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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

Iowa Lottery TouchPlay ends tonight
After TouchPlay owners lost a last-ditch legal battle Tuesday to leave the video lottery devices turned on, some lawmakers said they would make a final effort to keep the affected businesses out of bankruptcy. A Polk County judge on Tuesday refused to delay the ending for the Iowa Lottery's TouchPlay machines, a ruling that means the machines must be turned off by 11:59 tonight. A group of private businesses that had been invited by the Iowa Lottery to invest in the TouchPlay machines, inc ...
May 3, 2006, 11:48 am - Lottery News forum

A look at hot spots for sales of N.C. lottery tickets
A busy road helps; so do fishing worms North Carolina's leading sellers of lottery tickets sit along busy interstates, or on major thoroughfares, or they have extra ways of drawing their players in. The very top stores have all three. Dunn's Gas and Grocery in Four Oaks in Johnston County, the top seller in the Triangle so far, is along U.S. 301, about a mile from Interstate 95. And it gets plenty of locals by offering more than gas and candy bars. We have fishing worms and ice crea ...
Apr 11, 2006, 9:24 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. Lottery will have some unique vendors
Thousands of retailers are getting ready to sell North Carolina lottery tickets. But it won't just be convenience stores and supermarkets. The Paper Doll Lounge, a Charlotte strip club, will be offering the lottery along with its lap dances. We're the only (strip) club that has it, said Chris Falls, owner of the Paper Doll Lounge. And I also have something the convenience stores don't. Any business in the state can apply to sell tickets for the game that begins March 30, with the o ...
Mar 23, 2006, 6:46 am - Lottery News forum

Iowa Gov. Approves Ban On TouchPlay Lottery Machines
The fight to keep video lottery in Iowa is heating up. Governor Tom Vilsack approved a ban on the state's lottery TouchPlay machines, giving businesses 45 days to shut them down. It's a move that's not sitting well with owners, but it also could cost the state millions of dollars in revenue. They look a lot......and sound a lot......like a slot machine you'd find in Vegas. You don't have to drive to a casino anymore, you can just play these, said Dan Viereck, manager of the Trophy Cas ...
Mar 22, 2006, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. lottery scratch tickets on sale in 15 days
Scratch-off tickets in the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) will go on sale in 15 days, and retailers around the state are getting ready for the games to begin. Chip King of Neb King Inc. in Person County plans to sell lottery tickets at his convenience stores. But King said he was about a week behind other stores as far as getting geared up to offer lottery tickets to customers however, since there was a small glitch in the massive application process, for his five stores. Kassie ...
Mar 16, 2006, 7:06 am - Lottery News forum

N.C. Lottery Update: Moving Quickly
More than 200 stores in Forsyth County have applied to sell scratch-off tickets for the scheduled start of the new North Carolina lottery March 30. Although most of them are convenience stores and grocery chains, applicants also include a miniature-golf course, several tobacconists, at least one pawn shop and a store that sells Indian food and spices. At one store, Blue Ridge Tobacco Candle Outlet on Cloverdale Avenue, customers should soon be able to buy scratch-off tickets with their c ...
Mar 6, 2006, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum

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