Complaints prompt review of Arkansas Lottery's personnel policies, salaries
Anonymous complaints about personnel issues have prompted the Arkansas Lottery Commission to request a review of the lottery's human resources policies and salary structure.
The nine-member commission voted today to ask the state Office of Personnel Management to conduct the review. Commissioner Joe White of Conway, whose motion to seek the review was unanimously adopted, told reporters that anonymous letters sent to the commission and state legislators had raised questions he wanted answered ...
Jun 3, 2010, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery needs vending machines, Director says
For the Arkansas lottery to increase revenue from year to year, the lottery's director told commissioners Wednesday that they will have to approve the use of ticket-vending machines.
Director Ernie Passailaigue said businesses are seeking ways to cut labor costs, and automating the lottery is an important way to boost sales and help vendors save money.
This is the future of lottery, Passailaigue said.
A handout picture of one of the machines shows an array of ticket choices -- from Pow ...
May 20, 2010, 6:39 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas man wins second $10,000 Powerball prize
An Arkansas lottery player claimed a $10,000 Powerball prize at Arkansas Lottery headquarters Thursday for the second time.
William J. Newberry of Green Forest Thursday redeemed a winning Powerball ticket for a $10,000 prize. This is Mr. Newberry's second $10,000 Powerball win.
Newberry purchased both winning tickets at Powell's One Stop on Highway 62 East. He said he was going to spend some of his winnings buying more Powerball tickets.
The lucky lottery player won the prize by matchin ...
Apr 16, 2010, 8:44 am - Lottery News forum
Ark. lottery forced to revise budget after law change found
Arkansas' lottery director said Wednesday he wasn't aware that the Legislature changed how money from unclaimed prizes is to be managed a move that required lottery officials to revise their 2011 budget.
The revised lottery budget allocates $11 million less for scholarships and overall revenue is projected to drop by $14 million. However, the lottery has been taking in money above projections, and the original scholarship budget target of $116 million could still be met.
We will do our be ...
Apr 9, 2010, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery sued for trademark infringement
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is the target of a lawsuit by a man who claims he owns the trademark to names the state lottery is using.
Ed Dozier of Little Rock filed suit Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court, claiming that as far back as 1994 he secured the trademark to Arkansas Lottery and several other similar terms.
Dozier is asking a judge to order the state lottery to stop using the names.
The suit, filed by the Davidson Law Firm in Pulaski County Circuit Court, seeks a dec ...
Mar 18, 2010, 9:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery will add raffle games to lineup
The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted yesterday to authorize the introduction of raffle games during the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
The lottery plans to hold two raffles during the fiscal year, the first of which will launch in July or August, Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue said.
Passailaigue said the games will be similar to raffles held by civic clubs. The lottery will have a set number of tickets printed, each with a unique number, and the winning numbers will be selected in a drawing, ...
Mar 18, 2010, 10:03 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery announces 'points for prizes' rewards program
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery is adding even more value to instant lottery tickets with a new program called Points for Prizes.
In the new program, players earn points by going to the lottery's website and entering their non-winning instant tickets. These points can then be redeemed for exciting merchandise.
The Play It Again second-chance drawing program began with the Lottery on September 28, 2009. Since then, more than 100,000 players have registered for an online player services acc ...
Jan 19, 2010, 1:06 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Powerball lottery winner in no rush to claim jackpot
Work might not be the top priority for someone who's just won the lottery, but financial experts say deciding what to do with a multimillion-dollar prize is a job in itself.
The holder of the winning ticket in Powerball's Jan. 2 jackpot drawing, a ticket sold at a Mayflower convenience store, still had not claimed the $25 million prize Tuesday, a delay Arkansas' lottery director says is understandable considering the big decisions to be made.
Put yourself in the Powerball winner's shoes, ...
Jan 18, 2010, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery gets its first Powerball jackpot winner
Just two months after the first Powerball ticket was sold in Arkansas, the state has produced its first jackpot winner.
The 29-year, 30-installment annuity jackpot was $25 million, which can also be claimed as a $12,153,621 million cash option. The net payout after the automatic 25% federal tax withholdings for the cash option would be $9,115,216. Arkansas does not withhold state tax from lottery prize payouts.
The lucky jackpot win for one Arkansas player comes despite the fact that typic ...
Jan 3, 2010, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery finishes 2009 with $132M in sales
The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery marked the end of its first 95 days of operation at midnight December 31 with a year-end sales total of $132,097,968.
The first instant ticket was sold just after midnight on September 28, followed by the introduction of Powerball on October 31 and of the first Arkansas draw game Cash 3 on December 14.
During the 2009 Arkansas legislative session when the lottery legislation was crafted, it was expected that ticket sales would begin on January 1, 2010.
Jan 2, 2010, 8:35 am - Lottery News forum