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5:28 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Amid Falling Revenues, Arkansas Lottery To Close Regional Claim Centers

The Arkansas lottery is to close three regional claim centers in a move that will make an extra $381,000 available for college scholarships. Six jobs will be lost.

The Arkansas Lottery Commission voted Wednesday to close the centers. Each of the centers employs two people.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley says the workers would be able to seek other employment within the agency.

A center in Springdale will close Oct. 1, and centers in Camden and Jonesboro will close Nov. 30. Each closure is set for when the centers' leases expire.

The lottery has watched revenues fall for two straight years and is under pressure to raise more money for scholarships.