Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley resigns
Will stay on in current role until August 3
By Kate Northrop
As of August 3, 2020, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Director Bishop Woosley will be moving on from the Lottery to pursue other opportunities.
In an email sent on Monday, Woosley notified Larry Walther, the Secretary for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, that he would be resigning. According to Scott Hardin, a spokesman for the department, the resignation was completely voluntary.
It has been an absolut ...
Jul 15, 2020, 11:57 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery claim center closed after possible exposure to COVID-19
Players must temporarily mail prize claims greater than $500
By Kate Northrop
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery took immediate action today after a possible exposure to COVID-19 at their facilities. As of July 6, 2020, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery has temporarily closed its claim center at 124 West Capitol Avenue in Little Rock to rectify the situation.
It is unclear how transmission of the virus may have occurred or who was potentially exposed.
Out of an abundance of caution, we ...
Jul 6, 2020, 6:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas man left trembling after winning $1 million lottery prize
One top prize left in scratch-off game after El Dorado resident wins big
By Kate Northrop
An El Dorado man has a huge reason to celebrate after becoming Arkansas' newest millionaire, thanks to a $20 scratch-off lottery game.
Last Friday, FredTavious Davis was out driving with his wife when they made a fateful stop for gas at the Mobile gas station on N. West Avenue in El Dorado. He decided to head into the convenience store on a whim to buy a scratch-off lottery ticket so he could scrat ...
Jun 30, 2020, 4:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery plans boost in Natural State Jackpot to celebrate 10-year anniversary
To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is planning a big boost in the Natural State Jackpot (NSJ) if it reaches $150,000 this week. The jackpot will jump to $200,000 Friday rather than its normal $150,000 if it hasn't been hit by then. The jackpot stands at $140,000 for Tuesday's drawing.
The Natural State Jackpot is exclusive to Arkansas. Drawings are held Monday through Saturday at 8 p.m. CST. The jackpot starts at $50,000 and increases by $5,000 every draw u ...
Feb 19, 2020, 6:48 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas woman becomes millionaire after second time playing lottery
A 28-year-old Arkansas woman, who only has played the lottery twice, Thursday claimed a lottery prize of $1 million. Shayla Burton's win came from the $20 instant-ticket game, Ultimate Millions.
The top prize amount for Ultimate Millions is $1 million. Two top prizes now remain on that ticket.
Burton, who resides in White Hall, purchased the winning ticket from Sam Food Mart, 100 W. Grand and Division St. in Humphrey Wednesday. Burton was with her father, Leslie, who has been playing the l ...
Aug 16, 2019, 1:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas woman claims $1 million second chance lottery prize
An Arkansas woman is a millionaire after cashing in losing lottery tickets.
Misuzu Hughes of Jacksonville claimed $1 million in lottery prize money from Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's Play It Again, a game that offers players a second chance to win.
According to the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, players enter non-winning tickets through the lottery's website. Prize winners are selected randomly from all eligible entries for each drawing quarterly.
Hughes realized she was a millionaire w ...
Jul 30, 2019, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery ticket sales outage caused by severed fiber lines
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery experienced an outage Friday, July 21, which affected the sale of draw game tickets.
The outage began after a work crew severed two fiber lines near the North Shore Business Park in Little Rock.
The system was amended by around 11:00 p.m. the evening of July 21st for about 90 percent of stores, according to a press release from the lottery.
However, there were still more than 100 retailers having problems with their systems over the weekend, affecting t ...
Jul 24, 2017, 10:01 am - Lottery News forum
Mississippi lottery panel visits neighboring states to garner information
Trips to neighboring states to observe their lottery operations have shed light on the types of decisions that must be made should Mississippi opt to enact a lottery, two Northeast Mississippi legislators recently said.
Reps. Mac Huddleston, R-Pontotoc, and Nick Bain, D-Corinth, made trips to Little Rock last week as members of a task force created by House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, to study the issues surrounding the lottery. Other members of the committee made a similar trip to Baton ...
Jun 25, 2017, 9:55 am - Lottery News forum
71-year-old Texas construction worker claims $177 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot
Ticket was purchased in Arkansas and is the state's largest-ever jackpot winner
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
A couple from Abernathy, Texas, Monday claimed a $177 million jackpot in Arkansas from the March 31 Mega Millions drawing.
Eliberto and Anita Cantu claimed the prize Monday during a press conference in Arkansas.
They chose to take the prize as a lump sum so the amount was $72,901,274. The State of Arkansas said it took $7,504,543 in taxes.
Their son, Rodrigo Ca ...
Apr 19, 2017, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery players now can buy tickets with debit cards
Starting this summer, retailers selling tickets for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will be authorized to accept payment by debit cards, thanks to a new law that zipped through the Legislature in 23 days with little fanfare.
Since the lottery started selling tickets on Sept. 28, 2009, the law allowed only cash to be used in transactions. Now Arkansas will join most other state lotteries by allowing debit-card use.
Senate Bill 617 sponsored by Sen. Trent Garner, R-El Dorado is now Act 876 ...
Apr 17, 2017, 11:26 am - Lottery News forum