Regi test: As scratch ticket sales stagnate, Lottery leaders double down on online sales push

BOSTON — Through the first five months of the fiscal year, the Massachusetts Lottery has sold $11.5 million less of its scratch tickets and draw games than the same period last fiscal year, executive director Michael Sweeney said, and that year-to-date deficit is expected to grow.

Through November, the Lottery has taken in $2.195 billion in sales, $11.5 million or 0.5 percent less than the $2.2065 billion in sales in the first five months of the previous fiscal year.

That $11.5 million deficit over the previous year will likely expand, Sweeney said, because the monthly sales reports for January and February will be compared to those months last fiscal year that included sales for the historic $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot.

“Unfortunately, unless something happens with Powerball over the next two months I’m expecting this to grow because you’re going to start to see last year’s Powerball factor really start to kick in over the next two or three months,” he told the Lottery Commission Tuesday morning, Dec. 20.

Test obits with anchors

Today’s obituary listings from Central Mass. funeral homes. A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
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Delia “Del” (Dululio) Amorosi, 98, of Leominster — Obituary
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Maxwell F. Baker, 23, of Sterling — Obituary

Judith May Barnes, 72, of Westborough — Obituary

Simone M. (Bergeron) Beaupre, 94, of Sturbridge — Obituary

Barbara A. (Bourke) Bellerose, 91, of Worcester — Obituary

Gail M. (White) Blanchard, 76, of Westminster — Obituary

Charles G. Brezny, 70, of Dudley — Obituary

Harold E. Briggs, Jr., 73, of Douglas — Obituary

Micheline “Mimi” (Quidoz) Brisson, 70, of Worcester — Obituary

Laura Mae (Grenier) Burns, 83, of Palm Bay, Fla., and Worcester — Obituary

Everett A. Byrnes, infant, of Hopedale — Obituary
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Richard Caron, 69, of Grafton — Obituary

Therese R.M. (Cloutier) Carpenter, 85, of Worcester — Obituary

Francis T. “Fritz” Conley, 83, of Uxbridge — Obituary

Henry Consalvo, 91, of Leominster — Obituary

Dr. Irving Johnston Crumlin II, 66, of Worcester — Obituary
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William M. Daly, 78, of Northbridge — Obituary

Richard C. Deignan, 90, of Worcester — Obituary

Catherine C. Dowd, 64, of Concord, N.H., and Clinton — Obituary

Jose Antonio Reyes Duarte, 54, of Worcester — Obituary
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Joseph R. Fleming, 79, of West Boylston and Jefferson — Obituary

John Michael Fruit, 66, of Templeton — Obituary
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Joann (Budzinski) Gemborys, 77, of Gardner — Obituary

Celia P. Giron, 67, of Leominster — Obituary

Philip R. Goneau, 68, of Clinton — Obituary

Stephen Gottlieb, 66, of Woodstock, Conn. — Obituary

Alfred E. Guardiani, 90, of Worcester — Obituary
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Jaiquan R. Harris, 21, of Worcester — Obituary

Richard B. Hawkins MD, 75, of Fitchburg — Obituary

Mark William Holland, 64, of Gardner — Obituary

Serge Floyd Hummon, 99, of Holden — Obituary
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Eusebia Jacoby — Obituary

Jessie A. (Waire) Johnson, 93, of Worcester — Obituary
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Elaine Priscilla (Alden) Kennedy, 71, of Lancaster — Obituary

Joseph Kukta, 86, of Westminster — Obituary
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Ronald M. Ledoux, 73, of Northborough — Obituary

Zachary D. Light, 22, of Sutton — Obituary

Robert Lovett, Jr., 69, of Worcester — Obituary
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Howard H. Mann, 89, of Rutland — Obituary

