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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

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