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Tennessee Lottery on the hot seat
Tennessee State Senator Jim Kyle, D-Memphis, has asked House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh, D-Covington, and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, to convene the Joint Lottery Oversight Committee as soon as possible to get the lowdown on recent incidents at the Tennessee Education Lottery. This week it was reported that a misprint on Lotto 5, Cash 3 and Cash 4 tickets gave the wrong jackpot for last Saturday night's Powerball drawing. Instead of $15 million, the tickets showed $29 million. The
Sep 15, 2007, 11:44 am - Lottery News

Tennessee rep calls for lottery oversight meeting
Update: (Sep. 17, 2007, 11:15 am) Correction of Sen. Kyle's office number. Editor: Lottery Post urges its readers to immediately contact Sen. Kyle at (615) 741-4167 to let him know what you think of computerized drawings in the state of Tennessee, and that you want real lottery drawings reinstated. Ask Sen. Kyle to visit to see for himself what players are saying about computerized drawings and the lottery. Citing concerns that recent operational missteps could damage
Sep 14, 2007, 9:54 am - Lottery News

Florida Gov. suggests selling the lottery
Selling the state's lottery and some of its highways, such as Alligator Alley, to private companies may help solve Florida's financial dilemma, Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday. Crist said he wants lottery and transportation officials to examine the potential of going private but cautioned that doesn't mean he's sold on the idea. I don't know if it's good or bad at this point, but I think it's important to continue to be innovative, Crist said. It's merely an idea. It's not something I'm
Sep 5, 2007, 8:23 am - Lottery News

Former Indiana Lottery Director cleared of ethics charges
Inspector general finds that sponsoring GOP women's event wasn't an ethical violation The Hoosier Lottery inappropriately sponsored a luncheon for Republican women during the tenure of its former director, but neither that nor other actions rose to the level of ethics violations, the state's inspector general said. The findings essentially cleared former lottery Director Esther Schneider of allegations of cronyism, improper expenditures and other charges raised in an anonymous letter s
Aug 24, 2007, 10:58 am - Lottery News

Congressman leads charge to regulate USA online gambling
Support for Congressman Frank's bid to regulate online gambling in the USA grows July has been a good month for Congressman Barney Frank, Chairman of the influential House Financial Services Committee and author of Bill HR 2046 the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act which proposes the regulation and taxation of Internet gambling in the United States instead of banning the pastime. Five more Congressman have signed on to the Bill as sponsors, including Representatives Anthony
Jul 23, 2007, 8:52 pm - Lottery News

California Lottery official fired for taking 'bonus' from hotel
A California Lottery official has been fired for allegedly pocketing gratuities tied to the weekly Big Spin TV show, where scratch-off ticket winners vie for a chance to win millions. Richard Leeson was dismissed after an internal investigation found that he received redeemable honors points from a contract to house Big Spin contestants at the Glendale Hilton Hotel, officials said. This is not the kind of thing you can make excuses for, Lottery Director Joan Borucki said Tuesday at a
Jun 13, 2007, 9:03 am - Lottery News

Is the lottery a tax? N.C. appeals court hears arguments
The profit from the sale of lottery tickets in North Carolina is really a tax on the state's residents, which means the law that created the games was passed unconstitutionally, attorneys for a group of taxpayers argued Tuesday before the state Court of Appeals. The fundamental criteria is that the revenue is going to the general benefit of the public, Robert Orr, the taxpayers' lawyer, told the three-judge panel. The lottery was sold as a revenue-raising proposition to raise money for edu
May 22, 2007, 8:55 pm - Lottery News

Nevada panel passes lottery proposal
Over the opposition of two major gaming corporations, an Assembly committee voted 8-5 Thursday to let voters decide whether to legalize a state lottery. All Democrats on the Assembly Constitutional Amendments Committee backed Assembly Joint Resolution 5, while all five Republicans opposed it. Passage of the resolution in the committee is the first step in a long process before Nevada would join 42 other states in having a state lottery. The measure needs approval by both houses of the Legi
Mar 17, 2007, 1:42 am - Lottery News

Indiana Senate approves lottery sell-off
Administration officials worked the back of the Senate chamber Tuesday and managed to secure just enough support to pass Gov. Mitch Daniels' plan to privatize the Hoosier Lottery. The 27-20 vote comes from a GOP-controlled chamber that is far friendlier to the governor's plans than the Democratic-held House, where Senate Bill 577 heads next. The legislation authorizes the state to enter into a contract with a private operator to run the lottery for the next 30 years. In exchange, the st
Feb 28, 2007, 9:06 am - Lottery News

Mass. Rep. says lottery funds should go to areas with highest sales
Lynn is one of the Massachusetts State Lottery's sales hotspots. Yet while Lynn residents spend $85 million a year on tickets and games, the old industrial city gets back just $15 million a year from a Lottery-financed state aid program. State Rep. Steven Walsh (D-Lynn) said it is this imbalance that drove him to file legislation that could revamp the way Lottery proceeds are doled out to cities and towns. Walsh's bill calls for a commission to explore whether the current formula used t
Feb 28, 2007, 8:38 am - Lottery News