LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Initial reports indicated a $4 million shortfall. Today we learn it's much higher, $10.8 million.
Commissioners put the pressure on Director Ernie Passailaigue at Wednesday's Lottery Commission meeting.
Passailaigue says part of the problem is that fewer people are buying Powerball tickets and other ticket games, instead opting for scratch-offs. These sales, Passailaigue says, is something they need to improve.
Lots of customers stop for gas at Exxon in Little Rock off Old Cantrell. But manager Lonnie Thornton says they often walk away with more.
"The scratch-offs sells more than the Powerball and Mega Millions and Cash 3 does," says Thornton.
Thornton says it's all about immediate rewards.
"They want the instant money. [They] want it handed out of that register. They think they have a better chance of winning and it's instant money, just like that," Thornton adds.