Nevada lawmakers discuss lottery
Pointless annual exercise?
By Todd Northrop
In what would seem to outside observers to be an annual exercise in futility, the Nevada state legislature has again taken up the issue of creating a state lottery.
With lines for lotto tickets like the one for Mega Millions this week in Primm, California, many residents believe Nevada should keep that money within the state and not send it to California. Some are calling for the state to use lottery-generated funds to beef up the state's educ ...
Mar 28, 2011, 11:25 am - Lottery News forum
Texas lawmaker aims to bring video gaming to state
Includes video report
Texas state senator Juan Chuy Hinojosa has filed legislation that would legalize video lottery games, a form of slot machine, in Texas.
Senator Hinojosa believes Texas is facing a large deficit, and video gaming slot machines would add an extra boost to economy.
We know by allowing slot machine at race tracks it will raise close to two billion dollars biennium , said Hinojosa.
Along with the extra revenue, the Senator says the proposed legislation will bring jo ...
Mar 8, 2011, 6:09 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida lawmakers pushing for more, bigger casinos
Seminoles and pari-mutuels say they'll fight plan
Two state senators announced Friday that they have filed legislation that would allow five Las Vegas-style casino hotels in Florida, spaced across the state.
Dennis Jones, R-Seminole, and Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, announced the news via a release Friday. Jones is chair and Sachs is vice chair of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee, which gambling falls under.
The legislation would authorize what Jones calls one destination resor ...
Mar 7, 2011, 9:57 am - Lottery News forum
N.J. Gov. may veto online gambling bill
Internet gaming may not be coming to the Garden State after all.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie next week is expected to veto a bill that would have allowed state residents to become the first in the country to place legal bets from their living rooms over the Internet, sources told the New York Post.
Christie, who weeks ago was said to be leaning toward signing the bill in hopes of reversing Atlantic City's dwindling revenues, is now, after intense lobbying, likely not to approve the cont ...
Feb 23, 2011, 7:49 pm - Lottery News forum
Bill dissolves Arkansas lottery panel
Move designed to give legislature more direct oversight
The legislative committee that oversees the Arkansas Lottery would be dissolved under a bill filed Monday.
Senate Bill 365 by Sen. Larry Teague, D-Nashville, would repeal language in the state lottery law that created a 12-member legislative oversight committee on the lottery.
Teague's bill would require the Arkansas Lottery Commission to submit contracts, rules, reports and other information to the Legislative Council for review. ...
Feb 22, 2011, 10:27 am - Lottery News forum
Ark. Lottery panel votes for changes to unclaimed prize money
The legislative Lottery Oversight Committee voted today to recommend a fix for a 2010 law change that Arkansas lottery officials say hampers their ability to maximize ticket sales.
During last year's fiscal session, the Legislature changed the state lottery law to add unclaimed prize money to net profits.
Lottery Director Ernie Passailaigue said after the session that the change meant the lottery could not use some of the unclaimed money on efforts to boost prizes and sales in response to ...
Feb 16, 2011, 10:50 pm - Lottery News forum
N.M. acts to save Lottery scholarship fund
A lottery-financed college scholarship program is running out of money, and lawmakers are looking for a fix that won't hamper efforts to encourage young New Mexicans to attend universities and colleges in the state.
The scholarship fund could be depleted by 2014 if nothing is done in the Legislature this session and tuition rates continue to rise sharply, according to the latest state projections.
The Senate Education Committee unanimously endorsed a measure Wednesday that would shore up t ...
Feb 11, 2011, 9:30 am - Lottery News forum
S.C. Senate passes expanded gambling law
Includes video report
The South Carolina State Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would allow charities, schools and churches to hold raffles legally.
Right now the only legal raffle in the state is the lottery. Opponents of this new bill said it would open the door for organized gambling.
However, supporters disagree and said it's common sense to update state law that's more than 200 years old. The activity is practiced among organizations in order to raise money for good causes.
Feb 11, 2011, 7:40 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery fails in Wyoming
For the third time in six years, state lawmakers have killed a proposal to establish a lottery in Wyoming.
By a 33-27 vote, the Wyoming House defeated legislation that would have created a quasi-public corporation to either run a Wyoming-only lottery or join a multistate lottery system.
Wyoming remains one of seven states not to have a state lottery.
Proponents of the legislation, House Bill 186, said many Wyoming residents have asked for a state lottery. A lottery would also help Wyomi ...
Feb 3, 2011, 8:10 am - Lottery News forum
Wyoming House gives preliminary OK to lottery bill
The Wyoming House of Representatives has given preliminary approval to a bill to allow the sale of multi-state lottery tickets.
Thirty-three of 60 House members voted for the bill Monday. It could also allow creation of an in-state lottery, but not the sale of instant scratch tickets.
Sponsor Republican Rep. Dave Zwonitzer of Cheyenne said Wyoming should pass the bill to capture money that residents now spend buying lottery tickets out of state.
Republican Rep. Bob Brechtel of Casper sa ...
Feb 1, 2011, 6:21 pm - Lottery News forum