N.J. Gov.'s plan to privatize lottery comes under fire from Democrats
Democratic lawmakers took aim at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's plan for the private sector to run the New Jersey Lottery, saying the 15-year contract currently on the table benefits the winning company more than New Jerseyans.
At a hearing of the Assembly Budget Committee today, Democrats and small business owners said the proposal needs more public input because the Lottery a $2.6 billion business has been well run over the years and thousands of small businesses could be hurt by the move ...
Dec 7, 2012, 8:36 am - Lottery News forum
Democrats take aim at bid to privatize Pa. lottery
Democratic lawmakers are taking aim at GOP Gov. Tom Corbett administration's move to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery's management, saying it is shrouded in secrecy and will result in a corporate giveaway that diverts hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's services for the elderly.
In a Friday letter, Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, asked Corbett for a slew of documents, including the proposed management agreement between the state and Britain-based Camelot Global S ...
Dec 7, 2012, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
Almost-millionaire on a 15-year political pilgrimage
Still hasn't given up fight for $5.8 million
It all started with a lottery ticket.
For Clarence Jackson, life over the past 15 years has been a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows that began with a once-in-a-lifetime ticket that would have made him a multimillionaire.
Jackson was the guy who held the winning ticket for $5.8 million and tried unsuccessfully to cash it after he missed the one-year deadline by three days.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of a memorable debate in t ...
Mar 19, 2012, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum
Damaging evidence against former Mass Lottery overseer
Former Massachusetts state treasurer Timothy P. Cahill was directly involved in the state lottery's decision to launch a $1.65 million taxpayer-funded advertising blitz seen as benefiting his campaign for governor last year, according to e-mails and other documents obtained by local media.
In August 2010, Cahill met for lunch with Hill Holliday chief executive Michael J. Sheehan, according to e-mails between lottery officials and the Boston firm. Following that lunch, Diane Anderson, then the ...
Jun 22, 2011, 10:24 am - Lottery News forum
U.S. lawmaker hits the lottery
Lady Luck smiled on a few House members last year.
New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone claimed nearly $25,000 in lottery winnings in 2010, according to the latest yearly disclosure forms filed with the House of Representatives.
Likewise, Rep. Dave Reichert, a Washington state Republican, won somewhere in the range $200 to $1,000 during a trip to the Snoqualmie Casino outside Seattle.
Mr. Pallone, a Democrat, owes his haul to his dad. The congressman and his brother pool their money with their ...
Jun 16, 2011, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery ads still on radio two days after Cahill agreed to a halt
Radio spots from a million-dollar advertising blitz for the Massachusetts Lottery continued to run yesterday, two days after state Treasurer Timothy P. Cahill, an independent gubernatorial candidate, said he would stop airing the taxpayer funded advertisements.
A spokesman for the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission said the ads would cease by last night, adding that the process for killing a major ad campaign took some time. The lottery said the ads could not have been stopped immediately ...
Oct 17, 2010, 7:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery ad creates election controversy
Just 18 days ahead of Election Day, the Massachusetts Lottery now says it is pulling its ads from the air after accusations that the Cahill campaign may have been trying to benefit from them.
Massachusetts state attorney general Martha Coakley will be investigating to see if there was any collaboration between Cahill's campaign and the state lottery. As part of his job as Massachusetts treasurer, Cahill oversees the lottery and has agreed to pull the multi-million dollar ad blitz while the al ...
Oct 15, 2010, 4:41 pm - Lottery News forum
Mass. Lottery becoming political football
A war of words and numbers broke out in the governor's race yesterday as Gov. Deval Patrick accused rival Tim Cahill of making excuses about the Lottery's performance even as the state treasurer touted a better-than-expected financial forecast.
I and I think the legislative leadership are losing our patience with the excuses with the Lottery performance, Patrick said yesterday. Just give us a realistic estimate so we can build that into a budget, and not have to do patches and plugs to cope. ...
Dec 11, 2009, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Poland proposes online gambling ban
Following weeks of political scandal, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is determined to ban online gambling in the EU-member state.
The new legislation will outlaw all gambling that takes place outside land-based casinos, including online gambling, while imposing higher taxes on legal gambling operators. The first draft of the proposed reform will be ready in two weeks.
Internet gamblers may shrug off yet another crack down on their favorite past time, given that numerous countries have i ...
Nov 11, 2009, 3:10 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas Republicans upset about makeup of lottery officials
Arkansas Republican leaders are upset about a lack of representation in the formation and oversight of the Arkansas lottery.
The Lottery Oversight Committee, composed of six House members and six Senate members, contains one Republican.
The remaining members of the commission, picked by Gov. Mike Beebe, House Speaker Robbie Wills and Senate President Pro Tempore Bob Johnson are also Democrats or have Democratic ties.
While Republicans concede that the party in power usually makes select ...
Sep 6, 2009, 7:57 pm - Lottery News forum