Maine Gov. moves forward on controversial lottery plan
As Republican lawmakers pressed for more details Monday, the Baldacci administration was fast-tracking its plan to sell off Maine's lottery revenue stream in order to help balance the state's two-year, $5.7 billion budget. Part of the state's efforts involve officials looking for outside help in pricing and structuring the lottery deal.Rebecca Wyke, the governor's chief finance officer, and Dan A. Gwadosky, executive director of the Maine State Lottery, told members of the Appropriations Committ ...
Mar 1, 2005, 2:39 pm - Lottery News forum
NH Senate approves $20 scratch ticket cost
The New Hamprshire Senate joined Governor John Lynch on Thursday in endorsing a doubling of the top-priced scratch ticket cost.The bill (SB 20) would raise the lottery ticket cost from $10 to $20.The Senate passed it, 18-5, after no debate on the subject.Senate Majority Leader Robert Clegg, R-Hudson, said the Lottery Commission has committed to public service announcements that warn about compulsive gambling.Nashua Democratic Sen. Joseph Foster voted against the bill, the only one among the eigh ...
Feb 25, 2005, 12:15 pm - Lottery News forum
Tennessee bill would prohibit sales of lottery tickets on Sundays
Lottery Post Exclusive: Democrat duo wants to deny sales of lottery tickets on Sundays
Rep. Frank Buck, D-Dowelltown, and Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson are sponsoring a bill that would forbid the sale of lottery tickets in the State of Tennessee on Sundays.
The measure is among the 2,337 bills filed in Tennessee's 104th General Assembly.
The bill specifies that ticket sales will be forbidden for an 18-hour period each week beginning at 12:00 a.m. on
Sunday and ending at 6:00 a.m. on Mo ...
Feb 21, 2005, 1:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Penn. officials study slots' effect on lottery revenues
Pennsylvania state senators pressed state Revenue Secretary Greg Fajt last week on just one of the many multimillion dollar questions pertaining to the imminent arrival of slot machines.Will the new gaming harm the Pennsylvania Lottery, now flourishing due to the many small-time gamblers who focus their wagering dollars on the numbers and instant games?Fajt's answer on behalf of the pro-slots Rendell administration: We don't think so.But no one knows for certain. The question has not been studie ...
Feb 21, 2005, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum
Texas to use Lottery to institute video slot machines
Facing an uphill battle to amend the Texas Constitution to allow video slot machines, some Texas lawmakers are working on legislation to authorize the devices as an extension of the lottery.Such a bill would only require a majority vote in the House and Senate and then the governor's signature. A proposed constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds vote in both chambers and then a vote by the public.Mike Sizemore, a spokesman for Sen. Ken Armbrister, said Armbrister is trying to determine whe ...
Feb 17, 2005, 9:27 am - Lottery News forum
Delaware legislation eliminates computerized lottery drawings
Bold action to restore credibility to Delaware lottery drawingsTwo key Delaware lawmakers have finished drafting a bill, which if enacted, will eliminate computerized lottery drawings in Delaware, and force the state lottery to conduct live drawings on TV and over the Internet.House Majority Leader Wayne A. Smith, R-Clair Manor, and Sen. Nancy W. Cook, D-Kenton, form the bipartisan sponsorship for this landmark piece of legislation.The bill directs the Delaware Lottery Office to hold live lotter ...
Feb 15, 2005, 1:18 pm - Lottery News forum
Special lottery for Indiana National Guard troops won't advance
An Indiana lawmaker expressed disappointment Thursday that her proposal for a special lottery to support the Indiana National Guard will not get a chance to advance in the state Senate.Republican Sen. Thomas Wyss of Fort Wayne, chairman of the Homeland Security, Utilities and Public Policy Committee, said he had problems with the bill by Sen. Vi Simpson, D-Bloomington, and would not give it a hearing. Among other things, he said it could set a precedent of the Legislature dictating special lotte ...
Feb 11, 2005, 2:42 pm - Lottery News forum
Georgia Republican proposes online lottery bill
A bill in the Georgia Legislature would start the nation's first online lottery.State Representative Terry Barnard -- a Glennville Republican -- introduced the bill Tuesday.It would allow people to set up online accounts to buy lottery tickets and remove the cash-only requirements for lottery sales.Barnard suggested the same bill last year, but it stalled amid legal concerns and opposition from convenience stores.The bill is opposed by Democrats, including Minority Leader DuBose Porter. ...
Feb 10, 2005, 2:33 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. lottery has a fighting chance this year
If a lottery is going to be approved in North Carolina, this just might be the year.At least the 2005 session of the General Assembly appears to offer the best chance ever, for it to happen, said state Rep. Billy Owens, D-Pasquotank, a perennial lottery supporter.But Owens also said the window for winning a lottery for North Carolina is starting to shut. He characterizes 2005-06 as the last chance, mainly because the political makeup of the General Assembly could shift, making it even more diffi ...
Feb 10, 2005, 12:30 pm - Lottery News forum
Wyoming lottery bill barely nixed
On a split vote, the Wyoming House narrowly defeated legislation allowing residents to play the Powerball lottery.The vote was 29-29, two votes shy of passage, with two representatives excused. Nothing in this bill talks about the addiction, said Rep. Rodney Pete Anderson, R-Pine Bluffs, who led the opposition. It preys upon those who are on the fringe. ... Instead of buying things the family needs, they're buying lottery tickets. They're buying a lot of false hope. He also argued that state ...
Feb 9, 2005, 9:12 am - Lottery News forum