Keno to debut in Ohio on Monday
Critics and Keno players say it's Ohio's closest thing yet to casino gambling.
Instead of a lottery drawing daily or once a week, Keno games will be played every four minutes, from 11 a.m. until 1:44 the next morning, approximating bar and restaurant hours.
Eight hundred bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and racetracks will be equipped with computer terminals for placing bets beginning Monday. The number of locations is expected to grow to 2,000.
On a betting slip, Keno players will e ...
Aug 1, 2008, 9:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio winner of $196M lottery jackpot claims prize anonymously
The $196 million lottery prize for a Mega Millions ticket sold in the Clermont County village of Amelia in May was claimed Friday by a lawyer on behalf of an undisclosed client.
The ticket was submitted for The Anthony Trust, said a spokeswoman for the Ohio Lottery.
The name of the winner is known to Ohio officials, who will check for possible unpaid child support or unpaid state taxes, said Ohio Lottery spokeswoman Marie Kilbane.
An exception to the Ohio Public Records Act means state ...
Jun 27, 2008, 10:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery stands by change of vendors
The Ohio Lottery is staying with its decision to go with a new vendor despite complaints from the company it has been doing business with for more than two decades.
In a letter Friday to GTECH Corp., Ohio Lottery Director Michael Dolan rebuffed the company's claims that the lottery botched the bidding process when it awarded a lucrative contract to competitor Intralot Inc
The contract, which would begin July 1, 2009, is estimated to be worth about $170 million and could last up to 10 years ...
Jun 15, 2008, 1:34 pm - Lottery News forum
GTECH given time to fight for Ohio Lottery contract
Legislators stall the hiring of Intralot
Treading carefully through a legal minefield yesterday, a panel of state legislators put off a decision to hire a new company to run popular Ohio Lottery games, including Pick 3, Mega Millions and the upcoming Keno game.
The state Controlling Board, a panel of legislators that votes on major spending proposals, spurned a request by Lottery Director Michael A. Dolan to approve a one-year contract with Intralot SA, a Greek company with U.S. headquarte ...
Jun 4, 2008, 10:33 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio plans new video lottery game this summer
The director of the Ohio Lottery says he still plans to start a new video lottery game in July despite a delay in awarding a contract to a company that will provide the equipment to bars and restaurants.
A state panel today postponed voting on a contract proposal from Atlanta-based Intralot but likely will approve it in two weeks. Members of the state Controlling Board say they will await the outcome of an appeal filed by the losing company.
The Ohio Lottery Commission hears the appeal by ...
Jun 4, 2008, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum
$196M Ohio lottery winner trying to claim anonymously?
The winner of the $196 million Mega Millions winning ticket sold in Ohio last week hasn't stepped forward yet, but there are indications that he or she might want to remain anonymous.
Ohio Lottery spokeswoman Jeannie Roberts said Thursday that the lottery has received inquiries about how to claim the prize through a blind trust. Having a lawyer set up such a trust would shield the winner's name from public release.
But Roberts cautioned that the winning ticket has not yet been produced, an ...
May 27, 2008, 9:28 am - Lottery News forum
4 charged in killing of $250,000 lottery winner in Ohio
Burglars returned again and again to the home of a $250,000 Ohio Lottery winner who had two Jaguars, a Rolex watch and lots of cash. The final intrusion, apparently by different criminals, left the 78-year-old retired stockbroker dead of a gunshot wound.
Police aren't saying if Lee Kost's death last Thursday was related to the Mega Millions prize that he won on Sept. 28. But it was clear burglars focused on his home, hitting the house sometime early in the year, again about March 11 and on Ap ...
May 20, 2008, 11:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery switches games operator
Greek company wins competition by offering $200 million in savings
The Ohio Lottery is planning to turn over control of some of its best-known games Pick 3, Pick 4, Mega Millions and the upcoming Keno game to an international company that's projected to save the lottery $200 million over 10 years.
Lottery officials approved a contract with Intralot, a Greek company with U.S. headquarters near Atlanta, to replace Gtech Corp. of Rhode Island beginning in June 2009.
Gtech has been runn ...
May 13, 2008, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Gov. plans lottery expansion to increase revenues
Gov. Ted Strickland's plan to boost Ohio's struggling economy anticipates $73 million in new revenue from an expansion of the lottery, which includes a video version of Keno to be offered in bars and other age-controlled venues.
The governor said he distinguishes the new games from the video gambling machines outlawed in 2007 because they will be state-monitored, state-controlled and state-regulated. His spokesman, Keith Dailey, said the Keno game is much different from video slot machines ...
Feb 1, 2008, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
New Year's Eve lottery raffles from around the USA
In addition to celebrating the new year last night, lottery players from around the United States were checking their raffle tickets to see if they would start 2008 as a new millionaire.
Raffle-style lottery drawings were held in several states, including Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Virginia. (Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania drew their raffles a couple days ago.)
Jan 1, 2008, 10:25 am - Lottery News forum