Pa. Lottery blames growth of skill games, lack of big jackpots for drop in profits
The growing proliferation of so-called skill games at Pennsylvania Lottery retailers are having an impact on the lottery's ability to generate revenue to pay for programs for senior citizens, a lottery official told state lawmakers on Tuesday.
Lottery executive director Drew Svitko told lawmakers skill games could lead to a $200 million decline in scratch-off ticket sales this year. That is a bigger loss than the $115 million hit last year.
Svitko attributed the higher projection to the ri ...
Feb 18, 2020, 7:06 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
Lottery player wins $150,000 in New Jersey, $100,000 in Pennsylvania
A New Jersey man is a two-state lottery winner after winning $150,000 in his home state and $100,000 in Pennsylvania.
The winner, identified as Thomas A. of Pitman, told New Jersey Lottery officials it was just luck that he decided to buy a High Card Poker scratch-off ticket with a spare $5 he had left over from buying some more expensive lottery tickets.
Thomas ended up scratching off a $150,000 winner.
The player said the jackpot wasn't his first brush with lottery luck he previously ...
Nov 15, 2019, 2:06 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
The local TV star who rigged the lottery
Shortly after 7pm on April 24th, 1980, millions of Pennsylvanians watched intently as a third and final ping-pong ball shot up the tube of a machine on live television.
And there you have it, exclaimed the station's beloved announcer, Nick Perry. Today's Pennsylvania lottery daily number: 6-6-6!
As the cheesy music faded and the lights dimmed, Perry implored lucky ticket holders at home to claim their prizes: If you've got it, come and get it!
What the public didn't know was that Per ...
Oct 18, 2019, 12:12 pm - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery struggles to attract bets on virtual sports games
The Pennsylvania Lottery has more than 1,850 outlets with screens displaying virtual animated football and auto races. The odds of finding someone watching a bet play out on the simulated sports action is pretty low.
With a few exceptions, lottery licensees in the region report few customers are spending their time or money on the Xpress Sports games lottery officials introduced in August.
Xpress Football offers the chance to bet from $1 to $20 each on up to 16 possible outcomes such as a ...
Jun 27, 2019, 11:00 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania woman wins second lottery jackpot from same store
A Pennsylvania woman scored a $1 million jackpot from a scratch-off lottery ticket just two years after collecting a $100,000 prize.
Peggy Dodson of Lancaster County told Pennsylvania Lottery officials she bought a Max-A-Million scratch-off ticket Thursday from Peterson's Grocery Outlet in Peach Bottom and scored a $1 million top prize.
Dodson previously visited lottery headquarters two years ago to collect a $100,000 jackpot from a Family Feud scratch-off ticket she bought from the same s ...
May 29, 2019, 7:50 am - Lottery News forum
State lotteries line up against DOJ reversal on Wire Act
State lotteries continue to fight back against a January Department of Justice reversal of its interpretation of the Wire Act, threatening every form of online gambling in the country.
(See DOJ reverses 2011 opinion of the Wire Act; legal online gaming in question, Lottery Post, Jan. 14, 2019.)
Now the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania joined a New Hampshire lawsuit challenging the validity of the new Wire Act opinion.
Before joining the lawsuit, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro co ...
Mar 11, 2019, 9:26 am - Lottery News forum
8 years after buying $10.8 million ticket, lottery winner says life is 'marvelous'
A Pennsylvania couple who took home more than $10 million in Delaware's first Hot Lotto jackpot eight years ago traded in their mobile home for a four-bedroom house but say their good fortune hasn't changed them.
In August 2009, Robert Crowther already had retired from the Chrysler Assembly Plant in Newark, Delaware, where he had worked for more than 30 years. Since the Crowthers opted to take the jackpot as a lump sum of $10,774,362 rather than as a deferred annuity, life has been marvelous, ...
Nov 12, 2018, 4:09 pm - Lottery News forum
New law ensures Pa. lottery winners pay their debts
A new law took effect on Tuesday that will help some Pennsylvania Lottery winners spend their winnings by ensuring they pay any outstanding debts.
The law, which was enacted by Gov. Tom Wolf a year ago, applies only to those lucky enough to win a single prize of more than $2,500.
It makes it so winners who owe back state taxes will have that amount deducted from their lottery winnings, provided their appeal rights on their tax debt has expired or were exhausted.
Delinquent taxes would b ...
Oct 31, 2018, 10:20 am - Lottery News forum