New York Lottery Expanding
The New York Lottery is currently looking to expand into the 32 jurisdictions currently selling the Powerball lottery. It is hoped the move will increase revenue and stop players moving to other states to play.
However Lottery Director Gordon Medenica said that it could take up to a year to get the Powerball operating in the other states.
It is expected that the move will bring in $11 million in its first year and from then on $21 m each following year. Medencia said, “What it would mean is that people would not have to run over to Connecticut or Pennsylvania to buy their Powerball ticket.”
However opponents are worried that expanding the lottery will lead to more problem gamblers. James Maney, executive director of the New York Council on Problem Gambling said, “Our society keeps relying on gambling more and we haven’t been putting enough focus on problem gambling.”
It has also been found that the best way to pick numbers for lottery games is to pick randomly rather than choosing special meaningful numbers. It is suggested that you avoid using special dates as the calendar only goes to 31 and whilst most games go a lot higher than this your chances will be reduced.
It is also discouraged to pick only even numbers or those divisible by five as this technique is so common that those who do win will be likely to share the jackpot with many other people.