Oklahoma governor approves increased lottery payouts
Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation Tuesday that could lead to higher Oklahoma Lottery prize amounts and higher revenue to education.
Lottery officials believe the law will spur more purchases of instant-win scratcher tickets, which in turn will boost funding for public schools, CareerTech institutions, colleges and universities.
House Bill 1837 doesn't affect the multi-state lottery games like Powerball, but people who buy scratch-off tickets should see a change in July.
The Oklahoma L ...
May 3, 2017, 3:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Bill allowing Oklahoma Lottery to increase prizes heads to the Senate floor
A bill moving through the Oklahoma statehouse would allow the state's lottery to increase prizes in hopes of generating more dollars for schools and boost the payout to education by about $100 million over the next five years.
For years, lottery officials have asked lawmakers to let them plug more dollars into prizes in hopes it would increase participation and add more money to educational coffers.
And for years, lawmakers balked.
But this year, faced with a huge budget hole, lawmakers ...
Apr 17, 2017, 11:18 am - Lottery News forum
Man files lawsuit over rigged lottery jackpots
Hopes to achieve class action certification
Hundreds of thousands of lottery players who were allegedly cheated by an insider's long-running scheme to rig jackpots should be reimbursed for their losing tickets, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday that seeks class action certification.
Lawyers filed the consumer fraud case against the Multi-State Lottery Association, the Iowa-based nonprofit that helps administer games that are offered by state lotteries. It alleges the association faile ...
Jan 4, 2017, 8:56 pm - Lottery News forum
Another $1.2M Hot Lotto jackpot rigged by Tipton, officials say
Ticket was sold in Oklahoma
A $1.2 million jackpot-winning Hot Lotto ticket sold in Oklahoma in 2011 has been connected to a former security official of a multi-state lottery vendor accused of rigging lotteries in four different states, a lottery official said Friday.
Oklahoma Lottery Director Rollo Redburn said a criminal investigation in Iowa has been expanded to include the winning ticket sold at the Miki Mart in Idabel in November 2011.
Eddie Tipton, a former security director of th ...
Nov 21, 2015, 8:02 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery warns about Powerball scam spreading through Facebook
The Oklahoma Lottery Commission is warning the public of a new scam that is affecting Facebook users nationwide.
The Oklahoma Lottery says there is a post circulating on Facebook that allows users to click on a link taking them to a website claiming the Powerball is giving away $1 million jackpot instantly.
The website address reportedly includes various misspellings of Powerball, including Powerbooll and Pawerball.
Officials say there is also a letter circulating with a fake offer fro ...
Oct 22, 2015, 12:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma man arrested after trying to redeem forged lottery ticket
Oklahoma City police arrested a man last week trying to cash in a forged lottery ticket.
According to the police report filed Friday June 19, 45-year-old Michael Allen Shaske of Tahlequah was hoping for a $20,000 payout by turning in an altered $3 scratch-off ticket and would not take 'no' for an answer from any of the clerks he went to that day.
But all he got was a quick trip to jail.
Well he was doing everything he could to get arrested for this, said MSgt. Gary Knight with the Okla ...
Jun 25, 2014, 10:36 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery wants ban on employee purchases lifted
The Oklahoma Lottery Commission wants to get a law changed to assist it with investigations.
The agency wants to change a law that bans all of its employees from purchasing tickets, said Rollo Redburn, Oklahoma Lottery Commission executive director.
It would be somebody in our security department who could purchase a ticket in the confines of an investigation, said Jay Finks, Oklahoma Lottery Commission director of marketing and administration.
Currently, the agency sends out investiga ...
Sep 23, 2013, 7:51 am - Lottery News forum
7 state lotteries join forces for multi-state raffle
Tickets on sale Sept. 8
by Todd Northrop
Seven United States lotteries will offer a first-of-its-kind multi-state raffle that goes on sale in about a week.
Called the Multi-state Millions Raffle (and possibly other names in the participating states), it's guaranteed to hand out $1 million prizes just how many depends on how many of the $10 tickets are sold in the participating states.
All of the lotteries are looking for new ideas and new games and new things to do to generate reven ...
Aug 30, 2013, 4:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma lottery making strides to increase prizes
Oklahoma lottery officials voted Tuesday to reduce the amount of money paid to nearly 2,000 retailers that sell lottery tickets to increase prizes in almost a last resort to boost sales.
The Lottery Commission has reduced its operating costs to less than 2.5 percent of its $192 million in revenue by reducing office space and cutting the number of staff from 40 to 26, said Rollo Redburn, the agency's executive director.
Operating expenses were cut from $9.7 million in 2008 to $4.8 million t ...
Mar 20, 2013, 9:23 am - Lottery News forum
Okla. House votes to prohibit kids in lottery ads
The state House has approved a bill that would prohibit the Oklahoma Lottery Commission from using children in its advertisements.
The House passed the bill 69-19 on Monday. It now heads to the Senate.
The bill by Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Tuttle, also requires any lottery advertisements that make a claim of benefits to be documented by actual expenditures of revenue.
Lottery officials have expressed concern that prohibiting the use of children in promotional ads would negatively affect lot ...
May 25, 2010, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum