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Oregon’s Halloween Raffle Tickets Sold Out

Oct. 23, 2013 – The Oregon Lottery has sold out its entire stock of Halloween Raffle tickets more than a week ahead of the scheduled drawing. Only 250,000 tickets were printed for the Halloween Raffle, and the Lottery began selling them Sept. 8.  The winning numbers will be announced on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31. The Halloween Raffle is among the Lottery’s most popular games, and offers players great odds to score one of thousands of cash prizes. The top prize on the game is $1 million, and players are unlikely to find better odds than the Raffle’s 1 in 250,000 chance of winning a seven-digit prize. There will also be 10 winners chosen to receive $20,000, and another 1,000 winning Raffle tickets will be worth $100.  (And for those keeping track, that means 1 in 250 odds of winning $100) Prizes won on the Halloween Raffle can be claimed the day after the winners are announced during regular business hours or by mail.  Check out the Halloween Raffle webpage for full details on prizes, odds, and how to claim your winnings. You’ll also find a countdown clock there so you know who won the moment the announcement is made.  Good...

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Less Than 50,000 Halloween Raffle Tickets Left

Oct. 14, 2013 – The Oregon Lottery’s Halloween Raffle tickets have been selling scary fast since they went on sale Sept. 8, and with more than two weeks to go, there’s only 50,000 left. The Halloween Raffle, which the Lottery says is one of their most popular draw games, limits play to just 250,000 tickets. While that might mean the Raffle tickets are hard to come by closer to the drawing date, it also means that Oregon Lottery players have incredible odds of winning the $1 million top prize.  Each ticket has odds of just 1 in 250,000, incredible when compared with other draw games. And that $1 million top prize isn’t the only thing players have a great shot at. Along with the grand prize, the Lottery’s Halloween Raffle will be awarding ten prizes worth $20,000, and 1,000 prizes worth $100. – that’s another $300,000 in prize money waiting to be won. Each Raffle ticket costs $10, and there are 16 days left until someone wins $1 million.  For more details on how to play and the Raffle’s prizes and odds, check out the Halloween Raffle...

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Oregon’s Halloween Raffle

Oct. 4, 2013 – The Oregon Lottery has already been gearing up for Halloween for weeks, and sales for their Halloween Raffle passed the Halfway point nearly a month before the winners are announced on Oct. 31. The Halloween Raffle is offering Oregon Lottery players the best odds of any game sold by Oregon retailers.  But with more than half of the original 250,000 tickets left, those chances are going quick! The Halloween Raffle will give out just one $1 million top prize, but, just for reference, the 1-in-250,000 odds of winning the $1 million prize on Oregon’s Halloween Raffle are the same as winning the $13,000 top prize on the Lottery’s Zombies scratch-off. Along with one new millionaire, more than a thousand other winners will score trick-or-treat cash once the drawing is over.  Ten winners will receive $20,000 prizes, and 1,000 more will win prizes worth $100, which they can collect at any Lottery retailer. In  addition to the Halloween Raffle, the Oregon Lottery is also celebrating the spooky season with their $2 Zombies scratch-off and the Mystery Manor video lottery game, which features a payout percentage of about 90-92 percent! Halloween will be here soon, but it’s probably a safe bet that the Halloween Raffle tickets will sell out sooner, so don’t forget to grab a ticket while there are still some left....

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It’s the Invasion of halloween at the Oregon Lottery

The Oregon Lottery has been taken over by zombies, ghosts, and raffles as it prepares for Halloween. With the beginning of fall state lotteries are gearing up for Halloween with games, raffles and more. Among these states is the Oregon Lottery, with three ways to celebrate this ghoulish holiday. Explore a haunted mansion with the Oregon Video Lottery Game Mystery Manor. This Video Lottery game lets you play the slot machine-styled game with a spooky theme. Match all five pieces across and you could win. If you match three of the bone-chilling pictures, you win. Match the portraits on the wall for more ways to win. This spooky game will have you spinning to play more. If you favor a scratch-off, get ready to run from zombies. The $2 Zombies! The Dash for Cash from the Oregon Lottery lets you prepare to battle zombies for a chance to win up to $13,000. To play, match any of YOUR SYMBOLS with a WINNING SYMBOL and win the prize amount for that symbol. If you reveal a “pumpkin” symbol, you win that prize instantly. If you reveal a “zombie” symbol, win double that prize. The chances of winning any prize ranging from $2 to $13,000 are 1 in 3.77. For even more ways to get your tricks and treats this Halloween season, play the Oregon Lottery Halloween Raffle for a chance to win $1 million. Beginning Sept 8, you can purchase a $10 Halloween Raffle ticket at your nearest Oregon Lottery retailer. Once you have your ticket, sign the back and keep it in a safe place until the drawing on Oct 31. There will only be 250,000 tickets sold, so don’t wait until it’s too late. The Halloween Raffle will award 1,000  $100 prizes, and 10 $20,000 prizes. There will also be one $1 million winner. The chances depend on the number of tickets sold. So don’t let any other ghosts, goblins, or vampires take all the tickets. Get your tickets starting Sept 8. For...

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Oregon Group Working to Re-Route Lottery Dollars

Aug. 23, 2013 – Securing our Safety, an Oregon political action committee, has partnered with the Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance Foundation to propose a Constitutional amendment that would change the way Lottery funds are distributed across the state. The group is currently gathering signatures to create a ballot initiative which would give voters the choice to re-direct the flow of Lottery dollars more evenly back into their own communitites. “We are trying to put on a ballot initiative that would allocate 50 percent of Oregon Lottery dollars back to the counties they were generated in,” Cliff Thomason, the chief petitioner, told NBC5. Securing our Safety wants to give county governments the power to decide how Lottery funds are allocated, rather than leaving it in the hands of state-level lawmakers in the capital. The group’s website explains that “generally speaking,” the counties would be able to use the money for “any major local school or local government need.” Much of the support at the county-government level has been for public safety funding.  Coos County Commissioner Bob Main told the Statesman Journal earlier this month that public safety there was “hanging on by a thread” because of funding issues. “Sometimes the DA has to determine whether it is even worth prosecuting someone and holding them because they have more grievous crimes to deal with,” Main said.  “…the judge has to determine who to let go because the jail… is full.” While Securing our Safety’s plan would allow county governments to decide how to spend a large chunk of Lottery-generated state dollars, the group says it would not threaten education funding – where the majority of Lottery dollars go now. The state Constitution requires 18 percent of Lottery dollars be spent on public education, and 15 percent on state parks and environmental and economic concerns.  However, if Securing our Safety’s initiative were to pass, state lawmakers would only be left with 17 percent of the Lottery’s profits to distribute according to these percentages. The initiative would allow counties to...

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Oregon Lottery Pulls Responsible Gaming Ads

Aug. 15, 2013 – “To change course so dramatically is really kind of a sad day for Oregon,” said Jeff Marotta, who runs Problem Gambling Solutions in Portland, after the Oregon Lottery stopped advertisements suggesting problem gamblers find help. Earlier this year, Lottery Director Larry Niswender asked the state’s Justice Department for an opinion regarding the Lottery’s funding of responsible gaming initiatives. In consideration of seven questions Niswender posed, the Justice Department opinion, written by Chief Counsel Steve Wolf, found that court opinions over the years did, in fact, prohibit the Lottery from spending administrative dollars -technically proceeds gathered through sales – on problem gambling or mental health initiatives. State lawmakers could require the state lottery to employ an adviser on problem gambling, whose salary would be paid with administrative funds, but the adviser’s activities would fall into a category outside of the administrative needs of Oregon’s Lottery: “Any duties related to such tasks as addressing “problem gambling” generally or mitigating the harms associated with playing lottery games must be funded with proceeds other than lottery administrative funds,” Wolf said. Part of the problem with participating in problem gambling initiatives – like the Oregon Council on Problem Gambling – is that those initiatives are not directly related to “[implementing] the state Lottery.” Wolf’s discussion pointed to a legislative statute from 1984 that acknowledged “the need for [gambling addiction programs] may result in part from the operation of the lottery,” but that funding for these programs could not be considered “costs of management.” This does not mean that the Lottery should be unconcerned with problem gambling or promoting responsible gaming.  In fact, Wolf’s opinion holds that promoting responsible gaming is part of the Lottery’s mission. However, urging problem gamblers to seek treatment is not. Marotta criticized the Justice Department’s ruling, telling Oregonlive.com it was “ludicrous.” “What this says is do everything you can to promote responsible gambling, but once someone crosses over, you can’t use your funds to help them,” Marotta said. While the Lottery has terminated its problem...

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