Oct 13

Pennsylvania Lottery Privatization Pursuit Rumbles On

Thursday October 31 2013 – Governor Corbett has extended the deadline for Camelot to take over the management of the Pennsylvania State Lottery until the end of the year, despite criticism from lawmakers over the spiralling costs. The bid is now due to expire on December 31.

Governor Corbett (picture from Twitter.com)

Governor Corbett (picture from Twitter.com)

Originally, the estimated price tag for outsourcing the management of the lottery was capped at $375,000 when legal advisors DLA Piper first took on the work in March 2012. However, since then revisions to the contract, extensions to the bid and the hiring of extra financial and legal advisors have seen the costs spiral out of control to reach nearly $5 million.

Despite these costs, supporters of the bill are still confident that the return on investment will be worthwhile, given that Camelot has pledged to boost lottery profits by $34 billion during their proposed 20 year contract.

However, more and more Democratic and Republican lawmakers are announcing their opposition to the proposed bill. Back in February 2013, Attorney State General Kathleen Kane was the first to voice her concerns, rejecting the contract as “illegal” as it violated the state of Pennsylvania’s constitution.

Since then, the ever-increasing costs of the deal have led to others voicing their concerns, especially as these costs are coming directly out of lottery profits which are used to fund projects for the state’s growing senior citizen population.

In a press conference on Monday, State Treasurer Rob McCord called for the Governor to put an end to the bid which he referred to as “a failed and costly experiment”. He noted that the funds paid to DLA Piper alone had so far reached $3.4 million – an amount which would be higher than the tallest skyscraper in Pennsylvania if stacked up in $1 bills.

“This is real money that should have been used to help our senior citizens,” McCord went on to say. “Instead, it has lined the pockets of consultants who are pursuing an ill-advised plan to privatize our efficient and well-administered lottery.”

Judging by last year’s record-breaking lottery sales, which hit $3.69 billion and produced $1 billion in profit, McCord may have a point. At this time however, Governor Corbett continues to hedge his bets with the most recent extension and more news is now expected at the end of December.

You can read more about the history of the bid here.

In Other Pennsylvania Lottery News

The Pennsylvania Lottery has launched a range of six seasonal scratch offs to celebrate Christmas. Players can choose between Snow Days, Cashing Thru The Snow, Merry Multiplier, Holiday Gifts, Sleigh Ride or Merry Millionaire.

The scratch offs are priced between $1 and $20 and offer players the chance to win up to $1 million. For more information, visit the Instant Games area on the Pennsylvania Lottery website.

Oct 13

Powerball Results for Wednesday October 30th 2013

Powerball News

The Powerball Results for Tonight's draw are:

Main Balls: 2 - 36 - 40 - 49 - 54
Powerball: 10

Next Draw: Saturday November 9th 2013
Next Jackpot: $60,000,000

Powerball Prize Breakdown for 10/30/2013

Prize Level Prize Winners
Match 5 plus Powerball $50,000,000 0It's a Rollover!
Match 5 $1,000,000 1
Match 4 plus Powerball $10,000 11
Match 4 $100.00 531
Match 3 plus Powerball $100.00 741
Match 3 $7.00 27,259
Match 2 plus Powerball $7.00 14,660
Match 1 plus Powerball $4.00 102,304
Match 0 plus Powerball $4.00 218,273
Match 5 (with Power Play) $2,000,000 0
Match 4 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $40,000 2
Match 4 (with Power Play) $200.00 87
Match 3 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $200.00 179
Match 3 (with Power Play) $14.00 5,329
Match 2 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $14.00 2,877
Match 1 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $12.00 20,437
Match 0 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $12.00 44,095

Draw Schedule

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Oct 13

Irish Lotto Results for Wednesday October 30th 2013

Irish Lotto News

Here are the Irish Lotto Results for Wednesday 30/10/2013. Along with the winning numbers for this draw you can see a full prize breakdown below as well as a draw schedule showing the days of the week that the Irish Lotto draw takes place:

Main Balls: 9 - 14 - 15 - 22 - 24 - 43
Bonus Ball: 40

Next Draw: Saturday November 2nd 2013
Next Jackpot: €2,500,000

Irish Lotto Prize Breakdown for 10/30/2013

Prize Level Prize Winners
Match 6 €2,000,000 0It's a Rollover!
Match 5 plus Bonus €25,000 1
Match 5 €2,138 21
Match 4 plus Bonus €168.00 67
Match 4 €55.00 1,262
Match 3 plus Bonus €32.00 1,464
Match 3 €5.00 21,767

Draw Schedule

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I hope you had good luck in Tonight's Irish Lotto draw!

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Oct 13

Oklahoma Lottery Officials Warn Players of Scam

oklahomalottery Wednesday October 30 2013 – The Oklahoma Lottery is urging players to be extra vigilant as there is a new lottery scam in circulation. The scam focuses on the Mega Millions game and involves members of the public receiving telephone calls informing them that they have won a large lottery prize and/or additional prizes such as cars and holidays.

In a recent press release Rollo Redburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Lottery, said: “The lottery security department has observed an increased number of calls from people inquiring if they have actually won a prize or if the call is indeed a scam.”

This lottery scam works by the fraudster first informing the victim that they have won a large Mega Millions prize and, in order to receive the win, they need to pay taxes on the prize. Although the scammers claim to be from the Oklahoma Lottery, state officials have been quick to advise players that the telephone calls are in no way associated with the Oklahoma Lottery. Redburn informed players that “the lottery will never ask players to send an up-front payment in order to claim a prize.”

Most of the phone calls are reported as coming from area code 876.

The Oklahoma Lottery advises anyone who receives a call which they believe to be a lottery scam to contact the Attorney General’s office on (405) 521-3921 or the Federal Trade Commission on (877) 382-4357. To read the full press release from Oklahoma Lottery officials, click here.

For further information on lottery scams and how to avoid becoming a victim, visit Lottery.net.

Oct 13

Mega Millions Results for Tuesday October 29th 2013

Mega Millions News

The Mega Millions Results for Tonight's draw are:

Main Balls: 20 - 33 - 50 - 53 - 54
Mega Ball: 7
Megaplier: 3

Next Draw: Friday November 8th 2013
Next Jackpot: $87,000,000

Mega Millions Prize Breakdown for 10/29/2013

Prize Level Prize Winners
Match 5 plus Mega Ball $75,000,000 0It's a Rollover!
Match 5 $1,000,000 0
Match 4 plus Mega Ball $5,000 13
Match 4 $500.00 294
Match 3 plus Mega Ball $50.00 1,626
Match 2 plus Mega Ball $5.00 21,942
Match 3 $5.00 37,747
Match 1 plus Mega Ball $2.00 326,062
Match 0 plus Mega Ball $1.00 893,666

Draw Schedule

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