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Kansas Lottery shuts down in-person claims due to rise in COVID-19 cases
Lottery moves to mail-in claims only By Kate Northrop Changes to the claims process at the Kansas Lottery are effective today, Nov. 23, due to the rise in COVID-19 cases across the state. Starting Monday, the Lottery closed its headquarters to the public in and temporarily halted its in-person claims process. Players who want to claim any prize valued at $600 or larger must do so through the mail-in claims process. There is currently no information available on when in-person claims ...
Nov 23, 2020, 1:12 pm - Lottery News forum

NC man can reopen business shuttered by COVID-19 thanks to $1.2 million lottery prize
Winnings give business owner much-needed relief after pandemic causes financial struggles By Kate Northrop Many business owners and entrepreneurs saw their businesses and livelihoods shuttered after the coronavirus shutdown. But one North Carolina resident now has a chance to re-open his hair salon after winning a $1.2 million lottery prize. Jeffrey Yi, of Fayetteville, was fortunate enough to win the Sept. 24 Cash 5 jackpot worth $1,247,944 that would help him reopen his hair salon six ...
Oct 4, 2020, 1:05 pm - Lottery News forum

Lottery nightmare: Florida woman's prize is forfeited after postal service loses winning ticket
Winner doesn't have much hope of claiming her prize after messy debacle By Kate Northrop It's every lottery winner's worst nightmare in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic your winning ticket getting lost in the mail. Sadly, that's exactly what happened to a Florida woman whose certified mail containing a ticket worth $1,000 was lost by the U.S. Postal Service. Worse, the Florida Lottery said her prize was forfeited and awarded to someone else. Since claim offices have closed or limited ...
Sep 30, 2020, 5:19 pm - Lottery News forum

State lotteries exceed expectations in 2020
Despite hardships, lotteries are breaking sales records By Kate Northrop In previous months defined by economic hardship brought on by the global pandemic, the lottery industry has proven to be a beacon of light, with some state lotteries defying expectations and exhibiting record sales. The Texas Lottery, which has made headlines recently for its internationally-ranking Lotto Texas jackpot (now standing at $45.5 million), is also exceeding expectations with its 10th-consecutive record- ...
Sep 25, 2020, 4:29 pm - Lottery News forum

Wildfires cause shutdown of some Oregon Lottery games
2020 continues to challenge the lottery and gaming industry By Kate Northrop 2020 just doesn't seem to let up, with wildfires in Oregon causing 115 of the state's lottery retailers to lose connection to the fiber-optic cables that support the selling of most lottery games. Over the weekend, 95 retailers in the Portland area and 25 on the coast were rendered unable to sell any video lottery games, Keno, and traditional draw games like Mega Millions and Powerball. Only instant scratch-off ...
Sep 23, 2020, 5:28 pm - Lottery News forum

Illinois Lottery launches specialty lottery ticket to combat Alzheimer's
100% of proceeds will go toward aiding those with the disease By Kate Northrop This month, the Illinois Lottery released a new inaugural lottery ticket that is designed to raise awareness and support care for those suffering from Alzheimer's. Players can purchase a specialty scratch-off lottery game called The End of Alzheimer's Begins With Me for $3. 100% of the proceeds from the instant ticket are allocated to the Alzheimer's Awareness Fund, which is overseen by the Alzheimer's Associ ...
Sep 14, 2020, 6:25 pm - Lottery News forum

Players vent frustrations as New York Lottery claim centers struggle to keep up
Limited options mean longer wait times for New Yorkers By Kate Northrop Players in New York City, and New York in general, have very limited options for claiming winnings since the pandemic hit, but players are increasingly growing more frustrated as wait times pile up with little relief in sight. With no open lottery service centers in New York City, players who want to claim winnings above $600 in-person have no choice but to travel upstate. Even then, the next available appointment c ...
Sep 12, 2020, 5:42 pm - Lottery News forum

New Jersey Lottery to begin reopening headquarters for in-person claims
Lottery will allow some in-person claims starting Monday By Kate Northrop Starting Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, the New Jersey Lottery will begin allowing players to file some claims in-person at Lottery headquarters in Lawrence by appointment only. Since the closing of claims offices on March 19 affected the ability to claim winnings from tickets that were due to expire during the pandemic, in-person claims will resume in a limited capacity for tickets purchased between Mar. 19, 2019 and Se ...
Sep 10, 2020, 12:07 pm - Lottery News forum

SC Lottery claim center closed after exposure to COVID-19
By Kate Northrop The South Carolina Education Lottery's Columbia claim center on Assembly Street closed yesterday, Wed., Sept. 2 after an employee was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The building was closed for cleaning and disinfection that afternoon when staff was notified of the exposure. According to a press release, the employee who came into contact with the coronavirus only worked in the back office and did not interact with the public. The other staff members w ...
Sep 3, 2020, 12:23 pm - Lottery News forum

Couple wins £1 million lottery prize a day after husband loses job
Incredible timely win comes after a year riddled with tragedy By Kate Northrop A couple who suffered a year's worth of hardship was hanging on by a thread, but one well-timed lottery prize was the long-awaited good karma to tip the scales and help lift the husband and wife out of their streak of misfortune. Just a day after being furloughed from his job as a wood machinist due to difficulties caused by COVID-19, David Adams, 61, found out that they had won a 1 million (US$1.3 million) p ...
Aug 7, 2020, 6:37 pm - Lottery News forum

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