Ruling by Justice Dept. opens a door on online gambling
2012 may the year of widespread Internet lottery ticket sales
The Justice Department has reversed its long-held opposition to many forms of Internet gambling, removing a big legal obstacle for states that want to sanction online gambling to help fix their budget deficits.
The legal opinion, issued by the department's office of legal counsel in September but made public on Friday, came in response to requests by New York and Illinois to clarify whether the Wire Act of 1961, which prohibits ...
Dec 25, 2011, 2:33 pm - Lottery News forum
Washington Gov. proposes privatizing state's lottery
Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday floated the idea of privatizing the state lottery system as a way to bring in more money for education.
I want to be clear: I am not proposing that the lottery expand gambling, Gregoire said at a news conference. Private-sector operation of the lottery would be the lottery that we have today.
She wants the Legislature to approve having the lottery solicit proposals from private vendors to run the operation.
The idea would be to see if the pri ...
Dec 16, 2011, 8:49 am - Lottery News forum
Tenn. legislators float idea that lower prizes will bring in more money
Task force says 'bad idea'
Some Tennessee legislators are eying a reduction in prize payouts for Tennessee lottery players while letting them buy tickets with debit or credit cards.
The proposals are among ideas that are being floated as a way to generate more money that can be used for college scholarships.
Both were criticized at a meeting last week of the Senate Lottery Stabilization Task Force with a lottery official suggesting that a cut in prizes could be a bad business decision a ...
Oct 31, 2011, 7:38 pm - Lottery News forum
Court filings outline steering of D.C. lottery deal
In recorded conversation, official suggests ousting winner of bidding
Documents filed in federal court Thursday portray in vivid detail the efforts of a number of D.C. officials, including then-Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi, to manipulate the outcome of the competitively bid, multimillion-dollar D.C. Lottery contract.
The documents, supported by transcripts of tape-recorded conversations, were filed in response to efforts by the city to resis ...
Sep 16, 2011, 10:06 am - Lottery News forum
Legislators grill Ark. lottery financial officer
The Arkansas lottery's chief financial officer said Wednesday that a $90,000 tax penalty probably resulted because of a data input error, though legislators remained puzzled over how the lottery's director wasn't told of the problem for more than three months.
Lottery director Ernie Passailaigue told members of the Lottery Oversight Committee that he was disappointed he wasn't told of the Internal Revenue Service problem until long after it had emerged.
The IRS assessed the penalty because ...
Aug 25, 2011, 10:56 am - Lottery News forum
Starved state budgets prompt new interest in online gambling
The District of Columbia is not thrilled that its residents are traveling to Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to gamble in casinos. Starved for cash, like states across the country, the district wants some of the millions in revenue that gambling generates each year.
So district officials want residents to gamble closer to home inside their homes, actually. Or in cafes, restaurants and bars. By year's end the district hopes to introduce an Internet gambling hub that would allow Washin ...
Aug 14, 2011, 5:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Minnesota Lottery resumes ticket sales Thursday
By Todd Northrop
After being shut down for nearly three weeks due to a state government budget impasse, the Minnesota Lottery will begin selling lottery tickets again, starting Thursday, July 21.
The resumption of ticket sales follows a special legislative session that put an end to the government shut down. The state's Democrat governor relented, allowing the state budget to follow the Republican-majority state legislature's plan.
The lottery suspended operations on July 1. Beginning a ...
Jul 20, 2011, 4:26 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. state senator wants online lottery ticket sales
A Beacon Hill push under way today to sell Massachusetts Lottery tickets online which backers say could boost cash-strapped state coffers by as much as $1 billion a year is getting strong support from an unlikely corner liberal icon U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.
I don't understand why liberals think they're supposed to tell people not to gamble, Frank told the Herald yesterday. They favor gay marriage, legalization of marijuana and sex-oriented literature, but not gambling. It's totally inconsiste ...
Jul 19, 2011, 11:25 am - Lottery News forum
Wisconsin lottery benefiting from Minnesota government shutdown
Includes video report
The cash register is humming at the gas station Mac Qasem manages in Houlton, Wisconsin, and he has squabbling Democrats and Republicans from Minnesota to thank for it.
You know how much people, they just want to buy lottery, he smiles.
Since the Minnesota state shutdown began, lottery sales at Qasem's store are five times normal. You just cross the bridge, couple of blocks and you're here, he points out. The Minnesota state lottery is shut down, so they come here ...
Jul 12, 2011, 10:11 am - Lottery News forum
Minnesota shutdown boosts Iowa border lottery sales
Sales of Iowa Lottery tickets at retail stores along the Minnesota border are getting a boost from the Gopher State's government shutdown.
State offices in Minnesota have been closed since July 1 because Gov. Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature have failed to reach agreement on a new state budget. The shutdown includes the sales of Minnesota Lottery tickets.
We have checked with locations in a few different communities that are along the major highways that run between Iowa and Minn ...
Jul 8, 2011, 10:54 am - Lottery News forum