A state lottery could help Alabama get its financial house in order
Fifty years ago, lotteries were illegal in every state, but they have proven so lucrative and politically irresistible that 44 states have since started selling tickets to the lottery. In 2013, state-run lotteries brought in $62 billion, which amounts to $257 in sales to every adult in the nation.
Six stubborn holdouts remain. Alaska and Hawaii are isolated enough that they do not feel pressured by sales from their neighbors. Nevada and Mississippi have gambling lobbies that don't want a stat ...
Apr 20, 2015, 9:15 pm - Lottery News forum
State lotteries head to Washington to enforce states' rights on gambling
Restoration of America's Wire Act legislation would restrict your rights to spend your money as you please
State Lottery officials from across the United States held meetings with members of Congress today in Washington, D.C., to add their voices to those of state lawmakers advocating for the federal government to continue to support states' authority to establish their own gambling policies.
The lottery officials expressed their concerns about proposed federal legislation designed to res ...
Mar 25, 2015, 10:57 am - Lottery News forum
Bill shielding Arizona lottery winners set for Senate vote
Winners of large Arizona lottery jackpots would have their names kept secret for three months to give them time to prepare for their newfound wealth and shield their financial affairs under a bill set for a Senate vote Monday.
The bill by Republican Sen. John Kavanagh is a more limited version of a bill he pushed in 2013 when he was in the House that would have kept winners' names secret forever. The bill failed in the Senate.
The Arizona Republic editorial staff objected to the original b ...
Feb 10, 2015, 9:22 am - Lottery News forum
New fight looms over MN lottery online sales
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is braced for a repeat struggle over the Minnesota Lottery and said Tuesday that its director faces a challenge in trying to preserve online ticket sales that many lawmakers want to outlaw.
Dayton expressed little doubt that the Legislature will again attempt to bar most virtual ticket sales and acknowledged that the veto he used to short-circuit their push last spring might not hold up.
At the urging of Lottery Director Ed Van Petten, Dayton struck down the prop ...
Dec 9, 2014, 8:55 am - Lottery News forum
NJ lottery winners still receiving welfare, food stamps, audit says
An audit sniffing out fraud in New Jersey's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program detected 66 lottery winners who were perhaps too lucky. They were all welfare and food stamps beneficiaries who had each won more than $10,000, including one person who had been collecting $1,000 a week from the Win for Life scratch-off game prior to 2009.
Ten other winners netted more than $100,000 in lottery proceeds from 2011 to 2013. All of them were still collecting food stamps this year, according to t ...
Dec 6, 2014, 2:52 pm - Lottery News forum
800+ Michigan Lottery winners kicked off public assistance in 2013
More than 7,200 Michigan Lottery winners were living in households that received public assistance of some kind in 2013, and the state was able to close about 11 percent of those cases as a result.
The Michigan Department of Human Services shared those findings Thursday in its latest lottery match report, analyzing the impact of a 2012 law that allows the agency to cross-check lottery winnings with public assistance programs and, in some cases, end benefits.
DHS identified 7,216 lotto play ...
Oct 25, 2014, 1:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Is it game over for the Texas Lottery?
Some Texas lawmakers say it may be time to scratch out the lottery.
More than two decades after Texas voters legalized the game of chance in the state, a group of lawmakers will soon start reviewing whether to end at multibillion-dollar industry that pumps more than $1 billion a year into schools.
Critics say they fear that the game financially hurts some of the most vulnerable Texans and doesn't do enough to help the state. Supporters disagree and question where $1 billion a year can be f ...
Aug 2, 2014, 8:31 pm - Lottery News forum
Legislative committee to discuss killing the Texas Lottery
The Texas Legislature's discussions about eliminating the state lottery are moving forward.
House Speaker Joe Straus on Thursday announced his appointments to the Legislative Committee to Review the Texas Lottery and Texas Lottery Commission, a new panel charged with studying the ramifications of ending the lottery, along with examining charitable bingo and how its revenue is distributed.
The appointees include three Harris County lawmakers, one of whom is a vocal lottery critic.
Jul 25, 2014, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. school construction lottery money doesn't really build schools
Includes video report
Where does the North Carolina Education Lottery money go? You know, you buy a ticket, you put money into the education lottery, and you think all that money goes to North Carolina schools. But that is not quite how it works.
Of every dollar, 61% goes back into the lottery for prizes, 28% goes to education, and 11% go back to retailers and the lottery for administration.
Of that 28 percent for schools, the Education Lottery website says 45.8% goes to teacher pay, 20 ...
Jul 10, 2014, 8:50 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Legislature passes lottery bill scrapping online scratch-off games
Gov. unsure if he will sign bill
Both the Minnesota House and Senate on Friday overwhelmingly approved restrictions on online sales of state lottery tickets.
The bill now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton, who has said he hasn't decided whether he'll sign it.
Sen. Carla Nelson, R-Rochester, called implementation of the new electronic games overreach by the administration.
Politically, we pinned their ears back, said Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston. The lottery needs to have some controls, some ...
May 17, 2014, 11:08 am - Lottery News forum