Arkansas bill to keep lottery winner names secret fails

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An effort to keep the identities of some lottery winners secret has failed in the Arkansas House.

The proposal to allow winners of more than $500,000 in the state lottery to keep their identities confidential failed in the House on a 39-30 vote last week. The sponsor of the measure said the bill was aimed at protecting lottery winners’ safety.… Read the rest “Arkansas bill to keep lottery winner names secret fails”

Winner of $1.5B lottery jackpot donates some winnings to Alabama tornado victims

Updated with additional details about the anonymous winner

The winner of the largest Mega Millions jackpot in US history — $1.5 billion — is sharing some of her newfound wealth to help others in need.

The lucky South Carolina woman, who has chosen to remain anonymous, is donating to the Alabama Red Cross to aid tornado relief and several South Carolina charities.… Read the rest “Winner of $1.5B lottery jackpot donates some winnings to Alabama tornado victims”

Two Mexico lotteries set to merge

In a bid to reverse its deficit Mexican lottery La Lotería Nacional para la Asistencia Pública (Lotenal) will merge with the other state lottery Pronósticos para la Asistencia Pública (Pronósticos).

Lotenal which owes $540m in back taxes will merge with Pronósticos as it “responds to the challenge set by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador,” said the agency’s director, Ernesto Prieto Ortega.… Read the rest “Two Mexico lotteries set to merge”

$550 MILLION: Red hot Powerball jackpot rolls again

By Todd Northrop

This week Powerball is the hot ticket, featuring a jackpot payout of more than a half-billion dollars.

The new high-water mark of $550 million for the current Powerball annuity jackpot estimate was achieved after no winning tickets were sold for Saturday night’s $492.1 million grand prize.  The new jackpot stands as the 11th-largest  ever recorded in United States lottery history.  (See top 25 annuity and cash values below.)

The lump-sum cash payout value of Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is $335 million.… Read the rest “$550 MILLION: Red hot Powerball jackpot rolls again”

State lotteries line up against DOJ reversal on Wire Act

State lotteries continue to fight back against a January Department of Justice reversal of its interpretation of the Wire Act, threatening every form of online gambling in the country.

(See DOJ reverses 2011 opinion of the Wire Act; legal online gaming in question, Lottery Post, Jan. 14, 2019.)

Now the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania joined a New Hampshire lawsuit challenging the validity of the new Wire Act opinion.… Read the rest “State lotteries line up against DOJ reversal on Wire Act”