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
Bill would boost California Lottery jackpots
The state Lottery would be allowed to pay out more money on jackpots, with the aim of gaining more players and boosting funding for schools, under a measure that advanced Tuesday, but Los Angeles' teachers are skeptical.
Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Castro Valley) said her legislation would ultimately mean more money for education, but the United Teachers of Los Angeles objected during a committee hearing that it would allow funds to be shifted from education to prizes.
Voters approved th ...
Feb 25, 2010, 9:36 am - Lottery News forum
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