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Coronavirus Causes Lottery Centers to Shut Down, Ticket Sales Drop and More News

The coronavirus is affecting everything lately, including local lotteries and lottery claim centers—as the Texas Lottery Claim center made very clear in an announcement on Thursday.

Texas Lottery Claim Center Issues Coronavirus Statement

As a way to minimize contact between the general public, the Texas Lottery Claim Center announced that all Texas Lottery Claim Centers are closed until further notice as a health precaution.

“The health and safety of our employees, players and vendors is and will remain our highest priority,” said the executive director of the Texas Lottery, Gary Grief.

“We will continue to monitor the developments of this situation day-by-day while working with the Office of the Governor and other state officials to determine an appropriate time to reopen our Claim Centers.”

If you have a winning scratch and draw game ticket, you can claim prizes via mail. The ticket must be mailed to the following address and be postmarked on or prior to the claim expiration date:

Texas Lottery Commission
ATTN: Austin Claim Center
PO Box 16600
Austin, TX 78761-6600

You should allow 4-6 weeks for the claims to be processed, and you can find more information about how to claim any prizes on the website.

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Video Lottery Powered Off in Oregon as Coronavirus Spreads

All state-operated video lottery terminals have been shut off by Oregon Lottery officials in response to the coronavirus spread. As of Tuesday, the terminals have been placed in “sleep mode”, and will be powered off “until further notice.”

State funding will be affected by the shutdown, considering 70 percent of the money generated by the lottery comes from video gambling. A one-month shutdown is expected to result in a loss of $80 million dollars in revenue.

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Coronavirus Response Causes Missouri Lottery Sales to Drop

As people choose to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic and casinos are being shut down, Missouri’s tax revenue has already started to take a nosedive as a result.

A weekly sales update obtained by the Post-Dispatch shows that overall sales of lottery tickets have dropped by 11 percent this week when compared to a similar period last week.

Scratch off ticket sales have also dropped, along with lottery draw games, and a further decline in sales is expected after video pull-tab games were shut down on Thursday.

The drop in sales represents yet another challenge to state budget writers who are expected to send a spending plan to Gov. Mike Parson by May 8.

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Marion Prince

If Marion Price ever won the lottery, she’d accept the winnings anonymously, hire a lawyer right away, and live modestly on the interest payments from her lump-sum payment. Not that she has a plan or anything…

She finds the stories of lotto winners fascinating—especially those rags-to-riches-to-rags again stories of winners who had it all and then lost everything.

When she’s not researching tales of winners and losers for HowTheLuck, Marion enjoys horseback riding and hiking.

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