Mississippi panel studying other state lotteries
A special House panel has been looking at other states' experience with lotteries as it works on a study requested by House Speaker Philip Gunn, who opposes a lottery for Mississippi but says he wants the issue thoroughly vetted.
Members of the House Lottery Study Working Group comprised of lawmakers, state gaming and other officials held their second of three meetings at the Capitol on Tuesday. The first meeting in May was described as lottery 101, on the history of, laws and facts about lot ...
Sep 6, 2017, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Mississippi lawmaker forms group to study why lottery would be bad for state
Your tax dollars at work
Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn said weeks ago that he would form a group to study the pros and cons of starting a state lottery. As the group met for the first time Wednesday, Gunn repeated his opposition to the game of chance.
I do not believe a lottery is based on sound economic policy, and it violates a number of conservative, Republican principles, Gunn, a Republican who is also a leader in his local Baptist church, said in a news release.
The purpo ...
May 4, 2017, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts Lottery battling to stay viable against online gambling
As a Massachusetts commission looking into online gaming and online gambling presses ahead in its study of ways to regulate and possibly make money from the developing industries, the state's lottery is concerned that it could be left behind.
The Lottery is seeking authority from the Legislature to offer its current products scratch tickets, draw games, Keno and more to customers over the Internet, arguing that its survival and the hundreds of millions of dollars it returns as local aid are o ...
Mar 29, 2017, 10:09 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery chief refutes state study
By Alice Garland, executive director of the N.C. Education Lottery
One benefit of a state lottery is that as North Carolinians win the lottery, their prize money is subject to the collection of any debts owed to state and local governments.
The lottery makes every effort to ensure all debts are collected from every prize, $600 or more. No exceptions. So far, more than $11 million that would have gone uncollected has been collected from lottery prizes. That's a benefit to all whom the money ...
Dec 26, 2016, 10:32 am - Lottery News forum
Report: Ohio Lottery should make changes to organization
Changes could be coming for the Ohio Lottery, including adding electronic table poker, online gaming, and a greater variety of instant tickets.
Those are among the recommendations from Spectrum Gaming Group, a New Jersey research and professional services firm, hired by the Kasich administration to produce a business assessment of the Ohio Lottery, now 42 years old. The study cost $601,600, according to documents from the Department of Administrative Services.
The lottery should become a q ...
Sep 26, 2016, 8:51 pm - Lottery News forum
New survey destroys myth that poor Americans buy most lottery tickets
Half of all Americans play the lottery
New Gallup survey results have again debunked the popular myth created by anti-lottery crusaders that low-income Americans buy a disproportionate number of lottery tickets.
Roughly half of Americans say they have bought a state lottery ticket within the last year, similar to the figures recorded in 2003 and 2007, but down considerably from the 57% who said they played the state lottery in 1996 and 1999. This trend has occurred even as the number of st ...
Jul 25, 2016, 2:07 pm - Lottery News forum
Would you quit your job if you won the lottery? Many say no
Up to 80% of people would keep working after a big win
Even a seven-figure payday wouldn't keep many Americans from showing up to work.
Anywhere from half to 80% of workers in America say that they'd keep working even if they won the lottery, according to a survey of 1,000 adults released Tuesday by cloud computing company Adobe Systems Inc., as well as surveys from both Gallup (2013) and CareerBuilder (2014).
These high percentages of people who plan to keep working have remained relat ...
May 24, 2016, 6:28 pm - Lottery News forum
Consultant lays out 'ambitious' vision for Arkansas Lottery
A consultant for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery envisions ticket sales steadily increasing from $450 million in the current fiscal year to $615 million by fiscal 2021 and net proceeds for scholarships rising from $85 million to $109 million in the same period.
Camelot Global Services' self-described ambitious five-year business plan proposes many changes, including overhauling the portfolio of scratch-off and draw-game tickets, increasing the lottery's $5 million marketing budget to $7.5 mi ...
Mar 13, 2016, 11:33 am - Lottery News forum
Pennsylvania Lottery testing payment with credit, debit cards
People can now use debit and credit cards to purchase Pennsylvania lottery tickets at nine Smoker's Express stores in the Harrisburg area as part of a new payment trial.
The Pennsylvania Lottery is testing out the financial viability of allowing people to use credit and debit cards to purchase draw and instant lottery tickets. The test, which started this week, is the result of an ever-growing population of Pennsylvanians that don't carry cash and can't play the Lottery.
We've been hearin ...
Feb 11, 2016, 3:50 pm - Lottery News forum
In lotteries, lucky numbers will only win you less
It goes without saying the chance of winning the lottery is minuscule. But if you play the numbers, you should know that certain tactics commonly used to make picks reduce the likelihood of collecting the maximum payout.
Grab a pencil, and we'll try it out.
Let's say a $1 lottery ticket allows you to choose six numbers between 1 and 75. Write down your choices and make a mental note regarding the significance of each one.
If you are like many people, you picked numbers with personal mea ...
Oct 9, 2015, 10:59 am - Lottery News forum