million dollar jackpot game.
The Idaho State Lottery Commission announced Tuesday that Mega Millions, the nation's other big jackpot, multi-state draw game could start selling tickets in Idaho early as Jan. 31, 2010.
The five-member Lottery Commission unanimously approved offering Mega Millions with Megaplier tickets in Idaho.
Powerball with PowerPlay, Idaho's other big jackpot game, will also c ...
Nov 17, 2009, 9:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa joins multi-state Mega Millions lottery
Iowa Lottery players will soon be able to make their first drawing for Mega Millions, a popular multistate game that paid a record $390 million jackpot two years ago.
The Iowa Lottery Board voted unanimously Monday to join Mega Millions, which will give lottery players another opportunity to buy chances for a Powerball-style game, said Iowa Lottery Chief Executive Officer Terry Rich. Ticket sales for Mega Millions are scheduled to start in Iowa on Jan. 31 for a Feb. 2 drawing.
Both games o ...
Nov 17, 2009, 7:29 am - Lottery News forum
Multi-state lottery shockwave sweeping America
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By Todd Northrop
Updated: Nov. 6, 2009, 11:28 a.m.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2009, 11:21 p.m.
In January 2010 the state lines that have been dividing the United States into Powerball states and Mega Millions states will be blurred by a cross-selling arrangement between the two multi-state lottery titans.
But it was not an arrangement the country's biggest lotto games entered into easily or even willingly.
The lines of division between America's two biggest multi ...
Nov 5, 2009, 2:27 pm - Lottery News forum
America's multi-state lottery titans agree to ticket-selling partnership
Even bigger, unified national game could be next
They are the two marquee games in American lotteries: Mega Millions and Powerball. Each lottery state currently has one, but not the other. However, the Mega Millions consortium and Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) have reached an agreement in principle to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball in all U.S. lottery jurisdictions.
The agreement means that lotteries from across the United States, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, will be able ...
Oct 14, 2009, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum