Lottery leaders convene in D.C. to discuss future of games
La Fleur's annual symposium draws hundreds of lottery personnel, vendors
By Todd Northrop
This week leaders from nearly every U.S. and Canadian lottery met in Washington, D.C. at the annual La Fleur's Lottery Symposium to discuss the future of government lotteries, especially with regard to Internet sales and play.
Emboldened by a U.S. Department of Justice opinion issued in Dec. of last year clarifying that the Wire Act only has bearing on sports wagering, state lotteries have immediat ...
Apr 26, 2012, 3:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Statistician cracks secret code behind lottery tickets
Is the apparent randomness of the scratch ticket just a facade, a mathematical lie?
The call came around 3 a.m. Toronto time, which was midnight in Nevada where Doug Hartzell was sleeping. It was his old friend, Mohan Srivastava, phoning from Canada.
He called me and said, 'Man, I think I'm losing it. But I see a pattern in scratch lottery tickets,' said Hartzell, recalling that 2003 conversation.
My reaction almost instantly was like: I'm sure he's right.
Over their three decades ...
Feb 2, 2011, 1:40 pm - Lottery News forum
States look for winning formulas to spur lottery sales
Buy a scratch lottery ticket in Georgia, and you can win music downloads or a seat at an Atlanta Falcons game. In New York, one of the top sellers is an all-black ticket as sleek as an Armani suit. And in Texas, where they brag that everything is bigger, a single ticket goes for $50.
With state budgets in crisis and lottery-financed programs like prekindergarten being considered for cuts, the pressure is on to make lottery tickets more attractive to casual scratchers and people who may have n ...
Dec 23, 2010, 7:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Some Michigan retailers are lucky spots for lottery players
A Highland Park porn shop won fame earlier this month for indulging a common vice.
Not that vice!
The Uptown Bookstore on Woodward sold a winning Powerball ticket worth $128.6 million.
In all, Michigan residents bought $2.37 billion in lottery tickets in the last budget year about $4,500 a minute. That's down from the record year of 2009 ($2.38 billion), but it still averages nearly $237 for every man, woman and child in Michigan.
In Detroit, the state's biggest city, more than $326 ...
Nov 26, 2010, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum
New Jersey lottery turns 40 with record $2.6B in revenue
The New Jersey Lottery sold a state record $2.6 billion in tickets for fiscal year 2010, an impressive number considering the state is in the midst of an historic recession.
It's also impressive because the New Jersey Lottery, which turns 40 in December, continues to be an economic force in a state desperate for cash. Even after all this years, for better or worse, the lottery remains a growth industry.
The lottery is a recession-proof business, says Carole Hedinger, acting executive dire ...
Nov 19, 2010, 10:12 am - Lottery News forum
Letter outlining Britain's first lottery up for auction
The British tradition of national lottery has been traced back to the 16th century when a jackpot of 5,000 was up for grabs and participants had to wait three years to find out if they were winners.
A letter has emerged from Queen Elizabeth I, written in 1566, which gives instructions for collecting money, commanding that persons of 'good trust' be entrusted with the prizes.
The letter was written to Sir John Spencer, advising of 400,000 lots, each costing 10 shillings, with prizes to be p ...
Jun 14, 2010, 7:58 am - Lottery News forum
6 lotto winners who lost it all
The story of the 26-year-old garbage man who frittered away $15 million in lottery winnings and other tales of luck gone terribly wrong
Want to know how to fritter away a multi-million lottery fortune?
Ask Michael Carroll: The unemployed 26-year-old Brit has blown a 9.7 million jackpot he won in 2002 (approximately $15 million at the time) and is currently hoping to get his old job back as a garbageman. At first, Carroll lavished gifts on friends and family, but soon started spending on le ...
Jun 9, 2010, 6:19 am - Lottery News forum
States go all in, expand gaming to plug the budget
Faced with a drop in gambling revenue, states are adding games, considering new casinos and increasing lottery options anything to keep their cut of the profits rolling in.
States are adamant that they don't want to take advantage of anyone, but with budgets in free-fall and tax increases a losing hand politically, lawmakers acknowledge they are dependent on gambling dollars.
At least 18 states this year are looking to expand games of chance because of a drop-off of anywhere from 5 to 14 p ...
Mar 15, 2010, 9:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Some stores just 'luckier' than others in N.C. lottery
Chris Pennington slid the scratch-off ticket across the counter, repeating a ritual she'd performed hundreds of times. Hours later, she'd learn that her customer had won a six-figure surprise.
I actually felt sick that day knowing I'd held $100,000 and gave it away, she said.
The manager of Will's Food Store in Mount Holly, Pennington has seen her share of others' good fortune. Will's boasts the most lottery payouts of any retailer in Gaston County, according to figures from the N.C. Educ ...
Feb 1, 2010, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
Stringing along Jamaican lottery scammers
It's a little suspicious when the address linked to a call notifying someone they won the Maryland Lottery is in Michigan. Or Ohio.
And Richard Drexel, who has worked in security for part of his career, is no fool. As soon as the call came in for his son, also Richard, the elder Drexel called the Maryland Lottery. No, in fact, they don't call you to notify you you've won they have other means.
And they certainly don't ask you to pony up $150 to pay for fees and taxes before you can collect ...
Dec 14, 2009, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum