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Nebraska Lottery June Update

NEW TERMINAL SYSTEM

Nebraska Lottery TerminalThis summer, the Nebraska Lottery is upgrading equipment at over 1,150 retailers. These upgrades will provide multiple benefits for lottery retailers and players. The new system will be activated on June 26.

The centerpiece of the conversion is the new Altura GT1200 lottery terminal provided by GTECH Corporation. The Altura is state-of-the-art technology, making it faster both for the clerk in selecting transactions and printing Lotto tickets. Each terminal will be connected via secure satellite or 3G wireless links to the central processing system.

Players will enjoy various features offered by the new system, including:

New Sales Hours

Tickets can be purchased daily from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. (Central Time), except from 9:00 p.m. to 9:03 p.m. (Central Time) on drawing nights.

Multimedia display

A 17-inch multimedia display will provide customer transaction details, jackpots amounts, and other lottery information for players.

Groupers

This feature makes it possible to generate quick pick plays for multiple Lotto games with the touch of a button. Grouper options include $2 Powerball® and Mega Millions®; $3 Powerball, Mega Millions, and Nebraska Pick 5®; and $4 Powerball Power Play® and Mega Millions with Megaplier®.

Check-A-Ticket logo

Check-A-Ticket®

The new Check-A-Ticket device will allow players to identify winning Scratch tickets in addition to Lotto tickets. Scratch tickets with the Check-A-Ticket logo can be scanned in the new device. Compatible tickets contain a barcode under the latex on the front of the ticket that can be read by the Check-A-Ticket device.

The next edition of $1 Quick 7's, launching in July, will be the first Scratch game compatible with the new Check-A-Ticket device. It will take approximately one year before every Nebraska Lottery Scratch game is Check-A-Ticket-compatible.

MOTORCYCLES ROAR TO LIFE FOR HARLEY-DAVIDSON® GIVEAWAY WINNERS

Dwayne Obermiller
Dwayne Obermiller

In front of a large crowd of baseball fans, 10 semifinalists in the Harley-Davidson Second-Chance Giveaway gathered on June 11 at Haymarket Park in Lincoln to find out who would win the two 2011 Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® motorcycles.

After a series of elimination rounds, four finalists remained in the giveaway drawing. William Nicholson of Hastings, Thomas Dennler of Grand Island, Dwayne Obermiller of Norfolk, and a proxy representing Drew Murphy of Torrington, Wyoming, took turns selecting keys from a covered container. Only two of the keys in the container would start the pair of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Nicholson and the proxy for Drew Murphy each made an attempt to start the first bike, but the motorcycle remained silent. Obermiller then attempted to start the motorcycle. With a flash from the headlights, the bike started accompanied by the cheers of the watching crowd.

William Nicholson
William Nicholson

With the first bike won, all eyes were on the remaining three finalists as they tried the remaining keys in the second bike. On his first attempt, Nicholson chose the correct key and started the motorcycle, surprising both the baseball fans in the stands and the bike's new owner.

Three second-tier winners each received $1,000:

  • Matilda Robinson of Albion;
  • Thomas Dennler of Grand Island; and
  • Drew Murphy of Torrington, Wyoming.

Five third-tier winners each received $500:

  • Vicky McLeod of Kearney;
  • Gary Armagost of Fremont;
  • Ryan Long of Tekamah;
  • Terry Fulton of Auburn; and
  • Rob Daniel of Omaha.

Obermiller and Nicholson, the Grand Prize winners, will each receive a 2011 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle. The motorcycle prize includes $2,600 for costs associated with ownership and state and federal withholding paid by the Nebraska Lottery of $1,400 and $7,000, respectively. All semifinalists received prize packages that included merchandise from Harley-Davidson and the Nebraska Lottery.

IGNORE SCAMS, CONTACT AUTHORITIES; CONSUMER PROTECTION TIPS OFFERED

Assorted scam artists are trying to take advantage of the unsuspecting.

Some scams seek personal information in order to clean out the victim's bank accounts. Email solicitations for money should be ignored, and personal information should never be provided to unknown individuals or those claiming to represent unknown businesses.

Some scams use a phone call or email to collect a victim's information. Recently, a Nebraska woman received a phone call notifying her that she had won a $2.5 million lottery prize. The caller sounded legitimate, but he asked her to send him $8,000 to release the prize check. The woman suspected the phone call was fraudulent and notified the proper authorities.

Another type of scam that has been reported involves a mailing with a counterfeit check. The letter asks the victim to cash the check and wire a portion of the winnings back to pay for taxes. A similar example includes a situation in which the criminal claims to have a major winning ticket but a shortage of funds necessary to claim the prize, and offers the victim a share of the prize in return for a loan of the prize claim fee.

Claiming a Nebraska Lottery prize is not complicated and doesn't require a fee. The Nebraska Lottery does not contact those who have not already purchased a ticket or entered a contest.

Nebraska Lottery Director Jim Haynes said, "Nebraska Lottery prizes can be claimed at retailers, by mail or in person at a claim center. A third party is not needed, and we do not contact individuals who have not entered a contest or purchased a ticket. There is never a fee for claiming a Nebraska Lottery prize, and banking information is not sought."

If you receive a questionable phone call, email or mailing, or notice a suspicious website, you may contact Nebraska Lottery Security at 800-587-5200.

For additional information on various types of consumer fraud, contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at 800-727-6432 or 402-471-2682.

Information on claiming Nebraska Lottery prizes can be found at Nebraska Lottery retailers, on the Nebraska Lottery website (www.nelottery.com) under Winners & Numbers, or by calling 800-587-5200.

 



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