Arkansas Lottery director appeals to state legislature to reject pending bill
Restrictive measure will drastically reduce prizes, cut revenue, director says
Statement from Bishop Woosley, Director, Arkansas Lottery Commission
Friday afternoon, HB 2263 will be presented to the House Rules committee at the Capitol. HB2263 mandates that 25% of total lottery proceeds be used to fund college scholarships. The Arkansas Lottery Commission (ALC) strongly opposes this bill because of the immediate and detrimental effect it will have on lottery ticket sales, revenues paid ...
Apr 11, 2013, 7:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery pushes for online expansion
The Illinois Senate could soon decide to increase the number of ways you can play the lottery online.
A committee has passed a bill that would allow players to wager on any of the draw-based games that is, in which the winning numbers are randomly selected, as in Pick 3 and Pick 4.
Right now, only Lotto, Mega Millions, and Powerball are draw-based games available online. The legislation would expand that opportunity to all seven, plus any draw-based games the lottery would add in the futur ...
Mar 25, 2013, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
Tax on Kentucky Lottery tickets no longer being considered
Your outrage was heard
Kentucky lawmakers won't pursue a 6% tax on lottery tickets as a source of revenue to shore up the state's financially troubled pension system for government retirees.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo said that idea was rejected out of concern that a tax might have stifled sales of lottery tickets that generate money for education programs in Kentucky.
Instead, Stumbo said lawmakers will unveil legislation on Tuesday that will call for the lottery to create new games, in ...
Feb 26, 2013, 1:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Ex-Georgia Lottery president got big bonuses
A state law designed to curb bonuses to Georgia Lottery executives didn't stop the organization from handing out huge incentive payouts and raises to top staffers.
The lottery funds the HOPE scholarship and pre-kindergarten classes, but ticket sales have struggled to keep up with growth in the programs. When lawmakers approved legislation in 2011 to prevent the programs from going broke, part of the deal was a severe curtailing of lottery staff bonuses.
But more than $260,000 worth of ince ...
Jan 27, 2013, 5:29 pm - Lottery News forum
Proposal to ban welfare recipients from playing lottery
Another proposal would remove the word Education from N.C. Education Lottery
North Carolina lawmakers are drafting legislation that would ban people on welfare or those who are in bankruptcy from buying lottery tickets.
Rep. Paul Skip Stam, R-Wake is helping draft the legislation. Stam told ABC11 the vendor selling the lottery ticket would be penalized if they knew the person was on welfare or in bankruptcy.
That stipulation is not sitting well with some convenience store clerks that do ...
Jan 26, 2013, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
NJ bill aims to protect lottery winners' identity
For some lottery winners, a large jackpot can bring out scam artists and others looking to get a piece of the pie.
Some winners have even been kidnapped and killed.
Now, a New Jersey assemblyman hopes to reduce the chances of that happening through legislation that would keep winners out of the public eye.
Winning the lottery can be a blessing and a curse, said Assemblyman Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli.
Once their identities become public, winners can become targets for unscrupul ...
Sep 6, 2012, 3:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery to add Powerball online ticket sales
Powerball would be added to the mix of lottery games that Illinois offers online under legislation that squeaked through the House Monday.
The multi-state Powerball game would join Lotto and Mega Millions, the two games Illinois put online in March when it became the first state in the nation to sell lottery tickets by Internet.
Dismissing opposition, Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said the measure simply adds a third game online rather than opening the door to widespread gambling that the bill' ...
May 29, 2012, 1:19 pm - Lottery News forum
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