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Powerball officials expect $400M in sales Saturday

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The latest on Saturday’s Powerball drawing (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Powerball lottery officials are expecting more than $400 million in ticket sales on Saturday alone thanks to the jackpot soaring to $900 million. Gary Grief, executive director of the Texas Lottery and president of the multistate Powerball Lottery, says officials tallied $352 million in ticket sales on Friday. If there’s no winner Saturday night, the jackpot rolls to an estimated $1.3 billion. But Grief says the chances of no…

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Lottery exploring ticket sales online and at bank machines

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The Florida Lottery is considering selling lottery tickets online or alongside ATMs to combat relatively flat sales of some of the more well-known games. Lottery officials have asked companies seeking a contract worth at least $300 million to prove that they can sell tickets on the Internet or at ATMs and gas pumps. The lottery hasn’t officially announced that they are considering those changes. Gov. Rick Scott is staunchly opposed to online sales. Scott last year wrote a letter to…

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Luck runs out: Man loses $92K in winning lottery tickets

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The same lucky lottery numbers, 7-1-5, that won a Florida man tens of thousands of dollars over the years banked him another $92,000 payout last month. And then his luck ran out: the 184 winning tickets, each worth $500, were nowhere to be found. Walid Aboroomi searched high and low, even calling his garbage hauler to see if he might try to salvage the Florida Cash 3 tickets. (He couldn’t – his trash is taken to an incinerator.) “Finally, I…

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Agencies respond to Rick Scott’s request for critical needs

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Florida agencies responded to Gov. Rick Scott‘s call to identify critical needs that may be jeopardized if the state’s budget expires this summer, including processing $152 million in child support services a month, ensuring uninterrupted supervision of incarcerated individuals and selling Lottery tickets. From the Office of Insurance Regulation to the Department of Management Services to the Division of Emergency Management, agencies submitted their lists to the governor identifying what services would be eliminated. The Fish and Wildlife Commission advised…

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