S.C. lottery chief says Arkansas can clear $125M in first year
New commission urged to focus on hiring director
South Carolina lottery director Ernie Passailaigue estimated that the Arkansas lottery could clear roughly $125 million in net profit its first year.
Passailaigue spoke to Arkansas Lottery Commission members Thursday afternoon at a working retreat held at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute within Petit Jean State Park. Joining him to pass along expertise in helping implement successful state lotteries was Margaret DeFrancisco, director of th ...
May 15, 2009, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia man wins lottery 3 times
Figure the odds: Three winning lottery tickets one of them for $1 million all in the same day.
Michael Warner, 61, of Grayson, Georgia, won the big prize playing the Georgia Lottery instant game World Class Millions, and topped off his winnings with $500 from another instant game, Extreme Green, and $20 from a third lottery ticket.
I could hardly breathe, said the retired Lucent Technologies employee. I was just at the right place at the right time.
On the afternoon of April 19, Warne ...
May 8, 2009, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery holds first Weekly WinFall drawing
The Georgia Lottery held the first of 11 Weekly WinFall drawings, combining the big payout of a raffle game with the drawings of a weekly draw game.
The winning numbers for Weekly WinFall are updated at Lottery Post's Georgia Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results/ga) after each weekly drawing takes place.
The first drawing, conducted April 25, awarded 10 prizes of $5,000 to holders of tickets sold in the previous week.
Unlike other state raffle games with early bird -style d ...
Apr 29, 2009, 10:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Hitting the jackpot: Rebecca Hargrove's winning strategy
Tenn. Lottery CEO says tickets seem recession-proof, help fund college educations
You may not have heard of Rebecca Paul Hargrove, but in the lottery world, she's a celebrity.
The brash, hard-charging CEO of the Tennessee lottery has accomplished what nobody else has in the state-run gaming business. She ran the lottery in Illinois where sales topped $1.3 billion. Next, Hargrove moved to Florida, where she set a new record: $95 million in sales the first week.
In Florida, Hargrove's mar ...
Mar 29, 2009, 11:37 am - Lottery News forum
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