States go all in, expand gaming to plug the budget
Faced with a drop in gambling revenue, states are adding games, considering new casinos and increasing lottery options anything to keep their cut of the profits rolling in.
States are adamant that they don't want to take advantage of anyone, but with budgets in free-fall and tax increases a losing hand politically, lawmakers acknowledge they are dependent on gambling dollars.
At least 18 states this year are looking to expand games of chance because of a drop-off of anywhere from 5 to 14 p ...
Mar 15, 2010, 9:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Kansas House proposal would create tax on lottery tickets
If passed, would exclude state from Powerball, Mega Millions games
A proposal to raise taxes on utility bills, lottery tickets and churches is heading toward a vote in the Kansas House.
The legislation is the latest attempt to tackle the state's growing budget deficit without more cuts to schools and other state programs.
The proposal, which was forwarded to the House on Tuesday, would impose the 5.3 percent state sales tax on all electric, gas and water bills. The bill would repeal an ...
Mar 3, 2010, 10:03 am - Lottery News forum
Kansas Lottery raffle drawing is state's first
The Kansas Lottery held its first-ever raffle drawing today, creating one millionaire and several more happy, lucky lottery winners.
The winning numbers for Kansas Holiday Millionaire Raffle can be found on Lottery Post's Kansas Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results/ks).
Holiday Millionaire Raffle is a raffle-style game offered by the Kansas Lottery, with a limited number of $20 tickets.
With only 150,000 tickets sold for the raffle, Holiday Millionaire Raffle offers the bes ...
Dec 31, 2009, 4:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Kansas man claims state's largest Powerball lottery jackpot one day after winning
Checks ticket, claims $96.6M jackpot... then tells wife
Donald Damon, 70, a lifelong resident of Great Bend, Kansas, Friday claimed the largest Powerball jackpot ever won in the state just one day after the drawing.
Damon was the sole winner of the $96.6 million Powerball jackpot drawn on Wednesday evening, Nov. 11. He was introduced to the public Friday in a news conference that was held at Lottery headquarters in Topeka.
The winning numbers drawn Wednesday were 8, 12, 14, 22, and 29, ...
Nov 14, 2009, 10:05 am - Lottery News forum
Convicted embezzler to forfeit Kansas Lottery prize
Paul W. Lyle learned that he won the grand prize in a Kansas Lottery second-chance drawing at his preliminary hearing 11 days ago. Trouble was: The former radio executive was facing a charge of felony theft for embezzling a reported $87,750 from his employer, American Media Investments, which owns three radio stations in Pittsburg, five in Joplin, Mo., and five more in Texas.
The supreme irony: Lyle, 63, the company's chief operating officer until the theft was discovered in May, confessed th ...
Oct 3, 2009, 11:36 am - Lottery News forum
Computerized lottery drawings not problem-free
MUSL director Strutt says Small group of players don't like them
Passailaigue says players superstitious, spooked by changes in draw format
Arkansas lottery officials say their decision to use a computer to generate winning numbers when lottery games start this fall makes economic sense, but the use of computerized drawings by lotteries in other states has not been free of problems.
In July 2007, the Tennessee Education Lottery moved to save costs by doing away with its televised drawi ...
Aug 10, 2009, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum
Kansas man wins big in lottery for 2nd time in '09
Edward Williams is the definition of lucky after winning the lottery for a second time in a year. Williams, 47, of Wichita won $75,000 in September playing a $10 scratch ticket. Then on Wednesday, he defied the odds again when matched all the numbers in the Super Kansas Cash drawing to win a jackpot worth nearly $900,000.
When I hit $75,000, I figured lighting struck once, it won't ever hit again, Williams said in a prepared statement released by Kansas Lottery officials. This one knocked me ...
Aug 9, 2009, 10:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Kansas Lottery sales decline in 2009
Kansas Lottery sales were down 2.6 percent during the fiscal year that ended June 30, the state agency reported Wednesday.
Sales for the year finished at $230.5 million, down from $236.6 million during the 2008 fiscal year. The lottery's biggest drops were in its Super Kansas Cash and Keno products, which fell 15 percent and 9 percent, respectively.
Tough economic conditions have been a factor in decreased sales, as well as the lack of big jackpots in Powerball and Super Kansas Cash, said ...
Jul 17, 2009, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
Kansas Lottery is first in the world to offer electronic PushPlay
The Kansas Lottery is the first lottery in the world to offer its players a next generation lottery product called PushPlay. The Lottery is shipping out PushPlay game cards this week to all retailers that have requested them.
PushPlay game cards are instant lottery tickets, but instead of scratching off the tickets, a player uses a reusable electronic player with an LCD screen to display the game. A player will insert or push the card into the player, and then play the game, thus the name Pus ...
Apr 26, 2009, 1:21 pm - Lottery News forum
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