"Today's final IRS regulation is a big win not only for gaming companies and millions of casino visitors, but also for state and local governments who would have received fewer gaming tax dollars as a result of what would have been burdensome federal requirements," commented Geoff Freeman, president and CEO of the gaming association.

Terry Rich, Lottery President and CEO said Powerball sales alone were up 43 percent. "We had multiple high jackpots that had people playing the Powerball," Rich said. "Plus the big one which brought in a lot of money in a short period of time."

“This year’s Holiday Millionaire Raffle has more winners than ever before, and still offers our players the fun and excitement of the best chance of any game to win a million dollars,” said Kansas Lottery Executive Director Terry Presta. “We greatly appreciate the support of our players and retailers who make this annual tradition a success every year!”

The total given to good causes across the country increased to £36 billion.

“Snapchat is growing tremendously; it’s the new craze,” said May Scheve Reardon, executive director of the Missouri Lottery. “We’re offering a total of five holiday filters. The fourth one will be released today and the fifth and final one tomorrow.”

Tennessee Powerball winnersRebecca Hargrove, second from right, president and CEO of the Tennessee Lottery, presents a ceremonial check to John Robinson, right; his wife, Lisa, second from left; and their daughter, Tiffany, left; after the Robinson’s winning Powerball ticket was authenticated at the Tennessee Lottery headquarters Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. The ticket was one of three winning tickets in the $1.6 billion jackpot drawing.

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)




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