Lottery sales in Japan down for second straight year
In Japan, sales of Takarakuji lottery tickets issued by prefectural governments and ordinance-designated major cities totaled 786.6 billion (US$7.1 billion) in fiscal 2017, down 6.9 percent from the year before.
Sales were down for the second consecutive year and fell below 800 billion for the first time since fiscal 1997, according to data compiled by the internal affairs ministry.
Takarakuji sales have been on a downward trend after peaking at 1.105 trillion (US$10 billion) in fiscal 200 ...
Aug 14, 2018, 12:18 pm - Lottery News forum
What it's like to tell people they won the lottery for a living
At every lottery in the world, there's a person who calls winners to inform them their lives have changed. In Australia, one of those guys is Matt Hart. He works at Australia's largest lottery operator, The Lott, and every day, Matt makes very weird and often emotional phone calls.
Over the course of his career, Matt estimates he has called over 400 people, each one with their own unique story and reaction. We spoke with Matt to hear about what that's like, and what he's learned about luck.
Aug 2, 2018, 7:21 am - Lottery News forum
Bermuda officials staying quiet on sale of Florida lottery tickets
The Bermuda Governor's office has stonewalled questions about whether it knew the sale of American lottery tickets in Bermuda was branded a potential breach of numerous laws in the United States by a top American gambling lawyer.
Lottery Post reported last month that a legal opinion on the sale of the Florida Lottery Powerball and Mega Millions tickets at Paradise Games on Court Street was obtained by the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission as it probed the island's gambling industry in 2016.
Jul 31, 2018, 8:44 pm - Lottery News forum
Are Florida lottery tickets being sold illegally in Bermuda?
The Bermuda Government was advised more than two years ago that the sale of American lottery tickets on the island appeared to breach numerous laws in the United States, including some designed to stop money-laundering.
A legal opinion was sought by the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission on the issue from a leading gaming lawyer in Las Vegas, who identified a series of potential violations of federal and state laws.
His evaluation is understood to have been shared by the commission with at l ...
Jun 20, 2018, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum
$1.5 million lottery ticket spent five weeks on the fridge
An Australian man who won a $1.5 million lottery prize said the ticket spent five weeks stuck to his refrigerator door before he discovered he was a winner.
The Katherine, Northern Territory, man told officials he bought a 50-game QuickPick entry for the May 5 TattsLotto drawing at Katherine Exposure Photographics and he later heard someone in the area had won, but he didn't even consider that it could be him.
I had the ticket on the fridge at home the whole time, the man said.
He said ...
Jun 12, 2018, 8:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Australia moves to ban 'fake' online lottery wagering
Controversial lottery-betting service Lottoland described Australian legislation that will in effect banish it from the country as unnecessary and misguided , while newsagents and lottery sellers have welcomed the decision.
The Australian government on Tuesday said it would introduce new legislation to Parliament to prohibit so-called synthetic lotteries , in which gamblers can bet on foreign lottery outcomes rather than having to buy tickets in any draw.
The bill, to be introduced by Comm ...
May 2, 2018, 8:23 am - Lottery News forum
Teen buys first lottery ticket on her 18th birthday and wins $1,000 a week for life
Charlie Lagarde was celebrating her ascent into adulthood.
On her 18th birthday earlier this month, the Canadian teenager bought a bottle of sparkling wine and a $4 scratch lottery ticket at a nearby convenience store in Quebec and, just like that, her future was off to a very nice start.
Loto-Qu bec officials said in a statement that after buying her first lottery ticket, Lagarde won the grand prize March 14 in the Gagnant vie (Winner for life) game.
Her first major decision as an adul ...
Mar 29, 2018, 10:45 am - Lottery News forum
Australian man sues lottery for $3.3M ticket discarded decades ago
An Australian man is suing New South Wales Lotteries, saying a store clerk threw away his $3.3 million winning ticket more than two decades ago.
David Owen Renshaw said he entered an OzLotto draw in September 1997 by buying a ticket from Greenfield Park and when he returned a week later to have it processed the lotto terminal displayed the words provisional winner.
Renshaw said the attendant then informed him his ticket wasn't winner and threw it away.
I believe my ticket was destroye ...
Mar 7, 2018, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum
After fire destroys family home, couple wins $1M lottery prize
A man who has spent the last two years rebuilding his fire-ravaged home can finally finish the project after winning a $1 million lottery jackpot.
Bill Pendergast has spent the last two years rebuilding his home, which burnt down when a wildfire raged through Fort McMurray, Alberta. Now, he is $1 million richer and able to finish restoring his family home thanks to the Atlantic Lottery.
Pendergast, 50, bought the $3 Lotto 6/49 ticket earlier this month when he stopped at the local convenie ...
Feb 15, 2018, 10:01 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner shoots self after losing winning tickets
A lottery winner shot himself dead after he won more than $1.3 million but then lost his winning lottery tickets.
Jirawut Pongphan, 42, gathered family and friends to his house to celebrate winning a life-changing jackpot.
But he woke the next day to find his tickets gone, leaving him unable to claim his winnings.
Jirawut, from Chonburi province in eastern Thailand, had seven tickets with the winning numbers and thought he would be rich beyond his wildest dreams but his excitement was s ...
Feb 8, 2018, 12:53 pm - Lottery News forum