Arkansas Lottery partners with grocery chain on vending machines
An Ohio-based grocery store chain has signed a contract with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to sell lottery tickets through vending machines.
Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue signed the agreement April 11 after the House Rules Committee declined to recommend passage of a Senate-approved bill that would bar the lottery from using the machines.
The Arkansas lottery began selling tickets through the machines on Feb. 3 at a Love's Travel Stop in North Little Rock, and the machines have si ...
Apr 25, 2011, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. store owner accused of stealing winning lottery ticket
Kecia Nehring Parker's favorite lottery numbers turned out to be lucky in more than one way.
Not only did they win her a prize of nearly $88,000, but her clockwork regularity in playing them enabled North Carolina State Education Lottery investigators to track her down after they took the winning ticket from a convenience store owner accused of trying to steal her jackpot.
I was very surprised, she said Friday. But it's definitely a good surprise.
Dunn police say that when Parker brou ...
Mar 18, 2011, 4:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery upgrading retailer systems
Iowa Lottery officials are ready to roll out a new computer system in April at 2,400 retail sites in hopes that it will boost sales of popular games such as Powerball and Mega Millions and reduce crime.
The first new system in a decade will offer Iowa Lottery customers the promise of speedier service and a reduced chance of being cheated out of a jackpot by unscrupulous retail clerks, state officials said.
For die-hard lottery players, and thousands of Iowans fall into this category, the b ...
Mar 16, 2011, 9:09 am - Lottery News forum
Maryland liquor store owner charged in lottery scam
The owner of a liquor store in North Point, Maryland, was arrested and charged with grand theft, petty theft, and fraud after she was caught stealing an undercover agent's winning lottery ticket worth $10,000.
Ross Liquors, located in the Merritt North Shopping Center, had its Maryland Lottery license revoked following the undercover operation. The theft occured on last week, on March 8th.
Ross Liquors store owner, Melissa Ann Stone, 39, of the 3900 block of Goose Harbor Road in Middle Riv ...
Mar 16, 2011, 8:22 am - Lottery News forum
Puerto Rico turns store receipts into lottery tickets
Don't throw out that lunch receipt: It could be worth $1,000.
That's the idea behind a campaign to force Puerto Rico's many tiny markets, food stalls and other mom-and-pop businesses to collect sales tax.
Puerto Rico's Treasury Department is transforming receipts into lottery tickets, printing contest numbers on each receipt and holding weekly drawings for cash prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000. It also plans to have a monthly drawing for a car.
A pilot program started in December in t ...
Feb 8, 2011, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. looks to be first in nation with online lottery sales
Retailers worried about loss of revenue, store traffic
For Tushar Patel, every $1 lottery ticket he sells at his Pantry 1 Food Market in Hammonton yields more than the 5-cent commission he gets from New Jersey.
Patel said he makes more from the other purchases of customers who visit the store for lottery tickets.
Eighty (percent) to 90 percent of the people who play the lottery here buy coffee and other things, Patel said.
The state lottery posted record sales exceeding $2.6 billion ...
Jan 28, 2011, 8:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery winner charged in tax conspiracy
In February 2008, Kendrick D. Francis won a 10,000-to-one bet on the Pennsylvania Lottery's Big 4 game for a payday of $532,000.
But, federal prosecutors in Delaware said, that apparently wasn't enough for Francis, a Wilmington resident, who then conspired with a convenience-store operator to hide his winnings and make it appear a number of other people had won instead to avoid federal taxes.
This month, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Delaware filed felony conspiracy and tax evasion charge ...
Jan 26, 2011, 4:01 pm - Lottery News forum
N.Y. laundromat sells $122M Powerball lottery ticket
You never know, do you?
Some lucky Powerball player just hit a $122 million jackpot at the Clothespin Laundromat in Catskill, New York.
Though laundromat owner Bahasu Patel wasn't sure who won, rumors have already begun to spread around town.
Somebody said the guy at the tobacco shop had won, he said, but when someone went to check they said he hadn't.
Two other people Patel spoke with also thought an employee at Smoker's Choice on Central Avenue had won Saturday night's Powerball ...
Jan 24, 2011, 9:06 am - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery retailers get technology upgrade
Lottery cites extra player security as benefit
New terminals will soon be in place at all Kentucky lottery retailers which will provide smoother and safer transactions for players.
The new equipment began rolling out in October of last year, and crews across the state have nearly completed converting more than 2800 retailers to the upgraded technology. The new devices include touch-screen terminals connected via satellite to the lottery's Louisville headquarters.
Two components of the n ...
Jan 20, 2011, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Florida shopkeeper accused of taking tourist's lottery winnings
Naji Farah thought it was his lucky day: a $5,000 lottery prize.
The only problem, police say, the lottery ticket wasn't his.
The Miami Beach market owner is accused of scamming the rightful owner, telling the man the ticket was worth $600 and pocketing the rest.
Police arrested Farah, 45, this week on a charge of felony grand theft. And Florida lottery officials have suspended his store's license while the criminal charges are pending.
Miami Beach police say Farah took advantage of ...
Dec 10, 2010, 7:11 am - Lottery News forum