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N.C. Lottery passes: 'What a battle'
This was one milestone event everybody could end up buying a ticket for, even the no crowd.Legislation creating a North Carolina lottery passed the state Senate Tuesday, prompting mixed reactions from some locals.The bill was ready for Gov. Mike Easley's signature. What a battle, state Rep. Arthur Williams, D-Beaufort, said from his Raleigh office. I'm kind of excited about it, Williams added. It's been a lot of hard work for me, a lot of us up here. Williams served on a 15-member committee
Sep 1, 2005, 3:45 pm - Lottery News

N.C. Senators Blast Lottery's Passage
As Gov. Mike Easley signed the bill that will bring a state lottery to North Carolina yesterday, some senators weren't impressed.Sen. Charlie Albertson, who represents Sampson County and was one of only five Democratic senators opposed to the lottery, said he was disappointed in the vote. Harnett County's Sen. Harris Blake blasted the backroom machinations that saw the bill pass the Senate with two of its Republican opponents absent. All the things that went on in order to get that vote I though
Sep 1, 2005, 2:51 pm - Lottery News

Lottery law sets rivalry in motion
Get ready for the lottery border wars.With the North Carolina lottery bill signed into law by Gov. Mike Easley on Wednesday, lottery operators in surrounding states said they will fight to keep their share of a couple of hundred million dollars now being spent by Tar Heels in their states.Operators in South Carolina and Virginia say they plan to aggressively market their lotteries and to offer prizes that will make their lotteries more attractive than what will be offered by North Carolina.They
Sep 1, 2005, 2:17 pm - Lottery News

N.C. Governor Signs Historic Lottery Bill
The lottery is now law in North Carolina, but not even the governor is willing to bet publicly on when the games will begin.A jubilant Gov. Mike Easley waited just a day after the Senate approved the lottery bill to make it law. His signature capped two decades of effort to bring a lottery to North Carolina, the only state on the East Coast without a game. Easley had pushed lawmakers since his first campaign for governor in 2000 to relent so the state could generate money for its education needs
Aug 31, 2005, 8:08 pm - Lottery News

What's next for the N.C. lottery
Here's a quick look at what will happen next for the North Carolina lottery, which received final legislative approval Tuesday:BILL SIGNING: Democratic Gov. Mike Easley will sign the bill into law Wednesday.LOTTERY COMMISSION: The governor, the Senate president pro tempore and House speaker will appoint the nine members of the North Carolina State Lottery Commission. The commission will hire a director, who with approval of the commission, can hire an outside firm to operate the games.ADVERTISIN
Aug 30, 2005, 9:42 pm - Lottery News

N.C. Lottery Bill Passed by Senate
From the clutches of defeat, North Carolina lottery proponents have snared victory.The state Senate came back to Raleigh Tuesday and approved a lottery by one vote, 25-24.Before Tuesday, North Carolina was the only state on the East Coast without a state-run numbers game.The Senate vote was tied 24-24, but Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue, the Senate's presiding officer, cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of creating the lottery.Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand brought up the bill for conside
Aug 30, 2005, 2:52 pm - Lottery News

N.C. lottery foes caught in game of 'Wack-a-Mole'
North Carolina residents and lawmakers opposed to a lottery in their state find themselves figuratively caught in a game of Wack-a-Mole, in which their foes keep popping up despite their best efforts to knock them down.The latest pro-lottery weapon: tax threats.N.C. senators today could be faced with either passing a state lottery or endorsing higher taxes for dozens of counties.The House passed a bill 73-42 Monday that would allow dozens of counties including Mecklenburg and Catawba to rai
Aug 30, 2005, 10:51 am - Lottery News

Calif. lottery director to resign
Acting California Lottery Director Chon Gutierrez is resigning amid controversy created by Democrat lawmakers over the legality of California's recent entrance into the multi-state Mega Millions lotto game.Gutierrez, who recently served as a Schwarzenegger administration troubleshooter on government reorganization, told his top staff members that he was going on vacation and then would retire after 34 years of state service in various capacities under multiple administrations.Aides to Gov. Arnol
Aug 25, 2005, 2:12 pm - Lottery News

N.C. Lottery Appears Dead as Senate Adjourns
They've finally adjourned, but there's no guarantee that the North Carolina Senate can go home.The General Assembly worked until sunrise to just about finish this year's legislative session. Senate leader Marc Basnight gave up on passing a lottery before going home and he said that, barring unusual circumstances, the lottery is dead for the year. It may come up again when lawmakers reconvene in May.Legislators managed to approve new lobbying rules, and the Senate agreed to a compromise on new re
Aug 24, 2005, 11:09 am - Lottery News

Lottery plan dies in N.C. Senate
North Carolina Senate lottery supporters early this morning threw away the last chance to bring games to the state this year.Senate lawmakers worked to give final approval to a flurry of pending bills before adjourning for the year.The absence of Republican Sens. Ham Horton and John Garwood, of Forsyth and Wilkes counties respectively, gave lottery supporters the two votes they needed to approve the measure.But Senate President Marc Basnight, D-Dare, announced at 2 a.m. that the chamber would ho
Aug 24, 2005, 10:39 am - Lottery News