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Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017 - 15:44:00

Biggest-ever state lottery winner finally claims $177 million win

Eliberto Cantu of Lubbock, Texas finally claimed his $177 million lottery win today after purchasing the winning Mega Millions ticket on March 30.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 15:26:00

Pine Bluff lottery ticket worth $1 million

Stacy Tackett of Pine Bluff won $1 million in a drawing from losing lottery tickets, the Play It Again contest, the state lottery announced. Her loser, which turned into a winner, was purchased at a Valero outlet in Pine Bluff. According to the lottery, she'll buy a  truck, set up trusts for her children and save the rest.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 07:18:00

Powerball pot tops $1.3 billion

No one won last night's grand prize in the Powerball lottery drawing and the pot for Wednesday's drawing on new ticket purchases now stands at $1.3 billion, or a lump sum payment for a single winner of $806 million.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 07:50:00

Surprise: Lottery consultant to get fat contract

It is not exactly shocking that a consultant group that's had the inside track all along to realize profits from the Arkansas Lottery has an even more profitable deal in the works than originally described.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 14:11:00

House approves abolition of Lottery Commission

The House completed action today on Sen. Jimmy Hickey's bill to abolish the Lottery Commission and make it a division of an executive agency, the state Department of Finance and Administration.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 06:50:00

College cost increases outstrip any lottery 'fix'

Talk of a "fix" of the state lottery and its scholarship program overlook the dramatic rise in college costs that outstrips anything the scholarship program is able to provide.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 12:59:00

Lottery takeover advances

Abolition of the lottery commission advanced in a Senate committee today and a bill was introduced to divert general revenue to highway construction.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 13:16:00

Plugging Powerball's $450 million jackpot

The Arkansas Lottery couldn't be happier that the Powerball jackpot this week is up to $450 million ($304 million in a lump sum.)

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 09:45:00

Today at the Capitol: Light work includes amendment to lottery legislation

A light legislative schedule today includes an amendment to a bill to abolish the existing Lottery Commission and convert it to an agency under the governor's control.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 12:50:00

Legislature hears from the Arkansas Lottery and its consultant

Legislature's lottery oversight committee hears about declining revenue and also considers a consultant's report on ways the lottery could be changed. Additionally, a lottery consultant writes to blast the Sen. Jimmy Hickey's designs on the lottery and the consultant contract he's using to achieve his aims.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 10:04:00

The Arkansas lottery: The taxman cometh in more ways than one

Arkansas lottery winners have paid more than $40 million in state and federal income taxes on big-ticket winnings since the lottery began in September 2009.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 15:57:00

The open line and an open question on the special session

An open line poses a lingering question for the special session: Can Oaklawn stop a lottery expansion? Plus, bad news for lottery performance and former Arkansas State Police Director John Bailey is named director of the Union Rescue Mission.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 18:10:00

Arkansas Lottery Commission embraces keno, monitor games

A day after the Arkansas Lottery Legislative Oversight Committee passed a motion against the lottery adding video monitor games, the Arkansas Lottery Commission today approved adding the games, which Lottery Director Bishop Woosley pitched as a way to reach to boost revenues for the flagging lottery. Who knows whether keno and such will turn around the lottery, but we do know that it'll mean more money for the lottery's largest vendor.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 07:33:00

Lottery sales continue decline

The state Lottery Commission heard another report on declining revenues yesterday and again lowered expectations on profits expected to put into lottery college scholarships. This was inevitable and the prospects for reversal of the trend are not bright.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 07:06:00

Former Arkansas lottery exec lands gig in New Mexico

I'm back at work after a long hiatus and a little unsure about everything that's been reported in my absence.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 15:24:00

Ex-lottery employee cashes $478 K in illicit winnings, loses it on lottery

Arkansas Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said during a Friday afternoon news conference

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013 - 20:12:00

Late news: Lottery Commission considers keno; school transfer lawsuit in court

A couple of stories worth noting: * THE VIDEO LOTTERY IS BACK: In the face of stagnant revenue, the Arkansas Lottery Commission is revisting the idea of whether it should allow video lottery games such as keno, which offer repeat, fast, all-day gambling action.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 16:41:00

Lottery director opposes spending mandate

Arkansas Lottery Director Bishop Woosley has issued a statement explaining his opposition to legislation that would require that 30 percent of lottery revenue be spent on college scholarships.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 10:22:44

Lottery math: Halter says the money is meeting projections, not demand

A small point on the article in the Democrat-Gazette this morning on the monthly Arkansas lottery revenue report.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 20:02:50

Paying for the lottery shortfall — smaller scholarships

27 House members and Sen. Johnny Key have filed a bill to trim lottery scholarships to cope with lagging revenues.

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