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Illinois Lottery adds Monday Lotto drawing
Illinois Lottery officials are giving players another chance at becoming a millionaire.The lottery added a Monday Lotto drawing to its weekly schedule. That's on top of the existing Lotto drawings done on Wednesday and Saturday.Lottery Superintendent Carolyn Adams says adding a drawing will bring in more money for Illinois schools, while providing fun for Lotto players.The Lotto game was introduced in 1983. Lottery officials say it has created more millionaires in Illinois than any other lotter ...
Apr 6, 2005, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum

Too many players winning Powerball, lottery says
The agency running the Powerball lottery might decrease the odds of winning the multimillion-dollar jackpot to stem a record-setting run of winners that is keeping jackpots small and, the agency says, causing ticket sales to plunge. To some extent, you try to ride it out. But I think we'll need to make some changes to the game pretty soon, said Chuck Strutt, executive director of the Urbandale, Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association, which runs the game. We'll lose more than $400 milli ...
Mar 22, 2005, 7:21 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery Approves Mega Millions Changes
Friday, the Texas Lottery Commission voted to propose rule amendments to the Mega Millions multi-state lottery game, which aim to make the game bigger than ever. The proposed changes come after the California Lottery announced last month that it plans to become the 12th lottery member to join the multi-state game. We welcome the opportunity to work with the California Lottery, and having them as an addition to the Mega Millions game will help generate those larger jackpots that players li ...
Mar 14, 2005, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum

Mega Millions lottery to introduce changes when California joins game
Buddy Roogow, president of Mega Millions and Maryland Lottery director, offers no detail of changesThe California Lottery Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to join the multistate lottery Mega Millions in a drive to pump up annual ticket sales by $500 million.Joining Mega Millions gives Californians the first significant new choice in lottery games since the California Lottery began 20 years ago - and more chances per year of winning jackpots of $100 million or more.The state will continue to ...
Feb 10, 2005, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery moves Two Step drawing days
Drawing days for the twice-weekly Texas Two Step lottery game have been changed.The drawings will be Monday and Thursday nights instead of Tuesday and Friday nights, the Texas Lottery Commission said Monday.Lottery officials said the change gives players a chance to win jackpots every night except Sunday, when there are no Texas drawings.
Jun 29, 2004, 7:49 am - Lottery News forum

Changes to Canada Lotto 6/49 now in effect
Changes to Canada's most popular lottery game since 1982 are now in effect.Lotto 6/49 buyers are now paying $2 per ticket, an increase of $1, first announced last November by the Interprovincial Lottery Corporation. The price hadn't increased since its inception 22 years ago, Don Pister, spokesman for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.The $2 tickets were first sold Sunday morning and the first draw will be held Wednesday night.The game is unchanged, except for an additional $5 prize for ...
Jun 1, 2004, 12:52 pm - Lottery News forum

Canada to change Lotto 6/49
Canada's Lotto 6/49 is going for gold with bigger jackpots and better chances of winning. Starting May 30, the first major changes in the game's 22-year history will take effect. We're hoping these changes will provide added excitement, said Kathleen Polyak, spokeswoman for the Western Canada Lottery Corporation.The game will still be based on the popular 6/49 format, but it will offer bigger jackpots more often, a new $5 prize category and better overall odds of winning a prize.But to enable b ...
May 20, 2004, 7:25 am - Lottery News forum

Oregon Lottery increases number of Keno drawings
The Oregon State Lottery has increased the number and frequency of its Keno drawings in an attempt to boost revenue.The drawings will be held every four minutes, instead of five.Keno sales have increased an average of 19 percent in the five states that have made the switch from five minutes to four, said Chuck Baumann, a lottery spokesman.Keno is the state lotterys third-highest revenue producer, topped by video poker and Scratch-its. Keno brought in sales of $111.3 million in the past fiscal ye ...
Feb 25, 2004, 4:21 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Two Step likely to move to new days
Texas Two Step lotto games probably will be moved to new days because of a loss in sales to Mega Millions, the multistate game new to the state.Drawings for both games are on Tuesday and Friday nights, and Reagan Greer, the lottery's chief administrator, said Thursday that average weekly ticket sales for Texas Two Step have slipped below $1 million for the first time.Those sales, which previously averaged $1.5 million, dipped to an average of $936,091, he said.Mr. Greer told lottery commissioner ...
Dec 19, 2003, 3:17 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery players vent fury
Outraged Canadian lottery players made their voices heard yesterday with complaints about the 6/49 lottery doubling its price to $2 next year.It was the same at Lotto Centres and was the top story last night on the CBC national news after the Interprovincial Lottery Corp. announced that $1 Lotto 6/49 tickets would be eliminated after the May 29, 2004, draw in order to offer larger jackpots. We've had negative feedback -- nothing positive, said Peter Low, manager of the Lotto Centre in Pacific C ...
Nov 28, 2003, 6:03 am - Lottery News forum