Jan 14

Wyoming Unveil Logo in Run up to Lottery Launch

New lottery logo for Wyoming - YoLo Image source trib.com

New lottery logo for Wyoming – YoLo
Image source trib.com

Wyoming has unveiled the adorable new face of their impending lottery – YoLo the jackalope.  YoLo, of mythical origin, made his first official appearance yesterday, in an open house held by the Wyoming Lottery Corporation at their headquarters in downtown Cheyenne.

The whimsical creature is thought to have its origins in from North American folklore and was chosen by officials to reflect the light-hearted, fun nature of playing the lottery. YoLo, whose name is derived from the witty blend and brand name ‘WyoLotto’, is pictured on a blue background jumping over the letters ‘yoLo’ while reaching for a star. It is also a popular acronym for the term “you only live once”, which is certainly an appropriate slogan for any new jackpot winner to adopt. Designed by Cheyenne based advertising firm Warehouse Twenty One, YoLo has come to be known affectionately as a ‘jack-pot-alope’- a creature perhaps even more elusive than the already allegorical  jackalope. Although the Wyoming Lottery began operation in July 2013, Wyomingites are currently unable to take part in multi-state lotteries. However, the legislation allowing for lotteries to take place in the state is a promising development and one which suggests Wyoming is well on its way to becoming a valued participant of both Mega Millions and Powerball. CEO Clontz said ”we’re optimistic that we could be ready as early as mid-June” but added that ”there’s still a lot to do before we start selling Powerball and Mega Millions tickets.”

Governor Matt Mead, who first signed the bill in March 2013, seemed less optimistic about the time frame and stated that the board should not act hastily but take the time to ”do things properly” and estimated an earliest launch date of October 2014.

Despite a vague launch date, chief executive officer of the Wyoming Lottery Corporation Jon Clontz spoke enthusiastically about the development; ”We’re excited about bringing YoLo to life as we move forward with the Lottery’s branding process” he said, before adding; ”YoLo’s a distinctly Wyoming character that will become an instantly recognizable symbol of the Lottery.”

Wyoming’s impending inclusion into the national games of Powerball and Mega Millions means that there will be just six states without a lottery.  Despite having passed legislation opening the door to a state lottery and inclusion into the national games, there are notable prohibitions, namely instant win games like scratch offs. Nevertheless, the addition of Wyoming to Powerball and Mega Millions shows that America is becoming ever more gripped by the national game. Will the other six states eventually follow? Only time will tell.

by Mike Redfern
Updated June 8th, 2018

Jan 14

North Carolina Lottery Earns $251 Million in Six Months

north-carolina-lotteryThursday January 30, 2014- In a statement released this week, the North Carolina Education Lottery confirmed profits of $251 million during the six months to December 31st, 2013. These figures indicate a substantial profit growth of $23 million in comparison to the same period in 2012, made possible by the significant increase in instant ticket and Powerball sales. Although big Powerball jackpots are credited with increasing ticket sales, revenue from instant tickets also grew by 21%, resulting in total combined ticket sales of $900 million for the six months to December 31st 2013.

In just seven years, North Carolina residents have raised over $3 billion from lottery ticket sales alone, all of which directly benefits and supports the state education system. The General Assembly of North Carolina distribute the lottery’s net income amongst a series of resources including teacher salaries, improved learning tools, school building projects, learning support for at risk children and college scholarships.

Steve Brooks, executive director of the State Education Assistance Authority spoke about the vital ways in which lottery funds contribute to the public school system; “We’re pleased to have these funds available to students who need help with the costs of higher education and very appreciative that lottery revenues are there to fill in where tax dollars and other funds aren’t available.”

With an estimated 28 cents of every dollar spent on the state lottery reinvested in the North Carolina education system, lottery funding plays a crucial role in the growing success of the system. Executive director Alice Garland expressed the lottery’s aim to exceed $500 million in annual earnings by June 30th, a target that can only benefit everyone involved.

