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Montana Lottery celebrates 35th anniversary
The Montana Lottery has generated $302 million to benefit the State of Montana since its inception in 1987, paying out more than $774 million in prizes to winners. On average, the Lottery has paid out $62,369 every single day to winners. But the Montana Lottery almost never happened. The idea of starting a lottery in Montana was the brain child of longtime Butte state Rep. Bob Pavlovich. Pavlovich and Butte Sen. Lawrence Stimatz sponsored a bill in the 1985 Montana Legislature to cre ...
Jul 5, 2022, 12:10 pm - Lottery News forum

Kelly T. Gee appointed Executive Director of Virginia Lottery
New casinos on the Director's radar By Kate Northrop Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that he appointed Kelly T. Gee, the Virginia Lottery's Acting Director, as the permanent Executive Director. Having served as the Virginia Lottery's Acting Director since January, Kelly T. Gee officially filled the role permanently on June 6. On Friday, Youngkin announced several new administration appointments, including a Secretary of Administration, Secretary of Commerce and Trade ...
Jun 15, 2022, 4:55 pm - Lottery News forum

Florida lottery winner discovers unemployment benefits collected by imposter
Charles Dennis Engelhardt's legacy of state lottery winnings took a strange turn this month when Florida's unemployment offices (DEO) and Florida Lottery withheld his $600 Florida Lotto X winnings to cover part of a current debt balance of $1,799 for an unemployment overpayment. Engelhardt told News 6 the notices made no sense because he and his wife retired in early 2014 and have had no reason to collect unemployment benefits over the last 8 years. We were making close to what we were m ...
May 20, 2022, 7:03 pm - Lottery News forum

Convicted murderer Dee Dee Moore in support of anonymous lottery claims in Florida
Moore says having lottery winners' identities revealed puts a target on them By Kate Northrop The woman who was convicted for killing Florida Lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare said in a phone interview that she supports anonymous prize claims as a measure to protect lottery winners from harm. Dee Dee Moore, now 49, was found guilty of first-degree murder and possessing and discharging a firearm on Dec. 10, 2012 after prosecutors argued that she swindled and then killed Shakespeare ...
Mar 2, 2022, 5:54 pm - Lottery News forum

Bill granting limited lottery winner anonymity passes in Florida House
New legislation offers temporary reprieve from public eye for wins over a certain amount By Kate Northrop The Florida House passed a bill that would allow lottery winners of $250,000 and over to keep their identity hidden from public eye for 90 days. On Wednesday, the Florida House voted nearly unanimously to pass a lottery bill that prevents winners of $250,000 or more from having to divulge their identity for a limited amount of time. With a vote of 114-1, there was little to ...
Feb 7, 2022, 12:37 pm - Lottery News forum

Ireland National Lottery to propose must-win jackpot draws
Debate about forcing a jackpot win heats up as Lotto jackpot continues to roll beyond six months By Kate Northrop Executives at Premier Lotteries Ireland, the operator of the Ireland National Lottery, are in talks about enacting regulations that would require a drawing for a capped jackpot to produce a winner after a certain number of rollovers. After an Irish politician called for an audit of the Lottery's machinations , suggesting that there may be some flaws in the operation of ...
Dec 15, 2021, 1:19 pm - Lottery News forum

Audit of frequent Pennsylvania Lottery winners draws concern
Lottery pushes back against stricter auditing processes for potential fraud By Kate Northrop The Pennsylvania Lottery is butting heads with Pennsylvania Auditor General Tim DeFoor on whether stronger controls are needed to monitor frequent lottery winners. An audit conducted on Pennsylvania Lottery winners of prizes between July 1, 2017 through Jan. 26, 2021 revealed that the Lottery gathers data on players who claim prizes of $600 and above solely for tax-related purposes but does ...
Nov 20, 2021, 7:28 pm - Lottery News forum

Missouri will allow lottery winners to remain anonymous
New law takes effect in August By Kate Northrop Lottery winners in Missouri will soon be able to claim their prizes under full anonymity once a new law takes effect in August. On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Mike Parson signed four bills into law, one of which allows Missouri Lottery winners the ability to keep their names a secret. According to a press release from the Governor's website, HB 402 prohibits the Lottery Commission from publishing a winner's name unless they have w ...
Jun 30, 2021, 1:00 pm - Lottery News forum

Alabama lottery hopefuls to be disappointed yet again
Legislative session ends without consensus on lottery bill By Kate Northrop Alabama residents hoping to get a state lottery will have to wait even longer since the 2021 legislative session ended before lawmakers could agree on the particulars of a gaming bill. Legislators seem to agree on enacting a state lottery for a variety of reasons, which include tightening up unregulated gambling and finding new sources of funding for public programs. However, lawmakers could not reach an agreeme ...
May 18, 2021, 4:47 pm - Lottery News forum

Minnesota will allow anonymous lottery prize claims
New law comes into effect September 1 By Kate Northrop Minnesota will join the growing list of states that allow players to claim lottery prizes anonymously when a new law goes into effect granting winners of certain big prizes the option to withhold their names from the public record. On Friday, Governor Tim Walz signed a bill into law that will allow lottery winners of prizes over $10,000 to keep their names private. The bill passed through the Minnesota Legislature unanimously and ...
May 10, 2021, 1:38 pm - Lottery News forum

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