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Older Pennsylvanians lose from lawmakers' raid on lottery fund
Includes video report Pennsylvania is now six years into the glut of baby boomers aging into their senior years and it's taking a toll on the Pennsylvania Lottery, which pays for the programs that serve them. Unless some changes happen and/or lottery ticket sales rise dramatically, the budget office projects the lottery fund that pays for senior programs could come up more than $70 million short in the next fiscal year and the situation worsens in ensuing years. We've been hit by the t ...
Jan 13, 2017, 7:32 pm - Lottery News forum

State audit questions Georgia Lottery business practices despite record profits to education
Georgia sells more lottery tickets per capita than all but one other state lottery, according to a state audit of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, the quasi-governmental agency that runs it. But a steadily declining portion of lottery revenues flow back to the education programs the lottery is required by law to fund, and the corporation that runs the lottery needs to reform its business practices, according to auditors in the Performance Audit Division of the Georgia Department of Audits and ...
Jan 2, 2017, 5:31 pm - Lottery News forum

N.C. Lottery chief refutes state study
By Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery One benefit of a state lottery is that as North Carolinians win the lottery, their prize money is subject to the collection of any debts owed to state and local governments. The lottery makes every effort to ensure all debts are collected from every prize, $600 or more. No exceptions. So far, more than $11 million that would have gone uncollected has been collected from lottery prizes. That's a benefit to all whom the money ...
Dec 26, 2016, 10:32 am - Lottery News forum

Maryland's love affair with the lottery at an all-time high
If you dream of winning the lottery and want to improve your chances of hitting it big, try your luck at Central City Liquors in Hagerstown, Maryland. The liquor store at 401 W. Washington St., shelled out the most cash to winners in Washington County, this year and last, according to the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency. We aren't able to provide the location where the most winners were sold, but the top cashing retailer in Washington County, for both calendar year 2015 and cal ...
Dec 19, 2016, 9:14 am - Lottery News forum

Illinois lawmakers call for investigation into lottery
State lawmakers from both political parties are calling for an investigation of how the Illinois Lottery managed scratch-off games in response to a report showing the lottery didn't award many of the biggest prizes in the biggest games. I just don't think we should promise people things we don't deliver, said state Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie. And if we say we have a game that's going to pay X and it doesn't pay X, then we've lied to the people who bought the tickets. Lang was joined by stat ...
Dec 13, 2016, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum

Study: N.C. Lottery scammers have cheated state out of $7 million
Lottery scammers have cheated North Carolina out of an estimated $7 million in back taxes and delinquent child support since 2009, a non-partisan arm of the General Assembly said. At the request of a state legislator, the Fiscal Research Division teamed up with a UNC-Chapel Hill statistician to calculate the loss following an Observer investigation that found dozens of players winning the lottery so often that their luck defies logic. Highlighted in the Observer's series was a lucrative se ...
Dec 7, 2016, 3:55 pm - Lottery News forum

Play at the Pump slow to take off in NC
In January 2015, the North Carolina Education Lottery joined an effort to make convenience stores more convenient for potential lottery players by allowing them to play the lottery digitally while filling up their gas tanks. Play at the Pump, a cloud-based payment platform, allows people to play Mega Millions, Powerball and Cash 5 without going into the store. With the swipe of a debit card and a $1 transaction fee, players can get their numbers for the next drawing. Linq3, an Atlanta soft ...
Dec 3, 2016, 9:16 pm - Lottery News forum

CT Lottery settles 5 Card Cash dispute with vendor
Will receive $300,000 from Scientific Games, not $4M sought The Connecticut Lottery Corp. has agreed to settle for a fraction of the nearly $4.2 million it had claimed that Scientific Games, the international gambling giant, lost in last year's hacking of the popular 5 Card Cash instant game. Frank Farricker, acting president of the lottery, said Monday that Scientific Games will provide about $300,000 to develop a new, more-secure operating system. The Las Vegas-based company has also agr ...
Nov 29, 2016, 2:03 pm - Lottery News forum

Oregonians approve Measure 96, devoting lottery net proceeds toward veterans
Oregonians voted to approve Measure 96 Tuesday, giving 1.5 percent of state lottery net proceeds toward veterans' service. This would include assistance with employment, education, housing, physical/mental health care, addiction treatment, reintegration, access to government benefits, and other services for veterans, spouses and dependents. Already dedicated net lottery proceeds are as follows: 18% to finance education stability fund, 15% to finance state parks, restoration and protection ...
Nov 10, 2016, 7:59 am - Lottery News forum

Mississippi voters approved a lottery 24 years ago, so where is it?
Every time a Powerball jackpot grows to life-altering levels, Mississippians pour across the state line to buy tickets. Americans spent $73 billion on lottery tickets last year, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. Mississippi voters approved a state lottery back in 1992, but the Legislature never followed up and has voted down all of the dozens of bills introduced to legalize the lottery. In the last session, Rep. Richard Bennett, R-Long Beach, sp ...
Oct 9, 2016, 8:05 am - Lottery News forum

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