Tenn. legislators float idea that lower prizes will bring in more money
Task force says 'bad idea'
Some Tennessee legislators are eying a reduction in prize payouts for Tennessee lottery players while letting them buy tickets with debit or credit cards.
The proposals are among ideas that are being floated as a way to generate more money that can be used for college scholarships.
Both were criticized at a meeting last week of the Senate Lottery Stabilization Task Force with a lottery official suggesting that a cut in prizes could be a bad business decision a ...
Oct 31, 2011, 7:38 pm - Lottery News forum
S.C. lottery and electronic sweepstakes on collision course
South Carolina retailers who offer electronic sweepstakes to customers are feeling jittery.
That's according to one member of the S.C. Education Lottery Oversight Committee , a panel made up of state legislators and members of the public.
The question is, are electronic sweepstakes legal in South Carolina? said Alexander Shadwick, after Tuesday's meeting.
They don't know if the games are legal or illegal, so the courts have to decide, he said.
But it scares all the retailers.
Sep 29, 2011, 9:03 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
N.C. Lottery learning about video gaming operations
The North Carolina Education Lottery formally sought information Monday on how it could operate casino-style video gambling machines should the GOP-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue decide to regulate rather than keep outlawing them.
New lottery Executive Director Alice Garland said her agency put out a request for details from companies that have the ability to run a centrally operated video lottery terminal system that would operate multiple games. The request, which sets a ...
Feb 8, 2011, 8:25 am - Lottery News forum
Three state lotteries set to begin new multi-state game
Decades of Dollars to replace Win For Life game
By Todd Northrop
UPDATED: Since the original news story was written, it has come to our attention that Arkansas will not be participating in the new lottery game, due to legislative hurdles, and the Win For Life game will continue to be played in Virginia. The title of the story has been changed to reflect three state lotteries, rather than the four state lotteries originally referenced, and the body of the article has been updated with the a ...
Jan 11, 2011, 10:00 am - Lottery News forum
Harry Reid pushing to legalize online poker for American casinos, horse tracks
Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is reportedly taking a gamble that would change up the online poker industry.
The popular game may soon be run on the web by casinos in Nevada and across the United States, thanks to legislation being floated by the Nevada senators' staffers, the Wall Street Journal reported.
American financial institutions were banned from processing online gambling transactions in 2006, costing the industry billions in what has been a rapidly-growing American addiction worth $ ...
Dec 8, 2010, 7:58 am - Lottery News forum
N.C. Senate approves Internet sweepstakes ban
The North Carolina Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday to shutter hundreds of new businesses that bill supporters argue are offering just another form of illegal video poker where people buy phone or Internet time, then play games on computer screens to win cash and prizes.
By a vote of 47-1, the chamber continued its long history of opposing video gambling, this time through electronic and computer-based devices springing up at new sweepstakes cafes or business centers.
Jun 22, 2010, 9:40 am - Lottery News forum
Greenbrier resort offers table games to guests, plans video lottery
Less than a month after getting its license to offer gambling, West Virginia's historic Greenbrier resort has opened the Tavern Casino, an on-site facility for guests with table games including blackjack, three-card poker and roulette.
The 344-square-meter Tavern Casino is open to overnight guests, members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club and The Greenbrier Golf and Tennis Club, in addition to registered event and convention attendees who are staying off-property when more than 400 rooms at Gr ...
Oct 8, 2009, 8:12 am - Lottery News forum
Oregon Lottery working to end slump
In recent weeks, Oregon Lottery officials have installed 400 new casino-style slot machines in bars and taverns across the state in hopes of boosting player interest and ending a slump in lottery play.
Lottery Director Dale Penn said the plan is to install another 2,100 of the newer machines in retail establishments to replace some of the lottery's older-style video lottery terminals.
We're real hopeful that we can bring some players back and encourage others to play more, Penn said.
Sep 2, 2009, 5:54 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery director turns down $11,000 housing allowance
The incoming head of Arkansas' lottery, set to be one of the highest-paid lottery directors in the country, didn't take all the cash offered him.
Ernie Passailaigue's $324,000-a-year salary was just part of the deal when he was hired June 5. The Arkansas Lottery Commission chairman, Ray Thornton of Little Rock, also directed the state to pay $980 a month for a year $11,760 total for housing support for Passailaigue.
But Passailaigue turned it down. He said that during negotiations for the ...
Jun 25, 2009, 2:18 am - Lottery News forum