N.C. lottery tickets sold in vending machines
Like chips and soda, now you can buy North Carolina scratch-off lottery tickets from vending machines.
The lottery began installing 500 machines statewide last week. The vending machines sell 24 games costing $1 to $10 each.
Many will go into supermarkets including Food Lion and Lowes Foods, said Alice Garland, lottery deputy executive director. Some will land in convenience stores with high ticket sales to free up clerks.
Vending machines are not new to state lotteries. Maryland has us ...
Apr 10, 2007, 11:14 am - Lottery News forum
Ontario Lottery players don't know who to trust
With widespread corruption or at least permissiveness of corruption coming to light in Ontario, lottery players don't know who to turn to when there is a problem.
Take, for instance, the case of a player who realized his lottery ticket was mis-printed.
Thomas Hong always does what the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. asks him to do check your tickets.
And that's what he did on the recent March 16 Super 7 draw, but there was one hitch, he was missing four bonus lines on one ticket ...
Mar 30, 2007, 8:54 am - Lottery News forum
Company proposes new pooling lottery ticket to fight 'jackpot fatigue'
An Arizona company has designed a new lottery ticket concept that would enter the purchaser in a pool with other lottery players, at the same time entering chances that are not part of the pool.
The company claims that the increased number of chances to win will combat jackpot fatigue, a sense of dimished player excitement over large jackpots leading to lower ticket sales.
The company hopes to attract state lotteries with its promise of higher sales. According to the company's press reles ...
Feb 9, 2007, 7:00 pm - Lottery News forum
R.I. lottery machine prints invalid tickets
They entered the store with hopes of striking it rich through a winning lottery ticket. They exited with bogus tickets all dated from 1999.
A lottery machine mix-up Thursday resulted in roughly 70 invalid tickets being printed at a Cranston convenience store, the Rhode Island Lottery said Friday.
The problem was caused by a field service technician for the gaming technology company Gtech Holdings Corp. who accidentally replaced a malfunctioning machine at Oaklawn Mart with a model termin ...
Jan 15, 2007, 3:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Connecticut lottery machines offline for hours
Phone line problems to blame for outage affecting one-third of lottery machines
Lottery sales were fully restored in New Haven County Friday night, hours after telephone line problems shut down more than 900 state lottery machines earlier in the day.
Diane Patterson, a spokeswoman for the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, said the machines, which constitute about one-third of the state's lottery ticket dispensing terminals, were off-line as of late Friday afternoon.
Lottery officials con ...
Dec 29, 2006, 11:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Lawmakers criticize Iowa Lottery bonuses
Iowa Lottery workers are about to receive up to $7,700 each in what their board calls incentive-based pay and what critics call politically tone-deaf bonuses.
The lottery board voted 5-0 Thursday to split $385,710 among the agency's 116 employees, with each person receiving almost 6 percent of annual salary.
The money is to be paid under a long-standing policy that rewards workers when the agency meets financial targets, lottery officials said. In this case, the lottery went almost $3 m ...
Aug 21, 2006, 12:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Washington Lottery to debut new ticket machines
Washington lottery players can expect new green tickets July 2, the date the state-run gambling enterprise switches to new machines in its retail outlets.
The switch comes at a time the state Lottery is struggling to maintain its share of the state's exploding gambling market. But the change is not expected to boost the state's shrinking share of the $1.7 billion that gamblers lose each year in Washington.
The change in ticket stock is tied to the installation of new ticket-dispensing mac ...
Jun 19, 2006, 2:06 pm - Lottery News forum
Maryland Lottery machine glitches frustrate players
New system suffers long breakdowns, customers complain
A new lottery sales system being installed at thousands of convenience, liquor and grocery stores statewide has experienced breakdowns of up to several hours at a time this week, Maryland Lottery officials said Friday. Store owners and avid players in search of their daily numbers were frustrated and furious.
Customers have let store owners hear their displeasure especially those who can't play the popular Keno game.
You should s ...
Jun 5, 2006, 7:12 am - Lottery News forum
W.V. Lottery officials target 'coin-pusher' machines
Retailers could lose licenses if they have coin-pusher devices
Coin-pusher machines are popping up at limited video lottery businesses in violation of state law, and the West Virginia Lottery is warning operators that it will yank their licenses if they do not get rid of the devices.
Coin-pusher machines are touted as skills games by manufacturers and distributors. Players insert coins in the machines in an attempt to push other coins, tokens, jewelry or other prizes off rotating shelves a ...
Jun 2, 2006, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Lottery TouchPlay ends tonight
After TouchPlay owners lost a last-ditch legal battle Tuesday to leave the video lottery devices turned on, some lawmakers said they would make a final effort to keep the affected businesses out of bankruptcy.
A Polk County judge on Tuesday refused to delay the ending for the Iowa Lottery's TouchPlay machines, a ruling that means the machines must be turned off by 11:59 tonight.
A group of private businesses that had been invited by the Iowa Lottery to invest in the TouchPlay machines, inc ...
May 3, 2006, 11:48 am - Lottery News forum