Fleurry Madness: Scratchers Design Championship Showdown
Ladies and gentlemen, the moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived! The tournament has been a thrilling rollercoaster, and it all comes down to this epic clash between two design titans: Massachusetts and South Dakota.
Massachusetts conquered Pennsylvania, Maine, New Hampshire, and West Virginia on their remarkable journey. South Dakota triumphed over the Hoosiers, Minnesota, BCLC, and Arizona, equally impressively. Both teams have shown extraordinary creativity and determination, and now it’s time to see who will reign as the Fleurry Madness: Scratchers Design Tournament Champion!
Voting for the Championship rounds runs until Wednesday, September 27th, at 11:30 pm EST. Don’t miss this chance to cast your vote and be a part of history as we crown our champion!
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The Florida Lottery has introduced several new games, including a limited-time raffle that gives players a chance to win $500 cash. The raffle promotion allows players who purchase a single $10 or more Powerball, Mega Million, CashPop, or Florida Lotto ticket to receive a free raffle ticket and be automatically entered into weekly drawings. Six weekly drawings will be held every Monday from September 25 through October 30, with 100 players winning $500 cash in each drawing. A total of 600 raffle winners will be awarded $300,000 in cash prizes during the promotion period.
A bill that would allow Pennsylvania lottery winners to remain anonymous has passed the state’s Senate unanimously. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Baker, argues it protects lottery winners from scams, identity theft, and fraud, which can be especially problematic for older individuals. While Pennsylvania already allows winners to create a trust to collect their winnings anonymously, not all winners have the resources or desire to go through this process. Similar legislation is being proposed in the state’s House of Representatives. Some counter that anonymity hurts transparency, but supporters of the bill contend that it can be transparent without revealing winners’ names. Currently, 24 other states offer full or partial anonymity to lottery winners. The bill will now move to the House for consideration.
The Washington D.C. Lottery has made changes to its retail sports wagering rules after a bettor took advantage of poorly priced odds at GambetDC kiosks. The lottery implemented kiosk wagering limits in response to responsible gambling concerns, with bettors unable to wager more than $1,000 at kiosks. The rules allow players to be limited based on factors such as the amount of time spent wagering and the volume of wagers placed in a short period. The move to limit bettors came after one bettor placed an unusually high number of wagers and turned a profit of more than $100,000 by comparing GambetDC odds to other operators.
Hard Rock International, the operator of the Bristol Casino, remitted $50,000 to the Virginia Lottery as part of a negotiated settlement agreement. The settlement aims to address alleged violations of the state’s gaming law, particularly related to people who voluntarily exclude themselves from gambling activities due to gambling problems. While the settlement doesn’t constitute an admission of guilt, it allows both parties to avoid the potential expense and inconvenience of a formal hearing. The casino has cooperated with the lottery’s inquiry, taken corrective measures, and developed an action plan to ensure future compliance with gaming laws and regulations.
Loto-Québec, the provincial lottery operator in Quebec, has canceled its plans to open approximately 300 video lottery terminals (VLTs) near the Bell Centre in downtown Montreal. This decision follows strong opposition from Montreal Public Health (Direction régionale de santé publique or DRSP), which had concerns about the project’s location and its association with Groupe CH, a prominent local brand. Loto-Québec had proposed a responsible project aimed at reducing VLT accessibility and relocating 600 VLTs currently in bars in disadvantaged areas of Montreal. While disappointed by the cancellation, Loto-Québec emphasized that its future didn’t solely rely on this project, and it is looking at revamping its land-based model to meet modern challenges and needs.
Sweden’s gambling regulator, Spelinspektionen, has submitted proposals to change the technical rules governing the lottery industry. If approved, these changes would take effect from March 1st of 2024 and include various modifications to the country’s lottery landscape. These changes encompass new definitions for different lottery games, such as “instant wins,” “charitable draws,” “POS services,” and “electronic lotteries.” Operators would also be required to maintain records of tickets sold and redeemed for prizes, and tickets would need to feature UV stamps, game information, gambling risk information, price per purchase, and the business address of the seller’s licensee. Furthermore, sellers would have to provide information on win percentages and prize distribution. The proposed changes aim to refine the regulation of Sweden’s lottery system.
The Texas Lottery has introduced a new scratch-off game called “20X” with proceeds from ticket sales going to support veterans. Priced at $2 each, the tickets offer players the chance to win prizes ranging from $2 to the top prize of $30,000. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA), which supports charities, local government agencies, and veterans service organizations that provide assistance to Texas veterans and their families.
The Michigan Lottery has introduced a Ghostbusters-themed instant game. The game features 12 different scenes with characters from the Ghostbusters franchise, including Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and the iconic Ecto-1 Ghostbusters vehicle. For the first time on a Michigan Lottery instant game, symbols and numbers under the scratch material in the play area are printed in full color. Tickets for the game cost $5 each, and players have a chance to win prizes ranging from $5 up to $500,000.
The Mississippi Lottery Corporation has transferred $478 million to the State Treasury since its inception in November 2019.
NASCAR and Powerball have announced the 12 semi-finalists who have advanced in the NASCAR Powerball Playoff, with a chance to win a VIP trip to NASCAR Championship Weekend at Phoenix Raceway and a $1 million grand prize. The next drawing will be for the Round of 8, with the 8 semi-finalists advancing and the 4 eliminated players winning $5,000 each. The $1 million drawing will take place on November 5 during the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race.