Lottery

House money

House money

Millions in winnings from Lottery games go unclaimed every year and revert back to the state

DOES THE NUMBER combination 23, 31, 42, 50, 57 mean anything to you? That was the million-dollar winner in the Powerball game from Sept 26, 2015, purchased at the American Legion post in East Springfield. Unfortunately for whoever had it, the deadline to cash it was Monday and it went unclaimed, meaning Massachusetts’ share of the(...)

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Keno sales lag near slots parlor

Keno sales lag near slots parlor

Lottery sales overall up 6.4%, but profit is down

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SEVERAL WEEKS AFTER the state’s first licensed slots parlor opened its doors, state Lottery sales are up, though there has been a noticeable lag in Keno activity around the area of Plainridge Park Casino, according to the head of the Lottery. “The sales themselves were up a healthy margin,” said Michael(...)

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Luck’s run out

Luck’s run out

Lottery game fills states’ coffers but reaps few winners

WHEN THE SIX New England state lotteries started the Lucky for Life game, with the grand prize of $1,000 a day for the rest of your life, good fortune didn’t exactly fill  government coffers. In the first four months, five people picked the right combination to win the jackpot, which is a minimum of $7.2 million(...)

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Lottery cuts will decrease local aid

Lottery cuts will decrease local aid

Treasurer critical of Baker, lawmakers

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE LOTTERY OFFICIALS say budget cuts ordered by Gov. Charlie Baker and the Legislature to close a mid-year budget shortfall will cut gambling profits by $35 million over the next year and a half and result in less local aid for cities and towns. “All the conversations about cuts have said(...)

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Brotherly luck

Brotherly luck

Sibling issues at the Massachusetts State Lottery

A correction has been added to this story. ONE OF THE KEYS to the success of the Massachusetts Lottery is its agents. There are more than 7,600 of them scattered across the state, doling out instant games tickets, Keno, pull tabs, and big money drawing tickets from behind counters in gas stations, convenience stores, supermarkets,(...)

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