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Texas Lottery to add 'Sum It Up' feature to Pick 3 game
Daily 4 launch deemed 'successful' On September 30, the Texas Lottery launched a brand new game, Daily 4 with an add-on feature called Sum It Up. According to unaudited numbers, the game and associated add-on feature brought in more than $5.2 million during the first three weeks of sales. Of that number, approximately $1.2 million came directly from sales of Sum It Up. The Texas Lottery is hoping to strike gold a second time, by adding the Sum It Up feature to the state's other daily n ...
Oct 30, 2007, 12:21 pm - Lottery News forum

Mass. Lottery plans big expansion of keno-style game
The Massachusetts state lottery, which fell short of revenue projections last year, is dramatically expanding a keno-style game in a move it estimates could bring in an additional $160 million annually, officials said. The Daily Race Game, in which players can win up to $900 on a $1 bet, will expand from 200 to 1,500 locations across the state, and the graphics will change from cars to horses. Lottery commissioners on Wednesday approved the changes, which should be complete by next spring. ...
Oct 10, 2007, 7:45 pm - Lottery News forum

Tennessee Lottery to hold "Deal Or No Deal" event
One of 26 grand prize finalists will walk away $100,000 richer on Friday as the Tennessee Lottery wraps up its initial version of the instant ticket game, Deal or No Deal. The event, which will be held at the Lottery's Nashville headquarters at 2 p.m., won't leave any of the finalists empty-handed. The Lottery is also awarding a briefcase and $250 to the remaining 25 players and an additional $2,400 prize to one of those 25 players (other than the grand prize winner). In addition to the ...
Sep 26, 2007, 10:08 am - Lottery News forum

Kentucky Lottery Lucky 7's raffle draw delayed
The drawing date for the Kentucky Lottery's latest raffle-style game is being postponed due to slower than expected ticket sales. Dubbed the Lucky 7's Raffle, the winning numbers were set to be drawn and then announced on July 7th (7-7-07). As of July 1st, there were still 305,730 of the game's 500,000 tickets remaining. With only 39% of the overall tickets sold, Kentucky Lottery officials decided to push back the draw date to allow players more time to purchase tickets. There were seve ...
Jul 3, 2007, 6:01 pm - Lottery News forum

Change in Penn. Lottery scratch tickets removes shortcut
A change in the format of Pennsylvania Lottery scratch-off tickets to prevent fraud means that some lottery players could be mistakenly tossing away winning tickets, retailers said. Since January, instant tickets have been printed with a new kind of security coding for retailers to verify that a winning ticket is valid. Previously, a row of letters and numbers at the top or bottom of a ticket indicated the prize won. For example, a row interspersed with (5) and (0) meant the ticket was a $ ...
Mar 12, 2007, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. Lottery chief adding new games to overcome revenue shortfall
The head of the N.C. Education Lottery Tuesday urged patience for critics who say the games have fallen short of their first-year sales goal. Executive Director Tom Shaheen said he hopes to spark sales this spring with two new games and a new twist on a third. Lottery sales are expected to miss their $1.2 billion goal by $200 million. Obviously I'm in a business to raise money, and I want to raise as much as we can, Shaheen said after a Charlotte luncheon. But to raise $1 billion the ...
Feb 1, 2007, 1:39 am - Lottery News forum

New York Lottery making some changes
NY Lottery figures better late than never to catch 'raffle fever' It looks like the New York Lottery's new year's resolution is to become more interesting. To accomplish that they are adding one new game and two changes. The first is a new limited scratchoff game called Raffle to Riches. Under this new format the lottery will print only 1.5 million Raffle to Riches tickets. It ends on Feb. 8, or when they're sold out. Out of those 1.5 million $20 tickets, there will be 12 winne ...
Jan 4, 2007, 7:24 pm - Lottery News forum

Sales for new Texas Lotto starts today
Texas lottery players are saying buh-bye to the bonus ball. Last night's $32 million jackpot Lotto Texas drawing was the last for the much-loathed little guy, who proved unpopular with players. The Texas Lottery Commission voted Feb. 27 to scratch the unpopular bonus ball and return to better sales and better odds. Lotto Texas will return to a matrix that was abandoned three years ago in which players may choose six numbers from among 54, with odds of winning the jackpot at 1 in 25.8 m ...
Apr 23, 2006, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum

Bonus ball bounced by Lotto Texas
Come Sunday, Lotto Texas players won't have the bonus ball to kick around anymore. When Saturday night's drawing for Lotto's $32 million jackpot is over, the Texas Lottery Commission will reintroduce the version of the game it abandoned in October 2003. The move came after players sent a clear signal that they do not like having to match the number on that extra ball for a chance to win the grand prize. How clear was the signal? Lotto ticket sales plummeted by 30 percent after the bon ...
Apr 21, 2006, 9:21 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery eliminates Lotto bonus ball
Updated Feb. 28, 2005, 8:02 am Everything old is new again at the Texas Lottery, where commissioners voted Monday to ditch the unpopular Lotto Texas bonus ball and return to the style abandoned three years ago due to sagging sales. Starting in late April, players will choose six numbers between 1 and 54 rather than five numbers between 1 and 44 and one bonus ball from 1 to 44. That will return the odds of winning the jackpot to 1 in 25.8 million, down from 1 in 47.8 million with the bonu ...
Feb 28, 2006, 7:25 am - Lottery News forum