Arkansas Lottery conducts first state raffle
By Todd Northrop
Lesson learned: if you want to sell-out raffle lottery tickets, set (and hold to) an end date.
In what started as one of the longest raffle ticket sales periods in recent memory, and ended in a flurry of last-minute sales, the Arkansas Lottery officially concluded its first-ever raffle today.
At the end of the day, there are two freshly-minted millionaires, and over a thousand winners of $1,000 and $100 prizes.
The two winning $1 million numbers were 199692 and 40926 ...
Apr 7, 2011, 2:32 pm - Lottery News forum
Last day to play Arkansas Lottery's raffle
Update: Lottery averaging 1,000 tickets sold per hour since Tuesday
By Todd Northrop
Arkansas lottery players have been patiently waiting for the day to arrive: Wednesday is the last day to purchase tickets for Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle, and Thursday ticketholders will find out if they have won $1 million.
The Raffle will pay off big in addition to the two winners of $1,000,000, there will be 540 $1,000 winners, and 600 $100 winners.
Until the end of the day Wednesday, there wil ...
Apr 6, 2011, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery anticipates drop in revenue next year
Delays participation in Decades of Dollars game
The Arkansas Lottery Commission approved a new budget Wednesday that takes into account expected reductions in revenue.
Under the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, operating revenue would be $459 million, compared to $464 million for the current fiscal year, with $100 million in net proceeds, down from $105 million.
Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue said the budget for the upcoming year is based on actual revenue.
The com ...
Mar 11, 2011, 10:44 am - Lottery News forum
Bill dissolves Arkansas lottery panel
Move designed to give legislature more direct oversight
The legislative committee that oversees the Arkansas Lottery would be dissolved under a bill filed Monday.
Senate Bill 365 by Sen. Larry Teague, D-Nashville, would repeal language in the state lottery law that created a 12-member legislative oversight committee on the lottery.
Teague's bill would require the Arkansas Lottery Commission to submit contracts, rules, reports and other information to the Legislative Council for review. ...
Feb 22, 2011, 10:27 am - Lottery News forum
Ark. Lottery panel votes for changes to unclaimed prize money
The legislative Lottery Oversight Committee voted today to recommend a fix for a 2010 law change that Arkansas lottery officials say hampers their ability to maximize ticket sales.
During last year's fiscal session, the Legislature changed the state lottery law to add unclaimed prize money to net profits.
Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue said after the session that the change meant the lottery could not use some of the unclaimed money on efforts to boost prizes and sales in response to ...
Feb 16, 2011, 10:50 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery director's benefits in conflict with law?
Arkansas law expressly prohibits the use of a multiplier in determining the state lottery director's salary for retirement purposes, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said in an opinion Monday.
Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue's base salary is $141,603 a year, but the Lottery Commission has been paying him $324,000 a year thanks to an optional multiplier included in the state's lottery law. His retirement benefits have been based on the $324,000 figure, not his base salary.
Sen. Bobby Gl ...
Feb 8, 2011, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery sets raffle draw date
Sales to end April 6th; drawing the next day
By Todd Northrop
At long last, the Arkansas Lottery has fixed the drawing date for its Arkansas Million Dollar Raffle.
The Raffle game, which the lottery claims to have the best odds of a $1,000,000 win in Arkansas Scholarship Lottery history, will sell its last ticket on Wednesday, April 6. The drawing will be held the following day, Apr. 7.
The Raffle will pay off big two ticket numbers will be drawn to win $1,000,000. Also, there will b ...
Feb 1, 2011, 1:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Three state lotteries set to begin new multi-state game
Decades of Dollars to replace Win For Life game
By Todd Northrop
UPDATED: Since the original news story was written, it has come to our attention that Arkansas will not be participating in the new lottery game, due to legislative hurdles, and the Win For Life game will continue to be played in Virginia. The title of the story has been changed to reflect three state lotteries, rather than the four state lotteries originally referenced, and the body of the article has been updated with the a ...
Jan 11, 2011, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery director up for review for first time
The director of the Arkansas Lottery, who oversaw its successful launch but has had a series of high-profile flubs, will receive his first employee evaluation Wednesday when the Arkansas Lottery Commission.
Commission chairman Dianne Lamberth said the panel will go into executive session to discuss Ernie Passailaigue's performance, which has been highlighted by the scholarships given to students last fall but darkened by a critical audit and other problems.
The commission met in closed ses ...
Jan 10, 2011, 8:14 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery may not be able to meet scholarship demands
Panel considered reducing scholarship amounts
The legislative committee that oversees the state lottery yesterday considered, but ultimately tabled, a proposal to recommend reducing lottery scholarship amounts by 10 percent for the second class of lottery recipients.
Last year the Legislature set the amount for the first group of lottery recipients at $5,000 per year to attend a four-year school and $2,500 per year to attend a two-year school.
Rep. Barry Hyde, D-North Little Rock, co-ch ...
Dec 31, 2010, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum