Lottery sales keep rising, but the recession keeps them in check
Anticipation may be high for tonight's drawing of the multi-state Mega Millions lottery, with a jackpot that has grown to $171 million, but the fallen economy has pinched the wallets of Georgia Lottery ticket buyers.
Muhammad Bonji of Gainesville used to spend $50, maybe $70, a week on tickets, recalling how I was making money back then.
He now spends $30 to $40 per week. Bonji had stopped at the Citgo station on E.E. Butler Parkway at College Avenue to pick up tickets and fuel up his pic ...
Feb 27, 2009, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery considers casino options
Plan aims to increase jobs, scholarship money
Underground Atlanta's developers have put their cards on the table to bring casino-style gaming to Georgia.
Dan O'Leary and John Aderhold, the leaseholders of Underground, have approached the Georgia Lottery board with plans for a half billion-dollar casino and hotel complex that would inject cash into the HOPE Scholarship and generate millions of tax dollars for the region.
The leaseholders of city-supported Underground and Delaware horse t ...
Jan 14, 2009, 3:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Many states' lottery sales are rising in recession
Even in these tough economic times, many people are feeling lucky.
More than half of all states with lotteries have reported rising sales over the past six months, and some researchers say financial insecurity might be driving people to risk more of their money than usual on $1 and $5 instant scratch-offs and other daily games in hopes of a big payoff.
Someday somebody is going to win and I hope it is me, said Albert Atwood of Nashville, who spends $100 weekly playing the Pick 5 and Lotto ...
Jan 12, 2009, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
CEO: Bonuses in lottery business are necessary
In a year in which the state is cutting back on spending, freezing pay and laying off staffers, Georgia Lottery CEO Margaret DeFrancisco received a $150,000 bonus.
In all, lottery staffers received about $2.5 million in bonuses this year.
DeFrancisco said the incentives are necessary to keep the lottery which set sales records again this year competitive with other businesses in the market for top workers.
The whole point is to attract and retain really talented people, DeFrancisco sai ...
Dec 29, 2008, 10:33 am - Lottery News forum
After collecting big lottery prize, man goes to work
Caleb Steele left his job long enough Thursday morning to collect the $500,000 prize he won on a scratch-off lottery ticket at a Duluth store. Then it was back to work installing a basketball court in the yard of a nearby home.
I'm a working man, said Steele, 35, of Acworth.
There was nothing unusual about him buying a $5 Players's Club lottery ticket on Nov. 7, the day his mother celebrated her birthday. He had previously won up to $100 playing scratch-off games.
A few days later, on ...
Nov 14, 2008, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery starts 2-for-1 Fantasy 5 Fridays
The Georgia Lottery began a new promotion of its Fantasy 5 game Friday, increasing players' chances to win the Pick 5-style lotto game.
Every Friday from October 10, 2008 through January 16, 2009 is Fantasy 5 Friday with a buy one, get one free promotion.
A free Fantasy 5 Quick Pick ticket for the next drawing will be automatically printed following any Fantasy 5 ticket purchased on Friday, through the end of the promotion in January.
Fantasy 5 is a Georgia Lottery game in which players ...
Oct 11, 2008, 3:17 pm - Lottery News forum
GA family incorporates before claiming lottery jackpot
Carrollton lottery winners 'won't be buying any Porsches'
Frank Mack Skinner's family regularly bought Georgia lottery tickets to contribute to the HOPE Scholarship fund.
But after claiming the $133 million lottery jackpot Thursday, they plan to use the winnings to pay for education for more of his family members.
We bought the tickets primarily to help kids go to college, Skinner said from his kitchen Thursday night. Now, we're going to make sure the lives of our grandkids and future ...
Sep 19, 2008, 10:59 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia woman wins $5 million lottery jackpot
A Cleveland, Georgia, woman who works on a chicken farm is celebrating an eggs-cellent $5 million dollar lottery win.
Peggy Abernathy, 42, who lives at Turners Corner in Lumpkin County but has a Cleveland address, picked up her prize Friday. The mother of two says she bought the ticket on a whim at Chattahoochee Grocery east of Cleveland. When she scratched off the ticket and discovered she had won, she called her sister, who owns the chicken farm where Abernathy is employed.
Store owner J ...
Sep 6, 2008, 1:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner still a mystery in Georgia
The winner of Friday night's $132 million Mega Millions jackpot still hadn't shown up at Georgia Lottery headquarters by closing time Tuesday.
Lottery spokeswoman Tandi Reddick said at 4:45 p.m. that the holder of the winning ticket, sold in Mableton in south Cobb County, had not yet come forward.
While lottery players have 180 days to cash in winning tickets, recent winners of huge jackpots have rarely waited more than a day or two to collect their money.
In February, Robert Harris and ...
Sep 2, 2008, 7:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery had record sales
A struggling economy hasn't kept Georgians from buying lottery tickets.
The Georgia Lottery announced Tuesday that sales for fiscal 2008, which ended June 30, were just under $3.52 billion, a record in the 15-year history of the games.
That's more than $97.6 million ahead of last year's record sales.
The Georgia Lottery transferred $858 million of that to the state for education programs, surpassing last year's record transfer by more than $4.8 million.
Lottery proceeds pay for t ...
Jul 15, 2008, 7:48 pm - Lottery News forum