Iowa lawmakers predict video lottery restrictions
The Iowa Legislature won't ban TouchPlay machines, but likely will restrict the spread of the machines, Senate Democratic Leader Michael Gronstal said Thursday.
I do not expect that these machines will be completely outlawed and I do not expect the continued expansion will be allowed, Gronstal said.
The debate over the video lottery machines has gripped the legislature during the opening month of the session.
In 2002, the Legislature approved a measure authorizing the video lottery ma ...
Feb 24, 2006, 7:21 am - Lottery News forum
Stores OK with releasing Iowa Lottery TouchPlay data
Iowa convenience store operators, whose sales information has been made public for years by the Iowa Lottery, say they won't try to block the release of financial information requested by The Des Moines Register about TouchPlay machines.
We don't have a dog in the fight. We don't care, the president of the trade group that represents convenience stores said Thursday. It's always been public. All lottery sales are public information by location.
Dawn Carlson of the Petroleum Marketers a ...
Feb 24, 2006, 7:11 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery: About 4,000 retailers apply to sell tickets
About 4,000 retailers have filed applications by Friday's deadline to be guaranteed the chance to sell the first North Carolina Education Lottery tickets, projected to start at the end of next month.
The lottery office is working with ticket vendor GTECH Holdings Corp. to sell the first scratch-off tickets March 30. Retailers receive 7 percent of the amount of every ticket sold.
About 20 temporary employees are entering retailer data into a database to track the applications. Each applicat ...
Feb 4, 2006, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery commission approves contracts for potential retailers
The North Carolina Lottery Commission is closer to putting together a network of ticket retailers after approving a proposed contract with about 30 guidelines for stores.A statewide database already has provided a list of 10,000 potential retailers, lottery executive director Tom Shaheen said. State law does not cap the number of places that will qualify to sell lottery tickets and it is unclear how many retailers will qualify to sell them.Shaheen wants instant-win tickets on sale by April 5, fo ...
Dec 28, 2005, 7:21 am - Lottery News forum
Having a lottery machine: Now that's the ticket
Critics raise questions as retailers play by the rules and win scores of jackpotsNew Jersey's 10 most frequent winners of lottery jackpots have one thing in common: Luck.But five of those top 10 winners have something else going for them: A store that sells lottery tickets. We play, we win, explained Mahendra Vora, standing behind the counter of Everything Nice, a stationery store on Bergenline Avenue in West New York that he owns with his wife, Sudha.Together, the lucky couple has claimed 175 ...
Dec 27, 2005, 6:49 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery rewards store that sold winning Jackpot ticket
They say you can't win if you don't play.But a grocery store in the historic Gold Rush town of Jacksonville, Oregon has won more than $100,000 for simply selling a ticket with the numbers 7, 21, 43, 44, 49 and 29.Oregon Lottery officials presented the selling bonus this week to Ray's Food Place, the store that sold the $340 million Powerball ticket to a Medford family in the Oct. 19 drawing.The owners of the store, one of only two lottery retailers in the town, will put most of their windfall ...
Dec 9, 2005, 11:27 am - Lottery News forum
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