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The Massachusetts Lottery's technological systems are on par with an old, wall-mounted rotary phone outdated and inconvenient, but it still works while customers increasingly expect to be linked to the world through a smartphone at all times, the agency's executive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
Oregon store employees dig through trash to help find winning $1,200 lottery ticket
A store manager at a local lottery shop in southeast Portland, Oregon, went above and beyond to help a customer who'd lost their winning ticket.
Last week, Mary Peabody's husband Larry came home with a big surprise.
He left for work and then he came home and handed me the ticket and said 'put this in a safe place, and it's for you,' Peabody said.
It was a $1,200 winning lottery ticket her husband bought at the Lucky Spot store at Southeast 148th Avenue and Southeast Stark Street.
Jun 25, 2019, 6:32 am - Lottery News forum
Idaho Lottery celebrates 30 years by trying to set a new world record
The Idaho Lottery will celebrate 30 years in July and will try to break a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people scratching scratch cards at once.
Jeff Anderson, the Idaho Lottery's director, said, Those who come, the public is invited, they'll all get one ticket to scratch for free and leading up to that event we've got the fastest scratcher in Idaho contest going on around Idaho and there will be 128 finalists who will come to Boise from all over the Gem State on buses to ...
Jun 15, 2019, 9:29 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma couple surprises clerk with portion of lottery winnings
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What would you do if you hit it big with the lottery?
Many people often dream about paying off debt, going on vacation or helping others if they suddenly struck it rich.
Now, an Oklahoma couple is putting their money where their mouths are.
Officials with the Oklahoma Lottery say that a couple recently won a $50,000 Powerball drawing when they purchased a misprinted ticket that someone else didn't want.
Earlier this week, the couple surprised the clerk that s ...
Mar 29, 2019, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
NJ joins DOJ lawsuit over Wire Act interpretation
New Jersey is joining New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and several lottery companies in a suit seeking to invalidate the U.S. Department of Justice's legal ruling last year which critics said could hurt the state's multibillion-dollar online gaming and sports betting industries, Attorney Gurbir Grewal announced Monday.
Grewal, in the amicus brief filed March 8 in the United States District Court for New Hampshire, is seeking nationwide relief of the DOJ's reinterpretation of the federal Wire Act ...
Mar 12, 2019, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
Appeal almost inevitable in Wire Act reinterpretation case, expert says
Big changes could be on the horizon for the gaming industry if the January reinterpretation of the federal Wire Act becomes a U.S. Justice Department mandate.
But how likely is that to happen?
Three law professors at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law tackled that question Thursday in a Moot Court presentation.
Broadly, the reinterpretation could further restrict internet gambling. The Justice Department reversed some of the stances it made in 2011, when it interpreted the law to ba ...
Mar 11, 2019, 9:43 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
$273M Mega Millions jackpot winner from NJ says he initially forgot the lottery ticket at the store
A New Jersey man who claimed a $273 million Mega Millions lottery jackpot this week left the winning ticket at the store.
While messing with his phone, Mike Weirsky misplaced $273 million last Thursday.
When he realized on Friday that he left behind the two Mega Millions tickets he bought at the Quick Chek on New Brunswick Avenue in Pohatcong Township, he returned to the store.
A Good Samaritan had found them and the store was holding them in a drawer awaiting Weirsky's return, he said ...
Mar 6, 2019, 5:54 pm - 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
Undercover Kentucky Lottery investigation snares three store employees trying to steal prizes
An undercover operation conducted by the Kentucky Lottery has nabbed three store clerks trying to steal winning tickets.
A grand jury in Louisville has handed down indictments against three individuals charged with influencing the winning of a lottery prize through coercion, fraud, deception or tampering with lottery equipment or materials, and a separate charge of providing false information to a lottery investigator. The first charge is a class B felony carrying a possible sentence between ...
Feb 28, 2019, 3:31 pm - Lottery News forum