Camelot UK leads pandemic-fueled digital lottery surge

For online casino and lottery operators, 2020 presented a minefield of challenges and a pathway to real success. On the one hand, casino and lottery operators had to be very careful not to take advantage of locked down players who were desperate for entertainment options. On the other hand, the complete lack of land-based competitors…

Chinese lottery sales shrivel to almost nothing

Lottery ticket sales in China during the month of February amounted to almost nothing and March figures aren't looking much better. The COVID-19 quarantine and lockdown in the country kept the population far away from happy vices like the lottery and it's unclear when ticket sales might reach pre-COVID levels, if they ever do. The…

Rigged lottery losers eligible for refunds

The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) has settled a lawsuit brought on by players who bought tickets for a series of drawings that were, essentially, rigged by its former IT director Eddie Tipton. Under the terms of the settlement, the MUSL has set aside $4.5 million to pay off the class-action suit that was filed after…

UK Lottery hacker grabs £5 and a 9 month prison sentence

When Daniel Thompson, 27, and Idris Kayode Akinwunmi, 21 hacked their way into the UK National Lottery, they no doubt dreamed of untold riches. In their heads, it was probably like Aladdin entering the Cave of Wonders with piles of treasure on all side. What the two hapless hackers got for their troubles was £13…

UK man convicted of lottery fraud

Edward Putnam didn't win £2.5 million in the UK National Lottery, his friend Giles Knibbs is dead, and now Putnam is likely heading to prison. Putnam's story of an ill-gotten lottery fortune will join the ranks of lottery frauds that have destroyed lives and generally added to the mystique of quick, and illegal, fortunes. Putnam's…

UK men sue Camelot after dubious £4 million lotto win

Mark Goodram and Jon-Ross Watson thought their ship had arrived the day they purchased a UK lotto scratch ticket that paid off to the tune of £4 million ($4.88 million USD). UK lottery officials, however, said, "not so fast" when they discovered that the pair purchased the winning ticket with a debit card that didn't…

Irish lawmakers aim for lottery betting ban

Irish lawmakers are considering imposing a ban on gambling products that allow players to wager on the outcome of a lottery, whether it's in Ireland, or anywhere else. Irish bookmakers, the ones who've been providing exactly that kind of product to players for more than a quarter of a century, aren't so sure that's a…

Lottoland back in Aussie court presenting 'chance vs. skill' argument

Lottoland is a Gibraltar-based gaming outfit that's dead set on disrupting world lottery markets. But judging by the fights they've had trying to stay in the Australian market, it's pretty clear that local and federal governments don't have much interest in seeing their lottery markets disrupted. Last year, at the behest of Australian news peddler…

Florida Senate considers lottery addiction warning bill

How addictive are lottery tickets and scratch cards? Though they seem innocuous, they present just as much of a threat to a gambling addict as a slot machine or a craps table. But most people, including gambling addicts, don't see it that way and lawmakers in the state of Florida are looking to change that…

DOJ says Wire Act re-do won't impact interstate lotteries

When the US Department of Justice recently re-wrote its interpretation of the Wire Act of 1961 to ban interstate gambling, it had not intention of impacting interstate lotteries such as the Powerball. That's what Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a judge in a memo recently filed in a case filed by the New Hampshire…