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Mega Millions, Powerball drawings switch to KATV

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published January 7, 2013 at 11:44 a.m.

— The twice-weekly draws for two popular multistate lotteries will now be seen on a new network, officials said Monday.

Powerball and Mega Millions drawings, which had been broadcast on KARK-TV, Channel 4, will now be seen on the KATV, Channel 7, newscast. The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery said the drawings would occur toward the end of the broadcast between 10:29 p.m. and 10:35 p.m.

Mega Millions drawings occur Tuesday and Friday nights, while Powerball is held Wednesday and Saturday nights.

Julie Baldridge, a spokesman for the lottery, said the contract to air the drawings shifts about every couple years or so. KARK had held it since the state lottery debuted Powerball in 2009.

Baldridge said no money is exchanged in granting the exclusive rights contract for airing the drawings, but added the agency's promotions and advertising staff "make a decision in the best interest of the lottery."

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... January 7, 2013 at 1:03 p.m.

I tell what would be nice is to have the BCS bowl championship tonight on a LOCAL channel. Not everyone can afford satallite or cable. Oh and I'm really happy to hear that the powerball anouncement has changed. I guess.

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RBBrittain says... January 8, 2013 at 7:04 a.m.

Why the tape delay? The national broadcast is 9:59 PM CT for Powerball, 10:00 PM CT for Mega Millions; KARK only tape-delayed to avoid NBC conflicts (usually on Powerball). Unlike some states, Arkansas has NO need for post-production as all state numbers are posted online. The numbers will be available online, on WGN America, and even on competing stations long before KATV airs the drawings...

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