Michigan Senate bill lets lottery winners remain anonymous
Michigan winners of multistate lotteries such as the Lapeer man who won a $337 million Powerball jackpot could choose to remain anonymous, under a bill that passed a state Senate committee Thursday.
Sen. Tory Rocca, R-Sterling Heights, said publicity surrounding such windfalls makes winners too vulnerable to scam artists and violent criminals, not to mention grasping third cousins.
The reasons range from the mundane to the fatal, Rocca said. Not only are there relatives popping out of the ...
Sep 14, 2012, 8:45 am - Lottery News forum
NJ bill aims to protect lottery winners' identity
For some lottery winners, a large jackpot can bring out scam artists and others looking to get a piece of the pie.
Some winners have even been kidnapped and killed.
Now, a New Jersey assemblyman hopes to reduce the chances of that happening through legislation that would keep winners out of the public eye.
Winning the lottery can be a blessing and a curse, said Assemblyman Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli.
Once their identities become public, winners can become targets for unscrupul ...
Sep 6, 2012, 3:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery to add Powerball online ticket sales
Powerball would be added to the mix of lottery games that Illinois offers online under legislation that squeaked through the House Monday.
The multi-state Powerball game would join Lotto and Mega Millions, the two games Illinois put online in March when it became the first state in the nation to sell lottery tickets by Internet.
Dismissing opposition, Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said the measure simply adds a third game online rather than opening the door to widespread gambling that the bill' ...
May 29, 2012, 1:19 pm - Lottery News forum
D.C. Council poised to repeal online gambling
After becoming the first jurisdiction in the nation to legalize online gambling within its borders, the District of Columbia is poised to repeal the program before it launches.
The strong backlash on the D.C. Council to the district's online gambling program has little to do with moral opposition to gambling. Instead, councilmembers are upset with the way it became law, saying they didn't realize they had voted to approve it.
Councilmember Jack Evans told The Associated Press on Tuesday th ...
Feb 1, 2012, 8:27 am - Lottery News forum
Connecticut to audit lottery winners for back taxes
After successfully targeting deadbeat parents, the state of Connecticut is going after tax evaders' lottery winnings.
Beginning Dec. 31, a new law will take effect requiring the Connecticut Lottery Corporation to deduct delinquent taxes, crosschecked with the Department of Revenue Services, from any claim of $5,000 or more.
If someone is lucky enough to win a lottery prize and they also owe back taxes, it is reasonable to collect those taxes at that time, co-sponsor Rep. Gerald Fox, D-Sta ...
Dec 20, 2011, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum
Online poker advocates say legalizing won't hurt lotteries
A casino-backed group pushing for federal legislation to make online poker explicitly legal says regulating online card play nationwide won't hurt state lotteries.
Fair Play USA released a data analysis on Tuesday that showed no correlation between spikes and dips in the online poker market with changes in revenues for state lotteries.
Eugene Christiansen, a founding partner with the firm that wrote the analysis, Christiansen Capital Advisors, LLC, said the data showed that poker and lotte ...
Dec 7, 2011, 10:29 am - Lottery News forum
Ct. to deduct back taxes from lottery winnings
Stamford resident's idea inspired legislation
Legislation (HB6270), introduced by State Representative Gerald Fox III (D-Stamford) requiring the Connecticut Lottery to deduct delinquent taxes and penalties before distributing a lottery prize of $5,000 or more to a winner, was ceremoniously signed into law Friday by Governor Dannel Malloy at the State Capitol.
The new law applies to winning lottery tickets redeemed on or after January 1, 2012. There is currently about $400 million in state ...
Aug 15, 2011, 6:02 pm - Lottery News forum
Starved state budgets prompt new interest in online gambling
The District of Columbia is not thrilled that its residents are traveling to Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia to gamble in casinos. Starved for cash, like states across the country, the district wants some of the millions in revenue that gambling generates each year.
So district officials want residents to gamble closer to home inside their homes, actually. Or in cafes, restaurants and bars. By year's end the district hopes to introduce an Internet gambling hub that would allow Washin ...
Aug 14, 2011, 5:05 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. state senator wants online lottery ticket sales
A Beacon Hill push under way today to sell Massachusetts Lottery tickets online which backers say could boost cash-strapped state coffers by as much as $1 billion a year is getting strong support from an unlikely corner liberal icon U.S. Rep. Barney Frank.
I don't understand why liberals think they're supposed to tell people not to gamble, Frank told the Herald yesterday. They favor gay marriage, legalization of marijuana and sex-oriented literature, but not gambling. It's totally inconsiste ...
Jul 19, 2011, 11:25 am - Lottery News forum
Assemblywoman wants N.J. lottery drawings back on TV
New Jersey Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer) announced today she will introduce a bill requiring NJTV to broadcast the New Jersey lottery drawings.
Since July 1, the New Jersey Lottery has been streaming its daily lottery drawings only on its Web site and on its Facebook page.
Watson Coleman wants the drawing to be available on the state's public television network. NJTV is the private nonprofit that replaced New Jersey Network earlier this month.
Not everyone owns or has ...
Jul 11, 2011, 4:18 pm - Lottery News forum