Reflecting bad times, some lotteries hit losing streak
State lotteries are down on their luck as players cut back on games of chance.
From California, where sales for the past year are down 5%, to Florida, where sales slipped 7%, fewer people are gambling on scratch-off tickets and numbers games.
The economy probably has affected lottery sales the way it's affected all discretionary spending, says David Gale of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.
About half of Americans buy lottery tickets, according to a 2008 ...
Apr 14, 2009, 8:47 am - Lottery News forum
Auto workers collect lottery winnings
There haven't been many happy stories involving Indiana auto workers lately, but one family is an exception.
A mother and her two daughters, one retired from General Motors and two who work for Delphi in Kokomo, cashed in Monday, claiming an $11 million Hoosier Lottery prize.
It was the biggest check Jill Carver, of Kokomo, and daughters Brenda Carver and Ronette Kelley had ever received.
While Delphi has struggled, along with all of the American auto industry, Carver and Kelley have cl ...
Mar 17, 2009, 7:37 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana couple wins $50,000 prize for 2nd time playing same game
An Indianapolis couple beat the odds when they claimed their second $50,000 Lucky 5 Hoosier lottery prize.
Elinor and John T. Phillips of Indianapolis claimed the prize Thursday, less than five years after Elinor Phillips won $50,000 on the same game in 2004.
Elinor Phillips said her heart fluttered when she heard the numbers for the Feb. 24 evening draw.
Phillips said she and her husband play Lucky 5 Evening regularly.
The retirees plan to use their winnings to pay down their mortga ...
Feb 27, 2009, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana convenience store sells winning $163M Powerball ticket
The Southeast Indiana community of Lawrenceburg is buzzing with news that a convenience store there sold the one winning Powerball ticket in Saturday's drawing.
The winning ticket is worth $163 million, just under $100 million if the winner takes a lump sum payment. The identity of the winner remains a mystery.
Lawrenceburg is about 20 miles west of Cincinnati.
With no winner yet to step forward, the clerks at the Circle K convenience store and gas station that sold the winning ticket a ...
Jan 20, 2009, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Indiana Powerball lottery winners likely to remain anonymous
The winners of a $57.6 million Powerball prize have collected their money without ever showing their faces.
Lottery officials say the identities of people who split the Nov. 22 Powerball jackpot may never be made public.
A lawyer and an accountant representing SWS Investments, LLC, a group of between eight and 13 people , collected the winnings Tuesday at Hoosier Lottery headquarters in Indianapolis.
Lottery officials say the winners wished to remain anonymous. The group decided to take ...
Dec 24, 2008, 12:35 pm - Lottery News forum
Indiana prosecutor wins $50,000 lottery prize
Wells County Prosecutor Michael Lautzenheiser of Bluffton won $50,000 in Wednesday night's Powerball drawing, the Hoosier Lottery said Thursday.
A second $50,000 ticket sold in Fort Wayne had not been redeemed, the lottery said in a statement.
Lautzenheiser bought his winning ticket at Pak A Sak, 904 S. Main St. in Bluffton, according to the lottery's statement. He said he has been playing the lottery for six months.
With three children in college and a fourth going soon, I figured it w ...
Dec 5, 2008, 2:56 pm - Lottery News forum
DOJ says privatizing state lotteries illegal
Indiana drops privatization plans after DOJ issues opinion
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels said Friday that he is dropping the idea of privatizing the Hoosier Lottery as an option of funding a college scholarship program after the U.S. Department of Justice said such a move would not comply with federal law.
The Oct. 16 opinion, which Daniels' office said was requested by Indiana and New Jersey, says states would not comply with federal law if they enter into long-term private management ag ...
Oct 28, 2008, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Man chooses wrong lottery numbers and wins jackpot
For years, Bobby Guffey of Roanoke has been playing the same numbers in an attempt to win the Hoosier Lottery.
His picks represent a combination of ages and numbers representing the months of his kids' birthdays.
But when he bought a ticket for the Aug. 6 drawing of the Hoosier Lotto game at the Econoasis in Huntington, it was dark and he had forgotten his bifocals. He didn't realize until he was outside that the last number was accidentally 48 instead of his usual 46.
It turns out ...
Aug 16, 2008, 9:14 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery practices sound, Ariz. officials say
Despite a Valley lawyer's filing class-action lawsuits against various state lotteries, including Colorado and Indiana, alleging deceptive practices regarding Scratchers tickets, the Arizona Lottery appears to be in the clear.
Although these lawsuits against state lotteries are popping up throughout the country one of the most recent was filed by a business professor in Virginia Arizona Lottery representatives say a suit against them would fail because they believe they have sound policie ...
Jul 23, 2008, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum
$20M lawsuit against Hoosier Lottery gets class-action status
Judge lets others join $20M suit over defunct game
Lottery exaggerated number of prizes on its Web site
If you lost playing the Hoosier Lottery's Cash Blast scratch-off game two to three years ago, you could still come out a winner.
If you still have your ticket, that is.
A $20 million lawsuit accusing the lottery of overstating the number of available prizes was granted class-action status last week by a Marion Superior Court judge, opening the suit to anyone who purchased a Cash Bl ...
Jul 11, 2008, 1:35 pm - Lottery News forum