Texas plan would tap lottery revenue for teacher bonuses
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Thursday unveiled a plan to boost teacher pay beyond the $1,000 raise called for by Gov. Greg Abbott, and to ultimately pay for it by requiring school districts to reallocate existing funds and, if voters agree, earmarking the first $700 million in lottery money, that already goes to education, for teacher salaries.
Patrick compared his plan, which he hopes to see enacted at the special session that gets underway Tuesday, to what he called House Speaker Joe Straus' Ponzi ...
Jul 13, 2017, 3:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois lost $4 million by halting Powerball, Mega Millions sales
llinois lost nearly $4 million by shutting down Powerball and Mega Millions ticket sales because of the state budget impasse, a lottery official said Friday.
Lottery chief of staff Jayme Odom said the state lost about $2.4 million in revenue from Powerball and $1.5 million from Mega Millions during the ticket-sales hiatus. She said it's unclear whether sales have recovered since they were reintroduced Thursday night.
Late last month, the lottery announced it would halt sales of Powerball a ...
Jul 10, 2017, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery resumes selling Mega Millions, Powerball tickets
By Todd Northrop
The Illinois Lottery has resumed sales of Mega Millions and Powerball tickets now that the state's budget stalemate has concluded, lottery officials said.
The state stopped sales late last month of the popular Powerball and Mega Millions games due to its inability to contribute to the prize pool without a budget in place.
Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith announced Thursday night that sales have resumed.
The Illinois Lottery is pleased to announce that sal ...
Jul 7, 2017, 10:42 am - Lottery News forum
Maine loses Powerball, Mega Millions during state closure
After Saturday night, Maine residents will not be able to purchase some multi-state lottery games, such as Powerball and Mega Millions, until the state shutdown ends, state officials announced Saturday.
At convenience stores in Portland on Saturday, a bright red screen flashed with Breaking News near cash registers, letting customers know that they had until 9:30 p.m. to purchase Hot Lotto tickets and 9:50 p.m. to buy Powerball tickets. Mega Millions and Lucky for Life stopped being sold on F ...
Jul 2, 2017, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. Lottery remains operational during state closure
By Todd Northrop
Even though the New Jersey state government has closed due to a budget impasse, the state lottery remains fully operational.
During the closure, the sale of all games offered by the New Jersey Lottery will remain available for purchase.
The game drawings for all online games offered through the Lottery, including Pick 3, Pick 4, Jersey Cash 5, Pick 6, 5 Card Cash, and Cash4Life, will be conducted, posted on Livestream and aired on television, PHL17 and PIX11, as per sta ...
Jul 1, 2017, 12:23 pm - Lottery News forum
Washington Lottery to shut down if lawmakers can't agree on budget
Winners will be unable to claim prizes during shutdown
Washington's Lottery will suspend all operations if lawmakers can't pass the state's operating budget by midnight on Friday, June 30, 2017.
That means no Lottery tickets will be sold, and no winning tickets will be redeemed in the state of Washington for any game until the shutdown is over.
This includes Scratch games, jackpot games and multi-state jackpot games such as Powerball and Mega Millions.
Washington's Lottery will also ...
Jun 30, 2017, 8:01 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery to again delay large payouts due to budget woes
Powerball and Mega Millions going bye-bye too
Illinois Lottery players should prepare for a bit of deja vu with a twist if Illinois leaders don't pass a budget by Friday night.
Not only will the popular Powerball and Mega Millions tickets be off the shelf, but also any big winners of any of the other draw or instant games will have to wait to collect their cash.
The Illinois Lottery announced Tuesday that, without a budget or any special legislation, it won't be able to pay anyone winni ...
Jun 27, 2017, 7:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois lottery players may lose Powerball and Mega Millions at the end of June
Legislation's refusal to deliver balanced budget threatens to cut off popular multi-state games
The association that runs the popular Powerball lottery and Mega Millions games will drop Illinois at the end of June without a budget agreement.
Concern over the state of Illinois' fiscal condition prompted that decision by the Multi-State Lottery Association, according to internal Illinois Lottery communications.
Illinois Lottery spokesman Jason Schaumburg on Thursday morning confirmed that ...
Jun 15, 2017, 3:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Are lawmakers selling the Texas Lottery short?
Scratch-off lottery tickets are big business in Texas.
They raise billions for state coffers and are so popular that as many as 95 new scratch-off games are introduced here each year, making up a sizable chunk of overall Texas Lottery sales, officials say.
But lottery officials are worried they will have to cut back on the variety of scratch-offs offered and on the advertising that promotes the games now that Texas budget writers are considering cutting as much as $18 million from the agen ...
Apr 13, 2017, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Proposal to boost N.J. pensions with lottery could happen this year, treasurer says
The state treasurer said Thursday that Gov. Chris Christie's proposal to use New Jersey Lottery ticket proceeds to bolster the government worker pension fund could be finalized by the June 30 end of the fiscal year.
Christie floated the somewhat opaque proposal to transfer assets from the lottery to the pension fund in his February budget address. His administration hasn't released any additional details since, including what would happen to the programs currently funded by the lottery.
Apr 7, 2017, 10:02 am - Lottery News forum