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Misssissippi lottery proposals filed
Paperwork laid the foundation for change Monday as Mississippi lawmakers attempted to beat the midnight filing deadline for general bills and constitutional amendments.Among hundreds of proposals filed at the Capitol were bills to create a state lottery, allow early voting and abolish the process used to establish or expand hospitals.Clerks shuffled stacks of bills Monday afternoon, preparing documents to be assigned to committees. Legislation that requires tax or fee increases or issuing bonds
Jan 18, 2005, 1:15 pm - Lottery News

Maine to use lottery proceeds instead of raising taxes
Maine Governor John Baldacci may draw from future lottery proceeds and delay pension costs as part of his approach to financing a new two-year state budget without raising taxes. Baldacci may also seek approval for changing some benefit standards in the state Medicaid program, which is known as MaineCare, to help cover a budget gap of about $740 million.Aides shied away from details and emphasized that the forthcoming budget package was subject to change. But planning for a Friday release to th
Jan 6, 2005, 11:09 am - Lottery News

R.I. Governor Replaces Entire Lottery Commission
Rhode Island Governor Carcieri yesterday asserted the recently passed separation-of-powers constitutional amendment gives him the right to immediately replace all legislators and legislative appointees on the Lottery Commission and Coastal Resources Management Council.Carcieri sent the names of six Lottery nominees and eight coastal council nominees to the Senate for approval. Carcieri asked that they be confirmed quickly, noting each board was scheduled to meet before month's end.Senate Preside
Jan 6, 2005, 10:21 am - Lottery News

California legislature could expand lottery
Despite fears California is becoming the world's gambling capital, the state lottery Friday broadened its proposed overhaul to include Nevada-style games banned by the 1984 lottery initiative.The lottery -- which is finding increased competition with Indian casinos -- amended its already controversial reorganization plan to add games including roulette, dice, baccarat, blackjack, Lucky 7s, draw poker and slot machines.The amendment fueled the controversy surrounding the legislation, which alread
May 8, 2004, 1:54 pm - Lottery News

Georgia oversight committee looks into generous lottery perks
A legislative oversight committee began looking Thursday at the generous employment policies of the Georgia Lottery Corp., whose former director and three top aides collected almost $300,000 for vacation and sick days they were due but never used when they left the state to help start Tennessee's lottery.Rebecca Paul and three of her vice presidents took advantage of a policy which allows corporation employees to get paid for up to three years' worth of unused vacation time - 18 weeks - and for
May 7, 2004, 7:17 am - Lottery News

House approves strict rules for Colorado Lottery
Widespread gift-taking, conflicts led to measureLegislation designed to prdvent conflicts of interest at the Colorado Lottery passed a key hurdle Monday and will likely soon land on the governor's desk.The legislation was created in the wake of deep-seated problems at the Lottery, where officials routinely accepted dinners, golf games and other gifts from vendors doing business with the agency.A key portion of the bill would add the force of law to rules adopted by Lottery officials earlier this
Apr 27, 2004, 8:08 am - Lottery News

S.C. Senators welcome lottery windfall
State senators were excited Tuesday to learn the S.C. lottery is bringing in more money than expected and, therefore, more money for the state to spend.The Senate Finance Committee is planning to meet today to divvy up $341 million in lottery proceeds for next year a third more than this years take.Some senators, led by Nikki Setzler, D-Lexington, wanted to bend the rules and use as much money as possible to pay for K-12 education. But others, including finance panel chairman Hugh Leatherman, R-
Apr 21, 2004, 6:43 am - Lottery News

Connecticut House votes to give jackpot to winner who missed deadline
A Hamden, Connecticut man who missed a deadline to cash in his winning $5.8 million Connecticut Lotto ticket may get a second chance to hit the jackpot.The state House of Representatives voted 81-64 Thursday to give the money to Clarence Jackson, 31, who bought the winning ticket for the Oct. 13, 1995, drawing and missed the one-year deadline to redeem it by three days.But there's a catch.The issue was referred back to the legislature's Appropriations Committee, because there was no money set as
Apr 16, 2004, 9:30 am - Lottery News

Minnesota Senate wants lottery examined
After soundly rejecting a call to abolish the state lottery, Minnesota senators voted unanimously Monday night to study ways to change its management and business practices.The bill comes on the heels of a legislative audit that was critical of promotions and vending contracts by the lottery. During that review, the lottery's director, George Andersen, committed suicide.The bill sets up a task force that will report to the 2005 Legislature on whether the lottery should be run by a state agency,
Apr 13, 2004, 5:12 am - Lottery News

Nebraska Senators to allocate lottery winnings
Somewhere, someone who bought a lottery ticket in Papillion, NE in January is sitting on $100,000 The prize money - for a ticket matching all but one number in the Jan. 21 Powerball drawing - has yet to be claimed. And the late July deadline to cash in is nearing.Every year, more than $2 million in winning lottery tickets are unclaimed, said Tom Harre, financial consultant to the Nebraska Lottery Division.After 180 days, the money reverts to the lottery division - an inadvertent gift from the o
Mar 23, 2004, 4:49 am - Lottery News