Tenn. lawmakers float ideas to improve lottery revenues
Tennessee state Senate minority leader is calling on fellow lawmakers to find ways to increase lottery revenues instead of cutting back on the scholarship program, while Gov. Bill Haslam has assigned his staff to consider a broad range of options for stabilizing the game's finances.
Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, said in a letter released Wednesday that while the Tennessee Higher Education Commission estimates that the lottery will deplete its sizable reserves by 2024, it also says annual losses could ...
Sep 29, 2011, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. lottery and electronic sweepstakes on collision course
South Carolina retailers who offer electronic sweepstakes to customers are feeling jittery.
That's according to one member of the S.C. Education Lottery Oversight Committee , a panel made up of state legislators and members of the public.
The question is, are electronic sweepstakes legal in South Carolina? said Alexander Shadwick, after Tuesday's meeting.
They don't know if the games are legal or illegal, so the courts have to decide, he said.
But it scares all the retailers.
Sep 29, 2011, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Walmart stores to sell lottery tickets
Florida may have just hit a jackpot.
Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has agreed to end its long-standing refusal to sell lottery tickets in its U.S. stores after reaching a deal with the Florida Lottery.
Starting in early October the retailer will embark on a pilot program at 27 Walmart neighborhood markets that stretch across central, southwest and South Florida.
The first Walmart stores expected to begin selling lottery tickets are located in Orlando. Ticket sales will start o ...
Sep 27, 2011, 8:55 pm - Lottery News forum
3 men accused of scamming lottery winner out of $3M
Three men are accused of scamming a $3 million New York lottery winner out of his fortune by convincing him he would face deportation if he tried to collect his prize, according to Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe.
Atif Ali, 28, of Spring Valley, Riaz Khan, 45, of Monroe, and Mubeen Ashraf, 23, of Monroe are charged with first-degree grand larceny.
The scam, Zugibe said, started on Feb. 3, at 11:30 p.m., when the victim bought New York State Lottery tickets at a convenien ...
Sep 2, 2011, 9:50 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery fraudster denied, real winner found
The lottery gods have handed a man more than $90,000 in winnings but only after an alleged ticket thief was denied the same prize.
In a strange case the likes of which lottery officials say they haven't seen in more than 10 years, a gas station clerk has been arrested and charged with stealing a customer's Lotto 6/49 tickets then tried to claim the prize after one ticket hit it big.
There's some incredible uniqueness to this one because a ticket that was stolen ended up with a prize in ex ...
Sep 1, 2011, 12:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Calif. store sells $2M lottery ticket 1 month after starting sales
By Todd Northrop
A winning scratch-off lottery ticket worth $2 million was sold at a Spring Valley, California, 'mom and pop' shop that had only been selling lottery tickets for a month, lottery officials announced Monday.
The winner wished to remain anonymous, but lottery officials said the Set for Life ticket was purchased last week at Ray's Market at 9762 Campo Road.
Ray's Market opened for business six years ago and just started selling California Lottery tickets in July.
It's a ...
Aug 30, 2011, 7:59 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery closes loophole after big wins
It was great while it lasted, for the few who knew the trick and had the money to take advantage of it.
A lottery game in Massachusetts, known as Cash WinFall, had a quirk in it. Every three months or so, if the WinFall jackpot exceeded $2 million but nobody picked all six of the randomly-chosen winning numbers, the money in the jackpot pool would go to people who picked only four or five correct numbers.
The Massachusetts Lottery said the odds of picking all six numbers were 1 in 9,366,81 ...
Aug 3, 2011, 7:09 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery game very profitable for those who know how and when to play
High-rolling gamblers are exploiting a quirk in Cash WinFall, raking in huge profits every 3 months
Billy's Beer and Wine sold exactly $47 worth of lottery tickets the day before Marjorie Selbee arrived, just another sleepy day for the liquor store in this tiny Western Massachusetts town. But from the moment the 70-something woman from Michigan entered the store early July 12, Billy's wasn't sleepy anymore.
Over the next three days, Selbee bought $307,000 worth of $2 tickets for a relative ...
Jul 31, 2011, 8:48 pm - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin lottery benefiting from Minnesota government shutdown
Includes video report
The cash register is humming at the gas station Mac Qasem manages in Houlton, Wisconsin, and he has squabbling Democrats and Republicans from Minnesota to thank for it.
You know how much people, they just want to buy lottery, he smiles.
Since the Minnesota state shutdown began, lottery sales at Qasem's store are five times normal. You just cross the bridge, couple of blocks and you're here, he points out. The Minnesota state lottery is shut down, so they come here ...
Jul 12, 2011, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Lottery suspended during government shutdown
By Todd Northrop
The budget impasse in the Minnesota state capital is having a widespread effect across the state including at the state lottery.
Many state services, including the Minnesota state lottery, ceased operations Friday.
The Lottery closed all its offices 5 p.m. Thursday, and no lottery tickets were available for sale after 11:59 p.m. During the shutdown, lottery tickets cannot be validated or paid out.
Players currently holding winning tickets should sign them immediately ...
Jul 2, 2011, 9:51 pm - Lottery News forum