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
Minnesota Lottery suspended during government shutdown
By Todd Northrop
The budget impasse in the Minnesota state capital is having a widespread effect across the state including at the state lottery.
Many state services, including the Minnesota state lottery, ceased operations Friday.
The Lottery closed all its offices 5 p.m. Thursday, and no lottery tickets were available for sale after 11:59 p.m. During the shutdown, lottery tickets cannot be validated or paid out.
Players currently holding winning tickets should sign them immediately ...
Jul 2, 2011, 9:51 pm - Lottery News forum
Damaging evidence against former Mass Lottery overseer
Former Massachusetts state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill was directly involved in the state lottery's decision to launch a $1.65 million taxpayer-funded advertising blitz seen as benefiting his campaign for governor last year, according to e-mails and other documents obtained by local media.
In August 2010, Cahill met for lunch with Hill Holliday chief executive Michael J. Sheehan, according to e-mails between lottery officials and the Boston firm. Following that lunch, Diane Anderson, then the ...
Jun 22, 2011, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
U.S. lawmaker hits the lottery
Lady Luck smiled on a few House members last year.
New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone claimed nearly $25,000 in lottery winnings in 2010, according to the latest yearly disclosure forms filed with the House of Representatives.
Likewise, Rep. Dave Reichert, a Washington state Republican, won somewhere in the range $200 to $1,000 during a trip to the Snoqualmie Casino outside Seattle.
Mr. Pallone, a Democrat, owes his haul to his dad. The congressman and his brother pool their money with their ...
Jun 16, 2011, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Ohio Senate bill includes privatizing lottery
Critics say gaming corp. drafted language
The Ohio Senate's latest version of the state budget bill includes language to privatize the Ohio Lottery that is nearly identical to legislation drafted by a gaming company hoping to manage the $2.5 billion agency's day-to-day operations.
The language, drafted by GTECH, an industry giant that once ran the Ohio Lottery's back-office operations, was added to the massive budget bill virtually unchanged and without any public hearing. The inclusion of ...
Jun 2, 2011, 7:21 am - Lottery News forum