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Texas Lottery to reopen claims centers June 1
Claims initially to be processed by appointment only The Texas Lottery Commission plans to reopen all 16 claim centers around the state on Monday, June 1, 2020. Claims will be processed by appointment only and recommended safety and cleaning guidelines will be followed. The claim centers will operate under this method for an undetermined period of time and until further notice. Details on how to schedule an appointment, as well as safety precautions to be put in place, will be announced at ...
May 15, 2020, 11:39 am - Lottery News forum

Update: Every US state lottery's COVID-19 response
By Todd Northrop and Kate Northrop While life has been upended and millions of Americans are staying home due to the national COVID-19 response, state lotteries continue to operate every day selling tickets, drawing numbers, and awarding prizes. Two weeks ago Lottery Post surveyed every state lottery to determine what modified procedures have been put in place by each lottery to protect players and those who run the lottery from spreading the coronavirus. The responses we saw varied fro ...
Apr 6, 2020, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery Post breaks down every state lottery's response to COVID-19
By Todd Northrop Update 3/24/2020: Added Indiana and Montana COVID-19 responses Update 4/6/2020: A new article with updated COVID-19 responses is published here As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to disrupt businesses and lives throughout the United States, individual state lotteries have vastly different responses, and some will have you scratching your head. Monday morning, Lottery Post cataloged each and every lottery in the United States to see what information the lottery inc ...
Mar 23, 2020, 1:25 pm - Lottery News forum

Coronavirus begins to impact lottery industry
But state lotteries are not doing enough to communicate with players By Todd Northrop Every aspect of life in America has been impacted by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including the lottery. Although most lotteries continue to operate their drawings normally, some aspects of the games that require people to gather in one place have been shut down. Claim centers are one such area. Illinois and South Carolina claim centers have closed completely, allowing for only claims b ...
Mar 17, 2020, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum

Amazon held talks on bid to takeover the UK National Lottery
Amazon held talks about bidding to run the United Kingdom National Lottery, The Mail on Sunday revealed. The discussions fizzled out, but the US tech giant's interest raises the prospect of it entering Britain's gambling market at some stage. Amazon, owned by the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, has more than 300 million active customer accounts. It may have seen the Lottery as a chance to take the competition online and widen its reach. City sources told The Mail that only prelimin ...
Mar 16, 2020, 10:59 am - Lottery News forum

California lottery reps are afraid of being attacked — so they asked for unmarked cars
A San Francisco carjacking that targeted a California public employee and ended in a police shooting caught Paulina Vasquez's attention two years ago. It was what Vasquez, an SEIU Local 1000 steward for California Lottery sales representatives, feared would happen after the department decided to put the State of California seal on their vans. The department added the stickers to the plain white vans six years ago despite protests from workers who were concerned about their safety. Now the ...
Dec 20, 2019, 3:44 pm - Lottery News forum

State auditor general to audit Pennsylvania Lottery, with special focus on high-frequency winners
State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced a new performance audit of the Pennsylvania Lottery Wednesday, with a special emphasis on studying the state-run gaming franchise's protections against being ripped off by players or retailers who are intentionally gaming the system. Last fiscal year, Pennsylvania Lottery players bought $4.5 billion in game tickets and claimed more than $2.9 billion in prizes, DePasquale said in announcing the new review at the state Capitol. Seniors, lottery ...
Dec 4, 2019, 3:32 pm - Lottery News forum

Pa. spends $1.3M to date on search for lottery partner amid fierce competition for $1B contract
The hunt for a company to service the Pennsylvania Lottery's games and gaming system for the next decade has proven to be a contentious and costly venture. Two companies are vying for 10-year lottery servicing contracts that would pay close to $1 billion or more over the life of the deal (the contracts could be extended for two to four years). It's one of the commonwealth's most lucrative long-term contracts. The firms have engaged in a heated battle over the past year and a half as this i ...
Oct 22, 2019, 10:18 am - Lottery News forum

Will R.I. Lottery win or lose in $1 billion IGT contract battle?
Is it a wise move that would keep more than 1,000 high-paying jobs in Rhode Island or just the latest example of a you gotta know a guy back-room deal? Is the lottery giant IGT as Rhode Island as Del's lemonade or as British as Big Ben? In short, is the proposed no-bid, $1-billion, 20-year extension of IGT's current 20-year gambling technology contract a solid win for the Rhode Island economy or an ill-advised sweetheart deal ? As state lawmakers prepare to review the proposal this fall ...
Aug 13, 2019, 8:34 am - Lottery News forum

Illinois Lottery glitch causes trouble for retailers, including overpayment to winners
The Illinois Lottery's transition to a new central gaming system has caused trouble for some retailers, including overpayments to winners. The ticket validation issue was discovered Feb. 20 and resolved the same day, said Illinois Lottery spokesman Jason Schaumburg, who didn't know how much extra money was awarded. Stores that paid out incorrect winnings can be reimbursed if they submit a written account of the error to the central lottery office in Springfield, said Bill Fleischli, the ex ...
Mar 4, 2019, 3:20 pm - Lottery News forum

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