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Two Arkansans become lottery millionaires

by: Chris Counts

Posted: Jan 6, 2021 / 09:22 AM CST / Updated: Jan 6, 2021 / 09:22 AM CST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The New Year is starting out great for two Arkansans who each claimed a $1 million prize from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL) this week.

On Tuesday Robbye Smith from Berryville claimed her $1 million prize at the ASL Claim Center in Little Rock. She won the top prize from the Millionaires Club scratch-off ticket. Smith said she plans to purchase a new home with her winnings.

The winning ticket was sold at the Murphy USA, 1000 W. Trimble in Berryville. This retailer will receive $10,000 in commission for selling the winning ticket.

Denisho Howse from Sherwood claimed a $1 million Play It Again® Second-Chance drawing prize on Monday. He was randomly selected on Dec. 17. As a member of The Club, Howse won by entering his non-winning instant scratch-off tickets into The Club for Play It Again entries and player rewards.

The Mega Millions® jackpot for Friday night’s drawing has grown to $490 million. The Powerball jackpot for tonight’s drawing stands at $410 million.

This is only the third time that both games have simultaneously had jackpots larger than $400 million.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The New Year is starting out great for two Arkansans who each claimed a $1 million prize from the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL) this week. On Tuesday Robbye Smith from Berryville claimed her $1 million prize at the ASL Claim Center in Little Rock. She won the top prize from the […]

ASL lottery claim center reopens after COVID scare

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – The Arkansas Scholarship Lottery (ASL) announced the reopening of its Claim Center located at 124 W. Capitol Ave. in Little Rock with limited staff Monday.

The facility was closed temporarily last Thursday due to a possible exposure to COVID-19

“Out of an abundance of caution, we temporarily closed the Claim Center so it could be disinfected,” said Eric Hagler, ASL director.

This is the second time this year the center, located at 124 W. Capitol Ave., has had to temporarily close due to the virus.

“Some players have taken advantage of our mail-in claims program, which has always been available for player convenience, while others have been waiting for us to reopen,” Hagler said. “Since the Claim Center is reopened with limited staff, winners should anticipate the process taking longer than under normal conditions.”

Hagler reminded players that prizes of $500 and less can be redeemed at retailers.

The Claim Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, claims must be submitted no later than 4:15 p.m. Tickets are only sold on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Due to ongoing health concerns surrounding the pandemic, the ASL is continuing its additional safety precautions to ensure the health and well-being of the public and its employees.

  • Only one claimant at a time will be allowed in the Claim Center to honor proper social distancing.
  • Anyone entering the Claim Center must wear a mask/facial covering. To protect your safety, lottery employees handling claims will also be wearing masks.
  • In an effort to expedite the process, winners are encouraged to complete a claim form ahead of time and have all proper identification on-hand at the time of arrival. Claim forms will be available just outside the Claim Center door that winners must complete before entering.

Here is the process for mail-in claims:

  • Sign the back of the winning ticket.
  • Print and fill out a claim form that can be found at MyArkansasLottery.com under “Claim Prize.”
  • Make a copy of a photo identification card (driver’s license, U.S. passport, passport issued by a foreign government, U.S. Armed Forces I.D., or U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services I.D.).
  • Mail the signed ticket, completed claim form and copy of the I.D. to Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, P.O. Box 3838, Little Rock, AR 72203.
  • The player will be mailed a check.

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This is the second time this year the center, located at 124 W. Capitol Ave., has had to temporarily close due to the virus.