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Missouri House considers legislation to protect the identity of lottery winners
A bill to protect the identity of Missouri lottery winners is making its way through the legislative process. Rep. Jay Mosley (R-Florissant) sponsored the bill to provide an added level of safety for individuals who win lottery prizes in the state. The current practice is for prize winners to have their names posted to the lottery website to announce their winnings. Mosley said the change is needed to give winners the option to stay anonymous. This is a safety issue and a way to giv
Mar 4, 2020, 8:39 am - Lottery News

Two Alaska state lottery plans are about to be debated; here's how they'd work
Alaska is one of five U.S. states without a lottery. This year, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and House Majority Leader Steve Thompson, a Republican from Fairbanks, have each offered plans to change that. With Alaska state government projecting a $1.5 billion budget deficit, both men have said a lottery could be one step toward a broader fix. But both have proposed very different approaches. Thompson is suggesting a draw-style lottery that would raise between $8 million and $10 million a year for the
Feb 17, 2020, 8:50 am - Lottery News

Alaska governor proposes lottery amid budget woes
Alaska, long-reliant on oil and in search of options amid a persistent budget deficit, may turn to the lottery for help. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced legislation Wednesday proposing a lottery. His administration said it could serve as part of his goal of providing greater fiscal stability. It comes on the heels of deep budget cuts Dunleavy proposed last year that were met with public outcry. That anger helped fuel a recall effort against him now tied up in the courts. His budge
Feb 14, 2020, 12:34 pm - Lottery News

Nebraska weighing anonymity for lottery winners
Winners of the Nebraska Lottery both big and small must step into the limelight to accept their prize under state law, a public reveal that can turn a stroke of luck into a potential curse. Notice of a winner can bring family, friends and newfound fourth cousins out of the woodwork to ask for a slice of the prize money, said Sen. Tom Brandt of Plymouth. Often, the publicity and unwanted fame can become too much for the jackpot winners, Brandt said, no matter how much money comes into their
Jan 28, 2020, 8:57 am - Lottery News

Alabama lawmaker tries again with new lottery proposal
Includes video report An Alabama lawmaker says he plans to propose an amendment to the state's constitution to put an education lottery on the ballot for citizens to vote on in November. The proposal by Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Dothan, gives half of the proceeds to Alabama's First Class Pre-K program. The other half would fund some college need-based scholarships. Clouse said Alabama could model it off of Tennessee's scholarship program. I think the general sentiment in the House, and I th
Jan 28, 2020, 8:13 am - Lottery News

NJ Lottery winners can now stay anonymous
Lottery tasked with developing the specifics of how it will work Lottery winners in New Jersey will have the option to remain anonymous under a new law Gov. Phil Murphy signed Tuesday. The law directs the state lottery commission to set regulations permitting lottery players to keep their identities secret. It takes effect immediately, but it's unclear how long it would take for the regulations to be written. New Jersey is joining a growing list of states to permit lottery winners to
Jan 22, 2020, 6:30 pm - Lottery News

NJ lottery winners might soon be able to stay anonymous
Big jackpot winners and lucky scratch-off ticket holders in New Jersey are one step closer to keeping their winnings a secret after the state Assembly passed a bill that would shield the identity of lottery winners in the state. The measure (S2267), sponsored by state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, and Sen. Kristin Corrado, R-Passaic, would directly amend the state's lottery regulations. Currently, the state requires the ticket holder to publicly come forward to claim thei
Jan 14, 2020, 9:09 am - Lottery News

Bill would let Wisconsin Lottery retailers accept debit payment in addition to cash
In an age when more people are making purchases with plastic cards and digital devices, some Wisconsin lawmakers say it's time for lottery players to be able buy tickets via debit payment instead of strictly with cash. I'm thinking we need to get to the modern age with modern payment systems, which includes debit, said state Rep. Terry Katsma (R-Oostburg), one of the sponsors of a bipartisan bill that would allow debit payment for lottery tickets. But the retailers who sell the tickets an
Oct 30, 2019, 3:38 pm - Lottery News

20 years later: Will a lottery vote come before the people of Alabama again?
Saturday will mark 20 years since the people of Alabama voted against allowing a lottery. This is something that citizens have asked us for by their actions, said Sen. Linda Coleman-Madison (D- Birmingham). They're telling us if we can't get it here, we'll go someplace else to get it. Coleman-Madison is among many legislators who say it's time to let the people vote again. The details of that lottery proposal haven't been as easy for legislators to agree on. Senate President Pro Tem D
Oct 11, 2019, 9:58 pm - Lottery News

Wisconsin Republicans to hold hearing on lottery privacy bill
Wisconsin Republicans are planning to take public comments on a bill that would keep lottery winners' names secret. The Legislature's Committee on State Affairs is set to hold a hearing on the measure in the state Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos introduced the bill in April on the same day that 24-year-old Manuel Franco of West Allis came forward to claim a $768 million Powerball prize. Franco said he started feeling paranoid as soon as he realized he had the win
Jul 10, 2019, 11:19 am - Lottery News