CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2007 |
After three years of record sales, the California Lottery has hit a slump, triggering introspection about how the 22-year-old agency does business. Lottery officials blame a lack of big jackpots in its Mega Millions and SuperLotto Plus games for forcing them to lower their projected revenues this year from $3.6 billion to $3.2 billion. By law, just over a third of lottery income goes to education. Last year, the lottery gave $1.29 billion to schools.
April 29, 2000 |
Seeking to attract more gamblers, the state Lottery Commission has approved changes to SuperLotto that will make it significantly tougher to win the game's top prize. In adopting the changes Friday, the three-member commission paved the way for SuperLotto to more closely resemble Powerball, the popular multistate game known for its enormous jackpots and additional prizes at lower levels. "It's a major step forward for the lottery," said David Rosenberg, chairman of the commission.
April 19, 2000 |
Hoping to boost slumping sales by attracting more gamblers, the California State Lottery is proposing to revamp its SuperLotto game by offering more prizes, while slashing the likelihood of winning the game's jackpot. The changes are intended to make SuperLotto more like the "Powerball" and "Big Game" lotto games offered in 28 of the 37 states that now hold lotteries. The aim is to boost SuperLotto sales, which have been declining for the past four years.
February 5, 1999 |
The Davis administration's plodding pace in making major appointments has left leaders of California's lottery paralyzed, unable to make any major decisions even though its sales are slumping severely. For most state agencies, Gov. Gray Davis' deliberateness has not created serious problems, because holdover appointees of his predecessor, Pete Wilson, are filling in until replacements are named.
September 26, 1998 |
William J. Popejoy, the businessman who helped extract Orange County from the worst local government bankruptcy in the nation's history, said Friday he will resign as director of the California Lottery next month. Popejoy, 60, appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson in April 1997 to run the $2-billion enterprise, said he intends to return to private enterprise, but has no specific job in mind.
January 22, 1998 |
A new online game with a horse racing theme has been introduced by the California Lottery. Started Tuesday, Daily Derby, on regular lottery terminals, is played by selecting three horses from a field of 12--one to finish first, one to finish second and one to finish third--and a race time. The race time is the amount of time the first place horse takes to finish the race. Players can win various levels of prizes by correctly matching horses and/or race times. Odds range from 1-in-1.