Iowa Lottery hopes to upgrade vending machines by end of September
The Iowa Lottery is going to work after the governor signed a bill Friday to allow them to upgrade their vending machines to modern technology.
Lottery spokesperson Mary Neubauer, says they want to have something in place once the maintenance contract on the current machines expires. That contract expires September 30th, so we have a lot of work to do between now and then. But the plan is to get at least some new equipment into the field by September 30th and hopefully it would all be out the ...
Apr 4, 2016, 6:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Iowa House votes to allow touchscreen lottery machines
The Iowa House kicked off the seventh week of the 2016 session by approving a bill to make buying lottery tickets easier.
Touch-screen lottery machines should result in an additional $30.5 million in revenue for Iowa Lottery the next two fiscal years, increasing total revenue to $321.5 million, according to a fiscal note from the Legislative Services Bureau. That will mean about $6.2 million more transferred to the state general fund.
The self-serve kiosks will replace older pull tabs and ...
Feb 23, 2016, 4:55 pm - Lottery News forum
Faulty $50 Wisonsin lottery ticket causing a flap
Celeste Davis is haunted by a scratch-off lottery ticket.
I played Joker's Wild, and now the joke is on me, she sighed.
The Milwaukee woman spent $5 on a ticket that appears to be a $50 winner. So we're not talking about a lot of money here.
But the ticket never paid out, despite extraordinary efforts by Wisconsin Lottery staff to validate it.
It's just a mystery. We tried to re-create her ticket so we could pay her, lottery communications director Stephanie Marquis said.
We be ...
Dec 4, 2015, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lawmakers move to allow lottery sales as gas pumps, ATMs
Florida legislators are moving forward with a bill that would allow lottery tickets to be sold anywhere you can swipe a credit card, including gas pumps and ATMs.
Under this bill, you could get your Powerball, Mega Millions and Florida Lotto tickets at the gas pump, said the bill's sponsor, State Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo). It will generate new money for education without expenditure of taxpayer dollars.
As expected, any attempted change in lottery laws brings out the anti-gamblin ...
Nov 18, 2015, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lawmakers seek to automate lottery ticket sales
The Florida Lottery and education in the state go hand in hand, with the department contributing more than $28 billion to education trust funds since 1988. Lawmakers think they can get that number to up with a bill that would make it easier for consumers to buy a ticket.
The idea for automated lottery terminals comes from a state study where it has been noted for two years in a row that ticket automation could increase revenues.
The Florida Lottery is coming off a record-breaking month. Mo ...
Nov 10, 2015, 8:30 am - Lottery News forum
[UPDATE] D.C. woman who tried to redeem faulty ticket admitted to forging second 'winner'
By Todd Northrop
A Washington, D.C. woman who enlisted the help of local media to try and claim a faulty Virginia Lottery scratch-off ticket actually tried to claim a second lottery ticket of the same exact game that she admitted was a forgery.
Lottery Post reported Wednesday morning that Ardella Newman of Washington, D.C. is taking the Virginia Lottery to task for denying her claim of a scratch-off ticket that she claims is worth $20,000. The Virginia Lottery had issued a statement that t ...
Sep 9, 2015, 7:48 pm - Lottery News forum
NC residents can now play lottery at the pump
North Carolina residents can now play jackpot lottery games while pumping their gas.
A new service being offered by the N.C. Education Lottery allows players to enter in the drawing in one of the jackpot games Powerball, Mega Million, or Carolina Cash 5 all from the convenience of their gas pump.
To use this service, customers will swipe a debit card at the pump to get Quick Pick numbers for the next drawing in their jackpot game of choice. A receipt will then print their numbers.
Jul 15, 2015, 4:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Man forgets glasses, mistakenly buys winning lottery ticket
A man in southwestern Connecticut who mistakenly bought the wrong lottery ticket is $30,000 wealthier.
Bob Sabo, of Easton, says he didn't want to wait in line to buy a lottery ticket at the Super Stop Shop in Fairfield, so he decided to buy a ticket from a lottery vending machine - something he had previously never done.
Sabo says he meant to buy two $20 tickets, but says he didn't have his glasses on and instead bought a $30 ticket.
When I got home and scratched the 30X ticket, I cou ...
Jun 29, 2015, 11:17 am - Lottery News forum
Supermarket chain accused of allowing lottery sales to minors
Children hoping to buy lottery tickets from vending machines may soon find it more difficult.
Northeastern University's Public Health Advocacy Institute is demanding that Star Market remove scratch lottery ticket vending machines from its Massachusetts stores after, PHAI claims, a 14-year-old was able to purchase tickets from two stores.
According to NECN, PHAI sent a letter to the company stating that a 14-year-old boy was able to purchase tickets at Star Market locations on Beacon Street ...
Oct 2, 2014, 9:13 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Legislature passes lottery bill scrapping online scratch-off games
Gov. unsure if he will sign bill
Both the Minnesota House and Senate on Friday overwhelmingly approved restrictions on online sales of state lottery tickets.
The bill now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton, who has said he hasn't decided whether he'll sign it.
Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, called implementation of the new electronic games overreach by the administration.
Politically, we pinned their ears back, said Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston. The lottery needs to have some controls, some ...
May 17, 2014, 11:08 am - Lottery News forum