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Mega Millions coming to North Dakota
The North Dakota Lottery Division is launching a new game in January. The Mega Millions multi-state lottery game will be added to the selection of games already being played in North Dakota. North Dakota Lottery Division Director Randy Miller says it's in the state's best interest to add the game to its current product mix. He's expects the state lottery division will see a $2 million increase in total sales by adding the Mega Millions to the lineup. It will be an exciting time for the ...
Dec 28, 2009, 10:39 am - Lottery News forum

N.D. lottery ticket sales, profits continue slide
Despite hefty increases in promotional spending, lottery ticket sales and profits have declined in North Dakota during the past two years and led to a large reduction in the lottery's financial reserves. Ticket sales of the North Dakota Lottery's four games Powerball, Hot Lotto, Wild Card 2 and 2by2 have dropped by 4 percent, to $21.7 million, from 2007 to 2009, according to lottery financial statements. Profits in the 2009 budget year alone dropped 15 percent, to $5.78 million, primarily bec ...
Sep 14, 2009, 10:32 pm - Lottery News forum

Former N.D. Lottery head gets unusual retirement payout
When North Dakota's former lottery director retired in April, he was paid $44,432 for unused vacation time, a sum that is raising eyebrows among lawmakers who write the budget for state government. Chuck Keller could not use up his leave, which totaled more than 31 weeks, because he was busy planning the launch of North Dakota's lottery office, said Tom Trenbeath, the state's deputy attorney general. The lottery began selling Powerball tickets in March 2004. Keller also accumulated compens ...
Jun 20, 2008, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum

Anniversary: N.D. Lottery reflects back on last four years
Four years ago today, North Dakota launched it's own lottery. At the time only Powerball was available for purchase in the state. Since then, three new games have been added. Each one of the North Dakota Lottery's games are run by the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which is famous for creating the first nation-wide multi-state lottery game, Powerball (formerly Lotto America). The North Dakota Lottery does not conduct any of the drawings itself. It's estimated by June 13th of ...
Mar 26, 2008, 12:12 pm - Lottery News forum

N.D. Lottery wrestles with credit card buying options
The North Dakota Lottery's recently announced holiday sale of ticket subscriptions highlights a quirk in its operations. Gamblers are barred from using a credit card to buy tickets, but they may use plastic to play one of the lottery's four games dozens of times over an extended period. Credit card sales are limited to subscriptions, said Chuck Keller, the director of North Dakota's lottery. A subscription allows a gambler to buy a chance to play the same lottery number for 13, 26 or 52 strai ...
Dec 4, 2007, 7:10 pm - Lottery News forum

$3 million jackpot winner won't quit work
Lucky player at N.D. casino doesn't want to put employees out of a job Orville Erickson could hardly believe it but his wife, Dorothea, says she just had a feeling it might be a lucky weekend. Orville Erickson hit a $2.98 million jackpot on a nickel slot machine Saturday at the Dakota Magic Casino near Hankinson. Slots manager Darrell Mireau said it was the largest jackpot in the casino's 11-year history. I still can't hardly believe it, Orville Erickson, 63, said Monday from the ...
Oct 25, 2007, 11:21 am - Lottery News forum

N.D. woman duped in lottery scam
An elderly woman from Bismarck, North Dakota, reportedly has been fleeced of more than $100,000 in an apparent lottery scam. According to a report filed recently at the Bismarck Police Department, a 70-year-old woman has contributed more than $100,000 to the scam since January 2003, including more than $50,000 in the last year. An employee at a local convenience store phoned police after watching the woman wire large amounts of cash on several occasions. According to the report, the mo ...
Nov 29, 2006, 7:10 am - Lottery News forum

North Dakota a Gambling Haven?
Outside the Beltway, way out there in flyover land on the prairies of North Dakota, not all Republicans are lining up to support U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's call to ban Internet gambling. In fact, North Dakota State Rep. Jim Kasper says, My fellow Republicans just don't get it when it comes to Internet gambling. In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, which updates the 1961 Wire Act banning sports wagering o ...
Sep 16, 2006, 12:22 pm - Lottery News forum

Forklift operator wins N.D.'s biggest lottery prize
Kevin Green was driving a forklift at work last week when he heard a North Dakota Powerball outlet had sold a $1 million ticket. He didn't think twice about the news, until he heard where the prize winner was sold at the Williston convenience store where Green normally buys his tickets. Green, who had bought 25 Powerball tickets before the March 15 drawing, began scanning the rows of numbers on the slips of paper he pulled from his pocket. I was looking down the line and nothin', nothin ...
Mar 22, 2006, 6:59 am - Lottery News forum

N.D. lawmaker quits anti-lottery group
The North Dakota Senate's top officer has quit a lottery opposition group, saying it has become too partisan. No Lottery 2000 Inc. has become closely affiliated with ambitious Republican politicians who are exploiting the lottery debate by attempting to convert the issue into one that is partisan, Senate President Pro Tem John Drummond, D-Ninety Six, wrote to the group's chairwoman, Kathy Bigham. Mr. Drummond said he would continue to oppose the lottery that the Democratic Party's leade ...
Mar 9, 2006, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum

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