Raleigh political watchers are trying to figure out whether North Carolina legislators will get a final chance for the year to pass a state lottery.
The Senate's biggest lottery advocate says he's trying to figure out the same thing.
"I don't know where any of this is," said Senate Democratic Leader Tony Rand, D-Cumberland, of the potential for a Senate lottery vote. Rand is in charge of finding more "yes" lottery votes.
Senate leaders say they're one vote short and there are no signs they've convinced any Republican or any of the five Democratic opponents to switch.
Both the House and Senate hope to finish their work for the year by early Wednesday. If they don't vote now, senators can reconsider the issue next year without risking another contentious vote in the House. A lottery bill the House passed narrowly earlier this year would remain effective.