Computer glitch takes down Penn. Lottery terminals
Pennsylvania Lottery officials said they've fixed a computer glitch that took down game terminals across the state for more than seven hours Thursday.
Lottery officials in Harrisburg told local media that the machines always shut down overnight, and come back online at about 5:30 a.m., but that didn't happen Thursday morning.
Officials said that a computer network problem affecting terminal-based games and ticket validation functions lasted until about noon.
Lottery officials s ...
Jul 9, 2010, 1:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Two big Penn. Lottery prizes due to expire July 4
Unclaimed winning tickets were sold in Westmoreland and Montgomery counties
Two Pennsylvania Lottery winning tickets a Powerball ticket worth $200,000 and a Quinto evening ticket worth $50,000 from the July 4, 2009, drawings have yet to be presented for payment.
The tickets and prizes will expire on July 4, one year from the date of the drawings.
The Lottery never likes to see large prizes like these expire, which is why we're reaching out and hoping someone steps forward to claim them ...
Jun 22, 2010, 3:58 pm - Lottery News forum
Some upset with Pennsylvania Lottery broadcast
Pittsburghers who watch the nightly lottery drawings have been losing a little sleep lately, though it's not because of big jackpot jitters.
When the multi-state Mega Millions debuted Feb. 2 in Pennsylvania, state lotto officials asked television stations statewide to broadcast it in the same time slot as the Powerball drawing, which airs Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Instead of squeezing the Mega Millions into the familiar 10:59 p.m. time slot Tuesdays and Fridays, Pennsylvania Lottery offici ...
Jun 3, 2010, 7:13 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery announces Match 6 Lotto will return in June
Returning game will replace Mix Match on Monday, Thursday evenings
Next week, the Pennsylvania Lottery will bring back Match 6 lotto, a $2 terminal-based game offering a starting jackpot of $500,000 and four ways to win on each ticket.
Match 6 will replace Mix Match in the Pennsylvania Lottery's Monday and Thursday evening drawing shows at 6:59 p.m. Match 6 tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 1, and the first drawing will be Thursday, June 3.
Many of our players and retailers were disappo ...
May 28, 2010, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Mega Millions lottery sales falling short of target
So far, the Mega Millions lottery game hasn't been the big winner Pennsylvania Lottery officials predicted.
Lottery officials hoped Mega Millions would generate $80 million in sales by June 30, the end of the fiscal year. Sales for the multi-state lottery game with big jackpots similar to Powerball began Jan. 31.
From February through April, Mega Millions generated $26.2 million in sales. To meet the initial target, the game would have to sell $54 million in May and June.
Kirstin Alvani ...
May 25, 2010, 8:08 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. Lottery to pull the plug on Super 7
Pennsylvania Lottery officials announced the final drawing for Super 7 will be later this month, but it doesn't seem like players will miss the game.
Officials cite higher jackpots in the Mega Millions drawing as the decision to cancel the Super 7 game. The last chance for Pennsylvania residents to play will be April 27.
Super 7 was successful for the past year, Pennsylvania Lottery Deputy Press Secretary Kirstin Alvanitakis said, but people are more interested in games with bigger jackpot ...
Apr 15, 2010, 7:46 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania store manager accused in lottery thefts
The ex-store manager of a Bangor, Pennsylvania, area gas station pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that she stole instant lottery tickets that cost the station a little more than $74,000 over three years.
While Tolino Fuel Service officials said Michelle Ann Zucal, 39, of Bangor had admitted to stealing lottery tickets, defense attorney Gregory Paglianite tried to raise questions as to how they know Zucal was responsible for the store's entire loss.
During sometimes heated exchanges wit ...
Apr 6, 2010, 7:56 am - Lottery News forum
Penn. Lottery loses big on 7-7-7-7 win
Talk about your lucky sevens.
Wednesday night, all sevens came up in Pennsylvania Lottery's Big 4 drawing, resulting in a whopping $7.77 million payout to 3,107 winning tickets.
In an added twist, the news came Thursday when the Super 7 jackpot was $7.3 million and Cash 5's top prize was $770,000.
The Big 4 payout was a staggering 1,573 percent of sales revenue, according to lottery spokeswoman Kirstin Alvanitakis. In other words: The lottery has to dish out about $7.2 million more than ...
Apr 2, 2010, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
States go all in, expand gaming to plug the budget
Faced with a drop in gambling revenue, states are adding games, considering new casinos and increasing lottery options anything to keep their cut of the profits rolling in.
States are adamant that they don't want to take advantage of anyone, but with budgets in free-fall and tax increases a losing hand politically, lawmakers acknowledge they are dependent on gambling dollars.
At least 18 states this year are looking to expand games of chance because of a drop-off of anywhere from 5 to 14 p ...
Mar 15, 2010, 9:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Casino table games are coming to Pennsylvania
It's a done deal at last. Table games are coming to Pennsylvania by the end of the year.
By a vote of 103-89, legislation to legalize poker, blackjack, roulette, and other table games received long-awaited final approval last night in the state House. Gov. Rendell plans to sign the bill today.
The gambling expansion, coming as the commonwealth struggles to pull itself out of the recession, is projected to create thousands of jobs and pump $250 million into the state's revenue-starved coffe ...
Jan 8, 2010, 11:35 am - Lottery News forum