Iowa Gov. Approves Ban On TouchPlay Lottery Machines
The fight to keep video lottery in Iowa is heating up. Governor Tom Vilsack approved a ban on the state's lottery TouchPlay machines, giving businesses 45 days to shut them down.
It's a move that's not sitting well with owners, but it also could cost the state millions of dollars in revenue.
They look a lot......and sound a lot......like a slot machine you'd find in Vegas.
You don't have to drive to a casino anymore, you can just play these, said Dan Viereck, manager of the Trophy Cas ...
Mar 22, 2006, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery scratch tickets on sale in 15 days
Scratch-off tickets in the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) will go on sale in 15 days, and retailers around the state are getting ready for the games to begin.
Chip King of Neb King Inc. in Person County plans to sell lottery tickets at his convenience stores. But King said he was about a week behind other stores as far as getting geared up to offer lottery tickets to customers however, since there was a small glitch in the massive application process, for his five stores.
Mar 16, 2006, 7:06 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa Legislators start spinning TouchPlay debate today
There are a lot of jackpots on the line today when legislators begin debating the future of the Iowa Lottery's slot machine-like games located in Main Street businesses across the state.
More than 6,000 machines in 2,800 taverns, grocery, convenience stores and other locations across Iowa have brought in more than $212 million in sales since July. Another 4,500 machines are expected to be installed.
Large companies such as Royal Financial, which operates 25 percent of the machines, and ...
Mar 13, 2006, 8:39 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa lottery records show sales trends
Mason City TouchPlay outlets took in more than $3.2 million in their machines over the past eight months, with gamblers in Clear Lake throwing in another $663,000, according to an analysis by Lee Enterprises newspapers.
Mason City ranked fourth in the state in TouchPlay receipts.
The Iowa Lottery released financial information on the machines Friday in response to Freedom of Information requests by Lee, The Associated Press and other news organizations.
The information is incomplete. A ...
Mar 8, 2006, 8:09 am - Lottery News forum
Montana lottery system getting facelift
The state lottery is on its way to becoming easier and more effective.
More than 100 local managers and store clerks gathered at the Holiday Inn in Great Falls Monday to learn how to use new lottery machines as the state prepares to change over to a new, high-tech lottery system March 31.
Intralot, a Georgia-based company, is assuming control of Montana's lottery system. Small, flashy-red machines with laser printers and satellite communication capabilities will replace the old lottery mac ...
Mar 8, 2006, 7:21 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery Update: Moving Quickly
More than 200 stores in Forsyth County have applied to sell scratch-off tickets for the scheduled start of the new North Carolina lottery March 30.
Although most of them are convenience stores and grocery chains, applicants also include a miniature-golf course, several tobacconists, at least one pawn shop and a store that sells Indian food and spices.
At one store, Blue Ridge Tobacco Candle Outlet on Cloverdale Avenue, customers should soon be able to buy scratch-off tickets with their c ...
Mar 6, 2006, 8:15 am - Lottery News forum
Burglars Take Cash From Lottery Machine
25 Burglaries Of TouchPlay Devices Happen In Six Months
On Wednesday morning, burglars stole cash from a TouchPlay machine.
The clerk at an east side Kum And Go at 2919 E. 14th St. said the theft happened around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The lottery machines are in a separate room called the Gaming Center at the store.
The clerk told police that two men a one woman walked into the gas station together. The guys went into the room were the TouchPlay machines are located.
He believes ...
Mar 2, 2006, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Lottery machines installed
Lottery machines are coming to counter tops at convenience stores around North Carolina. In fact, at least one was installed Thursday.
Contractors began installing machines at the Kangaroo store on Castle Hayne Road in New Hanover County Thursday morning. It's one of the first devices in Southeastern North Carolina. Lottery machines are already in place in Wilmington at the Scotchman on 23rd Street and a Kangaroo store on Oleander Drive.
The stores get something for giving up the space th ...
Feb 24, 2006, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
Iowa lawmakers predict video lottery restrictions
The Iowa Legislature won't ban TouchPlay machines, but likely will restrict the spread of the machines, Senate Democratic Leader Michael Gronstal said Thursday.
I do not expect that these machines will be completely outlawed and I do not expect the continued expansion will be allowed, Gronstal said.
The debate over the video lottery machines has gripped the legislature during the opening month of the session.
In 2002, the Legislature approved a measure authorizing the video lottery ma ...
Feb 24, 2006, 7:21 am - Lottery News forum
Stores OK with releasing Iowa Lottery TouchPlay data
Iowa convenience store operators, whose sales information has been made public for years by the Iowa Lottery, say they won't try to block the release of financial information requested by The Des Moines Register about TouchPlay machines.
We don't have a dog in the fight. We don't care, the president of the trade group that represents convenience stores said Thursday. It's always been public. All lottery sales are public information by location.
Dawn Carlson of the Petroleum Marketers a ...
Feb 24, 2006, 7:11 am - Lottery News forum