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Lottery shipments confusing to Oklahoma retailer
For a guy prohibited from participating in the Oklahoma lottery, Nels Bentson sure has a bunch of tickets that say otherwise.The shipments keep coming, along with calls from lottery representatives asking how his sales are going.Confused? So is Bentson.Bentson owns 11 Cashland payday loan stores throughout Oklahoma.He spent $1,045 last summer on application fees to become a lottery retailer and says he invested an extra $3,400 to send employees to the mandatory training sessions.On Oct. 11, the ...
Nov 28, 2005, 6:54 am - Lottery News forum

New Zealand lottery shop shortchanges winner
A New Zealand lottery winner who double-checked his jackpot found he had been shortchanged thousands of dollars by a storeowner.TVNZ reports the owner of a Lotto shop in Kapiti Coast told the man he had won $642 New Zealand ($440 U.S.). It turns out when the lucky winner checked with the Lottery Commission the actual payoff on his $6 ticket was 50 times that amount, or about $20,000 U.S. dollars.The commission said Lotto shops are required to have computer screens visible to customers and to ret ...
Nov 11, 2005, 9:54 am - Lottery News forum

Michigan Store Sells its Second $1 Million Lottery Ticket
Someone in Muskegon County, Michigan, is $1 million richer today, thanks to a lottery ticket.The 61-year-old Muskegon woman who won wants to remain anonymous.Lottery officials have confirmed the Backjack Multiplier ticket was sold Halloween night at Jack's Corner Store in Muskegon Township, where the winner is a regular customer.This is the second time someone's won a lottery jackpot from a ticket sold at the store. Sometimes people feel that a place has a reputation for being lucky and lightn ...
Nov 11, 2005, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. Lottery ticket plan may kill video poker
One of North Carolina's top lawmakers Friday called for banning the sale of lottery tickets at businesses with video poker machines, a ban one operator said would effectively kill the video poker business.Senate President Pro Tem Marc Basnight proposed the ban in a letter to lottery commission Chairman Charles Sanders. The Dare County Democrat has long opposed video poker. While the Senate has repeatedly voted to ban the games, the House never has.An ongoing federal probe of the industry last ye ...
Nov 8, 2005, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum

Georgia lottery machines knocked offline by software glitch
A glitch caused by a routine software update knocked Georgia's lottery network offline early Monday, leaving customers and retailers unable to print or redeem tickets for the games. It was a technical issue that happened as a result of a routine software update, said J.B. Landroche, the vice president of corporate affairs for Georgia Lottery Corp .Mr. Landroche said the machines went down early Monday morning, and most had service restored late in the afternoon. He said all the machines shoul ...
Nov 1, 2005, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum

Audit: 3,000 NY lottery operators didn't pay state taxes
More than 3,000 New York retailers licensed to operate lucrative state lottery machines failed to pay their state taxes, according to an audit released Monday.State Comptroller Alan Hevesi said the lottery operators owed more than $23 million in unpaid taxes over two years ending in 2004, and 350 of the operators owed more than $10,000 each. Some of the operators did more than $1 million a year in lottery ticket sales.One New York City area retailer owned $43,504 in taxes while using his state l ...
Nov 1, 2005, 7:23 am - Lottery News forum

Oklahoma lottery lines linger
Oklahoma University students and Norman residents continued to raid local convenience stores for lottery tickets Thursday; some even came home with extra cash.Aaron Rooney, zoology-biomedical sciences senior, said he won $50 after purchasing a lottery ticket. It was such a good feeling when the machine told me I had won, Rooney said. I plan on only buying one ticket per week, but we will see how that goes. Campus Market, 1313 Jenkins Ave., had lines throughout the store as people waited to pur ...
Oct 14, 2005, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum

Oklahoma lottery hopefuls waited in the dark for stores to open
Gas station attendants in Ardmore say Oklahomans were lining up outside convenience stores in their pajamas.It was all an effort to get lottery tickets when they first went on sale at five this morning.KTEN s Jocelyn Lockwood tells us if the lottery is going to a boom or bust for education.Judging from the lines at the gas station I was at today, I d say it s going to be a boom.But, not as many stores are selling the tickets as the lotto commission would like, and it may mean not as much money w ...
Oct 13, 2005, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum

Oklahoma border residents unable to buy lottery tickets
First day lottery sales exceeded $1.2 millionFive a.m. came and went without the fuss other parts of Oklahoma experienced Wednesday, the first day of the state's new lottery.West Siloam Conoco's sign welcomed crafters, not lottery fans. The store opened without any lines of customers or instant scratch-off tickets. Our understanding is that no one has everything in this part of the state, said store owner Rhonda Favano. The equipment is ready, but Favano and her husband, Frank, are waiting on ...
Oct 13, 2005, 8:52 am - Lottery News forum

Some Oklahoma lottery retailers struggle with last-minute details
Some Oklahoma retailers planning to sell the state's new lottery tickets today spent Tuesday wondering if that would come to pass.Steve Nafus, of Buck's Party Shop in Enid, said he was concerned about the system when he did not have his tickets Tuesday morning.However, his fears evaporated in the afternoon, when the tickets arrived. We were told UPS would deliver them yesterday, but they did come today, he said. Other retailers are probably getting theirs, too. After the tickets showed up, he ...
Oct 12, 2005, 9:10 am - Lottery News forum