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
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