Richard J. McChristian, 74, of Lunenburg — Obituary

Charles P. McDonald, 75 — Obituary

Michael J. “Jim” McKay, 52, of Shrewsbury — Obituary

Leopold A. McLune, 69, of Worcester — Obituary

Henry A. Metterville, Jr., 93, of Brookfield — Obituary

Lawrence Hedley “Lormy” Mounce, 95, of  Athol — Obituary
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Hansel Kery Nieves, 34, of Worcester — Obituary
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Harry W. Pearson, 92, of Barre — Obituary

Henry T. Perron, 88, of Leicester — Obituary

Richard E. Pierce Sr., 80, of Gardner — Obituary

Richard A. Powers, 68, of Leicester — Obituary
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Clairette A. (Martel) Ricard, 88, of Dudley — Obituary

Todd T. Reed, 31, of Southbridge — Obituary

Thomas M. Reilly, 61, of Millbury — Obituary

Pauline Marie Rene, 76, of Worcester — Obituary

William “Bill” J. Richer, 66, of Brimfield — Obituary

Michael F. Rinaldo III, 25, of Worcester — Obituary

Henry L. “Hank” Robichaud, 91, of Baldwinville and Gardner — Obituary

Ruth Mildred (Goodale) Rowe, 99, of Athol — Obituary

Betty L. (Catanese) Russell, 84, of Winchendon — Obituary
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George R. Shonbeck — Obituary

Simon Sierak, 80, of Brookfield — Obituary

Walter T. Smith, Sr. 88, of Southbridge — Obituary

Evelyn M. Snarskis, 79, of Holden — Obituary

Joshua M. Spellman — Obituary

Jean (Newcomb) Squitero, 83, of Barre — Obituary

Norma F. (Dussault) Marment Stolakis, 83, of Worcester — Obituary

Robert W. Stone, 88, of North Oxford — Obituary

William P. Stott, 93, of Worcester and Shrewsbury — Obituary

Beverly A. (Yoder) Strong, 71, of Oxford and Princeton — Obituary

Shannon Noelle (Sinders) Sullivan, 50, of North Oxford — Obituary
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Stephen Bryant Thorne, 58, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Lunenburg — Obituary
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Jane Vazquez, 27, of Worcester — Obituary
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Dennis G. Wadsworth, 64, of Holland and Westborough — Obituary

Ann M. (O’Grady) Walsh, 89 — Obituary

Judith Anne (Roche) Welch, 59, of Leominster — Obituary
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Ronald W. Yee, 63, of Shrewsbury, and Brookline — Obituary
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Anna (Goj) Zukowski, 90, of Worcester — Obituary

Worcester County obituaries, Dec. 22, 2016

Today’s obituary listings from Central Mass. funeral homes. June B. (Porter) Adams, 85, of Townsend — Obituary

Margaret Adu-Frimpong, 61, of Worcester — Obituary

Allan R. Ambruson, age 80, of Putnam, Conn. — Obituary

Edna G (Simonetti) Baublis, 92, of Athol — Obituary

George W. Beatty, 85, of Auburn — Obituary

Cynthia A. (King) Beauchamp, 81, formerly of Webster — Obituary

Thomas F. Bermingham, Sr., 79, of Brookfield and Worcester — Obituary

Mark Lee Bohanan, 59, of Worcester — Obituary

Ernest A. Bousquet, Jr., 79, of Putnam, Conn. — Obituary

Albert S. Bozza, 86, of Winchendon — Obituary

Aramis “Amy” (Simonian) Brock, 92, of Millbury and Worcester — Obituary

Patricia A. (Heath) Brown, 79, of Brookfield and North Brookfield — Obituary

Susan M. (Akasten) Burke, 62, of Stafford Springs, Conn., and Worcester — Obituary

