Colorado Lottery hosts first-ever hackathon for new game development
With VIP guests and cash prizes galore, GameJam aims to encourage innovators to envision a new future of the lottery
By Kate Northrop
A new event aiming to spark innovation in lottery game development will kick off this week.
From July 31 through August 9, the Colorado Lottery will host GameJam, the first-ever hackathon specifically geared toward new game development and creating novel lottery products.
According to the Colorado Lottery, the goal of the virtual event is to engage the ...
Jul 29, 2020, 2:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Atlantic Lottery Corporation cuts its workforce by nearly a tenth
Lottery lays off 61 employees due to COVID-19 and increasing demand for digital play
By Kate Northrop
As the coronavirus continues to linger in varying degrees around the world, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation is the latest lottery in the gaming industry to react. On Wednesday, the Canadian lottery laid off 61 employees, citing problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a shift in digital demand for gambling.
The cut represents a little over 9% of the corporation's workforce b ...
Jun 25, 2020, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
UK National Lottery website down before drawing
Frustrated players unable to buy tickets for the 5 million draw
By Kate Northrop
A power outage in Watford, a small town 15 miles northwest of London, caused the UK National Lottery website and smartphone app to crash and continue to remain out of action just four hours before the big drawing of 5 million (US$6.2 million) on Wednesday.
The Camelot Group, the operator of the UK National Lottery, houses its headquarters in Watford.
Although the power outage was reported at 6:57 am and ...
May 7, 2020, 1:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Kentucky Lottery now using computerized drawings
Coronavirus claims another victim: Real lottery drawings
By Todd Northrop
Starting today, you will no longer be able to watch how the Kentucky Lottery draws its daily numbers games because the drawings now take place inside a computer program.
The daily Pick 3, Pick 4, and CashBall 225 games are all transitioned to computerized drawings starting Monday, and will no longer be drawn using balls and machines. Instead, a dedicated computer system known as a random number generator will rand ...
Apr 13, 2020, 9:11 am - Lottery News forum
Man exploits Arizona Lottery vending machine flaw, gets $55K worth of free tickets
A man is accused of exploiting a flaw in the Arizona Lottery vending machines to get over $55,000 worth of lottery tickets.
Earlier this week, the Arizona Attorney general's Office filed charges against Everado Najera-Nava, 40, for computer tampering and fraud.
Investigators say that Nava exploited a flaw in Arizona Lottery vending machines that gave him $54,699 worth of lottery tickets without paying for them. Police say Nava would enter his debit card into the machine to start the transa ...
Mar 15, 2020, 11:09 am - Lottery News forum
New law allows online sale of Virginia lottery tickets
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill into law that permits the online sale of state lottery tickets, which the fiscal estimate suggests could generate $12 million in annual state revenue.
A person will be permitted to purchase the tickets through a computer, a smartphone or other electronic devices when the Virginia Lottery gets the new method of sales up and running.
The $12 million estimate, however, assumes the new sales will not affect sales in traditional lottery locations. T ...
Mar 6, 2020, 2:21 pm - Lottery News forum
Lottery industry facing new threat in 'skill' games
State lotteries are grappling with the rapid spread of unregulated skill gaming machines, which are found in convenience stores, bars, restaurants and taverns across the country.
While these machines have existed for some time, their manufacturers and operators have become increasingly aggressive in their roll out strategy, placing these machines in the front of stores and even replacing lottery self-service terminals with them. Individual lotteries predict these machines could reduce their r ...
Feb 19, 2020, 9:34 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery Post can now 'speak' lottery results
Popular lottery website adds exclusive new feature
By Todd Northrop
Speednet Group, a leading lottery technology company, today announced a new voice synthesis feature for the Lottery Post website that can speak the winning numbers at the tap of a button.
The new feature the first of its kind among all major lottery websites is not just a handy aid for having the numbers read aloud, but critical for people with eyesight deficiencies, as well as conditions such as dyslexia. It is immedia ...
Jan 26, 2020, 6:45 pm - Lottery News forum
Texas Lottery to expand ticket sales at checkout lanes
Charlie Thomas, a home health care provider who also scrubs floors in the evening, says he buys lottery tickets every time I get a paycheck.
Thomas, 55, has been playing the Texas Lottery for two decades. His fortune hunting takes a $30 bite out of his weekly pay, but he's won about $1,000 over the years. His most recent good fortune was a $100 win on a bingo lottery ticket.
He was less lucky one day last month: The $2 scratch-off he bought at an East Austin convenience store came up empt ...
Jan 21, 2020, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
UK National Lottery hacker jailed for nine months
A cyber-criminal has been jailed for nine months for committing offenses against the United Kingdom National Lottery.
Following a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation, Anwar Batson, 29, of Notting Hill, London, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on 10 January. He admitted four offenses under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and one fraud charge.
The NCA was notified of the attack against National Lottery accounts in November 2016. The customer database affected contained around nine m ...
Jan 13, 2020, 10:22 am - Lottery News forum