State lotteries exceed expectations in 2020
Despite hardships, lotteries are breaking sales records
By Kate Northrop
In previous months defined by economic hardship brought on by the global pandemic, the lottery industry has proven to be a beacon of light, with some state lotteries defying expectations and exhibiting record sales.
The Texas Lottery, which has made headlines recently for its internationally-ranking Lotto Texas jackpot (now standing at $45.5 million), is also exceeding expectations with its 10th-consecutive record- ...
Sep 25, 2020, 4:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Man fleeing police leaves behind winning lottery ticket
By Kate Northrop
One man's luck ran out after he ran from police and left behind a winning scratch-off lottery ticket.
On Monday morning, deputies pulled over a car on I-75 after noticing a tag violation. The passenger in the car fled the scene and ran into the nearby woods, dropping a backpack containing a laptop, a winning lottery ticket, and a small amount of methamphetamine while doing so.
To the suspect who ran on foot from our deputies on a traffic stop this morning on I-75, you ...
Sep 16, 2020, 12:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Skyrocketing scratch-off sales indicate lotto players are resilient
By Kate Northrop
While ticket sales and jackpots are down for draw games like Powerball and Mega Millions, Americans have no problem finding entertainment in other lottery alternatives.
Vendors have been selling tickets for multi-state games during stay-at-home orders, but customers are understandably reluctant to take the time to pick out numbers and hand cash to attendants while making essential shopping trips. Instead, quick buys like scratch-off tickets make great substitutions for the ...
May 14, 2020, 2:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery plant workers learn fellow employee tested positive for COVID-19
A supply worker at Scientific Games in Alpharetta, Georgia, where scratch-off lottery tickets are made has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a company statement issued Monday.
The company said the person who tested positive worked in the printing area but did not touch the lottery tickets. The person is an employee of a metro Atlanta supplier that provides materials to Scientific Games.
Located in a portion of Forsyth County that carries an Alpharetta mailing address, Scientific G ...
Mar 31, 2020, 5:16 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery launches new Cash Pop draw game
Match only one number and win
The holiday season is getting even more festive with the launch of a new Georgia Lottery draw game. Starting Sunday, Dec. 8, the new Cash Pop game will offer players a chance to win cash prizes up to $1,250 five times a day, every day by matching just one number.
Cash Pop is the first new Georgia Lottery game to be available at both retail and through iLottery channels.
We are laser-focused on our mission to maximize revenues for HOPE and Pre-K, Georgia Lo ...
Dec 7, 2019, 8:08 am - Lottery News forum
Feds bust up illegal fantasy football lottery scheme
A business pairing the enormously popular fantasy football leagues with the Georgia Lottery must have looked like a money-making combination.
Two eager investors thought so and forked out $500,000 in loans to the Atlanta man who hatched the idea of a fantasy football lottery league. But Timothy Cobb, a former lawyer who once worked for Turner Broadcasting System, was running a scam, according to allegations in a federal indictment unsealed this week.
Cobb is no longer engaging in fantasy, ...
Dec 1, 2018, 8:34 am - Lottery News forum
Winning week for Georgia Cash 3 and Cash 4 lottery players
Georgia Lottery players are enjoying a winning streak with triples and quads falling in Cash 3 and Cash 4 within the past week.
Lucky players won a total of $3,285,616 in Wednesday's midday Cash 3 drawing with the winning combo 8-8-8.
In addition, thousands of Cash 4 players quadrupled their luck twice over the weekend when two sets of quads fell, winning a total of $6,149,740 in prizes in the June 8 midday drawing and $5,755,887 in the June 9 evening drawing.
Winning numbers for the Ju ...
Jun 14, 2018, 1:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Gov. signs bill allowing lottery winners to remain anonymous
By Todd Northrop
Georgia has joined a small but growing number of states that allow lottery winners to remain anonymous.
On Monday Georgia governor Nathan Deal signed a bill allowing lottery winners with prizes over $250,000 to keep their identity secret upon request.
Prior to this point, Georgia state law required disclosure of big lottery winners' names and hometown be disclosed if requested under the state's Open Records Act, but did not require them to take photographs with oversize ...
May 12, 2018, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Senate passes bill that would give lottery winners anonymity
A proposal that would allow Georgia lottery winners to remain anonymous took an important step forward Monday.
The state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that allows any Georgian who wins more than $250,000 in a lottery to keep their name from being disclosed. The bill's proponents have said eight states have laws that allow winners partial or complete anonymity. The legislation now goes to the state House of Representatives.
The lawmakers who drafted Senate Bill 331 said the legislatio ...
Feb 6, 2018, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia bill would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous — for a price
The Georgia Senate's higher education committee voted in favor Tuesday of allowing a bill to move forward that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous but they would have to pay for that privacy.
Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, the lead sponsor of Senate Bill 331, said the legislation is aimed at protecting multi-million dollar lottery winners from scam artists and other criminals.
It could put you at risk, Henson said during Tuesday's committee meeting.
Henson said eight ...
Jan 31, 2018, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum