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Raffle brings in less money for veterans than hoped

A Lottery raffle benefiting veterans is bringing in less money than hoped.

Lawmakers told Washington’s Lottery last year to sell $10 raffle tickets and directed proceeds of the annual game to the Veterans Innovations Program, which hands out small grants of cash to help veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with rent, gas, school and other expenses. The program otherwise received no new funding in the current state budget.

Tickets went on sale in September for a Nov. 11 drawing of winners in the “Hometown Heroes” raffle. The Lottery expected to raise at least $430,000 for the program if

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Sen. Jim Kastama: Marketing to blame for lackluster lottery sales

The state senator from Puyallup says Washington should emulate Georgia on an advertising campaign “built around education, not get-rich-quick schemes.”

At Kastama’s behest, the state followed Georgia in shifting lottery proceeds to higher education, but auditors said today the strategy hasn’t borne fruit in the form of better-selling lottery tickets.

“The takeaway isn’t that the program doesn’t work. The takeaway is that we haven’t done it correctly,” said Kastama in a statement:


If this can work in Georgia but not here, then we have to ask ourselves why.

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Audit: Lottery sales not boosted by switch to college funding

A switch in where lottery money goes has not exactly sent tickets flying off the shelves, legislative auditors say.

Ticket sales increased 4 percent last year — to more than $510 million, still shy of a 2008 peak. The increase is due to changes in jackpots and economic conditions, says a report in draft form from the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee.

JLARC gives no credit to lawmakers’ decision in 2010 to spend the biggest chunk of lottery proceeds on higher education scholarships and grants, followed by preschool programs for the poor. Previously, that money was spent on school

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Governor orders resale of Mercedes “Lotto-mobile”

Gov. Chris Gregoire, already under the microscope for higher-than-estimated costs of her recent trade trip to the Paris Air Show, ordered state Lottery director Bill Hanson today to return the agency’s new Mercedes “Lotto-mobile” van to the dealer.

The Lottery paid $49,000 for the Sprinter van and had requested bid proposals for dressing it up in bright-colored logos and outfitting it to operate Lotto-dispensing machines – all as a way to promote ticket sales and educate the public at fairs and festivals around the state.

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