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 forum
Wisconsin bill allowing anonymity for lottery winners heading to committee
A bill that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous in Wisconsin will go before a State Assembly committee next week.
The privacy act was introduced by Speaker Robin Vos the same day that a Milwaukee-area man claimed a $768 million Powerball prize this spring. Voss says requiring winners to be identified opens them up to possible fraud and takes away their right to privacy.
Manuel Franco, a 24-year-old New Berlin man, claimed the prize back in March and during his press conference ...
Jul 8, 2019, 8:42 am - Lottery News forum
Florida Gov. vetoes bill to require warnings on lottery tickets
A bill that would have required warnings on all Florida Lottery tickets will not become a law.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoed the bill Friday.
(See Florida lawmakers want to slap addiction warning notices on every lottery ticket, Lottery Post, May 2, 2019.)
In a memo that accompanied the veto, DeSantis explained that Florida Lottery revenue goes to public education and that an agency analysis showed the bill could lead to a minimum $79.4 million reduction in education funding.
Jun 28, 2019, 10:59 pm - Lottery News forum
Florida Lottery issues last-minute challenge to 'addictive' warning labels on tickets
The Florida Lottery wants another look at the potential impact on education funding from legislation that would require slapping gambling-addiction warning labels on the front of tickets and ads.
Gov. Ron DeSantis is getting closer to deciding whether to approve the bill (HB 629), which passed the House and Senate in early May.
An initial projection about the bill's impact on education funding was made in March. But, appearing this week before state economists, Florida Lottery Director of ...
Jun 13, 2019, 9:43 pm - Lottery News forum
Massachusetts legislators looking into fairness of lottery fund distribution
Massachusetts residents have been playing the lottery for nearly 50 years, enjoying both the risk and the benefits their towns and cities see. But some legislators are worried certain communities are getting more out of the game than others.
Every year, about 20% of the revenue the state lottery rakes in is distributed to the 351 towns and cities, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery's website. In 2018, the lottery returned $997 million to the state, which was the second-highest total ...
May 29, 2019, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
Lawmaker: Alabama lottery bill 'dead' for session
An Alabama lottery bill is defunct for the legislative session, a key lawmaker said Wednesday.
It's dead for this session. It won't be coming back this session, said Republican Rep. Steve Clouse, who was shepherding the bill in the House of Representatives.
The bill hit a politically fatal mix of conservative opposition to gambling and liberals' feuds over electronic gambling and how to use lottery revenue. Clouse said they do not have the 63 bipartisan votes needed to pass the measure in ...
May 23, 2019, 11:48 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery bill stalls in Alabama House
Bill stalls on partisan vote, with most Democrats voting against it
Alabama lawmakers Tuesday rejected a plan to allow voters to decide whether to establish a state lottery, a question that was last on the ballot 20 years ago.
Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, who is handling the bill in the House of Representatives, initially said it could be reconsidered Tuesday night or Wednesday. Clouse later said the bill was not coming up again Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
The bill fell o ...
May 22, 2019, 10:58 am - Lottery News forum
World Lottery Association president urges veto of warning labels
Florida's first lottery secretary called on Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto legislation placing warning labels on tickets.
Rebecca Paul Hargrove, now president of the World Lottery Association, said Florida could set an unfortunate precedent. Should the bill (HB 629) become law, it could hurt lottery-funded programs nationwide.
The instant scratch-off games have been around for over 45 years, and sales of these games continue to grow every year, Hargrove wrote in a letter to DeSantis, but more ...
May 20, 2019, 9:45 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery plan approved by committee
A plan to allow voters to decide whether to set up a state lottery in Alabama advanced Wednesday in the House of Representatives.
The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee approved the bill. The committee had held a public hearing last week but did not vote.
Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range, is sponsor of the legislation, which passed the Senate. But the committee today approved a substitute for Albritton's bill by Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, who chairs the House General Fund budget ...
May 16, 2019, 7:01 am - Lottery News forum
Alabama lottery plan changed; vote next week
An Alabama House committee today adopted a new version of a bill to set up a state lottery in Alabama, changing how the money would be distributed.
The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee adopted the bill by Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, who is chairman of the House General Fund budget committee.
Clouse's bill would direct 75 percent of net lottery revenues to the General Fund and 25 percent to the Education Trust Fund.
The original version, by Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Atmore, ...
May 10, 2019, 8:40 am - Lottery News forum