COVID-19

Ohio gamblers turning to old-school lottery favorites during coronavirus pandemic

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Steep losses in casino revenue off set by Ohio Lottery gains in scratch-offs and Pick 3 game.   For some, gambling on Ohio Lottery proved to be a diversion. Lottery sales were brisk inside Shaker Quality Foods where store owner Abe Hamed said he’s seen a 30 to 40 percent spike in new and former lottery customers. “We see a lot of new faces, faces we haven't seen for a while, we probably lost those to the casinos,” Hamed said. Those faces included lottery players, many unable to pull the lever of slot machines, snapping up scratch off tickets, or trying their hand at picking the right three digits in the Pick 3 games. Some did it on a hope for riches, others out of boredom.

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Closure of Maryland Casinos Reduces Revenues, Contributions to the State

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“These are truly unprecedented times,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director Gordon Medenica. “The casinos generate vital revenue for the state, but we remain focused on the health and safety of the casinos’ patrons and employees as we plan for reopening.” “The casinos are working hard on preparations for reopening” said Medenica. “One advantage is that they already have extensive surveillance and security measures in place, which gives them unique capabilities for monitoring their patrons’ adherence to social distancing and other safety protocols.”

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New Zealand: Lotto NZ counters in dairies and convenience stores are able to open under Alert Level 3Lotto NZ counters in dairies and convenience stores are able to open under Alert Level 3

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“By safely re-opening some of our retail stores this week we can continue to generate funding for New Zealand communities, many of which will need it now more than ever,” says Chris Lyman, Lotto NZ CEO. “We have seen a big increase in customers purchasing their tickets online during the lockdown, which has been fantastic, but sales have decreased which ultimately means less community funding. We’re really pleased to be able to re-open Lotto counters in some of our stores this week, giving our customers an option to buy their tickets in open stores if they wish.”

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