Massachusetts Senate weighing plan to give Lottery 'broad mandate' for online games
If the Massachusetts State Lottery is to continue to thrive and return hundreds of millions of dollars to cities and towns, it must have the ability to move online in some fashion, its executive director said, but it first needs permission from the Legislature to test the World Wide Web's waters.
It's critical to the Lottery's future ability to produce revenue that we're allowed to engage clearly changing technology and, to me, what is a very strong change in the commerce pattern that consum ...
May 25, 2016, 12:25 pm - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery launches online ticket sales
Without any fanfare, the Kentucky Lottery Monday began selling tickets online to try and attract more young adults.
The initial offerings are limited to several lottery games, including Powerball, Mega Millions, Kentucky Cash Ball, and five instant games.
Kentucky is the fourth state to sell lottery tickets on the Internet, joining Georgia, Illinois, and Michigan. Minnesota tried it for a while before the state's legislature decided to ban the practice.
The Kentucky Lottery has worked w ...
Apr 19, 2016, 8:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Chinese media reports plans to restart online lottery sales
Chinese media is reporting that the government plans to restart its online lottery operations after ordering their suspension over a year ago.
This weekend, the Economic Observer quoted an anonymous industry insider saying that Beijing authorities were preparing to authorize a trial of a new online lottery regime, but only after the government crafts the necessary regulations. The source offered no timeline for when these new regulations might be ready.
Beijing ordered a 'temporary' suspen ...
Apr 17, 2016, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
Michigan Lottery teams with PayPal for online payments
The Michigan Lottery is teaming with PayPal to offer players a new way to fund their online accounts.
Starting Monday, the lottery says players may use PayPal to fund accounts to play online games. To make a deposit into their lottery account, players must have a balance in their PayPal account or the account must be linked to a financial institution account.
Players also may withdraw winnings and direct them to their accounts with the payments system company.
Lottery players can win up ...
Apr 15, 2016, 7:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut lottery bills fail
Would have added online sales, removed ticket expiration
Connecticut Lottery players won't get to enjoy buying tickets online or without expiration dates anytime soon.
The legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee declined to vote on the proposals by its deadline Tuesday, after hearing opposition from lottery officials, convenience store owners and gambling addiction experts.
There just wasn't support for these going forward, said state Sen. Timothy Larson, D-East Hartford, co ...
Mar 19, 2016, 8:40 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery to stop online, mobile app sales of single tickets
Legislation to save online sales fails
In less than two weeks, Illinois Lottery players hoping to strike it rich with single tickets purchased online or via the lottery's mobile app will be out of luck.
The Illinois Lottery Internet Pilot Program allows single tickets for the state's Mega Millions, Powerball and Lotto games to be purchased online or via its mobile app. The test run ends March 25, according to a statement from the Illinois Lottery.
Bills that would have allowed the progr ...
Mar 9, 2016, 11:36 am - Lottery News forum
Connecticut considers allowing online lottery ticket sales
Lawmakers are considering legislation that would move the Connecticut Lottery online for state residents.
A bill raised by the legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee would allow for lottery tickets to be sold online through a licensed vendor. If the bill moves forward, Connecticut would be one of the few states in the country to offer online lottery tickets. It would also be one of the only states to sell online tickets through an outside vendor.
I've never heard of this befor ...
Mar 8, 2016, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois lottery players could lose ability to play online
A test program that allows Illinois Lottery tickets to be sold online expires March 25, and the state is likely to lose out on money for education and construction projects unless lawmakers take action.
A measure to make online lottery sales permanent has yet to move in the House, and lawmakers aren't scheduled to return to the Capitol until April 4.
In 2012, Illinois became the first state to sell lottery tickets online and gambling options expanded with the addition of a mobile app in 20 ...
Mar 4, 2016, 11:07 am - Lottery News forum
Iraqi's Oregon jackpot raises questions on lottery sales
The man from Baghdad showed up unannounced this month in a state office building in Salem, Ore., with a piece of paper in his hand that he said was worth $6.4 million. He politely asked that his name be kept quiet, then told state officials that he had set up a local bank account into which they should deposit money annually. And then he went away, richer and more mysterious than when he arrived.
It was not an ordinary day at the Oregon Lottery.
The story started with small details, lotter ...
Dec 13, 2015, 3:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Man in Iraq wins $6.4 million Oregon Lottery jackpot
Ticket bought online; Lottery withholds winner's name for security reasons
For the first known time in the Oregon Lottery's 30-year history, the ticket for a winning big jackpot has been sold through an international online lottery ticket sales site and the $6.4 million prize goes to an Iraqi national whose ticket was bought in Bend, and whose name won't be revealed in order to protect him from danger in his homeland, officials confirmed Wednesday.
We sell a lot of megabucks tickets, they ...
Dec 10, 2015, 7:11 am - Lottery News forum