Regi test: 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 alone — 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.”

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 alone — 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. Assault weapons, corporate corruption, saving the environment: she continues to have her say on the big topics — and nobody even needs to ask! She’s a firecracker, that Maura Healey. Imagine if you could package all that ambition into a gift for the holidays?

Kanjia: Why Gambia’s president may refuse to leave despite election loss

Augustine Kanjia, a regular Sun contributor who spent years uncovering corruption as a refugee journalist in Gambia during President Yahya Jammeh’s rule, examines what Jammeh might be thinking as he defies Dec. 1 election results, what’s next for the West African nation, and how America’s electoral issues pale in comparison to those in Gambia.

Stearns Tavern

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

Faced with the demolition of a historic building, private companies, nonprofits and three levels of government worked to save the historic Stearns Tavern. A recent report details the unprecedented level of community involvement. But more work remains.

PCBs: Where Worcester delayed, Princeton was decisive

Indignant at potentially exposing town residents and workers to PCBs through no fault of their own, Princeton officials wanted payback. They decided they would go for it in the form of a lawsuit directed at Old Monsanto, the company that made virtually all of the potential human carcinogen (98 percent, according to the lawsuit). To do so, they hired a heavy hitter in the environmental field: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Richard Nangle reports.

Randell: OPEB contributions leave much to be desired

How do you feel about the city touting $2.1 million in contributions now knowing the liability increased more than $78 million in one year?” Bill Randell doesn’t feel great about it, that’s for sure. Find out why.