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Lottery News for August, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Second-chance winner fell to the floor when she found out8:41 am - A second chance Michigan Lottery drawing gave a 55-year-old Inkster woman the financial relief her family was looking for.
Alabama Gov. says lottery opponents 'should be ashamed of themselves'7:29 am - Alabama Governor Robert Bentley expressed frustration this weekend, saying lawmakers standing in the way of what he calls "Alabama Progress" should be ashamed of themselves.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Lottery winner's wife leaves him for even richer man7:21 pm - A married couple who won £2.3 million (US$3 million) in the UK National Lottery have divorced after the wife began a relationship with one of the UK's richest men.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Senate Democrats kill Alabama lottery bill over dog track concerns7:50 am - Alabama voters won't have their say on whether to allow a state lottery after Senate Democrats killed the bill that proposed a constitutional changes permitting a state lottery.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Hope still alive: Alabama House passes modified lottery bill5:56 am - The Alabama House of Representatives narrowly approved Gov. Robert Bentley's proposed state lottery Thursday night after 10 hours of contentious debate and two vote attempts.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Prosecutors say 2 more men may be linked to lottery riggings6:21 pm - Prosecutors in the case of a former lottery insider convicted last year in a national Hot Lotto jackpot-rigging scandal are seeking to subpoena records from two attorneys they believe could be tied to the plot.
Lottery winner who spent $20M on boyfriend's bail money to appear on 'Fix My Life' series6:07 pm - A North Carolina woman who spent part of her $188 million lottery jackpot bailing her boyfriend out of jail is due to appear on a Fix My Life reality series.
Alabama lottery vote manuevering fractures Republican caucus10:18 am - Two senators have resigned from the Senate Republican Caucus in the wake of last week's vote to approve a statewide lottery, citing policy differences and claiming senate leaders violated their own rules in an effort to muscle the bill through.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Alabama lottery bill won't make it on November ballot9:49 pm - The Alabama House of Representatives today blocked a committee meeting that was necessary for Gov. Robert Bentley's lottery proposal to get on the ballot in the Nov. 8 general election.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Alabama lottery bill faces battle in House8:03 am - Putting a vote before Alabama residents to add a state lottery still has sizable challenges before it can happen.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

UPDATED: Alabama Senate approves lottery bill1:15 am - The Alabama Senate on Friday passed a lottery bill proposed by Gov. Robert Bentley, capping off the first week of a special session called by the governor. The bill, which was amended substantially before the vote, will now go on to the House of Representatives.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Alabama Senate kills one lottery bill; the other to be debated Friday8:47 pm - The Alabama Senate Thursday voted against a procedure that would have allowed a vote on a proposed lottery bill sponsored by State Sen. Jim McClendon.
Alabama lottery vote on shaky ground in Senate9:22 am - The Alabama Senate started debate Wednesday on whether to allow residents to vote on a constitutional amendment to establish a lottery, but adjourned for the day without a vote on the proposal.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Alabama lottery debate: Senators try to reach compromise on 2 proposals10:12 pm - Alabama senators on Wednesday remained divided on lottery proposals as they tried to strike compromise on gambling that has so far been elusive.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Committee hears pros and cons of Alabama lottery5:06 pm - Bills to call for a constitutional amendment to establish a state lottery were debated this morning in an Alabama Senate committee.
Trio charged in lottery ticket theft plead not guilty9:02 am - An Iowa woman, her boyfriend, and her mother have all plead not guilty to charges of stealing a winning scratch lottery ticket and working together to attempt to claim the prize.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Alabama lawmakers weigh in on lottery9:03 am - Several Montgomery-area lawmakers say they could support letting Alabamians decide whether the state has a lottery, and whether Powerball and Mega Millions tickets are sold locally.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Alabama lottery plan could face uphill battle9:17 am - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, who said a year ago that lotteries were as old-fashioned as leisure suits, now says they are the best remaining option to boost funding for important state programs, especially Medicaid.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

NY man sentenced to 4+ years in prison for lottery scam targeting elderly2:13 pm - A New York man who ran a bogus lottery scam, in which elderly people were told they won millions but would have to pay taxes in advance to receive a payout, has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison and ordered to repay more than $733,000.
After cheating death in plane crash, Indian man wins $1M lottery days later8:22 am - After surviving a fiery plane crash, an Indian man has beaten the odds again, this time winning $1 million in the lottery.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Internal investigation concludes Tipton acted alone to rig lottery drawings9:40 pm - An internal investigation into a national jackpot-fixing scandal has concluded that a single former lottery employee was responsible for any drawings that were manipulated, but it failed to uncover proof of his guilt.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Alabama senator introduces competing lottery proposal4:14 pm - Alabama Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, laid out a competing proposal Tuesday to Gov. Robert Bentley's plan to institute a statewide lottery as a means to addressing Alabama's budget shortfall.
Appeals court hands loss to New Jersey sports betting effort11:07 am - A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt another defeat to New Jersey's years long attempt to legalize sports betting, setting aside the state's legal challenge to a federal betting ban.
New Mexico's gas pump lottery sales face legal hurdle10:40 am - The Play at the Pump pilot program is facing a legal test regarding how New Mexico customers purchase their Powerball and Mega Millions lottery tickets.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Alabama Gov. releases legislation for lottery8:15 am - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has released the legislation for his proposed lottery to support the state budget.

Friday, August 05, 2016

3 charged in theft of $250,000 lottery ticket9:59 am - An employee at an Iowa lottery retailer is charged with stealing a winning $250,000 instant scratch ticket and working with her boyfriend and mother in a clumsy attempt to claim the prize, investigators said last week.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

New Mexico lottery players now able to buy tickets at gas pumps10:42 am - A state lawmaker is concerned over a new program that allows people to purchase lottery tickets at gasoline pumps in New Mexico.
New York Governor signs bill to allow daily fantasy sports8:56 am - Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law Wednesday to allow the resumption of daily fantasy sports in New York.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Details emerge about Alabama Gov.'s lottery vision9:40 am - Alabama Governor Robert Bentley provided some details about his plans for this month's special session in which he will propose a state lottery.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Online lottery sales not approved by Massachusetts lawmakers3:40 pm - Massachusetts lottery players are going to have to wait a little bit longer if they want to buy lottery tickets online.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Florida Lottery revamps daily game lineup11:16 am - The Florida Lottery is overhauling some of its long-running daily games, adding two new games and renaming two others.