For the latest results and more information on the North Carolina Education Lottery, visit Lottery.net

by Mike Redfern
Updated March 30th, 2016

Jan 14

Powerball Results for Wednesday January 29th 2014

Powerball News

The Powerball Results for Tonight's draw are:

Main Balls: 11 - 23 - 28 - 32 - 47
Powerball: 20

Next Draw: Saturday February 8th 2014
Next Jackpot: $194,000,000

Powerball Prize Breakdown for 1/29/2014

Prize Level Prize Winners
Match 5 plus Powerball $171,000,000 0It's a Rollover!
Match 5 $1,000,000 5
Match 4 plus Powerball $10,000 25
Match 4 $100.00 894
Match 3 plus Powerball $100.00 1,392
Match 3 $7.00 47,700
Match 2 plus Powerball $7.00 23,137
Match 1 plus Powerball $4.00 144,876
Match 0 plus Powerball $4.00 286,161
Match 5 (with Power Play) $2,000,000 0
Match 4 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $20,000 5
Match 4 (with Power Play) $200.00 194
Match 3 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $200.00 233
Match 3 (with Power Play) $14.00 8,552
Match 2 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $14.00 4,122
Match 1 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $8.00 25,411
Match 0 plus Powerball (with Power Play) $8.00 49,755

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by Mike Redfern
Updated January 30th, 2014

Jan 14

Irish Lotto Results for Wednesday January 29th 2014

Irish Lotto News

The Irish Lotto Winning Numbers for Wednesday 29th Jan 2014 are below:

Main Balls: 2 - 12 - 21 - 27 - 39 - 43
Bonus Ball: 36

Next Draw: Saturday February 1st 2014
Next Jackpot: €3,500,000

Irish Lotto Prize Breakdown for 1/29/2014

Prize Level Prize Winners
Match 6 €2,953,277 0It's a Rollover!
Match 5 plus Bonus €25,000 3
Match 5 €1,784 26
Match 4 plus Bonus €162.00 72
Match 4 €59.00 1,222
Match 3 plus Bonus €31.00 1,526
Match 3 €5.00 21,247

Draw Schedule

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Good luck for the next Irish Lotto draw and don't forget to check your tickets after the draw to see if you're a lottery winner!

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by Mike Redfern
Updated January 29th, 2014

Jan 14

Powerball Winner Gloria MacKenzie Shuns Suggestions to Rename School

Powerball NewsWednesday January 29 2014Gloria MacKenzie, the biggest lottery winner of all time, has shunned suggestions to rename a beneficiary school in her honour. The retired widow from Maine, New England, generously donated $1.8 million of her $370.9 million lump sum to Schenck High School, where MacKenzie’s daughter teaches Biology, but has expressed her disinterest in inspiring a new school moniker.

The school, located in MacKenzie’s hometown of East Millinocket, is currently named after founder Garret Schenck Jr, but local resident Paul Baker recently submitted an official proposal to the school’s committee suggesting a name change reflecting Gloria MacKenzie’s substantial donation. Baker, a retired mill worker, argued that the name change would not only honour MacKenzie’s generosity, but also improve community spirit regarding the school. Baker believes the current moniker is widely ridiculed due to its discernible similarity to the offensive slang term ‘skank’.

When asked about the issue, Baker said; ‘[the name] is causing some of our graduates, when asked the name of the high school from which they graduated, [to] tell those asking that they graduated from East Millinocket High School rather than from Schenck High School so as to not to be ridiculed.’ Baker proposed that a less risqué name would facilitate a feeling of pride for the school, rather than embarrassment.

However, in a rare statement released by Gloria MacKenzie’s son, Scott MacKenzie said; “I don’t know how many times I have to say it, but we don’t want the name changed. Period.” It remains unclear why the MacKenzie’s are vehemently against the name change although local consensus also seems to lean toward keeping the school’s original name.  Despite their disinterest, the school board have plans to review the idea during a meeting on Tuesday, February 4th.

by Patrick Fitzgerald
Updated January 29th, 2014