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With Mississippi in the lottery game, the pressure is now on Alabama
A lottery bill is headed to the governor's desk in Mississippi. The bill passed the House and Senate in a special session meeting. Governor Bryant is expected to sign the measure into law. It is estimated the lottery could generate $40 million dollars its first year and $80 million dollars in subsequent years. We are told the lottery might not go into effect until 2019. When it does begin in Mississippi, that means Alabamians can head, north, south, east or west to buy a lottery ticket. Howev
Aug 31, 2018, 4:11 pm - Lottery News

Mississippians anxious to start playing lottery
Mississippians are anxious to start playing lottery. State leaders said the first lottery tickets could go on sale in six months. We'll get the scratch-offs and the state lotteries fairly soon once they get the board in place and pick the director, State Sen. Philip Moran, a Republican from Harrison County, said. The board will have five members. I've got a board to appoint and it's going to be a very deliberate, methodical process of picking just the right people, Gov. Phil Bryant sa
Aug 30, 2018, 9:13 pm - Lottery News

Mississippi lawmakers approve lottery bill
Governor promises to sign into law The Mississippi House reversed itself Tuesday and passed a bill to create a state lottery in the Bible Belt state where churches have long opposed it. The vote came during a special session, less than 24 hours after the House originally voted to kill the bill that the state's Republican governor promises to sign into law. There was no debate Tuesday as a few representatives changed their votes from no to yes. Mississippi is one of six states without a
Aug 29, 2018, 11:04 am - Lottery News

Mississippi lottery bill advances, but more work remains
Mississippi could be inching closer to creating a lottery and leaving the list of six states that don't offer the game of chance. The Mississippi House voted 71-43 Friday to pass a lottery bill . That happened a day after the state Senate voted 30-20 for its own version of the same bill. However, work remains. The House made several changes to the bill, including requiring that a lottery corporation abide by longstanding Open Meetings and Public Records laws. When the bill passed the Se
Aug 26, 2018, 10:48 am - Lottery News

California Lottery cancels sales meeting in aftermath of rowdy party photos
The California Lottery is postponing a planned sales conference in the wake of an anonymous employee's recent complaint to Gov. Jerry Brown about senior leaders behaving inappropriately at a Southern California bar two years ago. The department on Tuesday announced that it's delaying the conference while it retools some of the training it intended to offer to focus on human resources and nondiscrimination policies. The conference was expected to take place next week in Sacramento. The
Aug 15, 2018, 7:10 am - Lottery News

California Lottery officials seen in bawdy photos sent to governor
A package of bawdy photos allegedly showing senior state Lottery leaders carrying on at a Southern California piano bar, with one image showing an official putting his head up a woman's shirt, was sent to Gov. Jerry Brown's office last week in an appeal from an anonymous employee urging the administration to investigate the department. Brown's office late Thursday said he is asking the attorney general's office to look into the letter and the attached photos. The contents of the letter ar
Aug 10, 2018, 7:51 am - Lottery News

Wisconsin woman's lottery winnings withheld by state due to unpaid debts
A Wisconsin woman who won the lottery will not be receiving all her winnings due to thousands of dollars of outstanding debts. Thursday it was announced that Valerie Diestelmeier won the first top prize of $100,000 playing the Incredible Crossword Scratch game. Diestelmeier purchased her winning ticket at the Mega Holiday on Water Street in Eau Claire. However, Patty Mayers with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue says she'll have to pay off thousands of dollars in unpaid fines before s
May 18, 2018, 11:25 am - Lottery News

Lottery becoming a central issue in Alabama governor's race
Alabama's Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls are banking on a game of chance to reclaim the state's highest office from the GOP. Former state Supreme Court chief justice Sue Bell Cobb and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox have sought to make early splashes with their educational lotteries. Alabama is one of just six states without a lottery. There's also no casino gambling. Only one other state Utah lies contiguous to states with lotteries or casinos, yet excludes casinos itself. It's an eas
Feb 26, 2018, 7:42 am - Lottery News

N.J. lawmakers trying to meddle with lottery's new Keno game
New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday considered overhauling a new keno-style lottery game that the bill's sponsor worries will draw business away from Atlantic City's casinos. The Democrat-led Assembly gaming committee heard testimony on legislation that would essentially gut how Quick Draw is played, reducing its drawings from every five minutes to just twice daily. The legislation comes about six months after the lottery, which has struggled to meet revenue projections in recent years, unvei
Feb 8, 2018, 7:41 pm - Lottery News

Alabama Democrat Gov. candidate campaigns on starting lottery
Includes video report Democrat gubernatorial candidate Sue Bell Cobb laid out a detailed plan for a state lottery Wednesday, saying the proposal would put Alabamians in a better position to get higher paying jobs. The former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice said under her plan, lottery proceeds will fund K-4 and childcare programs in the state, fully fund career tech at hospitals, and fully fund the gap with federal Pell Grants. In a video released along with the email, Cobb said a l
Feb 7, 2018, 2:47 pm - Lottery News