More state lotteries adding "win for life" games
More than half of US lotteries now offer a for life lotto draw game
By Todd Northrop
In the past year a new multi-state lottery game concept where the top prize pays out over the lifetime of the winner has swept across the United States.
Just like there are two big-jackpot multi-state lottery games Powerball and Mega Millions there are also two multi-state for life games: Cash4Life and Lucky for Life.
The games offer a top prize and a second prize that pay off over the lifetime of th ...
Jan 22, 2016, 6:45 am - Lottery News forum
Multi-state Wild Card 2 game ending in February
North Dakota joining Lucky for Life multi-state game
By Todd Northrop
Wild Card 2, a multi-state lottery game currently offered in four states, is ending with the Feb. 24 drawing.
The lottery game that has been played in one form or another for more than 20 years is being dropped after a fall in popularity, according to lottery officials.
Wild Card 2 offers two plays for $1. It got its start in 1994 as Tri-West Lotto and was offered only in Idaho, Montana and South Dakota. In 1998, i ...
Jan 18, 2016, 9:59 am - Lottery News forum
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