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Texas Lottery to reopen claims centers June 1
Claims initially to be processed by appointment only The Texas Lottery Commission plans to reopen all 16 claim centers around the state on Monday, June 1, 2020. Claims will be processed by appointment only and recommended safety and cleaning guidelines will be followed. The claim centers will operate under this method for an undetermined period of time and until further notice. Details on how to schedule an appointment, as well as safety precautions to be put in place, will be announced at ...
May 15, 2020, 11:39 am - Lottery News forum

Louisiana public education takes a toll from decreased lottery proceeds
LA Lottery planning for a post-COVID-19 world By Kate Northrop With lower game participation levels amidst the nationwide COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, it is no surprise that state lottery revenues have taken a hit. Yesterday, Louisiana lottery officials announced that this would affect the proceeds used to help pay for K-12 public education. Louisiana law requires that at least 35% of lottery proceeds be transferred to the state treasury and contribute to public education. About 53% of ...
May 5, 2020, 3:06 pm - Lottery News forum

Idaho lottery still a popular bet during pandemic worries
Despite a pandemic, many Idaho residents are apparently still feeling lucky. Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson said Tuesday that ticket sales were down only about 5% last week, and that somebody snagged $250,000 in one the agency's games. Buying a lottery ticket does bring some sense of normalcy for folks, because things aren't normal now for a lot of people, Anderson said. Anderson also directs the Idaho State Liquor Division. He said some panic buying at state-operated liquor store ...
May 4, 2020, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum

NJ Lottery temporarily suspends sales and drawings for 5 Card Cash due to coronavirus
The New Jersey Lottery temporarily suspended sales and drawings of its 5 Card Cash, effective Monday, May 4, 2020, due to COVID-19. The temporary suspension of 5 Card Cash is designed to protect the health and safety of Lottery employees and its customers. Not only does this game require two additional staff members to be in the office beyond the teams for other drawings, it does not permit multi-draw play or advance play so purchases are only applicable to the day they are purchased. Play ...
Apr 30, 2020, 1:34 pm - Lottery News forum

State of Oregon forcing retailers to pay taxes on video lottery machines that are shut down
Hundreds of bars and restaurants already struggling to survive are now facing another financial setback. The Oregon Lottery is collecting taxes on each video lottery machine, even though the machines are shut down. I was absolutely floored. I could not believe it, said Gloria Huguley, owner of Newport Steak and Seafood. Huguley said she owes $2,082 in taxes for the six video lottery machines in her restaurant, which remains closed due to stay-at-home restrictions. The family-run restauran ...
Apr 30, 2020, 8:20 am - Lottery News forum

Cratering lottery revenue is bad luck for NJ state worker pensions
There's a new cause for concern about New Jersey's chronically underfunded public-worker pension funds sagging state Lottery revenues. That's something of a double whammy for one of the nation's worst-funded state retirement systems, which has seen investment returns plummet precipitously during the coronavirus pandemic. So far this fiscal year, Lottery revenues, which serve as a dedicated source of funding for the pension system, are down more than 12% compared with the same period last y ...
Apr 27, 2020, 10:39 am - Lottery News forum

Texas Lottery sales surge amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
By Kate Northrop In an announcement on Tuesday afternoon, the Texas Lottery revealed that sales of scratch-off tickets surged to $112 million from the previous week's sales of $95 million. Revenue for scratch-off tickets during this week are up $15 million compared to 2019, a 16% increase. The boost comes after a month of weakened overall sales, mostly for draw games, that are likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The full report is available on the official Texas Lottery website. A s ...
Apr 24, 2020, 3:15 pm - Lottery News forum

Masks: The new lottery
Japanese electronics maker holds a lottery for the commodity after buyers flood the e-commerce website By Kate Northrop A new sort of lottery is brewing in Japan. Electronics manufacturer Sharp Corp. has adopted a new method of selling its popular face masks via a lottery. Unsurprisingly, Japanese hospitals, stores and consumers alike have found it difficult to acquire masks due to shortages and increased demand during the Covid-19 crisis. Sharp originally only shipped masks to medical ...
Apr 24, 2020, 2:22 pm - Lottery News forum

Virginia Lottery March profits took a big hit
The Virginia Lottery is still running during the COVID-19 pandemic, but its March profits dropped 28 percent, according to a new agency report. The Lottery took in $48 million in profits for March, down more than a quarter compared to the same month last year. Though Gov. Ralph Northam has shut down virtually all types of indoor entertainment including the Rosie's gambling facilities operated by Colonial Downs he has not ordered the Lottery, a state agency, to stop selling tickets. Most Lo ...
Apr 22, 2020, 6:45 pm - Lottery News forum

Strong Iowa lottery sales are slipping: The culprit? You guessed it, COVID-19
After eight months of Iowa Lottery ticket sales topping budgeted projections, those sales are starting to arc downward. One of the reasons: 95 of the retail outlets selling lottery tickets are shuttered under Gov. Kim Reynolds' COVID-19 orders, Iowa Lottery officials said Wednesday. Through the first three quarters of fiscal 2020, lottery sales were running 1.8 percent ahead of last year's record pace. However, sales of lottery products in March were about $2 million short of the budgeted ...
Apr 21, 2020, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum

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