Oklahoma Lottery boosts prizes to lure back players
Oklahoma lottery officials are rolling out a new series of games after lawmakers restructured the system this year.
The state lottery, which has seen diminished participation with its scratch-off cards in recent years, is now able to increase prize amounts.
As participation dwindled, officials had to shrink prize amounts because state law required that at least 35 percent of all proceeds be diverted to the Education Trust Fund. In 2013, the Lottery lowered payouts so it could comply with t ...
Jul 5, 2017, 7:48 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery vending machines in Kansas may depend on whether lawmakers show up Monday
Your ability to buy lottery tickets from vending machines in Kansas may depend on how many lawmakers show up for the ceremonial last day of the session Monday.
A bill allowing the Kansas Lottery to use vending machines to sell tickets was vetoed by Gov. Sam Brownback last week.
The Legislature approved House Bill 2313 earlier this month with margins far greater than the two-thirds needed to override the veto. The House passed the bill 98-19; the Senate passed it 34-4.
But because the fi ...
Jun 22, 2017, 5:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Pa. seniors worry expanded gambling will hurt lottery proceeds
A bill passed in the Pennsylvania House would allow casino-style gambling in airports, veterans halls, and truck stops.
Now, seniors are worried if it were to become law, that less lottery money would fund programs for the elderly. They are not the only ones who are concerned.
There are 18,000 people in the state who are employed by casinos like Mohegan Sun in Plains Township. Opponents of the bill say those jobs could be cut if it were to become law.
The bill to make electronic games o ...
Jun 22, 2017, 7:55 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma Lottery revamping after lawmakers pass legislation to increase prizes
The Oklahoma Lottery is revamping its products and marketing strategy in light of a recent law change removing the requirement that 35 percent of its profits go to education.
The changes were discussed Tuesday during a meeting of the Lottery Commission.
Supporters of House Bill 1837, which was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin, say the removal of the 35 percent requirement will increase prizes, resulting in more players and more funding for education.
The change in the law means the l ...
Jun 21, 2017, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery vending machines considered in Kansas
Kansas lawmakers are mulling over the possibility of legalizing lottery vending machines as a means to fund the state's struggling mental health system. Such machines are used in 37 other lottery states.
The idea, floated by Rep. Chuck Weber, R-Wichita, is expected to increase funding to mental health services by $12 million over two years. Kansas has been under extreme budget stress the past few years as it looks for new ways to fund state programs. The recession and budget cuts resulted in ...
May 9, 2017, 8:24 am - Lottery News forum
Oklahoma governor approves increased lottery payouts
Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation Tuesday that could lead to higher Oklahoma Lottery prize amounts and higher revenue to education.
Lottery officials believe the law will spur more purchases of instant-win scratcher tickets, which in turn will boost funding for public schools, CareerTech institutions, colleges and universities.
House Bill 1837 doesn't affect the multi-state lottery games like Powerball, but people who buy scratch-off tickets should see a change in July.
The Oklahoma L ...
May 3, 2017, 3:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Arkansas lottery players now can buy tickets with debit cards
Starting this summer, retailers selling tickets for the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery will be authorized to accept payment by debit cards, thanks to a new law that zipped through the Legislature in 23 days with little fanfare.
Since the lottery started selling tickets on Sept. 28, 2009, the law allowed only cash to be used in transactions. Now Arkansas will join most other state lotteries by allowing debit-card use.
Senate Bill 617 sponsored by Sen. Trent Garner, R-El Dorado is now Act 876 ...
Apr 17, 2017, 11:26 am - Lottery News forum
Bill allowing Oklahoma Lottery to increase prizes heads to the Senate floor
A bill moving through the Oklahoma statehouse would allow the state's lottery to increase prizes in hopes of generating more dollars for schools and boost the payout to education by about $100 million over the next five years.
For years, lottery officials have asked lawmakers to let them plug more dollars into prizes in hopes it would increase participation and add more money to educational coffers.
And for years, lawmakers balked.
But this year, faced with a huge budget hole, lawmakers ...
Apr 17, 2017, 11:18 am - Lottery News forum
House committee considers bill that would allow Texas Lottery winners to remain anonymous
Texas statute already allows winners to have 'minimal publicity'
The concerns of a border resident who hopes to win the lottery someday has led to a bill now being considered by lawmakers that would allow the Texas lottery's biggest winners to remain anonymous.
On Monday, the House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee considered House Bill 59 by state Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, which would let winners of $1 million or more remain anonymous. It would not allow winner ...
Apr 4, 2017, 11:47 am - Lottery News forum
Florida lottery tickets could soon come with warning label
Florida lottery tickets could soon carry a big warning label if a Republican legislator gets her way.
A House panel on Tuesday voted for a bill that would require all lottery tickets to say Warning: Gambling can be addictive.
Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, a Mount Dora Republican who is sponsoring the bill, said lottery tickets are a government-sanctioned activity and should come with the same kind of warnings found on cigarettes.
The Florida Lottery sells a wide lineup of tickets ranging in ...
Mar 29, 2017, 7:42 am - Lottery News forum