Mark A. Caruso, 62 — Obituary

Judith Ann (Fors) Chevalier, 76, of Millbury — Obituary

Richard T. Cochran, 81, of South Boston and Westborough — Obituary

Eugene A. Colwell, 82, of Sturbridge — Obituary

Loucin S. “Shirley” (Haroutian) Dellefemine, 83, of West Boylston — Obituary

Jody J. DeVries, 57, of Uxbridge — Obituary

Edmond J.P. Dionne, 84, of Lunenburg — Obituary

Robert N. Dubeau, 76 — Obituary

Marilyn A. (Sandquist) Eurenius, 86, of Millbury and Worcester — Obituary

Robert M. Flint, 90, of Worcester — Obituary

Shankar L. Garg, MD, 73, of Shrewsbury — Obituary

Albert A. “Lovey” Garganigo, 99, of Shrewsbury — Obituary

Eleanor M. (Daige) Gonsorcik, 84, of Linwood — Obituary

Jennie Marie (Johnson) Goparian, 68, of Worcester — Obituary

Irene J.(Ryznal) Goulet,  95, of Webster — Obituary

Cecelia F. (Klatecki) Graham, 94, of Dudley — Obituary

Thelma D. (Hanson) Haddad, 74, of West Boylston — Obituary

Clifton “Cliff” M. Handy, 65 — Obituary

Patricia Ann Hawkins, 60, of Worcester — Obituary

Robert S. Houston, 92, of West Boylston and Worcester — Obituary

Peter A. Janton, 57, of Whitinsville — Obituary

Mary Anne (Bogdewicz) Johnson, 93, of Millbury — Obituary

Helen M. (O’Bara) Kuras, 92, of Grafton — Obituary

Rev. Anthony J. Kuzniewski, S.J., 71, of Weston and Worcester — Obituary

Rachel Halmesmaki Lahti, 74, of Lancaster — Obituary

Barbara M. Lapoint, 82, of North Grafton — Obituary

Girard “Jerry” A. Lemoine, 81, of Princeton — Obituary

Joseph J. L’Etoile, 52, of Winchendon — Obituary

John A. Linton, 85, of Charlton and Littleton — Obituary

Barbara N. (Nichols) MacConnell, 85, of Sturbridge — Obituary

Emily S. (St.

As scratch ticket sales stagnate, Lottery leaders double down on online sales push

BOSTON — Through the first five months of the fiscal year, the Massachusetts Lottery has sold $11.5 million less of its scratch tickets and draw games than the same period last fiscal year, executive director Michael Sweeney said, and that year-to-date deficit is expected to grow.

Through November, the Lottery has taken in $2.195 billion in sales, $11.5 million or 0.5 percent less than the $2.2065 billion in sales in the first five months of the previous fiscal year.

That $11.5 million deficit over the previous year will likely expand, Sweeney said, because the monthly sales reports for January and February will be compared to those months last fiscal year that included sales for the historic $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot.

“Unfortunately, unless something happens with Powerball over the next two months I’m expecting this to grow because you’re going to start to see last year’s Powerball factor really start to kick in over the next two or three months,” he told the Lottery Commission Tuesday morning, Dec. 20.

Stearns Tavern

Editorial: In praise of a community that came to the rescue

It’s right there at 140 Mill St., on the corner of Mill and Coes. It’s large by comparison, but does not look out of place.

It’s surrounded by fence and retains visible scars from its most recent ordeal.

In a few years time, when the Stearns Tavern is the centerpiece of a city park, we suspect and fear the details of how the historic building was saved from destruction may become just a footnote. This would be a shame.

While the continued development of downtown Worcester has garnered much well-deserved recognition this year, we believe the effort to save Stearns Tavern merits more attention, truly showcasing community at its best.

Worcester Windows painting

Inbox [Dec. 21]: New Worcester Windows exhibits on display, Holy Cross ranks with top-value colleges, Anna Maria students plan volunteer work, Naughton named to anti-nuclear weapons panel

Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. 

Worcester Windows Winter Exhibits on display

The Worcester Cultural Coalition is pleased to announce two Worcester Windows Winter exhibits are on display. “Worcester City Hall and Common” is located at the Community Gallery in the basement level of City Hall, 455 Main St. “Let There be Light” is located at Bay State Savings Bank, 28 Franklin St. Both are free and open to the public.

Worcester Windows is a community gallery program that uses storefronts throughout downtown Worcester as exhibit space to enhance the City’s downtown area. In addition, Worcester Windows provides display opportunities for local emerging and established artists.

