Monday, March 23, 2009

N.C. Supreme Court keeps lottery law in place

March 23, 2009

Lottery barely avoids being deemed illegal
The North Carolina Education Lottery can still operate after the state Supreme Court deadlocked Friday over whether the votes creating the games were lawful.
Three of the seven justices agreed Friday the lottery law was unconstitutional and three others upheld the law. A seventh justice, Mark Martin, had recused himself from oral arguments in the case in September and did not vote.
The 3-3 decision means a March 2008 state Court of Appeals ruling that rejected the claim challenging the law remains in place, allowing the sale of lottery tickets to continue.

Arkansas lottery approaches final votes this week

March 23, 2009

After months of negotiations, Arkansas lawmakers plan to give their final seal of approval this week to the state's new lottery and scholarship program.

GTECH chosen as preferred bidder for N.Y. Lottery

Italian gaming company Lottomatica SpA said Sunday its wholly-owned subsidiary, GTECH Corporation, has been chosen as the preferred bidder to negotiate a seven-year contract with the New York Lottery to provide new online lottery solutions and services.
In a statement, Lottomatica said the contract can be extended for an additional three years.
The New York Lottery estimates the total value of the contract to be more than $550 million over the contract period.
The proposed contract, which is expected to start in March 2010, follows a competitive procurement process.
GTECH has been a lottery technology and services provider to the New York Lottery since 1986.

N.C. lawmaker critical of Gov's move to take lottery funds from schools

March 23, 2009

North Carolina State Representative Carolyn Justice says the governor's decision to take lottery funds has left some school districts in distress.
The $50 million in the Education Lottery Reserve Fund was supposed to pay for school construction costs, some for this school year.
The Pender County Republican says that's going to hurt local school districts.
"If those counties already issued bonds planning on that money to pay their debt, they're in trouble right now. And this hasn't even become solidified yet — just the first overtures here are not looking good for us locally."

Truck driver wins $1.9M lottery jackpot, will keep driving

March 23, 2009

A recent immigrant to Canada is Manitoba's newest millionaire.
Gennadi Belinov is nearly $2 million richer after he won a share of Wednesday night's $3.9 million Lotto 6/49 draw.
The Winnipeg man said he took a long look at a self-serve ticket checker when he scanned his ticket Thursday evening and learned he had won $1,979,992.
"I thought, 'What are all these numbers?' So, I took it to the clerk and asked if she could check the ticket through her machine. Then the machine said 'Woo hoo', and people in the store started screaming," he said in a media release issued by Western Canada Lottery Corp.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

19-year-old from N.Y. wins $1M lottery prize

March 18, 2009, 3:21 pm

Albion, New York, native Brittanie DeClerck dreams of owning her own pet shop someday; a dream she now wants to make real with part of the $1,000,000 top prize she won on an Emerald 8s scratch off ticket from the New York Lottery.
The 19-year-old former dog groomer said she looks forward to seeing her dream come true.
"We all have our dream jobs, but not everyone gets to see that dream come true," said the future entrepreneur. "This is my chance to make it happen." DeClerck credits her grandmother, a regular Lottery player, for her recent good a round about way.

Lottery supporters in Nevada try again

March 18, 2009, 4:12 pm
Advocates of a lottery in the nation's No. 1 gambling state have faced a long run of bad luck in getting Nevada legislators to back the idea — but they're betting the time is right for one more attempt. Among the 200-odd bills and resolutions introduced by a Monday deadline was a measure to remove a prohibition against lotteries that's now part of the Nevada Constitution.
Similar proposals have been rejected by the Legislature more than two dozen times since 1970, although in 1990 Nevadans did vote to allow charitable and religious organizations to hold small lotteries as fundraisers.