Lottery vending machines coming to Arkansas
When the Arkansas Lottery awarded a contract to the Greece-based Intralot in August of this year, one requirement was that the lottery services company provide 100 ticket vending machines. The lottery commission has yet to roll out the machines, but a non-operational model can be seen at the claims center in downtown Little Rock.
Lottery director Ernie Passailaigue says Arkansans will start to see the machines this spring, sometime around March or April. But while lottery officials hope to re ...
Dec 3, 2009, 8:13 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery vending machines rolled out across Florida
Scratch-off Florida Lottery tickets are one of the quickest, easiest ways for gamblers to take a chance at riches and, for the most part, come up empty.
But sometimes demand can create lottery bottlenecks at places such as your neighborhood Publix customer service counter.
That's why state leaders are making the instant gratification of scratch-off tickets even more instant installing 1,000 ticket vending machines at lottery retailers across Florida, primarily supermarkets.
''It helps b ...
Sep 8, 2009, 9:08 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery expands vending machine use
North Carolina Education Lottery Commission officials are hoping a new deal that will allow players to purchase Powerball and other game tickets from vending machines will help extend the lottery's reach into more retail chain stores, like Walmart.
The deal was made on Tuesday with GTECH Corp., which runs ticket printing and logistics for the state lottery. GTECH will provide the extra machines at no charge, in exchange for the state extending their contract with the company for four more yea ...
Aug 19, 2009, 8:53 am - Lottery News forum
Lotto machine rejects winning ticket
In South Africa, a Durban woman has asked Lotto operator Gidani to investigate its scanning machines after her winning ticket was declared invalid.
Wanda Bromehead, said she had checked the newspaper and knew she had won R88 in the May 16 draw.
But she was surprised when the teller behind the counter ran her ticket through the scanner and the screen displayed the words No Winner .
The teller was asked to scan the ticket three more times, and the message was the same.
Doubting herself ...
Jul 20, 2009, 1:01 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery operator switch has some glitches
A new company began running the Ohio Lottery's computer system on Wednesday, causing frustrating problems for some retailers and leaving some winning tickets incorrectly coming up as losers.
Lottery spokeswoman Marie Kilbane said the problems were being worked out.
What we saw early were mostly common problems we had predicted, such as some calls from retailers who had forgotten sign-on passwords. But overall, selling has been going well, Kilbane said.
The Ohio Lottery decided last yea ...
Jul 1, 2009, 7:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery switches to Greek operator Intralot
Greek company takes over operation of games
At 11:59 p.m. today, in an office park in Strongsville, state officials and a gaggle of computer technicians, some from Greece, will change how Ohioans get their lottery tickets.
Success will be measured by how few people notice.
What happens inside the 80,000-square-foot, unadorned brick building not far from the Lorain County line is being watched like Y2K, at least in the world of state lotteries.
A lot of people are rooting for us, and ...
Jun 30, 2009, 8:26 am - Lottery News forum
Fla. Lottery to try vending machines... again
Construction worker Anthony Carey usually gets $50 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets once a week at the convenience store where he gasses up, but he says that'll probably change when Florida reintroduces vending machines later this year in supermarkets.
The first of 1,000 machines should begin showing up in mid-August and all should all be in place by the end of November.
Instead of just getting them when I'm putting in gas, I would be able to buy them basically anywhere, Carey said wh ...
Jun 5, 2009, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Lottery director under scrutiny for equipment debacle
A year ago, Ohio Lottery Director Michael A. Dolan persuaded skeptical lawmakers to buy $11.6 million worth of equipment to launch the state's new Keno game on a promise that the setup would still work after a year a premise that Dolan later admitted was false.
Now, as Dolan prepares to ask the same legislative panel to approve a $41 million contract with a company to run Keno and other lottery games for the next two years, the director's own dubious promises could return to haunt him.
Jun 1, 2009, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
N.M. Lottery to replace Powerball tickets printed in error
The New Mexico Lottery has discovered that approximately 450 Powerball wagers were printed in error earlier this month.
The wagers were purchased from two self-service lottery machines provided by Intralot, Inc., the lottery's gaming system vendor.
Players who purchased those wagers will be offered a replacement ticket for the Jan. 28 drawing.
The error occurred when Intralot deployed two self-service lottery machines before upgrading internal software supporting Powerball's new format. ...
Jan 23, 2009, 6:56 pm - Lottery News forum
New Michigan lottery terminals are giving retailers fits
Numerous glitches have popped up on the touch-screen devices that use satellite technology
The new generation of Michigan Lottery machines is giving some retailers fits as the devices sometimes go on the blink in this winter's harsh weather.
The state began replacing 11,000 older model machines last fall, and the conversion should be completed by month's end.
But unlike the old system, which used phone lines, the new one relies on satellite technology.
In snowy, windy weather, the ne ...
Jan 16, 2009, 7:54 am - Lottery News forum