Five N.C. stores stop selling lottery tickets
Across North Carolina, a total of 132 stores have discontinued lottery ticket sales because they say it's just not worth the effort.
In Johnston County, five businesses two Smithfield stores, as well as stores in Selma, Clayton, and Benson have stopped selling the tickets. The owners say it is simply a matter of customer service and not enough profit for retailers.
Unlike some other states, North Carolina's lottery does not pay a bonus to stores that sell winning tickets.
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Jul 28, 2006, 7:33 am - Lottery News forum
N.Y. store clerk busted in Lotto scam
A man who bought a Lotto ticket worth $1 million at a Huntington Station store was almost swindled out of his winnings by the clerk, State Police said.
Carlos Canas bought the $1 million Lotto Luck scratch-off ticket at Huntington Beverage, 1687 New York Ave., on June 7 and immediately knew he had won.
Wanting to verify his winnings and get information on how to claim the prize, police said Canas handed the ticket to the clerk, Mohinder K. Misri.
Misri allegedly scanned the ticket, tore ...
Jun 26, 2006, 1:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Washington Lottery to debut new ticket machines
Washington lottery players can expect new green tickets July 2, the date the state-run gambling enterprise switches to new machines in its retail outlets.
The switch comes at a time the state Lottery is struggling to maintain its share of the state's exploding gambling market. But the change is not expected to boost the state's shrinking share of the $1.7 billion that gamblers lose each year in Washington.
The change in ticket stock is tied to the installation of new ticket-dispensing mac ...
Jun 19, 2006, 2:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery licenses regained
The Massachusetts Lottery Commission has reinstated operating licenses for seven of the 11 bars or clubs that were suspended last month after poker slot machines were confiscated May 3 in state police raids.
In all, 38 poker video slot machines were seized by state police, along with $10,000 in cash, in the coordinated raids on 15 bars or clubs here, in Springfield and Chicopee. Although no criminal charges have been filed, the Lottery Commission quickly issued the suspensions.
Lottery sp ...
Jun 15, 2006, 1:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Maryland Lottery machine glitches frustrate players
New system suffers long breakdowns, customers complain
A new lottery sales system being installed at thousands of convenience, liquor and grocery stores statewide has experienced breakdowns of up to several hours at a time this week, Maryland Lottery officials said Friday. Store owners and avid players in search of their daily numbers were frustrated and furious.
Customers have let store owners hear their displeasure especially those who can't play the popular Keno game.
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Jun 5, 2006, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum
Employee charged with stealing lottery tickets
An employee of a Bath convenience store allegedly made off with 59 North Carolina Lottery tickets Saturday and cashed in the winnings a day later.
Several of the winning stolen tickets were converted to cash and a money order at a convenience store in Washington Sunday. The winnings from the stolen tickets totaled $102.
Jamie DeJong Carpenter, 24, of 23 Deerfield Lane, Chocowinity, was charged with one count of larceny by employee and two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses Wed ...
Jun 2, 2006, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
W.V. Lottery officials target 'coin-pusher' machines
Retailers could lose licenses if they have coin-pusher devices
Coin-pusher machines are popping up at limited video lottery businesses in violation of state law, and the West Virginia Lottery is warning operators that it will yank their licenses if they do not get rid of the devices.
Coin-pusher machines are touted as skills games by manufacturers and distributors. Players insert coins in the machines in an attempt to push other coins, tokens, jewelry or other prizes off rotating shelves a ...
Jun 2, 2006, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Powerball lottery sales begin, with difficulty
Computer glitches and printer problems hit 20% of vendors
North Carolinians played Powerball to the tune of more than $1 million during the first day of sales Tuesday, despite computer glitches and printer problems that plagued nearly 20 percent of the state's lottery retailers.
Many ticket buyers and sellers in the Charlotte area were upbeat, even though some stores could not sell tickets for the multi-state lottery game for several hours.
The new game paid off in sales for Victor Madh ...
May 31, 2006, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
4 Massachusetts lottery licenses suspended
A top official with the Massachusetts Lottery Commission said yesterday that it has indefinitely suspended lottery licenses for four establishments where video slot machines were seized last week by state police investigating possible illegal gambling.
The suspensions were issued yesterday, said Beth A. Bresnahan, director of communications for the state Lottery Commission. We take this seriously, said Bresnahan.
Massachusetts State Police reported on Thursday that 38 machines were seiz ...
May 10, 2006, 7:30 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma bans some businesses from selling lottery tickets
A bill to prohibit pawn shops, payday lenders and check-cashing businesses from selling Oklahoma lottery tickets has won final legislative approval.
The bill by Senator Kathleen Wilcoxson passed the Senate yesterday and now goes to the governor.
The state Lottery Commission voted last year to prohibit those businesses from selling lottery tickets but Wilcoxson says the law will prevent future Lottery Commissions from reversing the decision.
The commission had initially agreed to allow l ...
May 9, 2006, 7:57 am - Lottery News forum