Arizona becomes latest state to shield lottery winners' names
Arizona joined a growing number of states allowing winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous Wednesday after Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation letting winners of jackpots of $100,000 or more request that their names not be made public.
The move comes as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups' wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair.
Four years ago, just five states allowed anonymous winners, but the number has now g ...
Apr 18, 2019, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
Growing number of states move to shield lottery winners
A growing number of states are moving to allow the winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups' wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair.
Arizona could be the next state to join at least nine others with laws that let winners keep their names secret under a proposal headed to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. Four years ago, just five states allowed anonymous winners, and a handful of others allowe ...
Apr 14, 2019, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum
MUSL issues report about computerized drawing failures in Arizona
One machine was broken, the other generated 'apparently valid results'
By Todd Northrop
The Arizona Lottery released the report last month from the Multi-State Lottery Association's (MUSL) investigation of a computerized drawing malfunction that caused the same winning numbers to be generated in successive drawings.
When lottery drawings are discussed or envisioned by members of the public, one imagines a spinning drum of numbered balls from which the lucky winning numbers are drawn. I ...
Apr 11, 2018, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona Lottery pulls second computerized drawing machine over duplicate numbers
Lottery will TEMPORARILY switch to real ball drawings while new computerized drawing machines are prepared
By Todd Northrop
The Arizona Lottery has taken a second computerized lottery drawing machine out of operation because it repeatedly chose duplicate numbers.
Just last month the Arizona Lottery took its first computerized drawing machine out of service for the same problem. (See Arizona Lottery computerized drawing machine generated identical winning numbers, Lottery Post, Oct. 6, 2 ...
Nov 23, 2017, 12:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Arizona Lottery director not embarrassed about computerized drawing fiasco
The head of the Arizona Lottery says he's not embarrassed that his department overlooked a potentially costly failure of its computerized drawings.
Over a six-day period starting Sept. 28, lottery machines spit out the same numbers in consecutive games.
(See Arizona Lottery computerized drawing machine generated identical winning numbers, Lottery Post, Oct. 6, 2017.)
The Lottery is now offering refunds or exchanges for anyone who played the Pick 3, Fantasy 5, All or Nothing, and 5 Card ...
Oct 17, 2017, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery rigger warned officials about computerized drawing machines years ago
By Jason Clayworth
The mastermind behind a national lottery scam says he warned officials about a glitch in computer-generated drawings 11 years ago, but nobody seemed too worried, his lawyer revealed in an exclusive interview.
The same glitch involving identical numbers drawn consecutively or nearly consecutively occurred again in the past two weeks in Arizona, prompting state officials to offer players a refund.
Eddie Tipton's new behind-bars revelation, paired with the duplicate numb ...
Oct 15, 2017, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona Lottery computerized drawing machine generated identical winning numbers
Machine taken out of service; no explanation offered
Once again computerized lottery drawings are coming under scrutiny as a machine responsible for generating random numbers has done the opposite, generating exact duplicates.
The Arizona Lottery is offering losing ticket refunds or exchanges from four games held over a recent six-day period because a machine used for the drawings generated the same winning numbers in consecutive games.
The games affected are Fantasy 5, Pick 3, All or N ...
Oct 6, 2017, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Scratch games power increased Arizona Lottery revenues
Arizona Lottery sales exceeded $379.9 million during the first half of its 2016 fiscal year, which ran from July 1 through Dec. 31, 2015.
These numbers represent an increase of 12.2 percent over the same period during the previous fiscal year. Notably, the increase does not include the entire windfall of sales generated by the record-breaking $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot drawing which took place in January.
Sales data indicates there were an average of more than 97,000 winning Arizona L ...
Feb 22, 2016, 5:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Arizona AG begins investigation of former Lottery director
The former Arizona Lottery director, who abruptly resigned last month following allegations of mismanagement of the agency, is under investigation by the Attorney General Mark Brnovich's office.
Tony Bouie, who Gov. Doug Ducey appointed to the post early on in his administration, has adamantly denied wrongdoing, saying last month, There is much more to this story than is being told. I have followed the rules that I was trained on, Lottery Post reported.
A spokesman for Brnovich confirmed t ...
Feb 9, 2016, 7:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Arizona Lottery director resigns amid controversy
Arizona Lottery Director Tony Bouie has resigned his post in Gov. Doug Ducey's administration amid controversy and concerns about his management of the department.
Kevin Donnellan, the deputy director of the Department of Administration and a policy advisor to Ducey, has been named interim director.
Bouie submitted his resignation around 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Human Resources letter.
Daniel Scarpinato, Ducey's spokesman, confirmed the resignation, saying, In discussing these ...
Jan 15, 2016, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum