Texas lottery player turns losing scratch ticket into dream home
Includes video report
By Todd Northrop
Carlos Zavala of Tyler, Texas, is the winner of $500,000 to build a dream home at any D.R. Horton Community in Texas, thanks to his selection of a key in a special event Friday.
Players of the Texas Dream Home scratch-off game had the opportunity to enter their non-winning tickets into promotional second-chance drawings for a chance to become a finalist for the grand prize. Four finalists were chosen to participate in Friday's dream home giveaway e ...
May 18, 2015, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Lottery turns 25, shows off new logo
Includes video report
The Minnesota Lottery celebrated its 25th birthday Thursday with a splash of color. In fact, there were many splashes of color, courtesy of celebrity performance artist David Garibaldi.
The 32 year old finalist on the America's Got Talent program leapt onto a stage at Target Plaza before the noon Twins game and speed-painted the new Lottery logo on a black canvass in 5 minutes. The new logo features the iconic loon, but this loon has wings spread in flight.
It is t ...
Apr 19, 2014, 1:15 pm - 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
'Mind reader' will predict UK Lotto numbers on show Wednesday
So-called mind reader Derren Brown is to perform his most audacious stunt yet predicting the lottery results on his British TV show.
The television personality plans to forecast the Wednesday night draw as it is screened live on BBC1.
And the bearded illusionist will rattle lotto chiefs by telling viewers how to do it. Sadly, Derren will be filmed at a secret location as he predicts the balls tumbling out of the National Lottery machine when it's too late for lottery players to buy a ticke ...
Sep 7, 2009, 9:30 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. lawmaker critical of Gov's move to take lottery funds from schools
North Carolina State Representative Carolyn Justice says the governor's decision to take lottery funds has left some school districts in distress.
The $50 million in the Education Lottery Reserve Fund was supposed to pay for school construction costs, some for this school year.
The Pender County Republican says that's going to hurt local school districts.
If those counties already issued bonds planning on that money to pay their debt, they're in trouble right now. And this hasn't even ...
Mar 23, 2009, 3:03 pm - Lottery News forum
New Hampshire Lottery celebrates 45th anniversary
Trailblazing N.H. had first-in-nation lottery
A tragic mistake. A scandalous experiment in state financing. The shame of New Hampshire.
Opponents of expanded gambling argue that it would hurt the state's image and cause more problems than it would solve. But the quotes above aren't from the current legislative debate; they're from newspaper editorials written in 1964, when New Hampshire launched the nation's first legal state-run lottery.
As the state considers allowing video slot mac ...
Mar 18, 2009, 9:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Calif. Lottery Director explains expensive party
Travel budget cut to offset event cost
The director of the California Lottery said she would cut her staff's conference travel budget to offset $50,000 in taxpayer money spent on a questionable employee-recognition party that was the focus of a state Senate hearing Tuesday.
Joan Borucki, who was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and is up for confirmation in the Senate, testified during an informational hearing by the Governmental Organization Committee that she is in the process of ...
Feb 14, 2008, 5:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Calif. Lottery director's job doesn't depend on auditor's report
The California state Senate's decision on confirmation of Joan Borucki as director of the state lottery will be history by the time the state auditor completes its report on a questionable employee recognition celebration.
The Senate Rules Committee postponed Wednesday's scheduled hearing for a week while staff gathers information for any committee members who may have questions on the Nov. 8 lottery event, said Alicia Trost, a spokesman for Senate leader Don Perata, D-Oakland. Perata plans t ...
Jan 29, 2008, 11:36 pm - Lottery News forum
Questions arise about funds used for Calif. Lottery party
The California Lottery handed out a Nintendo Wii, several iPods, digital cameras and gift cards as prizes during a $43,629 employee recognition celebration and charged some of the items as training expenses.
During a Nov. 8 event commemorating the $20 billion the lottery has provided education since its 1984 inception, state officials used lottery administration funds to host a prime rib dinner for more than 300 employees and their guests at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento.
As part of ...
Jan 25, 2008, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum