Delaware House passes sports betting bill
The Delaware House has passed a sports betting bill that failed to win approval earlier this week.
After hours of closed-door negotiations, lawmakers convened early Friday morning to rescind Tuesday's roll call and vote on a revised bill, which won overwhelming approval.
The vote came after several hours of talks between Gov. Jack Markell and his staff and Republican and Democratic leaders in the House.
The proposed sports lottery and the money it would bring are key components in Marke ...
May 8, 2009, 8:57 am - Lottery News forum
Prop 1C would change the California Lottery
Voting 'Yes' will allow lottery to create larger prize payouts
On May 19, California voters will have a chance to change the state lottery for the first time since it started in 1984.
Proposition 1C would allow the state to borrow $5 billion from future lottery profits to help balance the state's 2009-10 budget.
Lottery payment to educational institutions would end and the state general fund would increase its payments to schools to make up for the loss of lottery funds.
Currently, t ...
May 8, 2009, 8:35 am - Lottery News forum
Bill limiting lottery prizes of people on public aid fails
See previous story at www.lotterypost.com/news/191985.
A proposal that would limit Tennessee lottery winners on state or federal assistance to $600 failed in the House State Government Subcommittee.
The measure sponsored by Rep. Stacey Campfield, a Knoxville Republican, failed Wednesday for lack of a second.
Campfield says people receiving assistance should not be spending money on lottery tickets, but rather on education or to put food in their children's mouths.
The proposal would ...
Apr 28, 2009, 10:57 pm - Lottery News forum
Nevada Assembly passes lottery bill
Senate vote is next step
The Nevada Assembly voted Wednesday for a lottery in the nation's No. 1 gambling state, despite arguments that it would compete with slot machines and other games of chance.
AJR7 is the latest version of a plan that since the 1970s has failed about two dozen times to win legislative approval. The measure advanced on a 31-11 vote and now moves to the Senate.
The plan would have to be approved by lawmakers this year and again in 2011 and then go to a public vote.
Apr 17, 2009, 3:06 am - Lottery News forum
N.Y. looks to join Powerball lottery
The New York Lottery is seeking to enter the 32 jurisdictions currently selling the Powerball lottery as a way to increase state revenue and stop jackpot seekers from heading to other states to play.
The New York Lottery is expected to get the go-ahead to enter Powerball through a provision in the 2009-10 state budget that allows the state to enter more than one multi-jurisdictional lottery. New York participates in the 12-state Mega Millions lottery.
Lottery Director Gordon Medenica said ...
Apr 17, 2009, 1:06 am - Lottery News forum
Washington Senate passes Powerball bill
The Washington state Senate has passed a bill that would let the state join the multi-state Powerball lottery game.
The bill passed on a 35-12 vote Tuesday and now goes to the House for consideration.
Washington state already participates in the Mega Millions multistate lottery game. Currently, 30 other states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have Powerball.
State lottery officials estimate that sales from the Powerball game would be $13 million in 2010, $28.2 mill ...
Apr 16, 2009, 11:24 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee may cap lottery winnings at $600 for poor
The Tennessee Legislature is considering a bill that could end up making life more difficult for the poor or could help them, depending on your point of view.
The bill at the center of the issue is scheduled to be discussed at a committee hearing Wednesday. It would prohibit anyone receiving state or federal assistance, sometimes called welfare, from winning $600 or more in the state lottery.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Stacey Campfield (Knoxville), said that if someone can't afford the basic ...
Apr 7, 2009, 11:31 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery chief comes under hostile fire in House committee
The Florida Lottery's top executive got a dressing-down today from House Republicans for failing to bid out a lucrative contract produce its TV ads, despite a state law requiring the department to start doing so last summer.
The Lottery hired its New York-based ad agency on a month-to-month arrangement on June 30 one day before language in the state budget took effect requiring the department to put the $3.5 million contract out for competitive bids. The monthly arrangement allowed the Lotter ...
Mar 31, 2009, 9:27 pm - Lottery News forum
Nevada lottery plan approved by committee
A Nevada Assembly panel voted Thursday to back a plan for a lottery in the nation's No. 1 gambling state, despite arguments that it would compete with slot machines and other games of chance.
The Elections, Procedures, Ethics and Constitutional Amendments Committee voted 7-3 to send AJR7, the latest version of a plan that has failed about two dozen times since the 1970s to win legislative approval, to the full Assembly.
Let the voters decide, said freshman Assemblyman Paul Aizley, D-Las V ...
Mar 30, 2009, 9:39 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery bracing for loss of Arkansas dollars
Legislature refuses to consider bill increasing prizes
Oklahoma will be a big loser when Arkansas begins its lottery games, an official said.
The Oklahoma lottery is expected to lose as much as $12 million in sales during the first year Arkansas has its games, said Jim Scroggins, who is the executive director of Oklahoma's lottery.
We estimate, based on prizes claimed by Arkansas residents, that we will, Scroggins said.
That would result in a loss of $3.5 million to $4 million for e ...
Mar 30, 2009, 8:19 am - Lottery News forum