Congress rethinks its ban on Internet gambling
With pressure mounting on the federal government to find new revenues, Congress is considering legalizing, and taxing, an activity it banned just four years ago: Internet gambling.
On Wednesday, the House Financial Services Committee approved a bill that would effectively legalize online poker and other nonsports betting, overturning a 2006 federal ban that critics say merely drove Web-based casinos offshore.
The bill would direct the Treasury Department to license and regulate Internet ga ...
Jul 30, 2010, 6:37 pm - Lottery News forum
Increased California Lottery payouts spur sales
Californians who play lottery Scratcher games have apparently noticed a new and not unwelcome change in the way some of the games are structured: They win more.
As a result, they're playing more.
Scratcher sales leaped by $55 million in June, the first month that a new law allowed lottery officials to increase the percentage of revenues returned in prize money.
Officials are confident that trend will continue. In its budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, the Lottery Commission p ...
Jul 6, 2010, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Senate approves Internet sweepstakes ban
The North Carolina Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday to shutter hundreds of new businesses that bill supporters argue are offering just another form of illegal video poker where people buy phone or Internet time, then play games on computer screens to win cash and prizes.
By a vote of 47-1, the chamber continued its long history of opposing video gambling, this time through electronic and computer-based devices springing up at new sweepstakes cafes or business centers.
Jun 22, 2010, 9:40 am - Lottery News forum
Group still trying to undermine Arkansas Lottery
As state higher education officials mail out notices to the first recipients of Arkansas' lottery-funded college scholarships, a group that fought creation of the lottery says it is gearing up to start its anti-lottery campaign anew.
Jerry Cox, executive director of the Christian conservative Family Council, says the group is making the lottery its No. 1 issue for next year's legislative session.
The group has drafted two bills that would impose limits on lottery operations and will push f ...
Jun 20, 2010, 7:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Okla. House votes to prohibit kids in lottery ads
The state House has approved a bill that would prohibit the Oklahoma Lottery Commission from using children in its advertisements.
The House passed the bill 69-19 on Monday. It now heads to the Senate.
The bill by Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Tuttle, also requires any lottery advertisements that make a claim of benefits to be documented by actual expenditures of revenue.
Lottery officials have expressed concern that prohibiting the use of children in promotional ads would negatively affect lot ...
May 25, 2010, 8:21 am - Lottery News forum
US Rep. introduces revised Internet gambling bill
In March, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) announced that he was re-introducing legislation to tax licensed Internet gambling in the U.S.
The bill, known as the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act, is a companion to legislation introduced by Rep. Barney Frank that would license and regulate online gambling. Rep. McDermott's bill includes new provisions that weren't in the original version introduced in October, including a revenue incentive for States that could generate up to an es ...
May 17, 2010, 7:45 am - Lottery News forum
Ark. lottery forced to revise budget after law change found
Arkansas' lottery director said Wednesday he wasn't aware that the Legislature changed how money from unclaimed prizes is to be managed a move that required lottery officials to revise their 2011 budget.
The revised lottery budget allocates $11 million less for scholarships and overall revenue is projected to drop by $14 million. However, the lottery has been taking in money above projections, and the original scholarship budget target of $116 million could still be met.
We will do our be ...
Apr 9, 2010, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
Calif. Senate approves higher lottery payouts
The California Senate has approved a bill intended to dedicate a larger percentage of California lottery money to the public.
The bill would return an additional 3 percent of lottery proceeds in prizes or school aid, increasing the level to 87 percent. Less money could go toward administration.
It passed the Senate on a 32-0 vote Monday and now returns to the Assembly, which approved the bill last year but now must agree with amendments made in the other house.
The bill by Democratic As ...
Mar 23, 2010, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
Kansas House proposal would create tax on lottery tickets
If passed, would exclude state from Powerball, Mega Millions games
A proposal to raise taxes on utility bills, lottery tickets and churches is heading toward a vote in the Kansas House.
The legislation is the latest attempt to tackle the state's growing budget deficit without more cuts to schools and other state programs.
The proposal, which was forwarded to the House on Tuesday, would impose the 5.3 percent state sales tax on all electric, gas and water bills. The bill would repeal an ...
Mar 3, 2010, 10:03 am - Lottery News forum
CT Gov. faces challenges bringing Keno to state
Faced with strong skepticism from the Democrat-controlled legislature, the Rell administration started talks last week with Connecticut's two Indian tribes so that the state can legalize keno a gambling game that is currently offered in the casinos.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell believes that keno is a lottery-style game and that the state's quasi-public lottery corporation can begin the game without approval by the legislature in the same way that it can start other lottery games. Officials said keno is ...
Mar 3, 2010, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum