Florida lawmakers move to allow lottery sales as gas pumps, ATMs
Florida legislators are moving forward with a bill that would allow lottery tickets to be sold anywhere you can swipe a credit card, including gas pumps and ATMs.
Under this bill, you could get your Powerball, Mega Millions and Florida Lotto tickets at the gas pump, said the bill's sponsor, State Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo). It will generate new money for education without expenditure of taxpayer dollars.
As expected, any attempted change in lottery laws brings out the anti-gamblin ...
Nov 18, 2015, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Suspended CT lottery game had too many winners
The Connecticut Lottery and state Department of Consumer Protection shut down the 5 Card Cash game after noticing there were more winners than the game's parameters should have allowed, and determining that some lottery agents were manipulating machines to print more winning tickets and fewer losers.
The investigation is ongoing, Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan Harris said Friday afternoon, but lottery retailers found to have cheated could face criminal charges.
Loss of license ...
Nov 13, 2015, 10:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut Lottery suspends 5 Card Cash sales after retailers found cheating
Game sales should resume next week
Includes video report
The Connecticut Lottery has halted the sales and payouts for its 5 Card Cash game after it learned some retailers might have been cheating the system.
According to Connecticut Lottery officials, some retailers might have intentionally manipulated the reporting mechanism on the lottery terminals for their own personal gain. Officials did not say which retailers or exactly how the terminals were being manipulated.
The game was su ...
Nov 13, 2015, 10:26 am - Lottery News forum
NJ Gov. vetoes bill that would allow lottery ticket home delivery
New Jerseyans won't be able to have lottery tickets delivered to their door any time soon.
Gov. Chris Christie on Monday vetoed a bill that would have allowed the operation of lottery courier services in the state.
Under the measure, the services would have been able to collect a fee and redeem tickets for customers, but they would not have been allowed to take a portion of any winnings. (See Lottery tickets could soon be delivered to your home in N.J., Lottery Post, Mar. 3, 2015.)
Nov 10, 2015, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
California Lottery computer glitch shuts down terminals
It's an unlucky day for the California Lottery.
A computer glitch on Monday shut down lottery terminals around the state, preventing players from getting numbers for Powerball and other games. Only the scratch-off tickets were still being sold.
Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso says there was a loss of signal that prevented the terminals from connecting to the system that generates the numbers.
Traverso says about 350 out of 22,000 stores were affected, some for as long as five hours, but ...
Nov 10, 2015, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
One in hospital, one in jail after lottery ticket fight
One man is in the hospital and a second is in jail Monday after an argument over lottery tickets at a San Francisco, California, market turned violent.
The incident happened at about 3:50 p.m. Friday at Bernal Heights Market near 30th and Mission streets in the Mission District.
The dispute involved the suspect, a man wearing a blue cap, who allegedly attacked the victim, who can be seen in surveillance video wearing a black jacket with an orange shirt underneath.
Minutes later, they g ...
Nov 10, 2015, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland's No. 1 lottery retailer revealed
The regulars at the Soda Pop Shop Mart had heard the story before how Bill Jenkins accidentally played the same set of Keno numbers twice in 2012, leaving him with two $10,000 winning tickets instead of one.
So there were knowing smiles inside the Catonsville convenience store last week as the retired truck driver recounted how the terminal initially seemed to reject the first $10 ticket, prompting him to select the eight charmed numbers again.
And he ain't won $15 since! another player s ...
Sep 8, 2015, 7:27 am - Lottery News forum
NJ Lottery officials still investigating cause of massive outage
The exact cause and circumstances of a five-day outage that blocked nearly half of New Jersey's lottery retailers from selling printed tickets like Pick 3 and Mega Millions earlier this month are still a mystery, but a few determinations are unanimous.
The blackout, although anomalous, was unacceptable, may have been detected sooner and should have been handled better, state officials and executives from Northstar New Jersey, the group responsible for the lottery's sales and marketing, said a ...
Aug 20, 2015, 8:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery Places mobile app featured on Discovery Channel
Lottery store locator app works on iPhone, Android and Windows
Includes video report
How many lottery tickets go unpurchased every day because people with an urge to play the lottery right now aren't sure where they can buy tickets?
That's a question a new mobile app hopes to eliminate, by giving everyone a quick and easy and free way to find the nearest lottery retailers.
The app is called Lottery Places, and it will be featured on the Discovery Channel Friday morning, Aug. 7, on th ...
Aug 6, 2015, 7:53 pm - Lottery News forum
Ga. man throws away -- then recovers -- $10,000 in winning Cash 4 lottery tickets
By Todd Northrop
Imagine having lottery tickets worth $10,000, and then realizing you had thrown them away.
That's precisely what happened to Cedric Jackson of Rome, Georgia, over the weekend. But the story doesn't end there.
Jackson was a regular customer at Rick's Food Mart, 2000 N. Broad St., and went to the store early Saturday morning to buy new Cash 4 tickets.
He has played the lottery every day for five years, picking the same numbers for weeks until he wins a prize.
Aug 4, 2015, 8:23 pm - Lottery News forum