Okla. Lottery Commission struggles to meet its 35% profit requirement
As a result of the finance and audit committee's dreary budget forecasts for fiscal year 2008, the Oklahoma Lottery Commission is planning to trim costs and attempt to get a key statutory requirement of the commission eliminated.
The board plans to try to amend out a requirement that the Lottery Commission post a 35-percent profit in their third year of operations.
The board said they are doing all they can to trim operating costs without cutting current staff and advertising expenditures, ...
Sep 19, 2007, 4:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma lottery winner says yes to TV; no to marriage proposals
Good Morning America, the ABC television morning news show, is looking for lottery winner Nita Jacobs of Sallisaw.
Jacobs was the winner Aug. 25 of $600,009 in the Powerball lottery. She won by choosing her numbers off football players' jerseys. Apparently because of her unusual manner of selecting numbers, Good Morning America hopes to present her story to the entire country.
The Good Morning America representative contacted a local paper Thursday, hoping to find Jacobs.
Jacobs s ...
Sep 5, 2007, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery scrambles to increase revenue
Education funding doesn't see expected boon; officials cite low prize payouts as root cause
With sales floundering compared to projections, Oklahoma Lottery officials are scrambling to bring in more money.
State officials are saying the lottery hasn't been the boon to educational funding it was touted to be.
To increase lottery sales, Lottery Commission Executive Director Jim Scroggins is advocating putting more of the lottery sales into prize money, saying people play to win.
The fe ...
Jul 30, 2007, 10:13 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma couple claims $106M Powerball lottery jackpot
Don Harvey's long-haul truck had almost two million miles on it when its engine died this week. Now he's planning to ride the road in style, thanks to a $105.8 million Powerball ticket bought by his wife.
Absolute disbelief and shock, was how Joyce Harvey described her reaction when she checked her computer Thursday night and found she had the winning ticket.
Basically, I just broke down and cried, she said.
The Harveys, from Muldrow in eastern Oklahoma, said they will pay off bills ...
Jun 30, 2007, 9:31 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery to add Hot Lotto, TV show
The Oklahoma Lottery plans to start a television game show and offer an additional multi-state game in hopes of improving lower-than-expected revenues.
The new television game show would be filmed in Oklahoma City and begin airing in October. Next year, Oklahoma would join ten other states in offering the Hot Lotto game, which features a minimum jackpot of $1 million.
Lottery Commission Executive Director Jim Scroggins says he hopes the additions will help generate excitement for the lotte ...
Jun 27, 2007, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum
Party leader wants to repeal Okla. Lottery
The head of Oklahoma's Republican Party, citing lower-than-expected revenue and escalating social costs, is calling for repeal of the Oklahoma Lottery.
Only 18 months after the first lottery ticket was sold in the state, state Republican Party chairman Tom Daxon says the lottery, approved with 64 percent of the vote in a statewide referendum in November 2004, has not worked out as the voters were led to believe.
Democratic Governor Brad Henry supported a statewide lottery as a way to rais ...
Mar 27, 2007, 10:06 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery holds drawing for 1st Anniversary Raffle
The Oklahoma Lottery Saturday held the drawing for its new raffle-style game, which, judging by the title, will happen once a year.
This limited-time-only game features a top prize of $250,000 and several smaller prizes, including two second-tier prizes of $50,000 and 300 third-tier prizes of $500.
The full list of prize-winning numbers is available at:
Only 200,000 $5 tickets were available for purchase.
With every ticket pu ...
Jan 21, 2007, 6:27 pm - Lottery News forum
$1 million Powerball lottery winner speaks about picking numbers
Oklahoma lottery winners discuss their methods
What's in a number?
Just ask Charles and Laura Fay of Foss in western Oklahoma.
The couple won $1 million playing Powerball on March 17 with numbers that Charles derived while driving his tractor-trailer rig.
He (Charles) would just be driving, hauling fuel, and he had a long route. Charles had some numbers floating around in his head, and we used those, Laura Fay said.
We happened to be pretty lucky. We use the same numbers a ...
Dec 26, 2006, 12:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery Celebrates One Year Anniversary
Wednesday marked the one year anniversary of the beginning of the Oklahoma Lottery. Lottery officials say it's been an excellent year, even though sales are lagging slightly behind projections.
This year, Oklahomans won more than $129 million. So far, more than $68 million has been transferred to Oklahoma education.
Lottery Commission Executive Director Jim Scroggins says the lottery is expected to generate $123 million this year for education. But before it started, lottery supporters e ...
Oct 12, 2006, 3:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Okla. lawmaker aims to stop lottery winners from staying anonymous
An Oklahoma state senator from Edmond plans to introduce legislation to prohibit people from forming anonymous trusts after learning they have won a lottery prize.
Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, said this proposed legislation stems from instances including one this week where a trust claimed a lottery prize.
We were told the lottery would be open, it would be transparent full accountability. We would know the name and towns of everyone who had won, Jolley said. I think winners being a ...
Oct 6, 2006, 12:03 pm - Lottery News forum