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
Missouri Lottery names new director
The Missouri Lottery Commission named May Scheve Reardon of St. Louis as the executive director of the Missouri Lottery during a commission meeting held today in Jefferson City. Her appointment takes effect immediately.
Reardon will be the Lottery's fifth executive director since Lottery sales began in January 1986.
Reardon, the first woman to hold the position, brings extensive leadership experience in the financial, nonprofit and government sectors, including 12 years as a state represen ...
Dec 10, 2009, 10:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Missouri Lottery honors 'Clinic Gals'
The Clinic Gals of Dexter, Missouri, have been named the December Lottery Team of the Month, earning the group of Powerball-playing co-workers and friends a prize package of Lottery merchandise.
The Clinic Gals work together in a doctor's office in Dexter and have been playing Powerball together for more than two years.
According to team captain Sherry Medler, a transcriptionist from Dexter, the team formed after one of the nurses who played regularly asked if anyone wanted to join her. ...
Dec 2, 2009, 9:42 am - Lottery News forum
Missouri Lottery director resigns amid rift with state commission
The director of the Missouri Lottery is on his way out.
Executive Director Larry Jansen said Monday that he was resigning in response to the Lottery Commission's interest in changing the agency's direction.
Lottery sales fell nearly 3 percent last fiscal year after peaking at almost $1 billion in 2008. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration has cited a continued decline in Lottery sales as a reason for cuts to Missouri's online school and some other educational programs that depend on its proceed ...
Nov 9, 2009, 10:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Missouri couple captures $4.4M lottery ticket
Heather and Jason McCarty's wedding anniversary this week (their 10th) will be just a wee bit more special this time around.
Jason McCarty, 36, bought a winning lottery ticket last weekend worth $4.4 million at the Q-Stop IV at 914 Bryan Road off Interstate 70 in O'Fallon. He purchased a $5 Quick Pick Lotto ticket that selected the six winning numbers: 21, 23, 26, 35, 36 and 38 for the jackpot.
He came home and said, 'Here, happy anniversary, his wife, Heather McCarty, 37, was quoted as s ...
Sep 2, 2009, 7:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Missouri Lottery raffle makes a millionaire
Somebody is $1 million richer following the Missouri Lottery's Million-Dollar Raffle drawing, which was held today.
One winning raffle number was drawn for the $1 million top prize, four winning numbers were drawn to win $100,000 and 440 lucky players' winning numbers were drawn to receive $500.
The complete list of winning numbers is available on Lottery Post's Missouri Lottery Results page (www.lotterypost.com/results/mo).
The winning raffle number for the top prize of $1 million is 0 ...
Jan 20, 2009, 7:56 pm - Lottery News forum
Missouri Pick 3 players get bonus drawing
A special promotion is giving Missouri Lottery Pick 3 players a shot at doubling their chances of winning cash in the Midday drawing.
From Oct. 19 through Nov. 15, the Lottery will draw the winning Pick 3 numbers along with a second drawing from among three white balls and one orange ball. If the orange ball is drawn, the Lottery will draw a bonus set of Pick 3 numbers, giving players a second chance to win cash to win from the same ticket purchase.
Even though there are no balls utilized ...
Oct 15, 2008, 7:00 pm - Lottery News forum
Missouri Lottery sold tickets after game ended
Players to get refunds if they saved their tickets
The Missouri Lottery blundered Monday when it ended one numbers game and launched another, but will correct their mistake for players who saved their game tickets.
A total of 473 people were able to buy lottery tickets for the Show Me 5 Paydown game on Monday, even though the game's final drawing was held Sunday evening.
On Monday, the Missouri Lottery replaced its twice-daily Show Me 5 Paydown game with Show Me Cash, a similar Pick 5-s ...
Sep 10, 2008, 12:04 pm - Lottery News forum
Missouri Lottery changing games Monday
Missouri Lottery players will get a new numbers game Monday, but also lose one.
Show Me Cash, a daily on-line drawing, is set to begin Monday when the twice-daily and struggling Show Me 5 Paydown game goes out of business.
Lottery spokesman Gary Gonder said the new Pick 5-style game would offer players bigger jackpots and better odds of winning.
The top prize in every Paydown drawing was a tax-free, lump sum $50,000. But if no player won that prize, cash trickled down to increase the a ...
Sep 6, 2008, 2:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Study ranks Missouri lottery as ninth best in U.S.
Lottery Post tapped for examples of computerized drawing problems in other states
Many rush to buy tickets when the lottery pool reaches the millions, but do you ever wonder how transparent Missouri's lottery system is? Turns out, Missouri ranks in the top ten for disclosure and fairness, compared to the other 43 states that offer lotteries.
In a study by San Antonio professor Gerald Busald released Dec. 14, Missouri ranked ninth overall. California and Pennsylvania scored first and second ...
Jan 4, 2008, 4:02 pm - Lottery News forum