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"Lottery Lawyer" Jason Kurland charged with robbing jackpot winners of millions
Self-branded New York attorney is accused of stealing millions from his clients By Kate Northrop The self-titled Lottery Lawyer attorney who advised dozens of significant jackpot winners across the country is now being charged by New York federal prosecutors for stealing millions of dollars from his clients. Jason Jay Kurland has been charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering in an indictment revealed today. Prosecutors are estimating that Kurland stole more than $80 ...
Aug 18, 2020, 6:48 pm - Lottery News forum

Some lotteries see spike in sales growth amid pandemic
Not all lotteries mired in economic difficulty By Kate Northrop While some state lotteries are left trying to figure out how to make up for sales deficits in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, other states are experiencing surges in lottery sales inversely driven by the overall economic slump. With the closure of thousands of retailers across the country, players were generally limited in their ability to purchase lottery tickets out of convenience. Sales for the major Powerball and Meg ...
Jul 15, 2020, 10:43 am - Lottery News forum

Pandemic continues to batter state lotteries and programs
While some states see sales increases, others bear the economic brunt By Kate Northrop Unsurprisingly, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to batter state programs and lotteries as lottery revenue streams take a hit. While some state lotteries saw unprecedented sales increases within the past few months, diminished sales in other states leave others in a realm of uncertainty, looking for ways to make up for the deficits. Sales for nationwide draw games and state lottery games alike ...
Jul 13, 2020, 5:01 pm - Lottery News forum

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

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