Worcester County obituaries, Dec. 21, 2016

Today’s obituary listings from Central Mass. funeral homes. June B. (Porter) Adams, 85, of Townsend — Obituary

Margaret Adu-Frimpong, 61, of Worcester — Obituary

Allan R. Ambruson, age 80, of Putnam, Conn. — Obituary

Norma E. Austin, 83, of Southbridge — Obituary

George W. Beatty, 85, of Auburn — Obituary

Cynthia A. (King) Beauchamp, 81, formerly of Webster — Obituary

Mark Lee Bohanan, 59, of Worcester — Obituary

Ernest A. Bousquet, Jr., 79, of Putnam, Conn. — Obituary

Albert S. Bozza, 86, of Winchendon — Obituary

Aramis “Amy” (Simonian) Brock, 92, of Millbury and Worcester — Obituary

Patricia A. (Heath) Brown, 79, of Brookfield and North Brookfield — Obituary

Susan M. (Akasten) Burke, 62, of Stafford Springs, Conn., and Worcester — Obituary

Blanche M. (Savage) Burrows, 88, of Uxbridge and Marlborough — Obituary

Mark A. Caruso, 62 — Obituary

Judith Ann (Fors) Chevalier, 76, of Millbury — Obituary

Helen M. (Burgholzer) Cochran, 59, of Fitchburg — Obituary

Richard T. Cochran, 81, of South Boston and Westborough — Obituary

Eugene A. Colwell, 82, of Sturbridge — Obituary

Rose M. Coporale, 88, of Douglas — Obituary

Loucin S. “Shirley” (Haroutian) Dellefemine, 83, of West Boylston — Obituary

Edward R. Desautels, 91, of Holden — Obituary

Jody J. DeVries, 57, of Uxbridge — Obituary

Edmond J.P. Dionne, 84, of Lunenburg — Obituary

Joan Ann (Pisowocki) Draleaus, 85, of Leominster — Obituary

Marilyn A. (Sandquist) Eurenius, 86, of Millbury and Worcester — Obituary

Robert M. Flint, 90, of Worcester — Obituary

Albert A. “Lovey” Garganigo, 99, of Shrewsbury — Obituary

Eleanor M. (Daige) Gonsorcik, 84, of Linwood — Obituary

Jennie Marie (Johnson) Goparian, 68, of Worcester — Obituary

Irene J.(Ryznal) Goulet,  95, of Webster — Obituary

Kathleen M. “Kate” Grenier, 66, of Hubbardston — Obituary

Patricia Ann Hawkins, 60, of Worcester — Obituary

Alice C. (Andrews) Henry, 89, of Millbury and Shrewsbury — Obituary

Robert S. Houston, 92, of West Boylston and Worcester — Obituary

Peter A. Janton, 57, of Whitinsville — Obituary

Mary Anne (Bogdewicz) Johnson, 93, of Millbury — Obituary

Helen M. (O’Bara) Kuras, 92, of Grafton — Obituary

Rachel Halmesmaki Lahti, 74, of Lancaster — Obituary

Girard “Jerry” A. Lemoine, 81, of Princeton — Obituary

Joseph J. L’Etoile, 52, of Winchendon — Obituary

John A. Linton, 85, of Charlton and Littleton — Obituary

Barbara N. (Nichols) MacConnell, 85, of Sturbridge — Obituary

Emily S. (St.

Stearns Tavern

Worcester Sun, Dec. 21: Stearns Tavern effort is a moving lesson, Healey’s a real doll + much more

As scratch ticket sales stagnate, Lottery leaders double down on online sales push
Through the first five months of the fiscal year scratch ticket sales — which account for 70 percent of the Lottery’s total — were down $43.5 million or about 3 percent. “Instant tickets is our biggest revenue driver,” the state Lottery director said. “There simply is not another engine that’s as dependable [or] predictable.”

