Massachusetts retailers resist Lottery's push for online sales
The Massachusetts Lottery's technological systems are on par with an old, wall-mounted rotary phone outdated and inconvenient, but it still works while customers increasingly expect to be linked to the world through a smartphone at all times, the agency's executive director told lawmakers last week.
Holding up a large, black rotary phone, Executive Director Michael Sweeney made his latest pitch to lawmakers to allow the Mass. Lottery to offer its current products scratch tickets, draw games, ...
Jul 8, 2019, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery seeks to allow use of electronic cash and games
The Iowa Lottery will ask state lawmakers in January to allow them to modernize their operations making it easier for customers to purchase and play lottery products electronically.
Iowa Lottery spokesperson, Mary Neubauer says they've been talking about the issue for ten years or more. Things have now reached such a tipping point that we at the lottery truly believe it is our fiduciary responsibility to tell the public and lawmakers that with the ongoing trends in retail that we are seeing, ...
Dec 13, 2018, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery offers a way to win nearly 100% of the time
And it appears the lottery is OK with you taking advantage of it
Includes video report
Michigan Lottery players have discovered a way to play the lottery's online games so that they win every time they play and the lottery seems to be OK with it.
There is evidence some players used a low-risk keno game to turn tens of thousands of dollars in lottery bonus money into free cash.
The 'loophole' centers on a specific game on the Michigan Lottery's online gaming platform. The online versi ...
May 25, 2017, 4:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Woman who just won $2 million in Michigan Lottery wins again for $60K
A Michigan woman has scored her second significant lottery win in less than three months.
The Jackson County resident, who chose to remain anonymous, won $60,000 playing VIP Black online Tuesday, March 21. In January, she won $2 million playing the Lottery's $2,000,000 Bonus instant game.
She bought that winning ticket at the Marathon gas station, located at 8037 Spring Arbor Road in Spring Arbor.
I've got to be the luckiest woman in Jackson County, said the player in a news release.
Mar 24, 2017, 11:09 am - Lottery News forum
N.H. Lottery cancels proposed online game
The New Hampshire Lottery Commission announced Tuesday it is abandoning a proposed new online, interactive game and shifting its focus to the state's current games, especially instant scratch tickets.
Charles McIntyre, the lottery's executive director, said the commission will cancel efforts to launch PlayNowNH because the game would not be a strong revenue producer.
It was my belief that the game would have produced modest revenue, McIntyre said in a statement. In light of our other chal ...
Aug 17, 2010, 11:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery to look at online options
The 25-year-old Iowa Lottery is an offline business in an online world, but Director Terry Rich is out to change that.
Later this month, the Lottery will take bids on a new computer system that will allow players to check their tickets at automated kiosks in retail stores as July 1, 2011, Rich said Tuesday (Aug. 3).
He also expects the Lottery to attract younger, tech-savvy players by delivering games electronically, including games played on smart phones.
There are security issues prev ...
Aug 4, 2010, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland Lottery to tackle budget constraints with social media
The Maryland Lottery will rely more on social media and less on D.C.'s massive media market to tout its games as the state slashes its advertising budget.
The state agency said it will look at Twitter, Facebook and other online networking sites to save money after statewide budget cuts slashed its ad spending by $5.5 million. And instead of buying pricey ads on local television stations that reach the entire D.C. market, it may buy Comcast cable ads that target certain neighborhoods, lottery ...
Jul 31, 2009, 8:37 am - Lottery News forum
UK online lottery company fizzles
Editor: Lottery Post previously reported that the creators of this 'alternative' UK lottery had allegedly enriched themselves more than the charities the lottery is supposed to support.
Are the owners squeezing out the profits and then leaving the company and its stockholders in the lurch?
It started out as a small but brazen challenger to the national lottery, hoping to capitalize on a stream of damaging stories that have caricatured many of the good causes benefiting from lottery cash a ...
Jun 6, 2006, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
UK Internet lottery making owners wealthy
New Internet-based lottery, which is supposed to donate its proceeds to charity, is instead enriching its owners
A charity lottery promoted as the fairer alternative to the National Lottery has awarded its directors shares and bonuses worth almost 10 million (US$18.7 million).
The lottery, called Monday, held its first draw this week and is being heavily advertised as a more altruistic way for people dissatisfied with the national lottery operator, Camelot, to have a weekly flutter.
May 11, 2006, 9:55 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery hunts for online identity
Internet-savvy speculators have bought all the logical Web addresses for North Carolina's lottery, leaving the state in a bind as it looks for a smooth, easy way to get out information on the games.Dan Gerlach, an adviser to Gov. Mike Easley, said state officials have looked for an easy-to-remember name for the lottery's online home, but they're all gone. All the permutations we could think of, he told the lottery commissioners at their inaugural meeting this month.Charles Hayworth of Winston- ...
Oct 18, 2005, 8:37 pm - Lottery News forum