Maine Gov. nudged toward approval of Mega Millions
Keno and table games also on the radar for legislators
Maine may get another big jackpot lottery game, Mega Millions, if lawmakers approve a proposal discussed by the Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.
More lottery games is something we will definitely look at, said Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, co-chair of the panel. I think there is some support, and concerns, on this committee for keno.
Diamond said Maine already is deeply involved in gambling and another lottery game is not re ...
Feb 25, 2010, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum
Lawmakers recommend expansion of Maine Lottery
Gov. says no way; doesn't like the lottery
Maine lawmakers say they want to expand the state lottery by adding a video version of keno and joining the multistate Mega Millions, but Gov. John Baldacci is against the idea.
Members of the legislature's Legal and Veteran Affairs Committee say Maine could reap $1.5 million annually by joining more than 30 other states in Mega Millions. They said Thursday that keno an electronic hybrid of the lottery and bingo could generate $2.3 million for the ...
Feb 12, 2010, 8:51 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona lawmakers vote to extend state lottery
You can put money on it: Arizona is likely to have a state lottery for the next 25 years.
The state House of Representatives on Monday voted to create a new lottery that would begin in mid-2012, when the current game expires.
The House support of Senate Bill 1004 follows the approval last week of the state Senate. The bill now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer, whose state budget plan relies on the lottery's continuation.
Lawmakers also sent SB1005 to Brewer, a change in how certain out-of-state ...
Feb 9, 2010, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery seeks gambling expansion
While lawmakers in the state of Florida debate how to expand casino gambling, the Florida Lottery has expansion plans of their own. This past week, the Lottery published the details of what type of new options they are looking to offer.
Last year, the Lottery added 1,000 vending machines that sold their scratch off tickets. Now, the agency would like to add more of these machines. That would require legislative approval, and there could be resistance to new outlets.
The Office of Program P ...
Feb 6, 2010, 11:25 am - Lottery News forum
Casino table games are coming to Pennsylvania
It's a done deal at last. Table games are coming to Pennsylvania by the end of the year.
By a vote of 103-89, legislation to legalize poker, blackjack, roulette, and other table games received long-awaited final approval last night in the state House. Gov. Rendell plans to sign the bill today.
The gambling expansion, coming as the commonwealth struggles to pull itself out of the recession, is projected to create thousands of jobs and pump $250 million into the state's revenue-starved coffe ...
Jan 8, 2010, 11:35 am - Lottery News forum
State senator wants to repeal Arkansas Lottery
A state senator who wants to abolish Arkansas' new lottery is scheduled to present her case Wednesday to a legislative panel.
Sen. Sue Madison, D-Fayetteville, will ask the House and Senate committees on state agencies and governmental affairs to adopt her proposal for an interim study to repeal the authorization for state lotteries under the Arkansas Scholarship Act.
The committee chairmen were cool to the idea.
The important message that I'm really wanting people to get ... is that ...
Dec 2, 2009, 9:00 am - Lottery News forum
US delays crackdown on Internet gambling
The US Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Board delayed for six months on Friday the enforcement of new rules designed to crack down on Internet gambling.
In a joint statement, the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve said US financial institutions were being given until June 1, 2010 to be in compliance with the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
The act, which would ban US banks, credit card and financial companies from handling unlawful Internet gambling bets, had been s ...
Nov 28, 2009, 6:52 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona legislators may borrow against future lottery revenue
Voters must extend lottery beyond 2012
State lawmakers already are eyeing another special session on the budget next month, including a proposal to ask voters to extend the Arizona Lottery.
The plan comes even though the Republican-controlled Legislature has yet to give final approval to plans to cut about $300 million in state aid to education and welfare-agency funds.
That effort stalled Thursday when two GOP lawmakers refused to go along with a piece of the package to let state agenc ...
Nov 23, 2009, 10:32 am - Lottery News forum
ARKANSAS LOTTERY DRAWINGS TO BE COMPUTERIZED
Numerous polls show players do not trust computerized drawings
Did Arkansas Lottery Commission hire the right team?
Senator proposes bill scrapping the lottery
Despite nearly universal player mistrust of computerized lottery drawings, the new Arkansas Lottery director made the inexplicable decision this week to forgo real mechanical lottery ball drawings, and use a computer program to select the winning numbers in the state's new lottery.
The commission met at Philander Smith College ...
Aug 1, 2009, 1:20 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. Lottery goes from zero to highest tax rate in the USA
Adding insult to injury, 11% taxes are retroactive back to Jan. 1
Local Mega Millions winner calls it Pathetic money grab , as feel-good story about workers' winning jackpot is transformed into an example of oppressive government that finds it easier to take from a few lucky winners than to stop wasteful government handouts and spending.
The limits of luck are becoming clear to Lynn Sellari, whose Cash 5 lottery ticket left her with a windfall of money in May.
Over the past few days, Se ...
Jul 2, 2009, 11:40 pm - Lottery News forum