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 121]: Maura Healey, what a doll! Our fair Massachusetts Attorney General lady is no wallflower, that’s for sure.

Worcester County obituaries, Dec. 20, 2016

Today’s obituary listings from Central Mass. funeral homes. Margaret Adu-Frimpong, 61, of Worcester — Obituary

Allan R. Ambruson, age 80, of Putnam, Conn. — Obituary

Norma E. Austin, 83, of Southbridge — Obituary

George W. Beatty, 85, of Auburn — Obituary

Cynthia A. (King) Beauchamp, 81, formerly of Webster — Obituary

Katrina Leah Blanchard, 31, of Oakham — Obituary

Mark Lee Bohanan, 59, of Worcester — Obituary

Ernest A. Bousquet, Jr., 79, of Putnam, Conn. — Obituary

Albert S. Bozza, 86, of Winchendon — Obituary

Blanche M. (Savage) Burrows, 88, of Uxbridge and Marlborough — Obituary

James F. Butler, Jr., 59, of Oxford — Obituary

Ralph A. Butler, Jr., 59 — Obituary

Mark A. Caruso, 62 — Obituary

Helen M. (Burgholzer) Cochran, 59, of Fitchburg — Obituary

Richard T. Cochran, 81, of South Boston and Westborough — Obituary

Eugene A. Colwell, 82, of Sturbridge — Obituary

Rose M. Coporale, 88, of Douglas — Obituary

Loucin S. “Shirley” (Haroutian) Dellefemine, 83, of West Boylston — Obituary

Edward R. Desautels, 91, of Holden — Obituary

Jody J. DeVries, 57, of Uxbridge — Obituary

Edmond J.P. Dionne, 84, of Lunenburg — Obituary

Joan Ann (Pisowocki) Draleaus, 85, of Leominster — Obituary

Marilyn A. (Sandquist) Eurenius, 86, of Millbury and Worcester — Obituary

Paula (McGrail) Fisher, 74, of Shrewsbury — Obituary

Robert M. Flint, 90, of Worcester — Obituary

Evelyn M. Fountain, 89, of Athol — Obituary

Michael E. Gogan, 40 — Obituary

Eleanor M. (Daige) Gonsorcik, 84, of Linwood — Obituary

Jennie Marie (Johnson) Goparian, 68, of Worcester — Obituary

Kathleen M. “Kate” Grenier, 66, of Hubbardston — Obituary

Donna M. (Guzy) Halterman, 67, of Sturbridge — Obituary

Alice C. (Andrews) Henry, 89, of Millbury and Shrewsbury — Obituary

Robert E. Holm, 96, of Holden — Obituary

Robert S. Houston, 92, of West Boylston and Worcester — Obituary

Peter A. Janton, 57, of Whitinsville — Obituary

Mary Anne (Bogdewicz) Johnson, 93, of Millbury — Obituary

Rachel Halmesmaki Lahti, 74, of Lancaster — Obituary

Edward S. Larry, 91, of Athol — Obituary

Girard “Jerry” A. Lemoine, 81, of Princeton — Obituary

Joseph J. L’Etoile, 52, of Winchendon — Obituary

Barbara N. (Nichols) MacConnell, 85, of Sturbridge — Obituary

Emily S. (St.

Worcester County obituaries, Dec. 19, 2016

Today’s obituary listings from Central Mass. funeral homes. Margaret Adu-Frimpong, 61, of Worcester — Obituary

Allan R. Ambruson, age 80, of Putnam, Conn. — Obituary

Norma E. Austin, 83, of Southbridge — Obituary

George W. Beatty, 85, of Auburn — Obituary

Cynthia A. (King) Beauchamp, 81, formerly of Webster — Obituary

Katrina Leah Blanchard, 31, of Oakham — Obituary

Ernest A. Bousquet, Jr., 79, of Putnam, Conn. — Obituary

Albert S. Bozza, 86, of Winchendon — Obituary

Bernice (Grabiak) “Ma Brown” Brown, 77, of Pomfret Center, Conn.