Oklahoma Lottery sales hurt by lagging economy
Lottery ticket sales declined about $11.3 million in the past fiscal year, mainly because of a downturn in the economy, Oklahoma officials said.
Powerball sales, which make up the majority of lottery sales, tumbled an estimated $7.6 million, partly because of the economy and a lack of significant jackpots, Jim Scroggins, executive director of the Oklahoma Lottery Commission, said Tuesday.
The Oklahoma Lottery is expected to contribute $66.7 million to public education for the 2010 fiscal y ...
Dec 11, 2009, 9:33 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery vending machines coming to Arkansas
When the Arkansas Lottery awarded a contract to the Greece-based Intralot in August of this year, one requirement was that the lottery services company provide 100 ticket vending machines. The lottery commission has yet to roll out the machines, but a non-operational model can be seen at the claims center in downtown Little Rock.
Lottery director Ernie Passailaigue says Arkansans will start to see the machines this spring, sometime around March or April. But while lottery officials hope to re ...
Dec 3, 2009, 8:13 am - Lottery News forum
State senator wants to repeal Arkansas Lottery
A state senator who wants to abolish Arkansas' new lottery is scheduled to present her case Wednesday to a legislative panel.
Sen. Sue Madison, D-Fayetteville, will ask the House and Senate committees on state agencies and governmental affairs to adopt her proposal for an interim study to repeal the authorization for state lotteries under the Arkansas Scholarship Act.
The committee chairmen were cool to the idea.
The important message that I'm really wanting people to get ... is that ...
Dec 2, 2009, 9:00 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
Arkansas woman tries to cash in fake lottery ticket, arrested
A woman is arrested inside the Arkansas Lottery Headquarters Monday afternoon, and the local media's cameras were there for the arrest.
Police say Ruth Dennis, 56, tried to pass a fake winning ticket for the real thing at the claims center. Her friend, John Burch says he gave Dennis and her sister a ride from Camden with a $3,000 ticket.
Lottery director Ernie Passailaigue says the ticket was clearly not real. He says she used the three times lucky scratch tickets and allegedly cut and pas ...
Oct 19, 2009, 7:56 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas man among the first to win $100,000 lottery prize
For Joe Pierce and his wife, Amanda, the last few days have been momentous.
On Wednesday, she gave birth to their second child, a daughter, Kinley Jo.
On Sunday, he paid $5 for an Arkansas lottery ticket and won $100,000, the biggest prize anybody has won so far in the two-week-old lottery. That's also the biggest prize available in the lottery's current games.
Today, Joe plans to drive to the lottery's claims center in Little Rock to pick up his check, which will be for $75,000 after t ...
Oct 13, 2009, 11:12 am - Lottery News forum
First day of Arkansas lottery sales brisk, sellers say
By midmorning Monday, Arkansas' new lottery had produced a $500 winner in Baxter County from a scratch-off ticket sold at Benny's Country Store, 6227 State Hwy. 5 N., and an unknown amount for college scholarships.
Several retailers who sell lottery tickets here reported brisk and sometimes crazy ticket sales Monday the first day of the state's new lottery with proceeds dedicated for college scholarships.
Drew Long, owner of Benny's Country Store, said a customer purchased the $500-winning ...
Sep 29, 2009, 7:49 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery begins today
Less than a year from voter approval to first ticket sales
Arkansas has officially become the 42nd state to operate a government lottery the 43rd jurisdiction, counting Washington, D.C.
Arkansas Lottery scratch-off tickets are now on sale at nearly 1,500 retailers throughout the state with the proceeds going towards funding college scholarships.
Retailers were allowed to begin selling scratch-off lottery tickets just after midnight today, and at least one location saw people lining up t ...
Sep 28, 2009, 7:14 am - Lottery News forum
Scratch-off lottery tickets arrive in Arkansas
It turns out $48 million in lottery tickets doesn't look as impressive as it sounds.
Shrink-wrapped pallets arrived by tractor-trailer Monday to a warehouse in southwest Little Rock, a first shipment of about 30 million scratch-off tickets destined to inaugurate the start of Arkansas' state lottery.
Lottery officials dolled up the event for reporters, with two police cruisers and a motorcycle blaring sirens as a semi-truck decorated with balloons and streamers, like a homecoming parade flo ...
Sep 14, 2009, 11:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lottery scratch tickets, logo revealed
This week was a busy one for the fledgling Arkansas Lottery.
The first shipment of Arkansas Lottery tickets is being transported, and will arrive in the state Monday, Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue said Friday, and the lottery revealed its new logo.
The precious cargo will be transported by 18-wheeler to the Scientific Games (SGI) Distribution Center on the west side of town, arriving at 10:30 a.m., Passailaigue said at a meeting of the state Lottery Commission at the University of Ce ...
Sep 12, 2009, 8:04 am - Lottery News forum