Kansas Lottery

Stephen Koranda

Vending machines in Kansas could sell more than just soda and candy bars under a bill pending in the Legislature. The proposal would allow vending machines to sell lottery tickets. Supporters say it would be more convenient for players and would reduce staff costs for stores that sell tickets. They estimate it would increase sales by at least $25 million. Sherriene Jones-Sontag, with the Kansas Lottery, says 38 other states already sell lottery tickets through vending machines.

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In tight budget times, Kansas mental health advocates are turning to the lottery for some financial help.

Kyle Kessler, executive director of the Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, said the association will ask the Legislature to commit an additional $31 million over the next two fiscal years for the centers. That $31 million — pulled from Kansas lottery proceeds — would return funding for the 26 centers across the state to the 2007 fiscal year level.

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Kansas could be a big winner if someone buys the winning ticket to the $1.3 billion Powerball drawing in the state.

The Kansas Lottery said a Kansas winner of Wednesday's jackpot would have to pay at least $40 million to the state.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that is far more than the state's current budget shortfall, which is more than $10 million.

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Gov, Sam Brownback appointed Terry Presta as the Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery Wednesday. 

Presda was the president of Overland Park-based Presto Convenience Stores until December of 2010. Gov. Brownback says Presda brings more than 30 years of experience as a business owner and operator to his new role with the Kansas Lottery. 

Brownback added that Presda will bring more energy to the lottery "as we focus on growing sales and increasing transfers to the state." 

Kansas Star Casino Exceeding Revenue Expectations

Sep 13, 2012

The Kansas Star Casino near Mulvane continues to easily exceed revenue projections.

The Kansas Lottery said Wednesday that entering September, the casino generated $129.5 million since it opened in mid-December last year. It has been averaging more than $15 million a month. The lottery owns and operates the casino's games.

If that pace continues, the casino will bring in more than $180 million this year. In 2010, consultants predicted the casino would generate $159.1 million in 2012.