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Lottery director blames drought, gas prices for declining sales

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 20, 2012 at 3:24 p.m.

— The director of the Arkansas Lottery says hot weather during the summer and higher gas prices in recent months are to blame for a downturn in ticket sales.

The lottery funds college scholarships. Games Director Bishop Woosley is set for an appearance Tuesday before a legislative oversight committee.

Woolsey said he would explain the games’ financial situation so lawmakers can decide how much to spend on scholarships next year. Any decision, however, would likely be made after the first of the year when a new group of legislators take office.

Current committee members have discussed possibly changing the format for scholarships so they go to students who are identified as most likely to keep them.

The “newness” of the games may be wearing off, too. They began in 2009.

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LevyRat says... November 20, 2012 at 3:38 p.m.

Sales down?????? That may be because no one ever wins ...... this is a scam run by the state. They sell about $9 or $10 million dollars of lottery tickets every week, how many big winners have you heard of????? I remember someone telling me that, "a fool and his money are soon parted".

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... November 20, 2012 at 4:53 p.m.

They should make it whee if you take the money and drop your classes, like so many do, you have to pay the money back.

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Saltyhawg says... November 20, 2012 at 5:13 p.m.

Bet their missing Ernie now!

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Jesuswillsave says... November 21, 2012 at 10:27 a.m.

Could it be that folks are realizing as to how poor a deal the lottery is for the state.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... November 21, 2012 at 10:54 a.m.

Don Imus said that the best thing about the lottery is that you have the same chance of winning the big prize if you don't play as if you do.

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Jjackk says... November 21, 2012 at 11:17 a.m.

Considering that the lottery is a tax for people with bad math skills, you use the money for education means they should get better at math so less tickets would be sold. So he should argue the success of the program.

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Felina says... November 21, 2012 at 12:42 p.m.

I'm afraid that I am to blame for all of this!  I swear, my last lottery ticket was purchased July 17th!  The sales have plummetted ever since!  Apparently like so many others, I have graduated beyond the Idiot Tax!

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