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
Update: Every US state lottery's COVID-19 response
By Todd Northrop and Kate Northrop
While life has been upended and millions of Americans are staying home due to the national COVID-19 response, state lotteries continue to operate every day selling tickets, drawing numbers, and awarding prizes.
Two weeks ago Lottery Post surveyed every state lottery to determine what modified procedures have been put in place by each lottery to protect players and those who run the lottery from spreading the coronavirus.
The responses we saw varied fro ...
Apr 6, 2020, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery Post breaks down every state lottery's response to COVID-19
By Todd Northrop
Update 3/24/2020: Added Indiana and Montana COVID-19 responses
Update 4/6/2020: A new article with updated COVID-19 responses is published here
As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to disrupt businesses and lives throughout the United States, individual state lotteries have vastly different responses, and some will have you scratching your head.
Monday morning, Lottery Post cataloged each and every lottery in the United States to see what information the lottery inc ...
Mar 23, 2020, 1:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Coronavirus begins to impact lottery industry
But state lotteries are not doing enough to communicate with players
By Todd Northrop
Every aspect of life in America has been impacted by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including the lottery.
Although most lotteries continue to operate their drawings normally, some aspects of the games that require people to gather in one place have been shut down.
Claim centers are one such area. Illinois and South Carolina claim centers have closed completely, allowing for only claims b ...
Mar 17, 2020, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum
Amazon uses this lottery puzzle as a brain-teaser for interviewees
Includes video report
Tech giant Amazon reportedly poses a series of logical and mathematical puzzles during the interview process in order to select the best candidates, including the following lottery scenario. Take your best shot, then scroll down for the solution.
You have 100 red balls, 100 blue balls, and 2 urns. You distribute all of the balls between both urns, placing at least 1 ball in each, you cannot place them all in the same urn. You then pick one of the urns at random, and s ...
Mar 3, 2020, 11:38 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery industry facing new threat in 'skill' games
State lotteries are grappling with the rapid spread of unregulated skill gaming machines, which are found in convenience stores, bars, restaurants and taverns across the country.
While these machines have existed for some time, their manufacturers and operators have become increasingly aggressive in their roll out strategy, placing these machines in the front of stores and even replacing lottery self-service terminals with them. Individual lotteries predict these machines could reduce their r ...
Feb 19, 2020, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
Few filing claims in $4.3 million lottery scam settlement; deadline Jan. 7
Victims of the largest lottery scam in U.S. history are expected to pocket only a small fraction of a $4.3 million settlement because of a lack of applicants laying claim to the money, court records show.
But it's not too late.
Claims can be made online through Jan. 7 and those for $10 or less require no proof of purchase.
Larger ones require receipts dating back as far as 14 years.
If you're claiming more than $10 they sure made it difficult, said Craig Johnson, a Manson resident w ...
Jan 2, 2020, 12:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Dad and his daughter got millions from IRS after claiming to win lottery, authorities say
A Florida father and daughter claimed the government owed them $175 million in tax refunds on their lottery winnings. The IRS paid them $3.4 million before the agency realized the pair had never purchased a winning ticket, prosecutors say.
Now, the Broward County pair, who say they're aboriginal indigenous Moorish Americans immune to government authority, are on trial in a Palm Beach federal courtroom accused of tax fraud.
Court documents allege that Danielle Takeila Edmonson, 35, of Boynt ...
Dec 17, 2019, 10:14 am - Lottery News forum
MUSL paid $1.5 million to settle lawsuit over rigged jackpot
A national lottery group agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by an Iowa man who claimed that a $9 million jackpot he won in 2011 would have been bigger if the previous one hadn't been fixed by an insider.
An email released Friday shows that the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) informed its directors on Oct. 9 that it had agreed to pay Larry Dawson $1.5 million as a full and final settlement of his claims.
The association had refused to release details of the settleme ...
Dec 9, 2019, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
MUSL settles lawsuit with man who won Hot Lotto jackpot marred by rigging
A national lottery group rocked by an insider's jackpot-rigging conspiracy has settled a lawsuit brought by an Iowa grandfather who said a $9 million prize he won in 2011 should have been far larger.
The Multi-State Lottery Association and Larry Dawson informed a judge of the settlement this month, canceling a trial that had been scheduled to begin next week in Des Moines.
Dawson's lawyer, Nicholas Mauro, said that the terms of the deal are confidential but that his client is relieved that ...
Nov 26, 2019, 10:10 am - Lottery News forum