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N.C. lottery still in limbo as budget talks continue
North Carolina Governor Mike Easley kicked off budget negotiations with House and Senate leaders by pushing for an aggressively advertised lottery that he would clearly control. The governor indicated that he would like to change some of the lottery language, and that's something we'd have to speak to the members about, House Speaker Jim Black said early Thursday, just after passage of the House's $17 billion budget proposal.A lottery proposal that narrowly passed the House in April only allows
Jun 17, 2005, 1:06 pm - Lottery News

Democrats trying to ruin Calif. Mega Millions lottery participation
Democrat lawmakers in California will convene an emergency hearing on what their attorneys call Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's illegal linking of California with the multi-state Mega Millions lottery game.Republicans say this is the latest Democrat obstruction, as the Governor continues his bid to rescue California from its fiscal and electoral problems.National and state anti-gambling groups said they would delay filing a lawsuit against Schwarzenegger's deficit-easing entrance into Me
Jun 17, 2005, 11:09 am - Lottery News

Delaware bill would legalize sports gambling
A bill was introduced in the Delaware General Assembly May 31 that, if passed, would allow sports gambling in Delaware making it the only state east of the Mississippi where sports wagering would be legal.Under the legislation, businesses could apply for gambling licenses through the Delaware State Lottery office, allowing them to take bets on sport events such as football or baseball games.The bill, SB 135, is sponsored by state Sen. George H. Bunting, D-Ocean View.If passed, individuals coul
Jun 15, 2005, 2:33 pm - Lottery News

Lawyer thinks Calif. participation in Mega Millions is illegal
According to one legislative lawyer, California's much-heralded entrance into the 11-state Mega Millions lottery may be illegal, even as outlets around the state prepare for the debut of the popular game.Lottery Director Chon Gutierrez was told by legal advisers when California joined Mega Millions that the move to revitalize the state's languishing lottery was legal because it advanced the education-benefiting cause of the voter-approved Lottery Act of 1984.Around the state, locations for buyin
Jun 15, 2005, 11:33 am - Lottery News

New Florida lottery law increases prizes
Florida lottery players soon will rake in more dough when they win games such as Lotto, Mega Money and Fantasy 5, thanks to a bill signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jeb Bush. Bush, an outspoken critic of gambling, and state lottery officials are betting that the higher payouts will boost ticket sales for the games, similar to a measure passed three years ago that doubled the sales of scratch-off games.Higher sales should mean more money for education, which is the stated purpose of the new law. A
May 29, 2005, 10:01 am - Lottery News

Public to get say over UK Lottery cash
The public could be set to get a say on where the remainder of the UK National Lottery's money goes. The new Lottery Bill could see Britons voting for their favourite good cause. It aims to increase competition in the bidding process for the licence to operate the Lottery.Next week, the Big Lottery Fund, which hands out 50 per cent of all good causes money, will launch a new televised competition.Called the People's Millions, the joint venture with ITV will allow viewers to vote for their favour
May 26, 2005, 1:48 pm - Lottery News

Bill would reward Tenn. retailers for cashing lottery tickets
Tennessee lottery retailers would also reap the benefit of a winning ticket under legislation that's moving through the General Assembly in its final days. The House Budget Subcommittee and House Finance Committee Monday passed a bill that removes the restriction prohibiting additional compensation to lottery retailers for cashing lottery tickets or shares.The legislation could be scheduled for a vote on the House and Senate floors one day this week.Lawmakers are hoping to adjourn by Friday.
May 24, 2005, 7:14 pm - Lottery News

N.C. lottery supporters try to control expectations
Lottery supporters in North Carolina are hoping to reach a compromise and get a bill enacted into law this session, possibly as early as next month.Supporters, however, want people to know that once a bill is crafted and signed into law, anxious lottery players won't be able to play the games in North Carolina overnight. In fact, it's more likely that it would be early 2006 before vendors start selling and players start scratching off lottery tickets. I hope that we would be smart enough to lear
May 23, 2005, 11:06 am - Lottery News

Education at the center of N.C. lottery debate
North Carolina Senate leadership pushed a budget through the chamber May 5 with a lottery provision that might give new life to the House lottery bill.The budget's lottery provision would amend the lottery bill narrowly passed by the House in early April if the Senate votes in favor of the House measure.Several staunch opponents of the lottery voted for the budget because of strong support for other parts of the bill. I'm forced to vote for the lottery, said Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orange.Kinnai
May 20, 2005, 1:48 pm - Lottery News

Wyoming lottery being considered
An interim legislative committee is considering a measure that would let voters have a say on whether Wyoming should join the Powerball lottery.The Joint Travel, Recreation and Wildlife Interim Committee decided Monday to wait to vote on the proposal to give the public time to review the idea and comment.The ballot measure would be nonbinding, and the Legislature would not have to allow Powerball in the state.Initial debate among committee members showed division on the idea. Why are we putting
May 17, 2005, 1:57 pm - Lottery News