Petition submitted for starting Arkansas lottery
Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter submitted 138,615 signatures Thursday in support of a constitutional amendment creating a state-run lottery, moving his proposal to help fund college scholarships closer toward appearing on the November ballot.
Supporters needed 77,468 signatures by July 7 to get the measure on the November ballot. Tim Humphries, an attorney for the secretary of state's office, said officials will count and certify the valid signatures on July 7 and Halter will have 30 days to su ...
Jun 27, 2008, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas watches as Tenn rethinks lottery scholarships
If Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's push for a state lottery is successful, Arkansas legislators may want to consider Tennessee's dilemma before writing rules for spending proceeds that would be earmarked exclusively for college scholarships.
Arkansas' eastern neighbor is struggling with what to do with an unintended $460 million surplus from that state's version of a scholarship lottery. Part of the problem is that many scholarship recipients have not been able to maintain grades good enough to keep t ...
Apr 14, 2008, 10:21 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery plan garners some support
Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter found support Thursday among Arkansas' city officials for his proposed constitutional amendment to establish a state-run lottery.
The proposal, for which supporters are gathering signatures to place on the November general election ballot, would earmark lottery proceeds for college scholarships.
Using a football analogy Thursday, Halter pitched his proposal to the winter conference of the Arkansas Municipal League as a way to move Arkansas from mired at or nea ...
Jan 11, 2008, 9:11 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas builder donates $300K to get lottery started
A Little Rock, Arkansas, developer said Tuesday he and his family has pledged $300,000 to Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's push to get state lottery proposed on the 2008 general election ballot.
John Bailey, owner of Bailey Properties, said he was willing to help finance a campaign for a proposed constitutional amendment because he believes a state lottery with all of the money going into college scholarships, would benefit the state and its economy.
I just think it's a great idea, Bailey said, a ...
Oct 10, 2007, 11:08 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Lt. Gov. proposes state lottery in '08
On Tuesday, Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter said he hopes to have a state lottery on the ballot by 2008.
That gives Arkansas voters the opportunity to decide for themselves whether or not the state should have a lottery, with all of the proceeds going to scholarship assistance to Arkansas students, said Halter.
Currently Arkansas is only one of eight states across the nation without a state lottery in place.
Neighboring Mississippi and Alabama are among others.
But state ...
Sep 19, 2007, 3:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery surfaces again
The Arkansas Supreme Court's order to boost funding for public schools could bring proposals for a state lottery front and center again.
At least two candidates for statewide office are touting a lottery as the way to solve funding shortfalls, and a legislator and long-time supporter of a lottery said he may push for such an initiative during a special session.
Newly announced gubernatorial candidate Bill Halter, a Democrat, used his announcement speech to call for a lottery to pay for e ...
Feb 7, 2006, 10:15 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Man Wins $200,000 Powerball Prize
An Arkansas man was too excited to finish his meal when he learned he won $200,000 with a Powerball ticket purchased in Roland, Oklahoma.
But at least Lane Rogers' waitress got a pretty good tip.
The 38-year-old Alma, Arkansas, truck driver walked out of the lottery commission office Monday with a giant cardboard check tucked under his arm. He also carried a real check, which he said will help him and his wife build a new house.
Rogers' ticket matched five numbers in Saturday's Powerbal ...
Feb 7, 2006, 8:46 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Gov. candidate's lottery figures appear unrealistic
Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Bill Halter's claim that a state lottery would generate as much as $250 million for education far exceeds previous state estimates that his campaign said Monday were out of date.In announcing his candidacy last week, Halter proposed a state lottery to ease the financial burden of overhauling the state's education system. He said the $250 million figure was at the high end of estimates.Halter spokesman Bud Jackson said Monday that the campaign would provide more s ...
Jan 24, 2006, 8:06 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery idea proposed by Arkansas Gov. candidate
During the weekend, an Arkansas gubernatorial hopeful uttered the L word in announcing his candidacy.Bill Halter, a Democrat from North Little Rock, threw his hat into the ring for governor by proposing a state lottery. As in virtually every state where lotteries have been proposed, Mr. Halter recommends using lottery proceeds to fund public education in Arkansas.It would take a constitutional amendment, and Mr. Halter said he'd pursue a lottery after being elected.Among the general public, th ...
Jan 24, 2006, 7:06 am - Lottery News forum
Arkansas man claims $1.4 million Missouri lottery jackpot
An Arkansas man said his seven children are full of suggestions after he won a $1.4 million Missouri Lottery jackpot. The kids are giving us lists for things like bigger televisions, said John Gilbert, 49, who presented his winning ticket from the March 26 drawing to lottery officials last week.But Gilbert and his wife, Maria, plan a more practical approach. The couple from Harrison, Ark., plan to take the prize in one lump sum payment of $700,000 before taxes and invest most the money for thei ...
Apr 19, 2005, 10:51 am - Lottery News forum