Arkansas lottery update

LITTLE ROCK, AR (AP) - No banks want to serve as claims centers for Arkansas' lottery and the games' director said the lottery commission will have run its own centers.

Arkansas Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue said that no banks had bid by Tuesday's deadline to serve as regional claims centers.  Passailaigue had proposed contracting with banks in three regions to help save the games more than $330,000 annually.

Passailaigue said the lottery is now looking at operating three claims centers, in Springdale, Jonesboro and Warren. The centers will validate claims between $500 and $200,000. Retailers are required to validate claims up to $500.

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