Ohio Senate bill includes privatizing lottery
Critics say gaming corp. drafted language
The Ohio Senate's latest version of the state budget bill includes language to privatize the Ohio Lottery that is nearly identical to legislation drafted by a gaming company hoping to manage the $2.5 billion agency's day-to-day operations.
The language, drafted by GTECH, an industry giant that once ran the Ohio Lottery's back-office operations, was added to the massive budget bill virtually unchanged and without any public hearing. The inclusion of ...
Jun 2, 2011, 7:21 am - Lottery News forum
New Hampshire repeals taxes on lottery prizes
Lottery commission celebrates with Tax Repeal Tea Party
Starting Monday, New Hampshire residents no longer have to pay taxes on their lottery winnings.
The state imposed a 10 percent tax on gambling winnings over $600 in 2009, but the tax was repealed by the current Legislature under a bill going effect Monday.
Gov. John Lynch last week signed into law the bill repealing the tax, which officials said hurt the racetrack and battered lottery sales after the state enacted it two years ago ...
May 22, 2011, 10:52 pm - Lottery News forum
Ct. Senate votes to collect delinquent taxes from lottery winnings
Connecticut state Senator Carlo Leone (D-Stamford) said Thursday that the Senate has approved a bill he co-sponsored that would deduct delinquent taxes from certain awards paid to Connecticut Lottery winners.
Allowing lottery winners who don't pay their taxes to collect prizes without contributing what they owe is unfair to everyone else who plays by the rules, said Senator Leone. Our state is in the middle of a fiscal crisis, and we are asking everyone to sacrifice in order to resolve it. N ...
May 15, 2011, 8:48 am - Lottery News forum
D.C. first in USA to offer Internet gambling
The District of Columbia is becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet gambling, trying to raise millions of dollars from the habits of online poker buffs and acting ahead of traditional gambling meccas like New Jersey and Nevada.
Permitting the online games was part of the 2011 budget and a 30-day period for Congress to object expired last week, said D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown, who authored the provision. The gaming would be operated by Intralot, a Greece-based company, ...
Apr 12, 2011, 7:52 pm - Lottery News forum
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