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New Jersey Lottery ticket sales temporarily unavailable
Lottery is halting ticket purchases during morning hours tomorrow By Kate Northrop The New Jersey Lottery today announced that ticket sales for all draw games will be temporarily suspended Friday, Feb. 26. The Lottery will be applying an upgrade to its wagering system used for purchasing draw-based Lottery games. Players will not be able to buy tickets for those games between 12:01 am and approximately 10:00 am Friday. However, midday drawings for Pick 3 and Pick 4 will not be interr ...
Feb 25, 2021, 11:57 am - Lottery News forum

New Hampshire wins appeal; Wire Act does not apply to lotteries
By Kate Northrop The New Hampshire Lottery has prevailed against the US Department of Justice when a federal court ruled Wednesday that the Wire Act does not apply to lotteries, cementing the legality of participating in the state lottery over the Internet. In August of 2019, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a notice of appeal following the decision by the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to find in favor of the New Hampshire Lottery in the long-awaite ...
Jan 24, 2021, 9:16 am - Lottery News forum

Lottery courier service pioneers online sales model in Texas
Massive multi-state jackpots fuel surge in online ticket sales By Kate Northrop Lottery courier service theLotter is changing the way people in the state of Texas are buying lottery tickets, and two multi-state mega jackpots combined with pandemic-driven online sales are proving to be the perfect storm. As 2021 kicks off with two multi-state lottery jackpots swelling over $1 billion combined, players are buying up their tickets in a frenzy any which way. Online ticket sales are surging ...
Jan 14, 2021, 6:59 pm - Lottery News forum

USA Mega unveils new and improved website
By Kate Northrop Speednet Group, a leading lottery technology company, announced today that it has re-launched the USA Mega website with an updated, modern look that works equally well on mobile devices, computers, and tablets. USA Mega offers players and industry professionals a myriad of tools and resources for playing Powerball and Mega Millions, including the latest lottery results, jackpot analysis, news updates, statistics, official drawing videos, and the entire historical record of ...
Dec 18, 2020, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum

Misprinted Kentucky Lottery tickets lead players to mistakenly believe they won
IGT software error dashes players' hopes and excitement By Kate Northrop Quite a few Kentucky Lottery players thought they had won big time when they saw matching symbols printed on their Tic Tac Cash Fast Play tickets, but that joy quickly dissipated when they found out that those symbols were not indicators of winning the lottery at all, rather they were a result of a software error. According to the Kentucky Lottery, a vendor software issue affected some lottery vending machines in O ...
Dec 17, 2020, 5:19 pm - Lottery News forum

Sequential numbers drawn in South Africa Lottery stirs up suspicions of fraud
20 players share the jackpot after consecutive numbers are drawn By Kate Northrop An unusually perfect series of sequential numbers that came up in South Africa's most recent PowerBall drawing has led to accusations of fraud, while others jumped in to defend the integrity of a game based on pure luck and chance. The winning numbers drawn on Tuesday, Dec. 1 were all consecutive numbers, including the PowerBall itself 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and PowerBall 10. 20 people purchased a ticket with t ...
Dec 3, 2020, 1:03 pm - Lottery News forum

Massachusetts Lottery to allow prize claims via mobile app
New method for claiming winnings to become available next spring By Kate Northrop Players who are tired of traveling to claim centers or mailing away their winning lottery tickets to claim their prizes will soon have a new option. Next spring, the Massachusetts Lottery will begin allowing players to claim larger prizes through their phones. The Massachusetts Lottery plans on expanding the functionality of its mobile app to give players the options of having winnings deposited directly i ...
Nov 30, 2020, 8:50 pm - Lottery News forum

Wildfires cause shutdown of some Oregon Lottery games
2020 continues to challenge the lottery and gaming industry By Kate Northrop 2020 just doesn't seem to let up, with wildfires in Oregon causing 115 of the state's lottery retailers to lose connection to the fiber-optic cables that support the selling of most lottery games. Over the weekend, 95 retailers in the Portland area and 25 on the coast were rendered unable to sell any video lottery games, Keno, and traditional draw games like Mega Millions and Powerball. Only instant scratch-off ...
Sep 23, 2020, 5:28 pm - Lottery News forum

NJ Lottery mistakenly printed malicious website address on lottery tickets
By Kate Northrop The New Jersey Lottery misspelled the address of their second-chance website on lottery tickets, leading players to visit a malicious website with the potential to install malware on their computer. According to the Lottery, a state vendor programmed store registers to print an incorrect web address on tickets for playing Collect 'N Win, a second-chance promotion that has been running for about three weeks. Bill Bauer, a former software engineer from Edison, said he enc ...
Aug 28, 2020, 12:26 pm - Lottery News forum

Connecticut Lottery's Fast Play instant game crashes lottery terminals
Connecticut's newest instant game is so popular, lottery terminals can't keep up By Kate Northrop The Connecticut Lottery's newest game is attracting so many players that lottery terminals are slowing or shutting down. Fast Play, the Lottery's newest instant game, was launched about a month ago. Since then, the game has attracted players across the state and generated about $5 million in sales. In fact, the game has received so much attention, that lottery terminals at retailers and the ...
Aug 17, 2020, 6:19 pm - Lottery News forum

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