Arkansas Lottery director appeals to state legislature to reject pending bill
Restrictive measure will drastically reduce prizes, cut revenue, director says
Statement from Bishop Woosley, Director, Arkansas Lottery Commission
Friday afternoon, HB 2263 will be presented to the House Rules committee at the Capitol. HB2263 mandates that 25% of total lottery proceeds be used to fund college scholarships. The Arkansas Lottery Commission (ALC) strongly opposes this bill because of the immediate and detrimental effect it will have on lottery ticket sales, revenues paid ...
Apr 11, 2013, 7:22 pm - Lottery News forum
Missouri legislature considering lottery winner anonymity
The Missouri Lottery would not be able to release the names and addresses of prize winners under a bill presented to a Missouri House committee on Thursday.
Sponsoring Rep. Rochelle Walton Gray, of Black Jack, told the House Local Government Committee that winning the lottery can subject a person to hardship.
She cited constant phone calls, harassment and loss of privacy as consequences of people knowing the identities of lottery winners. She also said winning big prizes could even result ...
Mar 28, 2013, 6:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery pushes for online expansion
The Illinois Senate could soon decide to increase the number of ways you can play the lottery online.
A committee has passed a bill that would allow players to wager on any of the draw-based games that is, in which the winning numbers are randomly selected, as in Pick 3 and Pick 4.
Right now, only Lotto, Mega Millions, and Powerball are draw-based games available online. The legislation would expand that opportunity to all seven, plus any draw-based games the lottery would add in the futur ...
Mar 25, 2013, 9:51 am - Lottery News forum
Arizona Lottery winners could soon remain anonymous
Those who hit the jackpot in Arizona pay a heavy price when it comes to their privacy, because their names are a matter of public record.
That's no different than a vast majority of states in the U.S.
But if House Bill 2082 makes it through the Arizona Senate, jackpot winners would be able to remain anonymous.
Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, is one of a minority of senators opposed to the measure.
It is a state agency. They're dealing with public dollars, and the public has the righ ...
Mar 20, 2013, 10:39 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. lottery winners would get one year of anonymity under bill sent to governor
New Jersey lottery winners would have the option of staying anonymous for one year under a bill that is now headed to Gov. Chris Christie's desk.
The state Senate voted unanimously to pass the measure (A2982), which cleared the Assembly without opposition in December.
Under current law, winners' identities are public information, and the state Lottery Commission can publicize their names, hometowns, prize winnings and photographs.
Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester), a sponsor, ...
Mar 20, 2013, 9:03 am - Lottery News forum
Jamaica making new efforts to curb lottery scams
Jamaican officials said Thursday that they are hopeful new legislation will finally result in a stream of convictions and lengthy sentences for fraudsters behind a multimillion-dollar lottery scam that has swindled mostly elderly Americans out of their retirement savings for years.
National Security Minister Peter Bunting told reporters that the law reform act will result in a vastly accelerated number of successful prosecutions of swindlers who have made the island a center for cross-border ...
Mar 15, 2013, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming officially becomes 44th state with a lottery
Wyoming lottery supporters have finally struck the jackpot.
Gov. Matt Mead cleared the way for Wyoming to begin the process of bringing a lottery to the state by signing House Bill 77 into law Wednesday.
The legislation will create a quasi-government corporation that will be charged with establishing a state lottery or, more likely, joining a multi-state game, such as Powerball.
The proposal narrowly passed the Legislature last month. It then faced the threat of a veto from Mead, who ha ...
Mar 14, 2013, 11:47 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. bill keeps 'education' in lottery for now
The North Carolina Education Lottery is keeping the education in its name at least for now.
A bill debated Wednesday by a House judiciary committee and aimed at reeling in advertising for the state-run lottery originally directed the lottery to stop using the word education in its advertising.
But the bill's chief sponsor said he would pull that prohibition because he didn't want to make the cost of such a rebranding drag down the bill, which he said is designed to bring more truth to what ...
Mar 7, 2013, 4:35 pm - Lottery News forum
N.C. lawmakers back lottery name change
Act would cut 'education' from name, limit advertising
Powerball tickets aren't like parent-teacher bake sales, say state lawmakers who want to take education out of the North Carolina Education Lottery.
The state-run games would be known as the North Carolina State Lottery under a bipartisan bill filed in the House last week that also would place limits on lottery advertising and commission research on the lotto's social and economic impact.
We certainly don't want to encourage partic ...
Mar 5, 2013, 8:37 am - Lottery News forum
Lawmakers going after unclaimed lottery money
So a guy walks into a gas station, buys a scratch-off, wins a few bucks, gets distracted with some fool thing and eventually puts the lucky ticket through the wash in his Wranglers. It happens. No big deal.
But for state lawmakers in a tough budget year nationwide, the unclaimed prizes are adding up to a tempting pot of cash.
It's something we've seen an increased interest in this year, said Jon Griffin, a policy associate at the National Conference of State Legislatures in Washington.
Mar 4, 2013, 8:03 am - Lottery News forum