Arkansas Lottery needs vending machines, Director says
For the Arkansas lottery to increase revenue from year to year, the lottery's director told commissioners Wednesday that they will have to approve the use of ticket-vending machines.
Director Ernie Passailaigue said businesses are seeking ways to cut labor costs, and automating the lottery is an important way to boost sales and help vendors save money.
This is the future of lottery, Passailaigue said.
A handout picture of one of the machines shows an array of ticket choices -- from Pow ...
May 20, 2010, 6:39 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery payout complicated by laser printer mishap
Sign ticket with pen: Good
Use laser printer to 'type' endorsement: Bad
While the identity of the man who won a $48.8 million lottery prize in Alvin remains unknown to the public, a report released Tuesday by the Texas Lottery Commission shows the steps the agency took to verify the ticket's authenticity after it was damaged in a mishap with a laser jet printer.
The mystery man purchased his Texas Lottery ticket Oct. 18 from a self-service machine at the H-E-B Pantry grocery store in Al ...
May 14, 2010, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania store manager accused in lottery thefts
The ex-store manager of a Bangor, Pennsylvania, area gas station pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she stole instant lottery tickets that cost the station a little more than $74,000 over three years.
While Tolino Fuel Service officials said Michelle Ann Zucal, 39, of Bangor had admitted to stealing lottery tickets, defense attorney Gregory Paglianite tried to raise questions as to how they know Zucal was responsible for the store's entire loss.
During sometimes heated exchanges wit ...
Apr 6, 2010, 7:56 am - 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
Winner of airline lottery eats winning ticket
Yes, that's right, he ate the winning ticket
A passenger flying on a Ryanair flight Thursday from Krakow, Poland, to the U.K.'s East Midlands airport ate a winning lottery ticket worth 10,000 euros ($15,000) when he was told he could not claim the prize mid-flight.
The cabin crew advised the winner that he would have to redeem the winning ticket directly with the company that runs the lottery, as it was such a large sum.
The passenger proceeded to become so irate that he ate the winning ...
Mar 1, 2010, 2:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Confucius lottery tickets draw ire
Confucius, the ancient Chinese philosopher who prodded his fellow countrymen to seek their fortunes in a decent manner, would now find his portraits and sermons printed on lottery tickets, the only form of gambling allowed by the Chinese government.
Late last month, lottery stands in east China's Shandong province began selling Confucius-themed tickets that carry a top prize of 300,000 yuan ($44,000).
But the tickets have drawn ire from netizens and columnists who claim that putting Confuc ...
Feb 3, 2010, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
Mega Millions, Powerball lottery ticket cross-sales begins today
Today marks the first time both of the USA's huge multi-state lottery games can be purchased within the same state.
Dozens of states begin selling both Mega Millions and Powerball tickets today, moving the U.S. a step closer to having a national lottery.
By the time the remainder of the states with a lottery sign on to the new arrangement as early as this spring the nation's two biggest lotteries will be sold in 45 jurisdictions: 43 states plus Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands ...
Jan 31, 2010, 1:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery vending machines coming to Arkansas
When the Arkansas Lottery awarded a contract to the Greece-based Intralot in August of this year, one requirement was that the lottery services company provide 100 ticket vending machines. The lottery commission has yet to roll out the machines, but a non-operational model can be seen at the claims center in downtown Little Rock.
Lottery director Ernie Passailaigue says Arkansans will start to see the machines this spring, sometime around March or April. But while lottery officials hope to re ...
Dec 3, 2009, 8:13 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. clerk stole $48K in lottery tickets
A woman faces a preliminary hearing on charges she stole $48,000 worth of instant-win Pennsylvania lottery tickets from the convenience store where she worked.
Online court records do not list an attorney for 39-year-old Diane Justi, of Freedom.
Police in Conway say Justi stole the tickets while working at the Conway Superette between April and September.
Police say one of the store's owners alerted them to the thefts. Police say store surveillance tapes clearly showed Justi stealing th ...
Nov 17, 2009, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
N.H. man turns lottery losses into 1,500 wins
He might be the New Hampshire Lottery's winningest loser.
William Rudd, a 64-year-old retiree from Salem, has collected more than 1,500 prizes including food, gift certificates and other goodies under the state lottery's Replay program, which gives losing lottery tickets a second chance to win.
Rudd, who retired five years ago from his job in a warehouse, says his friends and family now know him as the lottery guy, because he spends so much time collecting losing tickets and entering the i ...
Oct 24, 2009, 9:57 pm - Lottery News forum