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Arkansas Lt. Gov. pushes lottery proposal

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Four times members of Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's staff have traveled to various corners of Arkansas to speak about the lottery proposal.

"When college has never been more important to Arkansas, it's also never been more expensive." Halter says Arkansas needs more college graduates. And the way to fund that is to keep some of the dollars flying out of Arkansas to neighboring states lottery games.

Halter says, "In Texas alone they raised more than a billion dollars for education last year off of their lottery proceeds. Missouri raised hundreds of millions of dollars. Tennessee raised hundreds of millions of dollars last year."

But an anti-lottery organization questions the use of Halter's staff to spread a pro-lottery message.

Trips have been made by his staff to West Memphis, Mena and Northwest Arkansas to speak in favor of the use of lottery proceeds to form a scholarship fund for Arkansas collages.

Halter says his office is not breaking the law or any state rules, "I ran on providing this opportunity for Arkansans. It's a vital interest to public policy. We want people to be well informed. We have, and we will continue to scrupulously abide by the law. We speak with the ethics commission all the time to make sure we're doing the right thing. And that's what we'll continue to do."

The Lt. Governor says Arkansans spend money on the lottery, and will continue to do so whether the state creates one or not.

Halter says, "That money will be from Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas and Louisiana. It will be returning to Arkansas and put to a very good purpose. Which is providing the opportunity for Arkansans to pursue the American dream through higher education."

Five states surrounding Arkansas have their own lottery. Only Mississippi does not.


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3 comments. Last comment 8 years ago by Captain Lotto.
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United States
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February 18, 2008
710 Posts
Posted: July 15, 2008, 10:55 pm - IP Logged

I travel through Arkansas once in awhile & would love to see them get a lottery.

    ThatScaryChick's avatar - x1MqPuM
    United States
    Member #56506
    November 21, 2007
    6537 Posts
    Posted: July 16, 2008, 12:55 am - IP Logged

    I have a feeling that Arkansa will be getting their own lottery soon. It would be stupid of tptb to not push it through. They must know that they are losing a lot of money to those surrounding states that have the lottery.

    "No one remembers the person who almost climbed the mountain, only the person who eventually gets to the top."

      Captain Lotto's avatar - CaptLotto
      Jefferson City, MO
      United States
      Member #55250
      September 20, 2007
      97 Posts
      Posted: July 16, 2008, 9:51 am - IP Logged

      Still a lot of moral objections to gaming in that state.  A good portion still disallows sales of liquor.  I bet it takes another year...

      Captain Lotto

      "Every day is a good day!"